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Busch Gardens bringing back classic characters for this year’s Howl-O-Scream

"Gardens of Souls" is one of the new attractions at this year's Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens. (WYDaily photo/Courtesy Busch Gardens)
“Gardens of Souls” is one of the new attractions at this year’s Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens. (WYDaily photo/Courtesy Busch Gardens)

It may be the middle of summer, but Busch Gardens Williamsburg already is deep into planning for this year’s Howl-O-Scream.

This fall the park will begin a new “Era of Terror” by bringing back an assortment of classic Howl-O-Scream creatures and corralling them in a new haunted house as part of 20th anniversary celebration of its annual fright fest, the park announced Friday.

Among the residents of “The Vault: XX” will be the executioner from “Dark Tower,” the mummy from “Curse of Pompeii,” the pirate captain ghost from “Sea Dog Cemetery,” Little Dead Riding Hood from “Deadtime Stories” and the werewolf from “Hunted,” Busch Gardens said in a news release.

This year’s Howl-O-Scream will feature seven haunted houses, five bars, six “terror-tories,” two party zones and an escape room.

New attractions this year include the “Garden of the Souls,” where the dead roam free, and “Jack’s Nightmare Room,” an escape room dreamed up by Jack, the original Busch Gardens trickster, the park said.

The park will reveal a third haunted house next month.

Howl-O-Scream opens Sept. 15 and will run on select days through Oct. 28.

Bryan DeVasher
Bryan DeVasher
Bryan DeVasher is the managing editor-digital of WYDaily. A resident of Hampton Roads for more than two decades, he has worked for news organizations in Virginia, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. He most recently was a member of the public relations staff for Virginia State Police.

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