Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

What is Howl-O-Scream?
Is this event suitable for children?
Are kids allowed?
Will the rides and attractions be open?
How can I purchase my Howl-O-Scream ticket?
Is there an advantage to buying tickets in advance?
What is the Thrills & Chills Weekend ticket?
If I purchase a daytime park ticket to Busch Gardens, will it include Howl-O-Scream?
What is Front Line Fear?
Do you offer any Howl-O-Scream vacation packages?
Can I wear a costume to Howl-O-Scream?
How much is a Howl-O-Scream ticket?
Are there any promo codes available?
How late is the park open?
How much is parking?
Do I still get free parking with my One / Two Year or Platinum Pass?
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?
Is it true that motorized wheelchairs are not permitted in haunted houses?
Are motorized wheelchairs rented during the event?
What if it rains? Will I get a rain ticket?
What is an in-park upgrade?
Do I have to be part of a corporation to receive the group rate?
Can I buy more than four tickets with the Thursday 4-Pack as low as $30 (advance, select off peak nights) / $40 (walk-up) each?
Can I use my Thursday 4-Pack tickets over a couple of different Thursday nights?
Is the "Recurring Nightmare" pass available this year?
Do Platinum Members get into Freaky Preview for free?

 

What is Howl-O-Scream?

Howl-O-Scream is Tampa’s No. 1 haunted attraction. This adults-only event transforms Busch Gardens Tampa 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?

This year’s event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore and blood. It 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, including Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Montu, Kumba and Gwazi. 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. You can save $39 off general admission ticket prices if you purchase your ticket at a participating Publix Supermarket or at AAA office.

You can also save $39 off the general rate with promotional codes found at participating Taco Bell, Applebee’s locations in Central Florida and on Fanta products in participating Walgreens. You can also purchase general admission tickets at the front gate of the park.
 

 

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Is there an advantage to buying tickets in advance?

YES. General admission is $89 plus tax. 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. You can get all kinds of discounts, just take a look:

- Buy online and save.
- Are you bringing more than three friends? Then grab a Twisted Thursday 4-Pack and save a bundle.
- You’ll save $39 off that general admission ticket price if you purchase your ticket at a participating Publix Supermarket or at AAA.
- You can also save $39 off that rate with promotional codes found at participating Taco Bell, Applebee's locations in Central Florida and on Fanta products in participating Walgreens.
 

What is the Thrills & Chills Weekend ticket?

The Thrills & Chills Weekend Pass lets true Halloween fans face their fears over and over again with a long weekend (Thursday through Sunday) of unlimited access to Busch Gardens’ thrills by day and Howl-O-Scream’s chills by night – all for just $89! Or, you can add a hotel stay for two nights as part of the Thrills and Chills Weekend Package, get in to Busch Gardens day and night, and enjoy two nights of accommodations. Hotel package prices start at $175 per adult, tax inclusive.
 

If I purchase a daytime park ticket to Busch Gardens, will it include Howl-O-Scream?

No, Howl-O-Scream is a separate ticketed night event. Daytime admission to Busch Gardens is neither required nor included in general Howl-O-Scream admission tickets.
 

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 for $40, which grants no-wait access to seven houses, excluding The Experiment. The Front Line Fear Extreme pass ups the access and also lets guests skip the line at five freaky coasters for $50.
 

Do you offer any Howl-O-Scream vacation packages?

Yes. You can purchase hotel packages for as low as $89.00 plus tax per person, based on double-occupancy. Visit Wicked Weekends Getaways for details and booking information.
 

 

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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 $89 plus tax. 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. You can get all kinds of discounts, just take a look:

- Are you bringing more than three friends? Then grab a Twisted Thursday Four-Pack and save a bundle.
- You’ll save $39 off that general admission ticket price if you purchase your ticket at a participating Publix Supermarket or at AAA.
- You can also save $39 off that rate with promotional codes found at participating Taco Bell, Applebee's locations in Central Florida and on Fanta products in participating Walgreens.
 

Are there any promo codes available?

You’ll save $39 off the general admission ticket price of $89 if you purchase your ticket at a participating Publix Supermarket or at AAA.

You can also save $39 off that rate with promotional codes found at participating Taco Bell, Applebee's locations in Central Florida and on Fanta products in participating Walgreens.
 

How late is the park open?

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

How much is parking?

Parking for Howl-O-Scream is the same rate as Busch Gardens. General car parking is $15.
 

 

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Do I still get free parking with my One/Two Year or Platinum Pass?

Yes. Daytime benefits for Pass Members – including free parking and discounts on food and merchandise – still apply for this special event.
 

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 already inside the park, either with a daytime admission ticket or annual pass, and have a ticket to Howl-O-Scream for that same night, you can stay inside the Stanleyville and Timbuktu areas of the park as the park transitions to the Howl-O-Scream event.
 

Is it true that motorized wheelchairs are not 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 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 is a separate-ticket special event. No rain checks will be issued.
 

 

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What is an in-park upgrade?

Busch Gardens’ daytime guests that would like to stay for Howl-O-Scream can purchase a discounted admission for the nighttime event while they are in the park.
 

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.
 

Can I buy more than four tickets with the Thursday 4-Pack as low as $30 (advance, select off peak nights)/$40 (walk-up) each?

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.
 

Can I use my Thursday 4-Pack tickets over a couple of different Thursday nights?

All tickets purchased as 4-Pack are valid for the same night.

 

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Is the "Recurring Nightmare" pass available this year?

Yes. The Recurring Nightmare pass is a product that is available at the front gate for $89. It is not available online. It gets you UNLIMITED Howl-O-Scream admission on Thursdays and Fridays.
 

Do Platinum Members get into Freaky Preview for free?

Platinum Members get in free on the first weekend of the event - September 27 & 28, 2013. There is no Freaky Preview this year.
 

 

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