Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida has nine haunted houses this year, six of which are based on popular movies or TV shows like “The Exorcist” and “The Walking Dead.” The creative staff at Universal Orlando Resort uses the source material to re-create fictional worlds in a way that allows fans to walk through them in real life. Normally you don’t get a look inside the mazes unless you come to Orlando to visit the event. This year, the theme park allowed members of the media to take video footage while going through the houses and share it with fans and wannabes who aren't quite sure they'll survive.

Dare to face Michael Myers at Universal Studios Florida

The Halloween haunted house is a sequel to the previous incarnation at Universal Studios Florida, appropriate based on the sequel movie. Like the original house, it has plenty of Michael Myers. He’s lurking around every corner as you work your way through familiar movies scenes. Here’s a little taste of what you’ll see if you dare to venture inside during this haunt season:

Step into American Horror Story

American Horror Story is a smash hit on FX, and it translates beautifully into a haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights. Universal Studios Florida conveniently has sound stages where several of the mazes are set up each year, so the designers had plenty of space in which to bring scenes from seasons one, four, and five to life in Orlando.

You’ll recognize the scenes in the partial walk-through below, including a visit from Twisty the clown:

The American Horror Story maze in particular gets a very long line, so be sure to get to Universal Studios Florida early and head right into the line. The wait gets longer as the night wears on and more fans arrive at Halloween Horror Nights.

As an alternative, buy an Express Pass that lets you use a shorter line for one visit to each of the nine haunted houses. Even Express gets backed up for this house, but not nearly as long as the standby line, and it’s well worth the wait.

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