Orlando and So Cal Halloween fans are in for some extra special treats this season. The Universal Studios theme parks’ famed Horror Nights are back in action and promising even more frights than in years’ past. The 2011 setup includes fresh mazes, more monsters, and new state-of-the-art scare technology.
Running all month long, the Orlando version includes eight attractions, live shows, and over 1,000 employees dressed up as vicious ghouls. Some of the added themes include a maze based on The Thing, a haunted casino attraction called Lady Luck, and a ghost ship based on the voyage of Christopher Columbus. There will also be a comedic concert built around the movie, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Over at Universal Studios Hollywood, the theme park wizards have cooked up a ton of high-profile haunts as well. There’s a maze based on the twisted horror flick Hostel, an Alice Cooper attraction, and a haunted set featuring Benicio Del Toro’s Wolfman. The park is also bringing back Latin America’s creepiest ghost,La Llorona!
Obviously these late night frights aren’t for everyone. But not to worry Halloween lightweights, there are plenty of theme park alternatives out there for you too. Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland have highlighted the “fun” aspects of the holiday with an attraction they call Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Both parks will also make special tweaks to their famousHaunted Mansion ride (that we’re sure won’t have any input from Guillermo del Toro).
And for the rest of us throughout the country, there are certain to be plenty of haunted hayrides, costume parties, and trick-or-treat events to keep those ghoulish urges satisfied. But don’t wait on picking out that costume! Severalhigh-profile celebs have already raided the Halloween store shelves and found some pretty interesting get ups.
By Michael Lopez