Summer is just getting under way and much of the theme park industry is already thinking about Halloween. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is no exception to that, either. With September creeping just around the corner, this summer will be full of creepy teasers that will prepare fans and park go-ers for this year’s Halloween festivities.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg launched their Howl-o-Scream website today, which features a brand new tagline: “Fear has a way of spreading”. Like previous years, Busch Gardens has stuck with the creepy looking eyeball flowers, but the lady of the dark side of the gardens is no where to be seen…. yet.
With the website going live, Busch Gardens has posted a lot of information about this year’s line up, including houses, shows, and the Fall Fun Card.
House line up:
- 13: Your Number’s Up: For 13 long years, the dark tower was locked away from the world—existing only in the nightmares of those who had dared to experience Howl-O-Scream’s first and most terrifying maze. But now the seal has been broken. The tower is open once more and on the 13th floor, your darkest phobias and fears lurk in the shadows. Are you brave enough to face them or is your number up?
- Root of all Evil: The seeds of evil have been sown. Venture if you dare into a decrepit greenhouse. Experiments here have not gone as planned and evil has taken control. Botanists, landscapers and staff all poisoned by the very plants they created. In this maze of foliage, you are ripe for the pickings.
- Catacombs: Through a ruined cemetery filled with statues lies a tunnel that leads to an underground city. Its history is more terrifying than that of France’s worst revolutions. Deep within these tunnels lie mile after mile of bones—the final resting place for those who are buried here. But all is not as quiet as it appears. As guests venture forth into the dank, dripping corridors of rat infested remains, the voices of the dead begin to speak, and some have taken shape.
- Bitten: Suspicion, darkness and mind-numbing fear surround the “Bitten” house which is set in Eastern Europe in the late 1800s. Full of legends and lore of vampires and the undead that preyed on the innocent, this manor sits by the road upon which all travelers must pass but few return.
- Dead Line: Deep underground, construction of the newest line of the Pompeii Metro was moving smoothly until an ancient pipe was accidentally struck. At first, it seemed like steam. Then the mist became thicker, more sinister. Now the strange gas is leaking quickly, and everyone trapped inside is infected. The difficult decision was made to cut off all communication to the outside world. The Dead Line is off the grid.
Show line up:
- Dig It Up: Relics long forgotten and buried in the vaults of the Museo di San Marco have recently been dug up, dusted off and brought to life through song. Cavemen, Egyptians, Romans, and even an alien encounter make their musical debut in this eclectic energy packed anything goes at Halloween show.
- Fiends: 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.
- Night Beats: Things that go bump in the night sing, dance and transport you on a musical journey. From the devilish sounds of the roaring ’20s to vamping it up with the music of today, this show is filled with dazzling dance numbers, sizzling singers and a barely live band that will leave your heart … beating.
- Inoculation Station: No appointments necessary for the shot of a lifetime with your favorite fiends in pink. Get your prescription filled – the famous test tube shot and photo op are always in stock.
- Open CASKet: The dead are alive and so is the fun at the OPEN CASKet bar. Hang around, watch your neck and toss back a specialty libation served by the coolest vampires this side of the Rhine River.
While there is a lot returning from last year, this may not be everything Busch Gardens has planned. Busch Gardens revealed the list of returning houses last year and then revealed new houses and frightening features for the event later.
Busch Gardens is bringing back the Fall Fun Card, which is a great value for anyone who wants to see Howl-o-Scream multiple times. For $70, which is roughly the price of a single day’s admission to Busch Gardens, you can go back to Howl-o-Scream as many times as you’d like between September 7th and October 27th.
Howl-o-Scream will take place of Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from September 13th until October 27th.
For more information about Howl-o-Scream, visit the official website by clicking here.