#Howl-O-Scream 2016 runs through October 30 at #Busch Gardens Tampa, with six haunted houses included with event admission and a seventh extra-cost shoot-‘em-up zombie adventure. Two of the houses are new for this Halloween season, and both add a refreshing air to this annual celebration of horror.

Motel Hell checks in at Busch Gardens Tampa

Don’t you just hate it when your theme park has a motel on its grounds that you just can’t destroy? Motel Hell is a haven for haunts at Busch Gardens Tampa that’s been opened to the public for #Halloween. You’ll quickly discover why it’s deserted as you try to dodge all the jump scares inside from the motel’s demented leftover occupants.

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It’s a perfect combination of humor and horror, with the jaunty strains of ‘Mr. Sandman’ as a backdrop as you go through what’s perfectly detailed as a slice of retro motel history suspended in time. It’s a standout among this year’s Howl-O-Scream haunted house offerings and a worthy successor to The Basement, which was in its spot in past years.

The Dark Spot marks doom at Howl-O-Scream

Motel Hell is a new theme for Howl-O-Scream, and The Dark Spot brings another unique offering under a pirate ship’s flag. The nautical theme is both refreshing and sinister, and like the other new 2016 house, the attention paid to its details is readily apparent.

You won’t have much time to admire the sets that almost convince you that you’ve somehow been teleported to a pirate ship, though. This house is fairly dark and disorienting, so you’ll be too busy with self-preservation.

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Death Water Bayou brings New Orleans to Tampa

A slice of Cajun terror returns to Busch Gardens Tampa with the voodoo-themed Death Water Bayou. It’s been one of the best Howl-O-Scream haunted houses since its debut in 2013, and even though it’s been around a while, it still holds its own.

The scare actors out front are as good as those inside, and you can fulfill all of your potion and herb needs thanks to the voodoo huckster near the end…if you make it through the cabin, funeral, and bayou swamps first. Walk through the first half of the house’s original iteration in the video below:

 

Unearthed is back at Howl-O-Scream

Unearthed was new for 2015, with a slightly different storyline created by ‘Blair Witch’ producer Robin Cowie. You’ll hear him talk about it in the video below when he visited Busch Gardens Tampa for last year’s Howl-O-Scream kick-off. The house retains its claustrophobic underground feel that stirs up a sense of uneasiness as you wend your way through.

Circus of Superstition gets last laugh at Howl-O-Scream

Everyone knows that clowns are terrifying, and the Howl-O-Scream 3-D house, Circus of Superstition: The Last Laugh, capitalizes on that fact.

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It’s been at Busch Gardens Tampa for a while now, and its name seems to indicate that 2016 may be its last Halloween.

The clowns inside are just as creepy and energetic as ever, populating rooms dedicated to a variety of superstitious beliefs. It’s a loud, colorful house that, while not nearly as comical as Motel Hell, still has a nice dose of levity among the screams.

Zombie Mortuary returns to Busch Gardens Tampa

This classic house plays on the inherent creepiness of funerals and graveyards, with a zombie twist. You’re no double familiar with it if you’ve visited Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa in the past. If you’re new to the event, be prepared for disorientation and terror as you make your way from the funeral all the way the cemetery, which you’ll see from a unique perspective.