Howl-O-Scream is a frightening night of fun


When walking through Howl-O-Scream, you might run into some of these zombie cheerleaders. (Photo: Specht)

In the month of October, there are plenty of Halloween related activities to do. One of the more fun ones includes going to Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream: Dark Side of the Gardens. The theme this year is a zombie apocalypse, which the staff at Busch Gardens does a very good job of portraying. The prices range  from $32-78 for full admission along with decent food and snacks to purchase around the park. The Howl-O-Scream part of Busch Gardens is open on Thursday nights from 7:30 p.m.- 1 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.

“It was just really enjoyable;  if I had a chance to I would go back,” junior Laurynn Beatty said.

At the Nightshade Toy Factory you can expect to see some of your worst childhood nightmares. (Photo: Specht)

 There were six haunted houses: the Zombie Mortuary, Nevermore (an Edgar Allan Poe themed house), the Ultimate Gamble Vampire Casino, Night Shade Toys, Death Row Vegence: Fear the Dead and Deconstruction: the Doctor is Out of Control. There is also a separate labyrinth that allows 4 people inside at a time called Alone. You find your own way out of the maze for an additional $40. 

The haunted houses did not have a long wait time. The average wait was 15 minutes on a Thursday night. Park officials say that the park is “more crowded” on the weekends, which are actually Friday and Saturday.

These deranged nurses are part of the Deconstruction: the Doctor is Out of Control house and are looking to make you their next patient. (Photo: Specht)

 Busch Gardens does not only limit its guests to just its houses that scare. All of the roller coasters at the park are open at the same time, including the newest addition, the Cheetah Hunt. The ride is as smooth and focused as the speed of a cheetah.

While visiting throughout the park, there are a variety of characters walking alongside you trying to scare you. They are dressed up as zombies, cheerleaders, clowns, werewolves and even deranged doctors and patients. 

The costumes, makeup and overall horrific experience are all worth the price of going with family or even friends.

“I went with a group of friends, which just made it ten times better,” junior Kyle Justice said. “I would definitely go back again, because it was a lot of fun, and you never knew what was coming. There was always something around every turn.”

For more  information and to purchase tickets, visit the Howl-o-Scream website at