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Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream

If you like Halloween, Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream is a must do Halloween themed event running September 9-October 31, 2022.

Originally posted 2019. Updated 2022.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg HowlOScream Jack Halloween
Jack at Howl-O-Scream

It’s Busch Gardens Williamsburg and the landscape is still beautiful. But now its scarier. Some of the regular entertainment like Pet Shenanigans and Howl to Coexist continue during the day. Entertainment geared toward younger visitors ends at 5:00. After that, can expect the crowd to begin growing. After 6:00, the park becomes scarier and entertainment transitions to the Halloween theme. Parents are advised that the park during Howl-O-Scream may be too scary for some.

Howl-O-Scream 2022 YouTube Video

Check out our visit to Howl-O-Scream on YouTube.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream YouTube Video
Our Visit to Howl-O-Scream 2022

More Views of Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream Halloween Landscape
Halloween Visits Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Through a combination of decorations and lighting, the park transforms to fit the Halloween theme.

Howl-O-Scream Ireland Decorations
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Ireland Decorated for Halloween

Buildings get the Halloween tough through a combination of decorations, lighting, and some video

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream Ireland Grogans Pub Halloween
Howl-O-Scream Grogans

Other parts of the park get the full Halloween treatment, too. Here is a view from Germany.

Howl-O-Scream Jack O Lanterns in Germany
Jack O Lantern Display

Howl-O-Scream Haunted Houses

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream offers five haunted houses. These are indoor and outdoor mazes that are sure to scare you. Each has a themed story to tell. Special effects include strobe lights & fog machines. And, don’t forget the scarers who are looking forward to surprise you.

Each year, Busch Gardens Williamsburg updates several of their haunted houses and haunted mazes. There are two new ones for 2022 including the Killarney Diner.

Killarney Diner Haunted Maze at Howl-O-Scream
Killarney Diner Sign

One thing that I missed from prior years was a haunted house scariness rating. Houses may range from mildly scary to very intense. In years past, Busch Gardens provided a ‘Jack-O-Lantern’ rating from 1-5 to help guide guests to selecting the right house for them. It may be that they are all 5 pumpkin, or intense, haunted houses now.

Howl-O-Scream Scare Zones

There are surprises lurking around every corner. Each of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s European themed areas gets an appropriately themed scare zone. Costumed performers engage with guests in short encounters that may startle you.

Human Statue at Howl-O-Scream
Watch the Human Statues Closely
Street Performer in France at Howl-O-Scream
Street Performer in the France Section

Howl-O-Scream Shows and Entertainment

During Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens Williamsburg produces several shows with music and dancing. You might choose to see the Monster Stomp in the Globe Theater, Phantoms of the Festhaus, or the Skeletones.

Jack is Back is a crowd-pleasing street performance in the Ireland section of the park.

Jack is Back Street Performance at Howl-O-Scream
Jack is Back

Howl-O-Scream Special Food & Beverages

Several specialty beverages are offered during Howl-O-Scream. Two interesting offerings in 2022 are the Blood Bag rum punch or the rum & gelatin Syringe. There are several pop-up bars available throughout the park. Of course many of the usual great selection of food, beer, and other beverages is still available.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Ween Beverage Stand Halloween
Howl-O-Scream Specialty Beverages

Cool Halloween Merchandise at Howl-O-Scream

Be sure to check out the shops at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. During Howl-O-Scream, they update the merchandise to include some interesting Halloween items.

Halloween Merchandise at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream
Halloween Shopping At Busch Gardens Williamsburg

A variety of collectable pins is available including a number of Howl-O-Scream themed pins.

Collectable Pins at Bush Gardens Williamsburg
Howl-O-Scream Collectible Pins

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Games

During Halloween, the game prizes include some fun Halloween stuffies. Will you try your luck to win one?

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Ween Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Game Prize
Jack-O-Lantern Prizes

Howl-O-Scream Guest Conduct Policies

As we entered Busch Gardens, we received a special notice of guest conduct policies. These are some things you will want to be aware of when planning your visit.

Backpacks are not allowed. You can have a small purse, fanny pack, or wristlet. Note that accommodations can be made for medical care items.

Guests cannot leave and re-enter the park after 8:00 pm.

Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated including fighting, gathering in groups that block pathways, line cutting, and harassing park staff or other guests.

Note that the Sesame area and all the rides for younger visitors closes early. Busch Gardens provides a warning that the event is not intended for children. Parental discretion is advised. Note that there is an event provided for families with younger children – The Count’s Spooktacular runs Saturdays and Sundays September 24-October 30 from 10 am through 5 pm.

Howl-O-Scream Dates

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream runs Friday-Sunday September 9-October 31, 2022. A regular park ticket or annual pass will provide entry. A quick queue pass can be purchased as a way to get faster access to haunted houses and thrill rides.

Event details can be found on the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream Website. See our Busch Gardens Williamsburg Review for general travel planning info.

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