2023 Howl-O-Scream Orlando menu excites with bold flavors

2023 Howl-O-Scream menu includes bloody ribs, photo by Cristine Struble
2023 Howl-O-Scream menu includes bloody ribs, photo by Cristine Struble /

While the sirens might lure guests with their wild ways, the 2023 Howl-O-Scream Orlando menu tempts with hearty dishes and bold flavors. From global influences to twists on comfort food, the choices keep every satisfied after all that screaming.

During theme park Halloween events, the food and beverage options need to be as memorable as the first jump scare that haunts your dreams for weeks to come. While there is always a place for a classic snack, those favorite foods are transformed with bold flavors, curious combinations, and a few ingredients that will push people into the slightly uncomfortable.

This year, the 2023 Howl-O-Scream Orlando menu is influenced by global flavors. For the example, Mexican flavors are front and center. Although it is quite unusual to offer a soup, the Beef Birria has a nice balance of rich and a punch of acid. Other dishes include The Ofrenda, stuffed pork corn tamales, and a zombie taco.

The Zombie Taco is a well and executed option. The piece of pork belly/bacon is generous. Choosing to top it with Flamin’ Cheetos dust added a nice texture. If some can spare a lime to squeeze a little on top, it would brighten the whole dish and cut through the richness.

2023 Howl-O-Scream menu includes four zombie taco
2023 Howl-O-Scream menu includes four zombie taco, photo by Cristine Struble /

With the CarnEVIL scarezone, the SeaWorld Orlando found a creative way to bring the midway fun to these dishes. From a cheesy Mac to a hatchet pretzel, these options are definitely fun food. For a little extra playfulness consider an order of cotton candy and one of the carnival inspired cocktails.

Overall, the food choices feel more like a meal than just a snack. And, the pizza cart set up at the exit might be one of the smartest choices by the food and beverage team. Who doesn’t need a snack for the road?

Since the interactive bars a highlight of the annual Halloween event, the cocktail menu helps people calm their throats after all the screaming. But, one note of caution, these sippers are not subtle. The sirens might have put a little more extra emphasis in that cocktail bag.

The four sirens have their own signature cocktail. While some people choose by Siren, others pick by color and flavor. The Flame, with spicy mango and rum, hits just right with that sweet heat.

2023 Howl-O-Scream menu includes four siren cocktails
2023 Howl-O-Scream menu includes four siren cocktails, photo provided by Cristine Struble /

The other interactive bars have some specialty cocktails, too. If a guest has a particular “poison,” it might be best to check the online menu to scope out a spot. There’s event a “mystery shot” choice at one stop, but only if people are brave enough to spin the wheel.

Since the evening can be a long one, the tasting lanyards are a great deal. The two options include food and beverages, with a starting price of $40. Given that people enjoy a little more leisurely stop at the bars, this option can ensure that no one is thirsty throughout the evening.

Howl-O-Scream Orlando runs now through October 31 on select nights. Check with the website for pricing and ticket availability. The complete 2023 Howl-O-Scream menu can be found online as well.

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