Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa’s Howl-O-Scream is in full swing. The annual horror event returns with evil haunted houses, terrifying creatures and Busch Gardens’ usual thrill rides. If you’re heading to the Halloween event here are Best of Orlando’s top five tips for a terrifying night:

Arrive Early
Howl-O-Scream’s haunted houses and monsters don’t show up in the park until 6 p.m. but we still suggest getting to the park in the morning. This involves buying two separate tickets for the day but you will be able to enjoy Busch Garden Tampa’s many other thrills as well as be the first in line when the park is taken over by evil at night.

Family Friendly Until 6 p.m.
Families are absolutely welcome to enjoy all of the rides, shows and attractions of Busch Gardens during the day, but after 6 p.m. beware. Howl-O-Scream isn’t exactly a family-friendly event. If you want to enjoy the park as a family at night we recommend waiting until Howl-O-Scream is over. 

Do Not Wear Costumes
Busch Gardens Tampa does not allow costumes during Howl-O-Scream. Please do not come dressed in one. You will have to remove it before entering. Howl-O-Scream will have plenty of people dressed in costumes during the many scare zones.  

Take a Ride
In between screams make sure you take advantage of the many rides open during the event including Cobra’s Curse, Falcon’s Fury, Cheetah Hunt, Montu, Kumba and SheiKra. Because a lot of people will be waiting in lines for the haunted mazes, the wait time for these rides shouldn’t be too long.

Sundays Are Least Crowded Days
If you are local or staying in town through Sunday, we recommend you try to plan your scary night on Sunday. Many people have to work on Monday or are traveling home.  

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream runs select nights through October 29. The event runs from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. You can find discounted tickets to the park and Howl-O-Scream here on Best of Orlando. 

Orlando, FL – 10/13/17

By: Jena Pugh