|Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood event|
|Halloween Horror Nights 1986|
|Number of haunted mazes||0|
|Number of scarezones||0|
|Followed By||Halloween Horror Nights 1992|
The Event and its Tragedy[edit | edit source]
Universal Studios Hollywood decided to hold a Halloween event in 1986 in order to make up for their slow autumn season. Taking a cue from Knotts Berry Farm, which had been successfully adopting a haunted Halloween event for over 14 years, Universal started Halloween Horror Nights, with it's logo being a Jack-O-Lantern being sawed in half with a chainsaw. The signature attraction would be The Terror Tram, which would be a nightime version of the Backlot Tour, only with scareactors hiding in the shadows ready to jump out and attack guests.
Unfortunately, tragedy struck on October 31 when a 20-year-old scareactor named Paul Rebalde got a little over-enthusiastic in his performance and fell between two of the tram cars, and was crushed to death. Universal Studios Hollywood would not have a Halloween event for over six years afterward, and discontinued the scareactor "attacks" on moving trams entirely. The tragedy is likely the reason that when the event was first started in Florida, it was done under the title of "Fright Nights", and didn't feature the bloody pumpkin image that first year. However the chainsaw pumpkin image from Hollywood would be used for Florida's event in 1992 & 1993.
Event Nights[edit | edit source]
November 1st & 2nd
Attraction[edit | edit source]
Terror Tram[edit | edit source]
|Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood|
|Event Additions: 1986 • 1992 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018 • 2019|