2012 Ultimate Guide to Busch Garden’s Tampa Howl-O-Scream (Full Review)

HIPSTER Review: Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2012

This past weekend I made my way over to Busch Gardens for their annual Howl-O-Scream 2012 event.

To my surprise I had a great time!

Getting there early really helped me optimize my time and I was able to go through five of the six houses.

I skipped the shows this year to focus on the haunted attractions.

I’m excited to take you through each house that I was able to go through for Howl-O-Scream 2012.

Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2012
Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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Busch Garden’s Howl-O-Scream 2012 Review

Now I want to give you my own review of the 2012 Busch Gardens Tampa Howl-O-Scream event!

Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2012 zombie clown
Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Blood Asylum

I’m not a fan of psych wards or asylums. Busch Gardens knew this and gave us the back story of the owner who wants you to join him.

Blood Asylum House at Busch Gardens Tampa Howl O Scream 2012

I actually was really scared going through this house which was located inside the old Questor ride building. The environment was filled with mayhem and madness.

A great house to start your night off at Howl-O-Scream 2012.

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Zombie Mortuary

The Zombie Mortuary was a returning house this year. The set up reminded me of a haunted maze at Universal Studios.

Zombie Mortuary House at Howl-O-Scream 2012 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens stepped up to the plate on this house by providing great details along with an exquisite production. This was my second favorite house of the night.

Circus Superstition

A quirky and fun maze, which surprised me with the combination of jokes and scares.

Howl-O-Scream 2012 Circus Superstitions Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Howl-O-Scream 2012 Circus Superstitions

I loved the little things such as “step on a crack” superstitions brought to life.


I then headed over to Nevermore, another returning house based on an Edgar Allan Poe poem. I enjoyed this house a lot more than I thought I would.

Nevermore House in Howl O Scream 2012 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

The eerie atmosphere and the spooky gray statues provided an unexpectedly remarkable experience.

Howl-O-Scream 2012 Nevermore Edgar Alan Poe House Busch Gardens Tampa

Ultimate Gamble: Condemned

The final house of the night was called the Ultimate Gamble: CONDEMNED.

Vampire Casino Condemned House Howl O Scream Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2012

This house wasn’t one of my favorites. The theme was based around a once vibrant casino that was eventually abandoned and overtaken by vampires.

Busch Gardens Howl O Scream 2012 Rules Tampa, Florida

The one thing I did like about this house was the startling surprise that came at the very end.

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Why I Love Howl-O-Scream 2012 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

The main reason why I love Howl-O-Scream is the fun atmosphere that surrounds the event; however, don’t take the fun for a lesser degree of terror.

Howl-O-Scream 2012 Vampire dancing Busch Gardens Tampa

Constant screams are heard throughout the park. I enjoyed the groups of killer clowns, walkers, and the chainsaw guys who roamed freely at the event.

This meant that there was NO place to hide and that no place was off limits. This was another one of my favorite features of the night.

The area of improvement that I recommend is in makeup.

Some of the scareactors appeared as though their makeup was done for fun and not for a significant event as this.

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Final Thoughts on Howl-O-Scream 2012 at Busch Gardens Tampa

Overall I had a blast!

Howl-O-Scream 2012 was the best year for me. Even with the sore feet, I would not trade the experience I had.

I was able to see so much this time and I was able to keep my eyes open 90% of the time…

…pat on the back for me 🙂

Howl-O-Scream 2012 zombie Busch Gardens

Before the season is over, be sure to stop by Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2012 for a fun Halloween party!

Remember to just have fun!

You’re really going to have a great time, so try not to stress too much and enjoy the chilling frights of Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream!

I hope this Howl-O-Scream Survival Guide helped you prepare for this year’s event. Remember that it is one of ThemeParkHipster’s favorite fall Florida event.

Howl-O-Scream 2012 tickets Busch Gardens Tampa

Be sure to leave your own stories and comments below and let me know what some of your favorite tips are when going to Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens. Also let me know what your favorite Howl-O-Scream maze is of ALL time…

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Howl-O-Scream 2012 Circus Superstitions Clown

For more information on the houses, shows, pricing, policies, and times please visit the official Howl-O-Scream website.

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