It is that time of the year again friends. Halloween Horror Nights is back with more fear than ever. This years mazes include Stranger Things, Poltergeist, Halloween 4 The return of Michael Myers, Trick ‘r Treat, The Horrors of Blumhouse, The First Purge, Universal Monsters, and the Terror Tram: Hollywood Harry’s Dreadtime Storiez.
What stands out the most for me about Halloween Horror Nights(HHN) is the fact that Universal Studios is the movie studio that invented the horror genre and every year John Murdy, Chris Williams and the rest of the creative team brings the most twisted, fearful, characters and stories to life. You can lose yourself in eight terrifying mazes base on the more frightening/ thrilling movies and shows.
You can purchase tickets at Hollywood.halloweenhorrornights.com. My sister and I were fortunate to attend Opening day on September 14 as press. We received press passes that included free parking and universal express passes to skip a long queue and get in the maze very quickly. You can also enjoy universal express by purchasing that ticket on the website above.
We began our night at the media event where stars such as some of the Strangers Things Cast, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more walked the red carpet to answer fan questions. Then headed to the Universal Studio Store to view this years merchandise for the event and of course it didn’t disappoint. Here are some of my favorite items available to purchase throughout the park. I have already purchased the Stranger things Mornings mug and the first HHN 18 T-shirt pictured first. I have been told that sixes will vary and some will run out quickly but they will restock daily if possible.
After checking out the merchandise we make our way into the park and are greeted with the first two scare zones that include Trick r treat characters and backdrops.
I highly recommend when purchasing a ticket that you take full advantage of Early Entry which begins about ten minutes before 5pm and the first maze with early entry is the most anticipated one: Stranger Things. Stranger Things is basically the main event this year so make sure to do that first! However, we had press passes so we went directly to the end of the upper lot and saved Stranger Things to one of the last mazes we walked through. Our story begins with a dreadful one, the terror tram.
The Terror Tram may be familiar to some fans because we have seen this before. We revisit his Dreadtime Storiez, five in total.This is a thrilling walkthrough into some scary stories involving mostly homicidal clowns, and a torture factory so you may have so sleep with one eye open after this one. The terror tram line closes at 11:15 on Wednesday’s, Thursday’s & Sunday’s. They will close the line at 11:45 on Friday’s and Saturday’s so plan accordingly. The terror tram is a 6/10 for me.
After The terror tram we went down to the lower lot where most of the mazes are found and went through the scare zone Holidays in Hell. I will tell you that this is my favorite scare zone this year. It features several holidays such as New Year’s Eve, Christmas, Cinco de Mayo, Easter and will have twisted themed characters that will have you Terrified. I would rate Holidays in Hell 10/10. The First Purge was next on our list. This maze tells the story of how the movie franchise all began. The purge is a 12 hour period where all crimes including murder are legal, so try and survive. I would rate this maze a 8/10. I definitely was scared in some parts of the maze.
Poltergeist is based on the classic 1982 film and will take you inside the iconic ghost story that really started the paranormal thriller genre. THEY’RE HERE. I have to say that this is my favorite maze this year it exceeded expectations and each time I go in I still get spooked. Definitely a must do. 10/10 make this a priority.
Up next was the Horrors Of Blumhouse Chapter 2 which includes the Blumhouse movies Truth or Dare and Unfriended. I have to admit the first time I walked through this maze I didn’t really like it but on the second walk through I did. I didn’t understand it really and the second time I had more of connection and got scared. I would rate this a 7/10 borderline 8.
Next up was the maze Trick ‘r Treat we get to meet Sam and experience Halloween night straight done the horror film that has become a modern cult classic. It’s been said that Halloween is the night when scary creatures roam free but there are rules to follow to protect us from the evil. You either live by the rules, or die by them.
Trick r Treat made my top 4 of mazes and definitely deserves the rating of 10/10. Make sure to keep to hydrated and eat food because waiting in line and walking around can get a little tiring. After Trick r Treat we went to have a late dinner and I couldn’t turn up an opportunity to eat in Hawkins, Indiana.
This year Universal Studios provided a themed pop up restaurant for Stranger Things fans. Benny’s burgers! Does everyone remember Benny? Well in remembrance Universal brings his restaurant to life. The burgers were delicious and perfect to fill you up for a night of fun. Upside down Burger $12.99Benny’s Burger $10.99
I would recommend Benny’s Burger and give it a rating of 10/10. It’s also perfect to indulge in either before or after the maze. After dinner we entered the world of Hawkins and walked through Stranger Things.
It is no joke that this is the most anticipated maze of the event. On opening night the line wait went up to 150 minutes on Saturday it went up to 170 and on Sunday for the lucky people that attended it only went up to 40 minutes. If you’re eligible for early entry walk swiftly and safely over to the lower lot and do this maze first. It was a lot of fun and the attention to detail was better than ever! You will even hear The Clash’ Should I Stay of Should I go in the line queue. It’s pretty obvious I will rate this a 10/10. Avoid a long wait time by attending on a week day or on a Sunday. Friday and Saturday might be the busiest but if you plan accordingly will still be able to enjoy the night and walk through Stranger Things.
After Stranger Things we went back upstairs to the upper lot and walked through Universal Monsters. This maze is inspired by Universal’s legendary horror films such as Dracula, Phantom of the Opera, The Wolf Man, and Frankenstein. It also features an original score produced and composed by SLASH. This maze was fun and the best part were the props, you really feel as if you were apart of movie magic.
Last but not least, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. This maze is based on the cult classic horror franchise, Halloween. It’s been a decade since Michael’s last killing spree in Hadonfield but Michael is back and fortunately Dr. Loomis, Michael’s psychiatrist knows exactly where he’s wading but we all know no one is safe from Michael Myers. As a big fan of the Halloween franchise, these Halloween inspired mazes never disappoint and it rings truth this year as well. This maze is a 10/10. You can’t kill the boogeyman!
Top 4 Mazes
Trick r Treat
I cannot express how grateful and respect I have for John Murdy the creative director of HHN Hollywood and Chris Williams. Each year they work for months to create these mazes and make horror magic. I’d also like to thank Universal Studios for inviting us to attend the opening night of Halloween Horror Nights as press.
You can enjoy Halloween Horror Nights from September 14 thru November 3rd on select nights.
You will see me back at Halloween Horror Nights throughout the dates because I now have a Frequent Fear Pass.
You can purchase tickets at the following link: hhntickets.universlstudioshollywood.com
Instagram & Twitter Beyondcyn
(Alyssa’s YouTube channel where you can find HHN vlogs and maze walkthroughs)
Disclaimer: If you are sensitive to flashing lights, being in the dark, or claustrophobic Halloween Horror Nights be something you might have to reconsider but remember True Fear Comes Within.
Thanks for reading! Make sure to like & follow.