My ticket was provided by Busch Gardens. All opinions are 100% mine.
This year’s Howl O’ Scream Busch Gardens trip was like no other I have ever done.
First of all it was WEEKS after I normally go. I usually try to get there opening weekend to avoid the crazy crowds.
I love these guys. They look so calm during the day and at night their faces light up!
Second I wasn’t there first thing in the morning. We had worked our trip around someone’s schedule who ended up bailing on us so we didn’t get to the park until almost 1:30 in the afternoon. I paid the $10 for premium parking- totally worth it after waiting an hour at the gate to get in!
These hanging pumpkins are probably my favorite decoration. They also light up at night.
Third- the park was at capacity. I’ve never been in the park at capacity. And the weekend before I went the park was closed due to a “little bit of rain” that turned out to be Hurricane Matthew. So I think it was extra crowded because of that. It was NUTS.
What’s New This Year?
Circo Sinistro– Let’s start with the highlight. Circo Sinistro is the newest Haunted House. It’s a circus theme but they went more with creepy dolls instead of creepy clowns which is great. My friends and I wanted to try to go through it first thing. The scary part of Howl O’ Scream begins at 6:00 p.m. so we headed over to Italy to go ahead and get in line at 5:30. I figured we would be toward the front, go through the house and then be on our way. I was starving.
In spite of being 30 minutes early the line was already wrapped through the back portion of Italy. We waited over 90 minutes to get into the house.
I do have to say it’s a really amazing house. Probably my favorite in the park to be honest. You are greeted at the door by a creepy ring master who introduces you to the theme and also helps keep the groups moving along. Once you are inside it’s small staircases up and down and fantastically themed rooms- including one where you choose the direction you want to go. (Choose the red and white stripes- it was super fun). Also I LOVED the mannequin room.