2012 Howl-O-Scream Event Dates:
Thursdays - Saturdays
September 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
Oct. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20,25, 26, 27
There are a variety of ticketing options available. The base one night, walk-up gate price is $79, but there are several ways to get discounts on your admission. Be sure to read through HowlOScream.com for full ticketing info.
Scroll down for full House & Scarezone information.
Howl-O-Scream Icon & Commercial Revealed!
The official TV Commercial has been released! Check it out in all it's creepyness below. Busch Gardens has also released the official website for the event! Be sure to poke around for more details about the event and ticketing information.
The icon has been announced! Meet Trickster.
@HOSInsider posted this quote and photo on twitter & facebook this morning:
"They can’t resist The Golden Key.
That taunts and calls and beckons thee.
I hang it there so they will use it…
To come in and play with me.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Trickster."
@HOSInsider also commented: "He's got a job to do - to hang the key and lure curious victims into the Garden. And he takes his work VERY seriously."
He also mentioned that we will be seeing a lot of him all over the park. Great. He looks an awful lot like a deranged clown. Hate clowns.
Howl-O-Scream will be keeping the "The Dark Side of the Gardens" theme from last year, but will have a new icon, advertising, etc. Read our thoughts regarding this over in the Rumors section.
Official Howl-O-Scream Houses, Scarezones and More!
July 13, 2012
Blood Asylum - NEW!
"As lightning rages and thunder crashes outside, "The Creature” escapes from his holding cell in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane. Now this sadistic deviant is running rampant, skinning his former cellmates and turning the mental hospital into his own torture chamber. This serial killer's bloody playground will drive you out of your mind with fear." - Howl-O-Scream Official Description
PTTP's Comments: This sounds like it'll be a good ol' gory house. It's taking over the location of the previous Deconstruction houses, which were the goriest of the event, so lets hope this one does the location proud.
Circus of Superstition 3-D - NEW!
"You’ve been taught to avoid black cats and sidewalk cracks your whole life, but all those years of bad luck have caught up with you. Crazed circus clowns challenge you to survive thirteen superstitions in their 3-D Tent of Terror, but it will take more than luck to escape this whole new dimension of fear." - Howl-O-Scream Official Description
PTTP's Comments: A circus. Great. One of us at PTTP is really not a fan of clowns. This could be interesting...
Vampire Casino: Ultimate Gamble
"Vampires have fallen out of vogue and the Ultimate Gamble casino has been shut down. The power is off, and the neon signs that once lit up the sky have gone out. Only the bravest guests dare visit the empty carcass of the once-vibrant casino, grabbing their flashlights to “enter at their own risk." - Howl-O-Scream Official Description
PTTP's Comments: Looking forward to seeing how they've updated this house with new scares. How will the flashlights work? We assume each "group" to enter at a time will get a leader that will get a flashlight. We'll find out soon!
Nightshade Toy Factory
"The old Nightshade Toy Factory has long been patrolled by diabolical dolls, terrible teddy bears and possessed playthings, but recent containment issues at a nearby nuclear facility have started to affect these terrible toys. Now, the mutations will stop at nothing to devour the humans that have “enslaved” them for so long." - Howl-O-Scream Official Description
PTTP's Comments: We've never been big fans of this house, but we'll give it another chance this year.
"No one remembers how the epidemic started, but now, zombies live here. The undead that infest this small town funeral home feed on the fresh flesh and brains of mortuary mourners to satisfy their insatiable hunger. Avoid the walking dead or you may find yourself deeper than six feet under." - Howl-O-Scream Official Description
PTTP's Comments: This was one of the best houses last year and we can't wait to see how they've changed it for this year.
"Beating hearts, swinging pendulums and a raven's cries haunt the manor of Lenore, creating a demented and twisted nightmare. Step inside to experience the gothic terror that maddens the lord of the house. And feel delusion overcome reality. Find your way out of this horror story before paranoia authors your final chapter." - Howl-O-Scream Official Description
PTTP's Comments: This was one of the best houses last year, and it'll be interesting to see how much (if any) they change it from last year.
Alone (extra fee house)
"A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IN HORROR. The deranged Master Alexander Daedalus opened Minotaur Storage to house his vast collection of “cultural” remains. But now his sinister obsession with hoarding has expanded to stockpiling people. Escape this lunatic’s labyrinth or you will become part of his collection. Can you make it out ALONE?" - Howl-O-Scream Official Description
PTTP's Comments: We're yet to experience ALONE, but hopefully this will be the year. Our advice - buy your tickets early!
"Thirteen years of horror-filled memories come swarming back as the most sinister icons, diabolical characters and disturbing scenes from your favorite Howl-O-Scream haunted houses and scarezones from the past converge to create the ultimate "best of" scrapbook of scares." - Howl-O-Scream Official Description
PTTP's Comments: This sounds like some great photo-ops here. Hope we get to see Ms. Vayne again. We assume they'll still have those random roaming hoardes and ghille suits (those are THE BEST!) spread throughout the park. They do an excellent job of scareing you out of nowhere at this park. The atmosphere and scares throughout the park have always been extremely well done.
Fiends - theater show
"Is there a doctor in the house? 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"." - Howl-O-Scream Official Description
PTTP's Comments: This is a major fan favorite show, but we just could never get into it.
Club XIII - 21+ dance club
"Escape the hordes and head to the transformed Marrakesh Theater to drive yourself mad partying at Howl-O-Scream's exclusive dance club. This adults-only nighttime playground keeps the energy pumping all night long with non-stop music, premium signature cocktails, drink specials and exclusive appearances by Howl-O-Scream's most terrifying personalities." - Howl-O-Scream Official Description
PTTP's Comments: The club is a good place to get away and grab a drink and dance. It's usually pretty empty until later in the night, but then it gets busy.
2012 Howl-O-Scream Auditions Have Been Announced
"We have opened up our next HOS audition dates (July 20 & 21) for Scare Squad, and Entertainer II positions are now posted on www.BuschGardensJobs.com. We have 300+ more roles to fill. Once we get July 20-21 auditions filled, we’ll open up July 27 & 28.
DON'T FORGET - you have to apply online before your audition is scheduled." from HR Mike, official HOS Facebook page