HHN30 Dates Confirmed

The World’s Premier Halloween Event Returns for Select Nights September 10 – October 31, 2020

On the heels of this year’s wildly-popular event, Universal Orlando Resort has revealed the dates for Halloween Horror Nights 2020 – the 30th anniversary of the world’s premier Halloween event.  All-new scares, plus reimagined haunts inspired by the past, will invade Universal Studios Florida for 39 select nights from Thursday, September 10 – Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Guests visiting Universal Orlando’s world-class vacation destination select nights in September and October will be able to experience all of the horrors that await – including 10 brand-new haunted houses, five bone-chilling scare zones, live entertainment and more.

What began as a three-day event in Orlando in 1991 has become the world’s premier Halloween event – Halloween Horror Nights.  Each fall, as the sun sets on days filled with thrills and the night awakens with a frightening chill, the most terrifying names in horror and pop culture take over Universal Studios Florida – forcing guests to come face-to-face with what scares them most. Elaborately-themed haunted houses based on everything from cinematic greats and cult favorites to original abominations created by the twisted minds behind the event come to life – each filled with so much detail, they rival movie sets.  Hordes of menacing scareactors prey upon guests in various scare zones throughout the streets of the park.  And when guests need a break from the screams, they can enjoy live shows and Universal Studios’ most exhilarating rides and attractions.

Halloween Horror Nights has grown into a global phenomenon and can also be experienced at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Singapore each fall. Details and dates for those events will be revealed in the months ahead.

More information about Halloween Horror Nights 2020 at Universal Orlando – including experiences, tickets and offers – will be revealed next year.

Will you be going to HHN30? Let us know in the comments!

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Cocktails and Screams is now open!

After months of heightened speculation and waiting, the coffin has finally opened and Orlando’s newest lounge bar is here!

Cocktails and Screams recently commenced taking patrons from places unknown and the ghouls are raving about it!

Starting yesterday October 5th the bar is now fully open at 39 West Palm Street. Containing a whole host of amazing monster movie props, pinball machines, and true horrific Instagramable set pieces, the bar is the new go to space for all the haunt freaks out there!

The menu is like something from Outer Space, imagine Trader Sam’s Tiki Bar but pimped out by Rob Zombie or Vincent Price. You simple have to try it this haunt season!

Are you going? Let us know in the comments!

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Beetlejuice arrives at HHN Hollywood for special event

This year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, like totally, time travels to the 1980s with Throwback Thursdays in celebration of the decade’s bad to the bone darker side featured in a host of all-new terrifying mazes.

From classic 1980s movies such as Ghostbusters, Creepshow and Killer Klowns from Outer Space to contemporary shows and films inspired by the decade, including “Stranger Things” and Us, there is something totally gnarly about this era that comes to life during “Halloween Horror Nights.”

            Highlights of Throwback Thursdays include a not-so-friendly welcome from Chucky himself, live tribute band and DJ dance party hosted by Beetlejuice, classic ‘80s music videos and songs played throughout the event as well as themed food that will have guests spazzing and saying, Eat my Shorts!

To help guests capture the spirit of the ‘80s, they are invited to sport their finest decade-worthy attire trends, from leg warmers and high waisted jeans to scrunchie hair ties, fanny packs and shoulder pads.

Throwback Thursdays will take place every Thursday night during “Halloween Horror Nights” and is included as part of admission to the event.  All dates are: September 19-22, 26-29; October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31; and November 1-3, 2019.

Tickets are available at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com and advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out. 

PREVIEW: HHN29 Merch Released Online

Universal Orlando has this week released a pre-sale for most of the coming HHN’s merchandise.

The selection is amazing and the design is really captivating!

The full range is yet to be released but right now we have two different hoodies, house themed shirts, three hats and two mugs. The official HHN is also a must have for this year!

If you can’t wait for HHN29 you can preorder your merch here.

Do you love this merch as much as we do? Let us know in the comments!

HHN’s Bloody Mary Becomes Viral Sensation!

This slipped under my radar recently, but it was revealed to me that the actress who famously played HHN’s Bloody Mary character in the 2008 event year has gone on to become a viral sensation.

More than one actress played the character: there was one actress who played the character in the commercials and in the press photos, another who did the voice for the website, another who did the Opening Scareamonies Media Event and then dozens who played the character in the popular maze (which incidentally was weirdly located in the old Jaws building!).

The actress we are concerned with here is Laura Clery who fabously portrayed the demonic doctor-come-spirit in the commercials and press photos.  Her rise to fame as an internet personality began when she started making videos on the former Vine service where she portrayed a character called Help Helen Smash.  The character was created by using a Snapchat AR lens that distorts her face and neck giving her a thick-neck and the ability to pull some strange faces.  She then hopelessly pursues a man named Stephen, who is later revealed to be Clery’s actual husband Stephen Hilton, who himself is a Hollywood music composer.

Her characters have evolved over time, and now she focuses most of her content on releasing funny videos based around her real life and in particular her new life as a mom to her newborn son.  Her most successful video to date, for which I am sure you have all seen, is her English Vs American sayings video as below:

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Now an internet personality, we in the HHN fan community will always remember her as the actress behind the greatest icon that has never (sadly) ever returned…

Here are some rare behind the scenes photos of her:

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And here’s the iconic HHN18 commercial:

So there you have it, Mary might never return but least now when you see your next Laura Clery video you’ll know her part in the history of HHN! 

Who loved this year 2008?  Let us know in the comments!

 

Brand New Original Maze Announced for Hollywood HHN

Temptation is unleashed in “The Curse of Pandora’s Box,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s all-original “Halloween Horror Nights” maze that spills the evils of humanity across this twisted ancient Greek mythology-inspired experience, beginning Friday, September 13.

            Greed is the underlying theme of this all-new maze, resurrected from Universal Studios Hollywood’s vault of masterful storytelling that transports guests from the land of the living into the nightmarish netherworld of Hades. The scene begins with “Pandora’s Cabinet of Curiosities,” a dilapidated storefront set in modern times that is, nonetheless, eerily reminiscent of a structure that belongs in the dark and dangerous back alleys of Victorian London.

            Amid every occultist artefacts and forbidden relics known to man, the bizarre shop houses an all-consuming collection of evil trapped behind glass-encased cabinets, including a giant, ornate box inlaid with human bones and adorned with the silhouette of a mysterious woman clasping her body with skeletal arms.

As guests pass through the shop they will hear a faint, yet seductive voice echoing the words, “anything can be acquired, anything our hearts desire,” beckoning maze-goers to tempt fate, just as a cataclysmic earthquake erupts, shaking the shop and swinging open the ornate box to awaken a demonic voice whispering in a foreign tongue to “come inside.”

Once Pandora’s Box has been opened and evil unleashed, it can never be closed again.

Are you going to Hollywood HHN this year? Are you excited for this Maze? Let us know in the comments!

Marathon of Mayhem Lagoon Shows Debuts at HHN29

The screams featured at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights will come to life in a whole new way with the debut of the nighttime lagoon show, “Halloween Marathon of Mayhem.” Guests will watch as terrifying moments inspired by some of the Halloween classics taking over the event come to life right before their eyes in the Universal Studios Florida lagoon. 

Giant water screens highlighting iconic horror scenes, accented with more than 100 fountains, awesome special effects, pounding electro music, lasers and more will bring this all-new experience to life – creating a larger-than-life mix tape that guests won’t want to miss. Guests will witness a twisted new take on Netflix’s Stranger Things, Sony Pictures’ Ghostbusters, Universal Monsters and Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s Killer Klowns from Outer Space as they invade the Universal Studios lagoon for “Halloween Marathon of Mayhem,” running on event nights at the world’s premier Halloween event.

Are you excited for this new lagoon show? Let us know in the comments!

Running Universal Announces Dates!

On the heels of the successful launch of its new mega attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride,” Universal Studios Hollywood kicks off its next Running Universal program with the JURASSIC WORLD Run. The two-day event begins on Saturday, November 16 with a 5K, along with the all-new 1K Kids’ Raptor Run, and continues on Sunday, November 17 with the first-ever 10K run.

To experience the ultimate “runner’s high,” participants can register with the Play All Day package, which invites JURASSIC WORLD fans to run it, then ride it.

On your mark, get set, go: the JURASSIC WORLD Run takes fitness buffs, runners and walkers alike (of all fitness levels) on 5K and all-new 10K run, both geared towards guests ages 5-years and older, while the all-new Kids’ 1K Raptor Run targets those between the ages of 4-years and 12-years.

All participants will receive a collectable Finisher medal; those who complete the 5K and 10K runs will receive an exclusive Challenge medal. The JURASSIC WORLD Run will conclude at the Universal CityWalk finish line and feature a lively celebration at the 5 Towers Stage.

As part of the event, participants will venture through areas of the new thrill ride, including the iconic JURASSIC WORLD arches. As guests wind their way through the historic movie set backlot, they will also have the unique opportunity to enjoy a series of fun photo ops set up along the way, including JURASSIC film props, and one with Blue, the beloved Velociraptor from the JURASSIC WORLD movies.

The JURASSIC WORLD 5K Run begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, followed by the Kids’ 1K Raptor Run at 7:30 a.m.  The program begins at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 17.  

Registration is now open will fill up quickly as space is limited. Click here to register and to learn more about the Standard, VIP and Play All Day packages available.

The JURASSIC WORLD Run continues Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Running Universal” series, which launched with the sold-out Minion Run in May 2019. These unique runs offer participants unprecedented access to sprint their way through Universal Studios Hollywood and parts of Universal Studios’ historic backlot, made famous in more than 8,000 movies and television shows.

Click here to register now!

HHN29 Scarezones Announced!

Guests will navigate five scare zones filled with menacing scare-actors that will stalk their every move: they’ll become prey to zombies as they enter the world of Zombieland, based-on Sony Pictures’ 2009 cult classic hit and its upcoming sequel out on October 18; try to escape horrifying creatures inspired by the popular music of horror icon Rob Zombie; and find themselves in three original nightmares created by the twisted minds of Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team – Anarch-cade, Vanity Ball and Vikings Undead.

• Zombieland: Double Tap: As guests enter the streets of New York, they’ll be thrown into the world of Zombieland where they must escape bloodthirsty zombies or become a midnight snack.

• Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe: Inspired by the heavy metal horror music of Rob Zombie, guests will be surrounded by otherworldly beings, brutal maniacs and menacing machines all while they scream along to Zombie’s haunting lyrics on the streets of San Francisco.

• Anarch-cade: On Avenue of the Stars, guests will enter a sinister 80s-inspired arcade where they only get one life. Their fear will level up as they try to flee a band of neon slashers, highlighted in black lights, with chainsaws.

• Vikings Undead: Brutal, horn-helmeted warriors will rise from the grave and seize Central Park. Guests will become victims of these skeletal fighters and draugr, reanimated corpses who have channeled their vindictive rage into an endless onslaught of gore.

• Vanity Ball: On the streets of Hollywood, guests will quickly discover beauty is pain as they watch artists turn willing participants into horrific living works of art.

Graveyard Games house announced for Orlando

Created by Universal Orlando as an original concept house, Graveyard Games will transport guests to a haunted cemetery where vengeful spirits have been awakened from their graves. As guests venture through the graveyard in the dead of night, the ghastly apparitions will rise from their tombstones, ready to torment any soul who so foolishly disturbs them.  But the graveyard is not meant for the living…and guests will soon realize that no one gets out alive.

Are you excited for this house? Let us know in the comments!