Busch Gardens released some more details about this year's Howl-O-Scream, and the theme park is getting fans involved in the design for the annual after-hours Halloween attraction. The park is using a series of polls on the Howl-O-Scream Facebook page to decide on several elements of the new Death Water Bayou haunted house. A news release from Busch Gardens described Death Water Bayou: "Deep in the bayou the #6 Voodoo Queen mystically transforms lost wanderers into her minions of evil with black magic. Here, her night servants roam with a zombie-like hunger and seek to grow her collection. The darkest evils lurk in shadows, and travelers must get out before they fall victim to her spell." Over the next three weeks, Facebook fans will have the opportunity to vote on three key elements of Death Water Bayou, including voodoo doll designs, mask designs and the name of the town where Death Water Bayou is located. The theme for this year's Howl-O-Scream is "The 13," with the tagline "Every century, on precisely the 13th year, evil comes out to play," but exactly who or what The 13 are is a mystery that will be slowly teased out as Howl-O-Scream approaches.
Opening weekend for Howl-O-Scream is Sept. 27 and 28. The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 3 to 26. Hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Early bird tickets, which are separate from admission to the park during regular hours, are currently on sale for $47. Busch Gardens pass members can purchase them for $37.