Howl o Scream Tampa review

Its the wonderful haunt season and Busch Gardens is celebrating scaring its Tampa natives and tourists for 20 years this year. I have been going for quite a few years myself and I always enjoy it, and this year was no different. They had a new house, scare zones and the annual Fiends show, so lets talk about the fun that is”The Dark Side of the Gardens” this season.

Their newest home was called The Residence and personally, I enjoyed it. The theme was of a suburban home gone wrong and the family in this house was out for blood. They had some strong scareactors walking through terrorizing people and I love how close they would get without touching. We also had one of my all-time favorites Death Water Bayou: Wrath of the Queen, The Black Spot:Bloodshed also came back which I always enjoy, plus 3 others Simon’s Salughterhouse, Motel Hell: Infestation, and Insomnia: Patients’ Revenge. I always enjoy getting to go through houses multiple times so its nice they repeat some houses each year and add new effects.

The Scare Zones add some life to the streets, but there is still a lot of space to cover so they also have people hiding in the bushes which is fun. I personally got my best scare from one of them once when I was distracted and not expecting it. The zones are intense though and fun to go through. The newest additions are First Fear which gives you reminders of the 20 years of HoS past, Little Nightmares which has a classic Halloween vibe and Carpe Noctem which is a gothic roman cemetery that is being attacked by vampires which personally this was a fun one to see.

Some others came back like Camp DOA which is attack of a campground, Hell on Wheels which is an apocalypse attack and people trying to survive, Dia De Los Meurtos which is a day of the dead themed area that is great for photo ops, Maniac Midway which is all around the game area and well spread out, Meat Market which is before Simon’s slaughterhouse and it has fun interactions throughout and deadly toys where your childhood toys come to life and not in a good way.

The next thing we will talk about is Fiends. The theme this year was everyone was coming to the Doctor’s castle due to an apocalypse coming and affecting everyone who doesn’t make it in. Each year this show ties in some new music with classic monsters and current trends/topics throughout their jokes. I have always found this show to just be okay, but if you are looking for something to do that gets you off your feet and has a few good laughs, you can’t go wrong.

The final bit of this is the food, drink, merchandise and rides. While no specialty food was out they do have some neat drinks which I found the Embalming to be tasty. I also felt though that if you are looking for a buzz though, stick to the basics since these are premixed. They also have some cool merchandise in the front of the park in the gift shops so make sure you don’t forget to pick something up to remember the night! Also take a look and see which coasters are open because you can get a thrill that way too and possibly sit next to a scareactor.

Overall, Howl o Scream is a fun time. I would definitely take a night out and go check out what Busch Gardens has to offer for Halloween, because you won’t be disappointed.

Thanks for reading my review and I hope you enjoyed it! Please feel free to comment below with your thoughts if you have been this year! Until next time, see you in the parks!


Halloween Horror Nights 29 announcement!

This past week Universal made their third house announcement out of ten for Halloween Horror Nights 2019, and I must say I am truly excited. They announced they are going to have a house called “Universal Monsters,” which will bring back some classics. In their announcement they stated we will see Dracula, the Wolfman, Frankenstein, the Creature of the Black Lagoon, the Mummy and “more,” which leaves some surprise.

While they have done this before, the announcement they released makes you feel like we are going to get a more modernized version and get to see each creature in their element individually. We will see Dracula’s gothic castle, the Bavarian forest of the Wolfman, Frankenstein’s lab and the tomb of the Mummy.

I think it will be cool to have these monsters come back in their own elements since it has been a few years since we have seen them in Orlando. While have been used before, a new take on an original Universal intellectual property (or IP for short) is always great to me!

As these announcements keep coming, I will keep posting and telling you the details of this awesome annual event. Until next time, see you at the parks!

Halloween Horror Nights 29 House Announcement!!!

Well we now have a second house announcement for Halloween Horror Nights 29 and everyone could not be more excited. The team has announced the first original house and it is titled “Nightingales: Blood Pit.” In the description of this house on we see that we will be taken back to the gladiator fighting games and trying to survive these nightingale banshee-types as they try to feed.

This will be the second time we will see the Nightingales at this event. Back in 2011 we had Nightingales: Blood Prey where these creatures were taking over the looks of WWI nurses and feeding on the bodies of the wounded soldiers. Since this house people have wanted a second story to come out with these creatures, but there was always a question on whether we would see them again and how they would do it.

HHN will be running this year on select nights from Sept 6th-Nov 2nd. Right now we have only two ticket offers available for BoGo Sun-Fri and will be available until June 5th and Premier Annual Passholders can get their free ticket. Make sure to take advantage of these offers while you can if they are available to you.

More news to come soon. With 8 more houses, 5 scare zones and the show/shows to announce, I will definitely be keeping you posted and up to date on the latest events and all things HHN as they are revealed.

Thanks for reading and until next time, see you at the parks!