Universal Studios Hollywood’s 2023 Halloween Horror Nights Mazes, Ranked (Photos)

Ready to get your scream on?

"The Last of Us" house at Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights (Universal Studios)

As far as spooky time Los Angeles traditions go, there are few better than Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, which sees the iconic Universal Studios theme park taken over by all manner of ghouls, ghosts and goblins.

Part of the fun of the experience is being there so late; the park typically closes at 6:00pm in September but extends hours for Halloween Horror Nights (see the schedule here). And the other part that makes it so fun is seeing how they have been able to cram Halloween-y experiences into every nook and cranny of the park.

This year Halloween Horror Nights has houses devoted to “Stranger Things 4,” “The Last of Us” and “The Exorcist: Believer,” plus original haunted houses, a “Purge”-themed show in the “Waterworld” arena and a new Terror Tram experience. All of that, plus three “scare zones” and Death Eaters wandering around The Wizarding World of Harry Potter area. It’s pretty great — if you can handle it.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood is currently running Sept. 14 – 17, 21 – 24, 27 – 30; Oct. 1, 4 – 8, 11 – 15, 18 – 22, 25 – 29 and 31. (And chances are it’ll be extended at least another weekend, which happens almost every year.)

For the purposes of this rundown, we won’t be talking about the scare zones or the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Death Eaters, although all of that is very cool indeed. (You’ll get a good look at the Death Eaters as you make your way to the Chucky and Universal Monsters houses.) Honestly, this event is great. I got my photo taken with David S. Pumpkins.


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