Details: The event runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Sept. 27-29, Oct. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27, plus Freaky Preview on Sept. 21-22. Hours: 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. during Freaky Preview and on Thursday nights; 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday. No costumes allowed. Admission: $79.99, but check website for discounts and packages. Information: 888-800-5447, TheDarkSideOfTheGardens.com.
Universal is partnering with celebrities, a TV show and a horror video game for its always-elaborate Halloween Horror Nights. “Penn & Teller New(kd) Las Vegas” is a 3-D haunted house, a radioactive version of Sin City with a toxic green glow. “Alice Cooper — Welcome to My Nightmare” is a haunted maze that puts guests inside a demented and dark subconscious. Plus there are zombies from AMC’s The Walking Dead,” and a maze from the horror video game and motion picture franchise Silent Hill, and several other haunted houses. In addition, Universal has reinvented the street experience so that there will be no safe zones when visitors are stalked by menacing beasts, vampires, prisoners, warriors and other creatures.
Details: Halloween Horror Nights is an after-hours, separate-admission event that runs on 25 nights at Universal Studios: Sept. 21-22 and 27-30, Oct. 4-7, 11-14, 17-21, 24-28 and 31. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; ending times vary from midnight to 2 a.m. Activities are not intended for children; costumes and masks are not allowed. Admission: $88.99; see website for Florida resident discounts. Information: www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/.