Busch Gardens Williamsburg removes Howl-O-Scream props after backlash

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It is the Halloween season at theme parks around the world, from Halloween haunts to eerie scarezones, the parks are decorated for this spooky time of year.  Busch Gardens Williamsburg recently had to remove some of their props, decapitated head props to be exact, after backlash from some guests saying it reminded them of the recent ISIS beheadings.

Busch Gardens made clear that the props were ordered months before the ISIS beheadings occurred, but the park still pulled them from the park.  The props were purchased for use inside the Cut Throat Cove attraction inside Howl-O-Scream.

They issued this statement on Facebook:

We know there will be a lot of opinions on our decision to remove certain props from the park. We stand by it. The horrible tragedy and loss of life for journalists and an humanitarian aid worker in the Middle East is unspeakable and we would not want anything in our park to seem insensitive to that. Changing some of our props will not take away from the Howl-O-Scream experience. We appreciate your support and hope to see you soon for a visit.

Many theme park enthusiasts had mixed thoughts on removing the props.  What do you think?  Do you think Busch Gardens was right for removing the props?  Or do you think that removing the props, the terrorists “win.”

Universal Orlando had to do something similar back in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks and had to “tone down” their annual Halloween Horror Nights event to not be so gory.

Let us know in the comments below!

via Huffington Post




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Clint Gamache started Thrillgeek back in 2013 to share his love of theme parks, pop culture and other geeky stuff with the world. He can be found on Twitter @cgamache83