I'm a huge fan of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida. Every year, I get the pass that allows me to go every night other than Saturdays, and I hit the event as many nights as possible during the short season. I have a great time, but unfortunately I also see many jerks who ruin the experience for their fellow guests. Some are drunk, and others are apparently obnoxious even when sober.
Here are five ways to avoid being pegged as a total jackass at Halloween Horror Nights.
1) Don't line jump. No, you're not more important than everyone else. No, your time is not more valuable than mine. Yes, I will call you out on it, and so will plenty of other people who don't appreciate your entitlement attitude.
2) Don't run into others in the haunted house. You go through the houses in a conga line of densely packed people. You might think it's really cute to scream in that oh-so-fake way and run forward or backward, but the people in front of you and behind you don't think so when you run into them or trample their feet. I always have my water bottle in hand because I find that when the "Eek! I'm so scared!" idiots run backwards into me, they never do it again when the small of their back hits that bottle cap. So sorry, I just happen to carry my bottle sideways.
3) Don't point out all the scareactors and their hiding places. This seems to be especially prevalent when people are drunk and/or "tough guys" need to prove their masculinity. Somehow they seem to think that being able to see hiding scareactors, and to loudly point them out to everyone else, shows that they have basketball-sized cojones. The rest of us can see just as well as you, but we paid our money for suspension of disbelief. We don't need some clod ruining the scares.
4) Don't keep bumping into other people in the lines. No one likes waiting an hour or two for a haunted house, but the wait is even less tolerable when you've got a group of drunks (or just idiotic jerks) in front or behind you. Such groups will stumble around (and into you) and push each other into the people around them for the entire wait time. It's not cute or funny, and it's a good way to get escorted out of the line by security when the people around you finally get sick of it.
5) Don't bring young, terrified kids. Seriously, you expect me to believe that you can afford a ticket for yourself and your kid but you couldn't pay a babysitter to leave the kid home where he or she belongs? Every year, I see terrified youngsters screaming, crying, and freaking out while their oblivious "parents" (I use the term loosely) laugh at them as they drag them in yet another haunted house. I personally think it should qualify as a form of child abuse, since it's mental torture.
There you have it. Follow those five simple rules at Halloween Horror Nights and you won't make everyone around you think you're a total jerk. If you're still on the fence about whether you actually want to attend the event, jump to this article for some helpful tips.