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Ultimate Guide to SeaWorld's Howl O Scream | Tips & Tricks

In this guide we'll cover what Howl O Scream is, how the SeaWorld park changes to accommodate it, and everything that you must do when you visit.

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      What is Howl O Scream?

      Howl O Scream is a limited time event that occurs around the Halloween season featuring 4 haunted houses, 7 scare zones, multiple shows & rides, along with monsters prowling the park. 

      As the sun goes down, the park transforms from SeaWorld to Howl O Scream.

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      It is a separately-ticketed night event, which means that you'll need to buy a Howl O Scream ticket.

      When Does Howl O Scream Start?

      SeaWorld's Howl O Scream typically begins in September and lasts through the end of October.

      It normally begins at 7 pm and lasts to 12am or 1 am depending on the day.

      You can check the SeaWorld site to double check the hours for the day that you're planning on visiting. 

      Entrance to Howl O Scream

      The entrance to Howl O Scream isn't located in the front of the park, but near the back of the park by Guest Services.

      Scare Zones

      What are They?

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      Scare Zones are specific zones with much less lighting, and lots of fog, where 'monsters', aka workers dressed up in scary costumes and walk up to you when you least expect it, to give you a scare!

      These zones are popular in all theme parks around Halloween season, as it's very unpredictable where these monsters will come from, leaving you in constant suspense.

      Be prepared to hear screams in the scare zones!

      Scare Zones only occur in certain parts of the park.

      The unique aspect is that each scare zone is uniquely themed, meaning you'll notice they're very different as you walk across each zone.

      No Boo Necklace

      If you're not the biggest fan of scare zones, you can purchase a 'No Boo' necklace for $15 (online or at any gift shop in Howl O Scream).

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      This necklace will signify to all scarers that you are off-limits, and they are not allowed to scare you in any situation.

      From our experience, this worked very well, but you should know that this necklace does not guarantee that you will not be scared.

      The scarers scare hundreds of people per hour, and they may see the necklace a bit late, and back off immediately after realizing.

      No Boo Necklace in Houses or Rides

      However, you cannot wear this necklace in Haunted Houses or rides, as these specific Halloween-themed events are meant to scare.

      Haunted Houses

      Halloween themed houses (each house has a different theme) full of screams, fog, and evil laughter, where visitors can walk through and see scary sights in each house.

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      These houses typically have loud music blaring to distract your senses.

      As visitors make their way through, they'll realize there are 'scarers' ready to jump out when you least expect it.

      So watch out for corners!

      Halloween Shows

      Although these monsters are featured through every part of the park including mazes, haunted houses, and scare zones, they are even in the shows!

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      Monster Stomp

      In the misty corners of Victorian-era London, a fiend known only as Jack the Ripper walks the streets. Watch him take the stage in a way you’ve never seen before in this modern rock and rhythm spectacular.

      Hold onto your seat as electrifying percussion, dancing, and singing combine for a show that’s as darkly entertaining as it is exhilarating.

      Siren Bar

      A Halloween-themed bar that offers both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages specifically tailored towards this holiday season.

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      Guests can enjoy drinks such as the Siren's Kiss, the Paranormal Potion and the Freaky Fanta.

      If you're not a big fan of the special event drinks, you can always purchase a bottled beer, or normal drink of your choice (as long as you're at least 21 years of age).

      Gift Shops

      Shop of Horrors is a gift shop that sells plenty of limited time souvenirs such as t-shirts, hoodies, pictures, frames and even No Boo necklaces.

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      There are upgrades that can be purchased specifically for this event, that can grant you front of the line access once, unlimited number of times, and even a VIP guided tour, depending on which one you purchase.

      All of these upgrades can be purchased online directly from the SeaWorld site.

      Front Line Fear

      • Single-use front-of-the-line access to each of the Haunted Houses
      • Single-use front-of-the-line access to a single ride

      Front Line Fear Extreme

      • Unlimited front-of-the-line access to each of the Haunted Houses
      • Unlimited front-of-the-line access to rides
      • One-time reserved seating to Monster Stomp
      • Exclusive bonus rooms in one of the Howl-O-Scream houses

      VIP Terror Tour 

      • VIP Tour Guide from 7 p.m. to Midnight
      • Unlimited front-of-the-line access to each of the Haunted Houses
      • Unlimited front-of-the-line access to rides
      • Priority Reserved Seating to Monster Stomp
      • 4 Complimentary beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
      • Exclusive bonus rooms in one of the Howl-O-Scream houses

      Where to Get Howl O Scream Tickets

      Cheap Howl O Scream Tickets for Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio can be purchased through our site!

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      Our prices will always be cheaper than the gate price, and you'll receive your tickets instantly in your inbox.

      You can find out more about our process through our Authorized Theme Park Ticket Reseller page.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Is Howl O Scream Meant for Children?

      Howl O Scream is recommended for those of ages 13 and up. This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood and is not intended for children.

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