Halloween… for teenagers and adults

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The parks offer many options for Halloween. If you are looking for something a little ‘scary’ check out Halloween at Universal Studio’s Horror Nights. This is definitely for older children/teenagers and adults – not for the faint hearted. In fact looking back I think my husband and I were some of the oldest guests – but who cares!!

We spent a ‘very normal’ day at Universal Studios and left at 5pm when the park closes for just a couple of hours. During this time we went to City Walk and had a meal, returning at 7pm to the entrance, where the park re-opens in darkness. In these two hours the park is transformed both in looks and atmosphere.

From the moment you enter you are greeted by characters out to shock and scare you in the main street. Just as you think you’ve got away there are more ‘monsters’ lurking in the side streets. Our first maze visit was to one based on a house - it turned out to be a very memorable experience of the ‘House of Horror’s’. Adult men did not hang about in this house too long! The queues to the mazes were quite long but its definitely worth doing at least couple of mazes. The live props - actors - do an amazing job, not an everyday 9 – 5 job though! A visit to the San Fransico area saw ‘walkers’ from the Walking the Dead programme.

A visit to a park wouldn’t be the same without a live music show. Bill and Ted feature in their own brilliant event to watch, full of colour, and great singing and dancing. It’s up to date with references to The Hunger Games, iPhone’s Siri, politicians and actors of the moment. There are competing Snow White characters, Rock of Ages, whilst President Obama and Mitt Romney featured in a rap. (This was election year and just days before the US election took place. ) The singing, effects, dancing and comedy are professional, enjoyable… and also give a great opportunity to sit down during what was for us a long day and evening at universal. I won’t give anymore detail – it would spoil your own visit and experience!

Guests are asked not to dress up and will be refused entry, unlike Disneyworld where it is encouraged. This decision seemed a little harsh until you see the amazing costumes and make up that Universal cast members wear. (You wouldn’t know who was a guest or a cast member if they allowed costumes. )

Don’t forget to take your camera/smartphone – there are so many photo opportunities which are different from a visit at other times of the year. It was an amazing night, one we will never forget.

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