After 7 p.m. during the entire month of October to Nov. 3, Universal Studios in Hollywood will host its annual Halloween Horror Night event.
The costume and set design, along with the make-up art, are the stars of the show. “Scareactors” are skillfully re-imagined into your worst fears. You’re completely at their mercy as they have been trained to approach when you least expect — some with “weapon” in hand. Prepare to run away, so drink water and wear your comfiest Fila and joggers combo.
This year has no overarching theme, but rather highlights multiple ways patrons can enjoy the festivities. This includes new themes and fan favorites such as “Stranger Things,” “Ghostbusters” and Jordan Peele’s “Us.” They are also boasting more mazes, totaling at 10.
Thursdays are dedicated ‘80s throwback nights. Guests are welcome to dress in their favorite neon leg warmers and spandex to enjoy a live band and DJ’d dance parties.
If you can’t make it Thursday, the dancing continues every night with performances by “America’s Best Dance Crew” season one winners, the Jabbawockeez.
Admittedly, parking is rather steep. The cheapest option starts at $27 and there are no nearby street parking spots to walk in from. If you can, take the opportunity to carpool and split the parking and gas costs to save your cash.
While many of the daytime rides are closed for the night, The Simpsons, The Mummy and the new Jurassic World to name a few will still be open. Jurassic World’s dazzling revamp does not disappoint the thrill-seeker; it’ll keep you on your toes from start to finish.
Nostalgia is sweet but be sure to stop by the Scoops Ahoy Ice Cream Parlor pulled straight out of “Stranger Things” season three. It’s located in the heart of the lower lot scare zone, and where you can purchase treats like the “U.S.S. Butterscotch,” a sugar buzz to enjoy while waiting in the long lines.
Moreover, the season two-themed maze is also a must-see. Once inside the maze, Demogorgons and Demi-dogs lurk around every turn as you follow Will Byers through his waking nightmare.
From the lower lot, the road leads into the “ToXXXic Tunnel.” It’s a flashing rock show filled with zombies shifting from dancing aimlessly to savagely attacking anyone who enters. The adrenaline rush is just what you need to walk up and down the hill leading into the Metro sets where the “Ghostbusters” maze can be found.
General admission starts at $64. Various ticket deals such as “After 2 P.M. Day/Night” start at $97. This includes access to all daytime attractions after 2 p.m., plus Halloween Horror Nights that same night. If you can swing it, this is a steal, especially because you will pay the same price for parking.
If you’re hoping to go more than once, your options include the Killer Deal Nights (Thursday and Sundays only) up to 11 days for $99, the Frequent Fear Pass up 25 nights for $179 and the Ultimate Fear up to 32 nights for $299.
If your budget has less wiggle room, no worries! Broncos can buy discounted general admission, “Killer Deal” and “Xpress” passes at the Game Center in the Bronco Student Center. Check them out to save up to $40. But generally, the cheapest general admission nights are Thursdays and Sundays.
If you plan to go, get your tickets early, because some nights have already sold out!
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