Howl-O-Scream 2016 at SeaWorld San Antonio

Posted in Haunts, SeaWorld San Antonio on Friday, September 30, 2016
Author: Sarah Gilson

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I was able to attend the preview of SeaWorld San Antonio's Howl-O-Scream. This was the first time I got to experience Howl-O-Scream in Texas and also be on my own. Normally when I go through a maze I go with a group and I would hide behind them. This time I was asked to experience it alone for your viewing pleasure, see the video on the sidebar.

I must say it was a lot more fun then I thought it would be. SeaWorld did an amazing job with the theming on all five of their haunted houses and Terror-tories (scare zones).

This year’s theme, Evil Encore, is inspired by childhood toys gone horribly wrong as a troupe of demon dolls take on a life of their own. Once the charming creations of “Mr. Karver,” the dolls of Karver’s Kradle have developed an insatiable hunger for souls. Now these dolls are on the prowl.

I found myself stopping and admiring the amazing decor in some of the rooms, which in turn caught me with some of the hidden scare actors. My favorite maze of the night would have to be Unearthed. It starts out with explorers asking for help and slowly turns to a living nightmare where mutated explorers ask for your eyes and you come face-to-face with some demons. The deeper you go the more mutated and inhuman the explorers get. This haunted house was a lot of fun and left me on edge the entire time.

To get the best experience I would recommend getting the Fear Pass. It gets you to the front of the line in every house. This will give you plenty of time to enjoy all the park has to offer. One of my favorite attractions is the Blood Thirsty bar. This beautifully themed bar looks like a vampire nightclub complete with a buffed up vamp bouncer. Walking by later, I saw the female vamps breaking out into a song and dance routine. It was so beautifully done and the drinks looked amazing!

Howl-O-Scream returns Friday, Sept. 30 for select nights through Sunday, Oct. 30. While SeaWorld opens at 10 a.m. for Halloween fun for the little ones, the frightmosphere of Howl-O-Scream kicks off at 7 p.m. Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience.

The last experience I got to do was the amazing photo opportunities. The first one was Blood Thirsty V.I.P. Where I took a photo as the victim in chains of the vampires from the same bar. The second photo opportunity was Zombie Zone. This was by far the coolest photo I got taken. It is set up with slanted mirrors above you with the props on the ground. We have to lay on the ground and pose ourselves. It seems weird but with the mirrors it made the coolest photos! 

Citizens are urged to be on the lookout for Alfred, one of Mr. Karver’s most sinister dolls, who we fear will soon be out and about in San Antonio wreaking Halloween havoc. San Antonians are encouraged to be alert and help track Alfred’s whereabouts at #HowlOScreamTX and on Facebook, HowlOScreamSATX. Helping to find Alfred and getting him back to Karver’s Kradle will have its rewards.

I had a really great time and would recommend it to anyone who loves to be scared or watch others be scared!

Reference Link(s): Official Howl-O-Scream San Antonio Website

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Sarah Gilson

Sarah Gilson

Sarah is a Fantasy author and gets some of her inspiration from the magic of theme parks. Sarah has spent most of her free time at theme parks in Southern California and across the United States enjoying the magic that is contained within the rides, shows and entertainment at theme parks.

She also enjoys going on rides with really good theming and of course with a good churro. Sarah currently lives in Austin, Texas, USA. 

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