Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort is heading into its final week. This week it's open for the holiday and also extends through November 1 and 2.
Normally, the crowds are low when the event extends past October. However, with this year's mix of hot horror franchises, it's likely to be busier than usual on the late-season days.
November 1 and 2 fall on Friday and Saturday night. With Halloween on a Thursday, the early part of the evening should be quiet as people trickle home from school and work and take the young kids out trick or treating before heading out for some "big kid" holiday fun.
The early part of November 1 should be quiet, too, because Friday is also a work and school day. Expect the crowd to grow as the evening wears on, and Saturday will likely be busy right from opening time because people can easily line up early to get their last dose of haunts for 2013.
There's one more important factor that will make the Friday and Saturday crowd bigger this year. Many locals buy Frequent Fear passes, which give them admission every night other than Fridays and Saturdays, or Frequent Fear Plus, which includes every night but Saturdays. Normally that would exclude them from the last two days.
This year, Universal Studios Florida added November 1 and 2 to both of those passes. That means locals will flock out to make the most of this bonus. While they'll be slowed down on Friday due to work and school, expect them to show up in droves on Saturday to say goodbye to this year's event.
If you're coming out for a last fling, you'll be glad to know that nothing is scaled down for the end of the season. You'll still enjoy eight haunted houses, scare zones full of Walkers, the Bill and Ted show, and the Rocky Horror tribute. It might be a little more crowded than you expect, but if you arrive at opening time and stay until the bitter end at midnight, you'll milk out the very last bit of Halloween Horror Nights fun until 2014.