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Never Go Alone

Alyssa Wiboon
(Above) Currently, only Universal Studios hosts Halloween Horror Nights. However, there are plans set in the future for Islands of Adventure to possibly also host the event. This new change could add more scare zones, haunted houses, and shows for guests to enjoy. But for now, only Universal Studios lights up the night with its spooky decorations that are sure to give guests a fright before even entering.

It’s that time of the year again. While most young children look forward to trick-or-treating to celebrate Halloween, teenagers and adults look forward to the ultimate spooky experience. Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights draws the attention of thousands of thrill-seeking teenagers from the local area and some non-locals as well. It has been named Best Halloween Event by Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards for 13 years (2006, 2008–2018, and 2021). Dating back to 1991, this is their 32nd annual event. Select nights run from September 1 to November 4, 2023, at Universal Studios. To ensure a dark and spooky experience, the event lasts from 6:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.

Along with 10 of the event’s terrifying haunted houses, there are also five scare zones, where scare actors, dressed in different themed outfits depending on the section of the park they are in, roam around to give guests the ultimate fright. Don’t miss out on the live entertainment shows hosted at the amusement park’s pavilion. World-class entertainers go all-out in their pyrotechnic and aerial performances, along with blazing fire tricks. Even some of the park’s most thrilling rides and attractions, such as the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit rollercoaster, are open during the event. In between houses, enjoy their specialty food and drinks concocted just for the Halloween season or shop for their themed merchandise at the Tribute Store.

Tickets are selling out fast! Guests are able to enhance the horror with a tour or express pass. Hotel and ticket packages are convenient for guests traveling to Orlando just to attend the event. There is a variety of ways to experience the fear, whether that be through single-night tickets or multi-night tickets. Multi-night tickets give Halloween Horror Nights fans the ability to come back again and again to get more gore. Examples of this are their Rush of Fear Passes, Frequent Fear Passes, Frequent Fear Plus Passes, and Ultimate Frequent Fear Passes. Some important things to consider: groups of 20 or more save on tickets and there are exclusive passholder offers. Express Passes, just like the ones offered in the parks during the day, are also available for guests to skip long lines and get into haunted houses faster. If guests have a Premier Pass for the regular parks, they can get a discount when purchasing Halloween Horror Nights tickets. Check out for more information and to get tickets.

Most guests often go with a group of friends to share the killer experience. As the tagline for Halloween Horror Nights always warns, “Never go alone.” You don’t want to miss out on this spooktacular event during the Halloween season. It’s time to summon your scream squad and witness the biggest names in horror! After all, it’s October!

(Above) Mel’s Drive-In is a popular photo opportunity because of the clever way the sign is lit up. During HHN, the letters “R” and “V” are purposely not lit up in the word “Drive” so as to read, “Mel’s Die-In” instead. This diner is also known for its cheeseburgers and milkshakes, so stop in to grab a quick bite to eat! (Alyssa Wiboon)
(Above) Halloween Horror Nights’ five scare zones are all themes of Dr. Oddfellow. Each of them is decorated with light-up symbols of the Dark Zodiac. Dr. Oddfellow is a made-up carnival master created by the event who turns his guests into grotesque versions of zodiac signs. (Alyssa Wiboon)
(Above) Aside from haunted houses and scare zones, a select few of Universal’s rides and attractions are open during Halloween Horror Nights. Revenge of the Mummy, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Men in Black: Alien Attack, Transformers: The Ride-3D, and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit are all available for guests to ride all throughout the night. These attractions allow guests to take a break from the terror and have some fun in a different way. (Alyssa Wiboon)
(Above) Make sure to take a trip to the Tribute Store, where guests can check out Halloween Horror Night’s wide variety of merchandise! It is always located right before the Vamp ‘69: Summer of Blood scare zone and next to the Stranger Things 4 haunted house. From themed t-shirts, scented candles and coins, to a selection of sweet treats, guests can find just about anything to remind them of HHN. (Alyssa Wiboon)
(Above) The spotlight haunted house for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights is the Stranger Things 4 house. As a Netflix Original smash hit, this house is known to have one of the longest lines of the event, attracting fans from all over. The sets truly do a fantastic job of displaying what viewers see on the big screen in reality. Even though it might not be the scariest haunted house of the bunch, the setup is just unmatched. Guests should make sure to arrive extra early to experience this house. It is definitely a must-see so don’t miss out! (Alyssa Wiboon)
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Alyssa Wiboon
Alyssa Wiboon, Director of Media
Alyssa Wiboon, grade 11, is the Director of Media of Lake Highland Preparatory School's Upper School newspaper Twice-Told Tale, and Co-Editor of the Upper School literary magazine By Any Other Name, both nationally recognized by the American Scholastic Press Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Alyssa is also the Co-President of her school’s club, Paws for a Cause, where she helps spread awareness for animals within local Orlando shelters. Outside of school, she enjoys Irish dancing, going to the beach, reading, and watching movies in her free time. With well over 100 service hours, Alyssa prioritizes helping local communities in any way she can, whether it be at her church or nearby food banks. In the future, she dreams of traveling around the world and creating her own blog, pursuing her love for writing, and being creative.

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