To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens has an early Halloween treat: a summer sale with more than $40 off the ticket price to the fright fest, depending on the date.
The lowest priced tickets start at $24.99 and $19.99 for Annual Pass members.
Howl-O-Scream returns for 22 select nights between Sept. 20 and Nov. 2. It has become one of the Tampa theme park's most popular annual events.
The park also put out a call for scare actors to come audition to frighten the wits out of park-goers.
The Howl-O-Scream Twitter and Facebook accounts have hinted that the 20th anniversary brings a chance to revive popular past houses and characters, such as Dr. Livingsdoom, an evil mad scientist, the masked Trickster character from 2012 and the Butcher, a cannibalistic hillbilly that first appeared in 2013 and again in 2017 and 2018.
The sale offers any Thursday, Friday or Sunday night admission for $24.99, a 75 percent savings, and any event night admission for $29.99. Passholders can get $5 off those nights. The sale ends at midnight on July 21. Last year tickets to Howl-O-Scream started at $40 and got more expensive closer to Halloween.
The park is also offering an All-Season Access ticket for $59.99 and a Front Line Fear Upgrade starting at $99.99, which allows front-of-the-line access to all Howl-O-Scream houses and the park's thrill rides, including the new Tigris, Florida's tallest launch coaster.
See HowlOScream.com for information and tickets.
And if you have some good lungs and acting ability, audition for the role of scare actor starting July 19. No experience is necessary. The park will be hiring some 400 performers who do everything from jumping out of the bushes to riding coasters in full zombie makeup.
Secure an audition spot by applying at buschbardensjobs.com. Participants must be at 18 years old and performers are asked to wear comfortable clothing and apply for the position prior to coming for an audition.
The audition dates are:
• July 19, 3-8 p.m.
• July 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
• July 26, 3-8 p.m.
• Aug. 9, 3-8 p.m.
• Aug. 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Aug. 16, 3-8 p.m.
• Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Aug. 29, 3-7 p.m.
Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at email@example.com. Follow @SharonKWn. Information from the Los Angeles Times was used in this report.