There's nothing frightening about the generic displays at most haunted houses -- spooky cauldron, botched surgery room, "man in sheet"... This pagan holiday, turn to the people who taught you the meaning of terror: Universal Studios Hollywood, bringing you Halloween Horror Nights.
Freaking Angelenos out from October 5-31, Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights is not just a single scary residence -- it's an entire gated community of Dread. In addition to trolling legions of vampires/cannibals/psychotics, the event features four dizzying labyrinths inhabited by cinema's granddaddies of slash: Jason, Leatherface, and Freddy Krueger -- the janitor who feared neither hell, nor unflattering horizontal stripes. You can also hop onto the Terror Tram for rare access to the Back Lot (and if you're bold/sweaty, a shower in the original Bates Motel). Close out the night by watching stunt magicians hammer nails into living eyeballs, and then hit up Chucky's Insult Emporium to have your ego cut down below his ghoulishly petite 15 inches.
Tickets go fast, so grab yours online now; or else show up at the gates with any can of Coke and get that same advanced price at the door. Miss out and you can settle for some lesser haunted house, where the only thing more disappointing than hearing cassette-recorded "Halloween noises" will be discovering that "man in sheet" forgot to roll up his khakis.