Weather you have one day to enjoy the event or go every night, these tips will hopefully give you a great experience.
1) Get there early
When it comes to Horror Nights, you can’t really be too early. You can wait at the gate with the crowds breathing down your neck, or you can go into the Studios before it closes and get into a holding area. Now these are subject to change and really depend on which houses you want to start with. Generally Finnegan’s or Springfield are the best as you can enjoy some food or drinks while you wait.
2) Learn the map
This one is key. One of the best things you can do is learn the map. Learn where all the houses are and what houses you want to make sure you hit by the end of the evening. You also don’t want to be running from one side of the park to the other constantly. If you move in a clockwise or counter clockwise direction a lot of times the exit for a house brings you close to the entrance to another house
3) Food and drinks are everywhere
For those who can’t wait to get their hands on a blinky cup, or are looking forward to getting one of the iconic, or hhn exclusive food items, try walking around a bit first. There are food and drink tents everywhere, and especially at the beginning of the evening the ones at the front of the park see the longest lines. You also don’t want to succumb to the allure of a pizza-dog when there’s something 10x better at the other end.
4) Wear comfy shoes
Like I’ve probably stated before, you’re going to be walking a lot. Especially if you spent your day at the parks as well. It can be a long night, and you don’t want to be the lone member of your group siting on a bench because you thought high heals were a good idea. Those people die first in horror movies…
5) Express Pass
My last tip may seem like a no brainer for those nights where the average wait time is 2 hours. Get an express pass. Now if you can only go to the event one or two nights this is a great thing to have, but if you have the ability to go a few days at least, you’re probably ok. But please, don’t be the person who is using an express pass at 7pm with a wait time of 20 minutes… Another great thing you should do if you have only a limited time is check to see the least popular times to go. If you can work a less busy day into your schedule you’ll really appreciate it.
Some rides are open! These are great places to take a few minutes to relax and get reinvigorated, as lines for rides are usually lower than during regular park hours. Don’t forget there are also shows at HHN, and Bill and Ted are a must-see every year. You shouldn’t fee like you have to rush to cram everything. On a good night you can make it through everything, and still have some time to relax and take it all in. One of the worst things you can do is be so focused on a schedule that you miss out on what’s going on around you. HHN is a very immersive and detailed event, and some of the best moments come from watching the expert scare actors do their thing.