Howl-O-Scream 2013 haunted house, scare zone full details revealed as The 13 come out to play at Busch Gardens Tampa

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After weeks of teasing The 13 evils, Busch Gardens Tampa has announced and revealed the full details for all haunted houses, scare zones, and shows for Howl-O-Scream 2013.

On the thirteenth year of each century, evil comes out to play with thirteen unique creatures and creepers dominating 14 nights at Busch Gardens Tampa this year. Those 13 will be taking over the streets of the event, while new haunted house experiences are added to a returning line-up.

Howl-O-Scream 2013 haunted houses

Three new haunted houses will be featured at Howl-O-Scream 2013, including one unique interactive experience.

From Momma’s secret ingredient to Granny’s bone-ground flour, Momma’s Meats’ award-winning recipe has always been a family affair that’s only created in the BASEMENT. Escape the depths of the BASEMENT before she and #4 The Butcher turn you in to the secret sauce! She always said it took blood, sweat and tears!

Death Water Bayou
Deep in the bayou the #6 Voodoo Queen mystically transforms lost wanderers into her minions of evil with black magic. Here, her night servants roam with a zombie-like hunger and seek to grow her collection. The darkest evils lurk in shadows. Get out before you fall victim to her spell.

The Experiment

Researchers challenge your fear tolerance and mental endurance in this never-been-done-before Experiment. In this exclusive study, “test subjects” endure psychological tests and must face top fear-inducing elements, from roaches and snakes to needles and darkness. How far is too far in the study of fear? Will you survive The Experiment?

The Experiment is a unique, interactive experience that challenges your threshold for fear for an additional fee, replacing previous years’ Alone experience. Reservations are required, and each reservation can accommodate you and up to three additional “test subjects.” Pass member discount does not apply. Not included with any other VIP tour or upgrade product. Howl-O-Scream admission is required, but not included. The Experiment admission is $50 for the first test subject and $10 for each additional test subject in the same reservation.

Haunted houses returning this year are:

Circus of Superstition 3-D
You’ve tried to avoid black cats and sidewalk cracks, but all those years of bad luck caught up with you! The #13 Clown challenges you to survive 13 superstitions in their 3-D Tent of Terror, but it will take more than luck to escape this whole new dimension of fear.

Blood Asylum
As lightning rages and thunder crashes outside, “The Creature” escapes from his holding cell in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane. Now this sadistic deviant is running rampant, skinning his former cellmates and turning the mental hospital into his own torture chamber. This serial killer’s bloody playground will drive you out of your mind with fear.

Zombie Mortuary
No one remembers how the epidemic started, but now, the #9 Zombie and his undead friends live here. They infest this small town funeral home and feed on the fresh flesh and brains of mortuary mourners to satisfy their insatiable hunger. Avoid the walking dead or you may find yourself deeper than six feet under.

Ultimate Gamble: Reversal of Fortune
Under sleek Vampire reign, the once-vibrant Ultimate Gamble casino glowed. Now werewolves have overthrown their mortal enemies and are running rampant in the casino. The carnivorous beasts have caught on to the scent of fresh blood inside the closed casino. Will you make it out alive before your luck runs out?

Beating hearts, swinging pendulums and a raven’s cries haunt the manor of Lenore, creating a demented and twisted nightmare. Step inside to experience the gothic terror that maddens the lord of the house and feel delusion overcome reality. Find your way out of this horror story before paranoia authors your final chapter.

Howl-O-Scream 2013 Scare Zones

The 13
Once every century, on precisely the thirteenth year, evil comes out to play. Thirteen evils, to be exact. The #7 Surgeon, #4 Butcher, #11 Psychopath, #13 Clown, #6 Voodoo Queen and their demented friends will torment and terrorize you the moment you enter the gates. This your chance to find out: Who are the 13?

Harvester’s Haunt
An unnerving soundtrack of banjos, fiddles and harmonicas fill the fields with haunting bluegrass music. Something just doesn’t feel right. You realize you’re not alone when you discover a hoard of sadistic scarecrows. They’re looking to harvest a few lost souls. Will you escape their reach or be theirs forever?

Pain Lane
Torture, torment and pain line this sinister street as the #2 Torturer and #12 Hangman stalk their prey in the shadows of this dark and disturbing alley. Here, pain-inducing devices are the toys of the twisted and screams are surrounded by haunting silence. Will you escape this playground of pain before the #2 Torturer and #12 Hangman find you?

Howl-O-Scream 2013 Shows and Shops

Other favorite elements of Howl-O-Scream are returning this year, thought there is only one stage show featured.

The classic monster mash-up Fiends will be performing nightly at the Desert Grill in Timbuktu. Captivating creatures of the night will infect you with dance fever and keep your pulse pounding with their deranged dance party. But when Dr. Freakenstein’s naughty nurses start operating, the diagnosis is always “code pink.”

Club 13
Escape the hordes and head to the transformed Marrakesh Theater to drive yourself mad partying at Howl-O-Scream’s dance club. This nighttime dance playground keeps the energy pumping all night long with non-stop music, premium signature cocktails, drink specials and Taco Bus food.

Howl-O-Scream Shop of Horrors
This year, the Howl-O-Scream shop of Horrors has been transformed into The Butcher Shop. Find GOREgeous apparel and trendy tees featuring Howl-O-Scream favorites, including the 13 and the infamous Naughty Nurses. You can also purchase or pick up your Front-Line Fear Passes here. Visit this year’s new Voodoo Village Market, located next to The Experiment in the Egypt area of the park by Montu for even more Howl-O-Scream gifts.

Howl-O-Scream Photo Ops
Snap the perfect party pics at exclusive photo opportunities with our Pin-Up Scream Girls in Moroccan Village and the Naughty Nurses in the Desert Grill.

Darkhearts’ Games of Skill
Test your luck in this unlucky thirteenth year in Darkheart’s Games of Skill.

The 13

So who are The 13 that will be encountered throughout the park? They are…

#1 The Possessed

#2 The Torturer

#3 The Hunter

#4 The Butcher

#5 The Banshee

#6 The Voodoo Queen

#7 The Surgeon

#8 The Demon

#9 The Zombie

#10 The Cannibal

#11 The Psychopath

#12 The Hangman

#13 The Clown

General admission is $89 plus tax. Reduced advance-purchase rates and special offers are available for Busch Gardens pass members at

Opening weekend for Howl-O-Scream 2013 is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28. The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on all event nights.


  1. G Richards

    I was looking to go to Howl o scream on the Friday 25th October. I am staying on international drive how or what transport is available to get to and from this event?.

    1. Love2Scream

      @G You do know that Howl-O-Scream is in Tampa, Fl and is a lot smaller compared to Halloween Horror Nights which is in Orlando, Fl… If you are trying to get to Tampa the Red Coach would be the less expensive way and their buses are really nice. If you would like something faster or more luxurious like a personal SUV with a driver call around for any airport transport place. Or you can just rent a car and make the drive yourself

  2. Shelly

    If we visit the park on a Saturday, general admission and stay until close… do we have to pay extra for Howl O Scream or how are the two separated?

    1. Afitz716

      Howl o scream is a separate ticketed event that requires a new ticket. However they do have a deal to do both for about $20-$30 more than the daytime ticket depending on what day of the week you go. If you are going to busch gardens thursday-saturday you might as well do this because the park closes early around 5:30pm in order to setup for howl o scream and they shepard all the daytime guests out at tht time. I go to both HOS and HHN every year and HOS is by far the better event.

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