Howl-O-Scream: Unearthed

Another day to chat about fun and scary Halloween things on the blog today as we get ready to head into October! Hooray!

While my bestie Kerry was in town, we also spent an evening at Busch Gardens here in Tampa, to check out the opening weekend of this year’s Howl-O-Scream! I haven’t attended the annual event since high school, so I was excited to experience it again!


We arrived at the park and were able to get in line for the houses about 20 minutes before things officially got started. This is important info because you CAN enter the park before the official event start time and get in line for houses. The line just won’t start moving until the official start time.  Here’s our ranking of the houses, from favorite to least favorite (note: the only house we didn’t make it to was Dead Fall).

  1. Zombie Mortuary – Zombies, zombies everywhere! This one was definitely the best. Watch out for the creepy eat room though. UGHHHH gross.
  2. Unearthed: Scarlett’s Revenge – This house was what the entire event was themed around. The story is that an excavation crew did some digging and uncovered a whole slew of demons. You’ll see ’em all!
  3. Death Water Bayou – New Orleans and voodoo things! Need I say more?!
  4. Zombie Containment Unit – While not really that scary, this house was SO much fun to go through. The line to go in is pretty deceiving though and was also the worst in terms of wait time!
  5. Circus of Superstition – This 3D house was filled with all kinds of circus things (including one of those spinny things that make you dizzy)! There is a room full of clowns though. Warning all of my fellow clown-haters in advance!
  6. The Basement – Apparently this one has been around for awhile. It was more gross than scary (“mama’s meats” storyline).

As this was preview (the first) weekend, there were a couple of kinks, such as: lots of open spaces where nothing scary was going on (possibly due in part to sporadic rain) and not enough places to hydrate (we had to wait on long bar lines just to get a bottle of water) by a couple houses that were further out from the main food areas.

One thing I do recommend in addition to arriving early? Buying a front-of-the-line pass! It’s Florida so it gets hot, and standing in long lines and crowds of people is never fun. Plus if you’re waiting in the long lines, you might not have time to make it through everything! Last but not least, the “is this for kids” debate. I think bringing kids 11+ is a go for this one!

Howl-O-Scream runs Thursday-Saturday at Busch Garden from 7:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. from now until Halloween.

Have you been to BG’s Howl-O-Scream? What type of haunted house would scare you the most?

Busch Gardens provided me with 2 tickets to attend for review purposes. All opinions are my own.