The Time The Simpsons Visited Halloween Horror Night

The Simpsons have justed about lampooned and parodied everyone and everything by this point, from a country like Australia to the latest Bond movie, everyone has been fair game for the longest-running animated sit-com.

But did you know back in 2015, The Simpsons visited Halloween Horror Night, that’s Night, and not plural!  Yes, the dear old Simpsons parodied our very favorite Halloween event with hilarious consequences.  So unless you wanna boot up Disney+ (does everyone else think it’s weird The Simpsons is now a Disney property?), we are gonna deep-dive into what is our favorite episode…

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Set in Krustyland, the episode took aim at theme parks who present Halloween events, albeit with great humor.

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Zombie scareactors (c) Disney / 20th Century Studios

The episode follows the Simpson family, who decorates their house as “Everscream Terrors”. Homer goes to a Halloween store (akin to a Spirit store) and talks to Apu, the store’s owner, about three workers, who are promptly fired and plan vengeance against him. After an unsettling experience at the Krustyland Halloween Horror Night, Lisa develops a fear of Halloween. Marge convinces Homer to take down Everscream Terrors, but he refuses. Marge then takes Bart and Maggie trick or treating, but everybody is asleep, making Bart upset.  Meanwhile, the three fired shopworkers take their revenge against Homer.  It is also the only Halloween-themed episode of The Simpsons that is not part of the show’s Treehouse of Horror series.

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“Leatherface” makes an appearance (c) Disney / 20th Century Studios

HHN conventions seen:

  • Set decorations
  • Gory setpieces
  • Speciality foods
  • Chainsaw Drill Team
  • Dance groups
  • Attractions
  • Special Halloween drinks
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Speciality food items were offered (c) Disney / 20th Century Studios
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Alien? (c) Disney / 20th Century Studios
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Even the oldest attraction in the theme park was fair game for the comedy…

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The dance shows were also parodied where a version of Rocky Horror’s Time Warp was presented (The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been at HHN about 7 times now!).

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The episode is really fun and light-hearted, HHN fans you should definitely search it out, especially if you are really missing your dose of HHN this year!

Let us know in the comments if you like this episode!  And whether you think The Simpsons should come to HHN!

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HHN in Orlando and Hollywood are Canceled

Universal made the difficult decision today to cancel the HHN events at both Orlando and Hollywood; rumors were already circulating that Hollywood had been striking sets following drone footage of the alleged activities.  However, it was formally announced yesterday, they said in a statement:

Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood have made the difficult decision to not hold Halloween Horror Nights events this year. Universal Orlando Resort will be focusing exclusively on operating its theme parks for daytime guests, using the enhanced health and safety procedures already in place. Universal Studios Hollywood continues to face ongoing business restrictions and uncertainty around its opening timeframe.

We know this decision will disappoint our fans and guests. We are disappointed, too. But we look forward to creating an amazing event in 2021.

The levels in Covid in Florida have been steadily increasing over the last few weeks.  This comes as Disney World recently opened and instantly garnered international criticism via the press for the decision.  Hollywood on the other hand is still closed due to State mandates.

It is very sad that this event should be canceled, especially to the Team Members, Scareactors, seasonal workers, vendors, and fans who dedicate their time every fall (and for many, it is a year-round dedication!) to the event.  Whilst it is a decision that Universal wish they never had to take, we know ultimately that is was the right one.

We look forward to 2021 and to see what it brings us.

Keep your eyes on HHNU for any further developments or news and rumors for 2021.

 

HHN News & Rumors Round-up!

We had a bumper pouring of HHN related news and rumors yesterday!  So-much-so that we thought we’d highlight all the news items that hit our inboxes yesterday so as to ensure you didn’t miss anything, so here goes:

All of these items are for ORLANDO:

  1. Scareactor Dining is BACK

Universal added the popular dining experience to its website yesterday.  The meal will differ slightly from previous years as Covid prevention measures will be in place and guests will not be allowed to make contact with the performers.  More info is here.

2. Fear Factor stage closed

The Fear Factor stage closed to make way for construction and rehearsals for a coming show at HHN30.  A number of rumors are pointing to either a return for the perennial Academy of Villains but with perhaps a bodacious duo making a cameo or an original show featuring all of our favorite Bill and Ted actors…  the production is classed as TOP SECRET – for now!

3. HHN Online Store

Universal quietly released a number (but not all!) merchandise for HHN30 onto their online store.  There is a lot to pick through and it contains wonderful artwork from the last 30 years.  The site even crashed due to demand last night!  You could also easily start your very own HHN shirt collection today!  The online store can be accessed here. (Although much of the stock is either missing or sold out – it’s probably a tech issue so be sure to keep checking back.)

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4. Tribute store opening date

We are hearing strong reports that Universal Team Members have finished decorating the HHN Tribute Store (next to The Mummy ride) and are looking to stock it very soon.  Some reports suggest it could open as early as July 22nd whereas others are saying August 1st.  If true, this would mean the Store might be opening during the day!

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5. HHN is rumored to be going virtual!?

We don’t know the authenticity of this tweet but it would appear that Jack might be heading for Universal’s new Peacock streaming service.  The info in this tweet would corroborate with news that we received last week of a potential Jack commercial being filmed outside the Universal arches late one night.

6. Tagline

The Tagline was inadvertently released on the Merch Store and states “30 Years – 30 Fears”, which we think is pretty cool!

7. External Scareactors required for HHN

Universal put out calls for non-Universal employed people to apply on an open casting call for a role at HHN30.   If you think you got what it takes to scares the BEEP outta people, please click here to apply.

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8. Update

The website ticket offers expire on July 22nd, so we are expecting some form of announcement either on 22nd or the 23rd.

So there you have it!  July 15th was a big news day and whilst it might not have been the news we were expecting, it does show you that plans at HHN are well underway in Orlando!

Are you going to HHN30?  Did you manage to snag a retro shirt from the store before it crashed?  Let us know in the comments!

Remember: Rumors are just rumors to until Universal confirms otherwise!

Universal to Make an HHN House into a Movie!

HHN fans adored the Classic Universal Monsters house from HHN29 and with good reason, it took the classic monsters and gave them a new lease of life, updating them for the 21st Century and making them more terrifying than ever.  The house was inspired by a house at Hollywood’s 2018 event, which used a number of similar sets, costumes and shared artwork.

With this success, Universal quietly announced this week that the house will inspire a brand new movie with the artist Crash McCreery, who helped update the monsters for the house, will be on board with the project.

Universal has also reached out to Toy Story 4 Director and longtime Pixar alumnus Josh Cooley to produce the piece.  The working title is ‘Little Monsters‘ and it aims to take the updated HHN creeps from McCreery’s HHN house/maze designs and give them a more family-friendly spin.

Little Monsters’ logline has not been released by the Studios, however, The Hollywood Reporter believes that it will be “a love letter to classic Hollywood and the history of filmmaking with a story that takes a multigenerational approach to the monsters.”

The first HHN house to be made into a movie was The House of a 1000 Corpses, you can read more about that story here.

So there you have it, a second house in HHN history is going to be a movie!

Will you see this movie?  Are you excited for this movie?  Let us know in the comments!

UO Passholders now Entitled to a Commemorative HHN30 Pin with All New HHN Package Bookings

 

Universal has announced that all Universal Orlando Passholders who book a qualifying package holiday to HHN30 directly through Universal will be entitled to a commemorative HHN30 pin.

The Package Includes:

  • 1-Night Hotel Accommodations at On-site Hotels.
  • 2020 Halloween Horror Nights Flex Plus 1 Night Free Promotional Ticket (Valid for bookings Now – 7/22/2020 and for use on any 2 nights 9/10/2020 – 11/1/2020; Blockout Dates apply, these are:  10/11/2020, 10/17/2020, 10/24/2020, and 10/30/2020).
  • Commemorative Passholder Halloween Horror Nights 2020 Pin (one per person)
  • Convenient packages offer Passholders the best way to experience the World’s Premier Halloween Event.
  • Select Nights Sept. 6–Nov. 2.

Special bookable Add-ons include:

R.I.P. Tour

Join other fans and get a guided V.I.P. walking tour of the event. See more with front-of-the-line entry to haunted houses. (Separate event admission is required; pricing varies by date, subject to availability.)

Behind-The-Screams: Unmasking The Horror Tour

Take this daytime V.I.P. tour with other fans for a lights-on look into how Universal Orlando’s Art & Design team transforms the biggest names in horror into haunted houses.

Bookings MUST BE made between now and July 22 to qualify!

Visit here to read the terms and conditions and to make your booking TODAY.

Let us know in the comments if you are booking a passholder package or whether you are staying off-site!

 

 

Cast of Netflix’s ‘Never Have I Ever’ Caught Sneaking into HHN Whilst Dressed as Scooby-Doo Characters

In a moment of “it’s so funny you couldn’t make this up” comes news that members of Netflix’s hit new show ‘Never Have I Ever‘ were supposedly caught not just sneaking around the historic Hollywood backlot but also were caught sneaking into Halloween Horror Nights – whilst dressed at characters from ‘Scooby-Doo‘.  Surely this is a film we would all want to see!

The story comes from cast members Jaren Lewison and Darren Barnet who were recently interviewed by Vulture where they stated that they wanted to end their run of filming on the backlot with doing something memorable.

Apparently, the younger members of the cast formed a quick and lasting bond due to the heavy shooting schedule of the production.  The production was largely based inside soundstages on the expansive backlot at Universal Hollywood.  Towards the end of the filming, the cast started to get interested in the goings-on around the soundstages and started to venture out exploring between down-times.

Initially, the gang started to explore the neighboring sets to the soundstages but this was swiftly stopped.  Barnet said that they were prevented from doing this so rather than try their luck they decided to go bowling at a nearby bowling alley instead.  This continued for a while before the gang wanted to slip past the set security guards and get onto the wider backlot.

On the last day of shooting they snuck Scooby-Doo costumes in and swiftly changed into these when filming wrapped.  Sneaking by the security guards they managed to see the sights of the historic backlot before realizing that Halloween Horror Nights was running that night.  They then spent the rest of the night at the world-famous Halloween event before leaving.

Barnet explained that the act of sneaking-off together and celebrating the end of their production was a cathartic and celebratory experience for the young actors.  He explained that they had all auditioned for so many roles without getting cast, so to finally be starring in a big Netflix production on the legendary Universal backlot meant the absolute world to them.

Never Have I Ever is an American coming of age dramedy series exclusively airing on Netflix starring Maitreyi Ramakrishnan and created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher. It premiered this past weekend and has been widely received by audiences and critics alike.  The story reminded us of when HHN affected another show filming on the backlot, read about that here!

So if you had the chance to roam the historic sets of the Universal backlot – would you?  And what costume would you pick?  Let us know in the comments!

Rumor: Lost Icon to Return?

The very popular speculation map by Horror Night Nightmares has been released this week with a new revision.  The updated version of their map contains a number of properties, including originals and IPs which are all rumored to be at HHN this year.

One of the lesser spotted updates to the house list is a little spoken about original house that we too have heard rumors about.

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The rumor being that this house will possibly use a long forgotten icon that never really saw the light of day – even less so than Jack’s brother Eddie!  That icon is: Nathaniel Crowe.

So who is he? Created in 2008 by Mike Aiello with the purpose of linking backstories of various past icons who were associated with the Carnival of Carnage.  The back story is fascinating, for which you can read more of that here. The idea of this pumpkin headed icon was as a sequel to the wildly popular HHN17 (the year Freddy, Jason and Leatherface took center stage with Jack).  However, for reasons unknown Nathaniel was not used in the following year and instead the designers chose to build HHN18 around another new icon (at the time): Bloody Mary.

But like all good ideas and horror icons, they never really die!  That’s why we have heard rumors that the pumpkin headed monster is to star or even possibly headline this house. All perhaps done as a tribute to Mike Aiello who is now no longer working on HHN but is now working on the plans and designs for Universal’s new theme park, Epic Universe.

If true this would be an excellent addition to the event and a great way to utilize a forgotten icon that never really saw the light of day.  He also sounds hella scary, being a composite of pumpkins, weeds, candles, crow feathers and the size of a large scarecrow (and we all know how terrifying they can be!).

Here’s the opening poem that Mike wrote to accompany the icon:

Forgotten are the ways of old
traditions blood black and cold.
Up through dirt roots grow and burst,
evils’ return, you’ll see what came first.
When ravens and crows made the night black, Pumpkins were carved to keep the evil back.
When the howl of the wind sent shivers down spines, Graves of our dead covered in vines.
When black cats crossed paths and wolves howl,
True witches did more than laugh and scowl.
Your time has come, Nathaniel Crowe,
outside the box you’ll think, you’ll grow.
Terrors traditions in ways you will demand, Halloween’s true self is at hand.

For more information on this forgotten icon go here.

So there you have it, a little rumor to tide us all over to until the big updates start coming!  Would you be interested in seeing this icon finally get his time in the spotlight?  Sound off in the comments!

Remember, all rumors are just rumors until Universal confirms otherwise!

HHNU’s Virtual Pub Quiz

Welcome to the first ever HHNU Virtual Pub Quiz!

As many of us are on lockdown and have time to fill on our hands, we thought it would be great to get those grey-cells working and devise a devilish Pub Quiz for you all to take part in!

Rules for the Pub Quiz:

  • It is free to enter, you just need to email us your answers.
  • The top prize is a goodie bag which will contain a number of items but will also include a signed HHN book by Christopher Ripley (which you can personalize).
  • All answers are marked by the HHNU Team with Chris being the final judge on all answers.
  • If more than one person or team get 100% of the questions correct, they will be emailed a secret tie break question!
  • No purchase is necessary as this is a free event, you can live wherever you like and if you’re under 18 you must have your parents or guardians permission to enter.
  •  You can work in teams or individually, though you cannot submit your questions more than once!
  • A bonus point will be issued for the team with the best HHN inspired name!
  • You can use the internet or any resource appropriate (such as Chris’ books), but no heating as this is just for fun!
  • Quiz closes 24 hours from this post, all answers after this date will be voided.
  • The judge’s decision is final.
  • No cheating!
  • If more than 10 teams/individuals score 100% then the winner will be the team with the best name!
  • The judges’ decisions are final.
  • You need to email your answers and team name to:

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You have 24 hours from this post, your time starts now….

The Questions:
1.    Who was technically the first icon of HHN to appear in the marketing of HHN?
2.    At HHN14, how many hurricanes would thump Central Florida before Field of Screams was destroyed?
3.    Which movie that spawned a horror franchise was made from an idea at HHN?
4.    Which social media star portrayed Bloody Mary in the commercials of HHN18?
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…
6.    What was the name of the ‘extreme house’ that was designed but never built?  It included being locked in a coffin!
7.    What is the name of the travelling carnival that Jack the Clown originally appeared with?
8.    Which HHN year did the little remembered Alfred Hitchcock lagoon mini-show debut?
9.    Which male character would often appear alongside ‘The Rat Lady’ with his own body covered in a different type of crawling critters?
10.  How many HHN events are held around the world? Including locations that no longer present them.  You must list the locations.
11.  Which icon was planned for the 2001 event but was replaced at the last minute?
12.  How many years was HHN held between both the Studios and the Islands parks?
13.  Which house was rumored to have actual props from the Jurassic Park franchise contained within it?

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

HHN30 is on!

News came this week that HHN30 is still in production and is still being planned for this fall.  The only change currently is that production members are now remotely working from home and producing the horrah from their own homes!  Everything else is full steam ahead!


HHN’s own Patrick Braillard confirmed to fans this week that they are still planning on hosting HHN30 and that no higher-up at Universal has said otherwise.

A few social media trolls had been spreading fake whispers that Universal had cancelled HHN30 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic that is sweeping the world currently, though these reports have now been confirmed as garbage.

So for now, we can confirm that the event is planned to proceed and should you require tickets or want to take advantage of special HHN packages you should click here.

Afterall, if 9/11 and past economic recessions/crashes can’t stop HHN – nothing will!

So there you have it, the horrah will continue this fall!  Have you purchased your tickets yet?  Let us know in the comments!

 

Possible Announcement Date Released + New Universal Convention

Have you ever been to D23?  It’s the largest world gathering of Disney fans and it is Disney’s own version of Comic-Con where all the latest announcements for Disney movies, TV, parks, merch etc are released.  This is combined with special experiences, celebrity surprises, and shopping opportunities.

The Disney company has got so big that it needed a large outlet such as D23 to be created to allow it full media coverage of what it has coming soon.  But Disney isn’t the only media conglomerate that has been rapidly expanding…

Introducing Peacock Live, the very first NBC Universal fan experience that is going to give D23 a run for its money!  Using a similar format of exclusive experiences, celebrity appearances, and convention type panels, the folks at NBC Universal are bringing a whole host of different panels, with three that are set to “blow theme park fans minds”.

These three panels are:

Universal Parks & Resorts Global Preview – Peacock Live! guests will get an exclusive first-look at the exciting new experiences coming to the Universal Parks & Resorts theme parks around the world.

The Making of a Theme Park Attraction – How does a global blockbuster film franchise like “Jurassic World” become a mega-hit theme park thrill ride? Guests will have a chance to hear first-hand from the creative minds at Universal theme parks around the globe responsible for bringing favorite films from the silver screen to groundbreaking, next-generation thrill rides.

Halloween Horror Nights – Get insight from the global teams behind the world’s most successful Halloween event, and how they collaborate with filmmakers to bring iconic horror films to life as interactive, dimensional haunted houses and mazes.

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Universal hasn’t said whether we will get an announcement for HHN30 at the panel but if D23 is anything to go by, where some park announcements from the 2019 event are plugging attractions that won’t be open for another 2 to 3 years, it is a sure-fire bet that something big and interesting will be announced at this new exclusive event!

Peacock Live! is a first-ever fan festival showcasing the best of NBCUniversal’s past, present and future. Taking place March 28-29 2020 on the legendary Universal Studios backlot, Peacock Live! will give fans insider access to the latest and greatest film, television, sports, lifestyle and theme park experiences only from NBCUniversal.

To get your tickets for this event go here now.

It will be cool if they use this new event to promote HHN and especially if it leads to more behind-the-scenes type info being displayed.  Are you excited for the event?  And will you be going?  Let us know in the comments!