Howl-O-Scream has taken place at Busch Gardens Africa since 1999. It would adopt the name of Howl-O-Scream in 2000, and later break new ground with further events. In 2009, HOS Tampa celebrated "10 Years of Fear" and in 2012 celebrated it's 13th anniversary.

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The event began as "Spooky Safari" in 1999, a child themed Halloween event. Howl-O-Scream officially debuted in 2000, with only three haunted houses and a "horrified" ride. Throughout later years, the event would go on to become even scarier and gorier, even challenging the competing event Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando. Starting in 2011 the theme became "The Dark Side of The Gardens" evolving each year.

Notable FactsEdit

Haunted House Locations Edit

Name Description Houses Hosted
Employee Parking Lot A large parking lot for BGT team members is located in a backstage area behind the Marrakesh Theater and part of the Bird Gardens land. During the Fall, team members were required to park elsewhere as the space was used for Howl-O-Scream. The space, however, has not been used for Howl-O-Scream since 2005. Labyrinth of Lost Souls (2000), The Mortuary(2002), The Mortuary (2003), The Mortuary (2004), The Mortuary: The Mourning After (2005)
Bird Gardens Pavilion The open area in the Bird Gardens land houses an animal exhibit featuring flamingos. In the past, large tents were constructed just for Howl-O-Scream, allowing compatible space for haunted mazes. Screaming Reality (2001), Bloody Bayou (2002), Darkheart's Fear Fair (2003), Darkheart's Fear Fair(2004), Freaked! (2005), Freaked! (2006), Alone(2010), Alone (2011), Alone (2012), The Basement (2013), The Basement (2014), The Basement(2015), Motel Hell (2016), Motel Hell: Infestation(2019),
Nairobi Pavilion A long, rectangle shaped pavilion is located next to Jambo Junction in the Nairobi area. For Howl-O-Scream, the Pavilion is converted into a haunted house. In 2004, the pavilion was damaged by a tornado, and had to be rebuilt while its would-be haunted house, Corporate Nightmare, was moved to Tut's Tomb. Nightstalker in 3-D (2000), Ripper Row (2002), Ripper Row (2003), The Hunted (2005), The Hunted(2006), The Hunted (2007), Death Row Vengeance(2008), Death Row Vengeance (2009), Death Row Vengeance: No Escape (2010), Death Row Vengeance: Fear the Dead (2011), Circus of Superstition: 3D (2012), Circus of Superstition: 3D (2013), Zombie Containment Unit 15 (2014)
Ubanga Banga Bumper Cars The Ubanga Banga Bumper Cars attraction is located in the Congo area of the theme park. During the event. the vehicles used in the attraction are temporarily removed for haunted mazes. The space, however, has not been used for Howl-O-Scream since 2010. Tortured (2002), Tortured (2003), Till' Death Do Us Part (2004), Deathly Departed (2005), Deathly Departed (2006), Taste of Blood (2007), Taste of Blood (2008), Taste of Blood (2009), Taste of Blood: A Different Vein (2010)
Pantopia Warehouse A storage space building located between the Pantopia Theater and Sand Serpent attractions. It became a spot for haunted mazes.  Trapped in the Walls (2006), Trapped in the Walls(2007), Trapped in the Walls (2008), Trapped in the Walls (2009), Trapped in the Walls: GhostChasers(2010), Zombie Mortuary (2011), Zombie Mortuary(2012), Zombie Mortuatry (2013), Zombie Mortuary(2014), Zombie Mortuary (2015), Zombie Mortuary(2016)
Akbar's Adventure Tours Akbar's Adventure Tours was a simulator ride at the Egypt area of the park. In 2002, the attraction was shut down and only operated seasonally due to its manufacturer going out of business, allowing for Howl-O-Scream mazes to take place throughout its unused queue areas. In 2007, the attraction was dismantled when it became impossible to continue running it; however, haunted mazes still continue to call the building home during the event. Demented Dimensions (2002), Demented Dimensions (2003), Chaos! (2004), The 3rd Dementia (2005), The 3rd Dementia (2006), Radiation Alert 3-D (2007), Reconstruction: The Doctor is In (2008), Reconstruction: The Doctor is In(2009), Deconstruction: The Doctor is Out of Control(2010), Deconstruction: The Doctor is Out of Control(2011), Blood Asylum (2012), Blood Asylum (2013), Blood Asylum (2014), Zombie Containment Unit 15: Moving Targets (2015), Zombie Containment Unit 15: Moving Targets (2016)
Tut's Tomb An attraction located in the Egypt area of the park. Its first haunted house, in 2001, was portrayed to be an evil version of the Tut's Tomb attraction itself. In 2004, "Corporate Nightmare" was relocated to Tut's Tomb after a tornado damaged its former location at the Nairobi Pavilion. Following the closure of the Tut's Tomb attraction in 2014 to make way for the Cobra's Curse roller coaster, it is now impossible for future haunted houses to be constructed in this area of the park. Curse of King Tut's Tomb (2001), Corporate Nightmare (2004), The Experiment (2013), The Experiment: The Final Test (2014)
Myombe Reserve An animal exhibit located in the Crown Colony area with an emphasis on protecting Gorilla habitats. An outdoor haunted house was constructed on the attraction's pathways in 2000. For the following year, 2001, the outdoor maze was replaced by a smaller scare zone which did not cover as much of the attraction. Haunted Jungle Trail (1999-2000)
Serengeti Safari Tours An added cost sightseeing tour located on the Edge of Africa. In 2000, it was "horrified" as part of the first official Howl-O-Scream event. Evening Serengeti Safari Tours (2000)
Curiosity Caverns This cave-themed animal attraction is located in the Nairobi area of the park. It was horrified at Howl-O-Scream 2000, and once again served as a haunted house location in 2001. Dark Caverns (2000), Creeper's Crypt (2001)
Orchid Canyon Building The Orchid canyon Building was used for the park's former Tile exhibit museum. Starting in 2009, it was used to house haunted mazes for Howl-O-Scream. Delta Epsilon Delta: Pledge Week (2009), Delta Epsilon Delta: Extreme Rush (2010), Nevermore(2011), Nevermore (2012), Nevermore (2013), Deadfall (2014), Deadfall: Thirst for Blood (2015), The Black Spot (2016)
Crown Colony Skyride Station The CC Skyride station serves as the main entrance to the SkyRide from the southern area of the theme park. Haunted Houses which take place in the station have an entrance at the former Veldt Monorail entrance of the station. The queue then weaves around to an employees only area underneath the station where the maze begins. Due to the construction and opening of the Cheetah Hunt roller coaster in 2011, it is now impossible for any future haunted houses to be constructed in this area of the park.. Escape From Insanity (2001), Escape From Insanity(2002), Escape From Insanity: Resident's Revenge(2003), Escape From Insanity: Lockdown (2004), After Hours: Dead of Night (2005), After Hours: Club Muse (2006), After Hours: Club Muse (2007), After Hours: Last Call (2008), Nightshade Toy Factory(2009)
Gwazi Event Yard A large open yard located next to the former Gwaziroller coaster is used specially for the park's annual events, such as Viva la Musica, Summer Nights and Christmas Town. During Howl-O-Scream, haunted houses are built on the yard Catch Your Breath (2007), Eat Your Heart Out(2008), 13 (2009), MyX: Revenge Rocks (2010), Ultimate Gamble: Vampire Casino (2011), Ultimate Gamble: Condemned (2012), Ultimate Gamble: Reversal of Fortune (2013), Circus of Superstition 3-D: The Show Must Go On (2014), Circus of Superstition 3-D: The Last Laugh (2015), Circus of Superstition 3-D: The Last Laugh (2016)
Morocco/Nairobi Building A new indoor location was built behind Zagora restaurant, next to the Gwazi roller coaster, to serve as a site for Haunted mazes. Nightshade Toy Factory: Son of Nightshade (2010), Nightshade Toy Factory (2011), Nightshade Toy Factory: Mutation (2012), Death Water Bayou (2013), Death Water Bayou (2014), Death Water Bayou (2015), Death Water Bayou (2016)
Gwazi Queue The former Gwazi wooden roller coaster operated in the Morocco area of the park from 1998 until 2015. Following the attraction's closure in early 2015, the space now allows for HOS houses to be built within the ride's former queue areas and ground level. Unearthed: Scarlett's Revenge (2015), Unearthed(2016)

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