Day 23 – Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios in Orlando

Ghost trying to scare Holly

Ghost trying to scare Holly

Friday night brought me to Universal Horror Night in Orlando. What a scary night 🙂 – No really, it was scary! At least for me since I am not a Horror movie fan or anything like that. I was holding on to Jose most of the time and squeezing his hand until it hurt. The theme this year is “Bloody Mary” and the event promises more haunted houses than ever!

The picture I took shows one of the less scary ghosts trying to scare our friend Holly. If this had been me you would see a very different facial expression. She took it with a good portion of humor, in fact this is her third time at the event.

We got to Universal at 7:45pm and it was already pretty packed as you can imagine for a Friday night. We were lucky since it had just stopped raining. The waiting times at the haunted houses were not even that bad. We did 3 haunted houses and waited between 15 and 60 minutes. If you buy drinks along the way and hang out wit friends while waiting it’s actually time well spent.

The whole atmosphere and great decoration truly gets you into the Halloween mood and indeed, there are plenty of haunted houses to choose from. According to friends who have been several times already, the best 3 haunted houses at Universal Horror Nights are:

  • Dead Exposure
  • Creatures
  • Body Collections

Good to know when going to Universal Horror Nights:

  • Bring Cash
  • Do not wear a costume
  • Florida residents can save a lot on tickets – visit the web site referenced below for details
  • Do not scream before scared because it attracts “them” even more
  • A video camera seems to scare most of the ghosts
  • Wear comfortable shoes – ok, I am such a girl, believe it or not but I was wearing high heels…by the time we got to City Walk I was in pain and had to buy myself (overpriced) flip flops; really, don’t worry too much about looks, it’s dark anyway and everyone is dressed casual 🙂
  • In case you do plan to go out to City Walk afterward though and want to wear those high heels, take them with you and put them into one of the lockers by the rides; there’s one by the Mummy ride
  • Get there as early as possible to at least hit the first couple of haunted houses with waiting times under 30 minutes (pretty obvious, right?)
  • November 1st is still a day you can visit Universal Horror Nights, even though Halloween is officially over – I heard it is supposed to be much more quiet that day (in terms of visitors)

On a side note: I never realized how real Universal Studios actually looks at night. I always thought of it as a very fake environment but yesterday it really felt like I was walking through entirely different scenes and sets. Very impressive, I liked it!

Since I am such a chicken we ended up also doing the new Simpsons ride that I hadn’t been on yet and I LOVED it! I am more of a roller coaster fan you must know. The wilder the better. But here now the short video I cut together of last night (sorry, a bit dark, but I hope you can still get a bit of an idea…)

More information about Halloween Horror Nights can be found here

For those of you looking for a less expensive way to enjoy Halloween in the Central Florida area, check out this post about other Halloween Events

Author: Claudia

Hi, my name is Claudia! I live, work and play in Sanford, FL. To top it all off, I am also totally in love with Sanford! My husband Jose and I are Realtors in Sanford, FL and help people realize their dreams of home ownership. We have two sons, Nicolas (2011) and Lukas (2013). I am originally from Germany, moved here in 2004. In 2008 I started Sanford365.com. I love everything that says creativity. Design is my passion, no matter if Graphic, Web or Fashion Design - and I am also into photography :) I'm also very social and love to hang out with my family and friends, be it for a kids play date or a fun night out ;)

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  1. I LOVE IT!!! i have been living in florida for five years and didnt know about all these places. I love your project it is sooo interesting. Keep it up please!

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