When I lived in Florida my friends and I used to hit Busch Gardens’ awesome Halloween event Howl-O-Scream every year. This year – thanks to the folks at Annheiser-Busch (and of course Izea) all attendee’s of IzeaFest were bused from Orlando (where the conference was being held) to Tampa to visit Howl-O-Scream for free! We got some awesome “SWAG” including a HOS (Howl-O-Scream) bag, a notebook, a t-shirt, pen, light up beaded necklace and even some House of Vayne (the theme this year) gum! (yeah, I thought the gum was a little random – but there were members of our group that needed it due to some roller coaster tummy issues!)
I know I will certainly miss some people – but for the most part our crew at the park included myself, Lisa, Drew and Allison, Tasha, Martha, Meredith, Omarr, Courtney, Dwan, Alan, Buck and at least 5 other people that I cannot remember the names of!
I have to say though – while the houses were pretty cool, there seemed to be a lack of ‘oomph’ in the “scare zones” (areas where there are themed “ghoulies” walking around). Other years I’ve been there their seemed to be more people working them. It was nice, however, that since it was a Thursday – those of us with Izea almost had the park to ourselves! It was so dead there (pun intended!).
We rode only a couple roller coasters – just Gwazi (the ‘dueling’ wooden coaster) and the new SheiKra ride which was completely badass! I think SheiKra was both the single most terrifying coaster I’ve ridden – but also the absolutely most awesome one! I have never been dropped, face down over 100 feet at a 90 degree angle! The only guy from our group that went on this coaster with five of us girls (Elizabeth, Lisa, Tasha, Courtney and me) was Omarr.
The houses were pretty cool this year – there was a ‘biker’ themed one that I’m pretty sure they did a few years ago because I remember it, a sorority house one (which was … odd and kinda lame – although the boys LOVED it of course), a vampire one and a ‘Trapped in the Walls’ house where you got the feeling that you were – in fact – trapped in some walls (hmm).
We didn’t get to go into the Death Row or creepy Dolls houses – but there was a Carnival of the Dead that actually didn’t freak me the hell out! I hate (emphasis on HATE) clowns – so I was worried. But it was more like a band of dead Mexican mariachi’s … and I’m apparently not afraid of dead Mexican mariachi’s.
We did a little shopping (Lisa is nice and actually buys souvenir’s for her family – unlike me) and managed to get back to our bus by 11:15pm. That was supposed to be the last bus to leave – but apparently at least seven people chose to ignore this which kept two of the Izea people – Carrie and Ashley – at the park until at least 2:00am! I would’ve left those turkeys at the park – but that’s my opinion of course.
House of Vayne @ Busch Gardens HOWL O SCREAM 2009!
More IzeaFest photos can be found here!