Howl-O-Scream Returns to Busch Gardens Tampa

Howl-O-Scream Returns to Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has announced that its annual, premier Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream, will return this fall for its 21st year every Friday through Sunday from September 25-November 1, 2020 with physically distant frights and ghoulish delights.

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Modified for enhanced health and safety measures, Howl-O-Scream returns to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay select nights this fall

The creative production team has been consulting with medical experts and has modified this year’s event content with a focus on open-air scare zones and entertainment, as well as enhanced health and safety measures while staying true to the core of this fan-favorite experience.

With significantly limited capacity to create plenty of open space, guests will experience the heart-pounding fear of unexpected horrors including freakishly fun themed open-air scare zones throughout the 335-acre park, in addition to Busch Gardens’ thrilling coasters at night.

A spacious, outdoor venue for Fiends during Howl-O-Scream

The fan-favorite Fiends show, starring Dr. Freakenstein and his frightful entourage, will take to its largest stage ever for outdoor performances on the Festival Field Stage. Bench seating will be arranged in a physically distant manner to ensure there is plenty of space for a limited number of guests to enjoy each performance.

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Aspiring scare actors can virtually apply now to join the team for Howl-O-Scream 2020

Remotely Terrifying – Virtual Auditions for Howl-O-Scream Scare Actors

As an extension of the park’s commitment to health and safety, the annual recruitment of scare actors has also transformed for 2020. New applicants interested in performing for Howl-O-Scream can virtually audition for a number of frightful roles by submitting their application at

Additional Expanded Health and Safety Measures:

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Protective face coverings will be required for guests and performers at Howl-O-Scream 2020

For general admission and special events including Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care.

The park has worked diligently with state and local health experts, outside consultants, and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety, and cleanliness standards.

These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is excited to continue to provide our guests with fun and memorable experiences while addressing important health and safety needs during this time.

For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the park, including key operational changes, visit

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Open-air scare zones will cover Busch Gardens for physically distant frights at Howl-O-Scream 2020

Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event, available during 18 horrifying nights every Friday through Sunday from September 25-November 1, 2020.

Guests are strongly encouraged to make reservations early as reservations are required and space is limited.

Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood. Howl-O-Scream 2020 is a separately-ticketed night event. Protective Face Coverings are required, but no costumes are allowed.

Reservations are available now at

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