Halloween starts a bit early (late September) this year at Busch Gardens in Tampa as they gear up for their Howl-O-Scream event. Visitors to the theme park have tons of opportunities to scare themselves silly this year with haunted houses, live shows and even a club for those wanting a break from the scares.
Howl-O-Scream has several new haunted houses for 2011, including the following:
- Nevermore – Beating hearts, swinging pendulums and a raven’s
cries haunt the manor of Lenore, creating a demented and twisted nightmare. Step inside to
experience the gothic terror that maddens the lord of the house. and feel delusion overcome
reality. Find your way out of this horror story before paranoia authors your final chapter.
- Zombie Mortuary – No one remembers how the epidemic started,
but now, zombies live here. The undead that infest this small town funeral home feed on the
fresh flesh and brains of mortuary mourners to satisfy their insatiable hunger. Avoid the
walking dead or you may find yourself deeper than six feet under.
- Ultimate Gamble: Vampire Casino – Fanged fiends entice you to
test your luck in this sultry hangout straight from Sin City. The seductive games and high-stake
thrills at Revivara Casino are sure to get your blood pumping, but will you escape before your
luck gets drained? Just stay away from the killer All-THEY-Can-Eat buffet.
Fans of the Howl-O-Scream will be happy to see some classic experiences return this year.
- Alone… (A personal experience in horror) – The deranged Master Alexander Daedalus
opened Minotaur Storage to house his vast collection of “cultural” remains. But now his sinister
obsession with hoarding has expanded to stockpiling people. Escape this lunatic’s labyrinth or
you will become part of his collection. Can you make it out ALONE?
- Nightshade Toy Factory – By day, the old Nightshade Toy Factory appears abandoned.
But as night falls, the mysterious manufacturing plant glows and hums as it creates the
diabolical dolls, terrible teddy bears and possessed playthings of your childhood nightmares.
These twisted toys are alive…and they are coming after the adults who have forgotten them.
- Death Row Vengeance: Fear the Dead – The inmates of Grey Echo Penitentiary are slated for
execution. But as a zombie plague infests the crumbling cells, those prisoners left alive must
decide which is worst: facing the firing squad, death by electric chair or an eternity of
torture at the hands of their undead captors.
- Deconstruction: The Doctor Is Out of Control – Dr. Edger VonAngst has the skill and
technology to make you over…but what will you become? This mad reconstructive surgeon has fallen
one notch deeper into insanity and is putting human parts back together with mechanical pieces,
combining flesh, bone and steel in the most hideous ways.
In addition to the haunted houses, the Howl-O-Scream has several live shows:
- Midnight Hour – The music industry can be a devilish
business to break into, especially when your road to fame leads to the Hellfire Club. Don’t
believe the club’s shadowy owner when he promises his panel of sinister celebrity pop-culture
coaches will help make you a star! Performing nightly at the Desert Grill
- Fiends – Is there a doctor in the house? These captivating creatures of the night
will infect you with dance fever and keep your pulse pounding with their deranged dance party.
But when Dr. Freakenstein’s naughty nurses start operating, the diagnosis is always “code pink.”
Performing nightly at the Stanleyville Theater.
Howl-O-Scream has the scares, but it's still a party with Club Virus and the gifts from the Shop of Horrors.
- Club Virus – Escape the hordes and head to the transformed Marrakesh Theater to join
the killer party at Howl-O-Scream’s exclusive dance club. This adults-only nighttime playground
keeps the energy pumping all night long with non-stop music, premium signature cocktails, drink
specials and exclusive appearances by Howl-O-Scream's most terrifying personalities.
- Howl-O-Scream Shop of Horrors – Remember your evening of evil with the perfect Howl-O-
cream souvenir, including toys, tees and other Halloween-themed gifts. Then, smile through the
pain and snap the perfect pic at an exclusive Dark Side of the Gardens photo op that’s not for
the faint of heart.
Click the image below to head to the official Howl-O-Scream site!