Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando might be the most well-known Halloween event in Florida, but giving it some terrifying competition year after year is Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay. Busch Gardens is a great park for thrill rides, and their thrill-filled Halloween event certainly doesn’t disappoint. Complete with spooky scare zones, grisly haunted houses, and wild Halloween-themed stage shows, Howl-O-Scream continuously proves that you have a lot more to fear than fear itself.

On select evenings during September and October, Busch Gardens transforms itself into a land of nightmares where your favorite rides become the backdrop for a night of horrifying thrills and chills. Every year, four-to-five scare zones, six haunted houses, and two-to-three live shows set about scaring park guests stiff as they call on supernatural horror themes like ghouls, zombies, and vampires, and more reality-grounded fears such as mad serial killers, deranged fiends, and phobias.

And while the scares and screams comprise the majority of Howl-O-Scream’s fun, the event also offers lots of food and drink and a festive atmosphere of people looking to just have a good time.

Every year, Howl-O-Scream has a different event icon that reigns supreme over all the terror. Some of the most chilling icons have been Death Spirit, a walking zombie with the power to bring spirits back to life as animals; Hack, an evil cab driver who doesn’t let his passengers out of his car alive; the Death Jockey, a DJ who kills his victims with burning lights and earsplitting music; and the Raven Twins, two horribly disfigured twins who kill anyone unlucky enough to see their faces.

Some say that Howl-O-Scream is even better than Halloween Horror Nights at Universal, with more complex scare zones, better actors, and better special effects in the haunted houses. However, the two events share a common factor, which is that neither is appropriate for children. Howl-O-Scream is intended for older teenagers and adults, so parents thinking about bringing along their children should use discretion.

However, if you love the rush of adrenaline and the thrill of being scared, you’ll most certainly find Howl-O-Scream to be a howling good time. Moreover, the great thing about Howl-O-Scream is that every year sets the bar higher than the previous year’s event, so guests can always look forward to the next year’s event with special relish. So go on – scream it up at this scarily good Halloween event – if you can handle it, that is.




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