A shot of the Shop of Horrors and all its gruesomeness. The store opens with the start of fall.
A shot of the Shop of Horrors and all its gruesomeness. The store opens with the start of fall.

The ever popular Howl-O-Scream event has returned once again. This being the 13th year of the century, the time for the 13 evils to come out and play has arrived. #6 Voodoo Queen, #11 Psychopath, # 8 Demon are just a few of the mischievous beings that plan to “greet” all the guests every night.

This year’s event starts September 27th and runs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until October 26th. Each night, guests can experience the thrills until 1 a.m. Along with the usual Shop of Horrors, Howl-O-Scream is opening the doors of the Village Voodoo Market, a merchandise shop open only during the nighttime event.

The year’s returning houses  include Circus of Superstition 3D, Blood Asylum, Nevermore, Zombie Mortuary, and Ultimate Gamble, now with an added werewolf theme.  This year’s specialty house, The Experiment, has several fear-inducing interactive features that make this house like no other. The Basement is a new house where guests must avoid #4 Butcher at all the costs before being turned into a product of Momma’s Meats. Based on the true stories of Voodoo Queen of New Orleans Marie Laveau, Death Water Bayou features #6 Voodoo Queen as she tries to turn guests into her minions of the night.

Inside the boat house of Marie La Morte, the Voodoo Queen temps all who enter to join her league of the undead. Death Water Bayou features a live snake on the left side of the first room.
Inside the boat house of Marie La Morte, the Voodoo Queen temps all who enter to join her league of the undead. Death Water Bayou features a live snake on the left side of the first room.

Even if guests are too chicken to brave the houses, they can still be greeted by the various baddies all throughout the park in the three Scare Zones: The 13, Harvesters Haunt, and Pain Lane. Visitors are terrorized the moment they step through the gate and get a first look at what makes this year’s Howl-O-Scream… all 13 evils.  Are they humble scarecrows or something more sinister? Harvester’s Haunt has surprises lurking around every corner, so always be on the lookout, for you may or may not be alone. If medieval torture and torment is the thing for you, then you may have more in common with #2 Torturer and #12 Hangman than you thought; be sure to visit their painful playground and try and escape before its too late.

With an average of 900 performers for the whole event, guests can expect to get a super healthy dose of scare. However, if they ever need a break from all the madness, stick around near the Nairobi area of the park with the elephants; not saying it’s guaranteed you won’t be scared, but things are usually quieter in the area at night.

Single tickets for non-pass holders start at $48, however if you and three others wish to attend on a Thursday night, tickets start at $30. Pass holder ticket prices start at $35, but may vary depending on the event day chosen.

To purchase tickets or get more information about Howl-O-Scream 2013, be sure to visit howloscream.com.

Emily Goldbach / Opinion Editor and Marissa Hibel / Staff Writer

6 thoughts on “The 13th year: Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream returns with more scares, terrors

  1. This article was not only informing but made me even more excited for Howl-o-Scream this year! It also provided important information about the new houses and scares for this year.

  2. I get scared very easily, but I’m so tempted to visit Howl-O-Scream this year with all the great things I’ve heard!

  3. This was a fantastic article! I’ve always wanted to go to Howl-O-Scream, and this only makes me want to go more! Although I’m way too chicken, you almost persuaded me into going. Very nice job!

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