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Facebook Fans Choose Elements for Busch Gardens Tampa’s Howl-O-Scream Haunt

The Voodoo Queen
The Voodoo Queen

Tampa, FL, USA (Aug. 7, 2013) — Howl-O-Scream® has delivered terrorizing thrills for more than a decade, and Facebook fans have helped add to the fright factor. For the first time in Howl-O-Scream history, Facebook  fans voted through polls on several elements of a brand new haunted house – Death Water Bayou.

Deep in the bayou the #6 Voodoo Queen mystically transforms lost wanderers into her minions of evil with black magic. Here, her night servants roam with a zombie-like hunger and seek to grow her collection. The darkest evils lurk in shadows, and travelers must get out before they fall victim to her spell.


The winning Death Water Bayou elements chosen by Howl-O-Scream Facebook fans include:

  • The feature voodoo doll “Zaka,” which is the “loa,” or spirit, of agriculture.
  • The featured mask “Ghede,” which is an eternal figure in black thought to control the eternal crossroads.
  • The town name of “Pontchartrain Parrish”.

Opening weekend for Howl-O-Scream 2013 is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28.  The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26.  Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Busch Gardens’ 335 acres will be overgrown with dark, sinister, adult-targeted fun and the chance to ride adrenaline-fuelled coasters at night, including Florida’s first triple-launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders at last year's Howl-O-Scream
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders at last year’s Howl-O-Scream

Howl-O-Scream is a separate ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed. For guest information, visit

Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This year’s event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore and blood.

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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