You Have the Best Time Ever
If you like to be scared (or just try to push yourself out of your comfort zone), Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights is pretty much the best place to be. After the park "dies" down for the day (pun intended), it's transformed into a terrifying place where only the strong survive (seriously, if you're easily scared, you might need to leave early). Not only can you still ride your favorite attractions late at night, but there are haunted houses to try to survive and scare zones to try to successfully navigate (Note: there are usually chainsaws, clowns, and blood involved, so good luck). And this year, with a whopping 10 haunted houses — its most ever — Universal Studios is really stepping up its game.
While going to HHN is awesome in any form, if you really want to experience it the right way, you need to splurge on a private R.I.P. tour. Universal offers regular R.I.P. tours, which give you things like front-of-the-line entry to each haunted house once, a pretour reception with appetizers, and access to exclusive cash bar locations throughout the park, but the private tour is what all horror fanatics really need. In addition to getting all the perks of the regular R.I.P. tour, the private one also gives you your own tour guide, unlimited priority entrance to all haunted houses, and amazing special access to park attractions.
But I should warn you — once you do a private R.I.P. tour, you'll never be able to experience HHN any other way again. While it's definitely pricey (regular R.I.P. tours start at $160 per person, and you need to call Universal in order to price a private R.I.P. tour of up to 12 people), they're worth it to be able to choose how you want to spend your night instead of waiting in lines. Keep reading for all the reasons it's worth every blood-soaked penny.