This fall, for select nights, Howl-O-Scream 2013 unleashes thirteen evils, to be exact. The Surgeon, Butcher, Psychopath, Clown, Voodoo Queen and their demented friends will torment you through unexpected terrors lurking around every corner, including new houses, all-new scare zones and thrilling live entertainment. They will leave you screaming for more.
The after-hours Halloween event at the Tampa theme park is themed around 13 evils incorporated into its haunted houses and scare zones.
The Haunted Houses for 2013
Death Water Bayou – Deep in the bayou the #6 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 and #4 Butcher turn you in to the secret sauce! She always said it took blood, sweat and tears!
Circus of Superstition 3-D – You’ve tried to avoid black cats and sidewalk cracks, but all those years of bad luck caught up with you! The #13 Clown challenges you to survive 13 superstitions in their 3-D Tent of Terror, but it will take more than luck to escape his whole new dimension of fear.
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.
Nevermore – Beating hearts, swinging pendulums and a raven’s cries haunt the manor of Lenore, creating a demented and twisted nightmare. Step inside to experience the gothic terror that maddens the lord of the house and feel delusion overcome reality. Find your way out of this horror story before paranoia authors your final chapter.
Zombie Mortuary – No one remembers how the epidemic started, but now, the #9 Zombie and his undead friends 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.
Ultimate Gamble – Under sleek Vampire reign, the once-vibrant Ultimate Gamble casino glowed. Now werewolves have overthrown their mortal enemies and are running rampant in the casino. The carnivorous beasts have caught on to the scent of fresh blood inside the closed casino. Will you make it out alive before your luck runs out!
The Experiment* – Researchers challenge your fear tolerance and mental endurance in this never-been-done-before Experiment. In this exclusive study, “test subjects” endure psychological tests and must face top fear-inducing elements, from roaches and snakes to needles and darkness. How far is too far in this study of fear? Will you survive The Experiment?
Howl-O-Scream runs for 14 select nights between Sept. 27 and Oct. 26.
Admission is $89, although there are discounts and options including VIP Packages, the Fright Feast dinner buffet, front-of-line passes and multiday passes. For tickets or more information, contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner.
*A new reservations-required (and extra charge) experience is The Experiment, which turns guests into psychological studies. They must “face fear-inducing elements, from roaches and snakes to needles and darkness,” according to a Busch Gardens media release. Experimentees must pay Howl-O-Scream admission, then $50 for this house (Additional guests, up to four, for $10 apiece).