Inside VIDEO Look at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 25

It’s that time of the year again – you know, when everything seems to be Pumpkin Spiced. And that means another Halloween Horror Nights special event brought to us by Universal Studios Florida here in Orlando.  Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 25 is a separate ticketed event that runs on select nights between September 18th through Nov 1st.  We were able to get an inside look at the plans for the 25th anniversary of Halloween Horror Nights, continue reading for more details on exactly what Universal Orlando has in store for us.

Jack the Clown - Halloween Horror Nights

Jack the Clown – Halloween Horror Nights © 2015 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

This annual event is arguably the most popular “serious” Halloween experience in Central Florida. By “serious”, I mean more real scares and gore that are not for the faint of heart. For that, we have Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party coming soon at the Magic Kingdom, which is not so scary as the name clearly states.

If you have never been to one of these events, let me tell you – it’s intense. I personally have a love/hate relationship with Halloween Horror Nights. I love attending and getting the heck scared out of me and I hate attending and getting the heck scared out of me. I can’t figure it out either.

Basically, the whole park transforms into 2 types of experiences. There are the “Haunted Houses” as they are referred to. These are the dark walk through themed mazes filled with terror. They are usually visually stunning and obnoxiously loud. A conga line of people continuously trot along within, so you are never completely alone and the experience can vary from one person to the next. For this reason, you can also visit each haunt more than once and likely see different things and be scared at different times.

An American Werewolf in London at Halloween Horror Nights 23

An American Werewolf in London at Halloween Horror Nights, photo by Kevin Kolczynski ©Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

Then, there are the streets – places called “Scare Zones”. These areas are clearly marked on the parks special HHN (Halloween Horror Nights) guide maps. There is no telling what you might be in for when you enter one of these scare zones. Depending upon the theme, you may be approached by a chainsaw wielding maniac or a Vampire out to drain your living essence. Again, Universal is a master at these things so you may be surprised at the “gotcha” frequency while traversing the park.

Besides the Haunted Houses and Scare Zones, they usually have a few stage shows (2 this year) as part of their Halloween Horror Nights Celebration. Also, many of your favorite normal park attractions such as Transformers: The Ride 3D are also in operation.

Some tips worth mentioning:

  1. If you are spending the money to attend Halloween Horror Nights, try to avoid Friday and Saturday nights. They are the busiest and for good reason, since many guests are off of work the following day. When it is very busy, the lines can get quite long – in some cases up to 2 hours as I witnessed last year for some popular houses.
  2. If you can afford it, get the Express Pass. The Express Pass allows you to skip the regular lines. It isn’t a cheap proposition and it doesn’t even get you right in but it usually makes your wait 20 minutes or less. This can really help you see all that there is to experience.
  3. Eat something prior to the event. Food options are not all that great during the event. I once paid $10 for a hot dog and a bottle of water. If possible, find something at Universal CityWalk before you make your way into Halloween Horror Nights. You will be glad you did.
  4. Stay Safe. Liquor is served and peddled everywhere you turn and at every house exit during Halloween Horror Nights. It is not uncommon to see individuals who have indulged too heavily. Universal is usually pretty good at weeding out the trouble makers but keep yourself aware and if someone cuts in line or makes you feel uncomfortable, notify security right away and don’t take the matter into your own hands. Too many fights occur under the conditions.

List of this year’s themed Haunted Houses:

  1. The Walking Dead – The Living and the Dead
  2. Insidious
  3. Freddy vs. Jason
  4. The Purge
  5. An American Werewolf In London
  6. Jack Presents 25 Years Of Monsters & Mayhem
  7. RUN: Blood Sweat and Fears
  8. Asylum in Wonderland 3D
  9. Body Collectors – Recollections

List of street Scare Zones:

  1. Psychoscareapy Unleashed
  2. Icons HHN
  3. Scary Tales – Screampunk
  4. Evil’s Roots
  5. All-Nite Die In – Double Feature

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About John Saccheri

John Saccheri has been rooted in the Disney culture from childhood. John only had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World once, at the age of 5. After returning home, he never stopped talking about it, yearning to return. His parents were worried about this “obsession,” but John began working at the age of 12 with a focus on saving up for the next Disney trip. He was able to visit Disney World at least once a year from 14 years old onward. Today, a successful entrepreneur, John was able to move from his hometown of Long Island, New York, to Central Florida to be close to the Mouse. Going to the parks still seems like a fantasy to him!