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Universal's annual Halloween Horror Nights events have kicked off at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood, with both events attracting rave reviews.

Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights - the twentieth event to be held at the resort - began on Friday (September 24), with further events due to take place on September 30, October 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 20-24 and 27-31. Meanwhile, Universal Studios Hollywood will hold further Horror Nights on October 1-2, 8-9, 15-17, 21-24 and 28-31.

This year's event in Florida is centered on the character of "Fear", and features eight new haunted houses, six new scare zones and two live shows. Video footage from the event's scare zones is embedded below, courtesy of Orlando Attractions Magazine:

A number of reviews and trip reports from Universal Studios Florida's Halloween Horror Nights have appeared online, including:

One of the world's leading producers of horror movies for decades, Universal Studios Hollywood is a natural home for a major Halloween event. Its version of Halloween Horror Nights features five horror mazes and six scare zones. Among the horror mazes are Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses (hosted in the former queuing area for Terminator 2: 3-D), Vampyre: Castle of the Undead, and Nightmare on Elm Street: Never Sleep Again (featuring the legendary Freddy Krueger, who torments victims in their sleep).

Video from the employee preview night at Universal Studios Hollywood is embedded below, while photos and a trip report can be found at Theme Park Review:

For full details of events taking place at major theme parks (including Disneyland, Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando) this year, see Theme Park Tourist's preview of Halloween 2010 at the world's most popular theme parks.

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