With less than two weeks before All-Hallows Eve, the spirits are starting to get restless all across the myriad of themed attractions in Florida. Ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and more are wandering the streets, hoping that your soul might very well be the next one they are able to feed on!
Recently, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders challenged their fears at Howl-O-Scream 2013. The entire cheer squad met the 13 evils at “The 13” scare zone and toured new houses Death Water Bayou and The BASEMENT.
In Death Water Bayou, the cheerleaders braved the #6 Voodoo Queen’s black magic and her zombie-like minions. Then, the team escaped the depths of The BASEMENT, where they discovered #4 The Butcher’s secret ingredient in Momma’s award-winning sauce.
This is the fifth year the Bucs Cheerleaders visited Howl-O-Scream, and this year the entire team faced their fears together. The tradition began in 2008 when they toured Death Row Vengeance. Since then, members of the team have toured a dozen haunted houses and scare zones at the top-rated haunt event.
Of course, cheerleaders aren't the only ones enjoying the event. Three of Busch Gardens® Tampa’s newest additions are celebrating Halloween with a little less tricks and a little more treats! In true Halloween tradition, lion cubs Kembe, Shaba and Shtuko indulged in their very own pumpkins.
Fall is the perfect time to experience Busch Gardens during the day to enjoy the cooler, crisp weather. For a limited time, Florida residents can take advantage of the perfect fall day at the park with Busch Gardens’ $50 Weekday Pass, available on BuschGardens.com.
Thrill seekers only have two weekends left to experience Howl-O-Scream 2013. The event runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, now through Oct. 26. The operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on all event nights.
General admission to Howl-O-Scream is $89 plus tax. Reduced advance-purchase rates and special offers are available for Busch Gardens pass members at HowlOScream.com. A $39 savings on general admission tickets is available in advance at participating Publix Supermarkets and AAA locations or with promotional codes found at participating Taco Bell and Applebee's locations in Central Florida.
On the twenty-sixth of October, the local getaways examiner will delve into the heart of darkness and try to discover what evil tricks the thirteen have up their sleeves this year at Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, Tampa. If I survive, I'll let you know all the gory details!
About an hour east of Busch Gardens, there is an ocean of Halloween fun to dive into at SeaWorld Orlando during Halloween Spooktacular. There’s still two weekends to enjoy their underwater “fantasea” complete with trick-or-treating, sea-themed arts and crafts, dancing pumpkin fish and cookie decorating: Oct. 19-20 and 26-27. Included with park admission, this family-friendly event takes place from 12-8 p.m., leaving the littlest of guests wide-eyed for the fun-filled activities.
The final weekend of Halloween Spooktacular, Oct. 26-27, features an extra-sweet treat – California artist Kristen Cumings will create a mural made completely from colorful Jelly Belly beans. All guests are invited to watch this piece of art come to life, while the kids can get into the fun by creating their own Jelly Belly jelly bean artwork. Take a guess at what this “cool” animal will be!
As Halloween draws closer, now is the perfect time to visit Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 23. Universal Orlando is offering incredible deals on tickets to the event and vacation packages that allow Florida residents to book the ultimate, horror-filled weekend at the nation’s best Halloween event.
Halloween Horror Nights Florida Resident Offers
Florida Resident Single Night
~ Starts at $42.99 plus tax
· Includes admission to one night of Halloween Horror Nights
· Advance purchase required with a UPC code from Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero or Sprite products or cups from participating Burger King restaurants
· Prices vary depending on date of visit
Frequent Fear Pass
~ $83.99 plus tax
· Experience up to seven nights of the event for less than the price of one
· Includes admission to Halloween Horror Nights on Oct. 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27 and 31
· Other Frequent Fear Pass options available
~ Vacation package
starts at $89 per adult, tax
· 1-night accommodations at a Universal Partner Hotel
· 1-night admission to Halloween Horror Nights
· Admission to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk
· Upgrade to one of three AAA Four Diamond Award deluxe on-site hotels at Universal Orlando to stay in the heart of the horror and start screaming sooner with special access to a dedicated Halloween Horror Nights entry gate each event night until 8pm.
Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 23 features eight all-new, disturbingly real haunted houses based on some of the most recognizable names in horror, including AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” survival video game series, “Resident Evil,” and critically acclaimed films “Evil Dead,” “The Cabin in the Woods” and “An American Werewolf in London.” Recently named the nation’s best Halloween event for the sixth consecutive year, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights takes place select nights now until Nov. 2.
For those of you who call South Florida home, you still have time to enjoy Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds, as well as X-Scream Halloween at the G-Star School of the Arts. If you are amongst the lucky ones to conquer the scary students at X-Scream on Oct. 19, you may even run into the Local Getaways Examiner. You'll know me by the fact that I will be screaming the loudest, and running the fastest!
For a look at a free family haunt, check out the Pata family display in Wellington, FL. They are putting on a 2 night event for the eighth year in a row. Be sure to visit 14635 stirrup lane, Wellington, FL on Oct. 30 and 31 from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., if you dare!
Remember that Halloween is a time for fun and frivolity. It is a time to come out of your shell, and to acknowledge the mischievous spirit that resides within all of us. Be sure to keep following this column for news on other spooky events and more. If you know of another local event that needs additional undead light shone upon it, please tell me about it!
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