Haunted houses filled with maniacal mazes that lead you deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness. Creatures crawling, climbing, clawing around every corner.
This year, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2017 is home to 9 twistedly immersive haunted houses and 5 nightmarish scare zones where grotesque creatures and monsters lurk at every turn.
Whatever you do on this adventure into the night, make sure you don’t go hungry. Feed that monster inside by seeking out the Scareactor Dining Experience and exclusive dishes available just for Halloween Horror Nights this year. Your soul will thank you for it.
Here is this year’s fearful foodie’s guide:
Halloween Horror Nights Scareactor Dining Experience
Guests who plan to attend the night’s festivities can purchase special tickets for the Halloween Horror Nights Scareactor Dining Experience, an all-you-care-to-eat dinner buffet at Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe. The dining experience features surprise guests from the after world, all chomping at the bit to meet you as you indulge in sinful gluttony.
Once inside, queue up for a devilishly delightful meal consisting of dishes like sliced pork loin, baked codfish, hand-sliced roasted New York strip steak, and chicken marsala, to name a few.
My personal favorites of the belly-busting meal included the beef medallions, which were both tender and flavorful, as well as the fresh four-cheese cavatappi pasta—hot and savory with just the right amount of cheesy goodness and chopped ham.
Dessert rounds up the meal with sweet choices like apple pies, blood-red strawberry-sauce-drizzled cheesecake, and brookies—the classic concoction of a cookie inside a brownie. It’s to die for.
As you dine in the dark rooms of the Monsters Cafe, scareactors await just around every corner to make you scream with fear, all while you enjoy dining on your bloody cheesecake.
Guests with the Scareactor Dining Experience pass are also given a digital download of one photo taken during the dining experience as part of the package.
The Scareactor Dining Experience is also probably the best place to be before your night of terror begins, as you’ll also be among the first inside the park as the gates open for Halloween Horror Nights.
As you make your descent towards the ghastly haunted houses, you must pass through several hair-raising scare zones. You never know just who—or what—is creeping up beside you while you walk the dark streets
For those 21 and up, stock up on liquid courage (or fear) before you venture deeper into shadow and darkness.
The three new signature alcoholic beverages are:
- Liquid Fear: a Vodka cocktail with cranberry juice and lemonade
- Liquid Courage: a tangerine rum cocktail with orange juice and sprite
- Midnight Madness: made of 50% Liquid Courage, 50% Liquid Fear, 100% Midnight Madness
These signature drinks are available in select locations. This year, there’s also an expanded wine and beer selection available throughout the event.
For those fans of non-alcoholic frozen beverages—just the right drink to chill you to the bone—there are three new offerings this year: Candy Corn, Pumpkin Spice or Smores.
Walk through the haunted forest of Central Park and emerge just beyond the Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin-adorned branches. You’ll be rewarded for your courage at the KidZone Pizza Company.
Here, you can find glorious Pizza Fries: a mountainous French fry dish topped with tangy tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni and sausage, baked like a pizza—a must try for Halloween Horror Night.
This isn’t your everyday potato chip – but a twisted version of the potato dish deftly twirled around a stick and fried. Flavored seasonings for the Twisted Taters include Sour Cream & Chive, Garlic Butter, Seasoned Salt or Salt & Vinegar.
Mini Donuts and Salted Bavarian Pretzels
Fried little doughnuts, sprinkled with a little powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar, are the perfect little treat to satisfy the sweet tooth. For those savory food lovers, try the salted Transylvanian—I mean Bavarian—pretzels. They’re perfectly paired with a glass of ice-cold draft beer. And please, don’t ask for any garlic with that as a courtesy to our vampire friends inside The Hive.
You’ll want to make sure to catch the heart-stopping, death-defying dance routines from Academy of Villains: Afterlife. Across from the Academy of Villains stage, stop by Mel’s Die-In restaurant for the special “Fiery Onion Ring” Burger. The spicy jack-pepper cheese and a dash of hot sauce will have you screaming for more.
For those fans of chicken sandwiches, try the Chili Garlic Chicken Sandwich at Richter’s Burger Co. in the San Francisco area. It’s a grilled chicken breast, seasoned to spicy perfection with pepper jack cheese, spicy chili sauce and served with a side of fries.
These foods should last you through the night as you make your way along the murky, dimly-lit path towards the haunted houses and into the land of terrifying nightmares. You’ll be hungry for more soon enough.
So eat up, scream to your hearts content, and hold your loved ones close—no one is coming to save you at Halloween Horror Nights.
If you’ve already been to Halloween Horror Nights this year, let me know what your favorite foods have been in the comments below.
Must be 21 years of age or older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages at Universal Orlando Resort.
WARNING: Event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or masks allowed.
-Courtesy of Universal Orlando Blog & Ricky Ly, October 5, 2017
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