All-New Dark Side of the Gardens Haunted House Takes Root at SeaWorld San Antonio's How-O-Scream 2017

Josie Villela |

SAN ANTONIO, TX (Sept. 7, 2017) — On 15 select nights from Sept. 29 through Oct. 29, SeaWorld San Antonio’s Howl-O-Scream will unleash fears, frights and nightmares with an all-new Dark Side of the Gardens haunted house, scare zones known as Terror-tories, and thrilling live shows.

Dark Side of the Gardens features Ivy, the Lady of the Garden, and the ultra-creepy place where she resides, said Sharon Aguillen, SeaWorld San Antonio’s vice president of entertainment. “Guests can take a deadly detour by upgrading to an extended VIP experience in an exclusive area inside the Gardens’ maze,” Aguillen said.

“Creatures have entered the gardens, and they’re everywhere – behind you, above you – waiting to pull you in where it’s dark and deep,” she said.  “The gardens are alive, but dead inside. It’s a twisted combination of beautiful flowers, lush landscaping and severed body parts. You never know what you’ll find. Or, what will find you. It’s a distorted landscape populated with living nightmares. And, the farther you go in, the darker it gets.”

Howl-O-Scream 2017 highlights include: 

  • Haunted Houses: NEW Dark Side of the Gardens, Karver's Kradle, ICU: Intensive Cursed Unit, Prey and Unearthed Scarlett's Revenge
  • Terror-tories™: Demon Street, Shadow Street, Werewolf Alley, Hunter's Hangout, Psycho Path and Vampire Point
  • Shows: Jack is Back and Shamu's Rockin' Creep Show
  • Bars: NEW Z Bar, NEW Inoculation Stations, Blood Thirsty and Rehab

Howl-O-Scream offers guests more than 30 acres of tormenting surprises and unexpected terrors for one price with all haunted houses and scare zones included as part of regular SeaWorld admission.

SeaWorld San Antonio’s gates will open at 10 a.m. for kid-friendly Halloween fun as well as the park’s popular shows, rides and attractions. But at 7 p.m. as the sun goes down, Howl-O-Scream transforms SeaWorld into a very scary place for a mature audience.

Guests can join the conversation and share their event scares by using #HowlOScreamTX, follow Howl-O-Scream on Snapchat (@HowlOScreamTX), Facebook (/HowlOScreamSATX), Twitter (@HowlOScreamTX) and Instagram (@HowlOScreamTX) for behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and to learn about promotions. For more information, visit

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