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Stanza X Program Guide - Halloween Horror Nights

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Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) is Universal Studios’ annual Halloween-themed event which takes place across the chain. It began at Universal Studios Florida in 1991 as Fright Nights, arguably a knockoff of the world-famous Knott’s Scary Farm event. Over the years HHN has grown and spread. The event now spans beyond the month of October, with multiple “hard ticket” evenings every week. During these evenings, the theme park closes to day guests. Each event features nearly a dozen scare mazes, scare zones, and live shows. Select rides remain open during the event. HHN is an “adults only” event with an R-rated, family-unfriendly tone.


Scare Mazes – HHN’s bread-and-butter, scare mazes are frightening walkthroughs where guests come face-to-face with costumed “scaractors.” Scaractor etiquette is a fine art, as they are encouraged to terrify guests without ever touching them.

Mazes are often built into rides’ overflow queues. They are not meant to be permanent. A number of gimmicks have appeared over the years, from branching pathways to 3D paint to large animatronic-quality puppets.

Universal Studios Hollywood has a permanent, year-round scare maze. In the past it has been themed to the Universal Monsters. Presently, it is a Walking Dead maze. This attraction is often plussed and slightly rethemed for HHN. As a permanent attraction, it features set dressing and animatronic effects which temporary mazes cannot match.


Scare Zones – Scare zones are outdoor areas which serve as an extension of the mazes. Like the mazes, scare zones boast creative new themes every year. Scaractors often roam in hordes, mingling amongst the guests. Every night when the event ends, scaractors perform the “Running of the Chainsaws” which sends frightened guests running for the exits.


Live shows – In addition to the one-time opening ceremonies, certain recurring live shows have become HHN staples. These include “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Jabbawockeez” (a hip hop dance crew) and “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure,” a recently retired year-in-review roast. These live shows serve as a respite from the pulse-pounding terror found elsewhere.


Terror Tram – Unique to Universal Studios Hollywood, the Terror Tram is a repurposing of the Studio Tour. The trams’ TVs feature on-theme narration, with hosts ranging from Eli Roth to Chucky. Guests are allowed to exit the tram and explore the backlot, notably Psycho’s Bates Motel and the crashed airplane from War of the Worlds. Scaractors and frightful theming populate these sets.​

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HHN has evolved and changed over the decades. In Florida, the event is famous for its “icons,” original characters who serve as a “master of ceremonies.” Icons have included Jack the Clown, The Director, and licensed characters like Freddy Kreuger.

While Universal Studios Florida tends to create original scare mazes every year, Universal Studios Hollywood (thanks to its proximity to Hollywood) does a lot more licensed IP mazes. Recently, Hollywood’s maze line-up has seen a mix of recent horror hits, classic films, plus the occasional original concept. Some original mazes, such as El Cucuy and La Llorona, have played into Hispanic horror legends as a way to appeal to the local Latino audience.


What follows is a reverse chronological list of the scare mazes which have appeared in Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights. It is only a partial list. For more complete info, please visit Wikipedia!​

The Walking Dead​
Stranger Things​
Trick 'r Treat​
The First Purge​
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers​
The Horrors of Blumhouse: Chapter 2​
Universal Monsters​
The Walking Dead​
The Shining​
American Horror Story: Roanoke​
Ash vs. Evil Dead​
Titans of Terror​
Saw: The Games of Jigsaw​
Insidious: Beyond the Further​
The Horrors of Blumhouse​
The Walking Dea​
The Exorcist​
Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield​
Freddy vs. Jason​
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Blood Brothers​
American Horror Story​
Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness​
Insidious: Return to the Further​
The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far​
Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home​
This Is the End 3D​
Alien vs. Predator​
The Walking Dead: End of the Line​
Alien vs. Predator​
From Dusk Till Dawn​
Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood​
Face Off: In the Flesh​
An American Werewolf in London​
Clowns 3D​
Evil Dead: Book of the Dead​
The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven​
Black Sabbath: 13 3D​
Insidious: Into the Further​
Universal Monsters Remix: Resurrection​
El Cucuy: The Boogeyman​
The Walking Dead: Dead Inside​
Welcome to Silent Hill​
Alice Cooper: Goes to Hell 3D​
Universal Monsters Remix​
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Saw is the Law​
La Llorona: La Cazadora de Ninos​
The Thing: Assimilation​
Eli Roth's Hostel: Hunting Season​
Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare​
Rob Zombie's House of 1,000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVision​
The Wolfman: The Curse of Talbot Hall​
La Llorona: Villa de Almas Perdidas​
A Nightmare on Elm Street: Never Sleep Again​
Friday the 13th: Kill, Jason, Kill​
Saw: Game On​
Rob Zombie's House of 1,000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVision​
Vampyre: Castle of the Undead​
Saw: Game Over​
Chucky's Funhouse​
Halloween: The Life & Crimes of Michael Myers​
My Bloody Valentine: Be Mine 4 Ever​


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This is a nice start for our event, so, I propose that certain areas will become closed/forbidden/junior/safe zones for general audiences. Maybe the Wizarding World And Springfield (along with JP/TF) get a more mild attraction or heavy theming, whole Minions is the only safe area? Or at least have those be open only before HHH, when HHH starts, those areas (except maybe JP/TF) close off? Or should the whole complex be overtaken by terror?

I think a Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared maze would be a good fit somewhere, like maybe near Springfield? Unfriended might be a good pick; too. How about The Binding of Isaac? The Human Centipede seems like a good idea for a premium/extreme event.

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