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Universal Studios Hollywood has announced the dates for the 2010 Halloween Horror Nights events, which will run from September 24 - October 31.

The events will take place at weekends, including September 24-25, October 1-2, 8-9, 15-17, 21-24 and 28-31. The LA Times reports that Universal will expand the event this year, with five horror mazes (compared to four in 2009) and six scare zones being included. Also returning will be the traditional "Teror Tram" makeover for the park's famous Studio Tour.

Universal Studios Hollywood is yet to release any information on what the themes will be for the various horror attractions. The studio is a world-renowned source of classic horror movies, and Halloween Horror Nights usually features characters from a range of older and more recent hits. Fans of the park's House of Horrors attraction will know what to expect, with real actors mingled in with the guests to create genuinely unpredictable scares.

Tickets for the event will be available in advance via the Halloween Horror Nights website, although Universal is yet to confirm pricing details. The Horror Nights take place in the evening and are separately ticketed from daytime admission, with a limited number of rides operating alongside the Halloween attractions.

Auditions for those hoping to play the part of zombies, vampires, murderers and other monsters during Halloween Horror Nights will take place in July. Follow @HorrorNights on Twitter for details.

Sister resort Universal Orlando announced dates and tickets details for its twentieth Halloween Horror Nights events earlier this week.

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To whom it may concern,
I visited HHN at Universal Studios last Friday. I would like to share my experience with U.S. as a critique. The overall experience was fairly positive but I would like to share with you, (Free of Charge!) my opinion on what might make the experience a bit more… scary, or perhaps more interesting.
1.) have make-up shops and artist located toward the entrance of U.S. that paint the guest’s faces to look like ghouls or other creatures. This will give those attending HHN a sense of involvement. Charge a minimal price and increase the overall experience of the patron. Have some paper-made costume additions for sale… like plastic ghoul hats for men and women and inexpensive paper shawls and such to enhance the face paint. Once again, get the audience involved, this shouldn’t simply be a spectator sport. Let those that take advantage of this service know that although they look very scary, they are still not allowed to touch others.
2.) Surprise seems to be the major scare-card played during this event… but you aren’t using this to its fullest. Try something like a “Trash-can-monster”, where a few staff members wheel about their trash carts secretly loaded with a ghoul who jumps out at those approaching. This way the scare area travels around a bit. Try using a barking dog speaker hidden in the bushes. Don’t underestimate the sound of a barking dog or other real sounds of wild animals. Those sounds bring out a primordial fear in us all… and many times it isn’t what we see that scares us… it’s what we don’t see!
3.) Come on guys, leave the toddlers at home… have an age limit, there is no sense in scaring the little ones or allowing dysfunctional parents to bring very young children to an event that is clearly not meant for them. Something like ten (10) and over. You have psychologist that can work this number out.
4.) Change out the houses a bit more. Cover up the attendees in a totally black outfit so that they are not seen but are still there to assist should someone need it. Second awareness can ruin the scare. More wind-blown ticklers (in lieu of touching), light water sprays, and psychotrophics. Pace your scares so that they are a bit farther apart. Let the suspense build… the delivery will be more punctuated. More real animal sounds to make up the growls.
5.) Themes seem to have gotten lost from one house to the next. Work out different scare methods between them… some of the best are very subtle. Optical illusions are good. Put a person in a area where it looks as though they could fall from a tall building (while they are completely safe and couldn’t even trip). Video of a growling bear or other animal flashed up on a panel for a moment. “The dark forest”. Make it appear as though a creature is going to catch up to them “The Chase” fear. (People are afraid of being chased). Rubber hands (non-human) coming up from the floor, drifting over the feet and ankles of guest. Feet are very susceptible to this kind of scare. There are tons of things like this that can be incorporated into a house.
6.) Have cast members who blend into the audience, who look just like one of the guest. One moment they are talking to a nice couple in line… the next they are being drug away into a dark corner or manhole. Perhaps they are being stabbed or bitten by another cast member… blood bags and all. A noose could fall around their neck and they are hoisted away into some dark area. This could happen every 30 minutes in several different lines. It sure would make the wait a little more interesting and it would keep the guest guessing… after all, suspense can be a lucrative element in the scare. Cheers -tk

Great suggestions, thanks a lot.

Definitely on changing the scares that there are fewer "jump out" scares are more background atmosphere.

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