Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida is in its sixth week, and I've attended several times each week, so I've had an opportunity to see how the houses have changed and matured.
Out of eight houses, I've noticed that three have remained consistent day after day, week after week, even though the others have improved or gone down in my estimation. Here are my three consistency winners for 2013:
1) The Walking Dead: This house, which is in the parade building, has stayed consistently creepy. It's usually the first one I go through each night, and I can always count on aggressive Walkers. I was worried because I loved last year's Walking Dead house in the first week or two of the event. Then it got tamed down and promptly dropped to the bottom of my list. This year I've noticed no such taming down, and I look forward to seeing the Walkers every night.
2) An American Werewolf in London: This became one of my favorites early on, and it's stayed at the top of my list. I knew I'd enjoy the special effects, but I wasn't sure they could hold their own because I'm a fan of old school scares. It started to dip in my rankings after a couple of dull walk-throughs, but thankfully that was short-lived. It's great in both set design and scares.
3) Evil Dead: I really didn't expect much from this house, so I was shocked when it quickly became a favorite. It's so suitably creepy and has a lot of good scares. I had no expectations for it at the beginning of the season, but now I love seeing what they'll throw at me each evening.
Two other houses have surprised me by shooting up in my rankings. Jump to this article to see what they are.