One of the reasons I love Halloween so much is that I was born in October and celebrated my first Halloween as a tiny baby. It was my very first holiday celebration, and it’s remained that way throughout the years. What better birthday present than to attend a Halloween event and, better yet, to do it in VIP style?
Each year I do an Ultimate Tour at Howl-O-Scream over at Busch Gardens Tampa as my birthday present to myself. You can do this tour, too, and take it from me, it’s the perfect way to be pampered and indulged all evening.
What makes the Ultimate Tour so much better than the other tour offerings (which you can read about here)? Here’s a quick summary:
- Your own private guide. This is especially valuable if you’re new to Howl-O-Scream because the guides know all the ins and outs and can make useful suggestions. Even if you’re a veteran, your guide is still valuable to getting you where you want to go and packing the most fun possible into the evening.
- Front of the line access. Sure, you can buy a front of the line pass good for one run-through of each haunted house and upgrade for the rides, too. However, on the Ultimate Tour, there’s no limit. Go through your favorite house as many times as you wish. Ride SheiKra or Cheetah hunt repetitively if you so desire. Do whatever you want, whenever you want to do it.
- Efficient use of time. Some people prefer a slower touring style, but if you’re a commando, doing the Ultimate VIP tour lets you go at your own pace. The other group tours go at a specified pace and do things in a specific order. On the Ultimate tour, you call the shots, so you can cram as much as possible into your night if you’ve got the stamina.
There are other perks, like alcoholic beverage stops, that put the frosting on the cake, but I personally go to Howl-O-Scream to get my fill of the haunted houses, with some of my favorite rides thrown in, so getting to do what I want and when I want to do it is the big advantage for me. If that sounds good to you, you can book your tour on the official website. The Ultimate Tours sell out, as there’s a limited number of guides available each night, so it’s best to book early.
If you don’t know which houses you’ll see at Howl-O-Scream this year, including a new house from the producer of the Blair Witch Project, jump to this article. The event has its preview on September 25 and 26, then runs Thurs. through Sat. in October, as well as select Sundays.