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Friday the 13th brings Howl-O-Scream ticket deal at Busch Gardens

The Tampa theme park has a 24-hour sale that starts at midnight.
Open-air scare zones like this will be added to haunted houses this year for Howl-O-Scream at Busch Garden.
Open-air scare zones like this will be added to haunted houses this year for Howl-O-Scream at Busch Garden. [ Busch Gardens ]
Published Aug. 12

Superstitions aside, this Friday the 13th can be a lucky day for savvy fans of Halloween horrors at Busch Gardens. The theme park is offering a 24-hour sale that gets you four tickets to Howl-O-Scream for less than $25 each.

Howl-O-Scream, Tampa’s largest haunt event, is preparing to open on Sept. 10 and will run on select nights through Oct. 31 with haunted houses, themed food and drinks and elaborately costumed monsters who pop out of the bushes as you pass through the darkened theme park.

“Fear is better with friends,” a park news release said in announcing that for 24 hours only, fans can snag major discounts to assemble their scare squad.

Starting at midnight, a package of four Howl-O-Scream single-night tickets can be had for $99. That‘s $24.75 each, up to a 75 percent savings. Tickets can be used on any night of the after-hours event, which currently sells for $31-$45 depending on the night.

The park, which offered only open-air haunts last year, is bringing back three new haunted houses called Witch of the Woods, the Forgotten and Cell Block Zombies. That’s in addition to open-air scare zones called Voodoo, with ravenous werewolves and witch doctors; Skeleton Crew that features shipwrecked pirates; and In the Shadows that plays with myths and ghost stories that have gathered in the woods.

The “drop-dead prices” expire at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, but a park news release said fans who follow Howl-O-Scream on social media will have the opportunity to get an early start on the sale by following Howl-O-Scream on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Visit HowlOScreamTampa.com.

Note that Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience, with images of violence, gore and blood. No costumes are allowed.