Believe it or not, summer has only just started and Busch Gardens has announced it is getting ready for Halloween.
Yep, we haven't even stocked up on sparklers for July 4 and they are already talking about bloody ax murderers and haunted circus freaks by releasing the dates for the park's annual Howl-O-Scream scare fest. But the real news is you can save some money if you buy your tickets now.
The theme park didn't reveal this year's theme but did hint that the number 13 will be prominent in a press release announcing its dates: "Once every century, on precisely the thirteenth year, evil comes out to play."
The opening weekend for Howl-O-Scream 2013 is Sept. 27 and 28, and it then runs Thursday through Saturday nights through Oct. 26. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday nights and 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
The park announced Thursday that if you get your tickets now you can get any single-day admission to Howl-O-Scream for $47, or get a pack of four tickets to use on a Thursday for only $30 per person.
They didn't say when that deal ends or what this year's prices will be, but the 2012 Howl-O-Scream prices were $69.95 for general admission, with advance online tickets for $39.95 for Thursday and Friday, and $49.95 for Saturday.
Howl-O-Scream is a separate ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed. For information, visit HowlOScream.com or call 1-888-800-5447.
—Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer