Starting September 29 through the month of October (select nights), Busch Gardens will feel a little creapy. Maybe a LOT creapy. The park will be overrun by zombies fulfilling “The Dark Side of the Gardens” theme for this year’s Hall-O-Scream event at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida.
Zombies appear to be the main disturbance, however, you can bet there will be a vampire or two. Especially in one of the new haunted houses – the Ultimate Gamble: Vampire Casino where bloodthirsty vampires will deal out “seductive games and high stakes thrills.” Other new haunted houses include Nevermore – full, I’m sure, of Edgar Allen Poe’s black ravens and beating hearts, and Zombie Mortuary – a funeral home with souls not ready to rest.
Haunted houses returning from last year include “Nightshade Toy Factory,” “Death Row Vengeance: Fear the Dead,” “Deconstruction: The Doctor is Out of Control” and “Alone” the house where you can purchase a small group one-on-one horrifying scare. Other than “Alone” all of the haunted houses are included in the admission price of $77.99 per person. Discounts are available for passholders, advance purchases and other promotions.
As if riding SheiKra, Montu, Cheetah Hunt, Gwazi and Kumba in the dark wasn’t scary enough, the haunted houses are joined by some pretty crazy shows. “Midnight Hour” is a musically themed show revolving around the Hellfire Club who’s sinister owner promises to make you a star. “Fiends” is another show/party thrown by Dr. Frankenstein and his naughty nurses (definitely not for children), as well as “Club Virus” – an adults-only dance party.
Tampa’s Busch Gardens theme park is about an hour’s drive from Orlando. Visitors may want to consider a weekend pass and local hotel accommodations. For a little more money, you can get in on a VIP package, front-of-line passes and the Fright Feast dinner package. Get ready to scream!