Howl-O-Scream Haunts Busch Gardens Williamsburg!

Ready to save $15 or more on Howl-O-Scream? Busch Gardens Williamsburg is haunted! Look below for two current promo codes.

Well, it's not exactly haunted. But if it's Sept.-Oct., you can be sure that the park's fall attraction is scaring up a storm. The park is open for this attraction weekends starting the third week in September and running through Oct. 29. 

  • The park opens at 10 am on operating days for roller coasters, attractions, and shows with a fall festival theme.
  • The haunted aspect of the part is open weekends Sept. 23-Oct. 29. See below for a link to exact hours/dates.

During the day, this Halloween extravaganza boasts frightening fun for all ages. However, the evening entertainment is probably not appropriate for some children under 13. In addition to the usual thrills and chills from major roller coasters like Griffon, they are offering themed "Terror-tories," one new haunted house ("Circo Sinistro"), a new scare zone called "Sideshow Square," and a new attraction, "Dr. Karver's Workshop" featuring creepy dolls that "come to life."

In addition to "Sideshow Square," they are bringing back five-themed "Terror-tories" including "Ripper Row" (in England), "Vampire Point" (in Germany), "Demon Street" (in France), and "Sideshow Square," and "Axe Alley."

Haunted houses include "Circo Sinistro," "Catacombs," "Deadline," "Lumberhacked," "Unearthed," and the new "Frost Bite."

Eat and drink if you dare with themed dining halls including "Innoculation Station," "Demon Drinks," "Pirate Baarrgh," and "Open CASKet."  

For shows, the park is welcoming back favorites "Monster Stomp," "Night Beats," and "Fiends," as well as the new "Starfright Orchestra."

Busch Gardens' Howl-O-ScreamHowl-O-Scream © 2017 Busch Entertainment Corporation. Reproduced by permission of Busch Gardens Europe. All rights reserved.

Park Hours & Fun for the Kids

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only during this time. Click here for exact times and dates for Howl-O-Scream.

For the little ones, there's Halloween music, playgrounds, the usual kiddy rides, and the Sesame Street Forest of Fun located in England.

Personally, I wouldn't take little ones to such a scary place...especially with the new "minion hoards" potentially jumping out from every corner. I recommend that if you have little kids, leave the park by 6 pm to avoid the really scary stuff. But if you're willing to deal with their nightmares, be my guest! 

Frightening Admission Rates 

The Curse of DarKastleThe Curse of DarKastle at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

You have a few options for fall admission at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Fall Fun Card (Sept. 9-Oct. 29)

Adult admission (ages 3 and up): $90. Children 2 and under are free.

Ouch! This card is a full $10 more than last year-- a hard "bite" on your wallet to bear, but if you want to go multiple times, it's worth it. The Fall Fun Card is good for unlimited admission Sept. 9-Oct.29. It does not include admission to Christmas Town and does not include parking (which is $15).

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream Single-Day Ticket

Adult admission (ages 3 and up): $55-$90. Children 2 and under are free.

At the door price: Always $90 for adults and $80 for kids.

Good for one-day's admission and does not include parking. Why the price range? Like they did with their summer ticket prices, the park has a new policy for single-day tickets that means the price changes depending on how popular a date is, and how far in advance you book it.

BEST BET! Busch Gardens + Colonial Williamsburg Bounce Ticket

Get unlimited visits to both sites for 7 consecutive days for $99 (ages 13+) or $79 (ages 6-12). Kids 5 and under are free if you buy an adult ticket. You must buy your ticket at the Busch Gardens website and tickets include free parking. Good Sept 16 through Oct. 29 on regularly scheduled operating days. 

Here's why it's a good deal: If you plan to visit the park more than once, but are willing to group your visits within a 7 day period (say, visit on a Saturday, and then again on the following Friday), then this is a better deal than the Fun Card. Why? For $9 more than a Fun Card, you'll get free parking (a savings of $21 over the two days), plus you'll get admission to Colonial Williamsburg (normally $42 or more). 

Season Passes

1 Park Pass - Busch Gardens Virginia 
--1 Year - Individual Passes: $144 

2 Park Pass - Busch Gardens Virginia + Water Country USA
--1 Year - Individual Passes: $192 

Platinum Pass
--1 Year - Individual Passes: $228 

Dining Deal

The basic dining plan saves you up to 35%. Just $23.59 gets you one entree, one snack, and two drinks. Children (no age specified) are $15.39.

The Deluxe Dining Deal claims to save you up to 45% at $33.59 for adults (one lunch, one dinner, a side item, a snack and a Drink All Day Souvenir Cup. It's $25.39 for children.

(Note that the Drink All Day Souvenir Cup by itself is $12.99. I know an number of people who buy one and let the whole family drink from it. Not terribly sanitary, but it saves money!)

Howl-O-Scream Ticket Discounts, Promo Codes and Coupons

Promo Codes & Deals

It's too early to see 2017 coupons and promo codes (although I'll post them once they start coming out), but for now, I'm leaving up last year's info to give you an idea of what we may expect this year.


BGWoffer OR BGWPapa - get $15 off tickets when you use this promo code. Good all 2016 fall season.

Group Deal - Get tickets for just $58 when you purchase with a group of 15 or more in advance online at least two days in advance.

Active Duty Military/Veterans' Deal - Active duty military get complimentary admission and veterans get 50% off admission by going to 

Discounts/coupon locations which worked in the past and may be offered again later this year (keep checking back for details!):

Subway Promo Code - Get $15 off single-day tickets when you use the promo code "BGWSUBWAY" online. 

McDonald's Promo Code - Get $15 off single-day tickets when you use the promo code "BGWMCDONALDS" online. 

Valpak Promo Code - Get $15 off single-day tickets (pay $60 per adult) when you use the promo code "BGWVALPAK" online. 

Groupon Deal - not posted yet, but expect to see this offered in Sept. or early Oct. 

Living Social Deal - In the past, they've run a promotion offering adult tickets for $36 and child tickets for $31, good for Fridays or Sundays in October. Deals like this can end at any time, so go to Living Social quickly if they offer a similar deal. You might keep watch on Groupon too. 

Keep checking back for more coupon locations and promo codes! And for more theme park deals, travel discounts, and attractions reviews in Virginia, go to my Site Map.

For a really memorable experience, try these ticket options...

Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream.The Curse of Darkastle ride. © 2016 Busch Entertainment Corporation. Reproduced by permission of Busch Gardens Europe. All rights reserved.

Howl-O-Scream All Access Insider

An additional $125 per person (yep, that's on top of admission and parking!) gives you what the park's site calls "all-access." It includes: backstage tour at a haunted house, dinner at a show, priority access for all haunted houses, reserved seating at two shows, and a make up session with a Busch Gardens makeup artist.

Howl-O-Scream Eerie Insider

For an additional $75 per person on top of admission and parking, you'll get what the park's website calls "...the best of Howl-O-Scream with no lines!"

It includes priority access to every haunted house at the park, plus reserved seating at two popular shows.

Quick Queue Passes

For an extra $40 per person (per visit!), a Quick Queue Unlimited Pass gives you unlimited priority access to all park rides and attractions. Too rich for you? Go for the regular Quick Queue pass for $20. You'll pay a bit less for a one-time priority access for each ride or attraction.

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