Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream Named Top Two Best Theme Park Halloween Event by USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

by Mark Massarone
  • Howl-O-Scream events in Tampa and Williamsburg feature new haunts, reimagined frights and more on select nights now through Oct. 31
  • Right now, guests can save on Howl-0-Scream tickets during the limited-time slash sale

The scares reign supreme at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, recently named the #2 Best Theme Park Halloween Event by USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream was voted to the top by theme park enthusiasts and fans of fear across the country. Howl-O-Scream events in both Tampa and Williamsburg boast sinister scare zones, terrifying haunted houses, signature shows and more horrifying fun throughout both Busch Gardens parks. Howl-O-Scream takes place on select dates now through October 31. For a limited-time, guests can save on tickets and Fun Cards during a Howl-O-Scream Slash Sale.

“Howl-O-Scream is an immersive experience that fans look forward to year after year,” said Marc Swanson, Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. “Receiving this award recognizes that one-of-a-kind experience, from terrifying haunted houses, thrilling scare zones, signature shows like Busch Gardens Tampa’s Cirque X-Scream and Monster Stomp at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, to a strong lineup of thrills at both of our parks.”

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream awakens guests’ innermost fears while taking screams to the extreme with an all-new haunted house, two new scare zones, and three hair-raising haunted productions. In D.H. Baggum’s Circus of Fear, the park’s newest haunt, D.H. Baggum brings you all his monstrosities that are sure to make your spine tingle and your blood run cold!

Howl-O-Scream Tampa Bay is a separately ticketed event. Right now, guests can save over 60% on Howl-O-Scream tickets during a limited-time Slash Sale. Tickets start at $44.99. For the most avid scare seekers, Front Line Fear passes are the best way to access all five haunted houses. For extreme fans, a Front Line Fear Extreme pass provides access to all haunted houses in addition to providing front-of-line access to Busch Gardens’ roller coasters and attractions including Serengeti Flyer, the world’s tallest and fastest ride of its kind.

 Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Virgina’s premier Halloween event gives guests something to scream about and nowhere to hide during Howl-O-Scream. Your fate awaits with five newly-reimagined haunted houses, leaving no tale of terror left unturned. There’s no escaping the frights with five terror-tories and four sinister shows throughout the park. Beyond the haunts, fuel your fear with six BOOze bars and take horror to new heights on world-class coasters, including the all-new DarKoaster.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Howl-O-Scream is included with park admission. During a limited-time slash sale, guests can buy a 2024 Fun Card for only $106.99 and enjoy spectacular scares all month long, plus get unlimited visits from Jan. 8 – Sept. 2 in 2024. Howl-O-Scream is also included with a Busch Gardens Membership. Enjoy exclusive benefits like unlimited admission and unbeatable benefits all year long, including free parking, free guest tickets, monthly rewards, savings on merchandise and more. Memberships start as low as $13.00 per month.

Parental discretion is advised as Howl-O-Scream contains amplified scares that may not be suitable for children.

About USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards

The 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest launches new categories every other Monday at noon, revealing each category’s 20 nominees. After 4 weeks of voting, the contest closes on the 28th day at noon. On the Friday after voting ends, winners are revealed. Rules allow the public the right to vote online for one nominee per category, per day.

Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from 10Best.com; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. The nomination panel for each award category is displayed on its associated contest page. All voting is digital and the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the 10Best.com website.

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