Universal Studios Hollywood usually isn't that scary, unless it Crips versus Bloods night, but once a year the movieland tourist trap turns up the tension with its Halloween Horror Nights, a fiesta of the macabre transforming a walk in the theme park into an unholy vacation of the damned. As a separate ticketed event from the park's daytime admission, the nights of fright include five mazes and six “scare zones,” which by name alone should keep any reasonable person away. But if you're inclined to “enjoy” such situations, feel free to thrill yourself and your loved ones to a horrific spectacle requiring “hundreds of gallons of movie blood per night.” Mazes include A Nightmare on Elm Street: Never Sleep Again, Saw: Game On, Vampyre: Castle of the Undead, and more.

Fri., Oct. 29; Sat., Oct. 30; Sun., Oct. 31, 2010

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