Halloween Horror Nights starts on September 16 at Universal Studios Florida, and this year Chance, the demented girlfriend of Jack the Clown, is at the helm of the terrifying event. Her haunted house, "Lunatics Playground 3-D," is just one of the many mazes that will draw in brave souls who challenge their fears at Universal Orlando Resort.

Halloween event features original hauntings

While Halloween Horror Nights has same major intellectual properties like "The Exorcist" and more of "The Walking Dead, there are plenty of original concept haunted houses like "Ghost Town: The Curse of Lightning Gulch" and "Tomb of the Ancients." You'll get a peek at them in the videos below; both are original creations just for the event, bringing a ghost town and a host of ancient spirits from a forgotten temple to Universal Studios Florida just in time for haunt season:

Scare zones terrorize Universal Studios Florida guests

Halloween Horror Nights also features scare zones that bring the terror right out onto the walkways of Universal Studios Florida.

"Survive or Die Apocalypse," "Lair of the Banshees," "Vamp '55" and "Dead Man's Wharf" will be set up around the park to menace anyone who cares to walk through the themed zones. The event host will also be lurked around in "A Chance in Hell."

After-hours Halloween event

This is the 26th year that Halloween Horror Nights has taken over Universal Orlando Resort during the fall. It runs on designated nights, after Universal Studios Florida closes to day guests, from September 16 to October 31. It requires a separate ticket, but if you have admission to the theme park during the day as well as to the event, you can stay inside in a special waiting area and get first crack at the haunted houses while those who only have event tickets line up outside the front gates.

In addition to the haunted houses and scare zones, Halloween Horror Nights features two shows, including the perennially popular "Bill & Ted's Halloween Adventure," and many of the Universal Studios Florida rides are open all event, so you can get a night ride on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster or go to battle on Transformers 3-D. However, you won't want to spend too much time on the rides because the event has so many special things to see and do.

It's better to visit the park during the day and concentrate on the haunted houses, scare zones, and shows after dark.

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