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SeaWorld San Diego unveils inaugural Howl-O-Scream event for Halloween

SeaWorld San Diego unveils the haunted houses, scares zones and creepy cocktails at its first-ever Howl-O-Scream event.

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SeaWorld San Diego has unveiled the haunted houses, scares zones and creepy cocktails on offer at Howl-O-Scream, running on select nights from September 17 through October 31.

SeaWorld San Diego’s first-ever Howl-O-Scream event for this year’s Halloween will feature three haunted houses, six scare zones, four roaming haunts, and three themed bars.

“We are putting our own unique spin on classic haunt themes so there are unexpected surprises around every corner at Howl-O-Scream,” said SeaWorld San Diego’s VP of entertainment Randolph Borden.

“All our haunted attractions are designed by leading experts in the Halloween production industry and have helped us create the most terrifying houses, scares and experiences for our guests.

“The expectations are extremely high for our first year and we are ecstatic to welcome our fellow Halloween and horror fans to what will surely become a yearly, must-experience event!”

Haunted houses

Nightmare Experiment – guests are the subject of a secret, experimental project and must head for safety before ‘The Doctor’ finds them.

Simon’s Slaughterhouse – visitors find themselves at an abandoned meat-packing plant with a sordid history that serves up their worst fears.

Death Water Bayou – guests are tasked with escaping the black, murky waters from their worst nightmares only to be cursed by the evil ‘Swamp Witch’.

Scare zones

Deadly Toys – ‘These aren’t like the dolls you grew up with. Playtime starts now, and it’s not over until they’ve had their fun.’

First Fright – ‘Clown, skull, or snake? The choice is… not yours. Subject yourself to a triple dose of horror right out of the gate.’

Graveyard – ‘There are evils that can’t stay buried forever. Some of this cemetery’s long-term guests are dying to meet you.’

La Llorona – ‘Don’t believe the legend? Just ask the deadly beauty who wanders here, dragging victims to a watery grave.’

The Sirens – ‘Their allure is powerful. Their motives are terrifying. Steer clear… this is one call you don’t want to answer.’

The Hauntings – ‘This forest is not what it seems. Evil is watching… hiding in plain sight. You’ll need more than luck to avoid being taken.’

Themed bars

AmBARlance – after escaping Nightmare Experiment, guests can head to AmBARlance for boozy ‘medications’ administered via IV bags and syringes, as well as vodka-soaked ‘vitamins’ in medicine cups.

Simon’s Screamatorium – Simon’s Screamatorium follows Simon’s Slaughterhouse, with drinks including ‘Vomit Shots’ and ‘The Bloodiest Mary’.

Murder She Float – following Death Water Bayou, guests will enjoy an abandoned Mardi Gras float that serves cursed concoctions on Ouija boards and in skulls.

SeaWorld San Diego’s Howl-O-Scream also includes the Vampire Circus, a show set in a ‘twisted acrobatic fantasy universe’ where ‘chaos and craziness give way to a haunted celebration’.

Elsewhere, Halloween Horror Nights kicked off on September 3. Universal Orlando recently revealed HHN’s frightful F&B, inspired by The Haunting of Hill House and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Images: SeaWorld San Diego

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