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Survive the Curse of Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream

An enchanting song sirens through the night. Once you hear you’re cursed forever. Try to survive the curse this fall as Howl-O-Scream returns to Busch Gardens Tampa. You may be the one to break the curse, or perhaps you’ll fall under its spell and spread its sinister song. Hundreds of undead creatures emerge from the shadows, lurking throughout Busch Gardens as terrors of the night take over. Venture into haunted houses, brave roaming slash mobs, signature shows and an all-new interactive experience sure to test your bravery. Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream is held on 18 select nights, starting September 26, 2014, with tormenting surprises around every corner and unexpected terrors.

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Some of Busch Gardens’ most eerie haunted houses are back by popular demand, albeit with new twists. Plus, other all-new houses are planned. Take a look:

Death Water Bayou: Deep in the bayou the Voodoo Queen mystically transforms lost wanderers into her minions of evil with black magic. Here, her night servants roam with a zombie-like hunger and seek to grow her collection. The darkest evils lurk in shadows. Get out before you fall victim to her spell.

The Basement:  From Momma’s secret ingredient to Granny’s bone-ground flour, Momma’s Meats’ award-winning recipe has always been a family affair that’s only created in the Basement.  Escape the depths of the Basement before she turns you in to the secret sauce! She always said it took blood, sweat and tears!

Circus of Superstition – The Final Act: You’ve tried to avoid black cats and sidewalk cracks, but all those years of bad luck caught up with you!  Surviving the terrorizing surprises of Circus of Superstition: The Show Must Go On will take more than luck as you try to escape this whole new dimension of fear.

Zombie Mortuary:  No one remembers how the epidemic started, but now, zombies live here. They infest this small town funeral home and feed on the fresh flesh and brains of mortuary mourners to satisfy their insatiable hunger. Avoid the walking dead or you may find yourself deeper than six feet under.

Dead Fall: The ghosts of long lost memories reach into the present and will NOT be forgotten! These spirits from the past lurk in the shadows of this Victorian garden and greenhouse, longing to drag unsuspecting guests into their world. Can you escape before becoming a permanent resident of Dead Fall?

Zombie Containment Unit: Three years after the undead invasion, there has been a containment failure in Z.C.U.15. Zombies have escaped in search of flesh, and you’re the next target. Armed with only a Z.E.D. (Zombie Eradication Device), it’s up to you to hold off an undead mob in this interactive zombie hunting experience.

The Basement: From Momma’s secret ingredient to Granny’s bone-ground flour, Momma’s Meats’ award-winning recipe has always been a family affair that’s only created in the BASEMENT. Escape the depths of the basement before she and Butcher turn you in to the secret sauce! She always said it took blood, sweat and tears!

Blood Asylum: As lightning rages and thunder crashes outside, “The Creature” escapes from his holding cell in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane. Now this sadistic deviant is running rampant, skinning his former cellmates and turning the mental hospital into his own torture chamber. This serial killer’s bloody playground will drive you out of your mind with fear.

The Experiment: Researchers challenge your fear tolerance and mental endurance in this interactive Experiment. “Test subjects” endure psychological tests in this exclusive study, pushing the limits of the human body and putting them face-to-face with their worst nightmares. How far is too far in study of fear? Will you survive The Experiment?

Keep the fun alive with Howl-O-Scream shows, clubs and shops:

Shop of Horrors: Find GOREgeous apparel and trendy tees featuring Howl-O-Scream favorites, including the infamous Naughty Nurses. You can also purchase or pick up your Front-Line Fear Passes here.

Howl-O-Scream Club: Drive yourself mad partying at Howl-O-Scream’s dance club at the Marrakesh Theater. This nighttime dance playground keeps the energy pumping all night long with all night with a DJ, non-stop music and appearances by Howl-O-Scream 2014’s most terrifying personalities.

The Bar at Club Cursed: Drive yourself mad partying at Howl-O-Scream’s dance club at the Marrakesh Theater. Sample Howl-O-Scream’s signature potions “Cursed,” “Contained,” and “Possessed,” along with craft brews at the full-service bar.

Fright Feast: Don’t wait to make your reservation for the most deranged dinner show in town. Devour monstrous main courses and “cursed” desserts from a buffet and witness Howl-O-Scream fan favorite Fiends at the Pantopia Grill. Then, be the first to brave the dark with a half-hour of early access to the haunted houses and front-of-the-line privileges until 8:30 pm.

Fiends: Is there a doctor in the house?  These captivating creatures of the night will infect you with dance fever and keep your pulse pounding with their deranged dance party. But when Dr. Freakenstein’s naughty nurses start operating, the diagnosis is always “code pink.”

Howl-O-Scream tickets are on sale now.  Freaky Preview is back and will open Howl-O-Scream 2014 on Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27. The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 2-Nov. 1. Howl-O-Scream 2014 will also be open on Sunday, Oct. 19. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. If you purchase tickets now, you can receive single-day admission for only $44.  Going with a group of friends?  Then, tickets are as low as $35.

Join the scare-a-bration at Busch Gardens this fall!

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Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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