Disclosure: Universal Studios Orlando provided me with tickets to experience the Halloween Horror Nights event. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are my own.
Spending time with your significant other is very important for a relationship and even though my husband and I try to get time together it’s so hard. I think our last night out together was in March for our anniversary. Of course our night together would usually consist of going to the movie and maybe if we had time we’d grab an actual dinner and not just the drive-thru. I was so excited when Universal Studios Orlando asked me and my husband to experience Halloween Horror Nights together for a night so typical date night.
Year after year Halloween Horror Nights has had amazing houses and areas of the park called “Scare Zones” which were even marked on the map. Each zone will feature a different type of “Scareactor” such as clowns, men with chainsaws, vampires and as of last year, “Walkers” from the Walking Dead. They pretty much try to scare the heck out of you by jumping at you, making noise, getting in your face, ect. Don’t worry, they aren’t allowed to physically touch you. But this year the entire park was filled with “Walkers” not just in select areas but practically every where you looked. Along with the “Walkers” are props from the actual show. You can see broken down vehicles with dead bodies in them, Dale’s RV, Hershel’s barn and so many more.
The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven Back by popular demand, The Walking Dead house is back and better than ever. They moved the house into a bigger location this year and for good reason. As I already mentioned the entire park is filled with “Walkers” so making your way back to The Walking Dead house you almost feel like you got your fill of the dead and then some but that doesn’t mean the house isn’t awesome. The “Scareactors” did an amazing job and you’ll definitely see some recognizable things in the house (example: The Governor!). I would hit this house first since it’s on everyone’s “must go to” list the line can get pretty outrageous.
Resident Evil: Escape From Raccoon City This is based on the video game, not the movie. A cool house in our opinion but not really “scary”. It was pretty lit up in there so you could see almost everything you were walking into. There wasn’t fog machines or a lot of strobe lights to hinder your vision.
Evil Dead: I would say this was the best house, hands down. I haven’t seen the movie so I think that’s what freaked me out about this house the most. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and my husband wouldn’t tell me anything. With a 75 minute wait you better believe it was the most popular of the houses but if you have an Express Pass like we did you’ll only wait less than 3 minutes!
My husband’s words – “It was terrifying. The movie scared me so seeing it in person made it more real. The woods, the fog, “the blood” being sprayed on us. It was absolutely the best house I’ve experienced during the 6 times I’ve gone to HHN”
Cabin In The Woods: You’re immediately thrown into dark woods and a dilapidated shack where you wont have time to catch your bearings in this house. This house was one of my favorites because so many characters are lurking around hidden corners that made me jump more than any other house. The bloody elevator scene is huge, but sadly they didn’t have enough characters popping out to make it scary.
An American Werewolf In London: Definitely an older classic you might want to catch up on the movie before visiting the house. American Werewolf fans will definitely appreciate all the detail put into this maze. The best part of the house is the very large puppets for the actual werewolves, which were all puppeteered by hand.
Our date night was extraordinary. I’m so glad we were able to experience this night together. It was fun getting to cuddle next to each other while walking through the houses, try to avoid getting eaten by “the walkers”, and even sitting on the sidelines while enjoying a bite together and watching people getting scared.
Universal Studios Orlando Halloween Horror nights is open on select nights from September 20 – November 2. Purchase tickets at the gate or online here. I would highly recommended you splurge and spend the extra money on the Express Pass. This way you’ll have time to visit every house. The Express pass gives you front of the line access to each house once and front of the line access to your favorite rides that are open during HHN.
Warning: Event may be too intense for young children and is NOT recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or masks are allowed.