Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida runs this week from Wednesday, October 26, through Monday, October 31, and then resumes for an encore on November 4 and 5 before shutting down for the year. That means you have eight more opportunities to enter the world of "The Walking Dead," "American Horror Story," and more and to wander through the scare zones, hoping that you can somehow stay safe.

With nine haunted houses at Halloween Horror Nights this year, as well as two live shows, it's a challenge to see everything in just one night, even on the weekend nights when the event runs through 2 a.m.

You can do a few things to maximize your time and ensure that you get to do as much as possible when you're celebrating the terror at Universal Studios Florida. Here are three tips to help you make the most of your night:

Arrive early and stay late at Halloween Horror Nights

With so many haunted mazes to make it through, as well as scare zones where you'll want to linger, as well as "Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure" and "Academy of Villains: House of Fear," there's a lot to pack into your night.

Even if you're not visiting Universal Studios Florida during the day. You'll have to pass through metal detectors before you enter the CityWalk area to head to the park, so allow plenty of time in case there's a crowd. Then you'll want to line up at the park as early as possible so you're one of the first guests through the gates. That way, you'll have a jump start on the haunted houses while the lines are still relatively short.

Either eat dinner first or dine inside the park once the maze lines start to get long.

If you're going to be in Universal Studios Florida during the day, you can stay inside during the transition period between park closure and the event opening. Just show your ticket at one of the holding areas and wait there until Halloween Horror Nights starts. Then you'll be released into the park.

Use Express or an RIP Tour as a guarantee to see everything at Halloween Horror Nights

If you can only attend Halloween Horror Nights for one night and you want to be sure you'll get to see and do everything, purchase an Express pass or book an RIP tour. Universal Studios Florida offers these two options to help you maximize your time at the event. An Express pass lets you use a special shorter line once time for each of the nine haunted houses. It also gives you express entrance into the first "Bill and Ted" show. There's still a chance you might not get to do everything, but that's very slim if you arrive early and stay as long as it takes to get through everything.

RIP Tours are led by a guide and get you into the haunted mazes even more quickly than Express. "Bill and Ted" is also on the tour, so you're guaranteed to see the perennial crowd-pleasing show. While it's more expensive than Express, it's the best way to ensure that you'll literally see everything worth seeing.

Focus on your Halloween Horror Nights priorities

If you don't have the extra money to spend on Express or a tour, decide on your priorities ahead of time and focus on them as you make your way around Universal Studios Florida. First, choose your no-miss haunted houses. Then head to the most popular ones (like American Horror Story) first, since they'll get long lines more quickly.

"Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure" gets more crowded as the night goes on, too, but the theater is large so you'll probably want to skip the early shows in favor of the mazes. See it and spend time in the scare zones once the lines get too long. If you stay until closing time, you'll see the lines slowly evaporate as the wee hours approach so start hitting the haunted houses again.

It's great that the creative team at Universal Studios Florida makes Halloween Horror Nights bigger and better every year. The downside is that it becomes harder to experience the full event in just one night.

If you follow these tips, you'll have the best shot at achieving that goal.

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