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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

This new event at Busch Gardens promises to ‘bring treats by day and trickery by night’

Busch Gardens Williamsburg on Wednesday announced a new special event for the fall season.

It’s called Halloween Harvest.

“Fifteen iconic roller coasters and rides, contactless trick-or-treating for the kids, a pumpkin scavenger hunt and Halloween scares with physical distancing, delicious seasonal dishes and drinks, and more will make the World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park the only place to be this fall,” according to a news release from the park

Busch Gardens Halloween Harvest will run Oct. 1 – Nov. 1 on select days and times:

  • Thursdays – 5-9 p.m.
  • Fridays, Sundays & Columbus Day – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 8 p.m. to midnight.
  • Saturdays – 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; 3 p.m.-7 p.m.; 8 p.m.—midnight

The run days of Halloween Harvest conincides with Busch Gardens’ popular yearly Halloween attraction, Howl-O-Scream — a park representative was not immediately available to comment on whether there are plans to have Howl-O-Scream this year.

In compliance with Virginia’s phase 3 safety guidelines for reopening businesses, Busch Halloween Harvest will operate with enhanced health and safety protocols for cleaning and sanitizing, physical distancing, face covering requirements and temperature screenings, according to the news release.

Special event capacity will be extremely limited to create ample space for guests to enjoy their experience, while maintaining physical distancing in a safe environment.

Reservations and tickets will be available on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. Go to Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s website for ticket information.

Six of the park’s European villages will be “decked out” with fall décor to add to the Halloween spirit, and roaming ghouls and goblins will be lurking in select areas of the park for nighttime fun. Here’s what park guests can experience at this limited capacity special event:

(WYDaily/Courtesy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg)
(WYDaily/Courtesy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg)

Also, park-goers can embark on a fall-inspired flavor journey and choose specialty foods and desserts, beers from around the world, and unique Halloween drink specials that will be spread out throughout the park’s themed villages, park officials said.

Here’s detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the resort, including key operational changes.

“Fall is a perfect time to visit the park and we’re thrilled to offer another limited-capacity special event that will showcase new villages and attractions we have not offered yet this year along with the greatest of Halloween experiences for all ages,” said Kevin Lembke, president of Busch Gardens Williamsburg, in a prepared statement. “We will continue operating with enhanced health and safety measures, and have created an event that safely delivers a compelling combination of exciting coasters and rides, seasonal food and drinks, and Halloween experiences for kids and adults.“

Guests can receive the latest information on hours of operation for Busch Gardens Williamsburg by visting the park’s website or


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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