After weeks of teasing the "13 evils" that will be this year's theme, Busch Gardens this week released the full details for the haunted houses, scare zones and shows for its Howl-O-Scream 2013, including a Fear Factor-like experience that tests the endurance of visitors.
The Tampa theme park is adding three new haunted houses with evil inhabitants and a new interactive experience called the Experiment, which requires reservations and an extra charge of $50, plus $10 each for up to three other visitors.
The Experiment turns guests into psychological lab rats who must face scares that range from "roaches and snakes to needles and darkness," according to a Busch Gardens media release. Refusal to participate ends the experience.
The two new houses are the Basement, which features a butcher and bone-ground flour that is the secret ingredient to Momma's Meats' award-winning recipe, and Death Water Bayou, which features a voodoo queen and her minions.
Returning houses are Circus of Superstition 3-D, Blood Asylum, Zombie Mortuary, Ultimate Gamble: Reversal of Fortune and Nevermore.
Howl-O-Scream runs for 14 select nights between Sept. 27 and Oct. 26.
Admission is $89, but there are deep discounts online ($48-$55 for a single ticket and a "Thursday 4-Pack" that gets you four tickets for $30 each). Other options include VIP Packages, the Fright Feast dinner buffet, front-of-line passes and multi-day passes. Go to howloscream.com.
Howl-O-Scream is intended for adults, though children under 18 will be admitted.