Howl-O-Scream returned last weekend to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and is scarier and more popular than ever. As of this writing on Saturday night, the event is sold out for the evening! This is the 13th year of the event and it looks twisted in ways I can’t even imagine! Check out the press release from Busch Gardens for the details, followed by descriptions of all the insane attractions that can be found when you visit.
“We’ve returned to our roots for Howl-O-Scream’s 13th anniversary. Everything has been intensified, including new takes on old favorites,” said Busch Gardens Williamsburg Vice President of Entertainment Scott Gasparich.
Howl-O-Scream’s Dark Side of the Gardens is not for the faint hearted and parental guidance is strongly encouraged. Howl-O-Scream’s evil clowns are back and they have taken over Festa Italia in the Fear Fair haunted house and the Grin and Scare Itscare zone. New haunted houses like Dead Line offer a modern spin on some classic scares while 13: Your Number’s Up,which is returning after a 13-year hiatus, forces guests to face their darkest fears. Fiends also is back in the Festhaus by popular demand. Gasparich and his creative team have breathed new life into Busch Gardens’ classic show that debuted during the first Howl-O-Scream in 1999.
Daring guests can pull back the curtain and get an exclusive look at Howl-O-Scream by participating in one of three behind-the-scenes tours. The tours offer exclusives like reserved seating at select shows and front-of-the-line access to the park’s haunted houses.
Howl-O-Scream begins Sept. 23 and continues every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 30. Howl-O-Scream is not suitable for children after 6 p.m. Parental guidance is strongly encouraged. The park’s younger guests will be treated to Halloween happenings during the day with their favorite characters at Sesame Street Forest of Fun.
Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens Williamsburg Haunted Houses
Suspicion, darkness and mind-numbing fear surround the “Bitten” house which is set in Eastern Europe in the late 1800s. Full of legends and lore of vampires and the undead that preyed on the innocent, this manor sits by the road upon which all travelers must pass but few return.
On the dark outskirts of the Fair Grounds near Festa Italia, a traveling carnival is waiting under a stained and tattered big top. Lift the flaps of the tent and discover the macabre—a fantastic collection of freaks, psychotic clowns and other insane oddities that defy human explanation. Will your sides split with laughter? Or will you turn around and run for your life? Either way, you’ll quickly understand why this evil carnival is doomed to wander the Italian countryside … never stopping in the same village twice.
For 13 long years, the dark tower was locked away from the world—existing only in the nightmares of those who had dared to experience Howl-O-Scream’s first and most terrifying maze. But now, on the eve of our 13th anniversary, the seal has been broken. The tower is open once more and on the 13th floor, your darkest phobias and fears lurk in the shadows. Are you brave enough to face them or is your number up?
Through a ruined cemetery filled with statues lies a tunnel that leads to an underground city. Its history is more terrifying than that of France’s worst revolutions. Deep within these tunnels lie mile after mile of bones—the final resting place for those who are buried here. But all is not as quiet as it appears. As guests venture forth into the dank, dripping corridors of rat infested remains, the voices of the dead begin to speak, and some have taken shape.
Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens Williamsburg Shows
Experience the revamping of a classic – vampires have come to the monster stomp party, and they are dying to have a good time. Witches, skeletons and beasts join them in Busch Gardens’ high-powered musical “rockstravaganza.” This show contains adult themes. Parental supervision is advised.
A party procession of carved creatures and dancing scarecrows invades the village of Ireland to honor Jack-of-the-Lantern. Join Jack as he entertains park guests during this dancing party that will make everyone “boo”-gy.
Venture deep into the woods of New France, where a solitary logging camp is ensnared by a killer clan of enormous venomous spiders, ready to capture anyone who wanders into their wicked web of terror. The loggers are fighting back with their sharpest blades, but be careful … in the darkness of the woods, they may mistake you for the spiders they’re trying to destroy.
Go ahead. Step right up to the creepiest show on earth. A traveling carnival has just crawled into Festa Italia, and you’ll be one of the very first guests to see what terrible traps these carnies have in store. As they unpack boxes brimming with ghastly tricks, the high-pitched laughter of evil clowns echo from the shadows. At this sinister circus, you won’t be calling for an encore.
The full moon looms. The fog creeps closer. And somewhere in the distance, a creature howls. There are werewolves on the prowl, and they’re coming nearer—hunting for unsuspecting human prey. So listen for the rustle of dry leaves in the bushes, and beware the creepy cry that pierces the darkness. It may be your only warning in this scare zone, where you’ll discover what happens when true fear is Unleashed.
This is the realm of the living dead—a land where zombies and monsters roam and where cold eyes search for unsuspecting new victims. Could you become one of them? In the darkened streets of Germany a demonic doctor is on the loose, frantically gathering the limbs and organs of the living. His purpose: to patch together a new breed of immortal creatures and to build a ferocious force of undead to do his bidding. He’s armed his zombie militia with scissors, needles and thread, and he’s convinced them all it’s Stitchin’ Time. And now, they’re dying to make you a part of their evil empire.