While many race to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios to face their fears in a night of taunting fun, others like me question if this Halloween celebration is one for those with a fainter heart (read: chicken to the bone). This heart softie says YES!!! Now that Universal’s Horror Nights have started we share A Scaredy Cat Guide to Surviving Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Celebration.
A Scaredy Cat Guide to Surviving Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Celebration.
How do you survive a night of scares when you even friendly mortals can make you jump high out of fright? Not to worry, I have a game plan for you that will have you into Halloween Horror Nights like you never thought possible. My hands-on research of Halloween Horror nights is thanks to the Universal Studios Resort and Mediavine sponsorship of the We Grow Retreat 2018.
About Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios
For the last 28 years, Universal Studios has embraced scaring us to death on select nights from September to November. Complete with scare zones, 10 haunted houses, a maze and dozens upon dozens of scare-actors thrill seekers rejoice year after year with the masters of terror. OK, maybe I exaggerate with that last declaration, but then again maybe not muahhhahahahaha.
9 Tips To Survive Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios for Scaredy Cats
Why would a reluctant easily scared person decide to attend Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios? Well, many reasons. Face fears, peer pressure, an adventurer spirit side, a must-do before you die, lost a bet, received comped tickets, the list goes on. Whatever the reason, if you must go and are shaking like a leaf at the prospect, just remember there are good times to be had that you must experience. Survival is easy with these tips:
Go for the food! Focus on the food.
That calmed my nerves instantly. There is a delicious variety of food plus specialty items that you simply have to taste regardless of how spooky they can be. This was something I learned with Kim who also had the good sense of staying like a queen at Loew’s Saphire Falls to calm the soul before and after the anxious moments. Talking about food, don’t miss Sarah’s ultimate Harry Potter world food list
Start before dark:
Go early. Make good use of the early admission. A good tactic to fool friends if you want them to believe you are brave than you are 🙂 Entering the park early gives you a different perspective. Kind of like showing a little one that there are no monsters hiding in the closet, you know?
Strength is in the numbers:
The more the merrier never rang more true to me than in this case. Jenn recommended to do all the Horror with friends and then make sure to wash it all down with beer or specialty drinks and good laughs afterward. I have smart friends guys.
Hide in Diagon Alley if it gets too much.
I love this tips from Lisa because Diagon Alley is your private playground during Halloween Horror Nights. You will have great photo opportunities and basically limitless quick rides. Plus no lines at the shops! Jackpot people!
Ride some of the rides to calm your nerves.
This suggestion is a sure way to escape the “terror” while enjoying the many cool things at Universal Studios. Get your mind off the monsters and shake off the uneasiness by jumping on a ride. You are so welcomed.
Use this mantra: they are just acting and they can’t touch you.
This was such a confidence booster, even if a temporary relief hahaha. Remember, all those frightening, gruesome of gory characters aim to get a scream out of you. No, they will not actually use that chainsaw but the sound alone will get you in a good way. EEEEEEKKKKK!
Stay on the sidewalks:
I don’t know if there is an official word on the sidewalks but I found that the scary actors did not stand, go or chase anyone on the sidewalks. It did feel like a safe zone. Use it to your advantage. But do keep watch. Don’t let your guard down!
Make new friends:
Of course, Sarah who is game for everything and makes friends everywhere would come up with this tidbit of wisdom. Tell the stranger near you at the houses that you are going to hold on to their shoulder and apologize in advance. I say buy them bloody donuts on your way out if they offer their hand for support 😉
Sit in a good viewing corner and take in all the costumes and Halloween decor.
I could not take my eyes off this pumpkin head, I found it mesmerizing….as long as it was far from me. The klowns were colorful but I did stay extra blocks away from them watching them interact with the crowds. It is fun to see how people react. Additionally, there are Halloween elements all over the place. Great ideas and cool setups.
Cool mom tip: keep in the middle of your pack in the houses. Let the braver ones be the ones to get all the surprises. That gives you a heads up of what is to come. It eliminates the suspense that definitively adds many notches of fright for us on the wimpier side of the spectrum.
Who Says a Scaredy Cat Can’t Enjoy Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios?
Certainly not me. There is no better satisfaction than saying to those who know me well that I went and not only survived but conquered…..the food. The incredulous big eyes I get in response is priceless. Plus I did have an amazing time with my crew. A visit to remember for sure.
Take it from the biggest coward of them all. There is no need to drag your feet about Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. As a matter of fact, take advantage of the Halloween Horror Nights discounts that Hannah rounded up for us. Make good use of the early admission and go scream the night away with confidence and gusto!
Are you ready to crush Halloween Horror Nights with a Scaredy Cat Guide to Surviving Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios?