teased yesterday, Busch Gardens Tampa is going ahead with its annual after-hours, hard-ticket Halloween scare event, Howl-O-Scream.It's on. As
Other major theme parks have been canceling their Halloween haunt events due to the pandemic and the need for safe physical distancing. How can you stage a haunted house or maze with everyone six feet apart? These events typically feature jam-packed conga lines of guests snaking through tight quarters, with scareactors waiting to jump at every turn.
Busch Gardens is addressing this challenge by dumping the houses in favor of open-air scare zones at its event. And it is limiting event capacity to help promote physical distancing, as well.
"The creative production team has been consulting with medical experts and has modified this year’s event content with a focus on open-air scare zones and entertainment, as well as enhanced health and safety measures, while staying true to the core of this fan-favorite experience," the park said in its press release today.
Howl-O-Scream will run for 18 nights — every Friday through Sunday from September 25 to November 1. Tickets will cost from $29.99-44.99 a night, depending upon when you visit. The number of tickets available for each night will be sharply reduced from previous years, due to the lower capacity for the event, so the park recommends buying tickets in advance online ASAP.
Announcements about the scare zones are to come, but Busch Gardens said that the event will feature the Fiends show on the Festival Field Stage, which bench seating arranged to support appropriate physical distancing between guests. Masks also will be required for all guests, as well as temperature screenings prior to entry.
Busch Gardens' sister park, SeaWorld Orlando, also announced today that its Halloween Spooktacular event, which is included with park admission, will return on September 19, running through November 1. Leading up to that, the park's Craft Beer Festival will run Saturdays and Sundays through September 20. And SeaWorld Orlando's Christmas Celebration will run select nights from November 23 through December 31.
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