Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights
If you’re the type who likes a good scare on Halloween—and we mean a really good scare—you’re going to want to get yourself over to Universal Studios Hollywood this fall.
That’s right: It’s time once again for Halloween Horror Nights, as epic, decked-out, and deliciously blood-curdling as you could ask of an after-hours theme park!
Weekend (including most Thursdays) evenings through November 5, Universal Studios transforms from its usual family-friendly fare—still held normally in the daytime throughout—into Halloween Horror Nights. The ghoulish and gory fun (heads-up: not suitable for kids younger than 13) goes down between 7 PM and 2 AM (with Early Entry admission if you’re there by 6 PM).
You can read an enticing walk-through of this year’s showstopping Halloween Horror Nights with its creator, John Murdy, over at Theme Park Insider, but meanwhile here’s a petrifying preview!
Some of the very scariest Universal villains—crazed serial killers, undead psychopaths, demonically possessed children, etc.—are on hand for the proceedings, given this year’s Horror Nights brings to life an absolutely top-caliber lineup of iconic film franchises and TV shows. Its multiple mazes draw inspiration from The Exorcist, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Freddy vs. Jason, Krampus, Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield, and several episodes of the hit series American Horror Story, among other frightful source material. (The mega-popular Walking Dead maze of recent years is now a permanent installation.)
With Freddie Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Regan MacNeil, Leatherface, Michael Myers, and others, there’s quite the cast of characters to welcome you to Halloween Horror Story’s scream-tastic nightmare.
Then there’s the “Terror Tram” tormented by the sadistic clown Hollywood Harry and his minions (schemed up by Hostel filmmaker Eli Roth), and four “scare zones” roamed by murderous lunatics from The Purge series.
Besides the spine-tingling goings-on of the mazes, scare zones, and Terror Tram, Halloween Horror Nights also features the hip-hop beats and dazzling physicality of the dance troupe Jabbawockeez, back by popular demand with a brand-new production.
Meanwhile, four world-class rides ensure classic theme-park thrills aren’t hard to find amid all this nighttime chaos.
Incidentally, Universal Studios also offers a Day/Night Combo Ticket in case you want to combine a day’s worth of rides and tours with their hair-raising after-hours counterparts.
Hotel Amarano provides the (reassuringly non-scary) luxury accommodations for your Halloween Horror Nights frightfest. Situated as we are in the nexus of Southern California’s entertainment industry, we’re just minutes from Universal Studios Hollywood. So come visit before November 5, and treat yourself to the Halloween getaway to end all Halloween getaways!