Death Water Bayou haunted house, Voodoo Queen revealed for Howl-O-Scream 2013 with more teased at Busch Gardens

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This week Busch Gardens has promised to reveal some of “the 13” – the evil that will preside over Howl-O-Scream 2013 come Halloween season. Revealed by unlocking one of the chained doors on the event’s web site, the first of these diabolical baddies was named today as the Voodoo Queen.

Her name is Desiree Yanes and Busch Gardens has given her quite the story.

Desiree Yanes came home one night and found her husband with another woman. Enraged, she ran off and disappeared inside the dark swamplands of Louisiana. There, she crafted voodoo dolls and swore then to torment them…with unspeakably sadistic tortures. The Voodoo Queen continues to hide in the swamps of the bayou and perform her twisted Voodoo rituals for others seeking revenge.

And announced with the Voodoo Queen is a new haunted house for 2013: Death Water Bayou. Inside Ms. Yanes will mystically transform lost wanderers into her minions of evil with black magic while her night servants roam with a zombie-like hunger and seek to grow her collection.

But who are the rest of the “13”? Quick flashes at the end of the Voodoo Queen’s introduction video show a female doctor or nurse preparing a syringe as well as some kind of horned creature:

More shall be revealed from Howl-O-Scream 2013 very soon, leading up to opening night on September 27.


  1. ashton

    I’ve been waiting for a haunt to do something voodoo related…this sounds pretty cool, sadly i live in CA. Hopefully HHNH will do something voodoo related in the future.

    1. Tryg

      CGA does a really good Voodoo related Haunt.

  2. The 13th Gate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana does the best Voodoo show ever in the outside attraction Necropolis 13.

  3. Alicia G

    I just went to howl-o-scream last night. This house is by far the best one this year. It not only is scary, (it actual had me cowering against the wall scream, this is a first for me) But its also beautiful in design. As a plus the house is very well designed with disabled people in mind. Wide walk ways. (spoiler: It also has the first spinning room/Vortex that a wheelchair as actual go in that I have ever seem.)

    1. Alicia G

      Forgot. It actual has scares designed for the disabled wheelchair people as well as ramps.

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