Halloween Horror Nights - Haunt Review

Location: Universal City, CA

Date: November, 2018

Price: $89 GA / $179 VIP

Attractions:

As a way to cap off our incredibly busy 2018 spooky season, our group made our long anticipated stop at Halloween Horror Nights presented by Universal Studios Hollywood. This was our first stop on the LockChixLa vacation and we were unbelievably excited for haunted attractions themed off of some of our favorite franchises.

The haunted attractions include:

  • Stranger Things – A spooky stroll through Hawkins with Demogorgons at every corner
  • Trick ‘r Treat – Don’t get caught by the Jack-O-Lantern in this Halloween walkthrough
  • The First Purge – There are no laws to abide by in this unsettling haunted attraction
  • Poltergeist – Based on the classic film, this haunt had our group wary of every turn
  • Halloween 4 – This walkthrough alluded to the infamous Michael Myers
  • Horror of Blumhouse – Based on Unfreinded and Truth or Dare
  • Universal Monsters – Journey through a maze of classic Hollywood monsters
  • The Walking Dead – Escape this zombie-filled prison without becoming infected
  • Terror Tram – An uneasy ride to the haunted sets from Psycho & War of the Worlds

Spookiness:

Halloween Horror Nights is a spectacle. From the moment the sun sets, monsters come out of hiding and the theme park transforms into a wonderland of all things spooky. After experiencing all nine haunted attractions that HHN provides, we’ve come to with several takeaways.

Each of the mazes had impeccable set design that truly conveyed the property it was licensed from. Most notably, the Walking Dead and Stranger Things walkthroughs felt truly immersive. However, some of the scares felt formulaic from maze to maze, as if they each had similar structures. The lack of variety hurt the overall experience in terms of spookiness. The night was obviously designed to have guests complete multiple mazes so it was tiring to see each of them have so many similarities. However, eachmaze lasted about fifteen minutes, so the sheer amount of scares in this park was outstanding.

The real standout experiences for the 2018 season were the Stranger Things maze, the Poltergeist maze, and the Terror Tram. Each felt absolutely unique and left us with memorable moments inside each attraction.

Verdict:

While our group wasn’t filled with the level of fear that we had anticipated, Halloween Horror Nights is a must-hit for any haunt junkie. Even with it’s high cost of admission, there are enough mazes and various other theme park attractions to leave any guest with a sense of money well-spent. We won’t forget our time spent in Hawkins or escaping Michael Myers any time soon.

We look forward to what the team at Horror Nights have in store for the 2019 season!

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