The submission window is closed for Universal Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights 2013 Design A Character Contest and now the real fun begins… VOTING.  All the entries have been vetted by the HHN Creative Directors leaving us with 5 finalists. We think it’s interesting that 2 of the 5 finalist are renditions of the Invisible Man.

The HHN team has made it clear that this wasn’t a contest to see who draws the best. It was about the idea and how well they communicated it. These 5 finalist were picked are thought of being something they can actually use for this year’s HHN.

Be sure to vote ASAP as voting ends on 7/8 at 11:59am PT. Click here to VOTE: http://bit.ly/VOTE_hhn

**Here’s a look back at the contest details and rules. 

HHN Hollywood: Design a Character Contest Details

Universal Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights has just released the long-awaited details for their 2013 Design A Character ContestWe’d prefer a new haunt announcement, but we’ll take what we can get. From the looks of the contest rules, it seems we could expect some kind of  variation on the Universal Monsters theme again this year, most likely in the House of Horrors. Perhaps this year instead of Dubstep they will be going Gangnam style?

This is a very cool and unique concept for haunt fans, and we can’t wait to see what designs are submitted by all of the Haunt Stalkers, Creeps, and Freaks. Here’s a full rundown of the contest details and rules:

Here’s a chance to put your twist on a Universal Classic Monsters character and have it brought to life at Halloween Horror Nights! Winner and a guest will be invited to experience the design’s unveiling at the opening night red carpet event in Hollywood.

Re-invent or re-imagine one (1) Universal Classic Monsters character from the list below. The design must be your original concept and cannot be based on an actor’s likeness or another existing character design (i.e., a movie remake, comic book, video game, TV show, toy product, etc.).
• Dracula/Male Vampire (as inspired by Dracula 1931)
• Dracula’s Bride/Female Vampire (as inspired by Dracula 1931)
• Renfield/Dracula’s Assistant (as inspired by Dracula 1931)
• The Phantom of the Opera (as inspired by The Phantom of the Opera 1925)
• The Mummy (as inspired by The Mummy 1932)
• The Wolfman (as inspired by The Wolfman 1941)
• Werewolf (as inspired by Werewolf of London 1935)
• Ygor/Dr. Frankenstein’s Assistant (as inspired by The Son of Frankenstein 1939)
• Dr. Frankenstein (as inspired by Frankenstein 1931)
• The Hunchback of Notre Dame (as inspired by Hunchback of Notre Dame 1923)
• The Creature from the Black Lagoon (as inspired by The Creature From the Black Lagoon 1954)
• The Invisible Man (as inspired by The Invisible Man 1933)


Provide an illustration of your character design.

  • Must include full body view of the character and costume (if any) and a separate close up of face.
  • Must include the character name from the list above that you are basing your design on.
  • Can be either full color or black and white on 8.5”” x 11” letter-size paper.

Submit a one-page written description of your character idea.

  • Must include detailed information about the look of the character’s face, skin, color, hair, posture, costume, props (if any). 
  •  Must include the character name from the list above that you are basing your design on.
  • Must be typed in easily readable font on 8.5” x 11” letter-size paper.

To submit your design for consideration in the contest, you must mail one (1) copy of either your illustration or written description to the address shown on the Official Contest Rules. Your design must be accompanied by a signed copy of the contest rules and include your name, daytime telephone number, address, city, state, zip code, age and email address. Submittals must be received by 5:01pm PT on Monday, July 1, 2013 to be
considered for the contest. Your design submittal will not be returned to you after the contest, so send a copy – not the original.

Universal will announce the finalists on their Facebook page July, 2nd at Facebook.com/HalloweenHorrorNights for fan voting!

** Scare Zone is not affiliated with Universal Studios Hollywood nor the contest submission and  judging process. For more specific contest information please visit their webpage