The kids from Stranger Things tried out the show's new maze at Halloween Horror Nights recently, and now there's video proof of it. Every year, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort host their Halloween-themed event on select nights from September through November, giving attendees the best frights they can drum up. Of course, the annual event has improved over the years, bringing in new staples, such as The Walking Dead, to bolster foot traffic as well as increase scares.
This year, in addition to bringing back Universal Pictures franchises like The Purge, both parks, as well as Universal Studios Singapore, elected to construct a Stranger Things-themed maze, based on the immensely popular Netflix show of the same name from Matt and Ross Duffer. Screen Rant got a chance to check out the maze first-hand - both during a behind the scenes tour prior to construction completing as well as on opening night (in Hollywood and Orlando) - and it was incredibly impressive. But we weren't the only ones who caught the maze that night.
Every year, for the opening night of Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios invites celebrities from all corners of the entertainment industry to check out what they have to offer, and this year that meant bringing the actual stars of Stranger Things to see what the Stranger Things maze looked like - and if it was scary enough to frighten them. Check it out:
Similar to the maze that was originally built for The Walking Dead (which is now a permanent attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood), the maze for Stranger Things is entirely based on one season - in this case, season 1. The reason for that is so maze-goers can keep track of the story, which starts off with Will going missing and ends with Eleven sending the Demogorgon back to the Upside Down. Of course, there's a lot to experience along the way, and the park's use of a soundstage for this maze has undoubtedly contributed to its quality. Simply increasing the maze's verticality opens it up - literally, in some instances - compared to mazes outside in black tents.
From our visit during opening night, it was clear that the Stranger Things maze was the highlight of this year's event, but it wasn't the only thing worth checking out. While the Terror Tram and all the other traditional mazes are highlights in their own regards, Universal Studios knocked it out of the park with their Universal Monsters maze, bringing back iconic characters such as Dracula and Frankenstein's Monster in a modern (and somewhat frightening) way.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood runs on select nights from September 14 to November 3. Tickets are on sale now on the official Horror Nights website.