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Busch Gardens, Howl-O-Scream

This is great news for Halloween fans as Busch Gardens Tampa has just announced that it will be hosting it's Howl-O-Scream event this year. The event will run Fridays and Saturdays 7.00pm - 12.00am and Sundays 7.00pm - 11.00pm starting September 25 through November 1, 2020.

SeaWorld Orlando has also announced this week that it will host a family-friendly Halloween Spooktacular event which will run on select dates between September 19 - November 1 from 11am - 8pm, 2020 as well as it's Christmas Celebration event.

This year's event will be mark the 21st annual Howl-O-Scream. Unsurprisingly due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this will be like no other with a modified production with enhanced health and safety measures in place. Open-air scare zones will also be a feature of this year's event. 

Usually Halloween scare zones rely on actors being able to get in close proximity with guests that are usually bunched closely together. This inevitably will not be able to happen at all this year as physical distancing will have to be maintained throughout the whole event.

Howl-O-Scream will be a separately ticketed event, with 18 possible nights available between September 19 - November 1 for guests to book. Advance online reservations are required for all guests and it is strongly recommended that you book early as capacity will be limited. 

Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens Tampa
Image: Busch Gardens

If you are wondering about protective face coverings, then yes they will be required to be worn by all guests. Costumes are not permitted to be worn by guests. It also states that this event is intended for adults as it contains adult content such as violence, blood and gore which makes sense as it is an evening event, unlike SeaWorld Orlando's family-friendly daytime Halloween Spooktacular. Event details are subject to change.

Fiends Show

Fiends Show, Howl-O-Scream
Image: Busch Gardens

This show is said to take its largest stage ever. It will have outdoor performances located on the Festival Field Stage where bench seating will be arranged to maintain physical distancing.

For further details, to reserve tickets and to read all health and safety guidelines visit Busch Garden's official site. There are many other events taking place at Busch Gardens Tampa as well as the other SeaWorld parks...

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