Halloween Horror Nights has some nice passes for locals who like to visit the event as much as possible. For example, there’s the Frequent Fear pass, which admits you on the first weekend and for every non-peak day thereafter for the rest of the season. There’s also Frequent Fear Plus, which adds Fridays, and my favorite, the Frequent Fear Plus that includes Express entrance to all the houses. I’ve already got mine ready to go this year. With Busch Gardens to visit on Saturdays, that means lots of haunted housing jammed into not much more than a month.
Every year, friends and readers ask me, “Don’t you ever get bored going to Halloween Horror Nights so much?” Actually, no, I don’t. I miss it and feel a sense of loss every year on closing night. Here are my reasons for why repetitive visits are fun:
1) The event changes from week to week. The changes are usually subtle, but things get tweaked, broken, fixed, taken out or added to the houses and even to the Bill & Ted show. You’d never notice if you weren’t a frequent visitors. Part of the fun for me is making note of all the little differences.
2) You feel less rushed as the season goes on. On my first Halloween Horror Nights visits of the year, I feel like I’m in a mad rush to see everything. Eventually the houses and scarezones become familiar, so I can kick back and focus more time on my favorites.
3) You get more and more done. Each year, I learn the pattern of which houses open early for which Stay and Scream holding zones, the order in which the other houses open, and the traffic patterns, which are influenced by show times and the directions in which traffic is routed when they let out. Once I learn those important things. I barely even need my Express pass as I can knock off the houses very rapidly with little wait.
4) You get to know the scareactors. “Know” isn’t quite the right word, since you really don’t have much bonding time stumbling through the darkness in a crowded haunted house. But you do start to recognize each other, and there’s a fun air of familiarity along with the scares as the season wears on.
5) You lose weight. This was an unexpected but happy side effect when I started wearing Skechers Shape-Ups to the park last year. I wear them for the comfort, but I lost several pounds without even trying, and even with eating many nights at Finnegan’s in the park. This year I have a Fitbit to count my steps and see just how many miles I actually walk in an HHN night.
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