Virginia's Premier Halloween Event

Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream® returns with a twisted new game and an evil host, beginning on Friday, September 9, 2022.

In this ghoulish game show, every guest is a contestant, led to their destiny by the master of scare-monies. Your fate awaits with five haunted houses, five terror-tories™, four sinister shows, two party zones and unsuspecting scares awaiting their victims at every turn. Beyond the haunts, guests can take horror to new heights with nighttime rides on eight world-class coasters, including the all-new Pantheon. This year’s event takes screams to the extreme with three NEW haunted houses and three NEW terror-tories, complete with six menacing BOOze bars and bites to fuel the fear and tackle the night’s frights. 

The scares and haunts of Howl-O-Scream® begin at 6:00 PM.

Parental Discretion Advised

Sep 09
Oct 31
Select Nights View Park Hours Included with Park Admission

Sinister Smile Photo Ops
Scare Zone
Death Water Bayou
Jack is Back
Group taking a selfie with a clown

Sinister Smile Photo Ops
Scare Zone
Death Water Bayou
Jack is Back
Group taking a selfie with a clown

2023 Fun Card

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Event Details

5 Haunted Houses

There’s no turning back as you brave dark passageways and round dimly lit corners inside three NEW haunted houses and two returning fan-favorites.

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Inferno House

5 Terror-Tories™

The scares are everywhere as terror lurks across scare zones around the park, including three NEW scare zones.

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Scare Zone

4 Sinister Shows

Don't miss our spirited productions that are said to be "worth dying for".

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Coasters at Night

See Busch Gardens’ iconic coaster loops and drops in a whole new light after dark and take a ride on nine record-breaking coasters including the all-new Pantheon, the world’s fasted multi-launch coaster.

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Griffon at Night

Party Zones, BOOze Bars & More Eerie Experiences

Heartbeats and pulses aren't the type of rhythms these DJs are throwing. Visit two all-new Party Zones for a Halloween party full of dancing and music. Guests 21+ can also fuel up on liquid courage at six BOOze Bars.

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Two guests getting scared in front of Pantheon

No Bag Policy

Effective September 9, no bags will be permitted after 4pm. Wristlets and fanny packs measuring less than 8”x5” are permitted and subject to security inspection. Please review our FAQs to learn more about our updated bag policy and more details around medical needs and other personal care items. 

No Park Re-Entry After 8 PM

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Group getting scared

Event Included with Membership

Get admission to all seasonal events with a Busch Gardens Membership. Plus, enjoy exclusive benefits like free guest tickets, free parking and more. Starting at only $12 per month.
Guests with Howl-O-Scream cocktails

Howl-O-Scream Upgrades

Experience the best of Howl-O-Scream with priority access to Haunted Houses, VIP Tours and Reserved Show Seating.

  • Experiences, locations, dates and times are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Must be 21 years of age to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Proof of age with valid ID required. Event is included with park admission. Due to frightening elements, families with young children should use discretion when visiting the park after 6:00 pm.