I'm a big fan of the Ultimate Tour at HowlOScream. I do it every year when the event comes to Busch Gardens Tampa because it's the consummate way to experience the event...or at least it was until now. This year brings a brand-new top tier offering called HowlOScream Unleased.
This new tour, which comes in at a pricey $350 per person, with a minimum group size of two and a maximum of six, actually lets you experience it with Scott Swenson, the mad mind behind the event. If you'd like to see him in action, click the video accompanying this article to hear his talk during last year's Ultimate Tour.
On this new offering, you get to see the scareactors go through the make-up transformation process. Then you get to hunt for real ghosts in the Crown Colony Restaurant, which has a reputation for being haunted, before heading off to enjoy the Fiends show from reserved seating and to go through the haunted houses and ride the rides with front of the line access all night. Alcoholic beverages at various drink stations are included, too.
This tour is very limited and is only offered on October 5, 12, and 19. Call 813-987-5087 to book it. It's the perfect way to get all the details behind the event, its theme, and creation as you enjoy the final result.
If that's a little too rich for your blood, I still recommend the Ultimate Tour. You have a private guide who takes you to the front of the line for all the haunted houses and rides throughout the evening. This tour includes drink stops, too, and starts at $159 per person.