Busch Gardens always puts on a stellar show for its annual Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream. For 2015, the park has joined forces with a legendary horror film producer to up the ante on Halloween events everywhere.
Award-winning filmmaker Robin Cowie, producer of the 1999 film “The Blair Witch Project,” has delved into the darkest corners of his creative spirit to produce and direct Unearthed – Scarlett’s Revenge, which is one of three new haunted houses/mazes at Howl-O-Scream 2015.
Unearthed – Scarlett’s Revenge
In Unearthed – Scarlett’s Revenge, Cowie has conjured up the tale of a mysterious woods woman named Scarlett. Her strange healing practices have made her a target for her suspicious neighbors and townspeople. Fearful of Scarlett’s apparent dark arts, the townspeople kill her husband and bury the house deep within the ground.
Scarlett’s house is eventually discovered by Busch Gardens’ maintenance and excavation crews working in the Ireland village. Guests will enter the house and explore the dusty, splintering and decrepit maze of horrors bestowed upon this scorned witch. Don’t be surprised if you come upon the witch herself.
Unearthed – Scarlett’s Revenge is located in the Ireland village at Europe in the Air, the former home of 13 – Your Number’s Up. Yes, my family was sad to see 13 go away as well, but I’m very excited for Unearthed. There’s nothing like a good witch story at Halloween, especially when it’s coming from the creative force behind “The Blair Witch Project.”
Howl-O-Scream dates and times
Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from September 25 through November 1, 2015. The park opens at 10:00 a.m., and guests can enjoy rides, shows, family thrills and fall decorations all day long. However, at the stroke of 6:00, the park becomes misty, muffled and more than a little scary.
Howl-O-Scream features more haunted houses/mazes than ever before – seven in all, and three are brand new. Also returning to Howl-O-Scream are the themed dining of Blood Banquet, live performances like Monster Stomp on Ripper Row and the popular Terror-tories, where the charming park villages take a dark step into their sinister pasts. 2015 also marks the first year that Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld San Antonio are all featuring the same theme.
If you’re into themed entertainment, scary haunted houses and good-natured screaming, Howl-O-Scream is the place to be. This Theme Park Examiner has visited Howl-O-Scream for the past several years and never leaves disappointed.
Check out Howloscream.com for more information on Howl-O-Scream, tickets and meal deals.
Please Note: Howl-O-Scream is considered a PG-13 event. Guests with young children are strongly encouraged to consider the park’s elevated scare factor. The frights, sounds and wandering scare actors may be too intense for young children. My child is almost 12 and loves Howl-O-Scream, but I’ve seen too many children that don’t love it. Please take into account your particular child’s scare threshold.