UNIVERSAL'S HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS
At Universal theme parks in Orlando, Florida, and Los Angeles, Halloween Horror Nights draw thousands of visitors, ranking among the parks' busiest times of year. The experience is worthy of Hollywood, inspired by famous horror films, sci-fi shows and stories, with movie-quality special effects, technology, sets, costumes and makeup. At Universal Hollywood in Los Angeles, the extravaganza includes a new "terror tram" experience through Universal's film studio back lot themed on "The Purge," a film about a 12-hour period in which crime is legal. There are also six themed mazes based on movies and TV shows: The Walking Dead, Insidious, Crimson Peak, Halloween, This Is The End and Alien vs. Predator. Crimson Peak, for example, is inspired by a horror movie being released in mid-October by director Guillermo del Toro, taking visitors on a journey with the main character, Edith Cushing, to a haunted estate in the English countryside. The Walking Dead maze is based on season five of the AMC series. Universal Orlando, which is marking its 25th year of Halloween Horror Nights, has nine haunted houses, including "Freddy vs. Jason," ''The Purge," ''An American Werewolf in London" and "The Walking Dead." The Florida park also has five scare zones.