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Howl-O-Scream Tips

©BuschGardensThis is our second year of attending Howl-O-Scream and here's a few tips that we learned from last year and after this year's Oct. 1 visit.

This year your event ticket gets you into the park at 5pm, so you'll have plenty of time to grab some food and get ready before the event officially begins at 7:30.

If you are a beer drinker, you are set - there are several stands pouring cold ones throughout the park. If you prefer mixed drinks your options are more limited with only a few stands scattered around that also serve liquor. The Crown Colony bar is closed during the event because of construction.


While some visitors swear on the 'Fright Feast - Dinner & Show with early house access', we have not experienced that, so we won't comment. We'll stick with the eat before, or small snacks during the event which are available at the various beer/snack stands. Or our favorite, the Zambia Smokehouse for some ribs...

Update 10/1/10 - Much to our surprise and pleasure, there were about 5 cabs waiting out in front of the entrance. The cabbie mentioned that there aren't usually many taxis parked waiting so on the busier nights they are taken early and are harder to come by.
Unlike Halloween Horror Nights over at Universal, the two nights that we attended the event, taxis were nearly impossible to find. We had planned on taking a cab back to our hotel, and to our surprise there wasn't one to be found waiting out in front. We made a phone call to a cab company, who laughed at us for wanting a cab for a block, so we ended up walking back to the hotel one of the nights (not recommended). The other night we spotted one waiting out front and quickly grabbed it. The cabbie even said they don't usually park there. They should. So take our experience and plan accordingly. Have a taxi # pre-programmed in your phone in the event there are no taxis to be found.

#1 Piece of Advice
Do not wear flip-flops to this event! If you value your toes, wear sneakers. I promise you - your feet will get stepped on as the person in front of you jumps backwards after a good scare.

What would be your number one piece of advice? Share it with everyone in the comments! 

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