Summer’s not over, but for some it’s not too early to start thinking of Halloween… especially when the spooky holiday this year will feature some new attractions at one of the area’s favorite parks! If you love Halloween, you need to visit Busch Gardens in Williamsburg for its Howl-o-Scream event.
Each year, the beautiful theme park takes on a spooky look from late September through the end of October. During the not-very-scary day, guests can enjoy rides, roller coasters, attractions, and fall décor that is suitable for most ages (the scary stuff is kept under cover). Then, at 6 p.m. the park completely transforms, bringing the spirit of Halloween to life, with a host of creepy creatures hungry for unsuspecting “victims.”
The most daring of guests can enter the elaborate haunted houses and intense, immersive themed Terror-tories ™, where even the bravest may feel uneasy, plus enjoy darkly entertaining live shows and a new “escape room” experience. For 2017, the park has just announced that it has added a new haunted house (FrostBite), Terror-tory (Axe Alley), and escape room (No Escape: Curse of the Haunted Hotel).
The new Busch Gardens Howl-o-Scream experiences take place in various parts of the park and even tap into InvadR™, the latest ride (and first wooden coaster there) that opened earlier this year. Below is the description for each from Busch Gardens:
“With a loud battle cry, the Vikings invaded Busch Gardens in the spring with the debut of InvadR™, the park’s first wooden roller coaster. But seasons change, and the Norsemen have been sent running in Axe Alley. The new scare zone, located in New France, signals a raiding party gone horribly wrong, as evidenced by desolate ruins of smoldering timbers and axe-slashed oak.
No Escape: Case of the Haunted Hotel requires guests to follow clues and solve riddles to exit this creepy place of lodging. You must unlock the mysteries of this cursed hotel or you will never check out. It is one of two escape rooms at Busch Gardens, both located in the Germany village. Returning this year is No Escape: Case of Mr. Karver with new tricks and riddles to solve.”
Busch Gardens Howl-o-Scream opens Sept. 23, 2017, and runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Oct. 29. There will be more chances to feel the fear this year, as the park will stay open until midnight on Saturdays in October and will add two Thursdays, Oct. 19 and 26, to its schedule.
Busch Gardens becomes a seriously scary place at 6 p.m. when the Howl-O-Scream haunts come out. Guests should consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding whether Howl-O-Scream is appropriate for young children. Please visit www.howloscream.com/va
— Patricia Hall, Fairfax Family Fun
Image provided by Busch Gardens and used with permission
Disclosure: I am a Busch Gardens Thrill Chaser (ambassador) and my family receives complimentary membership and other benefits to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. The opinions in this post, as always, are strictly my own — we love these parks, perks or no perks!