Busch Gardens Tampa Howl-O-Scream in Tampa, FL

10165 N McKinley DrTampa, FL 33612
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Are you ready for your worst nightmares to come to life? Then get ready to experience Howl-O-Scream, if you dare. Tampa’s #1 haunted attraction is back with even more haunted houses, scare zones, terrifying shows, and chilling experiences than ever before. Think you can handle it? Admission to Howl-O-Scream requires an additional ticket separate from day admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.


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Take on terrifying haunted houses & roaming hordes.

Howl-O-Scream 2019 unearths long-buried icons of the past and new nightmares as Busch Gardens Tampa Bay celebrates “20 Years of Fear” with sinister surprises at every turn. Brave souls can venture through horrifying houses, terrifying scare zones and thrilling rollercoaster rides in the dark for 22 select nights. Run for your life from September 20 to November 2 as gruesome ghouls emerge from their tombs to twist your daydreams into nightmares.

*Event dates and details subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice
*Howl-O-Scream contains intense adult content such as violence, gore and blood and is not intended for children.
*Howl-O-Scream is open until 1 a.m. on all event nights.
*Yes, Busch Gardens’ most popular rides will be open during Howl-O-Scream, including the all-new Tigris, plus Cobra’s Curse, Falcon’s Fury, Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Montu and Kumba. Water rides and additional attractions may be opened based on weather.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Busch Gardens Tampa Howl-O-Scream

Can I bring my children to Howl-O-Scream?
Due to the adult themes throughout the park during Howl-O-Scream, the event is not recommended for children. Themes include violence, gore, blood, and extremely frightening costumes.

However, kids under the age of 18 will be admitted to the event. No discounted children’s rate is available for admission to Howl-O-Scream. It's suggested that visitors 13 and younger be accompanied by an adult.

Will Busch Gardens rides and attractions be open during Howl-O-Scream?

Yes. Howl-O-Scream guests will be able to ride all rides and visit all attractions. Water rides and/or additional attractions may be open, weather permitting.

If I purchased a day admissions ticket to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, am I able to go to the Howl-O-Scream event using this ticket?
No. Howl-O-Scream admission requires a separate ticket that can be purchased online or at the gate. That being said, a day admissions ticket is not required to attend the event.

Since it is a Halloween-related event, can I wear a costume to the park?
No. We ask that guests do not wear costumes to Howl-O-Scream. This policy is in place for the safety of our guests, performers, and park staff.

How late is Howl-O-Scream open until?

During Howl-O-Scream event nights, the park is open until 1:00am.

What time does the Howl-O-Scream event begin?

The event begins at 7:30pm each night.

Is parking available for the event?
Yes. Parking is available and the rates are the same ($20) as Busch Gardens general day parking.

Is the event wheelchair accessible?
Yes. All of our haunted houses are ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible. However, please be advised that the attractions include sharp corners. For this reason, we ask that guests transfer to a non-motorized wheelchair. Non-motorized wheelchairs are available at each haunted house and are provided by the hosts.

What is the rain policy for Howl-O-Scream?
Since Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event, no refunds or rain checks will be distributed due to inclement weather.

When does Howl-O-Scream occur?
Starting September 20th and running through November 2, 2019, Howl-O-Scream is available on select nights at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.