I am a chicken. I mean, a big one. I am the girl that spooks herself in dark windows, jumps at stuff on tv, and will nearly kill herself to get to the remote to change the channel when scary movie trailers play. But when my friends Toni and Mellisa from Two Traveling Moms put together the #FacingFearsTogether event for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, I jumped at the chance to go. I mean, the best way to overcome your fears is to face them, right? That 's what I tell my Divas in my direct sales coaching - and I should practice what I preach. So I signed up, was accepted... and promptly began panicking.
Named “Nation’s Best Halloween Event” for seven consecutive years by Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando puts you up close and personal with some of the most terrifying sights you will ever see. There are eight horror houses including The Walking Dead, Alien versus Predator, Dracula Untold, and more, plus several "Scare Zones" throughout the park. There are some places that are safe that you can walk around without fear (read: the only places I actually breathed) and even two shows that were my favorite part of the whole event.
The eight houses were absolutely terrifying. And in the spirit of full disclosure I will tell you that I did not open my eyes one SINGLE time inside any of the houses. However, that being said... it was still unbelievably scary. Each house has "scaracters" which come out of NO WHERE and jump out at you. They can not touch you, but they come *really* close. One got so close I felt his breath on my ear... I got goose bumps just typing that.
My favorite part of the scary stuff was the street experience The Purge: Anarchy. I haven't seen the movie (of course) but while we were walking (err... running?) through, one of my friends explained to me the concept. To be honest... it made me want to watch the movie. Twelve hours where crime is legal? Haha sign me up, I have a list of folks I need to see...
If you need a minute to breathe during your Halloween Horror Nights adventure, I do highly recommend Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure - for adults that is. I have not laughed that hard at a live show in a very, very long time. The show pokes fun at all of the news and pop culture of 2014 in a very sexy but hysterical skit. I won't give away any of the good stuff, because it is totally worth going to HHN24 just for this show alone - but let's just say my favorite part was of a certain movie that has driven most all of us completely crazy this year. "Do you want to eat a snow cone?"
All in all the night was absolutely amazing - and... I would even go back. I know, I know, the scaredy cat here. But honestly, I was so impressed with the level of detail that was put in to every single part of this... you literally FEEL like you are IN the movie. Even walking through the streets where The Purge: Anarchy is - there are doors barricaded with wood and barbed wire, signs hung... seriously - no corner was cut anywhere.
Thanks again to Toni and Mellisa for setting up this amazing trip. If you want to go to Halloween Horror Nights - and you totally should - you can purchase tickets online at HalloweenHoororNights.com. Also, if you are wondering where the best place to stay in Orlando is, I highly recommend Universal Orlando Cabana Bay Resort. I will be telling you all about our amazing hotel later this week.
Do you like going to scary haunted / horror houses?
Disclosure: I was a part of a press trip which was given free admission to Halloween Horror Nights for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and ideas are 100% my own.