A Screaming Good Time

A Screaming Good Time

As promised, here comes the obligatory post about how amazing Halloween Horror Nights was this year! Being a total scaredy-cat makes walking through haunted houses an interesting experience to say the least. On a positive note, I only fell twice this year. One time wasn’t even because I was scared – I’m just that clumsy. Anyway, prepare for a rant on just how amazing last night was!

If I were to give one recommendation to anyone considering going to HHN, it would be get there early! We were lucky enough to be near the front of the crowd when the gates opened, and we were able to hit four houses within the first two hours! Our first stop was “The Walking Dead”, a maze based off of the AMC series. It was pretty spooky, but I found myself a little confused as to what exactly was going on. I haven’t watched the show faithfully since season five, so that might have been why. Regardless, the final scene featuring strobe lights and a mix of fake zombies and real ones was disorienting and really creepy.

After that, we made our way to the maze based off of “The Exorcist”. Again, because I’m a total scaredy-cat, I haven’t seen the film. However, I knew enough to understand what was happening in the maze. Even though the movie doesn’t seem to take place in more than one room, the maze did a great job of keeping the scenery unique and creepy. The effects in this maze were pretty darn great, from the scene featuring Reagan hovering above the bed, to the gross water effect that made it seem like she was vomiting on you (yuck, I know).

From there, we headed to the Scare Zone called A Chance in Hell, featuring the icon this year’s event: Chance! She was posing for photos and interacting with guests, and she’s so awesome; the perfect mix of crazy and adorable.

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After meeting Chance, we explored some of the other Scare Zones on our way to our next mazes. Survive or Die Apocalypse was action-packed, and the constant movement of the set pieces and actors really brought the scenes to life. Lair of the Banshee was creepy, but I wasn’t particularly scared by it. It certainly scored atmospheric points!

Our next stop was a maze called Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield, based off of “Halloween 2”. I haven’t seen the film, but I’m pretty familiar with Michael Myers and the plot, and I think this maze did a really good job of capturing the movie. Unfortunately, we seemed to enter the house right when they were swapping out “scareactors,” so we missed out on a lot of good scares. A maze called Tomb of the Ancients was right next door, so we went there next. I didn’t really understand what the plot of that maze was supposed to be, but I still found it to be really intricately designed and impressive! It had a creature called an Amut (half crocodile and half lion) that popped out and really scared the crap out of me. It’s definitely worth checking this one out, especially if you’re a mythology-buff like me!

Since we hit four houses in the first two hours, we decided to take a break and pop over to Mel’s Diner. I can confirm for anyone wondering that french fries dipped in a milkshake are gross. Why does anyone think that’s a good idea? I want answers. Anyway, right outside of Mel’s Diner was an amazing Scare Zone called Vamp ’55. It was a homecoming parade from the 1950’s featuring vampire cheerleaders and greasers, and it was easily one of my favorite parts of the night.

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We took another break from the spooks to pop into Transformers and Diagon Alley. I could dedicate a whole post to how perfectly designed Diagon Alley is, but I’ll spare you the gory details and leave you with this photo of me enjoying a Butterbeer with $5 light up devil horns on my head instead:

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Next, we hit up Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure. If you know me at all, you’re aware that I’m a firm believer that the Bill and Ted movies are the greatest cinematic masterpieces of all time. The show was very tongue-in-cheek this, and they absolutely shredded almost every pop culture fad of 2016. It was hilarious! After, we went to a maze called Lunatics Playground 3D: You Won’t Stand a Chance. As you may have guessed, the star of the maze was Chance herself. It was trippy, but not super scary. I’m a sucker for the 3D gimmick though, so I loved it nonetheless!

We wrapped up the night with a walk through a Scare Zone called Dead Man’s Wharf, which was pretty creepy, but not particularly scary. Our final maze was called Ghost Town: The Curse of Lightning Gulch. It was really exciting being surrounding by a realistic Old Western set, featuring ghost outlaws participating in shootouts and sprawling façades of a dilapidated Western town.

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to make it to the mazes based on “Krampus”, “American Horror Story”, or “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. The only downside of HHN is the fact that because of the insanely long lines, you really can’t make it to every maze. I never saw the wait time for the AHS maze go below 120 minutes, and obviously a 5-6 minute maze isn’t exactly worth a two hour wait. Despite that, I still had an amazing time! If you’ve never been to Halloween Horror Nights, take it from a scaredy-cat like me: it’s the most fun you’ll have while being chased by chainsaw-wielding scarecrows.

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