Are you and your friends or family planning on making a trip to Busch Gardens' annual Halloween celebration? The 2019 Howl-O-Scream event has already kicked off in Williamsburg and will begin soon in Tampa.

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But before you go, we have some advice on how to make the most of your trip and the activities and attractions you absolutely can't miss. Between the variety of Halloween-themed bars, shows, and haunted houses, it can be a little overwhelming if you're attending Howl-O-Scream for the very first time. This handy guide should help you map out the perfect night!

10 Get the Frontline Fear Pass

The Frontline Fear Pass is a Tampa exclusive, although the Williamsburg Busch Gardens does have its own Fast Pass. Either way, we recommend you spend the extra cash. Speaking from my personal experience, I once waited in line for two full hours at Howl-O-Scream in Williamsburg.

Considering the haunted attractions don't start until the evening, it's not worth it to go and only have time to fit in maybe two mazes. You'll do yourself a favor if you buy the pass that lets you go straight to the front of the line, especially on the nights when it gets the busiest.

9 Don't go on peak nights

Jumping off the point mentioned above, if you can't afford to buy a fast pass of any kind, make sure you don't attend the park on a peak night. To avoid lengthy lines, it's best to go on a weeknight or Sunday night, if possible.

The park gets most crowded the closer you get to Halloween night. If you can go in September, on a weekday, you will probably have a much better time than trying to go on a weekend around Halloween.

8 Make sure you walk through the Scare Zones

One of the great things about Howl-O-Scream is that it's not just cordoned off to some parts of the park. The entire place is transformed at night. You don't have to be in a haunted house to get scared. There are "scare zones" all over the park for you to walk through like Axe Alley, Ripper Row, and Fools' Court at Williamsburg and new zones Carpe Noctem, First Fear, and Little Nightmares at Tampa.

Performers will hide in the most devilish of disguises and jump out at unsuspecting passersby. There have been years where actors dress as trees and bushes when you least expect it. If you have kids with you, don't worry, there are scare-free zones you can take as an alternative path.

7 See the Halloween shows

There are several shows offered at Williamsburg Busch Gardens, including the return of Jack is Back. On Ripper Row, you can watch jack the Ripper as you've never seen him before in the Monster Stomp.

If you and your family plan on dining at the Oktoberfesthaus, be sure to go when the revamped Night Beats musical is playing for a fantastic spectacle. In Tampa, you can catch the Fiends Show, a deranged dance party complete with the customary Howl-O-Scream pink-haired nurses who will surely be willing to offer you a shot if you ask nicely.

6 Try one of the new Escape Rooms

If you're a fan of escape rooms, why not try one at Howl-O-Scream? In Williamsburg there are two you can choose from. One involves Jack's escape from the Vault, and the other is new this year. The new escape room is called Grave Obsession, and you must try to uncover the dark secrets of the room you're in before it's too late.

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It should be noted that the escape rooms do cost additional money and are not included with the price of admission, unfortunately. But if you're someone who loves to complete them, then these Halloween-themed challenges can be tons of fun.

5 Have a blast in the party zones

Howl-O-Scream isn't only about scares. There a couple of excellent party zones in the park with DJs and fantastic music playing for you dance your heart out. It's all themed to be extra spooky too.

The locations are Fools Court in France and the Garden of Souls near the Marco Polo marketplace. One involves a gigantic skull with eyes that flicker and light up the night. You'll have a blast hanging out here, and some of the park's costumed actors might even show to dance with you!

4 Go on a spooky bar crawl

If you want to take a break from the rides for a little bit, there are a lot of fun bars and restaurants to explore that will break out all the Halloween goodies for this time of year. Both theme parks have their offerings, including Restless Spirits, Chaos Cocktails, Jack's Nightcap, and the awesome Control Bar in Ireland that lets you plan a scare on a nervous passerby.

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At the Control Bar, you become on the mad scientist's lab assistants and can pay a token to administer a scare on an unknowing park guest! Plus, as mentioned before, visit the pink-haired nurses if you see one, they offer syringes filled with alcohol - it's a shot giving you a shot, get it?

3 Ride the coasters in the dark

If you thought the roller coasters were frightening in the day time, just wait until you try them in the dead of night. Most of the park's rides stay open during Howl-O-Scream and it's fun to ride the scariest roller coasters once night falls.

Plus, sometimes park actors are known to hope on board with you for an extra scare. You might be riding front row with a skeleton while going down the massive drop on Apollo's Chariot at 10:00 p.m.! It's the ultimate thrill ride.

2 Visit both the indoor and outdoor mazes

It goes without saying since the reason you're probably attending Howl-O-Scream is to visit the haunted houses but try to go to every one you can! There are indoor and outdoor mazes and all of them have different themes.

Tampa features Motel Hell, a haunted asylum, a haunted suburban home, a deadly swamp tour, and more. While Williamsburg has a freaky circus, Demented Dimensions, Frostbite, Lumberhack, and more! You don't want to miss out on anything, and you'll want to form your own opinions about which houses are the best so try not to miss a thing!

1 Do your research before you decide on which park to go to

As you've probably noticed by reading this article, each Busch Gardens theme park offers a pretty different Howl-O-Scream. If you can manage to go to both, that would be the best option, but most people can only do one.

Where you live may be the deciding factor if you're closer to one than the other. But if you happen to live an equal distance from both, make sure you do some research on their sites to find out which one has the experiences, scare zones, shows, and haunted houses that appeal to you most.

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