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Universal Orlando pulled the plug for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, but the show will go on in Tampa. Busch Gardens says Howl-O-Scream this year will offer “physically distant frights and safe, ghoulish delight.” It’ll be the 21st year for Howl-O-Scream. There will definitely be changes to keep visitors safe but they will stay true to the core of the experience. Howl-O-Scream will be around for 18 nights this year kicking off September 25th.

1) A new outdoor “Fiends” show
Dr. Frankenstein and his crew will take their show to the Festival Field Stage. Guests will be spaced apart on bench seats.

2) Reduced Capacity
Just as they are doing during the day, Busch Gardens is going to limit attendance for Howl-O-Scream. Guests are encouraged to make a reservation to ensure they’ll not get turned away at the gate.

3) Face Covering Requirement
It’s become common anywhere you go but you will need to wear a mask if you visit.

4) Temperature Screenings
This is something they’re also doing for daytime guests. Howl-O-Scream visitor will also be checked to see if they are running a temperature.

5) Virtual Cast Auditions
This year, those who want to join the cast will perform online to get the job. Head to for more info.

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