While we tend to focus on Orlando happenings (after all, we are Orlando Attractions Magazine), there are some events that we just can’t pass up covering. One such event is Howl-O-Scream (pronounced like Halloween) at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, roughly one to one-and-a-half hours from Orlando. While I have been to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios this year and many years prior, I’ve never attended Howl-O-Scream before. After seeing the TV commercials featuring the Raven Twins, the icons for Howl-O-Scream this year, I figured it was finally time to give it a shot.
I went into the event with middle-of-the-road expectations. I wasn’t expecting to be as thrilled as during Halloween Horror Nights, as that event has consistently set the bar pretty high over the last 18 years, but also wasn’t expecting to be let down either, as Busch Gardens is a great theme park for thrill rides. Howl-O-Scream not only met my expectations, but far surpassed them. I had a wonderful time in all of the haunted houses and many of the street scares showed refreshing originality.
Before I give you my scare-by-scare review of Howl-O-Scream 2008, here’s a video summary of the event, including some scare zone shots, clips from their three shows, and an interview Howl-O-Scream creative director Scott Swenson:
You can also download a high-resolution version of this video on our videos page.