Survival Guide for Halloween Horror Nights 26

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Universal Studios begins its 26th round of Halloween Horror Nights this weekend. The format remains the same, but there will be fresh offerings among the theme park’s haunted-house mazes, scare zones and stage shows.

Here are some long-standing HHN survival tips, including some for the faint of heart, and a few notes specifically for 2016.

Getting to the park when it event starts has its perks. If can move  farthest from the entrance, you’ll probably see shorter lines for houses, and there’s more elbow room in general. Plus, if you’re the kind of HHN-goer that’s kind of jumpy about the whole experience, getting there before sundown helps you acclimate to the environment. Everything is less scary before dark.

The event’s start time is 6:30 p.m. It concludes at 1 a.m. some nights and at 2 a.m. on other nights.