First Look: New Scare Zones at Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream

September 10, 2020, 4:36 PM · Busch Gardens Tampa is sharing a first look at four all-new outdoor scare zones that it will bring to this year's Howl-O-Scream Halloween event.

Due to pandemic restrictions, Busch Gardens is going with an all-scarezone line-up for this year's limited-capacity, after-hours, hard-ticket event.

"Designed to scare safely, the creative production team has consulted with medical experts to modify this year’s zone designs with a physical distancing focus, as well as enhanced health and safety measures, while staying true to the terrifying experience fans crave," the park said in its press release today. The four new scare zones will be among the 10 featured at the event, which also will include the "Fiends" show and access to the park's roller coasters and thrill rides.

The Escape
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The Escape: "In this treacherous realm, chaos reigns and rules are made to be broken. The escaped inmates of Grey Echo Penitentiary seek their own twisted form of justice and they’re ready to deliver your sentence."

The Junkyard

The Junkyard: "You’ll find more than spare parts as you explore this surly scrap site. Will you make it out in one piece or be devoured by the haunted rubble?"

Lycan Landing

Lycan Landing: "It’s always a full moon at this campground and the park rangers can’t hear you scream. When the campfires burn out, will you escape the glowing eyes leering through the trees or will you share their cursed fate?"

The Shortcut

The Shortcut: "Cutting through the cemetery may seem like an easy way out, except when the corpses rise from the ground to invite you into their graves."

Howl-O-Scream will run Friday through Sunday from September 25 to November 1. Tickets are limited and available on the Busch Gardens website.

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September 10, 2020 at 11:07 PM

Busch Gardens' dim lighting and nature-setting has always lent itself better to scare zones than HHN. I love the way scare actors hide in the bushes to get unsuspecting guests.

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