Howl-O-Scream is a yearly Halloween fright fest, and Tampa’s No. 1 haunted attraction, held at Busch Gardens® Tampa. This adults-only 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.
Howl-O-Scream 2014 contains intense adult content such as violence, gore and blood and is not intended for children.
While this event is intended for adults only, children under 18 will be admitted to the event. There is no discounted rate for children.
Yes, Busch Gardens’ most popular rides will be open during Howl-O-Scream 2014, including Falcon’s Fury, Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Montu, Kumba and Gwazi. Water rides and additional attractions may be opened based on weather. Visit the Attractions page for more information.
The easiest way to purchase your Howl-O-Scream ticket is online at HowlOScream.com.
YES! There are some seriously scary savings when you buy your tickets early, including almost half off when you buy online and save. Or, bring three or more friends, grab a Twisted Thursday 4-Pack and save a bundle. You can also buy your discounted ticket at a participating Publix Supermarket or at AAA or save with promotional codes found at participating Taco Bell and Applebee's locations in Central Florida and on Fanta products in participating Walgreens.
The Wild & Wicked Weekend Package lets true Halloween fans face their fears over and over again with a long weekend (Thursday through Sunday) of unlimited access to Busch Gardens by day and Howl-O-Scream 2014 by night! Or, you can add a hotel stay for two nights as part of the Wild & Wicked Weekend Package, get in to Busch Gardens day and night, and enjoy two nights of accommodations.
No. Howl-O-Scream 2014 is a separate-ticketed night event. Daytime admission to Busch Gardens is neither required nor included in general Howl-O-Scream admission tickets.
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 The Experiment and Zombie Containment Unit 15.
Yes. You can purchase vacation packages, including hotel stays, for as low as $89.00 plus tax per person, based on double-occupancy. Visit Wicked Weekends Getaways for details and booking information.
No, for the safety of our costumed performers and other visitors to the event, guests in costumes will not be permitted.
General admission is $89 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 tickets early, including almost half off when you buy online and save. Or, bring three or more friends, grab a Twisted Thursday 4-Pack and save a bundle. You can also buy your discounted ticket at a participating Publix Supermarket or at AAA or save with promotional codes found at participating Taco Bell and Applebee's locations in Central Florida and on Fanta products in participating Walgreens.
You’ll save on general admission ticket price if you purchase your ticket at a participating Publix Supermarket or AAA. You can also save with promotional codes found at participating Taco Bell, Circle K, WingHouse locations in Central Florida and on Fanta products in participating Walgreens.
Howl-O-Scream 2014 is open until 1 a.m. on all event nights.
Parking for Howl-O-Scream 2014 is the same rate as Busch Gardens. General car parking is $17.
Yes. Daytime benefits for Pass Members – including free parking and discounts on food and merchandise – still apply for Howl-O-Scream 2014.
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 2014 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.
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.
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.
Howl-O-Scream 2014 is a separate-ticketed special event. No rain checks will be issued.
Busch Gardens’ daytime guests that would like to stay for Howl-O-Scream 2014 can purchase a discounted admission of $40 for the nighttime event while they are in the park.
Any group of 15 or more guests that purchase tickets in advance with one transaction are eligible to receive the group discount.
Yes – guests will receive the discount when they purchase four or more tickets. All tickets purchased with each 4-pack transaction will be valid for the same Thursday night.
No, all tickets purchased as 4-Pack are valid for the same night.
Yes. The Recurring Nightmare package is available at the front gate ONLY (it is not available online). It gets you UNLIMITED Howl-O-Scream 2014 admission on Thursdays and Fridays.
Platinum Pass Members get in free for Freaky Preview on the first weekend of Howl-O-Scream 2014 - September 26 & 27, 2014.