Universal Studios Hollywood adds treats for Halloween fans

October 23, 2018, 4:47 PM · For the first time that I can recall, Universal is opening one of its Halloween Horror Nights mazes as a walk-through attraction for daytime guests.

Universal Studios Hollywood will open its Stranger Things maze to all park guests from Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 2. This will be a "lights on," self-guided tour, so it's not the same experience as during Halloween Horror Nights, where scareactors and lighting effects amplify the thrills.

The park's The Walking Dead Attraction also pulls double-duty as a daytime walk-through, but that experience started as a regular park attraction and gets plussed with additional scareactors for Halloween Horror Nights.

As we tipped earlier, Universal Studios Hollywood has extended its Halloween Horror Nights run this year, adding an extra night on November 4. (That came in part due to the need to accommodate fans who were rained out of many mazes during that rare, early season thunderstorm that hit the LA area earlier this month.)

And there are more new developments from the park. Universal Studios Hollywood is trying some Halloween offerings for kids, as well. Universal typically has avoided hosting kid-focused Halloween activities, given all the HHN decoration around the park, but this year Universal is giving that a go. Children are invited to dress in costume and go trick or treating in the park from 10am to 4pm this weekend, on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28.

The park also will offer a Halloween dance party in Universal Plaza this weekend, with a live DJ, music, games, and a costume showcase. Hello Kitty will dress up as The Bride of Frankenstein, while the Minion Monsters, SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star, Scooby Doo, Curious George, and Woody Woodpecker also will appear, joining traditional Universal monsters Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy.

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October 25, 2018 at 5:23 AM

I've always wondered why Island's of Adventure didn't run a "kids" version Halloween event. It could be a direct competitor for Mickey's Not So Scary. And it could tie into WWoHP, which automatically would draw a crowd.

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