Howl-O-Scream 2012 'Freaky Preview' opportunity tonight

TAMPA - Explore the 'dark side' of Busch Gardens at Howl-O-Scream 2012.

As Florida's top-rated Halloween event celebrates its unlucky 13th year, the 335 acres will be overgrown with sinister, adult-targeted fun, including new haunted houses, scare zones, thrilling live stage shows and the chance to ride adrenaline-fueled coasters in the dark, including Florida's first triple-launch coaster - Cheetah Hunt.

The event runs Thursday through Saturday nights, September 27-29, October 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27.  

Freaky Preview lets devoted fans experience the event a week early on Sept. 21-22. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. during Freaky Preview and on Thursday nights. Friday and Saturday hours are 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

General admission is $79.99 plus tax. Reduced advance-purchase rates and special offers are available for Busch Gardens pass members online.  A $35 savings on general admission tickets is available in advance at participating Publix Supermarkets and AAA locations or with promotional codes found at participating Taco Bell and Applebee's locations in Central Florida.

Howl-O-Scream is a separate ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed. For guest information, visit TheDarkSideOfTheGardens.com or call 1-888-800-5447.

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