There I used to be, standing in the course of the ruined panorama of what was a metropolis, a murderous purger working at me with a machete, and all I might suppose was, “That is so cool.” The factor is, I really like being scared. Like, quite a bit. I’ve ridden what’s simply the scariest curler coaster in America and gone again for extra, and slept alone in a haunted lodge room greater than as soon as. 

I’ve even made it via 10 haunted homes in a single night time in an infinite, immersive expertise the place a complete theme park grew to become one terrifying gauntlet. On the time, I believed it was the scariest factor I had ever finished. However then I headed again to Los Angeles and went to Common Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights. 

Roaming “scareactors” cost at you within the park’s “scare zones.”

Julie Tremaine

You guys, I used to be terrified. And never at all times in a enjoyable means. 

OK, at all times in a enjoyable means. However I used to be actually, actually scared — far more than I anticipated to be. 


Common Hollywood’s annual Halloween occasion is smaller than its Common Orlando counterpart, in the identical means that the West Coast park is smaller than the East Coast one. Moderately than 10 haunted homes and 4 walk-through “scare zones,” there are eight mazes, a few of which, like “The Haunting of Hill Home” and “Texas Chainsaw Bloodbath,” are much like what they’ve in Florida. However Common Hollywood has an attract all its personal, largely resulting from the truth that Common Metropolis (the studio has its personal ZIP code and hearth division) is one enormous movie set. 

"The Purge" comes to life on the Terror Tram.

“The Purge” involves life on the Terror Tram.

Julie Tremaine

So after they put you within the films inside these haunted homes, they actually put you within the films. It’s how I discovered myself in the course of “The Purge,” with purgers throughout me, getting inches from my face and teaming as much as distract my consideration in a single course so one other (who was sporting a masks) might sneak up behind me, means, means too shut for consolation, once I lastly turned my head to see what was in my peripheral imaginative and prescient. 

That was the Terror Tram, an attraction distinctive to Hollywood. It was the primary time I had ever gotten off the Studio Tour, which usually goes via working units of exhibits like “The Good Place.” For Halloween, it changed into the scariest model potential, bringing “The Purge” to life with its dystopian future the place individuals are given permission to indulge their most horrible impulses. Different haunted home mazes distinctive to Common Hollywood included “The Curse of Pandora’s Field” and “The Exorcist.” 

I by no means thought I may very well be afraid of a home primarily based on a film that by no means actually scared me very a lot. However the results had been so actual, as we circled again and again and again via Reagan’s bed room, the lady changing into extra possessed each time, I felt the horror of being trapped in that home. It was so immersive and so actual that it was straightforward to really feel like I used to be a part of the film’s storyline and never only a theme park visitor. 

The "Halloween" house warns you to "stop before it's too late," but I didn't.

The “Halloween” home warns you to “cease earlier than it is too late,” however I did not.

Julie Tremaine

The identical occurred with “Halloween 4: The Curse of Michael Myers.” Being a scare aficionado, I used to be by no means actually all that moved by the “Halloween” films. However being in a room stuffed with mirrors and Michael Myers dummies, a few of which had been pretend and a few actual and in a position to cost after you? That was a complete different degree. A degree so intense I used to be terrified. A degree that left me hoarse for 2 days from screaming a lot. And it. was. pleasant. 

Halloween Horror Nights at Common Hollywood is a really useful PG-13 occasion that runs choose nights via October 31. As of October 7, all company 12 and over are required to indicate proof of vaccination or a destructive COVID check inside 72 hours of entry. Tickets can be found right here.