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We Went To Halloween Horror Nights To Rank All Of The Mazes And This Is What We Thought

"Monsters in movies can be scary, but you know what's scarier? Real human people wearing masks, lunging at you with sharp weapons."

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Hi! We're Chris and Crystal and we love horror films (well, at least, Crystal does). And, because we also love a good scare, we decided to check out Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights and rank all the mazes by both a scare and creativity factor!

The whole adventure took us almost five hours (with express passes!), one Panda Express break, and several hundred screams. But, after all was said and done, we managed to survive. Here's what we thought...
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The whole adventure took us almost five hours (with express passes!), one Panda Express break, and several hundred screams. But, after all was said and done, we managed to survive. Here's what we thought...

8. Terror Tram

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Chris: This was fun and chill and served as the perfect way to break things up between mazes. It's still got spooky vibes so you don't fully lose the fear, but it's an opportunity to regather your composure and prepare for more. Scariness: 2.5/5, Creativity: 3.5/5

Crystal: This attraction is more grotesque (there were A LOT of skinned bodies) than the other mazes, but it’s not that scary IMO. However, it is cool to get to walk around Universal’s backlot and get up close with the Bates motel and Psycho house. This was a great for a break from the more intense mazes. Scariness: 1/5, Creativity: 3/5

Scare Rating: 1.75/5

Creativity Rating: 3.25/5

TOTAL: 5/10

7. The Horrors of Blumhouse: Chapter Two (Truth or Dare and Unfriended)

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Chris: This maze did a great job of stacking up the terror so it came back to back, or having something to distract you (e.g. a video on a screen), followed up by a jump-scare. I was on edge throughout it! Scariness: 4/5, Creativity: 4/5

Crystal: I haven’t actually seen Truth or Dare or Unfriended, which this maze is based on, so I found a lot of parts of this maze (like the computer screens) to be pretty funny? There were some solid jump-scares, but this one just didn’t do a whole lot for me. Scariness: 2/5, Creativity: 2/5

Scare Rating: 3/5

Creativity Rating: 3/5

TOTAL: 6/10

6. Poltergeist

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Chris: Poltergeist scared me as a kid, so I was sort of expecting this maze to cause some flashbacks, but it actually wound up being the least scary one for me. Don't get me wrong, it had some really cool, well thought out sights and I enjoyed it, but it was somewhat cartoonish which made it less terrifying. Scariness: 3/5, Creativity: 5/5

Crystal: I thought this movie was a very random choice for Horror Nights because, IMO, it’s not particularly scary? That said, the production value in this one was super high again. They weaved the actual story into the maze and there were definitely a couple INTENSE AF scares — one of the corpses stuck out his arm like two inches away from my face! NOT CHILL. Scariness: 3/5, Creativity 4.5/5

Scare Rating: 3/5

Creativity Rating: 4.75/5

TOTAL: 7.75/10

5. Trick 'r Treat

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Chris: This was thoroughly scary for me, and I think the fact that I'm unfamiliar with the film only added to the eeriness. There were some pretty disturbing sights that actually made me say "nope," out loud as I scurried away. Scariness: 5/5, Creativity: 4/5 (Because there was an animatronic werewolf that made me duck for cover.)

Crystal: So, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this maze because I didn’t think the movie itself was that great. But, honestly? There were some freaky characters in this maze — like, kid-crawling-on-the-ceiling freaky. Some of the characters seemed random, but the maze definitely got my heart pumping! Scariness: 4/5, Creativity: 3/5

Scare Rating: 4.5/5

Creativity Rating: 3.5/5

TOTAL: 8/10

4. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

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Chris: I'm greatly concerned that permanent damage was done during this maze. Having 6'3 people in masks pop up like they're going to stab you is traumatizing, and I don't think I'll ever look at kitchen knives the same. Scariness: 5/5, Creativity: 4/5

Crystal: I think it goes without saying that Michael Myers is a CREEPY AF character — even if Halloween 4 is a kinda bad movie. And having a giant dude, wearing THAT mask, jump out at you with a kitchen knife is NOT pleasant, especially when it happens like a dozen times. My favorite part, though, was when Chris avoided Michael Myers by falling into a fence, and also against a wall, and also when I made him go into the maze first. Sorry Chris! Scariness: 4/5, Creativity: 4/5

Scare Rating: 4.5/5

Creativity Rating: 4/5

TOTAL: 8.5/10

3. Stranger Things

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Chris: As a fan of the series, I was so excited to see the different characters and details in the maze that I almost forgot that I was supposed to be scared. When demogorgons popped out, I felt a mixture of fear and excitement seeing a familiar monster, like when you visit your hometown and run into a frenemy you haven't seen in a while. Scariness: 4/5, Creativity: 5/5

Crystal: I had very high expectations for this maze because, well, it’s STRANGER THINGS!!! And the production value in this one did not disappoint — although, I have to admit I couldn’t appreciate all of it because I went through the maze so fast! (I was nervous about demogorgons jumping out at me, okay?!) If I had the money and time I’d buy 100 more express passes just to see it all again and again. Scariness: 3.5/5, Creativity: 5/5

Scare Rating: 3.75/5

Creativity Rating: 5/5

TOTAL: 8.75/10

2. The First Purge

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Chris: Monsters, ghosts, and demons in movies can be scary, but you know what's scarier? Real human people — particularly crazy ones wearing masks, lunging at you with sharp weapons. And they seemed to come from all angles in this maze! So, yeah, I was pretty terrified the entire time. Scariness: 5/5, Creativity: 5/5

Crystal: Oh, this maze definitely had the CREEPIEST room of all the mazes — it involved a lot of mannequins, hidden performers, and even sent Chris running past me to the next room, LOL. This one was intense, and I was READY TO LEAVE by the end of it! Scariness: 4/5, Creativity: 4/5

Scare Rating: 4.5/5

Creativity Rating: 4.5/5

TOTAL: 9/10

1. Universal Monsters

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Chris: At multiple points throughout this, I used my hands to block my peripheral vision and speed-walked through portions because there was too much going on. I know, that's pretty sad, but I didn't choose the coward life, the coward life chose me. Still, I saw enough to appreciate all of the thought and creativity that went into this. Scariness: 5/5, Creativity: 5/5

Crystal: I expected this maze to be super cheesy, but boy was I WRONG. I knew I was in for a nightmare when I walked into a pitch-black room, then realized a seven-foot-tall Frankenstein was just standing there, staring down at me — NOT SCARY AT ALL (JK, it was THE WORST). I loved the throwback decor in this maze to the classic horror monster films and it felt a lot longer than all the other mazes, too! This was like the ultimate Halloween maze, IMO. Scariness: 5/5, Creativity 5/5

Scare Rating: 5/5

Creativity Rating: 5/5

TOTAL: 10/10

Note: AMC's The Walking Dead was not included in this list because it is a permanent attraction at Universal Studios and, honestly, not that scary!

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