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Halloween Horror Nights are spooking people once again

Get ready for this Halloween season.

Welcome to Universal Studios.
The entrance to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights is opened once again. Photo credit: Joshua Mejia

This year’s scare mazes at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights include The Walking Dead, Insidious, Crimson Peak, Halloween and Alien vs. Predator. The park has four scare zones throughout as well as the Terror Tram: Survive The Purge experience.

After one week since its opening day on Sept. 18, Halloween Horror Nights was fairly empty on Sunday, Sept. 27, yet it’s still an event worth experiencing.


“I think it’s the most realistic horror event of the season (in comparison to others),” said Dorian Munoz, a local resident who has gone to Horror Nights six years in a row. “I like the fact that all the content is based off of actual horror films.”

All the mazes offer guests the chance to experience horror films first hand. One of this year’s new mazes includes Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home. Guests who enter the maze experience the classic movie that inspired an entire genre of horror films.

Another one of this year’s mazes is This is the End – 3D based on the 2013 film. It combines horror, comedy and 3D visuals as guests walk into James Franco’s house to create a one of a kind experience.

When guests are not heading to a maze, they can visit one of the four scare zones throughout the park.

In the Exterminators scare zone they can get the chance to see part-pest/part-man hybrids that are a result of dangerous chemical waste being dumped down the drains.

Take 3
A frozen crew member can be found in Universal Studios scare zone, Dark Christmas. Photo credit: Joshua Mejia

Guests can celebrate the dark side of Christmas and see Krampus, The Christmas Devil and his demonic mythological companions in the Dark Christmas scare zone.

Just chillin'
A zombie soldier from World War I waits for his next victim to approach him in the Corpz scare zone. Photo credit: Joshua Mejia


Corpz allows guests to travel back in time to World War I and wander through the hellhole that is “no man’s land.” Here guests must walk through the corpses of slain soldiers that have risen from the dead.

This year, Horror Nights also has The Purge: Urban Nightmare scare zone. In The Purge scare zone, guests enter the 12-hour period of government-sanctioned lawlessness and are confronted with paramilitary units and citizens who take to the streets to hunt anyone they come across.

This is also the first year Halloween Horror Nights has the Terror Tram: Survive The Purge. Guests ride Universal Studios’ tram, which takes them to the back-lots. Once they are dropped off, they enter the world of The Purge and attend a Purge Party where they are the ones being hunted.

Enter Jurassic Park
Guests can experience Jurassic Park – In The Dark during their visit to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. Photo credit: Andrea Ramos

Universal Studios Hollywood also keeps all their other attractions open during the Halloween Horror Nights event. So if guests get the chance to go through every maze, or they don’t necessarily feel like going on all, they can go on Transformers – The Ride – 3D, Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride, Jurassic Park – In The Dark, The Simpsons Ride, or Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.


When looking for something to eat, guests can eat in the park, but food and drinks can be a bit on the expensive side with a burrito and fries costing $15 and a large bottle of water costing $4. They can also get something to eat at one of the restaurants at Universal Studios City Walk and take advantage of specials being offered.

For anyone that is looking for a place to go this Halloween, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights is a great option.

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