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Your guide to the creepiest, cleverest, & scariest mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights

The screams have returned to Universal Studios Hollywood. 

The park’s annual transformation from family-friendly theme park to enormous house of horrors includes a fresh crop of nine new mazes for 2019's Halloween Horror Nights. With so many attractions, it can be tough to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together this guide for AAA members to pick their poison. Whether you’re looking to be creeped out, experiment outside the classic tropes, or just be scared witless, Halloween Horror Nights has something lurking in store for you.

The creepiest mazes

Us maze

Winner – Us

Your experience with this maze begins well before you enter. As you walk closer and closer, the hip hop track “I Got 5 on It," which was featured in the film, gets louder and louder, putting you in an eerie frame of mind.

As soon as you walk in, you're immersed in the movie, with frozen-faced scareactors coming at you, weapons at the ready, and others looking terrified and determined to escape the rooms themselves. Be careful where you step—you might end up in a pool of blood, or even on a body. 

Frankenstein Meet the Wolf Man maze

Runner-up – Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

This sci-fi maze greets you with the growls of monsters. You're introduced to Frankenstein and Wolf Man just as they are meeting each other as well. 

Keep an eye out for one of their experiments: a chopped-up body reaching out for help. You don’t want to end up as one of Frankenstein’s projects, so be sure to dodge the monsters popping out everywhere.

Creepshow maze

Third – Creepshow

This maze, inspired by the 1980s classic film, is full of classic hairy monsters popping out at you at all times. Monster grunts and growls follow you through the whole maze. 

As you pass through a makeshift cemetery, your nose is also met with a rotten smell, but that's the least of your worries: Watch out for the cockroaches crawling everywhere as you go further into the maze—they’re even infesting a dead man’s body.

Holidayz in Hell maze

Winner – Holidayz in Hell

A clock counting down to midnight at the beginning of this maze promises the familiar joy of New Year's Eve. But set foot inside and it's clear something has gone very, very wrong. 

Imagine meeting the embodiment of every holiday you love, but instead of getting a warm fuzzy feeling, you're overwhelmed by a leprechaun popping out at you and a nutcracker chasing after you. Let's just say this Valentine’s Day is not meant to celebrate love.

Killer Klowns from Outer Spaze maze

Runner-up – Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Don’t expect to relive fond childhood memories as you walk into this 1980s yellow-and-red circus. Instead, be prepared to walk into fully lit neon rooms with cotton candy being swung your way. 

And don't let the strobe lights fool you—this isn't a party, it's more like a nightmare. You won’t come out dry, either. Keep an eye out for the scheming clowns popping out from every corner with water guns. 

House of 1000 Corpses maze

Third place – House of 1000 Corpses

The name says it all. As you walk from room to room, you are hit by pieces of mummy gauze from above. Even if you haven’t watched the 2003 Rob Zombie film, you'll understand that being stuck in a room full of corpses isn't the most pleasant feeling. This maze will definitely have you wanting to run on out onto the next maze. 

The most innovative mazes

Ghostbusters maze

Winner – Ghostbusters

Your experience starts while waiting in line when someone frantically approaches, asking questions with clothes torn up as if they had just been attacked.

The technology and vintage furniture makes you immediately feel like you are on the set of the 1980s original movie. Several Ghostbusters are on hand, but don't lower your guard—they might mistake you for one of the ghosts they're hunting.

Stranger Things maze

Runner-up – Stranger Things

This maze begins with scenes from the second season, but as you walk through you get a nice surprise from Stranger Things' recent third season. Be sure that surprise doesn't catch you or your friends, lest it grow even bigger.

This maze is a feast for the senses. You'll be met with a musky smell similiar to what Season 3's characters may have smelled, along with gooey slime on top of your head. 

The Walking Dead maze

Third place – The Walking Dead Attraction

Halloween Horror Nights once traditionally included a maze inspired by AMC’s The Walking Dead. Universal Studios turned it into a year-round indoor attraction in 2016, allowing for depth and effects that members won’t see anywhere else. With myriad references to the show, diehard fans will appreciate the immersive journey. The spacious interior allows room for the maze to come creepily to life with a burning cabin, frighteningly realistic walkers, gunfire—even the snacks in a tipped-over vending machine.

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

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