Howl-O-Scream Williamsburg returns with new houses and host

by Tharin White

Virginia’s premier Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream, returns with a twisted new game, three all-new haunted houses, new terror-tories, and a host to bring it all together. Plus, grabbing tickets now can snag you a sinisterly good sale.

Guests scream in fright at the 2023 Howl-O-Scream Williamsburg horror event.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream returns with a twisted new game and an evil host, beginning on Friday, September 9, 2022. In this ghoulish game show, every guest is a contestant, led to their destiny by the master of scare-monies. Your fate awaits with five haunted houses, five terror-tories, four sinister shows, two party zones, and unsuspecting scares awaiting their victims at every turn.

Guests will have nowhere to hide as iconic frights are combined with new experiences. Fan-favorite houses Witch of the Woods and KILLarney Diner will return in 2022, as well as two signature terror-tories, Ripper Row and Meat Market.


Beyond the haunts, guests can take horror to new heights with nighttime rides on Busch Gardens’ eight thrilling coasters, including the all-new Pantheon – the world’s fastest multi-launch coaster. Howl-O-Scream presents new screams with three new haunted houses and three new terror-tories, complete with seven BOOze bars and bites.

New Haunted Houses

  • Inferno: When death is only the beginning, there’s no end to the scorching terror in sight. As the ground opens to the fiery torments of the dead, your only hope for escape is to journey further into this twisted domain. Descend deep into the pits of Lucifer’s lair to find your way out. But beware – the underworld’s demonic horde is yearning for your soul.
  • Death Water Bayou: The sounds of the carnival celebration grow faint as you are beckoned deeper into the bayou by an unseen force. The cursed hands rise out of the swamp, reaching in desperation for their next devilish devotee. Beware of the bayou or fall victim to the horrors cast by the swamp’s sinister citizens.
  • Nevermore Chapter 2: A disturbing new chapter in the “Nevermore” saga has been unveiled, wreaking horror and havoc for the nobility and townsmen alike. The gothic nightmare reads on as tales of torment and terror take frightening form. Explore a world where literature comes to life and Poe’s poignant prose takes on an even darker reality.

New Terror-tories

  • Dead A-Head: The bloodied bodies of the beheaded are lurking through the streets of France seeking revenge for their bludgeoned fate. Beware of your surroundings – one wrong move and it could be your head on the chopping block.
  • Gorgon Gardens: Don’t look too closely – staring straight into the soul-less eyes of these serpent sisters leads to venomous consequences and a stone-cold eternity. There’s no escaping these sinister sirens once you’ve been added to their succulent garden of souls.
  • Scary Tale Road: Once upon a time, these fairy tale fantasies lured you to sleep with picturesque places and harmonious heroes. Survival is slim as these childhood icons have been ripped from the pages and are now haunting your dreams.
Howl-O-Scream Williamsburg returns for 2023 season.

Looking for horrifically good savings? For a limited-time, guests who purchase a 2023 Fun Card will get now through Howl-O-Scream free, plus unlimited visits January 27 through September 4, 2023. You can purchase event tickets, or a 2023 Fun Card, here at the Busch Gardens Williamsburg website.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream will take place on select dates from September 9 – October 31, 2022.


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Rich October 11, 2022 - 8:51 pm

Taking advantage of every person We’ll never come back to your park for this price good luck


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