The Scaredy Cat's Guide to Howl-O-Scream

Learn how to survive Howl-O-Scream® at night

You were dragged to Howl-O-Scream ® by your friends, but how will you survive a whole night of scares? We’ve been there…so we wanted to give you a few insider tips on how to avoid peeing your pants in panic. Like we said, we’ve been there. This is the Scaredy Cat’s Guide to Howl-O-Scream—written specifically for the guests who spend most of their time in the park with their eyes closed. It’s for those who have bruised their friends and torn their clothes because of the death grip they have going through the terror-tories ™. Enough already! Keep reading, your friends can thank us later.

Scare Squad Survival 101

Scare Squad Survival 101

Those evil creatures waiting to catch you off-guard are known around here as the Scare Squad. They arrive in the park every night at 6 p.m. Our advice on how to handle them? Stay cool, don’t look scared. They prey on the weak so you have to appear strong, no matter what your heart rate monitor is tracking. Also, go in to the park knowing that as close to you as they might get, they can’t touch you. After all, they aren’t REALLY trying to hurt you, just scare you into thinking they might.


Tips for Terror-tories™

Tips for Terror-tories

Grab a park map when you arrive; it will tell you exactly where the terror-tories (or scare zones) are so that you know when Scare Squad is near. Even then, there are safe zones within the terror-tories. Scare Squad cannot follow you into shops or restaurants, and they do not venture too close to bars.

The entrance and exit to the park (England) is a terror-tory, so be mindful of that after 6 p.m. Once you get through this area, there are a few ways of avoiding the other terror-tories. The train and skyride do not have scares, nor does the Loch Ness Bridge if you want to take the shortcut to Das Festhaus ®.


Navigating the Mazes

Navigating the Mazes

If you are daring enough to enter any of the mazes, we suggest walking in the middle of the group. Let the brave ones mine through the surprise elements first. If you find yourself up to your ears in fear, no worries, there are emergency exits in every house and a team member there to assist you out if needed (they are in park uniforms and will not be trying to scare you). Scare Squad knows to back down once you reach the point of sobbing, which is actually kind of reassuring, right? Read the stories for each of the mazes ahead of time to give you a feel for the theming. If clowns are your worst nightmare, you might want to think twice before heading toward the big top of Circo Sinistro.

We’ve also taken the liberty of sharing the intimidating aspects of each maze (our opinions, of course). You’re welcome for that.


Unearthed ™: Scarlett’s Revenge - Gory but there are not as many startling elements.


Cornered  - More open, which makes it easier to see which scares are ahead of you.


Deadline - Very themed so there are lots of hidden aspects.


Lumberhack  - Very open, but beware of loud noises and startles with chainsaws.


Catacombs - There are scares from all angles so it’s a new experience every time you go.

Circo Sinistro

Circo Sinistro - You never know what is real and what is waiting to pop out and scare you.


FrostBite - We hear this house uses lots of startling scares and the perks of using an indoor ride building (like making it super cold). It’s bound to be a chilling experience.


Pep Talk

I, (state your name), can do this. I have officially done my research so that I’ll be a pro at navigating the park after 6 p.m. Busch Gardens ® is a fun place, and it’s even better in the fall. While my friends suffer in the mazes, I’ll take advantage of the shorter lines for the coasters. I’ll feel fearless as I enjoy a specialty cocktail* at Inoculation Station before getting in the holiday spirit at Fiends. I’ll simultaneously outsmart Scare Squad and get some festive shopping done at Blood Haus . I’ll challenge myself to at least one maze so that I can appreciate the intricate theming, and show off in front of my friends when they realize I kept my eyes open this year. Most importantly, I’m truly going to have a great time at Howl-O-Scream.

* Must be 21 year of age or older to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Proof of positive I.D. is required.