Published: November 2, 2011 at 7:20 AM
I'm a 30 year old guy and I've been to about 15 years of Universals Halloween Horror Nights. I used to absolutely love it, but over the last 7 years or so, I've been gradually getting more and more disappointed.
Maybe it's just me getting older, but the whole outside area has become less and less scary every year. I miss the days of when there was more fog, the park was darker and the scare characters could slide at you on the ground on trash can lids.
Through the last few years, I've found it to be very difficult to do everything the park has to offer in one night and that really bothers me. I really wish they would keep it open later.
Finally, the quality of The Bill and Ted Show (a comedy show that changes every year to parody recent world, movie and entertainment events and people) which used to be my FAVORITE part of HHN, has gone way downhill over the past few years, whereas it used to be a really funny show every year. I don't mind bad language or dancing girls, and the show has always had some degree of both, but in the last few years, most of the show has just been overly frequent, pointless bad language and a bunch of dancing girls for half the show and random pop icon references with stupid one-liner jokes.
That all being said, this year, I finally gave up on Bill and Ted and tried to enjoy the rest of the park (I can't stand not doing anything for Halloween and tried Howl-O-Scream a few years ago and it was even worse). It seemed like this year actually was more of a step in the right direction. It seemed to be a little more scary than usual and I got to go through all of the houses (although, just barely, and I went in just as it was opening up and got through almost half of it before it even got dark). Overall, my standards were pretty low and I was pleasantly surprised.