Saturday, May 18, 2024

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay brings new haunts and scare zones to Howl-O-Scream


This year will be a whole new nightmare at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream®. Fear returns to Tampa Bay for 19 nights with new haunted houses, including a 17 and older (recommended) experience that takes “screams to the extreme.” From new scare zones to creepers on coasters, an air of fear will consume the park until there is nowhere to hide.

Howl-O-Scream 2018 runs select nights from Sept. 21 through Oct. 28. Operating event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. This year, tickets start at $39.99, plus tax; and exclusive offers are available for Busch Gardens® Pass Members.

Howl-O-Scream 2018 returns with new experiences designed to terrify, including:

NEW: Insomnia

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.

NEW: 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.


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Scares are everywhere throughout Busch Gardens as creatures of the night roam the park. Not a soul is safe as Howl-O-Scream’s scare zones strike fear into the hearts of all who pass through.

NEW: 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.

NEW: 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.

NEW: 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.

NEW: 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.

NEW: 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.                                                          

For the extreme Howl-O-Scream fanatic, a Front Line Fear pass grants access to all haunted houses and special discount offers throughout the park. Front Line Fear is available each event night for $35. Additionally, out-of-towners can take advantage of great getaway packages, like the Overnight Fright or Wild & Wicked Weekend packages.

Howl-O-Scream 2018 is a separately-ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed. For guest information, visit or call 1-813-884-4FUN.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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