Your guide to the creepiest & cleverest mazes at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Busch Garden’s popular Halloween event, and the park isn’t holding anything back. The Haunting Hour begins at 5:45 p.m. with Jack leading a mass of "scareactors" through Octoberfest. Then, head off to shriek and shout inside the park’s unique haunted mazes. Four returning favorites and three new haunted mazes await, along with the ever-frightening scare zones you can’t help but walk through on your way around the park.

In addition to the haunted mazes, 2018 brings new scares like Jack’s Nightmare Room escape room experience; the Control Lab, where you get to pick the next victim; two party zones with music and dancing; and zombies lining up with you for the park’s coasters. If you have little ones, never fear: The kids attractions close at 5 p.m., so you have time to leave the park before the scares begin. And October 6-28, kids can celebrate the Count’s Spoooktacular, a Sesame Street Halloween event inside Sesame Street Forest of Fun.

There’s so much new at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2018, you may want to go more than once to see it all.

New haunted mazes

Vault XX

Busch Gardens opens its vault and lets you in to experience the best of haunted mazes gone and buried. Can you still be frightened by the Executioner from Dark Tower or Little Dead Riding Hood from Deadtime Stories? We bet you can. Take a stroll through the Vault and see how many scares from the past you remember—if you dare.
Entrance to the Vault XX haunted house at Busch Gardens

Demented Dimensions

A dimensional vortex has opened a portal inside Sterling Manor, sinking you deeper and deeper into this frightful realm. Can you escape this world where monsters hunt you for their next snack, aliens have taken control, and evils you thought were long dead live again?
Entrance to the Demented Dimensions haunted house
Returning favorites

Circo Sinistro

"Everybody Loves a Clown" may have been a popular song in 1965, but it certainly isn’t true at Circo Sinistro! Be ready as the tent rises and the clowns, acrobats, and ring master come back from the dead before your eyes. It’s a circus like no other you’ve ever seen.
Entrance to the Circo Sinistro haunted maze


Brave folks are needed to help search the corn fields of this small farming community for its missing residents. It’s believed local farmer Jasper Corncob is responsible for the disappearances, leaving behind elaborate corn husk dolls of each missing person. Can you help stop Jasper—or prove his innocence?
Entrance to the Cornered haunted maze
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Ready to feel the fear in person?
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