On October 30, 2016, the day after Disneyland.
(A smaller squad because of work reasons. Photo above was taken when our night was over. Before this photo, the squad somehow was separated. I was mostly with my close friend and his sister.)
I have not been to Universal Studios Hollywood for a very long time. (I cannot even remember exactly when.) In that case, I was looking more forward to Universal Studios than Disneyland. Great timing to go on a day before Halloween as well.
Actually not, I was very afraid from its annual nightly event, Halloween Horror Nights, featuring haunted houses, "scare zones," and live entertainments. (For example, characters from movie, "The Purge," and zombies were chasing you.)
My close friend is a huge fan of horror movies. Thus, I get dragged to watch those type of movies with him. (No wonder, I was at Halloween Horror Nights. Also, I have not been in a vacation with him for a while.)
He told me something like, "They are not real. They are just humans, like us, disguised with costumes."
Universal Studios rides during the day:
Best rides - Harry Potter (the amazing 3-D flying experience ride) and Transformers (the great 3-D live-in action experience ride)
Worst rides - Nothing really because we only went on the popular rides.
As we stepped in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we drank the butter beer. (Almost similar taste of frosty cream soda.) Video shown below.
Here are the magical wands of each character. Choose wisely. Photo below shown.
I was trying to find Harry Potter's invisibility cloak. (No way, they sell that. It is very highly, unlikely.)
As night slowly closed in, Halloween Horror Nights occurred. (Yes, I was scared, but one of our crew people was totally freaking out.) First, we went on to the haunted house of the TV series, "The Walking Dead."
Every time the zombies scared me, I smiled then I gave them a thumbs up. (Always give them credit.)
I was trying to capture the best selfie video moment, but it was very tough. (Not enough lighting because of no camera flashes allowed) Videos shown below.
Best selfie video captured shown below.
We did not have enough time to walk in every haunted house. (Very long waiting time) We only went to four: The Walking Dead, Krampus, Freddy v Jason, and American Horror Story. (This was in order from first to last.)
Out of the 4, Freddy v Jason was the best haunted house. As we stepped foot inside, a group of 3 male friends were ahead of us. My close friend led our mini-crew. His sister was lined up between me and him. (She was really scared.) Behind me, I had a father and young daughter.
I was fully witnessing everything at once. The group of friends lined up, like a choo-choo train formation, as in both hands on top of one's shoulders. In the haunted maze, there was a very dark room with a bright disco ball light. (Follow the bright light.)
The group of friends did not want to move forward, except their leader. (Obviously, they were scared.) My close friend and I could not stop laughing. From start to end, I kept laughing at the group of friends. (I am a jerk for that. Sorry, but they did make it exciting.)
As we edged closer through the narrow pathway of Freddy secretly hiding on the left and Jason on the right, the group of friends were scared again. (My close friend softly pushed them so the line can get moving. 3 minutes later, they started moving forward.)
My close friend's sister kept screaming. I believe she closed her eyes most of the time. At least, she walked through the haunted maze.
Behind me, the father always held his young daughter's hand. The father raised his other hand for protection.
When it was over, the leader walked out alone quickly. (I assumed he was upset because his friends left him hanging alone. Importantly, he was the leader for all of us. I give him credit for that.)
Also, I tried to get footage of everything happening. Then again, I did not have enough lighting. Full-on excitement on this haunted maze. Yes, I flinched most of the time. Again, I gave the "scary" people credit. (Smiled at them with a thumbs up.)
Longest wait time was American Horror Story. (An epic 3 hour wait or so. Horribly, nothing to sit on, like ledges. It rained a bit on and off. I wore a jacket without a hood.) It was good, but it was not worth the wait at all. (Also, the group of 3 friends were not with us.)
Some Halloween after all. I am too old for trick-or-treating.