As many of you know we held an event at Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights this past October and, while we had a large group of about 18 show up, there only about 4 ladies. So this got me to thinking- many of the females we spoke with didn’t want to go to Halloween Horror Nights because of the scary element to it. I figured that I would take a moment and write a little reflective piece on why I really enjoyed going to Halloween Horror Nights and why I think you should go too!
First, let’s set some ground rules. As you know I’m a female- I am also terrified of scary movies. I am the one who will sleep with the light on, and probable the television if possible, after watching something even somewhat frightening. I could not sleep in the dark for days after watching The Conjuring. I never seek out a horror movie and, while thrillers are fun, I hate watching those types of things by myself. Having to watch Stranger Things 2 by myself this past week was the worst because then I had to sleep in the apartment all alone. So you might ask- why in the world was I going to Halloween Horror Nights?!
Well let’s start with the fact that I was going to be there with a group of people- that definitely helps. Next, while I don’t seek out scary movies by myself, I do enjoy watching scary movies with everyone and getting that same type of freight that everyone else gets. Also we all know that it’s fake and the scare actors can’t touch you, so I would never have to worry about someone touching me, so I was OK with that. Also there is an enjoyment in that rush that you get when you’re watching a scary movie - the tenseness, the suspension- all of which is felt during Halloween Horror Nights while you’re walking through houses. But- the great part is that there’s plenty of times where you’re not walking through the houses- which is key.
So, to set up Halloween Horror Nights - you get to go through the houses with a group of people, everybody’s getting scared- you can watch the people in front of you get scared and you can hear the people behind you yell- it’s a great atmosphere. But, after everything's said and done, you all leave the house and laugh, joke around, and tease each other about being scared. There’s a cool down point where you can discuss what you really liked, or didn’t like, about each house. Also after each house, which are- for the most part- pretty well spread out throughout the park, you and your group can take the time to recoup and calm your heart rate.
What about the rest of the park you ask? Well, the scare zones that are in about 4-5 areas of the park are, to me, really more about the atmosphere and seeing the scare actors in their costumes interact with other guests- not so much about actually being scared. There are usually so many people going through, and you’re still walking through a theme park, that it’s very easy to ground yourself and know that these things are fake. Some of the scare actors may try to get in your face, and there’s always some with chainsaws, but as long as you remember they won’t touch you, you’ll be fine. Just keep your eye forward and smile and they usually move on to “easier prey.”
Overall, the great part about Halloween Horror Nights is going to have a great time with friends and letting yourself give in to some of the fear that you may get while watching a scary movie. But at the end of the night, when it’s all over, you leave the theme park, enter the real world, and soon forget how terrified you were when that scarecrow popped out at you. So what do you say- will I see you next year?