Take on terrifying haunted houses & roaming hordes.
Howl-O-Scream 2019 unearths long-buried icons of the past and new nightmares as Busch Gardens Tampa Bay celebrates “20 Years of Fear” with sinister surprises at every turn. Brave souls can venture through horrifying houses, terrifying scare zones and thrilling rollercoaster rides in the dark for 22 select nights. Run for your life from September 20 to November 2 as gruesome ghouls emerge from their tombs to twist your daydreams into nightmares.
To celebrate twenty years of fear, college students can save on Howl-O-Scream tickets.Just show your valid college student ID at the ticket windows on any Thursday, Friday or Sunday night and receive a Howl-O-Scream ticket for $35.99!
Get these cute and creepy figurines throughout Howl-O-Scream at the Emporium Gift Shop. Plus, come back on October 26 between 8:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. to meet their creator, Misaki Sawada, and have her sign your favorite one!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Howl-O-Scream?
Howl-O-Scream is a yearly Halloween fright fest and Tampa Bay’s No. 1 haunted attraction, held at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. This adult-targeted event transforms Busch Gardens into a late-night party with haunted houses and scare zones. This event requires an admission ticket separate from daytime admission to Busch Gardens. Daytime admission to Busch Gardens is not included nor required.
Is this event suitable for children?
Howl-O-Scream contains intense adult content such as violence, gore and blood and is not intended for children.
Are kids allowed?
While this event is intended for adults only, children under 18 will be admitted to the event. There is no discounted rate for children.
Will the rides and attractions be open?
Yes, Busch Gardens’ most popular rides will be open during Howl-O-Scream, including the all-new Tigris, plus Cobra’s Curse, Falcon’s Fury, Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Montu and Kumba. Water rides and additional attractions may be opened based on weather.
How can I purchase my Howl-O-Scream ticket?
The easiest way to purchase your Howl-O-Scream ticket is online.
Where do I redeem a promo code for Howl-O-Scream tickets?
Promo Codes for Howl-O-Scream tickets can be entered here.
Is there an advantage to buying tickets in advance?
YES! There are some seriously scary savings when you buy your tickets early. Don't wait until you get to the park because these offers won't be available!
If I purchase a daytime park ticket to Busch Gardens, will it include Howl-O-Scream?
No. Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed night event. Daytime admission to Busch Gardens is neither required nor included in general Howl-O-Scream admission tickets.
What is the Unlimited Howl-O-Scream Admission ticket?
The Unlimited Howl-O-Scream Admission ticket is for the true Howl-O-Scream fan who can’t get enough haunts and horror. It gets you UNLIMITED Howl-O-Scream 2019 admission throughout the entire event.
What is Front Line Fear?
For those who don’t want to wait in lines, there’s Front Line Fear, which grants access front-of-the-line access to haunted houses.
Can I wear a costume to Howl-O-Scream?
No, for the safety of our costumed performers and other visitors to the event, guests in costumes will not be permitted.
How late is the park open?
Howl-O-Scream is open until 1 a.m. on all event nights.
How much is parking?
Parking for Howl-O-Scream is the same rate as Busch Gardens. General car parking is $25.
Do I still get free or discounted parking with my Annual Pass?
Yes. Daytime benefits for Pass Members including free or discounted parking (based on Pass type) and discounts on food and merchandise still apply for Howl-O-Scream.
If I have a Busch Gardens ticket, Fun Card, or Annual Pass and a Howl-O-Scream ticket, do I have to exit the park and re-enter?
If you are already inside the park, either with a daytime admission ticket, Fun Card or Annual Pass, and have a ticket to Howl-O-Scream for that same night, you can stay inside select areas of Busch Gardens as the park transitions to the Howl-O-Scream event.
Are motorized wheelchairs permitted in haunted houses?
Motorized wheelchairs are not rented during the event. However, standard (non-motorized) wheelchairs are rented during the event. Any motorized wheelchairs rented during the day must be returned by 6 p.m.
What if it rains? Will I get a rain ticket?
Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed special event. No rain checks will be issued.
Do I have to be part of a corporation to receive the group rate?
Do Florida Platinum Pass Members get into the first weekend for free?
Florida Platinum Pass Members get in free for the first weekend of Howl-O-Scream - September 20 & 21, 2019. Just present your active Florida Platinum Annual Pass at Zone C, Park Entrance for admission to the event.