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While Busch Gardens is bringing back some previous mazes, it appears that they are trying to put some twist on those that are returning. This year's haunted houses include:
Circus of Superstition: A 3D maze combining evil clowns with 13 terrifying superstitions, ruled over by this year's event icon, the Trickster. An odd combination, but could definitely lend itself to a nice sideshow atmosphere.
Nevermore: Guests walk into the twisted world of Edgar Allan Poe's stories. Unlike last year, this attraction won't be competing directly with Universal's offering of the same theme, which was dubbed "Nevermore: The Madness of Poe."
Alone: The return of Busch Gardens Tampa's private maze, which requires advance reservations and an additional fee. Trapped in a mad hoarder's warehouse, you must escape the madness alone.
The event also includes scare zones, though only Faded Memories is previewed so far, featuring a collection of past icons, themes, and scenes from previous Howl-O-Screams. There is also the show Fiends, as well as the adults-only dance party at Club XIII.
Howl-O-Scream 2012 is every Thursday to Saturday night from September 27th to October 27th. Hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. during previews and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on every other event night. Admission starts at $79.99 per person, but deluxe packages, as well as discounts for annual pass holders, are available.