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.
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.
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.