Serious screaming is on the agenda with the opening of the 20th edition of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. Universal enlists a “scream team” of designers to tap into our deepest fears.
"About a thousand people take this park, flip it on its ear and turn it into the most haunted attraction in the United States," said Universal Orlando Resort Show Director Patrick Braillard.
The after hours event divides the park into six scare zones that will definitely take you by surprise. Eight haunted houses are filled with wonderfully creative and downright creepy themes not recommended for children under 13.
"Some of our houses are so intense, people have serious reactions, we don’t want little kids at our event," Braillard said.
Base admission is $74.99 and is valid for repeat visits. You can add Halloween Horror Nights to your Universal theme park ticket midweek, saving $40.
For something hardly as spooky, head over to Disney’s Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s not so scary Halloween party.
This is perfect for little ones who can dress up and trick or treat till midnight surrounded by their favorite friendly characters. The Boo to You Halloween parade is headed up, so to speak, by the headless horseman. Fireworks also fill the sky over Cinderella’s castle.
One nice perk about the after hours visit, is that some rides stay open late. And the later you stay, the shorter the lines get.
Rates for adults start at $60, kids $54. Advance purchase discounts are available on select nights.