If you’ve never been to #Howl-O-Scream at #Busch Gardens Tampa, but you’re curious to know what it’s all about, the video below is for you. Normally you don’t get an authorized look inside the haunted houses, but each year the park lets members of the media experience one of its new offerings. This year, the chosen maze was Motel Hell, an all-new house on the former site of The Basement. The video below only shows the first half, so bear in mind that if you brave it yourself, you’ll still have to make it through the back half:

 

Be an urban explorer at Busch Gardens Tampa

As you can see, Motel Hell takes the concept of an old, abandoned motel on Busch Gardens Tampa grounds and spins it perfectly for Howl-O-Scream. Urban explorers love to go through old building ruins of houses, stores, motels, and the like, but what if they encountered a place taken over by restless spirits who don’t take kindly to visitors? You’ll get that experience as you make your way through rooms, utility areas, and even the not-so-inviting swimming pool.

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Because this maze is fairly well lit, you’ll be able to admire some of the design details when you’re not cringing in terror.

Two new Howl-O-Scream haunts for 2016

Motel Hell is one of two new haunts that debuted at the Busch Gardens Tampa #Halloween season event this year. In the video below, Ben DeWitt, Entertainment Project Manager for Howl-O-Scream, talks about both of the new offerings. The other house making its debut in 2016 is The Black Spot, a pirate-themed walk through a place where the titular mark means you’re doomed.

 

Be prepared for Howl-O-Scream scares

In the walk-through video, you probably noticed that scareactors are strewn all along your path. If you’re trying to decide whether to tackle to Howl-O-Scream haunted houses, ask yourself, “Am I okay with jump scares?” You never know which nook or cranny might house a ghoul ready to leap out at you.

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Old-school scares are the signature of this popular Busch Gardens Tampa event, whether it’s inside the mazes or out in the scare zones on the park’s pathways. This year, the ghouls have even spilled out of the park and over to the tram line, and a horde of zombies has taken over the bumper cars, although you can still ride them if you dare.

If you're still on the fence about whether your nerves will survive Howl-O-Scream or whether you'd prefer tamer Halloween pursuits, you have until October 30 to decide. The scares evaporate at the end of the month, and you'll be able to return to Busch Gardens Tampa without worrying about what lurks in the shadows, at least until next year.