All new thrills and chills are coming to Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens this year. The Williamsburg park has added not one, not two, but three all new haunted houses for the 2015 Halloween season.
From witches and lumberjacks to twisted, tangled fields of corn, the new haunted maze concepts sound like 2015 is going to be a frightfully good season.
Unearthed – Scarlett’s Revenge
In Unearthed – Scarlett’s Revenge, Busch Gardens has teamed up with “The Blair Witch Project” creator Robin Cowie. The award-winning filmmaker has conjured up a sinister tale of a mysterious woods woman named Scarlett. Fearing witchcraft and dark arts, her suspicious neighbors kill Scarlett’s husband and bury the house deep beneath the ground. The house is eventually “unearthed” by Busch Gardens’ maintenance and excavation crews working in the Ireland village.
Guests will enter the Unearthed house to explore the dusty splintering floors and decrepit maze of horrors. Don’t be surprised. You just may come upon the scorned witch herself.
Located in the Ireland village, at the site of Europe in the Air, Unearthed – Scarlett’s Revenge takes the place of 13 – Your Number’s Up. My family was equally upset to see 13 go away, but I am really excited to see what Cowie has come up with for this new house.
Travel back to a quaint 1970s farming community where residents are terrified of mysterious disappearances. Every time a person goes missing, a corn husk doll is left behind. Townspeople have come to suspect local corn farmer Jasper McCobb, whose farm has fallen into a miserable state of disrepair since the death of his mother. Could the missing bodies be somewhere among the rows of corn and husks? Watch where you walk as you become part of the search party.
Cornered can be found in the former Root of All Evil location, near the Germany village. Root of All Evil was one of my favorites the first year it debuted. I was not as much a fan last year and am looking forward to this new tangled maze of corn. Cornfields just scream Halloween horror, don’t you think?
The forest hold a terrifying secret deep within its wooded depths. As the story goes, more than 50 years ago, a logging camp was abandoned after a terrifying accident took place on its site. Saws ripped into human flesh instead of trees, and loggers violently perished … only to mysteriously awaken from the dead filled with a rage of inhuman depths. These undead loggers rampaged until every living thing in the camp had been destroyed by their axe blades. Now, the forgotten lumberjacks lie waiting for unsuspecting campers to stumble into their den of destruction. Who dares to hike into this camp?
The LumberHack maze can be found in the woods behind the Oktoberfest village.
Busch Gardens 2015 Howl-O-Scream haunted houses
- Bitten – Oktoberfest village
- Catacombs – France
- Cut Throat Cove – Italy
- Cornered – Germany
- Deadline – Italy, at Pompeii
- LumberHack – Oktoberfest village
- Unearthed – Scarlett’s Revenge – Ireland, at Europe in the Air
Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream 2015 takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from September 25 through November 1, 2015. Howl-O-Scream features seven haunted houses, five Terror-tories, three live shows, themed dining, shopping and behind-the-scenes tours.
The Howl-O-Scream Terror-tories are one of my favorite aspects of the event. Creative storylines and minute details send the park’s charming European villages back into their haunting and sinister pasts. Expect the unexpected. Pirates, alien creatures, vampires and even Jack the Ripper could be just around the next corner.
- Demon Street – France
- Ports of Skull – Italy
- Ripper Row – England
- Vampire Point – Germany
- Wendigo Woods – New France
During the day, guests can enjoy rides, shows, family thrills and fall decorations in America’s Most Beautiful theme park. However, at the stroke of 6:00, the park takes a definite turn to the dark side. Guests with young children are strongly encouraged to consider the park’s elevated scare factor.
Howl-O-Scream is considered a PG-13 event. The darkened park, haunting sounds and music and wandering scare actors may be too intense for some children. My child is almost 12 and loves Howl-O-Scream, but I’ve seen more than enough children that don’t love it.
Click right here to read all about last year’s Halloween event at Busch Gardens.
Check out Howloscream.com for more information on Howl-O-Scream 2015 as well as to purchase tickets and meal deals.