New Haunted Houses and new extreme 17+ realm – there is #NowhereToHide at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Tampa’s premier Halloween event returns for 19 menacing nights starting Friday, September 21,  at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream®.

From terrifying new houses and scare zones to creepers on coasters, an air of fear will consume the park until there is nowhere to hide.

Howl-O-Scream 2018 returns with new houses designed to terrify, including:

NEW! Insomnia – Every door in this haunted asylum leads to your worst nightmare and the doctor is accepting new patients. Fears turn into fate as victims are forced to stay awake and receive twisted treatments from demented doctors.

NEW! Simon’s Slaughterhouse – By merely stepping inside, you have agreed to play Simon’s sick and twisted games.  Entering this horrifying realm requires a journey through the Meat Market where cannibalistic creatures feast on the weak as they add to their Monster Menu of human hors d’oeuvres. Due to the intensity of Simon’s Slaughterhouse and the Meat Market, this area of the park is suggested for a 17 and older audience.                                               

Howl-O-Scream 2018 runs select nights from Sept. 21 through Oct. 28. Operating event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. This year, tickets start at $39.99, plus tax and exclusive offers are available for Busch Gardens® Pass Members. For the extreme Howl-O-Scream fanatic, a Front Line Fear pass grants access to all haunted houses and special discount offers throughout the park. Front Line Fear is available each event night for $35.

For a full list of houses, scare zones, ticket offers and upgrades, visit for more information on this year’s event. Follow Howl-O-Scream on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube and join the conversation using #NowhereToHide.

Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This year’s event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood. Howl-O-Scream 2018 is a separately-ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed.