TAMPA, Fla. -- Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream returns this year with a whole new nightmare. 

Fear returns to Tampa Bay for 19 menacing nights with new haunted houses, including a 17-and-older experience that takes screams to the extreme. From new terrifying scare zones to creepers on coasters, an air of fear will consume the park until there is nowhere to hide.

New terrify experiences:


Every door in this haunted asylum leads to your worst nightmare and the doctor is accepting new patients. Have your fears turn into fate as this reality comes to life.  Patients will be forced to stay awake as they receive twisted treatments from demented doctors. There are no cures for the curses inside this hospital from hell.

Simon’s Slaughterhouse – Intense experience suggested for 17 and older guests

By merely stepping inside, you have agreed to play Simon’s sick and twisted games.  Entering this horrifying realm requires a journey through the Meat Market where cannibalistic creatures feast on the weak as they add to their Monster Menu of human hors d'oeuvres. Due to the intensity of Simon’s Slaughterhouse and the Meat Market, this area of the park is suggested for a 17 and older audience. 

New scare zones:

Camp D.O.A.                                                                                                                                      

A night at this deadly campground ensures a sleepover like no other. Campers should sleep with one eye open as swamp mutants arise to make sure nobody gets a good night’s rest at this haunted marsh.

Deadly Toys                                                                                         

Childhood memories will be crushed as the horror comes to life. Lock up your toy box because life-size toys are heading out on a murderous rampage and no one is safe from their deadly wrath.

Hell on Wheels                                                                                  

Attempting to approach this apocalyptic stronghold? Think again, as this nefarious motorcycle gang is willing to do the unspeakable to protect their survival supplies. With this gruesome gang in charge, your path to survival is looking grim.

Maniac Midway                                                                                                 

Join Sparky and his carnie crew as you step into the center ring at the “scariest show on earth.” Clowns have overtaken the midway looking for the newest stars of this horrid attraction.

Día de los Muertos

Also known as the “Day of the Dead”, Día de los Muertos will join the Howl-O-Scream event this year.  This mysterious realm includes a one-of-a-kind celebration of life and a parade to honor those who have gone before us.     

Event Info: 

Howl-O-Scream 2018 runs select nights from Sept. 21 through Oct. 28 from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets start at $39.99, plus tax. Exclusive offers are available for Busch Gardens pass members. 

Guests can also purchase a Front Line Fear pass that grants access to all haunted houses and special discont offers throughout the park. The pass is available each event night for $35. 

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