When I was about 13 or 14, my whole family made a trip to Orlando for Halloween Horror Nights. I don't recall the theme of the year, but I do remember seeing Jason Voorhees wandering around at some point, perhaps looking for the Back to the Future ride. Since at that time in my life I was a little pansy, I was genuinely freaked out at some of the stuff that was going on. Waiting in line for a haunted house for two hours pissed my dad of, but I absolutely loved getting freaked out. Since then Universal has only expanded upon their yearly festival of frights, amping up the scares year after year. Not content with scaring young children solely in the month of October, this year Halloween Horror Nights expands to 17 nights, beginning this year on September 24th and ending on October 31st..

In addition to a new King Kong 360 3D ride designed by Peter Jackson, this year's installment of the popular annual event, which takes place in both Orlando, FL and Hollywood, CA, will feature eight haunted houses. Although last year was the year for horror fans, as the theme was "Ripped from the Silver Screen" and featured Chucky, Jigsaw and the Wolfman, this year celebrates "Twenty Years of Fear." According to Bloody Disgusting (I couldn't find any info on the official website), attractions for this year's event includes a "terror tram," five mazes, Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure (I can't believe they're still relevant) and the standard "scare zones," which once prompted me to run screaming in the opposite direction when I turned around and came face to face with...well, something scary as Hell.

Hey, I was young and naive, sue me.

Many thanks to Bloody Disgusting for the heads up.
categories Horror