Haunted Houses Return for Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream

June 2, 2021, 2:27 PM · The houses are back at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Howl-O-Scream this year.

Tickets are on sale now for the annual Halloween event, starting at $29.99 and running up to $44.99 for one-night tickets and $79.99 for unlimited admission to all event nights. Howl-O-Scream starts September 10 and runs select nights through October 31 this year.

Busch Gardens is promising two all-new haunted houses for this year's Howl-O-Scream, along with three returning houses. The event also will feature eight scares zones plus the return of the Fiends! show to the Festival Field Stage. More details on the houses and scare zones will be released at a later date.

Pandemic restrictions forced Busch Gardens to skip the houses at last year's all-outdoor event, but the park was one of the few across the country to go ahead with a dedicated Halloween event in 2020.

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Replies (9)

June 2, 2021 at 2:51 PM

Kind of wondering why this flume didn't run under the headline "Here's What Busch Gardens' Halloween Event Will Cost".

June 2, 2021 at 3:30 PM

BGT isn't jacking up the price of their Halloween event by 50%, so the price isn't the story here, like it is for Disney's event.

June 2, 2021 at 5:44 PM

Both stories had the exact same content. Hours, attractions, entertainment and ticket prices. The Disney headline was inquisitive about cost and could have been applied to the Busch Gardens story.

Likewise the Disney article could have been headlined "Character Cavalcades and Villains to Be Featured at Boo Bash" -- but then the word cost would not have such prominent placement.


June 2, 2021 at 5:57 PM

At least they can use the Gwazi station as a haunted house again since that coaster won’t be opening.

June 4, 2021 at 1:23 PM

Disney World already told us it would run calvacades at Boo Bash. The prices were the news there today. Also, most fans already know that BGT's HOS is the bargain price for Florida Halloween events. The return of the houses is the news here.

June 3, 2021 at 5:11 PM

RN: "Also, most fans already know that BGT's HOS is the bargain price for Florida Halloween events ...""

Me: Yes. Let's assume most fans already knew. That clears things up.

June 4, 2021 at 8:31 AM

@TH - Whether readers already knew about the details of each event or not, the NEWS of each of the announcements were different. Disney had already revealed many details of their event previously, so the NEWS of their announcement was the price and when guests could start making reservations, important details withheld from Disney's previous release announcing the "new" event. Therefore, the lede of the story here is that Disney released the cost/prices for their event. BGT had made no prior to commitment or announcement for a Halloween event this fall, and while the expectation was that it would be happening, the NEWS of their announcement was the return of mazes to an event that only had scare zones the previous, pandemic-impacted year. The price of BGT's event, while part of the press release, was included in this story, but was not newsworthy except in comparing the relative value of BGT's event to Disney's uber-expensive event.

If you don't think that the cost of Disney's event, which is 5+ times as expensive as a standard WDW admission (on a price/hour basis) is important, then you might want to slow down on the Kool Aid.

June 4, 2021 at 9:01 AM

Anyone one going to the Disney Halloween event needs to see a doctor. Their prices are ridiculous.

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