Universal Studios Hollywood Invites Kids to the Theme Park’s First-Ever “Halloween Party” and Invites Guests to Enter the Upside Down for a Daytime “Lights On” Experience of the “Stranger Things” Maze
During the month of October, Halloween Horror Nights is usually the event that comes to mind when speaking about Universal Studios Hollywood. Terrifying creatures from your favorite horror films come to life in incredible detail. Well, for the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood will also be home to a kid friendly Halloween event! It only seems fitting to don your best SpongeBob costume to take pictures WITH SpongeBob himself! For us, it was the one thing missing from Universal that truly made it a destination for Halloween fun! Yeah, Halloween Horror Nights is incredible. But, you can’t beat good old fashioned halloween fun with some of the most popular animated characters at the park. We’re adults and this sounds fun!
This isn’t the only cool piece of news from Universal. Another first for the park, guests are being offered a “lights on” tour of the Stranger Things attraction for Halloween Horror Nights. For fans of the event and show alike, this a perfect opportunity to see how Universal Studios has painstakingly recreated moments from the show so fans can be transported to Hawkins and be tormented by the Demogorgon himself! Speaking from experience, this maze is beautiful. With each room, the amount of detail is astounding. The only difficult part is trying to take it all in when monsters are coming for you around each and every corner. We had the lucky opportunity to walk through this maze with the lights on already, and we left with our jaws on the floor. This is the perfect opportunity to admire the artistry that goes into creating an experience on this level. For us, this is a NOT TO BE MISSED opportunity.
Below is all the information about these two great opportunities coming to Universal Studios Hollywood for the Halloween season!
FIRST EVER KID FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN EVENT
Universal Studios Hollywood hosts its first-ever kid-friendly Halloween celebration, inviting all children 12 years of age and under to don creative costumes to Trick-or-Treat at the theme park along with some of their favorite characters on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 from 10am to 4pm.
Halloween-themed characters located throughout the theme park include Hello Kitty as The Bride of Frankenstein, Illumination’s Minion Monsters, SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star, Scooby Doo and the gang, Curious George, Woody Woodpecker, Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy.
Other entertaining activities include a Halloween Party in the Plaza with a live DJ, music, games and costume showcase. Also, Halloween treat decorating will be available for purchase. All children 12 years of age and under will receive a free carnival game voucher redeemable at Super Silly Fun Land, located adjacent to the “Despicable Minion Mayhem” ride or Krustyland’s Carnival Games, located adjacent to “The Simpsons™ Ride.”
The Halloween celebration is included in the price of theme park admission to Universal Studios Hollywood. A specially-designed activity map will be provided complementary to help navigate the many memorably-ghoulish moments.
Schedule of Events Features:
10am – 4pm Trick-or-Treat and Character meet and greets
at select theme park locations
11am – 2pm Halloween Party in the Plaza
1 – 2pm Costume Showcase at Universal Plaza
LIGHTS ON TOUR OF STRANGER THINGS
For the first time, Universal Studios Hollywood offers guests a “lights on” walk-through experience of the all-new “Stranger Things” maze during the day, providing an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at how the Upside Down comes to life at “Halloween Horror Nights” from Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 2. The self-guided tour of the movie-quality sets featured in the “Stranger Things” maze is included in the price of daytime admission to the theme park.
“Halloween Horror Nights” continues select nights now through Sunday, November 4, adding one more terrifying night due to popular demand.
Working collaboratively with Netflix, along with the creators and executive producer of the blockbuster series—Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer and Shawn Levy, the maze is an authentic representation of “Stranger Things,” designed to transport guests into artfully recreated scenes and storylines in season one. From the menacing Hawkins National Laboratory, under the U.S. Department of Energy, to the Byers home adorned with an erratic display of flashing Christmas lights and the eerie Upside Down woods oozing a shower of floating orb-like spores, guests will discover how the chilling new maze offers surprising twists and unexpected turns around every corner – in the light of day.
Each night at “Halloween Horror Nights,” the parallel universe, referred to as the Upside Down, that terrorized the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in “Stranger Things,” brings the chittering, predatory Demogorgon to stalk unwitting guests as they encounter iconic scenes, characters and environments from the mesmerizing season one of the critically-acclaimed series.
Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” to become victims inside their own horror film. Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season, while the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones with menacing scare-actors lunging from every darkened corner.