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Howl-O-Scream 2013 Review
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Saturday
Oct122013

Howl-O-Scream 2013 Review

Review from our Saturday, September 28, 2013 visit.
Arrival
We arrived at Busch Gardens at 5pm to get in some regular park time and to chow down on some excellent ribs from Zambia Smokehouse before Howl-O-Scream (HOS) began (as is our yearly ritual). When you arrive early, you are directed to a specific spot in the park to get a wristband that shows you are allowed in the park for the event, since they are clearing out all the other non-HOS park go-ers at this time. However, arriving early means we missed out on the experience of the grand entrance of the event with the "The 13" doors and scareactors. We came back to the entrance later in the night to check it out and we found all 13 doors set up with each of "The 13" wandering about and scaring people.


Overall Themeing
Busch Gardens has yet again hit it out of the park with their general theming. Their naturally, beautifully lush environment turns downright creepy when nearly every tree or bush has a special lighting effect on it. There's several fog machines throughout the park and you never know where you'll come across a scary prop - or a ghillie suit (still our favorite part)!


These guys are always fun to watch for a while since they spew insults at passersby. Hey, are you talking to me?

 
The Roaming Hoardes, which consist of various monsters on stilts, strange DJ-Tron-like men with glow bracelets on stilts (not scary just confusing) and ghille suits among others. However, we did notice that there were empty spots around the park that used to have more scareactors milling about. We didn't see the usual "regular people" scareactors around, such as the lady with the stroller with the demon baby or the guys with the shovels making sparks. Hopefully they return again or replace the void with something new, as it was obviously rather empty compared to previous years.


DJ Booths
You'll hear 'em before you see 'em - 3 DJ booths jammin' throughout the park located by Cheetah Hunt, Sheikra and in Jungala. We found that the ones by Sheikra and Cheetah Hunt are the busiest, while the poor DJ back in Jungala was basically jamming by himself. We feel having DJs in the park help keep the house wait times at an acceptable level during the night. Lots of people like taking some time to dance and hang out with their friends in between going to houses.


Shop of Horrors
In the front of the park you'll find the specialty Shop of Horrors. This is their wonderfully themed and decorated gift shop just for Howl-O-Scream. Do not miss this, you need to walk through this store to see the incredible detail and care they put into this shop - it's unlike anything you'll find at that other halloween event. Howl-O-Scream still has the best merchandise between them and HHN. Lots of fun and unique items that you actually want to buy. 
 
 

Fright Feast
We waited until the last minute to buy tickets for Fright Feast this year, and when we finally got up to the ticket booth they only had one ticket left. So, no Feast for us this year, but having to settle for the much tastier Zambia Ribs was completely ok. 

If you're interested in our thoughts of the Fright Feast, here's our review of it from last year:
In the name of research, we decided to take part in the Fright Feast this year. The Desert Grill became fairly busy at 6pm, but not jam-packed as there were plenty of seats to choose from. Once everyone got through the buffet the first round, going back for seconds took no time at all. 

The buffet consisted of beef brisket, macaroni & cheese, fish filets, chicken nuggets, various salads, mashed potatoes, a taco bar and more. There are seperate display tables for desserts and non-alcoholic beverages. You can purchase a beer or a mixed drink at the Dessert Grill Bar as well. The buffet is your basic "safe, pleasing to everyone" kind of buffet. Let's face it - you're not getting this package for the food - it's for the early house access. However, there is one exception - the pumpkin cheesecake. We've read comments from others who were drooling and dreaming over eating this again, and we have to say - they are right! Creamy, smooth with just the right amount of pumpkin flavor, this is nearly enough reason for the buffet! 

The buffet is from 6-7pm, and Fiends begins at 6:30. As far as Fiends goes, we've never been big fans, but maybe it was something in the food because this year we found ourselves enjoying the campy, raunchy, naughty nurse show more than before. Could it be because we were inside in the A/C? The more intimate atmosphere? Whatever the reason, it makes for fun entertainment while eating.

As we mentioned, the real reason to get this package is for the early house admission. From 7-7:30pm, you get exclusive early access to all houses, and then front of the line access to the houses until 8:30pm. This is a great option to knock out several houses early in the night.


Food & Cocktails
Yet again the stand in front of Zambia Smokehouse has our favorite menu item - individually priced ribs! Grab one to go instead of a whole meal for a zombie-approved snack. Other snacks are available at the various Food & Drink stands. For a full review of HOS Specialty Drinks, visit our other post here.


Scarezones
The 13
At the entrance is where you first encounter The 13. The set up with all the doors and every one of "The 13" wandering about is a fun way to start the event, and makes for great people watching and photo ops. The #11 Psychopath asked me if I liked his doors. 


Pain Lane
You'll find this scarezone near the train station in Nairobi. Here you meet #2 The Torturer and #12 The Hangman. You'll come across some grotesque torture scenes that basically make good photo ops. We found this zone rather unstaffed and, aside from being really foggy, not very scary. Hopefully this'll improve during the run of the event.


Harvester's Haunt
Located back in the woodsy path near Sesame Place, this scarezone was much better staffed - and scary. The lushness and thick tree canopy lend itself well to the farm-like theme of this zone. Creepy scarecrows, a bale of hay with arms and various monsters wielding machetes and hooks. Pretty good, but it could get a little more intense.


Houses
We've been attending Howl-O-Scream for several years, and it seems that each year the house queues improve in detail and scope. They do an excellent job of preparing you for the house's theme before you actually enter the building with the detail in the queue. 

We will be rating each house on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being best, scariest, best themed & detailed, down-right don't miss this one! Please keep in mind this was opening weekend and the event grows & changes over the course of it's run.



Zombie Mortuary
10/10
Zombie Mortuary gets to hold it's title as our favorite house of the event for the third year. The zombies are still in control of the mortuary and the make their presence known immediately - along with their new pet Rover - a stunning and scary addition that catches you off-guard. What makes us like this house the best might be that you move through several different scenes: a mortuary, funeral, and ultimately, the burial. Each of these are executed expertly by some scareactors with impeccable timing. Scenes such as, the funeral with the crying women; having to walk through a herse (that was new!); the feeling of being 6ft under in the dirt with family looking down saying their goodbyes. 

We got one of our best scares ever while walking through the morgue. Drawers were pulled out that you had to walk around, and as we brushed a hanging sheet away to continue walking, a scareactor in a drawer above our heads yelled down at us, and since we didn't see him & weren't expecting that, we both screamed and ducked at the same time. An employee who had gotten behind us in line a while back said out loud quietly to himself "Ooooo, that was a good one"!

We'd love to see a little more theming added to the queue to match the other houses.


Nevermore
10/10
This house premiered 2 years ago, and it has only improved each year. This may be the most intense this house has ever been. Scare after scare after scare, this one doesn't let you catch your breath. There's a high level of intensity and energy flowing through this house thanks to the talented scareactors who obviously have put their full heart & soul into these characters. The madness of Poe is evident and perfectly executed by the scareactors and complimented by the incredible detail of the numerous scenes of the house. Neither of us have screamed as much in a house in a very long time. 

This is another house with excellent queue theming at the beginning and, where you least expect it, the exit. Right before you enter the house, you'll pass a cavernous scene with a skeleton reciting "The Raven", which is frightening and funny at the same time - still one of our favorite spots. At the end, take a close look at the statues...they're not exactly all stone...


We feel it's worth mentioning that neither of us is familiar with Poe beyond the Raven and we still got throughly freaked out, so knowing his work isn't crucial to enjoying this house.


Blood Asylum
9.5/10
Blood Asylum returns for a second year and has matured in gruesome ways. The escaped prisoner from this asylum has done a good job of slaying his captors and fellow prisonmates as you find their dead bodies scattered around as he tries to get you next. The level of intensity of dread and fear while in this house is unlike anything I've experienced before in a house. They got me just right here - one of the prisoners blocked our way, said he wanted to keep "the pretty one" and then blew on my neck. Talk about a goosebump freak-out! Go through this one slower if you can to get the best experience.


Death Water Bayou - NEW!
9/10
Themeing and set design for a haunted house has been taken to the next level with Death Water Bayou. First off, the exterior makes you feel as if you just wandered into the bayou of New Orleans as you're greeted with an old, decrepit house and hillbillies hollering at you from the porch. Unfortunately we went through at night, which doesn't make for a great photo with our camera. After entering the house, you immediately meet #6 The Voo Doo Queen working her magic on some poor souls. You'll meet up with her again in the house for some great scares and encounters. The most unique detail of this house is that you start out inside and soon find yourself outside at night in the swampy woods of the bayou - except you're technically still inside the show building. The detail of the bayou - the bridge you cross over the "water", the trees and of course the scareactors bring this house to the next level of set design. Beautifully detailed while still serving up intense scares and interactions make this a must-do house of the event. We hope to see this one on the list for next year's houses.


The Basement - NEW!
8/10
You don't want to eat what Mamma's cooking! We really enjoyed this new house because of it's campy, comedic parts that were still plenty scary and gross. You'll meet up with #4 The Butcher in this house as he tries to collect more "ingredients", aka people, for Mamma's meats. A fun theme with several startle scares and well-played scenes. Our favorite scene in the house is where a man is strapped into a highchair and being force fed Mamma's food. He's covered in vomit and begs and pleads to us to help him and not eat the meat! Great scene and expertly played by the scareactors.


Ultimate Gamble Vampire Casino: Reversal of Fortune
6/10
While we feel like we lost our hand in Ultimate Gamble last year, we think we came out even this year. This year's rendition proves scarier, darker and better detailed. More sudden scares and unexpected turns to give you a pretty good thrill. Kinda a meat & potatoes house - a good base, but nothing particularly notable to reflect upon, hence our not mentioning any particular scenes because we don't remember any. Much better than last year's though, so if you enjoyed that one, this one is only better.


Circus of Superstition 3D
5/10
This is the house that broke new ground on themed queues last year, but has lost it's queue crown to Death Water Bayou. The entire area leading up to the house is heavily decorated with a grand lighted entrance and giant circus sign. Clown barkers are yelling into megaphones, trying to draw in more victims, umm.. guests. They even have a clown working the line, making bad jokes and inappropriate comments to the guests - such a great "why didn't they think of this earlier" addition. It makes waiting in line go much faster when you have entertainment to interact with.  

This house is about superstitions, and you will be forced to break them in the house, heck you start out by walking under a giant ladder, which happens to have a creepy clown (are there other kinds?) hanging on the ladder grabbing and yelling at you. Sadly, we found the exterior and queue the best part of the house as we did last year, and that's coming from someone here who HATES clowns that didn't find this house very scary - again. Lots of colorful rooms with different superstitions to experience, but not that many good startle scares. More creepy and fun than truly scary. Still a good one to see, but we'd save it for last.


The Experiment - NEW Upcharge House
We decided that one house for another $60 for the two of us just wasn't a good value for us this year again.


Club XIII
We visited Club 13 a few times over the night to grab a cocktail refill and tacos from Tampa's own Taco Bus. That's right - they parked a real food truck in the club. The club is completely open air so you can see what's going on just by walking by which is much better than the year they had walls around it. This layout feels friendlier and more inviting to those walking by. One time we walked in the DJ was having a contest with some women on stage to see who was the better twerker. Yup. This was also our first time having Taco Bus, and fell in love! Delicious, authentic and full of flavor. Highly recommend these. Now if we can just get a Taco Bus Orlando...
 

Parting Thoughts
We still feel that Howl-O-Scream designers and scareactors really 'just have fun' with their event and they're not trying too hard or taking themselves too seriously.  It's evident that everyone involved puts a lot of their heart & soul into the experience.  

At risk of sounding like a broken record (yet again), we have to repeat our thoughts that the scareactors are absolutely top-notch at creating a personalized experience. They actually interact with you instead of just a quick "boo". You can tell they love their job and it shows with their contagious enthusiasm and love for the event.

Every year we look forward to Howl-O-Scream because the designers take it just a bit further with fun, excitement and entertainment every year. Yet again, Howl-O-Scream catches the heart, soul and spirit of Halloween, along with best overall integrated park theming and atmosphere.


Comparison
Every year we get asked "How is Howl-O-Scream different from Halloween Horror Nights?"
In our opinion, HOS is much scarier in overall atmosphere and scareactor interactions. HOS has a party vibe to it thanks to the DJ booths and Club 13, not to mention the roller coaster experiences at night. HOS' houses have incredibly themed queues that get you in the mood before you enter the house. Did we mention the scareactors do more than just yell or snarl? Yes, HOS repeats houses every year, but they put a new spin on them or change the layout to keep it fresh. If you've never been, you need to go.
Tuesday
Oct082013

Specialty Cocktails & Beer at Howl-O-Scream 2013

At Howl-O-Scream you will find several Food & Beverage stands set up throughout the park that sell a variety of beer (draft and bottle) and snacks. If you are looking for specialty cocktails or hard liquor, your options are more limited. Mixed drinks & Specialty Cocktails can be purchased at Club 13, multiple Carni Bars scattered throughout the park, Crown Colony Pub and at the Dessert Pub (Fiends theater).

If you have a Busch Gardens annual pass you get 10% off your drinks!

Specialty Drinks:
"13"
Specially blended flavors of vodka, lemonade and fruit punch.
$8.25 | $10.99 Souvenir Blinkie Mug | $9.99 Souvenir Glow Cup | $6.99 Souvenir Refills

Voo Doo Juice 
Dark Rum mixed up with Mello Yello and a splash of grenadine. (served only until 11pm)
$8.25 | $10.99 Souvenir Blinkie Mug | $9.99 Souvenir Glow Cup | $6.99 Souvenir Refills

Monster Bombs - $8.25 (served only until 11pm)
Jagermeister and Monster Energy Drink. 

Premium Mixed Drinks - $8.25 | $10.99 Souvenir Blinkie Mug | $9.99 Souvenir Glow Cup | $6.99 Souvenir Refills
Single shots only. (served only until 11pm)
 

House Wine - $6.99

Yard of Beer - $13.99 | $7.49 Yard Refill | $.99 Yard Strap 

Bottled Beer
Budweiser & Bud Light - $7.69
Bud Light Lime - $7.99
Bacardi Sangria - $6.99 (available at most stands)

Draft Beer
Budweiser or Bud Light at the drink stands.
 
Specialty Cups
Your choice of Specialty Glass for your drink. Choose from a yellow, purple or red glow cup or a large coffee-mug style blinkie mug. The Yard of Beer and Blinkie Mug are allowed inside houses with drinks in them as long as the top is securely closed.

Food & Beverage Tents
 

Carni Bar
Full-service Carni Bars are scattered throughout the event.

Garden Gate Craft Brews
Assorted bottled and draft craft beer and regular domestic selections.
 

Crown Colony Pub

Get your Specialty Cocktails, Beer and other mixed drinks here.

Club XIII
Located at the front of the park. Enjoy the same specialty cocktails at this full-service bar along with dancing, character meet & greets and dance-club music at this adults-only club.
 

You will also find Taco Bus Tampa inside Club 13. Their menu is posted below.


Liquid Courage Bar
Located outside of the main entrance...in case you need some help facing the scares before you go in! 

Important Notes
Last call for hard liquor is about 11pm. All liquor/beer sales end 30 minutes before the end of the event. One drink per person, per ID. 

Review

"13"
Your basic vodka & lemonade here. A little bit of an extra hint of flavor thanks to the splash of fruit punch, but there's definitely no punch of vodka to be found in this one. Refreshing and tasty, but not a good value.

Voo Doo Juice
It's like a frat party invaded dad's liquor cabinet. Mello yello with Myers's Dark Rum?  An odd combination that tastes like a nasty potion a Voo Doo Queen would give you to drink. 

Our opinion: Stick with beer or regular mixed drinks, which they poured decently while we were there.


As far as our thoughts on getting the Souvenir Cups, if you plan on having a few draft beers that night, go ahead and get the Yard. Plus, with the Yard, if you aren't done by the time you reach the house entrance, you can snap on the lid and go right on in, instead of having to finish it first. Same thought goes for the specialty liquor drinks cups since the price of the refills is only $7, and again get the Blinkie Mug so you can take it with you inside the house if you haven't finished. 


What did you think of the cocktails? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Tuesday
Jul162013

Howl-O-Scream Official Information 2013

Official Howl-O-Scream Houses, Scarezones and More!
August 13, 2013

Death Water Bayou - NEW!
"Deep in the bayou the #6 Voodoo Queen mystically transforms lost wanderers into her minions of evil with black magic. Here, her night servants roam with a zombie-like hunger and seek to grow her collection. The darkest evils lurk in shadows. Get out before you fall victim to her spell" - Howl-O-Scream Official Description

PTTP's Comments: We're very excited for this one. A creepy, dark bayou full of black magic? This has got to be good!


The Basement - NEW!

"From Momma’s secret ingredient to Granny’s bone-ground flour, Momma’s Meats’ award-winning recipe has always been a family affair that’s only created in the BASEMENT. Escape the depths of the BASEMENT before she and #4 Butcher turn you in to the secret sauce! She always said it took blood, sweat and tears!" - Howl-O-Scream Official Description

PTTP's Comments: Sounds like this is based off a gruesome news story. Can't catch us Momma. 

Nevermore
"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: One of our favorites from the last couple years, we're still excited to experience Poe's house.

Zombie Mortuary
"No one remembers how the epidemic started, but now, the #9 Zombie and his undead friends live here. They infest this small town funeral home and 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: Another stellar house from last year, we expect this to be a favorite again.


Ultimate Gamble - Vampire Casino: Reversal of Fortune

"Under sleek Vampire reign, the once-vibrant Ultimate Gamble casino glowed. Now werewolves have overthrown their mortal enemies and are running rampant in the casino. The carnivorous beasts have caught on to the scent of fresh blood inside the closed casino. Will you make it out alive before your luck runs out?" - Howl-O-Scream Official Description

PTTP's Comments: We didn't get a good run in this one last year, so hopefully the new spin on it will be great. But werewolves? This might end up funny.


Blood Asylum
"
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: A good gory house that showed great scares last year.

Circus of Superstition 3D
"You’ve tried to avoid black cats and sidewalk cracks, but all those years of bad luck caught up with you! The #13 Clown challenges you to survive 13 superstitions in their 3-D Tent of Terror, but it will take more than luck to escape his whole new dimension of fear." - Howl-O-Scream Official Description

PTTP's Comments: Overall a great atmosphere and queue, but even though one of us here is terrified of clowns, we didn't go running in fear. 

The Experiment - NEW! (extra charge house)
"Researchers challenge your fear tolerance and mental endurance in this never-been-done-before Experiment. In this exclusive study, “test subjects” endure psychological tests and must face top fear-inducing elements, from roaches and snakes to needles and darkness. How far is too far in this study of fear? Will you survive The Experiment?" - Howl-O-Scream Official Description

PTTP's Comments: Not sure if we will be taking part in this Experiment this year. The $60 for the 2 of us is a bit steep for one house...


The 13
(Scarezone) - NEW!

"Once every century, on precisely the thirteenth year, evil comes out to play. Thirteen evils, to be exact. The #7 Surgeon, #4 Butcher, #11 Psychopath, #13 Clown, #6 Voodoo Queen and their demented friends will torment and terrorize you the moment you enter the gates. This is your chance to find out: Who are the 13?" - Howl-O-Scream Official Description

PTTP's Comments: Busch Gardens does scarezones very well, and can't wait to meet The 13.

Harvesters Haunt (Scarezone) - NEW!
"An unnerving soundtrack of banjos, fiddles and harmonicas fill the fields with haunting bluegrass music. Something just doesn’t feel right. You realize you’re not alone when you discover a hoard of sadistic scarecrows. They’re looking to harvest a few lost souls. Will you escape their reach or be theirs forever?" - Howl-O-Scream Official Description

PTTP's Comments: We're really hoping there are some cornfields to get lost in here - and we better hear some Deliverance in the background.

Pain Lane (Scarezone) - NEW!
"Torture, torment and pain line this sinister street as the #2 Torturer and #12 Hangman stalk their prey in the shadows of this dark and sinister alley. Here, pain-inducing devices are the toys of the twisted and screams are surrounded by haunting silence. Will you escape this playground of pain before the #2 Torturer and #12 Hangman find you?" - Howl-O-Scream Official Description

PTTP's Comments: We feel like it's been a while since we've seen a good, gory scarezone. 

Fiends (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: A big cult, fan favorite thanks to some naughty nurses.

Club 13
"Escape the hordes and head to the transformed Marrakesh Theater to drive yourself mad partying at Howl-O-Scream’s dance club. This nighttime dance playground keeps the energy pumping all night long with non-stop music, premium signature cocktails, drink specials and Taco Bus food” - Howl-O-Scream Official Description

PTTP's Comments: A great place to escape the crowds and party for a while. Busiest towards the end of the night.


Shop of Horrors

"This year, the Howl-O-Scream shop of Horrors has been transformed into The Butcher Shop. Find GOREgeous apparel and trendy tees featuring Howl-O-Scream favorites, including the 13 and the infamous Naughty Nurses. You can also purchase or pick up your Front-Line Fear Passes here. Visit this year’s new Voodoo Village Market, located next to The Experiment in the Egypt area of the park by Montu for even more Howl-O-Scream gifts” - Howl-O-Scream Official Description

PTTP's Comments: This is quite possibly the coolest gift shop ever made. Ever. You cannot miss walking through this store on your way in & out of the park. This is a must-do.


Howl-O-Scream Commerical Released
They also released a new tv commercial featuring all of The 13. This is going to be one gruesome, gory year. Excited.


August 12, 2013
House Upgrade Announcement - The Experiment
Howl-O-Scream has released the details on the new house to take over the previous "Alone" house upgrade - The Experiment. Read the full details from Busch Gardens:

The Howl-O-Scream creative team is introducing the next twisted level of interactive scare experiences that they promise to be “the most personally invasive haunted attraction in Howl-O-Scream history” with The Experiment.

In this all-new experience you become a “test subject” and researchers challenge your fear toleranceand mental endurance. The test subjects endure psychological experiments and must face fear-inducing elements, from roaches and snakes to needles and darkness.You are not just seeing the scares. In the Experiment, you become part of them. Refuse to participate and your Experiment will be terminated. What will happen if you choose to play along and test your limits? Will they push the edge on how far is too far in the study of fear? Will you survive The Experiment?

Up to four test subjects can challenge The Experiment at a time, and reservations are required. The Experiment admission is $50 for the first test subject and $10 for each additional test subject in the same reservation. Howl-O-Scream admission is required, but not included. The Experiment is available every night of the event and is located in the Egypt area of the park.

Looks like they are trying to take the former Alone house idea to a whole new level. This should be interesting. Tickets are available now at HowlOScream.com. If you want to take part, buy your tickets early - they often have sold out the Alone house on a nightly basis.


August 7, 2013
Scarezone Announcement - Pain Lane
One of remaining three "The 13" has been announced today, The Torturer, and it was announced that he and The Hangman will be featured in their own scarezone, "Pain Lane"

The Torturer
A flickering light bulb and the sound of water draining is your only company in this room. You can’t move. Your hands and legs are bound. 

How did you find yourself here? More importantly, how do you escape? Duct tape covers your mouth to prevent you from screaming for help. Would anyone even hear? Is anyone here? Footsteps. 

Then, the door opens. As the light flickers on an off you see a large figure, covered in a long black protective coat. His mask, complete with spikes. 

Terrified you try everything to scream, to break free. He has you now. You are in his land of pain-inducing devices and this is his art. 

Pain Lane
Torture, torment and pain line this sinister street as the #13 Torturer and #12 Hangman stalk their prey in the shadows of this dark and sinister alley. 

Here, pain-inducing devices are the toys of the twisted and screams are surrounded by haunting silence. Will you escape this playground of pain before the #13 Torturer and #12 Hangman find you?

#2 The Torturer. A frightening connoisseur of cruelty.





This scarezone looks twisted! 


August 6, 2013
4th House Announcement - Zombie Mortuary
Number 9 of "The 13" has been announced as a Zombie, and he's looking for a meal - in you! This brings back one of our favorite houses of HOS history, Zombie Mortuary.

The epidemic is among us and is quickly spreading. The undead are slowly infesting every major city and small town. Could this be the Zombie Apocalypse? 

You’ve managed to defend and defeat hordes of zombies as you venture to your next safety spot. In an attempt to hide from a group of undead, you sneak into a cracked door of a building, watching every inch around you. You’ve found yourself in a mortuary, Zombie Mortuary to be exact, where #9 The Zombie and his friends are eager to feed on your fresh flesh.

Can you survive? One bite is all it takes.

Zombie Mortuary
No one remembers how the epidemic started, but now, the #9 Zombie and his undead friends live here. They infest this small town funeral home and 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.





We're very excited that one of our favorite houses is returning! Read our review of last year's house to get an idea of what to expect.


August 1, 2013
3rd House Announcement - Circus of Superstition 3D
Number 13 of "The 13" has been announced as The Clown, and he's bringing with him a returning house from last year "Circus of Superstition 3D".

Taunted by others as being a freak and shunned by others, he relied on his toys to keep him company. 

With no human contact, he became paranoid and very superstitious. As time passed, he began to resent his only companions and thrived on his individuality. Soon, he would take his aggression out his toys he once dearly loved. And then, on you. 

But how much harm could he do? Aren’t all clowns here to bring you laughter and joy? Not #13 The Clown. This time, you won’t be laughing. 

In fact, he finds it funny how incredibly terrified you are.

This was a pretty good house last year, so we're happy to see it return. You can read our review of this house from last year, but this year's house will have a new spin to it with the 13 theme. 
 



More of "The 13" have been released as well, including The Surgeon, The Hunter and The Possessed. Click on each name to read more about them.


July 19, 2013
The Cannibal
Another of "The 13" has been released, and he's hungry.

When Herbert Jeffries visited Fiji, he explored the lush highlands, met some hospitable tribesmen and unknowingly sat for a meal with a unique menu. 

He walked away with an insatiable hunger…Upon returning to the states, he walked away from his architecture practice and became a night watchman at a small New Hampshire morgue - allowing him wholesale access for dining. 

But his tastes have become more refined and he requires ever fresher flesh – sashimi grade, tartar quality. You.


No house is based around this character. Obviously they won't be having 13 houses, so where will we be meeting the others? Will they have scarezones or just wandering around? We'll find out soon.


July 18, 2013
2nd House Announcement - The Basement
The second of "The 13" has been announced, #4 - The Butcher. The second house has been named, based around The Butcher, "The Basement".
Here's "The Basement" house description:

From Momma’s secret ingredient to Granny’s bone-ground flour, Momma’s Meats’ award-winning recipe has always been a family affair that’s only created in the BASEMENT. 

Escape the depths of the BASEMENT before she and #4 Butcher turn you in to the secret sauce! She always said it took blood, sweat and tears!


Here's "The Butcher" description from HOS:

Momma’s always been proud of her son, the Butcher. He’s always been there to protect her and help with the family business.

But all that chopping has kept him from finding a love of his own. Now he’s looking for someone and he’d love to hack his way into your heart.

Are you ready to meat your fate?

Get it? MEAT? Hardy har har. This guy just sounds like he has a sad life. But hey, aren't middle-aged men who live with their mothers scary? Yep, I think so.

Click here to read the description in full and see more Butcher photos.
 




July 18, 2013
You Design The House - Vote Now!
This year Howl-O-Scream is letting its fans decide which 3 key elements to include in The Voodoo Queen's brand-new house "Death Water Bayou". Voting will take place over the next 3 weeks. 
Their first vote is for which of these 3 voodoo dolls you want to see in the Death Water Bayou house.


#1 Ezili: Goddess of love, help, goodwill, health, beauty and fortune, as well as jealousy, vengeance, and discord

#2 Damballah: Often depicted as a serpent and is considered the father of all loa, or VooDoo spirits.

#3 Zaka: The loa of agriculture

We think this is a very cool way to get the fans input and make them feel involved in the event. 

Vote Now on their facebook page.
For more information, visit their blog.


July 16, 2013
1st House Announcement - Death Water Bayou
The first of "The 13" have been announced, #6 - The Voodoo Queen. She will star in the first announced house for HOS: Death Water Bayou.

Here's her description from HOS:

Desiree Yanes came home one night and found her husband with another woman. Enraged, she ran off and disappeared inside the dark swamplands of Louisiana. There, she crafted voodoo dolls and swore then to torment them…with unspeakably sadistic tortures. The Voodoo Queen continues to hide in the swamps of the bayou and perform her twisted Voodoo rituals for others seeking revenge.

Brave souls can test their fate at the new house, Death Water Bayou, where the #6 Voodoo Queen mystically transforms lost wanderers into her minions of evil with black magic. Here, her night servants roam with a zombie-like hunger and seek to grow her collection. The darkest evils lurk in shadows. Get out before you fall victim to her spell.


 

Click here to read the article in full and see more Voodoo Queen photos.

First House Announcement
Death Water Bayou
"Where the #6 Voodoo Queen mystically transforms lost wanderers into her minions of evil with black magic. Here, her night servants roam with a zombie-like hunger and seek to grow her collection. The darkest evils lurk in shadows. Get out before you fall victim to her spell."


July 15, 2013
The 13
Up to this date, Howl-O-Scream has announced a general theme of "The 13" - "Once every century, on precisley the 13th year, Evil Comes Out to Play". On HowlOScream.com, there are 13 doors with chains wrapped around them - except for one. It looks like they will be introducing us to "The 13" one at a time leading up to the event.

They've also released a video "Who Are The 13?"

Oooo scary. This looks like it's building up to a gory, terrifying event - excellent!


June 13, 2013
Dates & Tickets
Today Busch Gardens announced this year's Howl-O-Scream dates. Start booking your trip as tickets are now on sale.

September 
27 & 28 Opening Weekend

October 
3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

Hours
7:30pm-1am Thursday Nights
7:30pm-2am Friday & Saturday Nights 

"Get your tickets early and save on a single terrifying night at Howl-O-Scream 2013.  For a limited time, any single-dayadmission to Howl-O-Scream 2013 is $47.  Or, if you’re scared to go alone, you and three friends can save on a pack of four tickets to Howl-O-Scream on Thursdays for only $30 per person.  Busch Gardens Tampa pass members can take advantage of their exclusive discount on any single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream for only $37."

Visit HowlOScream.com for ticket purchases and information.