If you’ve never attended Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort, you might be wondering what it’s all about…and if it’s right for you. Maybe you don’t have much personal interest, but your friends are pushing you to come along. Maybe it sounds like it might be fun, but you’re just not sure your nerves can handle it. If so, this checklist might help you decide:
Do you get frightened during horror movies? If you have to close your eyes at the gore, scream, or even jump out of your seat at the scary parts, think about how much worse it would be if you were in the middle of the action. If you’re no comfortable watching horror movies, Halloween Horror Nights might not be the best entertainment choice for you, which leads into the next question…
Do you have trouble distinguishing between reality and make-believe? On the surface, this might sound like a silly question. Of course you know the difference, at least under normal circumstances. However, can you still maintain that judgment when you’re in the middle of a dark haunted house and a scareactor jumps out, less than a hair’s breadth from your face? Could you stand meeting Jack the Clown live and in person (he’s in the video accompanying this article)? Some people are fine with scary movies because they’re up on a screen but loose their perspective when the horror is live. That describes you, Halloween Horror Nights might be a little too much for you.
Do you get offended easily? The salient word in Halloween Horror Nights is “horror.” There’s lots of blood, gore, off-color language and potentially offensive humor. Every year I hear people complaining that the Bill and Ted show is too vulgar or see people storming out of the Rocky Horror Tribute. If you don’t like blood, guts, gore, violence, vulgarity, dark humor, and the like, Halloween Horror Nights is definitely not your type of entertainment.
Do you do well in crowds? Halloween Horror Nights gets extremely crowded on certain nights. Even if you get an Express Pass to minimize your waits in line, you’re still going to be elbow to elbow with other people when you’re walking anywhere and in a conga line inside the haunted houses. Even though smoking is supposed to be limited to designated areas, people break that rule constantly. As the night wears on, the blood alcohol level rises so things get a little more rude and crude. If you’re tolerant of that sort of atmosphere, you’ll be fine at the event. If you’re a partier, you’ll probably even join in. If you can’t tolerate that kind of crowd, it’s probably best to skip Halloween Horror Nights.
Halloween Horror Nights is great fun, and I look forward to going as much as possible every year, but it’s not for everyone. Hopefully these four questions will help you make the decision on whether it’s the right event for you.
If you’re decided that you’re going, jump to this article to see four things you shouldn’t bring with you.