Every year, HowlOScream at Busch Gardens Tampa features a selection of new and repeat haunted houses and scare zones scattered throughout the park. The event opens today (September 27), but I got a sneak peek of one of the new houses, Death Water Bayou, the day before. You can join me on my journey by clicking the video accompanying this article.
Scream Cam is an annual event where intrepid members of the media suit up in a camera rig and challenge the first half of one of the HowlOScream haunted houses. This year, it was Death Water Bayou, realm of the mysterious and widely feared Voodoo Queen. She's one of "The 13," the legion of icons this year.
The house facade is lovely, and there's intricate set design inside, too, but I didn't get to enjoy it for long. This is an old-school haunted house, with scareactors around every turn. Add some darkness and disorientation to that and you'd better keep on your toes or you'll soon be trapped by a scareactor.
My eyes always have trouble adjusting to the darkness when I go in a haunted house from the daylight, so that added to the intensity of the experience. I can't wait to see the entire house when I return to HowlOScream for a full night of terrifying fun. The event runs Thursday through Saturday every weekend through October 26, and tickets are available online.
If you'd like a peek behind the scenes of Scream Cam, jump to this article. To hear from Scott Swenson, mastermind of the event, including details on the new extra-cost The Experiment haunted house, jump to this article.