Howl-O-Scream 2013 will be the Scariest Year yet at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

The Lady of the Gardens Photo: ©Busch Gardens

Photo: ©Busch Gardens

At the stroke of 6:00 on Friday the 13th Busch Gardens Williamsburg will lift the veil on its charming European villages to reveal the dark side of the gardens in what looks to be the scariest Howl-O-Scream yet. New for 2013 is the introduction of Terror-tories and an all-new haunted house.

Here’s a brief teaser of some of the new and returning attractions and experiences for Howl-O-Scream 2013. I’ll be posting more detailed information soon. Please come back to visit.

New for 2013


Spirits, fiends and devilish ghouls walk among the living in this whole new and immersive aspect of Howl-O-Scream. France, Germany, Italy and England will be transformed into over-the-top themed experiences that will transport guests to the darkest sides of their respective pasts. Terror-tories is similar to the roaming hordes of last year’s Howl-O-Scream, but themed to each individual country in the park.

Chart a course through the haunted waters in Italy, flee the flames of burning France, avoid the vampire’s bite in Germany and hunt for (or be hunted by) Jack the Ripper in London’s East End. Guests are the main characters whose fates are dependent upon the creatures roaming through the dark side of the gardens. You can Beware or become the latest victim.

Cut Throat Cove

The newest, pirate-themed haunted house, is Cut Throat Cove. Watch out for mutiny and bone-chilling surprises at every twist and turn.

Sinister Snackage and Spine-Tingling Shows

Demon Drinks, Open CASKet and the Inoculation Station offer frightfully good drinks while Blood Banquet, Fright Feast and Buccaneer Galley give guests an immersive dining experience. Night Beats, Dig it Up! and Fiends return for frightfully fun music and dance performances.

For even more about all of the haunted houses, scare zones and dining at Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream 2013, please visit

To parents of young children: Busch Gardens becomes a seriously scary place during Howl-O-Scream. It is recommended for older teenagers and up. Please consider your child’s scare tolerance when bringing young children to Howl-O-Scream. The park does offer lots of fun for kids during the daylight hours. Heed the warnings and the tick-tock of the clock as it nears 6:00 p.m.

Discounts, Coupons and Deals

      Fall Fun Card

  • Similar in spirit to the Summer Fun Pass, the Fall Fun Card lets guests pay for a one-day admission and enjoy unlimited admission to Howl-O-Scream for the rest of the season.

    Waves of Honor

  • Waves of Honor is the park’s military tribute program. There are two deals going on right now. The current program offers free admission to SeaWorld Parks to active-duty military members. The park just rolled out an online discount program that gives military veterans, as well as active-duty members, a 50% discount to SeaWorld Parks.


  • Wendy’s restaurants in Norfolk, Richmond, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Roanoke and Northern Virginia and Raleigh, North Carolina currently have coupons that offer $7 off of general admission. The coupon also features an online offer for $14 off. Papa John’s Pizza in Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia have the same coupon. They will also donate $1 to breast cancer research. The $14 off can only be used online.

Howl-O-Scream begins Friday, September 13 and continues through Sunday, October 27. For more information and a complete operating schedule, please visit or call 800-343-7946.

Read all about last year’s Howl-O-Scream by clicking here at Busch Gardens’ blog.

So, it sounds like there will be plenty of new and returning frights to scare us all out of our wits. I can’t wait. How about you? Are you planning to go to the dark side of the gardens?

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