It’s Spooky Season! Visit Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens 

It’s that time of year again—when the goons and goblins come out to play! If you’re already anxiously awaiting Halloween, Howl-O-Scream is just what you need to lift your spirits. From September 14-October 27, Busch Gardens’ theme park will be SCARY fun! 

*Warning: this is not for the little ghouls or the hallo-weenies! Be ready for the park’s elevated scare factor! 

Haunted Houses and Mazes

These indoor and outdoor haunted house experiences are perfect for the brave of heart, and this year there will be even more scares and screams with six unique haunted tours. The adventurous will love this festival of frights, we can feel it in our bones.

The house and maze experiences include: Circo Sinistro, Demented Dimensions, Dystopia, Frostbite, Lumberhack and Vault Overtaken. How many do you think you can stomach?

Scare Zones

These terror-tories are tailor-made for valiant desperados. When the sun goes down, the hallow-creatures come out! If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you’ll think these are FREAK-ing awesome. Brace yourself for immersive, themed scare zones and try to survive the creeps of the night. If you dare, endure these six frightening worlds… 

Axe Alley
Visit New France, home to the Vikings’ funeral. Their spirits of these mighty warriors are restless and now walk along the world of the living once again. Visit the Viking’s domain and they will unleash their powerful horror.

Fools’ Court
Visit the Royal Palace where a new king has taken the throne. This region in France is home to absolute chaos! The fools and jesters are ready to reign terror over all who walk under their lights. Enter Fools’ Court and the joke will be on you!

Garden of Souls
Visit the graves of the deceased in the Garden of Souls, located in Italy. However, this is not your usual funeral—these souls are the afterlife of the party. Face your fears as these spirits roam freely through the garden. 

Ripper Row

There’s a murderer on the loose in England! Jack the Ripper scouts the streets for unsuspecting victims. Whoever dares to tread these streets will be immediately unnerved by Ripper Row.

 Sideshow Square

This scare zone in Festa Italia is home to all of your worst nightmares. See the dark areas of your imagination come to reality. The freaks you fear the most will come to life right before you! Visit Sideshow Square and it’s sure to give you a scare! 

Vampire Point
During this time of year, Germany is home to terrifying bloodsuckers. Believe it or not, they love visitors, and they’re just dying to get their fangs out. Escape the vampire village before the end of the night, or you could become their next meal! 

Halloween Shows

During the Halloween season, you don’t want to miss Busch Gardens’ spirited productions. Howl-O-Scream will feature shows on indoor stages and in theaters throughout the park. 

This fall, performances include Monster Stomp on Ripper Row, Night Beats: Revamped and Jack is Back. Watch a show full of musical monsters and feel free to sing, dance and party along!

Escape Rooms

While the clock is ticking and the pressure is on, search for clues that will solve the puzzle for the only way out alive! The No Escape Rooms at Howl-O-Scream are sure to make your heart race. Embrace your inner thrill-seeker as you search for freedom while stuck with creepers lurking in the way of your escape! The two escape rooms include Jack’s Twisted Terror and the Grave Obsession. 

Note: This experience not included with Howl-O-Scream and requires an additional fee.

Buy Tickets

If you think you’re ready to face your fears, it’s about time you buy your tickets to Virginia’s best Halloween event! Howl-O-Scream is included with memberships, which start as low as $10.05/month! 

Interested in Halloween add-ons? Get even more out of your Halloween experience with a tour, escape room or priority access. The all-access experience includes a 7-hour guided group tour with priority access and dinner. Explore the scares that await at all six haunted house locations, reserved seating at popular Howl-O-Scream shows and dinner during the show in Das Festhaus!

Lindsey Forsten