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The hearse greets park guests     
These new larger talking skeletons stand outside the gates  Decoration in Banbury Cross 

The Pirate statue stands at the entry fountain

A lone bagpiper plays mournful tunes in Scotland

Jack is available for pictures in the park and after his show
The ghosts hanging in the trees look great  during the day and really eerie at night Wicked Woods is back for its second season 
The figures at the gates give a hint as to what lies inside this great attraction 

A "Family' version of the park's haunted train ride 
The old LeMans cars have a purpose again  New light sculptures along the tracks 

The Pumpkin Queen
The graveyards are smaller and tamer, and filled with lights 
New France is home to the scarecrows 
Watch the
crowd favorite
Skeleton Dance: 

The BEST Pumpkin Cheesecake!  Jack Shirts  Cornstalks leading into Oktoberfest 
Land of the Dragons has some cute decorations  It looks like a real harvest celebration in Rhinefeld 
The park does a great job of directing the crowds  Great new Department 56 Halloween Merchandise  Witches brooms 
The talking skeletons in their traditional home  Howl-O-Scream Shirts 
The awesome skeletons with lanterns in front of the Festhaus 

This new show for the 2007 season was over the top campy fun, and the performances were great and sold what could have been a really bad show.

The staging and the costumes were really well done and the cast looks like they're having a great time doing this show.

Watch the
"Come on Eileen"
number from the show: 

Come on Eileen    
  Total Eclipse of the Heart  
What's New Pussycat?    

New for 2007 
Nicely conceived area and generally well executed 
Great to see the old Drachen Fire buildings being used for something 
The first walk trough is Deadtime Stories which utilizes the old Drachen Fire Station 
  People leave their stuffed prizes in the graveyard before entering   
  Tormented Tales was really cool, and utilizes Drachen Fire's former maintenance shed for an indoor walk through 
The Beaten Path was a well done outdoor walk through, which features many recycled props from previous years Howl-O-Scream attractions in creative new ways
Festa Italia is home to Clownfusion this year 
Watch the skeletons
perform part of
"The Twelve Days
of Howl-O-Scream"

The new skeletons perform with the pipe organ that was used in the Festhaus last year
Soul Man  
  Going Bananas  
  Love Potion #9  
Meeting the fans  
The decorations in the French section were scaled down this season  


This year's Werewolf area is filled with actors, and is really fun once the sun goes down!
With the start of August, Busch Gardens begins preparing for their annual Howl-O-Scream event which starts in the middle of September.   As of the first week of August, signs were up and behind the scenes props were moving into place.

Work is under way on the great Wicked Woods walk through which was introduced for the 2006 season.

Work is just starting on the scenery for the annual Nightmare Express train ride.

This fall Busch Gardens will begin selling Coaster Dynamix models of their signature coasters.

Just announced is the new attraction for Howl-O-Scream 2007
(Click here for the full press release):

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream Premieres All-New Scares in 2007

8/17/2007 12:00:00 AM

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Aug. 17) – Busch Gardens Europe is putting the finishing touches on the park’s annual Howl-O-Scream event.  Debuting Sept. 14, and continuing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 28, Howl-O-Scream haunts the European-themed park with new haunted houses, scare zones and themed shows.  New this year is “The NeverAfter,” an entire village devoted to the macabre.

Loosely themed on the fables of the Brothers Grimm, The NeverAfter twists well-known tales into new nightmares during Busch Gardens’ fall spooktacular.  The NeverAfter features two haunted mazes, Grimm Hollows: Deadtime Stories and Tormented Tales; and one scare zone, The Beaten Path.

“We’re elevating the park’s fright factor with The NeverAfter.  The scares, startles and entire environment of this village are edgier than anything we’ve done before,” said Donnie Mills, executive vice president and general manager for Busch Gardens Europe.  “Our guests wanted scarier attractions and we’ve balanced that with the need to remain family friendly.  The result is the creation of a village in Festhaus Park, removed from main guest traffic, that scare-seekers will have to willingly enter to enjoy,” added Mills.

Grimm Hollows: Deadtime Stories is a macabre maze fictitiously based upon the childhood home of the Brothers Grimm.  Setting the scene for their inspirational folklore, Grimm Hollows: Deadtime Stories takes a terrifying twist as guests traverse the rooms of Howl-O-Scream’s most horrifying haunted house.  The second maze in The NeverAfter is Tormented Tales and it follows the evolution of the Brothers Grimm’s fairytales.  Visitors walk through the “pages” of a fable maze that only Howl-O-Scream can conjure up.  From forest witches and
diabolical dwarfs to golden-haired tricksters and legendary villains, “readers” are stalked from page to page.

The only trail out of The NeverAfter is a new scare zone called The Beaten Path, a road where fairytale fiends guide guests along.

In order to adequately convey the scare level of The NeverAfter, the park has re-evaluated its pumpkin scare ratings to add a sixth pumpkin to the scoring system.  All themed attractions within The NeverAfter will warrant the higher, six pumpkin rating.

“The NeverAfter is not suitable for guests under 17 years of age,” said Mills. 

Busch Gardens Europe also is offering Front-of-the-Line passes for Howl-O-Scream.  These passes provide guests with head-of-the-line privileges to the following Howl-O-Scream attractions:  Griffon, The Big Bad Wolf, Corkscrew Hill, Curse of Pompeii and Curse of DarKastle.  Passes may be purchased for $29 at the main gate, in certain locations throughout the park and online at buschgardens.com.  Season pass members receive a $4 discount on the Front-of-Line pass.

Busch Gardens Europe’s alter ego of fright surfaces at nightfall.  Howl-O-Scream attractions are included with park admission or a season pass.  Not all Howl-O-Scream activities are suitable for children and parental discretion is advised.  Ratings for each activity are posted at the attractions and on the show schedule.  For more information, guests may call (800) 343-7946 or visit howl-o-scream.com. 



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