Universal Studios Kicks Off 'Halloween Horror Nights' With Horror Icon Awards, Haunted Tour

October is my favorite month of the year. Stores stock up on candy and fake blood as horror geeks like myself prepare for a month of haunted houses and horror films.

I began my Halloween extravaganza by attending Universal Studios Hollywood's sixth annual Eyegore Horror Awards, where they honored such icons as director Tobe Hooper ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Poltergeist"), actor Bill Moseley ("House of a 1000 Corpses," "Devil's Rejects") and actress Julie Benz ("Saw V"). Also in attendance were "Lost Boys" Corey Haim and Corey Feldman (the latter of whom served as the night's emcee) and the original Leatherface, Gunnar Hansen.

Following the awards show, the other attendees and I were left to fend for ourselves amid the carnage that befell the Universal backlot. I did my best impression of a scream queen, running up the stairs instead of out the door as I followed the sound of chainsaws and the scent of fog machines toward "Terror Tram: The Nightmare Tour."

Home of the "Psycho" set, the backlot had been transformed into a serial killer's dream, a home away from home for zombies and sex-crazed teens alike. Each turn paid tribute to everyone's favorite serial-killer trio, Freddy, Jason and Leatherface, with a massacre that could only be caused by a maniac with mommy issues.

Having narrowly escaped impending doom, we rode back in the tram of terror, where we were subjected to frighteningly unfunny jokes from the tour guide. Luckily, the jokes ended when we were shown an exclusive sneak peak of "The Wolfman" trailer with Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt. This was probably the scariest moment of the night, and I'm pleased that because of movies like the upcoming "Friday the 13th" and "The Wolfman," my Halloween won't end on October 31.

What Halloween events are YOU looking forward to, readers? Who else do you consider some of the horror genre's best and brightest? Let us know in the comments!