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New Spin on Terror: Howl O Scream Busch Gardens Tampa

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Published: October 3, 2007 at 4:53 PM

Howl O Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa is an edgier, more adult, scarier version of its counterpart at Busch Gardens Europe.

This year there are 6 houses, 3 of which are all new.
I was there for the media event in which I had a camera strapped to my head and I was shown through their newest house, Catch Your Breath.

Overall the event is good, and the three new houses are pretty good. The best one is Taste of Blood, and Trapped still comes in at a close second.

Themeing is getting better, as they know they have to at least keep up a little bit with Halloween Horror Nights. There are not a lot of special effects, and not a lot of expensive scares like there are at HHN. What you get is a more raw experience, and you also get scareactors that seem to try a little harder, though I enjoy both events equally.

Here is a short video podcast from the event:

You do see me going through the house, and a few other things.

Readers' Opinions

From Iris Hernandez on October 3, 2007 at 8:55 PM
That made for some great laughs Erik!! Its amazing how you were able to control what you said and no foul language slipped thru...two thumbs up buddy. But honestly, did you almost pee your pants there buddy? hehehehe.....and you went in alone, thats even worse.

I dont go to events like those anymore...I only went to HHN 10 and I almost had a heart attack. I didnt even make it into the houses.
Me+dark+scarezones=crying like a baby=extremely embarrasing moments. Great job with the filming. Maybe i'll get over my fear of the dark sometime before i'm too old to go.

From Erik Yates on October 4, 2007 at 11:49 AM
When you have a house all alone like that, everyone targets you specifically. I had all kinds of butterflies in my stomach when I first walked in, and the reaction is real. I wasnt the worst however, with people screaming and one spanish lady even almost crying. It was a lot of fun. When you're in the park during regular event hours, its a lot different, the scareactors have to target the widest audience and you miss some scares.
You should try it again, in fact come to HHN on Sunday!
From Erik Yates on October 4, 2007 at 11:49 AM
When you have a house all alone like that, everyone targets you specifically. I had all kinds of butterflies in my stomach when I first walked in, and the reaction is real. I wasnt the worst however, with people screaming and one spanish lady even almost crying. It was a lot of fun. When you're in the park during regular event hours, its a lot different, the scareactors have to target the widest audience and you miss some scares.
You should try it again, in fact come to HHN on Sunday!
From Erik Yates on October 4, 2007 at 2:25 PM
sorry...double post
From Claudine Deshaies on October 4, 2007 at 4:08 PM
I would have loved to be able to do any of the horror attractions at BGE alone because I know I would have been scared. Hearing someone else scream up ahead just takes away the scare factor for me. That looked like fun.

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