Frightening Features

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Howl-O-Scream®?
This event is every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 - Oct. 27.

Is Howl-O-Scream® all day?
No. Busch Gardens® has all of the family-friendly and fun features that it normally has during the day. You can experience the thrilling rides and attractions while surrounded by beautiful fall décor and Howl-O-Scream décor that will come to life at 6 p.m.  In addition, you can visit one of our face-painting booths to get transformed into a favorite Halloween character, and your little ones will enjoy taking a Halloween-themed photo with their favorite Sesame Street™ friends. But at the stroke of 6 p.m., the ghouls and haunts come out to play and Busch Gardens becomes a seriously scary place.

Is Howl-O-Scream® suitable for kids?
Maybe not.  After 6 p.m., guests are advised to consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding to visit Busch Gardens with young children during Howl-O-Scream.

What is a Terror-tory?
Terror-tories™ are a completely new concept for Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream®. Four sections of our park, England, Germany, Italy and France, have been transformed in to haunted villages. These highly immersive attractions include dramatic theming and scare squad actors behind every corner. You won’t have to wait in line to go through these Terror-tories because they are a part of the park itself, including themed shopping and dining experiences in each section. The four Terror-tories ready to scare you are:
-Ripper Row® in England
-Vampire Point™ in Germany
-Demon Street™ in France
-Ports of Skull™ in Italy

What is the cost to attend Howl-O-Scream®?
Howl-O-Scream® is included with your admission to Busch Gardens®, whether you have a Pass membership or simply a single-day ticket. A Fall Fun Card is available for the same price as a one-day ticket, and it’s a great way to enjoy Busch Gardens during the day and Howl-O-Scream at night all through the fall.

Can I wear a costume to Howl-O-Scream?
No. For the safety of our guests and performers, we do not allow costumes in the park any time of the year, but especially not during Howl-O-Scream®. Guests can visit one of our face-painting booths to get transformed into a favorite Halloween character.