Perhaps you are on vacation in the Orlando area for an extended amount of time. You have visited Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando. Maybe you went for a night of Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando during your trip to Orlando. What if you want another spooky event to attend? Do you have a car? Maybe you are a central Florida local looking for a spooky night out. If so, “The Haunted Road” in Orlando might be a good more casual spooky event for you to enjoy.
During my most recent trip to Orlando, I got to tag along for a preview of “The Haunted Road” operations for 2022. The core of this event revolves around a drive through haunting experience. As their marketing says, this year, The Haunted Road crawls with FLESH-CRAVING, vengeance-driven, beastly ghouls, seeking mortals foolish enough to buy a ticket to their own demise. Also, they claimed The Haunted Road is not for the lily-livered, nor the faint of heart, and most certainly, not for those who value their lives. They ask: “Are you willing to face the wrath of the flesh-hungry souls who seek retribution?”
During the preview last week, I got to see some basics of the event. Due to rain, we were not able to drive through the event during this preview, so I did not see most of the main scenes. We walked out with a guide to one scene of the drive-through aspect however.
Also, a walk-through style haunted house named “Human Slaughterhouse” can also be enjoyed by guests of this event. Sadly, based on the darkness, I only got a few decent photos.
The “Afterlife Party” concludes your experience. This area features a haunted DJ, pop-up performers/scare actors, a “Haunt Market”, food (BBQ food truck, dessert food truck, and a bar with themed cocktails and other beverages) for purchases.
Since my experience felt very soggy based on location and amount of rain, I failed to enjoy many things that would be a part of the normal evening operation. In fact, I had to throw away some socks after my visit. Thus, I cannot tell you everything about this operation for 2022.
Despite the miscommunications and soggy ground, this event offers some positives. For example, the scare actors themselves did a great job being very enthusiastic. Also, I understand the walk-through aspect of this event looked better this year. The price point will not kill your budget either. However, bear in mind this does not qualify as an all-night event like Halloween Horror Nights or Howl-O-Scream.
For more information, consult their site at www.thehauntedroad.com. Tickets start as low as $19. Still, expect most nights to cost between $21-30 per person per night when purchased in advance. This event runs on select nights until November 6th.
Thanks to @ThatOrlanDave on Twitter for letting me tag along for this event. If you would like to watch a vlog of this event, you can see a video of it here. If you watch, you will see I get scared easily or at least say that often. Please bear in mind that things will be very dark. Enjoy the spooky!
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