Howl-O-Scream Tips 2013

Whether this is your first visit or you're a veteran, check out our tips to make the most of your night.

Your event ticket gets you into the park before the official event start time so you can grab some food, coaster ride, etc. beforehand. If you want to take part in the extra Alone house, purchase your tickets early - they will likely be sold out on the date you arrive. If you didn't buy tickets for Alone early, when you get to the event go straight back to the house for your best chance.

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 a few stands scattered around that also serve liquor. The Crown Colony bar (across from Cheetah Hunt) is also open with a full bar. Inside the carnival games area in Timbuktu is another larger bar with more options and specialty drinks.

Expected to return again is their "themed nightclub", the 21+ club located in the Marrakesh Theater at the front of the park. You'll find music, signature cocktails, drink specials and appearances by "terrifying personalities".

All drinks must be finished before entry into a house.

One drink served per person, and must have ID. Busch Gardens strictly enforses all drinking laws.


A popular option is the "Fright Feast" - a buffet that opens just before the event begins and you get to enjoy the Fiends stage show while you eat - but the best part is the early access to the houses. Read our review of Fright Feast from 2012 to see if it's right for you.
**It has not been officially announced yet if Fright Feast is returning for 2013. Stay tuned.**

If you forgo the Fright Feast, the "eat before, or small snacks during the event" strategy works best for getting the most out of the night. Take part in our favorite must-do stop, the Zambia Smokehouse for some ribs...mmm...ribs...yeah, we recommend stopping for ribs.

Over the last two years we have seen more cabs waiting out front after the event closes, which is a great improvement over years ago when they were few & far between. Our last 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. 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.

And be nice, the scareactors know where you live.

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

Reader Comments (1)

If it's your first year, from my experience from last year, be warned, Nightshade Toy Factory: Mutation was the scariest to me. although I do not know what Bloody Asylum or Circus of Superstition 3-D will be like. The show are great, but if you have 10-11 year olds with you, Fiends is a little inappropriate. The food is decent, nothing special, but the scare zones are fanamanal. I suggest getting the 5 hour tour ticket because you get access to all the major coasters, and all the houses, with reserved seats at Fiends and at the buffet. Also, there are private areas that you and your group get to go into to have a break and a drink. Just be sure not to touch any actors that work there unless you are geting a picture with them. Hope this helped!

September 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikayla

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