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Busch Gardens Halloween Celebrations 2018

Blood Asylum House [© CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Ricky Brigante, https://www.flickr.com/photos/insidethemagic]
Blood Asylum House [© CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Ricky Brigante, https://www.flickr.com/photos/insidethemagic]

At Busch Gardens in 2018, they are celebrating with Howl-O-Scream for 19 select nights (same as last year) on September 21, 22, 28, October 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 and 28. The first weekend is billed as a Freaky Preview.

Like Universal, some children may find some of the attractions too intense and no costumes are allowed. In fact in 2018 they are recommending that guests should be at least 17 to enter one house; namely Simon’s Slaughterhouse.

Howl-O-Scream dates for 2018

Busch Gardens Halloween Howl-O-Scream calendar for 2018

This is a separately ticketed event and the park opens at 7:30 p.m. and closes as 1:00 a.m. on all nights. This also gives you a chance to ride the roller coasters like the Cheetah Hunt in the dark.

Some of Busch Gardens other attractions remain open during Howl-O-Scream including:

  • Falcon’s Fury
  • Sheikra
  • Cheetah Hunt
  • Kumba
  • Montu
  • Cobra’s Curse

Howl-O-Scream Houses and Scare Zones

So far Busch Gardens have released details on six houses in total for 2018.

Some of the houses will have been seen before and others are brand new. Housed announced so far are:

  • NEW Simon’s Slaughterhouse — an extra intense experience featuring cannibalistic creatures, suggested only for guests aged 17 or older
  • NEW Insomnia — enter a haunted asylum with demented doctors
  • The Black Spot — encounter an infamous pirate (first shown in 2017)
  • Death Water Bayou — escape the clutches of the Voodoo Queen (a long time favourite)
  • Unearthed — from the producers of “The Blair Witch Project: Unearthed”, escape from a demon in an unearthed house
  • Motel Hell — first introduced in 2016, visit a deserted motel and come face-to-face with a paranormal presence

There are also five scare zones:

  • Meat Market — look out for cannibals with chainsaws!
  • NEW Maniac Midway — Sparky and the scary clowns are on the hunt for new stars
  • NEW Camp DOA — swamp mutants inhabit this haunted marsh
  • NEW Deadly Toys — life sized toys are on the rampage
  • NEW Hell on Wheels — watch out for a dangerous motorcycle gang

New for 2018 is a special parade celebrating the day of the dead, namely Dia de los Muertos.

Reintroduced in 2014 is the show called Fiends featuring Dr. Freakenstein and his naughty nurses.

As you walk around Howl-O-Scream, do not be surprised to be chased by roaming hordes of scare actors.

Howl-O-Scream Food & Drink

As well as roaming “shot girls and guys”, there are a number of full-service liquor bars and beer tents throughout the park serving a range of alcoholic beverages including special signature potions named “Karver’s Creation” and “Evil Encore”.

As well as a food truck you can also enjoy a dinner buffet at the “Fright Feast” at the Dragon Fire Grill starting at 6:00 p.m. Prices start at $29.99 (plus tax) and include reserved seating for the Fiends show, half an hour of early access to the haunted houses and front-of-line privileges until 8:30 p.m. To include a beverage package, tickets start at $49.98 (plus tax).

Howl-O-Scream 2018 Ticket Prices

Single day ticket prices start from $35.99 but there are often some special promotional ticket prices. All prices are plus tax.

If you are with a group of friends, Busch Gardens offers a group 4-Pack ticket where you can buy four or more tickets at a reduced price. Larger groups of 15 or more can also get discounts.

When one day is not enough, then there is a Thrills & Chills Weekend ticket. This is excellent value as it gives you one weekend (four consecutive days, Thursday through Sunday) of unlimited daytime admission plus Howl-O-Scream event admission over that same period when open (two or three days depending upon dates).

Passport Members can get special discounts.

Howl-O-Scream Front Line Fear

There are two “Front Line Fear” passes that give you front-of-line access to the six houses plus discounts in the gift shop and photos.

The Extreme Front of Line Fear Pass also gives you front-of-line access to the thrill rides.

Single Night Ticket Adult
Single after 5 pm admission to Howl-O-Scream.
Available on select nights only.
From $39.99
plus tax
Group Four-Pack Deal Adult
Single after 5 pm admission to Howl-O-Scream for four or more people.
Available on select Thursday and Friday nights only for four or more people. Price is per person.
from $34.99
plus tax
Wild & Wicked Weekend Ticket Adult
Enjoy weekend evenings at the Howl-O-Scream event plus daytime admission to Busch Gardens from Thursday through Sunday of the same weekend.
Available on select weekends only.
$104.99
plus tax
Front Line Fear Regular Pass Adult
Get front-of-line access to 6 of the houses. Also gives discount at all gift shops and photos.
Standard Howl-O-Scream admission ticket also required.
From $35.00
plus tax
Front Line Fear Extreme Pass Adult
Get front-of-line access to 6 of the houses plus one-time use on 6 major rides. Also gives discount at all gift shops and photos.
Standard Howl-O-Scream admission ticket also required.
From $45.00
plus tax
VIP Guided Tour Adult
VIP Guided Tour (see above for details).
Includes standard Howl-O-Scream admission ticket.
From $99.00
plus tax
Ultimate VIP Tour Adult
Ultimate VIP Tour (see above for details).
Includes standard Howl-O-Scream admission ticket.
From $229.00
plus tax

Howl-O-Scream VIP Guided Tours

For the ultimate experience, Busch Gardens offers a choice of two VIP guided tours:

  • VIP Guided Tour — includes the Howl-O-Scream admission ticket, 3 hour exclusive group tour with a Howl-O-Scream Insider guide, front-of-line access to most of the houses, reserved seating at the Fiends show, private complimentary beverage stations with beer, soda and water, complimentary photo
  • Ultimate VIP Guided Tour — all the benefits of the VIP package with a 7 hour exclusive group tour, Fright Feast meal package, unlimited front-of-line access to most of the houses and thrill rides plus complimentary preferred parking

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream History

For 2017, there were seven houses:

  • Motel Hell — first introduced in 2016, visit a deserted motel and come face-to-face with a paranormal presence
  • Death Water Bayou — escape the clutches of the Voodoo Queen
  • Unearthed — from the producers of “The Blair Witch Project: Unearthed”, escape from a demon in an unearthed house
  • Zombie Containment Unit 15 — returning from 2015, hold off the undead in this interactive zombie hunt
  • NEW Demented Dimensions — the abandoned Sterling House offers portals into different universes and escape is virtually impossible
  • NEW Undead Arena: Live — run the gauntlet in this gruesome event starring you, The Unworthy
  • NEW The Black Spot — encounter an infamous pirate

In 2016, the theme was called “Evil Encore” and featured seven houses:

  • Circus of Superstition: The Last Laugh — a 3D adventure where you will need more than luck to escape
  • Unearthed — from the producers of “The Blair Witch Project: Unearthed”
  • Death Water Bayou — escape the clutches of the Voodoo Queen
  • Zombie Mortuary — zombies have taken over the funeral home
  • The Black Spot — new for 2016, confront an infamous pirate
  • Motel Hell — new for 2016, visit a deserted motel
  • Zombie Containment Unit 15 — an interactive attraction where you have to hold back a zombie hoard

In 2015, Howl-O-Scream was themed on ”Unearthed" which revolved around a woman called Scarlett and a 200 year old house found inside Busch Gardens Tampa and featured seven houses:

  • Circus of Superstition: The Last Laugh – you will need more than luck to escape
  • The Basement – the Butcher is looking to turn you into the latest sauce for their award winning recipe
  • Zombie Mortuary – zombies have taken over the funeral home
  • Death Water Bayou – escape the clutches of the Voodoo Queen
  • Zombie Containment Unit 15: Moving Targets – interactive zombie hunt
  • Unearthed Scarlett’s Revenge – from the producers of “The Blair Witch Project: Unearthed”
  • Dead Fall: Thirst for Blood – watch out for ghosts lurking in a Victorian garden and greenhouse

For 2014, Busch Gardens used social media to allow guests to help define elements of the attractions.

In 2013 the theme was “When Evil Comes Out To Play” and they gradually introduced 13 scary characters that you would find in the Haunted Houses or the Scare Zones. Also new for 2013 was a separately ticketed add-on called the Experiment.

Halloween Characters, Haunted Houses and Scare Zones

The characters for 2013 were:

  1. The Possessed
  2. The Torturer
  3. The Hunter
  4. The Butcher
  5. The Banshee
  6. The Voodoo Queen
  7. The Surgeon
  8. The Demon
  9. The Zombie
  10. The Cannibal
  11. The Psychopath
  12. The Hangman
  13. The Clown

There were seven Haunted Houses:

  • Death Water Bayou
  • The Basement
  • Circus of Superstition 3D
  • Blood Asylum
  • Nevermore
  • Zombie Mortuary
  • Ultimate Gamble: Reversal of Fortune

As well as the Haunted Houses there were also three Scare Zones:

  • The 13
  • Harvesters Haunt
  • Pain Lane

Howl-O-Scream The Experiment

In 2013 Busch Gardens introduced a separate house called The Experiment where you could challenge your fears by participating in psychological tests involving cockroaches, snakes, needles and darkness amongst other phobias. This has not been repeated in subsequent years.

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