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October 15th, 2013
Howl-O-Scream is Back at SeaWorld

Make the most of your weekends by celebrating Halloween at SeaWorld! The park is open from noon-10 p.m. on Friday and noon-midnight on Saturday, with the fear level getting cranked up a notch at 7 p.m. for Howl-O-Scream!

There are plenty of fun Halloween options for young guests and families. Daytime attractions include Clyde & Seamore’s Monster Mix-Up, Shamu’s Rockin’ Creep Show, and trick-or-treating from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to dress in costume, but only children under 10 may wear masks. Be sure to register you and your children for the Pumpkin Patch Picnic, where you will pick and paint your own pumpkin and enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch, and for Count von Count’s Spooktacular Brunch, where you will enjoy a delicious brunch buffet with The Count, Elmo, and their Sesame Street friends!

But, as dusk descends in the park, watch out for zombies. It’s particularly terrifying when you notice someone walking next to you only to discover it’s one of the undead. From zombie brides, to zombies scraping shovels on the concrete as they walk, this is not a place for the faint of heart.

Bowl staffer Julie Baker's family braved a trip to the haunted Howl-O-Scream, making their first scary stop at the S.O.S Maze: Clowns in Control. This fear factory started as soon as they entered the queue line, as crazed clowns on stilts tried to steal away children and convert them into disturbed carnival workers. One particularly terrifying clown brought her creepy jack-in-the-box and asked Julie's children to crank the handle. Without going into detail, once inside the maze visitors should be prepared for lots of surprises that will make you jump out of your skin!

The Baker's next stop was Prey: Where the Hunter Becomes the Hunted. As they walked deeper and deeper into the forest they were thankful for the flashlight handed to them at the start. There was so much fog and mist in this creepy forest that Julie could feel the presence of someone…or something watching her, waiting for the right moment. No spoiler alert here, but visitors will know for certain that they are the one being hunted before reaching the clearing.

Their final stop was the Frightmare Forest, where even outside the forest the loud beating of a heart and screams were audible, getting the Baker family's adrenaline pumping. The forest was eerily claustrophobic and Julie swears tree branches were poking her on purpose. Nothing was as it seemed, and just when they thought it was over, they were chased by Leatherface before being able to disappear into the crowd.

The Baker's decided to purchase Quick Queue passes, which allowed them to advance to the front of the line on each of these Haunts. Even then they didn’t have time for everything, so maybe you will see them out at Howl-O-Scream this weekend!

Howl-O-Scream is not for young kids, and SeaWorld does not recommend taking children under the age of 13. The zombies are terrifyingly real and do not discriminate when it comes to scaring.

Click here to learn more about Howl-O-Scream.