If you've never been to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida, you may be wondering whether this event is for you. It's most definitely not a tame even like Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and it's not geared toward children.
Here are four points to consider to help you decide whether or not to subject yourself to the scare:
1. Do you love horror movies and the horror genre in general? If you cringe at the sight of blood on the big screen and get nightmares after seeing horror moves and TV shows like "The Walking Dead," you've not going to do well when you're plunged into the same sort of atmosphere in real life. On the flip side, if you love horror, this event is literally a dream come true.
2. Do you mind a rowdy atmosphere? Halloween Horror Nights is mainly focused on the haunted houses and scare zones, but alcohol consumption is a big part of the event, too. That means that things tend to get rowdy, and sometimes even obnoxious. You won't like it if you're not comfortable in that sort of environment.
If you can ignore annoying drunks, you'll be fine. If you like to indulge yourself, you'll find plenty of bars throughout the park.
3. Can you get a babysitter for your kids? Halloween Horror Nights is not...I repeat NOT...an event for small children. Of course, there are always exceptions. My mother took me to see horror movies literally from the time I was a toddler. While I don't recommend that, it raised my tolerance for scary stuff and instilled a love of the horror genre in me. Most average youngsters aren't raised the same way and will totally freak out.
Every year I'm disgusted by seeing selfish parents dragging screaming, terrified children through the haunted houses. I personally would like to see a permanent representative of the Department of Family Services on hand to arrest their idiot parents, but alas, that doesn't happen. If your child is timid, hire a babysitter.
4. Can you deal with crowds? Halloween Horror Nights tends to be a mob scene, especially as the season progresses. You can offset that to some extend by coming before the park closes if you have a day ticket and staying in one of the holding pens or getting in line early at the front gates. You'll reduce your wait times for the haunted houses significantly if you buy an Express pass.
Even if you do those things, the park is still going to be packed. If you come late and don't get Express, you could be waiting an hour (or two or more) for each house. It's best to skip the event if you can't deal with crowds and waits.