Welcome back to my Halloween series, where I recap each year we have traveled to Orlando for Halloween Week! If you’re catching up, you can see Part One here and Part 2 here.
2012 is my favorite year so far for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party but first, let’s cover Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) at Universal Studios. Here’s what it looked like:
I don’t typically go through the haunted houses because I actually believe the best scares don’t originate in blood and guts. I think true terror is in the mind. The most disturbing horror movie I’ve ever seen, that still haunts me to this day, is The Mothman Prophecies. No blood. No guts. But it fucks with your mind. I’m a horror snob. Okay, fine, I’m a pussy but I just don’t like the cheap thrill of slasher films.
When I started reading the buzz surrounding an independent concept house for HHN 2012, I knew I had to see it. It called to me just like the Edgar Allan Poe house had the year before. It was called Gothic. I’ll let one of the reviews I read by Inside The Magic sum it up for me.
“The most immersive, detailed, and impressive maze at Halloween Horror Nights 22, Gothic surrounds its visitors with room after room of rich environments with an incredible level of realism. The setting is an old cathedral, now under renovation, much to the dismay of the spirits that haunt the location. Those spirits all arrive in the form of gargoyles, guarding the cathedral by day and haunting it by night.
The sheer size of the sound stage-based maze is staggering. With two- to three-story individual rooms, guests find themselves looking up and around as the architecture serves as an excellent misdirection away from the lurking gargoyles. This house is also packed with unique moments, including several overhead flying creatures, a wonderfully surprising stilt walker, and two of the most beautiful and inventive scenes ever created at Halloween Horror Nights. One tricks the eye into feeling like guests are standing high above a huge church, looking down on its altar and pews, while the other utilizes hundreds of candles that extinguish in sequence leading up to a surprise moment.”
So once again, I paid Landon $5 and he went in ahead of me, my fingers securely hooked around his belt loops as per our tradition, screaming my head off. This is what we saw.
I wish the video could have captured the part where it looked like you were walking very high up over the church, pews and altar below. Everything about this house was beautiful, if a haunted house can be called that.
An hour later, we were walking through another section of the park and I noticed the couple who had went through the house in front of me and Landon. They were pointing and laughing at me. I didn’t realize I was that much of a handful going through the houses but I’m giving Landon a raise. He gets $10 for dealing with me holding onto his belt loops, cowering behind him and screaming in his ear this year.
Here are some pictures from HHN 2012.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) 2012 is my favorite year so far because our costumes kicked ass. I won’t even attempt to be all coy and shit. We kicked every other family there in the ass. Repeatedly.
Seriously, Landon stole the show as Uncle Fester, Gracie was an amazing Wednesday and E and I didn’t do too bad with our roles as Morticia and Gomez. It was the most fun we’ve had so far. We got stopped numerous times by people requesting pictures with us. Landon hammed it up with his light bulb that really worked. E had Thing on his shoulder along with the necessary Gomez cigar (it was fake).
There are downfalls to awesomeness sometimes, though. On Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain, I had to scream repeatedly “Hold on to your wigs!” Thing almost flew off of E’s shoulder while we were riding Space Mountain. Gracie was sitting behind him and caught it. Even with all the near costume malfunctions, these are my favorite costumes so far. I proposed we make it our yearly costumes but was vetoed by the family. After this year’s costumes, they may be begging to return to The Addams Family.
Here are some pictures from MNSSHP 2012.
One more year, y’all! Thanks for sticking with me. I will cover 2013 later this week. 2014 costume preparations are fast and furious. I can’t let myself think about it or I’ll panic. It’ll be epic. I can’t wait.
Do you like haunted houses? Does your town have an annual Halloween event with houses or trails? Tell me in the comments! Also, tell me what horror movie still fucks with you to this very day. C’mon. I showed you mine. Now you show me yours.