Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream® returns in full force, taking over the entire park with haunted houses, scare zones, sinister shows and more. Unspeakable horror lives in every dark corner, including on Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides. Howl-O-Scream is bringing fear to the next level and once you’re in there’s nothing to fear but everything.


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Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood. Howl-O-Scream is a separately-ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed.


*Event dates and details subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice.

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  1. Event Type
    Halloween Festival
  2. Event Date
    September 9 to October 31
  3. Event Hours
    7 PM to park close
  4. Event Price
    Separately ticketed event
The Forgotten Vampire

Haunted Houses

Dark minds have been brewing new ways to terrify those brave enough to enter our sinister haunted houses with new unsuspecting scares. Check back soon to see what will be unleashed at Howl-O-Scream 2023.
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Scare Zones & Unpredictable Hordes

The scares are everywhere as new terrors lurk in every corner of the park. Experience screams & frights at any moment as you make your way through several scare zones. Plus, with roaming hordes, horror awaits at every twist and turn.
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Sinister shows during Howl-O-Scream

Sinister Shows

Don't miss our spirited productions that are said to be "worth dying for". Rising from the grave, this year’s Howl-O-Scream sees the return of the high-energy and pulse-pounding live musical performances by The Rolling Bones at Dragon Fire Grill. Catch the death-defying acts and stunts from Cirque X-Scream at the Stanleyville Theater, and all-new this year, guests can take their turn behind the mic at the “Scare-E-Oke” experience at Gwazi Plaza.
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Drinks available at the all-new Blood Bar

Bars & Bites

Enjoy one of our many themed bars throughout the park for liquid courage and a sinister snack to tackle your greatest fears. At the Coke Canopy, dance the night away until the clock strikes twelve in the all-new Raveyard featuring an electrifying atmosphere with music and specialty cocktails.

 • NEW! Raveyard – Coke Canopy

 • Christmas Bar – Pantopia

 • Blood Bar – Stanleyville

 • Stranglewood Bar – Moroccan Palace

SheiKra at Night

Pulse-Pounding Attractions

With exhilarating coasters and thrilling attractions, guests can take on their favorite rides in the dark in between the frights and scares of Howl-O-Scream. Bring your fears to new heights on Iron Gwazi & SheiKra, then let the adrenaline rush as you launch into the shadows of Cheetah Hunt & Tigris.

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