New Features at this Fall’s Howl-O-Scream


Fans of fright are sure to delight in two new features added to Busch Gardens® Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream®.

The park announced the additions of No Escape, an “escape room” experience with a unique Howl-O-Scream twist, and the Starfright Orchestra™, a 12-piece swing band that makes its return to the park after an eight-year absence.

In No Escape, guests are locked in a room and must use clues to solve puzzles and try to escape before time runs out. The physical adventure game, held at the Wilkommenhaus in Germany, located next to the Land of the Dragons, is available only by reservation.

Play sessions are capped at no more than 30 minutes in length, and all participants must be 16 years or older. Each session is limited to six total players per time block. Unless the entire room is booked, groups of less than six may be paired with other players.

Prices vary for each session. Park admission is also required.


Guests at Busch Gardens may recognize the ghostly musicians on the stage at Italy’s il Teatro Di San Marco this fall. The Starfright Orchestra’s band is back together, and it has resurrected its popular music for Howl-O-Scream® in 2016.

The 12-piece swing band, featuring male and female lead singers, returns to Busch Gardens after an eight-year hiatus. The show will feature a familiar song list with popular spooky hits like, “I Put a Spell on You,” and “Monster Mash.”

Many members of the original band are returning, making for a nostalgic reunion tour.  The shows will run five times every Saturday during Howl-O-Scream.

No Escape and Starfright Orchestra are only two of the new additions coming to Howl-O-Scream this fall. This year also marks the debut of the new haunted house, Circo Sinistro, where only the truly disturbed are allowed to perform in its tents of terrors. New Terror-tory Sideshow Square™ will make your jaw drop on the way to the big top.

Howl-O-Scream opens Sept. 23 and runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 30. Busch Gardens opens at 10 a.m., but 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.

I will say I have never been to this particular festival but I have been to SCarowinds and it was really scary.

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