Published: Oct 05, 2012 1:11 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 05, 2012 1:19 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Howl-O-Scream 2012 lures unsuspecting victims to explore the terror that grows behind the Dark Side of the Gardens' gate and "Unlock the Fear Inside." As Florida's top-rated Halloween event celebrates its unlucky 13th year, it just may be your own curiosity that seals your fate!
 
Busch Gardens' 335 acres will be overgrown with dark, 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. Even the streets themselves aren't safe as insatiable hoards of devious creatures pour forth from the shadows, led by a terrifying Trickster who is scheming to show fans the most horrifying Howl-O-Scream ever. It will leave you begging for mercy… and screaming for more.
 
From 13 sinister superstitions to the claustrophobic halls of an insane asylum, Howl-O-Scream 2012's new haunted houses are designed to touch every aspect of your deepest fears:

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.