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Howl-o-Scream - Tampa Bay's Number One Halloween Event

Howl-O-Scream is a yearly Halloween fright fest and Tampa Bay's number one haunted attraction held at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay!

This adult-targeted event transforms Busch Gardens into a late-night party with haunted houses, scare zones and live entertainment. This event requires an admission ticket separate from daytime admission to Busch Gardens. Daytime admission to Busch Gardens is not included nor required. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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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, scare zones and a live show. 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 2017 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 2017, including 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 at HowlOScream.com.   

Is there an advantage to buying tickets in advance?

YES! There are some seriously scary savings when you buy your tickets early. Purchase tickets for as low as $39.99 plus tax and service fee online in advance. 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 2017 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 Recurring Nightmare ticket?

The Recurring Nightmare ticket is for the true Howl-O-Scream fan who can’t get enough haunts and horror. It gets you UNLIMITED Howl-O-Scream 2017 admission throughout the entire event for only $104.99 plus tax and service fee. 

What is the Wild & Wicked Weekend ticket?

The Wild & Wicked Weekend Ticket lets you face your fears with a long weekend (Thursday through Sunday) of unlimited access to Busch Gardens by day and Howl-O-Scream 2017 by night! Or, you can add a hotel stay for two nights as part of the Wild & Wicked Weekend Vacation Package to get into Busch Gardens day and night and enjoy two nights of accommodations.

What is Front Line Fear?

For those who prefer to self-guide themselves through the event but want the front-of-the-line perks, there’s the Front Line Fear pass, which grants front-of-the-line access to six houses, excluding Zombie Containment Unit 15: Moving Targets. You’ll also get perks like a 20% discount at gift shop locations and buy one, get one free plays at select gaming locations. 

Does Busch Gardens Tampa Bay offer any Howl-O-Scream Vacation Packages?

Yes. You can purchase vacation packages, including hotel stays. Visit the Buy Tickets page for details and booking information for the Wild & Wicked Weekends and Overnight Fright Packages. 

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 much is a Howl-O-Scream ticket?

General admission is $104.99 plus tax, but you’ll only pay that rate if you wait until the night of the event and walk up to the front gate to buy your ticket. There are some seriously scary savings when you buy your Howl-O-Scream tickets early – tickets start at only $39.99 plus tax and service fee.

How late is the park open?

Howl-O-Scream 2017 is open until 1 a.m. on all event nights.

How much is parking?

Parking for Howl-O-Scream 2017 is the same rate as Busch Gardens. General car parking is $20.

Do I still get free parking with my one/two year Annual Pass or Platinum Pass?

Yes. Daytime benefits for Pass Members including free parking and discounts on food and merchandise still apply for Howl-O-Scream 2017.

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 2017 for that same night, you can stay inside the Stanleyville and Pantopia areas of the park as the park transitions to the Howl-O-Scream event. 

Are motorized wheelchairs permitted in haunted houses?

All of our haunted houses are ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible, but there are some tight corners to turn. We do ask that guests transfer to a standard (non-motorized) wheelchair to tour the haunted houses. The chairs will be provided by the hosts at each house.

Are motorized wheelchairs rented during the event?

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 2017 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?

Any group of 15 or more guests that purchase tickets in advance with one transaction are eligible to receive the group discount.

Do Florida Platinum Members get into the first weekend for free?

Florida Platinum Pass Members get in free for the first weekend of Howl-O-Scream 2017 - September 22 & 23, 2017.