Vote of the week: What's the best part of a Halloween event?
Over the next few weeks, Universal, Busch, Knott's, Six Flags and other local theme and amusement parks will open the 2009 editions of their after-hours Halloween events, led by Knott's Halloween Haunt and Universal's Halloween Horror Nights. [Note that I'm talking about the events for grown-ups this week, excluding kids' Halloween events, such as those at Disney and Legoland.]
Many elements, beyond the parks' "normal" attractions, have helped make such events so popular with theme park fans: live shows, with their mix of gore and humor,
haunted houses and mazes, for up-close scare opportunities,
scare-actors, roaming the streets to surprise you,
the crowd itself, with no kids and more of a "party" vibe.
Tell us about your favorite Halloween event element, in the comments.
Scare actors are usually the best because they are great at improv.
haunted houses are always greatly themed next come scare actors, then shows, crowds are the worst lol.
Its a love hate relationship. The actors give me the most anxiety. There's always a little distrust about how crazy someone could be behind that guise in that potentially terrible role.
I live for the mazes. They get so incredibly creative and scare the jeepers out of me. I've always considered Knott's king of the Halloween Haunt - but I'll be experiencing Universal Orlando for the first time in a few weeks so I'll let you know how it turns out.
I love the shows, Bill & Ted at Universal is just excellent, and I always go more than once.
I personally love the atmosphere not created by the crowds, but instead by the scenery and, my favorite, the fog.
Personally, I'm all for the crowds. I say this because places like IOA and Universal are packed full of little kids almost all the time (and by little, I mean 7-15). I'm not particularly fond of the little ones, so an event like Halloween Horror Nights, usually comes complete with no, or extremely few, little kids. Unfortunately, it's difficult to keep away the REALLY annoying kids from this event (generally, anyone still in high school, college, or having just graduated from either or).
It can't be 2009 already! Where did 2008 go?!
The reason I'm going isn't for any of the 4 choices given, but I respect any of those 4 choices as being excellent reasons. ( It's kind of interesting to hear everyone's feedback above; it helps me appreciate the experience through the eyes of others. ) In my case I'm a SoCal resident and while I've heard of the events at Knotts Scary Farm, DCA and Universal Studios I've never been. My friends and I had to pick just one to go to so we're going to DCA for one reason that seems to interest us more than others.
My favorite is the atmosphere, the overall vibe a well put together event can have. That's why for me HHN was so lacking when it was over at IOA for a few years. It just didn't have the same vibe USF provides. There's just something cool about a New York street shrouded in fog and creepy lights.
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