The booze flows readily and in large quantities at both HowlOScream at Busch Gardens Tampa and Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida. There are bars everywhere, blood bags, and special shots with which you can enhance your evening.
I enjoy a drink or two during these events, and most people keep things reasonable, but there's always a population of those who don't know when to stop or who can't hold their liquor. Unfortunately, while they're apparently having a good time, the same can't be said for those who encounter them.
I ran into some "drunk logic" this weekend that inspired me to write this article to help the hopelessly wasted understand why other people can't stand them. Here are some of the most common examples:
Pointing out all the scareactors: I was behind a very drunk couple in a HowlOScream house this weekend, and the guy kept pointing out the scareactors, making idiotic comments to them, and touching all the props. Of course, none of them bothered to try to scare him or his staggering sweetheart.
Finally, halfway through, he stopped and just stood there. Then he turned to me and said, "I'm waiting because they keep scaring the people in front of me, but they won't scare me." I replied, "They're not scaring you because you keep pointing them out and harassing them." I guess that was beyond his sodden brain's grasping because he said, "Well, go ahead of me if you're going to complain." I happily did so and enjoyed the rest of the house immensely, and I'm sure he eventually continued on his way and wondered why he never got any scares in there or any other house.
Trying to scare people: I'm not sure why massive alcohol consumption convinces people they've suddenly turned into scareactors, but I see it happen every year. Of course, they end up looking more pathetic than scary. Their feeble attempts are especially apparent in places like the queue lines for The Walking Dead and La Llorona at Halloween Horror Nights, where there's a black mesh canvas on the fence. As the night goes on and the blood alcohol level rises, you can always count on the drunks to shake the fence and growl at the people on the other side. They think they're the height of terror and can't figure out why others just roll their eyes.
Smoking in the lines: This is a problem at any time of day, but it skyrockets significantly as people get drunker. As the booze lessens their inhibitions, it also wipes away any small bit of manners they might have possessed. Suddenly whipping out a cigarette and sharing their toxic fumes with a group of people packed in like sardines seems like a great idea, and they get indignant when others express their displeasure.
Personal space issues: Even when they're not smoking in line, drunk groups have a tendency to forget all about personal space. They stagger around and get into pushing and shoving matches that include running into the poor unfortunate souls stuck in front of and behind them. They think it's riotously funny to bump into as many people as they can, and their drunk logic doesn't grasp why others don't think it's fun.
I'm definitely not against drinking, as I enjoy it myself, but you have to know where your personal "turn into a jerk"line is and not cross it. If you see any of the people above, do your best to avoid them and you'll enjoy yourself much more.