This afternoon, Busch Gardens Tampa revealed its full line up of houses, scare zones, hordes and more for Howl-O-Scream 2012. On Select nights in September and October, this unlucky 13th year of Howl-O-Scream will lure guests into the “Dark Side of the Gardens” once again but this time to “Unlock the Fear Inside.”
Taking over the park this year is Trickster, a monster with cloudy eyes and a gruesome face, will be dwelling in the gardens at this years event. He lures curious wanderers in with the golden key and then buries them alive bringing his gardens to life.
Howl-O-Scream 2012 Houses:
Blood Asylum (New for 2012)
As lightning rages and thunder crashes outside, “The Creature” escapes from his holding cell in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane. Now this sadistic deviant is running rampant, skinning his former cellmates and turning the mental hospital into his own torture chamber. This serial killer’s bloody playground will drive you out of your mind with fear.
Circus of Superstition 3-D (New for 2012)
You’ve tried to avoid black cats and sidewalk cracks, but Trickster will make sure that all those years of bad luck catch up with you! Under his command, crazed circus clowns challenge you to survive 13 superstitions in their 3-D Tent of Terror, but it will take more than luck to escape this whole new dimension of fear
Ultimate Gamble: CONDEMNED
Vampires have fallen out of vogue and the Ultimate Gamble casino has been shut down. The power is off, and the neon signs that once lit up the sky have gone out. Only the bravest guests dare visit the empty carcass of the once-vibrant casino, grabbing their flashlights to “enter at their own risk.”
Nightshade Toy Factory: MUTATION
The old Nightshade Toy Factory has long been patrolled by diabolical dolls, terrible teddy bears and possessed playthings, but recent containment issues at a nearby nuclear facility have started to affect these terrible toys. Now, the mutations will stop at nothing to devour the humans that have “enslaved” them for so long.
Beating hearts, swinging pendulums and a raven’s cries haunt the manor of Lenore, creating a demented and twisted nightmare. Step inside to experience the gothic terror that maddens the lord of the house. and feel delusion overcome reality. Find your way out of this horror story before paranoia authors your final chapter.
No one remembers how the epidemic started, but now, zombies live here. The undead that infest this small town funeral home feed on the fresh flesh and brains of mortuary mourners to satisfy their insatiable hunger. Avoid the walking dead or you may find yourself deeper than six feet under.
Alone… (A personal experience in horror)
The deranged Master Alexander Daedalus opened Minotaur Storage to house his vast collection of “cultural” remains. But now his sinister obsession with hoarding has expanded to stockpiling people. Escape this lunatic’s labyrinth or you will become part of his collection. Can you make it out ALONE?
Alone is a unique, all-alone experience through the haunted house for an additional fee. Reservations are required, and each reservation can accommodate you and up to 3 additional victims. Pass member discount does not apply. Not included with any other VIP tour or upgrade product. Howl-O-Scream admission is required, but not included.
Howl-O-Scream 2012 Scare Zones, Shows and More:
Thirteen years of horror-filled memories come swarming back as the most sinister icons, diabolical characters and disturbing scenes from your favorite Howl-O-Scream haunted houses and scare zones from the past converge to create the ultimate “best of” scrapbook of scares. Houses and themes featuring will include MyX, Taste of Blood, Escape from Insanity, Dark Heart’s Fear Fair and much more.
Performing nightly for the first time ever at the Desert Grill in Timbuktu. Captivating creatures of the night will infect you with dance fever and keep your pulse pounding with their deranged dance party. But when Dr. Freakenstein’s naughty nurses start operating, the diagnosis is always “code pink.”
Escape the hordes and head to the transformed Marrakesh Theater to drive yourself mad partying at Howl-O-Scream’s exclusive dance club. This adults-only nighttime playground keeps the energy pumping all night long with non-stop music, premium signature cocktails, drink specials and exclusive appearances by Howl-O-Scream’s most terrifying personalities.
Howl-O-Scream Shop of Horrors
Remember your evening of undead excitement with a Tricky trinket that’s not for the faint of heart.
At Howl-O-Scream, even the sidewalks aren’t safe with over a dozen roaming hordes of monsters taking over the 335 acres of the park.
Check out the map of this year’s event for an overlook of all there is to offer:
Check out the commercial for this year’s event:
The event runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Sept. 27-29, Oct. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27. Freaky Preview lets devoted fans experience the event a week early on Sept. 21-22. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. during Freaky Preview and on Thursday nights. Friday and Saturday hours are 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
For more information, including prices and special ticket options such as VIP Tours and Fright Feast, visit TheDarkSideOfTheGardens.com or call 1-888-800-5447.