Halloween Horror Nights

Joanne Quach, Editor-in-Chief

As the fall season rolls around, one thing teenagers and young adults look forward to is Halloween Horror Nights.

Halloween Horror Nights is an annual event that takes place at all Universal Studios locations. The once rather small event started in 1991 under the name Fright Nights at Universal Studios Florida, admission starting at $12.95. It began as a three-night event, October 25, 26 and 31. However, a year later they changed the name to Halloween Horror Nights. As time progressed, the event became more successful every year. This allowed for HHN to expand to other locations, add in nights, construct more haunted houses, introduce the idea of “scare-actors” as well as increase in ticket prices.  

This year, HHN at Universal Studios is featuring lots of mazes with 8 spooky experiences based on the most terrifying films and tv shows.

“My favorite thing are the mazes because they’re different and actually scary, so it makes them entertaining,” said Veronica Castro, 11.

The event consists of FX’s American Horror Story: Roanoke, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, SAW: The Games of Jigsaw, Ash vs Evil Dead, Insidious: Beyond the Further, Titans of Terror, The Horrors of Blumhouse, and AMC’s The Walking Dead.

A favorite from the list is Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Teens enjoyed the accurate portrayal of the movie, making the experience seem realistic.

“I totally fell in love with this maze because it completely captured the whole theme of The Shining,” states Kamille Reyes, 12.

The frightful nightfall continues with Titans of Terror Tram hosted by Chucky, a Jabbawockeez live show and three new scare zones awaiting you around every corner.

Something to beware of when attending HHN for the first time is the more scared you look, the more likely the scare-actors will come for you. However, it is comforting to go with a group of friends.

“Going with a group of friends is more fun because you get to see a side of each other that you’ve never seen before. Just being scared together made the experience interesting,” explains Maggie Trieu, 12.  

While some HHN attendees do recommend you only visit if you are sure you can handle the terror, others believe the event isn’t as scary as it seems.

“People should definitely go if they haven’t. It’s not as bad as other people say it is, it’s only the jump scares that really get you,” warns Chris Loreno, 12.  

General admission tickets start at $69 on selected days, so grab your friends and act fast!

Happy Halloween Knights!