There's three dudes with demonic masks and chainsaws chasing after my 11-year-old son.
He seeks refuge in a gift store packed with SpongeBob SquarePants, The Simpsons and Stranger Things memorabilia.
The psychopaths are barred from going inside the store so they stand just outside waiting for my son like a pack of hungry wolves.
He is understandably freaked out.
This is just one moment of a night out at Universal Studios Hollywood's annual Halloween Horror Nights.
The Los Angeles theme park operates as per usual during the day, closes at 6pm, then turns sinister at night with the psychos with chainsaws and other creeps roaming particular areas.
Universal has also created numerous elaborate mazes based on horror films and TV series to scare guests during the night session.
The mazes are built in the huge sound stages on the Universal film lot and this year include Stranger Things, based on the Netflix series, and a terrifying Us maze inspired by Jordan Peele's horror film.
Other mazes include Ghostbusters, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Creepshow, Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man, House of 1000 Corpses, The Curse of Pandora's Box, Holidayz in Hell and The Walking Dead.
What makes the mazes frightening are the human actors dressed as monsters, crazed clowns and other freaks, lurking in the dark corners or open doorways.
They jump out of the darkness and it's impossible not to scream.
Some of Universal's other popular daytime rides, including the recently-opened Jurassic World, remain open during the Halloween night session that costs between $US64 and $US97 per person.
The lines into mazes can be long so the "express" passes ($US149 to $US299) significantly cut down wait times.
Universal does warn Halloween Horror Nights "may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13".
My 11-year-old, despite being chased by chainsaw wielding psychopaths and holding me tight as we walked the mazes, loved it.
Halloween Horror Nights 2019 opened on September 13 and runs to November 3.
The sessions open at 7pm and end at 1am or 2am.
* The writer was a guest of Universal Studios Hollywood.
Australian Associated Press