Tampa's Busch Gardens recently unveiled Falcon's Fury, a new ride that takes people up into the air more than 300 feet, then drops them straight down toward the ground.
Apparently that's not scary enough for some people, so Busch Gardens is gearing up for Howl-O-Scream, an event that promises "tormenting surprises around every corner and unexpected terrors."
The annual freak fest gets going this weekend. You can catch it Friday and Saturday of this week, and then it runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Halloween weekend, plus Sunday, Oct. 19.
The centerpiece of Howl-O-Scream is a collection of eight haunted houses, with such names as "Blood Asylum" ("An asylum for the criminally insane has become a bloody playground for an escaped serial killer," the description says) and "Zombie Mortuary," (where "the undead live on in this mortuary in search of fresh flesh").
There are other attractions too, including a "Fiends" dance party and some side events than you can buy separate tickets to.
The ticket price also includes access to Busch Gardens rides, including the new Falcon's Fury, the classic wooden roller coaster called Gwazi, and Kumba, which spins riders in a huge 360-degree vertical loop.
Howl-O-Scream is recommended for adults, but kids can come, too. You're not allowed to wear costumes, though.
Details: 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Sept. 26-Nov. 1, Busch Gardens, 10165 N. Malcolm McKinley Dr., Tampa. Tickets: $45-$65 in advance, $89 plus tax at the gate. VIP packages $99-$219. Information: 888-800-5447, seaworldparks.com/en/howloscream-tampa
-- Marty Clear