Howl-O-Scream 2016 – Evil Encore

Howl-O-Scream returned for its 17th season in 2016, with Evil Encore as the theme. The event featured seven haunted houses, two of which were new for the season. The popular show Fiends also returned.


  • The Black Spot (New)
  • Motel Hell (New)
  • Zombie Mortuary
  • Circus of Superstition: The Last Laugh
  • Death Water Bayou
  • Zombie Containment Unit 15: Moving Targets
  • Unearthed




On June 8, 2016, the park released the first details for Howl-O-Scream 2016 including the name of the theme, event dates, and a Summer Deal with single night admission priced at $45 or $35 for annual pass members. Annual pass members also had the option of purchasing two nights of visits for $50. A teaser video was also part of the initial announcement:

On August 9, 2016, the park released more details about the event, including another teaser video:

The theme for Howl-O-Scream 2016 was Evil Encore, described in promotional material:

Mr. Karver put his heart and soul into his dolls. After the authorities came to close him down, Karver locked himself in his “Hall Of Dolls” and burned it to the ground. Now, the dummies are back and they insist the show must go on. It’s the encore no one asked for, and it’s about to bring down the house, forever. It’s the Evil Encore everyone is dying to see.

Two new houses joined the line up – Motel Hell and The Black Spot. Motel Hell was located behind Xcursions gift shop replacing The BASEMENT. The park described the new house:

Nightmares become reality at this deserted motel once you realize why it’s conveniently vacant. The paranormal presence of its former owners still lurks on the untouched property, mysteriously preventing the brave souls who are attempting to tear it down. Guests who dare to enter will find themselves face-to-face with their worst nightmares and inescapable fate.

The Black Spot replaced Deadfall:

When Saw Tooth Silas, an infamous pirate, decides that one should no longer exist, he marks them for death. Victims are then sent to The Black Spot, where they meet their horrifying demise. The trick lies within the dimly-lit corners of the mysterious hideaway, holding the secret to escape… or demise.

Instead of designated scare zones, the event featured “Inescapable Roaming Hordes” that could pop up to terrorize guests anywhere in the park, although the map did feature seven designated areas where you were most likely to see them.

In addition to the earlier ticket deals, Howl-O-Scream 2016 also featured a 4-Pack Ticket Deal starting at $35.99 per person.

Howl-O-Scream 2016 ran for a total of 21 nights, with hours of 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Freaky Preview weekend was on Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24, and the event then ran each Thursday through Sunday from September 29 through October 30, 2016.


Additional details and images on Howl-O-Scream 2016 will be added in the future.


Busch Gardens Tampa Bay | Jun 8 2016 – accessed 1/7/2018
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay | Aug 9 2016 – accessed 8/2/2018


Last update: 7/5/2019