Get ready to scream—beyond the signature thrill rides—when you visit Halloween Horror Nights from mid-September through early November at Universal Studios Hollywood. And we don’t mean just from the usual thrill rides. In this series of incredibly popular scare-fest nights, the theme park turns into a haunted nightmare that will likely scare the willies out of the most stoic of visitors.
The thumping heart of Halloween Horror Nights is found in its mazes, the “scare zones” on the theme park’s streets that re-create shriek-inducing moments from iconic horror films and television series. Visitors get to walk through movie-quality haunted houses populated with ghoulish, masked, or zombified actors, known to dart out from darkened corners.
A few of the latest mazes to join the lineup of thrill-inducing experiences include ones inspired by Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things and Jordan Peele’s horror film Us. Other themes include Rob Zombie’s House of 1,000 Corpses, Ghostbusters, Stephen King’s Creepshow, and one that pits two of horror’s all-time greatest against each other in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. The mazes aren’t the only attractions that have a distinct lean toward a certain decade. After your heart slows down from the fright, get it pumping again at the ‘80s Throwback Thursdays bash, which is really two events in one: one venue features a live band playing that decade’s monster hits and the other a DJ-hosted dance party.
Elsewhere, the spirit of Halloween Horror Nights inspires spooky makeovers and additions to park attractions, like the masked Jabbawockeez dancers performing at the Special Effects Show. And a whole selection of Scare Zones await as well—Fallen Angelz, Toxxxic Tunnel, and All Hallow’s Evil are just a few of them that will test your mettle. And the opportunities to get freaked out don’t end there. The park’s Walking Dead Attraction runs year-round, supported by a cast of actors and animatronic zombies created from the AMC series’ original molds.
Universal Studios Hollywood does not recommend Halloween Horror Nights or the Walking Dead Attraction for guests younger than 13.