I don’t do horror. Scary things freak me out. When I was assigned to cover the opening night of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, I started to panic. It actually wasn’t that bad, and I’m here to tell you all about my experience.
This season, Universal Studios Hollywood is bringing us the scariest and most intense Halloween event in Southern California — Halloween Horror Nights. Brought to you by the sickest minds in horror and the movie studio that brought you the horror genre, HHN is probably one of the most anticipated events of the year, and I experienced it first hand on opening night for Celeb Secrets.
To kick off the night, Universal hosted a “blood” red carpet with some of today’s hottest stars includingÂ Jessica RotheÂ (Happy Death Day),Â Israel BroussardÂ (Happy Death Day),Â Tobin BellÂ (SAWÂ franchise),Â Leigh WhannellÂ (Insidious, SAW),Â Jason BlumÂ (Happy Death Day, Insidious, Get Out),Â Matthew PassmoreÂ (JIGSAW),Â Jennifer TillyÂ (Childâ€™s Play),Â Tom PayneÂ (â€œThe Walking Deadâ€),Â Emily KinneyÂ (â€œThe Walking Deadâ€),Â Frank GrilloÂ (The Purge: ElectionÂ Year),Â Jabbawockeez,Â SlashÂ (Musician),Â Christian NavarroÂ (â€œ13 Reasons Whyâ€),Â David ArquetteÂ (Scream),Â Vanessa HudgensÂ (â€œPowerlessâ€),Â Noah CyrusÂ (Musician),Â Guillermo DiazÂ (â€œScandalâ€),Â Jaime CamilÂ (â€œJane the Virginâ€),Â Cody ChristianÂ (â€œTeen Wolfâ€),Â Dylan SprayberryÂ (â€œTeen Wolfâ€),Â Kyla KenedyÂ (â€œSpeechlessâ€),Â Jordan ClarksonÂ (LA Lakers, NBA Player),Â Miles BrownÂ (â€œBlack-Ishâ€),Â Lisa EdelsteinÂ (â€œGirlfriendsâ€™ Guide to Divorce), andÂ John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of â€œHalloween Horror Nights,â€ among others.
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Here is your first hand survival guide: just keep going and have fun! Thatâ€™s it.
Following the carpet, my worst nightmare came true. I was about to go inside Halloween Horror Nights.Â
This yearâ€™s event has a number of unrivaled film and television production quality mazes, including for the first time ever the psychological thriller The Shining, rightful scare zones, and a fully reimagined Terror Tram experience hosted by your favoriteÂ doll “Chucky”Â â€“ all uniquely themed to todayâ€™s most definitive horror properties.
For someone who doesn’t do horror, this was a real challenge for me — BUT — I survived my first taste of the experience — the scare zones.
I had to endure the tunnel of terror to get from one side of the park to the other. I was faced with a loud, dark tunnel, trying to escape from these “creatures” who get in your face. The first time around my heart was racing, but the second time I had some courage in me wanting to face these “creatures” face on.
The real test was enduring the mazes made from real horror productions! My favorite was the AHS maze, which included aspects from every season. This year’s was better than ever; the details that go into these mazes are straight out of the movie which is HHN’s goal — transporting you into your favorite horror films.
At the end of the day, even if you think you can’t do it, you should. Halloween Horror NightsÂ has something for everyone — mazes, scare zones, shows, rides, adrenaline, and laughs.Â I would have never imagined myself doing this event, but I’m glad I did. It was an experience that brought so many memories that I will talk about for many years.
Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights is running every weekend until the beginning of November. For complete dates and ticket links, make sure to visit USH’s website here.