I am from South Africa, and traditionally in South Africa, we do not have Halloween. We know that it is Halloween, but no one really goes out and celebrates this day. So this year was my first Halloween experience in the USA and the best place to celebrate it was at Islands of Adventure. It is called horror nights. It was the most scary experience and well worth a visit at that time of the year. They convert many of the rides into haunted houses and have fog all over, so you can barely see where you are going and have people dressed up as the weirdest ugliest people walking around, scaring the life out of you, even men holding chainsaws come right up to you and scare you. Lots of fun if you like horror movies and Halloween. Definitely not for the faint hearted or if some one suffers from heart problems.
The next day we had VIP passes to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. These VIP tickets are in the price range of $175 per ticket -- it is expensive, but you bypass all the long queues – often, the queues are really long for each ride and sometimes you have to wait up to 40 minutes just to get onto a ride. Half your day gets wasted waiting for the rides and it is really tiring, so purchase the VIP Pass. You get your own tour guide who knows everything about the rides and explains everything to you before you even get on. The best ride is Jurassic Park. You sail on this boat through the dinosaur times and then you climb up this huge tyrannosaurus rex and then suddenly do a 60 degree drop into a huge splash. The other really cool rides and sights to see are Spiderman, Dual and Dragons roller coaster, and, of course, the Incredible Hulk. The Incredible Hulk is definitely not for the faint hearted as it shoots you out of a rocket at 40 miles in just under 2 seconds.
After the Islands of Adventure, we went over to Universal Studios and Twister was really good. A definite must see. Other attractions at Universal include Earthquake, Back to the Future, Shrek, Jimmy Neutron. ET, Terminator 2, and Men in Black.