Halloween Horror Night Fright

By Mike Rosenberg

It's no surprise that Hollywood plays host to one of the most realistic and terrifying Halloween events in Southern California. Each year, Universal Studios Hollywood transforms on weekend nights into something horrifying, blood-drenched, and fun.

Halloween Horror Nights is a special event that takes place as Halloween approaches. It is a nighttime event that goes on when the park would typically be closed. Visitors who attend Halloween Horror Nights are in for shrieks, chills, and excitement. While the typical shows and rides are open at night, it is the scare zones, the mazes, and the terror tram that attract the horror-lovers, and for good reason.

The Scare Zones are areas of the park that are re-created to satisfy the needs for scarier thrills. Each zone is based off of a different theme, ranging from an old European village over-run with burned witches that have come back to life and are terrorizing the town, to a re-creation of the thrills from Silent Hill.

Then there are the mazes, where visitors can get lost in these frightening feats of construction. Mazes come in all forms, based around popular horror brands. Classic horror icons from old Universal movies lurk in one, while the creations of Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D hide out in another. If getting chased by a monster with a chainsaw is the thing that makes your face go white with fright, then the Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Saw is the law maze is for you. And, of course, there's The Walking Dead: Dead Inside, where you will step into the world of AMC's hit horror show, avoiding Walkers which have overrun the maze.

Finally, the Terror Tram is a chilling ride that takes guests through a re-creation of Atlanta, Georgia from The Walking Dead. The Universal backlot has become overrun with Walkers, and the humans that survived have banded together to hunt them down. But are they just as dangerous as the Walkers that have overrun the backlot? Visitors will find out on this hair-raising attraction.

A few people here at Cryptozoic have made the trek up to Halloween Horror Nights before. Office manager April Jones went with the mind-set that everything is an act and that it wouldn't scare her. But when she got into some of the mazes, things change. "The attractions really did scare me," she admitted. "They do a good job of understanding what is scary to different people," as she explained that each maze featured little details that played on people's fears in order to put them in a state of fright and adrenaline. "Things even smell scary. Forest areas can smell musty. They create that atmosphere and focus on your different senses."

If you're looking for a fun weekend activity, or something that will scare you out of your shoes on Halloween night, venture into Universal Studios at night this month... if you dare!

Rosenfloggen's picture Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg has been a long-time trading card game fan and an active freelancer in the hobby game industry since 2004. He wrote, editted, and managed web content for Cryptozoic Entertainment from March 2012 until October 2013.