There are events in Florida that come as seasonal markers; dividing lines between one part of the year and another.
Universal Orlando Resorts has been the gate-keeper of one such event for 27 years now.
That's Halloween Horror Nights.
As surely as labor Day marks the end of the summer season in Florida, Halloween Horror Nights marks the beginning of Florida's Autumn festivals.
And Halloween Horror Nights is now open at Universal Orlando Resort.
This year, Halloween Horror Nights has its trademark blend of the most unearthly and macabre collection of terrors a Halloween fan could ever wish to see.
It's called The Festival of the Deadliest this time out.
It's an ancient tradition that has taken root inside Universal Studios Florida and is filled with spine-tingling wonders that are hard to resist and impossible to escape.
A ghastly collection of madmen and monsters from beyond the veil have joined together to revel in firelight and create the ultimate afterlife of fright.
And this is just the beginning.
Unimaginable horrors come to life in nine disturbingly-real haunted houses based on some of the most horrifying legends in pop culture.
Asylum, The Shining, American Horror Story, Jigsaw, Ash vs Evil Dead ... they're all there and waiting for you.
Along with this collection you'll find two live shows, including the farewell tour of Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure.
And let's not forget the streets of Universal Studios Florida, which have five unique "scare zones," two of which are based on two horror films -Trick 'r Treat and The Purge - as well as three original concepts.
For a record-breaking 34 select nights through November 4, guests can experience theme park thrills by day and terrifying horror film chills by night at Halloween Horror Nights.
For more information, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.