Comments for Howl-O-Scream 2013 house-by-house review as Death Water Bayou, The 13, and new Fiends elevate Busch Gardens event


  1. JD

    I did The Experiment last night. I withhold my subject number to help withhold who I was.

    I have done every haunted house this year at both Halloween Horror Nights and Howl O Scream. I have worked in the haunt industry for several years, I have been going to both events for either the very start or early years.

    I thought it was the best Haunted House this year.

    Of course some people may have different opinions on what they think is best for various reasons.

    I think doing it Alone is the best way to go. Two people max.

    I felt it to be very intense. Lots of different techniques and elements were used. It played to several different fears.

    Did I get scared? No. But I do not go for the scares since I have a very high tolerance with haunted attractions on what could scare me. Would the normal person be scared? Oh, yes.

    In closing…I loved it. It was brilliant. Fully got my money’s worth..and my expectations were set high.

    1. Mike Scott

      Thank’s for letting us know you’re abnormal.

  2. Denise

    The Banshee looks nothing like the banshee in the promo. Tennis shoes? Nail polish?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Sadly she just came across as a screaming girl.

  3. Jason McCluggage

    I was at HOS on 9/28/13 and I have to disagree houses where insanely good with great scares from the scare actors. Loved every house except the basement felt weak.. Streets not good at all I agree with that. But the acting and the scares in the houses are over the top. I loved HOS this year for the money its a must…Plus got to hit every house 2 times 🙂

    1. brian

      what were wait times like? did u have front of line pass?

      1. Ricky Brigante

        Wait times were almost non-existant. Very empty park. We did have front of the line passes but barely used them.

  4. Scarlett

    I did the experiment last night. Just like the previous poster I am a haunt regular and worked in the industry for several years.

    I agree that it was worth the money despite not personally being super scared. It was fun and a very personal experience. I was with one other person and I can’t imagine having more…doesn’t seem like it would be as effective.

    I disagree completely with the guest saying the snake was the scariest part. I was expecting to actually have a snake crawl on me or around me. Instead (SPOILER) they just used air jets like in Honey I Shrunk the Audience. It was pretty lame and definitely my biggest disappointment.

    Overall, if they did it again next year and advertised all new experiments, I would do it again.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Thanks for adding your thoughts. Maybe I’ll give it a shot next time!

    2. Mike Scott

      Yeah, they are going to use a real snake that could bite someone.. DUH. You should start a club with that other Yahoo since you both are carnies and are scare proof.

  5. Ric

    I was lucky enough to join Scarlett last night at the event, but not at The Experiment. I thought the stage show was bad, but there was good eye-candy. I’d agree that the Bayou house was the best themed. I don’t agree about the Zombie Mortuary. That one was boring to me and kind of pointless — made worse by the fact that whatever was in that spot 4 years ago was my favorite house that year.

    I also liked The Basement, but did not care for the Clown house in general, but there were a couple of good unique effects there.

    Also, I think the random shirtless bloody dude is supposed to be like a bouncer for the wander shot girls in case they get harassed.

    All-in-all, I’m glad I went. It’s a different way to experience the park and the rides have relatively low waits. I do recommend buying the dinner package for the benefit of skipping the house lines until 8:30pm. We were able to do 6 of the 7 houses with no wait.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      Good to know about the shirtless guy. Your thoughts on the haunted houses show that everyone has their own opinion of a great Halloween maze. What I prefer and what entertains me might be entirely different from anyone else.

  6. Sonia

    We r heading there on oct 5. Do you think we will need the front of the line passes? Was it too crowded?

    1. Amanda

      My advice would be to wait and see for yourself. It wasn’t at all crowded on opening night, but I expect it to get more crowded as we get closer to Halloween.

  7. Randy

    Just for future reference the line for The Experiment was non existent because tickets are often bought ahead of time with a time slot that you are to go through in. People lined up outside are more than likey people who will be going in quite soon.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      I’m aware. I wasn’t expecting a line, but I did expect to at least see someone go inside. We saw a couple groups come out the exit… and then nothing. The Alone experience in the past few years regularly had groups of people waiting for their times to go inside. I expected the same here. Perhaps scheduling was more spaced out this time.

  8. I did the Experiment as well but couldn’t get past the creepy crawlies. I knew that was going to happen before we even went in. Fortunately, we won the tickets through Yelp so I wasn’t upset about losing any $ on it. My BF did the remainder of the Experiment solo and enjoyed it. He doesn’t get scared either so it was more fun than scary to him. We thought the old vampire house was really lame and the growling wasn’t scary at all. We really enjoyed the clown house effects and the house with all the vomit/poo barrels was pretty awesomely gross. I still love Halloween Horror Nights at Universal but Howl O Scream is a much better deal and closer to home.

  9. Kayla

    I am an employee and was lucky enough to be in the house chosen by our directors to go experience The Experiment. The actors did not have costumes, no props or live animals, although if they had, I would not have been able to handle it. The actors are intense and very dedicated to their character. They are definitely what made the house so intense. i do not want to spoil any details but it’s not a “startle scare” house, like the rest. it’s very mentally disturbing. It is guarteed to mess with your mentally. i was brought to tears at one point in the house, I can’t say, along with nightmares for the week that followed. i guess you could say in traumatized me. I would definitely recommend it for those who want a REAL scare.

  10. Ronnie

    I have done HOS for 12 years and this year Was not the best of Years but it wasn’t terrible either by any stretch. Death Water Bayou was the Best House in Central Florida theme park haunts this year It worked to perfection. The experiment was well done and very entertaining. The actors who worked that haunt are top notch and unlike another theme park haunt in central Florida gave the actors a chance to show off there skills instead of just saying a word or grunt at you. I will continue to go to HOS as it is a fun event that cares about the guest experience rather then then another Theme Park Haunt who cares about packing people in like sardines and playing games to clog up the lines while there flashlight nazis try to rush you through the haunt. I was glad to see Busch step up this year with there 2 new haunts and next year it will be great when there new thrill ride is open to add a real fear element.

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