For this years Howl-O-Scream®, Busch Gardens Williamsburg joined forces with the legendary producer of the 1999 horror film The Blair Witch Project, Robin Cowie to create Unearthed: Scarletts Revenge, one of the three new haunted attractions at Howl-O-Scream this year. Combined with the two new mazes, Lumberjacked and Cornered, Howl-O-Scream is even bigger and better this year.
Friday night I had the chance to attend the opening of Howl-O-Scream® at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. When we got to the park my favorite Howl-O-Scream show, Monster Stomp, was getting ready to begin so we ran into the Globe Theatre to watch the incredible singing, dancing and percussion performances. The star of the show is Jack The Ripper so remember this one is NOT family friendly.
At 6 p.m. we heard the announcement that the park would be changing. (Guests should consider the parks elevated scare factor when deciding whether Howl-O-Scream is appropriate for young children.)
After that we ran straight to the new attractions. The first we went to was the new maze LumberHack- which is behind the Busch Gardens Oktoberfest village. Let me warn you- it’s a bit of a walk to the entrance of the maze. It looks short but plan on an extra 5 – 10 minutes to get out to where the maze actually is.
The idea of LumberHack is a camping trip gone awry. More than 50 years ago a logging camp was abandoned after a horrific accident where saws ripped into human flesh instead of tree bark. Tragically, the loggers perished … only to inexplicably awaken from death sometime later filled with inhuman rage. The undead loggers rampaged until every living thing in the camp had felt the bite of their axes. Now the forgotten lumberjacks lie waiting for unsuspecting campers to stumble into their den of the damned.
After that we went to Cornered. It has the same entrance at LumberHack but is a much shorter walk. It’s 1977 and a picturesque farming community is in an uproar over the ongoing disappearances of its residents. Each time someone goes missing, an intricate corn husk doll is left behind leading many to suspect local corn-farmer Jasper McCobb. The McCobb farm has fallen into disrepair since the death of Jasper’s mother. Could the missing townspeople be somewhere in the maze of maize? Join the search party and find out.
Cornered was my favorite. I absolutely loved the theme- there are so many ways to make corn terrifying. Additionally at the end there is a completely disorienting corn maze. Some of the masks were very cool as well.
After visiting a few more of the older attractions we went to the Blood Banquet to eat dinner. There is a show several times a night but unfortunately while we were there it was raining and it made the stage unsafe for the performers. The food was GREAT. I highly recommend the mustard glazed pork loin, baked potato bar and red velvet cupcakes. It is a little pricy at $22 for adults and $15 for kids but honestly if you were going to buy dinner, drinks and dessert in the park you would probably spend that much. In this case you get all you can eat food, dessert, soda/lemonade and a show for that price. Plus it’s a chance to sit down and rest for a while!
With seven haunted houses, five Terror-tories, three live stage shows, themed dining options, shopping experiences and behind-the-scenes tours, there is something for every Howl-O-Scream fan to explore.
Howl-O-Scream runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 1. Busch Gardens opens at 10 a.m., but becomes a seriously scary place at 6 p.m. when the Howl-O-Scream haunts come out.
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