Fill fall nights with fright at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream. This year we are celebrating 20 years of fears and an all-new Era of Terror with more scares than ever. Fear awaits in the Virginia theme park’s collection of elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed scare zones, challenging escape rooms and darkly entertaining live shows. Busch Gardens becomes a seriously scary place at 5:45 pm when Jack summons his evil minions and they descend on Howl-O-Scream, during our Witching Hour. Guests should consider the park’s elevated scare factor.
Indoor and Outdoor Mazes:
Immerse yourself inside the seven unique haunted house experiences that can be found this year at Howl-O-Scream. With four returning favorites and three all-new scary attractions for 2018, this festival of frights will surely keep you up at night. Stay tuned on the 20th of each month for details of the new haunted houses coming this fall.
Sterling Manor, a massive estate, is home to more than meets the eye and is sitting on unspeakable terror. The energies of a dimensional vortex have opened portals to dreadful realms where unearthly creatures reside and humans are at the bottom of the food chain. Each new portal takes guests deeper into the terror. Welcome to Demented Dimensions, where new worlds await. This new terror is one of three new Howl-O-Scream haunted houses at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Demented Dimensions opens up a world where humans are hunted by monsters, where aliens are in control and ancient evils live once more. The entrance to Demented Dimensions is located near Jack's Nightcap, just past the carousel. Special effects include strobe lighting and fog machines.
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We're inviting back some old friends to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Howl-O-Scream. Favorite creatures of the night from classic Howl-O-Scream experiences are locked up in one location. These classic characters and more are just dying to catch up. Enjoy your walk down memory lane.
-Executioner from Dark Tower
-Mummy from Curse of Pompeii
-Pirate Captain Ghost from Sea Dog Cemetery
-Little Dead Riding Hood from Deadtime Stories
-Werewolf from Hunted
-The entrance is located behind Das Festhaus, near the Black Forest picnic area.
-Special effects include fog machines.
In a futuristic post apocalyptic world, a new world order has risen. In this new system, you have a choice—join or be forgotten. Welcome to Dystopia, one of three new haunted houses at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream. Surrender to the utopia, and don’t worry you won’t feel a thing. Ever again. The entrance to Dystopia is located at the Escape from Pompeii queue, just past Italy and before Sesame Street Forest of Fun. Special effects include strobe lighting and fog machines.
No one knows when or where the tents will rise, but all who see them are drawn to find out what lies inside Circo Sinistro at Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Howl-O-Scream. This haunted house is not of this world and not of this time – but beware, what you see, you soon will be. The entrance to Circo Sinistro is located in the terror-tory Sideshow Square, just past The Trade Wind in Festa Italia. Special effects include black and strobe lighting and fog machines.
Location: Festa Italia
It’s 1977 and a picturesque farming community is in an uproar over the ongoing disappearances of its residents. Each time someone goes missing, an intricate corn husk doll is left behind leading many to suspect local corn-farmer Jasper McCobb. The McCobb farm has fallen into disrepair since the death of Jasper’s mother. Could the missing townspeople be somewhere in the maze of maize. Join the search party and find out. Cornered is located to the right of Das Festhaus in Oktoberfest. Special effects include fog machines.
The fire-breathing giant that once guarded the enchanted dark castle has met his chilling demise. He once stalked the premises, providing the warm lifeblood for the stronghold, but now his bones are mere decoration in a macabre icy grave. FrostBite now consumes all those trapped within. Those who dare to walk through this fortress are exposed to a harrowing array of chilling elements, from a fog-shrouded graveyard to a creepy cavern filled with frigid creatures. The cold is not the only bone-chilling resident of the castle, however. For the ice has teeth And this frost . Bites. FrostBite is located inside NewKastle in Oktoberfest near the entrance of Cornered. Special effects include strobe lighting, fog and snow effects.
Hikers beware: the woods hold a terrifying secret. More than 50 years ago a logging camp was abandoned after a horrific accident where saws ripped into human flesh instead of tree bark. Tragically, the loggers perished only to inexplicably awaken from death sometime later filled with inhuman rage. The undead loggers rampaged until every living thing in the camp had felt the bite of their axes. Now the forgotten lumberjacks lie waiting for unsuspecting campers to stumble into their den of the damned. The entrance to Lumberhack is located to the left of Das Festhaus, near the bumper cars. Special effects include fog machines.
When night falls, the creatures come out as you find yourself engulfed in one of six frightening worlds. Dare to survive these immersive and themed scare zones.
New - Fools' Court:
A new king has taken over the throne at the Royal Palace and he’s a real Joker. Chaos reigns supreme in the Fools’ Court. When the Motley Fools hit the streets, the joke will always be on you. Steer clear of the jesters, who will terrorize you under the lights of this twisted celebration.
New- Garden of the Souls:
A ghastly transformation has taken place in Italy Gardens. Welcome to Funeral Gardens, the setting for Garden of the Souls. Here guests may visit the graves of deceased loved ones, but this garden has a dark secret. The dead roam free, and they’d love to show you what waits in the afterlife. The Garden of the Souls is located in Italy.
The Norsemen came to invade, but what they got was their own Viking funeral. For this was no ordinary raiding party, but an unleashing of power so grotesque that even those mighty Viking warriors fell prey to its devices. The spirits are restless and now walk the world of the living once more to unleash terror upon the land. Axe Alley is located in New France.
Things are looking a bit unsettling in England with a murderer on the loose plucking unsuspecting victims from the city streets. No one knows what Jack the Ripper looks like or who he will strike next. Keep your head down and your wits about you or you might not make it out alive. Ripper Row® is located in England.
Your jaw will drop on your way to the big top. What was once only in your imagination is now a frightening reality full of haunts, curiosities and plenty of scare to make you shriek. So step right up. if you dare. Sideshow Square is located in Festa Italia.
Even vampires need a vacation once in a while and Vampire Point is the perfect destination for bloodsuckers. Watch your step and your neck or you might end up being their beverage of choice. Dawn is hours away, so your last salvation lies in escaping the vampire village before the inhabitants sink their fangs into you. Vampire Point is located in Germany.
Don't miss our three spirited productions that are said to be "worth dying for." Our Halloween shows are happening on indoor stages and in theaters throughout the park during Howl-O-Scream this fall.
Halloween Musical Revue:
The wacky doctor and his manic nurses are creating the ultimate Fiend, and there’s not a bad seat in the lab. The voltage is high, and so is the fun as they sing, dance and bring you along on the operation of a lifetime.
Percussion and Dance Halloween Show:
This modern rock and rhythm spectacular features Jack the Ripper like you’ve never seen him before. The beat is back as electrifying percussion, dynamic dance, and sensational singing return to the stage in a pulse pounding revue that is darkly entertaining.
Halloween Musical Show:
They might be undead, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to live it up. Shine your shoes and sharpen your fangs, you’re cordially invited to the gathering of the century. So, pull up a tombstone as these creatures of the night sing, dance and party. You’ll be smitten until you’re bitten.
Howl-O-Scream offers adventure for thrill seekers and scaredy cats alike. Grab your friends and head over to No Escape for a spooky escape room experience, or treat yourself to a Halloween tour that will make for a night you won’t forget. Check out our themed bars and shopping, or plan out which of our toe-curling rides and roller coasters you will ride first.
No Escape - escape room experience:
The clock is ticking and there’s only one way out. In this physical adventure game, you and five others are locked in a room and must use clues to solve puzzles before time runs out. This is a scary event, so beware; other things might be lurking in the way of your escape.
Jack's Nightmare Room:
Jack, the original Busch Gardens trickster is back, and he’s had plenty of time to sit in the dark and come up with new ways to surprise and startle his fans. Explore the terrors that keep Jack up at night.
Case of the Haunted Hotel:
Many weary travelers have sought refuge in this once grand lodging, few have ever been seen again. Right this way to your room don’t worry, we’ll take care of the luggage. Enjoy your stay permanently.
Included with park admission.
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