HHN Tribute Store OPENS!

The HHN Tribute Store opened this week.  The highly themed rooms contain collections of retro HHN and Universal Monster merch.

Universal have said:

The Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store is now open during regular park hours. Head into the park and check out the store’s two themed rooms and merchandise available for purchase, including select Halloween Horror Nights Retro items and more. The store will be open through the fall.

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If you can’t visit Universal Orlando in person, the merch is available on this link.

The store is an experience in itself!  So make sure you head there when you visit during the day.

Photos courtesy of Universal Orlando.

Halloween Events Across the U.S Are Being Cancelled

Large Halloween events across the country are confirming that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic are cancelling their events for the safety of both their guests and their staff members.

The events confirmed as not running for 2020 include:

Chamber of Terror Haunted House – Tampa FL

Dark Horizon: Point of No Return – Orlando FL

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor – Long Beach CA

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – Disney FL

Oogie Boogie Bash – Disney CA

Terror Behind the Walls – Philadelphia

Progress is still continuing at Universal for HHN30 and whilst no announcements have been forthcoming from them it is believed that HHN will be run this year but with social distancing measures in place.

Are you sad this virus is ruining Halloween? Or will you partying on regardless? Let us know in the comments!

Episode 15: Ernie Hudson & The Ghostbusters

Join us for more spooky fun as we welcome an actual Ghostbuster to the Podcast, Mr. Ernie Hudson. He gives us a fascinating account of his career, his time as a Ghostbuster, and his experiences on the set of The Crow. He also gives us an exclusive tidbit of info regarding the upcoming Ghostbusters 3! And the exclusivity doesn’t stop there as we take a sneaky tour of an upcoming HHN30 house, we provide the usually industry news and rumors, announce the winner of our strange noise contest, and we also review some recent horror releases: The Lighthouse, Truth or Dare, Midsommar and The Hunt! And we even have a singalong! All this and more on your favourite spooky podcast!

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Starring Christopher Ripley, Boston White aka Amanda and The Spooky Voice Guy

Producer: The Amazing Aaron Adams

This podcast is a part of the After Dark Podcast Network and HHNUnofficial.com

Visit us at thehalloweenhalfhour.com or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or email us at podcast@thehalloweenhalfhour.com

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Episode 14: Elvira aka Cassandra Peterson

Join us for more spooky fun as we welcome Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira aka the Mistress of the Dark onto the show!  We find out what off the shelf soda keeps her looking so young, how she sold a haunted house to Brad Pitt, why Mark Hamill is petrified of her bedroom closet and more!  We also discuss all the latest news and rumors for horror genre and we have a competition for you that you can enter by emailing us at our shiny new address at podcast@thehalloweenhalfhour.com!

Starring Christopher Ripley, Boston White aka Amanda and The Spooky Voice Guy

Producer: The Amazing Aaron Adams

This podcast is a part of the After Dark Podcast Network and HHNUnofficial.com

Visit us at thehalloweenhalfhour.com or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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Episode #12 – JAWS Actor Robert Shaw with Actor and Son Ian Shaw

Join us for more spooky fun as we chat to actor and writer Ian Shaw about his new play ‘The Shark is Broken’ which debuts in London’s West End after a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe.  We also chat with him about his famous father and how he is now destined to return to the character of Quint which his father is most fondly remembered for.  Tickets will be available here: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-shark-is-broken/ambassadors-theatre/

Plus we have our usual spooky news, we talk a few HHN rumors and discuss our favorite shows right now on Shudder including a deep-dive into the Cursed Film series.

Starring Christopher Ripley, Boston White aka Amanda and The Spooky Voice Guy

Producer: The Amazing Aaron Adams

This podcast is a part of the After Dark Podcast Network and HHNUnofficial.com

Visit us at thehalloweenhalfhour.com or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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Episode #11 of The Halloween Half Hour – John Kassir the Voice of the Cryptkeeper

Join us for more spooky fun as we welcome John Kassir to the podcast to discuss his life and career.  John tells us some amazing stories of how he became the Cryptkeeper, working on Halloween Horror Nights, doing stand-up with Robin Williams and how he saved Jack Nicholson’s life!  Be careful what you axe-for as you won’t wanna miss this kiddies!

Plus we have our usual spooky news, we talk a few HHN rumors and discuss what you creeps at home are watching during this lock-down!

Starring Christopher Ripley, Boston White aka Amanda and The Spooky Voice Guy.

Producer: The Amazing Aaron Adams.

This podcast is a part of the After Dark Podcast Network and HHNUnofficial.com

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Rumor: Two HHN Type Events Every Year?

We have heard rumors going back for over a year now that indicated that Universal was possibly looking to do something with Nintendo in the shorter term before the new Epic Universe opens up.  The rumors appeared to be pointing at a brand new seasonal event that would be the same format as HHN but with a Sci-fi theme and at a different time of year.

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Simpson’s Disney Already Did It

This “second HHN” is interesting as Disney started doing the exact same thing last year.  Since the 90s they have run their family-friendly-extra-ticket-event “Mickey’s Not So Scary” through the months of September, October and November (sometimes starting as early as August!).  However, starting last year they debuted Disney Villains After Hours at the Magic Kingdom Park which ran from February to July on select nights, and whilst this was a “diet coke” or slimed down version of their MNSSHP it would enable Disney to have spooky offerings from February through to November – a whopping 10 months of hard-ticket spooky type events!

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Already Testing the Water…

So using Disney as a business case, Universal must have thought that they could do a similar action and provide a more horror sided type event outside of their popular HHN; which is exactly what they have tested (read our thoughts here)!  Starting this year at the popular Mardi Gras events, they started to test the waters with a little more voodoo than before: more street performers were added, a tribute store (which was arguable creepier than HHN29’s version!) complete with a Voodoo King mannequin and faux bayou shack, revised voodoo art and far more food offerings; sound familiar?  It was all well received and I am sure next year’s event will be even spookier.
The Evidence

We wrote an article back in February where we obtained an information request from the BBC as to whether Universal had approached them to use Doctor Who in any of their parks, you can read that lengthy investigation piece here.  We were then intrigued to see Doctor Who and a whole host of other sci-fi properties pop-up in a questionnaire that was send out yesterday to select participants.  The questionnaire supposedly made references to the following franchises:

·     Star Trek
·     Doctor Who
·     Back to the Future
·     Lord of the rings
·     The Witcher
·     Black Mirror
·     Zelda
·     Pokémon

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Additionally, there was another earlier questionnaire sent out in January which referenced a similar event that would be solely based around Pokémon with the following features:

·     Hard ticket event to be run in the evenings
·     Special tasks
·     New Pokestops
·     Obtain special event only Pokémon for the app
·     Themed lounges
·     Special dining opportunities
·     Special merchandise
·     Beta testing new generation of Pokémon
·     And much more!

Provisionally named within the questionnaire as “Universal’s Pokémon GO Fest” it would feature a whole plethora of Pokémon challenges, quests and experience for the fans of the popular video game and movie franchise.  One of the questions related to whether it should be a duel event and not just feature Pokémon, so as this might have been a popular option it would appear that Universal are now possibly looking to see what properties could be folded into this event to make its appear more reaching and to a variety of demographics.


When could it be released?

Right now, it is all possibly just blue sky thinking with the survey questions leading the design process.  We all know about the widely publicized deal Universal has with Nintendo, so it would be easy to think that any of their properties from Wario to Zelda could easily find their way to any such event.  Likewise, The Witcher which is produced by Netflix is a possible as Universal has very good links to that organization.  Back to the Future is a Universal property, Doctor Who we have discussed and Star Trek has been loooong rumoured to be appearing in the future at Universal.

Likewise, the calendar does provide some clues as right now on the Marquee Events landing page it only lists Mardi Gras (Spring), HHN (Sept to Nov), Christmas (Nov to Dec) and New Year’s Eve; no other events are listed (though this might be due to Covid-19).

Total possible events include:

·     Jan: Rock the Universe
·     Feb: Running Universal
·     Feb to April: Mardi Gras
·     May to June: Summer Concert Series
·     July: Fourth of July Celebration Nights
·     Sept to Nov: HHN
·     Nov to Dec: Holiday Celebrations

Looking at the above, the schedule does seem pretty full, however, Universal wasn’t planning to run the Summer Concert Series (it’s had an on and off history and this is as far as we know), therefore a new sci-fi themed event would be perfect for this window!

So there you have it, a speculative article with some evidence of blue sky thinking.  Let’s hope it pulls off and it amounts to something.  Would you like to see a “Sci-Fi Summer Nights” event at Universal?  Let us know in the comments!

Remember these are just speculative rumors and nothing is confirmed until Universal says otherwise.

And the winner is…

Congratulations to Nicholas G who was the only team/person from our 31 entries to correctly get all 13 questions right!  Well done Nicholas, we will be in touch over your prize pack!

The scores were:

13
Nicholas G
12
K Chang
12
Palace Theatre Patrons
12
Schitties Kidz
11
E Moore
11
Alex A
11
The Carey Ohio Blood ‘N’ Guts Sponsored by Meetz Meats.
11
Twisted Taters Suicide
11
The Town of Carey Gang
10
M Led
8
E Thaler
6
Addison C
6
Anthony P
5
Pizza Fries 4 Life
5
Jack’s Freaks
5
M White
5
J Smith
5
M Franks
5
Sara M
5
Ren P
5
D Baker
5
Michael W
4
Haunters Squad
4
A Austin
4
fREAKERS
4
Passholders Anoymous
3
S Reins
3
The Mummy’s Mommy
3
L Rodrique
3
Pete J
1
Paula P

 

The answers were:

1.     Who was technically the first icon of HHN to appear in the marketing of HHN?

The Cryptkeeper

2.     At HHN14, how many hurricanes would thump Central Florida before Field of Screams was destroyed?

Four

3.     Which movie that spawned a horror franchise was made from an idea at HHN?

House of 1000 Corpses

4.     Which social media star portrayed Bloody Mary in the commercials of HHN18?

Laura Clery – check her out she is hilarious!

5.     Which kid’s TV show had a promotion tie-in to HHN for one year, but never featured a house at the event?  It would in-fact have a temporary attraction at Disney World a year later…

Goosebumps

6.     What was the name of the ‘extreme house’ that was designed but never built?  It included being locked in a coffin!

Severe Fear

7.     What is the name of the travelling carnival that Jack the Clown originally appeared with?

Dr. Oddfellow’s Carnival of Thrills.

8.     Which HHN year did the little remembered Alfred Hitchcock lagoon mini-show debut?

HHN22

9.     Which male character would often appear alongside ‘The Rat Lady’ with his own body covered in a different type of crawling critters?

The Roach Wrangler or Roach Man

10.  How many HHN events are held around the world?  Including locations that no longer present them.  You must list the locations.

Five: Orlando, Hollywood, Singapore, Japan and Spain

11.  Which icon was planned for the 2001 event but was replaced at the last minute?

Eddie

12.  How many years was HHN held between both the Studios and the Islands parks?

Three

13.  Which house was rumored to have actual props from the Jurassic Park franchise contained within it?

Project Evilution

 

Congratulations to Nicholas and thank you all for playing!  We hope this has provided some little relief during these awful times.  We may do this again as a few people have asked to do another one.  Please let us know in the comments if you’d like to take part in another Quiz!  For now, thank you for playing and stay safe.

 

The HHH Show Episode 10: Leigh Whannell and The Invisible Man (2020)

Join us for more spooky fun as we go all out on the latest Universal blockbuster ‘The Invisible Man’ with legendary film director Leigh Whannell who we chat to about his creations Saw, Insidious and Dead Silence. Plus he tells us about an hilarious incident he caused at Halloween Horror Nights! We also have Amanda’s trip report to Comic-Con, our non-spoiler review of ‘The Invisible Man’ and a Spooky Story!

Starring Christopher Ripley, Boston White aka Amanda and The Spooky Voice Guy. Producer: The Amazing Aaron Adams.

This podcast is apart of the After Dark Podcast Network and HHNUnofficial.com — This episode is sponsored by Anchor.

Listen now on Apple or on all other podcast outlets!

BOGO US Tickets on SALE NOW

The BOGOs are back! Guests can now make plans to get a double dose of horror with a special “Buy an Event Night, Get a Second Night Free” offer for the highly-anticipated 30th anniversary year of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, running select nights September 10 through November 1.

Plus, guests who book a vacation package that includes this incredible offer can be among the first to book event upgrades that will take their Halloween Horror Nights experience to the next level, like RIP Tours and Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror tours, before they go on sale to the general public.

Available for purchase online only through June 3, the “Buy an Event Night, Get a Second Night Free” offer gives guests the utmost flexibility as they’re able to choose two nights from 36 set dates, including select Saturdays, to attend the world’s premier Halloween event. And the chosen dates don’t have to be consecutive – so guests can face the event’s horrifying haunted houses, scare zones and shows on one night, then take a few days or weeks to recuperate before facing their worst nightmares for a second time.

Guests can also stay in the heart of the screams with a vacation package that includes Halloween Horror Nights admission with this special ticket offer, Universal Orlando hotel accommodations, tickets to Universal Orlando’s three world-class theme parks and more. They also have first dibs on booking an RIP tour – a guided tour experience that gives guests front-of-line access to all haunted houses and more – and a Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror tour – a daytime, lights-on tour of the haunted houses that gives guests a glimpse into how the scares are brought to life.

Here’s the terms:

Get your tickets today directly with Universal at halloweenhorrornights.com

Do you go BOGO or do you prefer FFP? Let us know in the comments! (FFPs are not on sale yet!)