We visited Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights

We checked out Universal Studios Hollywood to experience the opening night for Halloween Horror Nights, and it’s a night filled with horrific characters and creatures as they try to scare guests. The creepy event features eight different mazes based on Stranger Things, Halloween, The Purge, Trick ‘r Treat, Poltergeist, and more. Aside from mazes, there are also performances by Jabbawockeez and a twisted version of the Tram Studio Tour called Terror Tram: Hollywood Harry’s Deadtime Storiez.

One of the things we were looking forward to the most was the food inspired by Stranger Things. We ordered the Demogorgon Totchos, and surprisingly, we enjoyed it. There are also burgers and sandwiches inspired by the show that you can order at Benny’s Burgers. Across from the stand is Studio Scoop that served all types of treats including Eleven’s Eggo Extravaganza.

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If there’s only one thing you can experience during Halloween Horror Nights, we recommend Jabbawockeez’s nightly shows. Yes, they are also appearing in Las Vegas since this is a brand like Blue Man Group, but don’t let that fool you. The show was entertaining, fun, and featured some mesmerizing dance choreography. The story revolves around technology and how it can be used for evil, but the Jabbawockeez is here to save the day. The highlight of the show featured a villain being surrounded by laser lights, and he used dancing to manipulate it, creating a very unique laser light show.

Haunted Mazes

Of all the mazes, The First Purge had the scariest room. This particular room was filled with mannequins, and any one of them could be a monster in disguise. And since it didn’t consist of the typical monster opening a hidden window or door, walking through the room felt very uneasy. Another maze that caught my attention was Poltergeist, which featured a room with a little girl staring at a static-filled TV.

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Terror Tram: Hollywood Harry’s Deadtime Storiez

Once you’re done with all the walking and scares, you can relax a bit with Terror Tram: Hollywood Harry’s Deadtime Storiez. Okay, so there will be walking involved, and yes, there will be scares. The tram will take you into the studio lot where you can actually walk on the War of the Worlds and Pysho sets.

Stranger Things

Stranger Things was definitely popular at Halloween Horror Nights with the queue line wait time being 120 minutes or more to get inside the maze. This is one of our favorite shows; sadly, it was one of our least favorite mazes at Halloween Horror Nights. The set does capture the show including the alphabet wall with Christmas lights and the classroom where Eleven goes up against the Demogorgon. However, as a haunted maze, it was very lackluster, and the Demogorgon suits were bright, allowing us to see them before they could surprise us.

Final Reaction

Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights is a great entry point in experiencing haunted mazes based on popular characters. With food and characters from properties like Stranger Things and Halloween, it’s great for fans to feel immersed in their favorite horror world, whether it’s in the Upside Down or Haddonfield. Personally, I have been desensitized by these maze experiences, and only a few things scare me now, like horror video games and escape rooms. But I can appreciate the set designs and presentation in bringing these worlds to life. I mean, you can’t go wrong with going inside Joyce Byer’s living room complete with the alphabet and Christmas lights.

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