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Halloween Horror Nights

Two skeletons on display in a front yard with pink and purple lights

Halloween is right around the corner, and you’ll have your pick of exciting things to do and see around Los Angeles through the end of October. If you’re near the DTLA luxury apartments, however, and you want to check out something outside your comfort zone, you might try heading over to the Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.

These nights of fun and frights will bring a thrilling combination of Halloween monsters, challenging puzzles, good-natured scares, and other assorted festivities all in one location. If you’d prefer to just hit one general location and get all your Halloween excitement at once (as opposed to trekking all around town to find what you’re looking for) this is is the event for you. Read on, as we give you the rundown on what to expect from this corporate (but still amazing) Halloween extravaganza.

The Event

“Face your darkest fears in Southern California’s scariest, most intense event,” reads the HHN tagline. Halloween Horror Nights, which take place from September 14th to November 3rd, ratchet up the “terror” at the land of movie magic. As Universal themselves put it, “the movie studio that invented the horror genre brings to life all-new immersive worlds of living, breathing icons from the most twisted imaginations in film and television.”

As a part of these Horror Nights, Universal is giving visitors the opportunity to experience 8 Horror Mazes, each designed to “bring you nightmares so real you’ll wish you were already dead.” The mazes, naturally, take on themes from movies and TV shows with which Universal Studios is involved:
* Stranger Things
* Trick ‘R Treat
* The First Purge
* Poltergeist
* Halloween 4
* The Horrors of Blumhouse
* Universal Monsters
* The Walking Dead

As such, you’ll be seeing plenty of terrifying sights from these fictional worlds, and might even experience a scare or two as you become more and more immersed in the mazes you’ll be navigating. You can take a peek at the online Horror Gallery for photos and videos on what you can be expecting.

Of course, the mazes aren’t the only thing on the fright-menu. There’s also the dreaded Terror Tram, a train line that delights in scaring the dickens out of you:

“Brace yourself for the unspeakable horrors depicted in this demented rendition of Harry’s 1950s television show. As you journey through five spine-tingling bedtime stories, attempt to survive the chainsaw wielding monsters, bloodthirsty cannibals, rotten corpse scarecrows, homicidal clowns, and a merciless torture factory.”

Then there’s Jabbawockeez, the famed hip-hop dance crew, who will be out at Halloween Horror Nights in their signature white masks and displaying their expert technique with a brand-new repertoire of “innovative, synchronized choreography” alongside dazzling laser lights that’s sure to be a sight to behold.

And you can’t forget the five “Scare Zones” scattered around the park, each dedicated to replicating a different, chilling scenario:

  • Monster Masquerade
  • Trick ‘R Treat
  • Hell’s Harvest
  • Toxxic Tunnel
  • Holidayz in Hell

You can learn more about those at the Halloween Horror Nights more attractions page, but can get an idea with just the beginning of the Hell’s Harvest description: “enter a pagan harvest festival where the dark spirit of Halloween was born! The streets are filled with strange bewitched dolls, brought to life through dark magic.” We got the shivers just reading that, and there will be plenty more to experience once you head down to Universal Studios for a night of frights.

Speaking of which, Universal provides the lowdown on how you can have the best experience at the park on their info & FAQ page, complete with 8 points you’ll want to bear in mind before heading out:

  • Get your tickets ASAP to secure a spot in the park.

  • Get the Universal Studios Hollywood Park app to see wait and showtimes in real-time.

  • You can purchase special tickets for express access to mazes and shows.

  • You should print your tickets in advance, or have them sent to your mobile device for easy access when you need them.

  • You should arrive early (between 5:00PM and 6:30PM) to enjoy early entrance to the park.

  • You should always be nice to the parks actors (as failure to do so will see you ejected from the park).

  • You should follow the rules regarding costumes, masks, face paint, food, drinks, etc., by which they mean “don’t bring them into the park.”

  • Failure to heed this warning will also warrant ejection from the park, as will use of flashlights, recording devices, laser pens, and line jumping, foul language, or inappropriate behavior.

  • Be mindful of the Terror Tram timelines. The line closes at 11:15PM on Halloween, Thursdays, and Sundays; it closes at 11:45PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

They even provide a few extra “helpful hints” that will help you plan your visit. For instance, the first five nights of the event (September 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22) will offer the best discounts and shortest wait times. Additionally, they’ve got the links to the event Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, which they frequently use to provide additional information about what’s going on with Halloween Horror Nights. You’ll do well to check these from time-to-time so that you can stay informed.

As for those tickets, you can purchase them online so that you can get them as well in advance of your visit as possible. Ticket prices do vary, and while you can get general admission tickets ranging from $60 to $97, higher tear tickets can go for over $400, so be sure to read the descriptions carefully to determine what level will best suit your preferences before making your purchase.

It’s the Perfect Halloween Escape for the DTLA Luxury Apartments

Which isn’t to say that hip and happening communities like Eighth & Grand aren’t amazing. The combination of contemporary designs, amazing living spaces & features, and the sense of belonging you’ll have in Los Angeles’ newly-energized downtown all make living there well worth it.

Sometimes, though, you just need to get out for a night. On Halloween, there aren’t going to be many spots more exciting than Universal Studios, so if you don’t mind making the 20-minute trek over to Hollywood, you’ll be able to experience it all, then head on back to your downtown dwelling for a well-deserved rest.