On select nights from September 16th through October 31st, 2016 something terrifying happens at Universal Studios theme parks. No, we’re not talking about long lines at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Universal turns into a scream park, known for the last 25 years as Halloween Horror Nights – with haunted houses, horrifying mutants, monsters and maniacs abound.

Now new and familiar terrors have been added to the horror nights lineup, including: America Horror Story, Freddy Vs Jason, Micheal Myers, Krampus, The Exorcist, an original haunt from film maker Eli Roth and many more. 

For those that have never been to HHH, it is an evening of nightly of horrors through the parks and back lot Studios of both Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando resorts, as well as Singapore and Japan. By day, the parks operate as normal. By night, both parks are transformed into a Satanist wet dream. While at a separate admission cost (or added on to regular park admission), a ticket to HHH gives you entry to at least nine terrifying haunted houses, multiple creature-filled scare zones, and access to many of the park’s most exciting rides and attractions. HHH is a world-class horror experience, backed by Universal Studios and crafted by some of the most twisted minds in the horror industry.  Here Hollywood’s biggest and most recognizable icons of horror come to life, as well as some completely original haunts. Through award winning makeups, special effects,  and detailed sets/mazes, you are transported into truly freighting world of horror. You are guaranteed a frightful time.

Some of this years haunted attractions, or what Universal refers to as “mazes”, include:


American Horror Story

At Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, three chapters of American Horror Story will haunt the nation’s best, most intense Halloween event in all-new frightening mazes.

For the first time ever, guests will venture through Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking horror anthology, encountering a plethora of iconic scenes and memorable characters designed to jolt them to their very core. Twisted scenes from Murder House will unleash the evil spirits that possess the Harmon estate, spiraling guests through decades of the tortured dead who previously resided there. In Freak Show, guests will join a troupe of biological misfits in a sinister sideshow where they’ll be stalked by the murderous and deformed Twisty the Clown. Finally, guests will succumb to the warped desires of The Countess after checking in to the haunted Hotel Cortez, conceived from the beginning as a torture chamber for its customers.



Tis the season for Krampus as Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, as they unleash the terrifying dark Christmas legend to life in an all-new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze.

The dead of winter sets the stage for the terror that’s about to unfold one cold, dank and dreary Christmas Eve as the fabled anthropomorphic “half-goat, half-demon” horned creature emerges to terrorize those devoid of holiday spirit. In scenes lifted from the film, guests will navigate the dysfunctional Engel family home to encounter the evil ancient spirit of Krampus – the dark shadow of Saint Nicholas – and his band of Dark Elves and sinister Gingerbread Men, who cause the family to fight to see the light of day.


Freddy vs Jason

Inspired by New Line Cinema’s 2003 film that brought together the biggest horror icons in history, one again brings back Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees, only this time exclusively at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Prepare to be thrust into the middle of an epic battle between Freddy Krueger, from A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Jason Vorhees, from Friday the 13th. It’s a battle that rages through the twisted landscape of nightmares from the haunted shores of Camp Crystal Lake to the house at 1428 Elm Street.
Your experience culminates in a final showdown amongst the burned out ruins of an abandoned boiler factory, where Freddy’s evil legacy first began. In this fight to the death, someone must win and someone must lose! Will you make it to the end to find out?


Micheal Myers

Cult horror icon Michael Meyers from the Halloween franchise will once again scare guests at Horror Nights at both  Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood Hollywood

Micheal Myers Comes Home! Guests will have the sensation of stepping through the silver screen directly into unsettling and shocking film scenes as they navigate their way through Haddonfield, adorned in classic Halloween décor on a similar Halloween night in 1963. Myer’s abandoned family home and its blood-splattered walls, where the violent murder took place, will set the stage for a new crime scene as guests attempt to evade the relentless killer–armed with his signature bloodstained knife.


Texas Chainsaw Massacre 

Both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood bring back Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre for another scare. It’s been 5 years since this chainsaw wielding maniac terrorized guests at HHH with the rev of his chainsaw but he’s back, and ready to hack and slash.

The unspeakable terror embroiled within The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Blood Brothers  maze, based on Tobe Hooper’s original film, will pit guests against the unsavory wrath of the demented killer, Leatherface, and his mentally unhinged brother, Chop Top, as they unite in misery to expand the family’s cannibalistic enterprise and slaughter a new generation of innocent victims. With the perverse duo at the helm of a grotesque BBQ restaurant staged inside a dilapidated roadside gas station, unwitting guests will soon realize that new terror awaits as the blood brothers continue their hedonistic prey on human flesh.

The Exorcist

Academy Award winning horror film, The Exorcist, comes to HHH for the first time ever, at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.

Get ready to witness the The Exorcist, a terrifying new horror experience based on the “scariest film of all time.” Inside the MacNeil house, a violent battle is raging. A battle between the forces of light and all the powers of Hell! At stake is not only the soul of one troubled girl, but the soul of anyone who sets foot inside the house.

Something beyond comprehension is happening to a twelve year old girl named Regan MacNeil. Some dreadful entity has invaded her body, transforming the innocent young girl into a horrid creature that is unrecognizable to her own mother. A creature that has been possessed by a demon… possibly the devil himself.

The demon knows you’re coming. Stay on the path of the righteous…and fear the darkness!


Eli Roth’s “Terror Tram”

Horror auteur Eli Roth (Hostel) and his digital network Crypt TV take the helm of the infamous “Terror Tram,” marking the first time ever that the signature attraction comes to life through the twisted mind of the filmmaker, as part of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Eli Roth Presents Terror Tram will expose guests to the fabled legacy of serial killer clown “Hollywood Harry,” the story of a former jovial celebrity clown turn depraved murderer, and the minefield of carnage he left behind. The all-new Terror Tram experience follows the sordid tale of former Los Angeles resident Harold Kappowitz whose alter ego “Koodles the Clown” went from cheerful circus performer, to the lovable star of his own children’s network television show before he was overcome by his genuine killer instincts.


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