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.


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:


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?


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.

(c) copyright NBC Universal

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!


Riverdale Actress Has Scariest Night EVER at HHN!

The actress best known to millions as Cheryl Blossom from the ever-popular Riverdale series has had the scariest night of her life at HHN in Hollywood.

She was invited to HHN last week as she had apparently never been before, she said, “October is one of my favorite months, and to get in the spirit, I am finally doing something spooky . Bring on the screaming 😱Thanks Halloween Horror Nights!”

As well as being a hotly in-demand Hollywood actress she also has her own line of designer sunglasses and a very popular YouTube channel.

Check-out the video below to see her scream her way through some of the mazes!

Have you ever seen any celebs at the event?  Let us know in the comments!

HHNU’s Hollywood Book Becomes Award Winning

Readers’ Favorite has today recognized “Halloween Horror Nights Unofficial: Around the Globe” by Christopher Ripley in its annual international book award contest, currently available at

The Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

Readers’ Favorite receives thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these large submission numbers, they can break down the contest into 140+ genres, and each genre is judged separately, ensuring that books only compete against books of their same genre for a fairer and more accurate competition. They receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America).

“When the right books are picked as winners we pay attention. We will be spreading the word about Readers’ Favorite.” –Karen A., Editor for Penguin Random House

Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that “Halloween Horror Nights Unofficial: Around the Globe” by Christopher Ripley won the Finalist Award in the Non-Fiction – Music/Entertainment category.

Christopher Ripley said, “I am so very humbled and grateful for this award.  This book was by far my most favorite to research as the stories contained within linked directly into the construction of the original Universal Backlot.  The rich horror heritage is intertwined into the DNA of the event, and this is clearly evident throughout. The research into the urban legends and an 80-year olf mystery being solved by this book is the true cherry on the top!”

You can learn more about Christopher Ripley and “Halloween Horror Nights Unofficial: Around the Globe” at where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly.

The Award-Winning Unofficial Guide to HHN is OUT NOW!

The award winning and best selling guide to HHN has been released!


Stakes? Check. Silver bullets? Check. Survival guide? If you’re brave enough to attend Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, you better believe you’ll need a survival guide. Complete with a detailed history of the event, this book is all that stands between you and them. For over 29 years, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights has been the pinnacle of holiday events in Orlando. You won’t find Mickey there (he’s too scared!), but you will find the bloodiest, goriest, most intense thrills of your life. Christopher Ripley pulls back the shroud and tells the history of every HHN event, from the earliest Fright Nights to what to expect in 2020 and beyond!

The fear-filled coverage includes:
* Walkthroughs of every house and scarezone in HHN history
* Backstories of HHN icons like Jack the Clown and icons-that-never-were like Nathaniel Crowe
* Survival tips, crowd levels, maps and wait time graphs, and other tools for making the most of this year’s HHN
* Behind-the-scenes commentary from HHN notables Mike Aiello, James-Michael Roddy, Jason Surrell and event co-creator Julie Zimmerman
* A rundown of houses that never saw the light of day
* Lots of “Fun Fear Facts” about little-known HHN moments


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers’ Favorite
Halloween Horror Nights Unofficial: The Story &Guide by Christopher Ripley is a colorful story, constructed around the historic and highly attended Horror Night (Halloween Party) in Orlando. And this is nonfiction, neither is it your run-of-the-mill Halloween story. It is a powerful guide to one of the most attended events in the history of Orlando, a guide that offers a vivid andengaging history of the event,looking back at its twenty-seven-yearhistory. This book is written forfans of Halloween Parties, especiallythose who are keen on witnessingthe goriest, scariest, bloodiest, andmost thrilling experiences of themost horrific night of the year. In this book, the author walks readersthrough the significant moments ofthe event, including the scare zonesin HHN history, back stories oficons of the event, survival tips, maps, graphs and a lot more.

From the very first page, the readerknows they are not dealing with anamateur. Christopher Ripley writes inan excellent and professionalstyle and the words flow with theconfidence of someone who knows thesubject matter intimately. The bookis punctuated with entertainingillustrations and images, and readerswill also enjoy the referencesthat are so neatly integrated into thenarrative. Halloween HorrorNights Unofficial: The Story & Guide had me intrigued and mesmerized. Apart from the author’s storytellingskills, he has a knackfor arresting the reader’s attention with hispopular, conversationalstyle. This book is as entertaining as it isinformative and afteryou’re done reading, you’ll want to be part of theexciting event.

🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 Awarded for Expert Writing for the “Halloween Horror Nights Unofficial” at the 2018 Readers’ FavoriteAwards in the Non-Fiction – Music/Entertainment genre

🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 Halloween Horror Nights Unofficial was Awarded at the Halloween Book Festival Awards 2017 for the General Non-Fiction Category for Horror Writing

Buy your copy today, just click below!

HHN Hollywood Announces New Scarezones!


Fallen Angelz

Explore crypts packed with restless ghouls and escape angry skeletons that have taken over Main Street. If you think the aged statues are creepy, wait until you encounter the wraith who will be literally watching over you. You can also spread your own demonic wings while you’re here, but be sure not to antagonize the Angel of Death.


Spirits & Demons of the East

Sacred antiquities have just been shipped over from the Far East, and they didn’t come alone. Many of these artifacts were stolen from ancient temples and carry angry spirits with them. Now the spirits roam New York Street, looking to exact vengeance on anyone who would dare steal such sacred relics. Be careful out there, these powerful demons can look like anything – even innocent school children.


Christmas in Hell

You’ll likely feel a faint sense of relief as you exit the Holidayz in Hell maze, but it won’t last long. Navigate through the Christmas trees littering French Street and make your way through our twisted takes on many holiday traditions. A giant nutcracker may be looking for a skull or two to clamp down on. The Winter Witch and Jack Frost himself will be celebrating as well, and they may not take too kindly to you interrupting their festivities. And just when you think it’s over, beware of the New Year’s Baby. He’s… cranky.


ToXXXic Tunnel

Yes, if you wish to experience the mazes on our Metro Lots, you’ll have to get through the tunnel once again. This time, the warped and cartoonish members of a demonic custom car club have taken over, and they don’t plan on letting you get very far on foot.


All Hallow’s Evil
Halloween isn’t the only holiday that happens this time of year. The Celtic festival of Hop-tu-Naa is celebrated on October 31st as well. There’s also All Saints’ Day, followed by All Souls’ Day, and of course Mexico’s Dia de Muertos; all of which share this season with the centuries old Gaelic festival of Samhain. Samhain celebrates our transition into the “darker” months at the end of the harvest season. The souls of the dead are thought to return home on this night, and are welcomed with costumes and bonfires. Some say the costumes were actually intended to protect oneself from these otherworldly beings. Here’s hoping they’re relatively peaceful during your visit…

So there’s your sneak peek at what you can expect from this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” Scare Zones. We covered pretty much everything, but there may still be a couple surprises in store for you. If we told you what to expect at every turn, it would be much harder to sneak up on you, you know? We can’t wait to see you and yours at HHN…and don’t forget to watch your back!

Which zone are you most looking forward to?  Let us know in the comments!

HHN Hollywood to Offer Special Fan Preview!

Universal Studios Hollywood Jump Starts Halloween Horror Nights on Thursday, September 12, Offering Guests an Exclusive First Look Preview Before It Officially Opens on Friday, September 13!

Universal Studios Hollywood will be offering fans of HHN an exclusive first look at by inviting them to experience L.A.’s scariest and most intense Halloween event on Thursday, September 12, one day before it officially opens on Friday, September 13.

Top headlines for this first-ever HHN Fan Preview include a chance to be among the first to explore this year’s 10 terrifying new mazes (a record for Hollywood!), bragging rights to be among the first to post on social media, special themed photo ops with scareactors, DJ music performances, plus receive a special commemorative credential, in addition to possibly seeing favorite celebrities attending the event’s red carpet premiere which takes place that same evening.

A limited number of must-have tickets will be sold for the Fan Preview Night, adding to its exclusivity.  Advance purchase is recommended as tickets for all nights will sell out. More information is available at

Dates for Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights are: September 13-15, 19-22, 26-29, October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31, and November 1-3, 2019.

The following highlight the various ticket options currently available for purchase:

  •         Fan Preview Night General Admission ticket
  •         Fan Preview Night Universal Express ticket: includes bonus experiences such as access to all-new horror-themed panel presentation and express access to all mazes and the Jabbawockeez show
  •         Fan Preview Night + Frequent Fear Pass: enjoy Fan Preview Night plus up to 25 select nights
  •         Ultimate Fear Pass:  enjoy up to 32 nights of scares, including a ticket to Fan Preview Night
  •         Frequent Fear Pass: visit up to 25 select nights
  •         September Pass: visit up to 11 event nights throughout the month of September

Fan Preview Night General Admission includes:

  • Access to all the new Halloween Horror Nights mazes, scare zones and attractions
  • Exclusive themed photo-ops with scareactors
  • DJ music performances
  • Commemorative Fan Preview Night credential
  • New specially themed food, drinks and merchandise available for purchase

Fan Preview Night Universal Express includes:

Everything with General Admission ticket plus the following exclusive items:

  • Panel Presentation with John Murdy and Chris Williams – the Creators of Halloween Horror Nights
  • One-time express access to each maze and attraction, as well as priority seating for the Jabbawockeez live show

Additional tickets will be available soon, including the premium R.I.P. Tour, the After 2pm Day/Night Combo Ticket and the must-have Universal Express.

The following is a partial list of this year’s wicked line-up, with more maze news to be announced soon:

  •         “Stranger Things,” based on season 2 and 3 of Netflix’s critically-acclaimed supernatural thriller
  •         “Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man,” inspired by Universal’s original cinematic monsters, and the movie studio that invented the horror film genre.
  •         “Holidayz in Hell,” an all-original maze featuring demented versions of everyone’s favorite seasonal celebrations
  •         “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s popular television series
  •         The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew returns by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for Halloween Horror Nights

Preview night tickets along with select tickets to “Halloween Horror Nights” are available for purchase here.

Will you be attending the fan preview?  Let us know in the comments!