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Howl-O-Scream 2019 Busch Gardens Tampa

Published on September 19, 2019 by SarahE

For 22 terrifying nights, Howl-O-Scream returns to Busch Gardens in Tampa on September 20th 2019. The separately ticketed fright fest runs select nights from 7.30pm till 1am until November 2nd.

Wander down darkened pathways hiding bloodthirsty creatures. Drooling monsters waiting to pounce.
Negotiate your way through haunted houses knowing something horrifying might suddenly confront you.
Try Florida’s fastest and most thrilling rides in the dark.

Busch Gardens transforms into 6 of the creepiest Scare Zones and 6 of the scariest Haunted Houses. Plus, dotted throughout the park are hundreds of malevolent beings. Their sole aim in life is to scare the heebie-jeebies out of you.

300 acres of fearful and frightening haunts that will torment you all night long.

Howl-O-Scream Dates 2019:

  • September 20, 21, 27, 28
  • October 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31
  • November 1, 2 2019

Howl-O-Scream 2019 Haunted Houses

There are 6 haunted houses for you to navigate during Howl-O-Scream 2019.

If you haven't visited before, each house (often referred to as a maze) is heavily themed and filled with creepy corridors, rooms and scareactors.

The Residence - New

New for the 2019 season. The Clark Family may look like your normal, everyday suburban family. But unseen horrors will soon have you fleeing to escape their sinister devotion to sacrifice.

Deathwater Bayou: Wrath of The Queen

Returning for the 7th year, Death Water Bayou has once again been enchanted by the Voodoo Queen. The Queen of Shadows has been raised from the dead and it's up to you to elude her evil curse and devilish devotees.

Insomnia: Patients Revenge

Sweet dreams turn into your worst nightmare in this insane asylum. Wherever you turn, you'll be at the mercy of deranged inmates, hell bent on the revenge of relentless torture by demented doctors.

Motel Hell: Infestation

Nightmares become reality at this deserted motel once you realize why it’s conveniently vacant. Don't like bugs? You'll be face-to-face with you worst nightmare when the exterminator tries to extinguish infestation of hoarding bugs. You included.

Black Spot: Blood Shed

Forget about the happy-go-lucky Pirates of the Caribbean, meet a real pirate. Saw Tooth Silas is evil personified, holding your fate in his hands. If he decides you will die, you are sent to the Black Spot to meet your gruesome fate. Can you escape his clutches on the way?

Simon's Slaughterhouse

"Simon Says" is a game for innocents. But the game played by Simon in his slaughterhouse is an obscene trip down corridors of death. Beware as you are edged closer to a more untimely and gruesome end than you could ever imagine.


Howl-O-Scream 2019 Scare Zones

Roaming ghoulish hordes are prowling Howl-O-Scream 2019 looking for fresh flesh. From their screeching welcome at the front gates to the eerie traps in the depths of the park, these scare squads are merciless.

NEW! First Fear

Celebrating 20 years of fright, Busch Gardens are raising the dead to bring back horrors and ghosts from the ghoulish past.

NEW! Little Nightmares

Papier-mâché masks and homemade costumes take you back down memory lane to a childhood era you'd probably rather forget.

NEW! Carpe Noctem

Vampires and moans of victims shatter the peace and quiet of a gothic Romanian cemetery.

Camp DOA

Never pitch your tent near a haunted marsh. Murderous mutant swamp dwellers have taken over.

Hell On Wheels

What happens when you try to take food and supplies from a brutal and murderous motorcycle gang? You'll find out when you rum the gauntlet. And it's not pretty!

Dia De Los Muertos

Spirits and souls of the dead return for a ghostly party. Did you get an invite? Of course you did and you really MUST attend!

Manic Midway

The circus is in town and Sparky and his carnie clown friends provide "the scariest show in town." Dare you join them?

Deadly Toys

Childhood toys come to full-size life and go on a frenzy of death and destruction. You'll never sleep with a toy in your bedroom again!

Meat Market

Cannibalistic monsters roam, looking for human food. And you are on the Menu. Run this scariest of all gauntlets and stay off the monster menu.


Howl-O-Scream Live Shows

Fiends Show

These captivating creatures of the night will infect you with dance fever and keep your pulse pounding with their deranged dance party. But when Dr. Freakenstein’s naughty nurses start operating, the diagnosis is always “code pink.”


Nighttime Rides during Howl-O-Scream 2019

Busch Gardens is famous for its’ thrill rides. How much more thrilling would they be if tackled in the dark?

These rides will all be open for thrills in the dark during Howl-O-Scream:

  • Tigri's
  • Cobra’s Curse
  • Falcon’s Fury
  • Cheetah Hunt
  • Montu
  • Kumba
  • SheiKra

How Much Are Howl-O-Scream Tickets?
There are several options for tickets to Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream:

  • Single Night Ticket: from $39.99 (Access to Busch Gardens from 5pm)
  • Single Night Group Ticket: $34.99 each (Access to Busch Gardens from 5pm)
  • Unlimited Admission to All 22 Nights: $79.99 (Access to Busch Gardens from 5pm)
  • Wild and Wicked Weekend Ticket:  $104.99 - unlimited access to Busch Gardens and Howl-O-Scream from Thursday to Sunday. This is a great deal, but do keep event dates in mind. Howl-O-Scream is not on: Thursday September 19, Sunday September 22, Thursday September 26, Sunday September 29 and Thursday October 3 2019.

Howl-O-Scream Upgrades

Want to speed up your terrors and screams or take a guided tour? Busch Gardens offer plenty of ways to make Howl-O-Scream a whole lot easier to manage.

None of the Howl-O-Scream upgrades include event entry, these are all upgrades to even tickets.

  • Front Line Fear: $35 to $85 per person, depending on date. Includes front-of-line access to all 6 haunted houses, 20% discount at all gift shops.
  • Front Line Fear Extreme: $45 to $90 per person for all the above, plus front-of-line access to 7 major thrill rides.
    All Howl-O-Scream Front Line Fear Extreme: $149.99 per person.
    Front-of-the-line access to all haunted houses and major thrill rides during the entire 22 night event.

Howl-O-Scream Tours & Extras

Fright Feast:

Price: $29.99 to $49.99 per person, depending on dates.
Starts 6pm.
Ticket includes all-you-can eat buffet and front of line access to all haunted houses until 8.30pm. Menu includes horror themed items such as Sylvie’s Screaming Buffalo Tenders with Hack-aroni and Cheese, Chilling Chicken Al-fraid-o, VooDoo Queen's Shrimp Creole, Dark Side of the Garden Salad and The Butcher's Special.
See Busch Gardens website for full Fright Feast menu.
10% Discounts for Annual Passholders.

Fright Feast and Beverage Package

Price: $49.99 to $64.99 per person, depending on dates.
Includes all Fright Feast benefits mentioned above, plus 3 beverages including beer, wine, cocktails, available throughout the night.

VIP Guided Tour:

Price: $99-$149 per person, depending on date.
Treat yourself to a 3 hour guided group tour that includes event ticket, front-of-line access to haunted houses, 4 beverages at private beverage locations and complimentary photo.

Ultimate VIP Tour:

$229 to $329 per person, depending on date.
Minimum 2 people.

You get it all in the Ultimate VIP Tour:

  • A personalized 7 hour tour with a private guide
  • Fright Feast
  • Unlimited front of line access to all haunted mansions
  • Unlimited front of line access to all thrill rides
  • Private complimentary beverage locations
  • Complimentary photo
  • Reserved seating at Fiends show
  • Preferred parking

Howl-O-Scream Questions & Answers

Is Howl-O-Scream suitable for children?
Not really. There's nothing to stop children attending, but the adult content, violence, gore and blood is not intended for children.

Does a regular ticket cover entry for Howl-O-Scream?
No, Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event, so to stay in the park after 7pm, you need an event ticket.

What are the Howl-O-Scream event times?
The actual event starts at 7.30pm and ends at 1.00am.

Does the Howl-O-Scream event ticket cover parking?
No, unless you have an annual pass, parking is not included. It's an additional $25 for regular cars.

Are Costumes allowed?
No, costumes are not permitted. Only cast members are in costume.

Will the whole park be open?
Yes, and the most popular attractions will also be open, including Tigris, Cobra’s Curse, Falcon’s Fury, Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Montu and Kumba.

We hope you have a frightfully fearful night at Howl-O-Scream!

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