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Howl-O-Scream 2010

Howl-O-Scream operates on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Friday, September 24, 2010 through Sunday, October 31, 2010. The park hours will be 10:00 am to 10:00 pm on all Fridays and Saturdays, and 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Sundays through October 3, 2010. After that, the park hours will be 10:00 am to 11:00 pm on Saturdays and 10:00 am to 10:00 pm on Fridays and Sundays. The Howl-O-Scream events will run from 6:00 pm to park closing, unless indicated otherwise below.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is offering a Fall Fun Card for Howl-O-Scream. For the price of a one day admission, you can come back again and again September 11th through October 31st.

This year's Howl-O-Scream will feature six haunted houses and five shows. The theme for the Howl-O-Scream this year is “The Scare is Everywhere”. There are no separate scare zones, as the entire park is considered a scare zone this year.

Busch Gardens will continue to offer the Howl-O-Scream quick queue. You can get either a one-time use (per attraction) quick queue ($24.95 per person) or the unlimited quick queue for the entire day ($39.95 per person). You must specify the date of the quick queue if you purchase it online.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg rates each of the Howl-O-Scream attractions using a pumpkin scale. The pumpkin rating scale goes from one to five pumpkins. Here is a listing and definition of each of the ratings (these are the definitions set by Busch Gardens). Busch Gardens has also designated some shows as “Kidsiderate”, meaning that the show is meant for all ages.

One Pumpkin = Good fun for everyone

Two Pumpkins = A little spooky, but still fun

Three Pumpkins = Fun but more frightful

Four Pumpkins = Scary, be careful

Five Pumpkins = Older teens, parental supervision advised

Here is a breakdown of each of the haunted houses and shows. The pumpkin ratings are included below the name of each attraction. All attractions open at 6 pm unless otherwise indicated.

Haunted Houses

Rating: Five Pumpkins
Location: Festhaus Park

This maze is set in Eastern Europe in the 1800s, and has the theme of vampires and the undead.

Rating: Five Pumpkins
Location: Festhaus Park

This attraction is set in the 1800s in Germany. Here, a hunter’s cabin is located and is in disrepair. Here, you will find the truth through the bloody clues within.

Harvest Hollow
Rating: Five Pumpkins
Location: Festhaus Park

This journey will take you through some of your worst nightmares. Creatures lurk everywhere as they look for fresh victims to enact their revenge.

Revenge of Pompeii
Rating: Four Pumpkins
Location: Escape From Pompeii entrance
Opens: 12 pm

The theme is set in Pompeii. There is an abandoned expedition camp, and a sinister ash storm causing many people to be missing. Those missing are lurking at every turn and are there to have their revenge.

Rating: Four Pumpkins
Location: France

Here, you will go through a ruined cemetery leading to an underground city. This place marks the final resting place of those buried there. The dead will show themselves here.

Rating: Five Pumpkins
Location: Festa Italia

Those cursed have their fate determined by the witches of the woods. In this abyss, consciousness is thinnest this time of year.


The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular
Rating: One Pumpkin
Location: Prince Elmo’s Castle, Sesame Street Forest of Fun
Kidsiderate: Yes

This ten minute show is great fun for all ages. Sesame Street characters such as Count von Count will appear in this show. Photo opportunities are available after the show with the characters.

Jack Is Back
Rating: Two Pumpkins
Location: Killarney, Ireland
Kidsiderate: Yes

Jack-O-Lanterns were used in Celtic Ireland to ward off evil spirits. Jack comes back for a visit during this street show. The performers and guests alike sing and dance to the music. There are no major changes to this attraction this year.

Rating: Four Pumpkins
Location: Oktoberfest, Germany
Kidsiderate: No

This show is located inside Das Festhaus. This show has a group of monsters that have every intention to rock. They will rock it up using many familiar tunes from the 1990s, as well as other classics.

Monster Stomp Revamped
Rating: Four Pumpkins
Location: Killarney, Ireland
Kidsiderate: No

This show is located in the Abbey Stone Theater. Witches, skeletons, mummies, and other characters come out to play for the evening to the sounds of your Halloween favorites. This show features some adult themes, and parental supervision is advised.

Movies of the Macabre
Rating: Two Pumpkins
Location: Italy Pavilion
Kidsiderate: Not Determined

Black and white silent movies are shown on the big screen. You can dine while watching these movies.

The official Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream site, where you can also purchase tickets, is located here.

-- Last edited by Drew Petzold on September 11, 2010