Halloween Horror Nights filled with spooks and surprises

Kristin Hugo

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood is a dark mixture of lines and festive mazes, with clowns and masked ghouls jumping out wherever you are in the park.

As many other theme parks, such as Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain, are doing fun Halloween-themed events until the end of October, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights is a great way to celebrate Halloween. Located less than 20 miles away from CSUN, it is worth venturing down to Universal City to check out this year’s new attractions.

The park featured a number of mazes, including La Llorona, Rob Zombie’s House of 1,000 Corpses, The Thing, Eli Roth’s Hostel, Alice Cooper’s Welcome to My Nightmare and the Wolfman. As you walk through each maze, or should I say haunted house, actors pretending to be monsters or tortured victims jump out from around every corner.

The terror tram was also one of the main attractions of the evening. The storyline was a bit convoluted, but is still fun and scary. Throughout the attraction, actors with their imitation weapons and gory makeup made thrill-seekers scream, jump and giggle.

The highlight of the night was a show called “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure.” This show had little to do with Bill and Ted (teenage characters from a 1989 film), and even less to do with Halloween, but it was still filled with laughs, songs and adventure.

Dancers dressed as superheroes such as Thor and Captain Canada performed a plot with Bill and Ted impersonators about stopping Osama bin Laden’s evil plan, but stopped several times to perform musical numbers. It was like a more exciting, humorous version of a strip show, with all the good-looking men and women on stage tearing off their clothes and making pop-culture jokes. Most excellent, dude.

A setback for some of the attendees was the length of the wait lines for various attractions throughout the park.

“It’s pretty fun,” said CSUN computer science and engineering major Nej Kutcharian, who attended Halloween Horror Nights on opening night. “I’ve been spending a lot of the night in this line.”

If you get the opportunity to go to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood this year, it’s recommended you go. Arrive early to avoid lengthy wait times or purchase a pass to cut straight to front of the line for all rides, shows and attractions.

Be sure to check out the ticket discounts offered by the A.S. ticket office before heading to Halloween Horror Nights.  These discounted deals are only available online at ushtix.com/csun.