Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream® returns this fall in full-force celebrating 25 years of fear with ALL-NEW scares, taking over the entire park with five haunted houses, six terror-tories™, four sinister shows and more. Unsuspecting horrors await their victims at every turn. Plus, guests can test their thrill threshold with 9 world-class coasters at night, offering a completely different ride experience.

Parental discretion is advised after 6:00 PM, as this year’s event contains amplified scares that are not recommended for children.

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

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  1. Event Type
    Halloween Festival
  2. DATES
    September 6 to November 3
  3. EVENT HOURS
    6 PM to park close
  4. EVENT PRICE
    Included with park admission

Coaster at night
Two people running from one of five Terror-Tories at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream.
Sweet treats at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream
Sinister shows like Monster Stomp return to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for Howl-O-Scream.

Event Details

Haunted House scares at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream.

5 Haunted Houses - 2 NEW!

There's no turning back as you brave dark passageways and round dimly lit corners inside two ALL-NEW and reimagined haunted houses filled with the most sinister of surprises, including two ALL-NEW blood curdling conquest.

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Terror-Tories scares at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream.

6 Terror-Tories™ - 2 NEW!

The scares are everywhere as terror lurks across six scare zones around the park, including two ALL-NEW ghastly experience.

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Enjoy 4 Sinister Shows at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream.

4 Sinister Shows - 1 NEW!

Don't miss our spirited productions that are said to be "worth dying for".
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg guests riding the Dive Roller Coaster Griffon at night during Howl-O-Scream.

Coasters at Night

See Busch Gardens’ iconic coaster loops and drops in a whole new light after dark and take a ride on 9 record-breaking coasters.

Guests getting scared during a tour at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream event.

Howl-O-Scream Tours

Calling all goblins & ghouls! Find out what goes into the scares and enhance your Howl-O-Scream experience in a frightfully delightful way.

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Fiends Frenzy 5k

Fiends Frenzy 5k

Gather your horde of ghastly ghouls for the first-annual Busch Gardens Fiends Frenzy 5k! This inaugural spirited run takes place on Sunday, September 29, 2024, at 7:00 am. Experience the park decked out in its Howl-O-Scream® decor and encounter a friendly fright or two before you cross the finish line in Oktoberfest village.
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Two people getting scared during Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

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.

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Two enjoying a drink during Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Howl-O-Scream Upgrades

Calling all goblins & ghouls! Enhance your Howl-O-Scream experience in a frightfully delightful way with priority Haunted House access and more!

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No Bag Policy

Effective September 6, 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

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.