Busch Gardens Howl o Scream Tampa: 2023 In-Depth Guide

Where do you go when you want to experience a spine-tingling Halloween event that will leave you breathless and scared out of your wits? Busch Gardens Tampa Howl O Scream, that’s where!

A distinct terror descends upon Tampa Bay once the sun goes down. As families enjoy fall with their cider and carved pumpkins, unspeakable horror lurks by night throughout your favorite theme park. That cold shivers on the back of your neck? It may only be the wind…or not.

This spooky season, Busch Gardens Howl O Scream Tampa FL is opening its creaky doors to all the braves who are into haunted houses, sinister shows, scare zones, terrifying mazes, and other scary surprises. Would you dare to enter?

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Follow along to discover what’s in store at Busch Gardens Howl O Scream 2023.

Busch Gardens Tampa Howl O’ Scream Discount Tickets

Howl O Scream is a separately ticketed event. Worrying about your budget? Don’t be, as you can score Busch Gardens Tampa Howl O Scream tickets from Tripster, making the experience more fun.

Package Your Busch Gardens Tampa Tickets

Can’t get enough of the park and the city’s spirited charm? Then, bundle your Busch Gardens Howl O Scream tickets with these other attractions:  

Busch Gardens Tampa Howl O’ Scream Attractions

Haunted Houses

D.H. Baggum’s Circus of Fear

Step right up, daredevils and thrill-seekers, for a spine-chilling spectacle like no other! D.H. Baggum presents an eerie extravaganza of monstrosities that will leave your heart racing and your courage tested!

Stranglewood Estate

Prepare for another round of spine-chilling haunts as Ms. Stranglewood returns with her malevolent surprises lurking around every twist and turn. The once-vibrant mansion, once echoing with joy and opulent celebrations, now stands as a testament to darkness and evil.

Stranglewood Estate (Returning Haunted House)

Tampa Bay is packed with haunted houses, but none compare to Stranglewood Estate. This once suburban lively home is now a residence of the lost souls and evil. Ready to enter and greet the new homeowners? They would love you to be their guests.

The Residence: Home for the Holidays (Revamped Haunted House)

Getting frightened by ghouls and restless spirits is probably not how you want to celebrate Christmas, but you’ve got no choice when you enter the Residence: Home for the Holidays.

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Instead of being surprised by gifts and treats, you’re bound to receive twists and frights. But don’t worry, because there will be grinning men in red suits to celebrate the season with you…they’re not just Santa and his elves.

The Forgotten (Returning Haunted House)

Starved vampires looking for their newest victim take center stage at this Howl O Scream 2022 returning attraction. Keep your necks covered and stay alert as you stroll through the house if you want to return to your world.

Witch of the Woods (Returning Haunted House)

For a truly wicked experience, wander at Witch of the Woods. Just roam with caution as an ominous force prevents travelers from getting out of the supernatural forest.

Scare Zones

NEW! Sin City Zombies

Go beyond the dazzling lights of the Vegas strip to discover a hidden gem – a quaint motel with a chilling twist. Here, the spirits of legendary entertainers come to life, sharing their talents in electrifying performances.

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However, an unforeseen darkness has engulfed this haven, as a horde of hungry zombies now roams freely.

NEW! Big Ed’s Demolition Derby

Step into the heart-pounding arena of Big Ed’s Demolition Derby, where chaos and adrenaline collide. Big Ed has assembled a motley crew of the most rugged, relentless, and fearsome characters from across Howl-O-Scream’s sinister landscape, uniting them in a showdown that pushes the limits of sanity.

Raven’s Mill

Muster up enough courage before passing through this cornfield, wherein the scarecrows of Raven Mill are waiting for your arrival.   

Beyond the Veil

Try your luck at escaping vengeful fairies and orcs as you wander through this dark jungle.  

The Junkyard

A short trip to this terrifying scrap site will have you losing sleep for a long time. Do you have the guts to enter and see something more than junk and spare parts?

people running from character with ride and tree in the background at Howl-O-Scream busch gardens
photo credit: Howl-O-Scream via Facebook

Shows and Entertainment

ALL-NEW Rock The Grave

Be blown away by an explosive and electrifying live stage show that seamlessly merges the realms of alternative and classic rock with pop hits.

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This high-energy extravaganza promises an unforgettable experience that will have you on the edge of your seat, dancing and singing along to your favorite tunes.

ALL-NEW Scare-E-Oke

Unleash your inner rock star at the brand-new “Scare-E-Oke” experience in Gwazi Plaza. Take the stage and choose your favorite song to belt out in front of an eager audience.

The Rolling Bones

Watch the skeleton band destroy the Dragon Fire Grill stage with classic rock music and mesmerizing covers.

Cirque X-Scream

With thrilling choreography, such as trampoline stunts and aerial acts, Cirque X Scream will make you hold onto your seat. Watch their pulse-pounding show screaming with excitement.

Busch Gardens Tampa Rides

Iron Gwazi

Iron Gwazi, the world’s steepest and fastest hybrid coaster, is ready for all the bravest. Try this addition to SeaWorld’s thrill rides.

Close up of people upside down on Iron Gwazi, a new coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa on a sunny day in Tampa, Florida, USA
photo credit: Busch Gardens Tampa

Crash Test Clowns

Strap in and hold on for your life on this frightful ride. Just so you know, there’s a chance you might sit beside menacing clowns.  


This intense roller coaster ride lets you experience the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 200 feet from the sky.

Cheetah Hunt

Only the most adventurous will try this triple-launch roller coaster. Are you one of them?


Come enjoy the exciting range of looping twists on this ride.

Cobras Curse

Challenge your stamina to this spinning roller coaster.


Hear the roar of Kumba, the iconic steel coaster.

View looking up the Kumba roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa, Florida, USA
photo credit: Busch Gardens® Tampa via Facebook


Get that adrenaline rush at this award-winning coaster.


After braving the houses and scare zones, bring your fear to new heights with this ride.


Feel like you’re on top of the world when on SandSerpent.

Busch Gardens Tampa Howl O Scream Hours and Date

Busch Gardens Howl O Scream scares select nights from September 8, 2023, through October 31, 2023. This night event starts at 7 PM till the park closes.

Busch Gardens Tampa Howl O Scream Evil Upgrades

Extend your Busch Gardens Tampa travel budget with these Howl O’ Scream upgrades:

  • Ultimate VIP Tour – $249.00 per person and with a minimum of 2 guests (includes a 7-hour private tour, exclusive and unlimited access to thrill rides and haunted attractions.
  • Behind The Scenes Tour: $29.99 per person. (daytime experience)
  • Front Line Fear: $69.00 per guest (access to 5 haunted houses)
  • Front Line Fear Extreme: $79.00 (front-of-the-line access to 5 haunted houses and other rides)
  • No Boo Necklace: $15 per piece
people screaming in terror inside of a haunted house at Howl-O-Scream in Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VIrginia, USA
Photo Credit: Busch Gardens / Facebook

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl O Scream Venue

Located at 10165 McKinley Dr Tampa, FL 33612.

Experience Howl O Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa

Eerie attractions from haunted houses scare zones to hauntingly thrilling shows and more sinister surprises await at Howl O Scream Busch Gardens Tampa. Whether you love a good fright or an unusual celebration this Halloween, this annual event is perfect for a memorable experience. Make sure to grab your Busch Gardens Tampa Howl o Scream map to navigate your way easily. 

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What are you waiting for? Book youradmission tickets now to enter the world of terror and nightmare!


Start Date:

September 8, 2023

End Date:

October 31, 2023



Busch Gardens Tampa

10165 McKinley Dr
Tampa, FL 33612 United States


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Written by Anne Joyce Raymundo

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