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

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

Description:

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

Reviews:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 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

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HHN Hollywood Announces New Scarezones!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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!

JUST REVEALED: YETI: TERROR OF THE YUKON IS THE NEXT ORIGINAL HAUNTED HOUSE COMING TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

Today, Universal Orlando Resort revealed Yeti: Terror of the Yukon as the next original content haunted house coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2019 – the world’s premier Halloween event.

Spawned by the twisted minds behind Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, Yeti: Terror of the Yukon will transport guests to an isolated logging camp in a remote part of Canada that’s all but uninhabitable. As they venture through the camp, they will quickly discover they are not alone and now must flee from a tribe of Yeti, beasts as brutal as the winter. If the cold doesn’t get them, the Yeti will…

On select nights from September 6 to November 2, the most terrifying names in horror will take over Universal Studios Florida, as the sun sets on days filled with thrills and the night awakens with a frightening chill for Halloween Horror Nights. Guests will face 10 all-new elaborately themed haunted houses, five scare zones and live entertainment as well as enjoy Universal Studios’ most exhilarating rides and attractions. All tickets and vacation packages are now on sale. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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

Introducing the Upside Down Whopper

We all remember last year when Stranger Things debuted at HHN28 and not only could you visit the world of Hawkins but you could also eat a series of different topped Eggo’s.  As it was this very year that Universal really stepped up the food offerings at HHN with the debut of over 20 different food options, with most of them themed to Stranger Things.

But skip forward to 2019 and it’s not just Universal that getting in on the themed food fad, but now Burger King is also having some fun trolling us all with a new specially themed Whopper: The Upside Down Whopper.

Working in partnership with Coca-Cola and Netflix, select BK restruants across the US will be swopping their classic Whopper Sandwiches literally upside down in an attempt to draw some publicity for the show’s third season.

BK foodies can find the Stranger Things themed burger at the following resturants: Miami, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Philly, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, L.A., and New York starting Friday June 21.   They will also be offering special Stranger Things themed t-shirts, crowns, ketchup packets, and pins!

Season 3 of the hit show will begin airing exclusively on Netflix on July 4 and from what we’re hearing the season will also be represented at the end of the forthcoming HHN houses this September!

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Scareactor Dining is Awesome

In all the confusion and updates of last week, it was easy to miss the upgrade to the official HHN site that now includes the ability for guests to book their places onto the fantastic Scareactor Dining.  The official site reads:

Make your meal part of the horror with this event-exclusive dining experience at Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe. Enjoy special scareactor photo opportunities, a digital download of a photo taken during the dining experience and an all-you-care-to-eat themed dinner buffet.

Reservations are required. For those who purchase through the Agent Store, Attraction Ticket Desks or at the Front Gate, after reserving and purchasing your dining experience, you must call 407-224-FOOD (3663) (EST 7:30 am–10pm Mon–Sat; 7:30 am–9 pm Sun) up to 24 hours before arriving to confirm your table.

For more information on this MUST DO addition to HHN29 you can call the above number or hit-up the official site here.  And we would highly recommend you pre-book as these dates do sell-out!!

Dates Currently Available:
Sep: 6, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29
Oct: 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31

Will you be doing the Scareactor Dining this year or have you done it in the past?  Let us know in the comments!

 

Rumor: Universal Team Members Blocked from HHN for 3 weeks

Rumor has it that Team Members working for Universal will be barred from accessing HHN from 11th to 27th OctoberBlackout dates are nothing new for Team Members or guests on certain annual passes, but it does show that the possible only reason to exclude a bunch of people from attending the event will be due to capacity issues, aka Universal are expecting this period to be VERY busy.

The dates also include Columbus Day on 14th which is typically very busy and is often around the HHN fan community’s named ‘hell week’ where the house lines are just too long, even for most dedicated HHN fReAkS among us.

Basically, they are expecting this during this period:

Another date for your diary that is off limits to ALL guests and HHN fans is October 16th, which has weirdly been omitted from the schedule of nights.  Rumors were that Microsoft had yet again booked their convention named Ignite for the October 16th at Universal but this has been found to be incorrect as their convention has now moved to the Orange County Convention Center and is taking place from November 3rd to 8th – well after HHN has finished.

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Microsoft’s Ignite convention had for the previous two years had exclusive use of Universal Orlando for one night only every October, effectively knocking one night of HHN off the rota.  Hashtage, thanks Bill Gates!

As for now, no one knows who the mystery booker of October 16th is but be sure to keep your eyes peeled on HHNU as we’ll let you know as soon as we do.  That is assuming that Universal just didn’t want HHN on that night and that there is no mystery booker – but if that was the case then why would the Team Member blackout dates be during this time?  So someone is surely taking October 16th off the schedule….surely?

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Are you a Team Member and does this affect your HHN plans?  Equally, do you know what’s happening on October 16th?  Let us know in the comments!

Remember, all rumors are just rumors until officially confirmed by Universal.

Rumor: HHN Trivia App to be Extended

Released last year to HHN was a great addition to the official Universal Orlando mobile app called ‘Terror Trivia‘.  Those that didn’t play it while waiting in the ‘conga’ lines of HHN28, it involved competing HHN fans the chance to test their HHN knowledge against other fans (btw: if you want to bone up for HHN29 we can recommend a really good book!).

The game contained 11 horror-packed levels where trivia surrounding the 10 haunted houses was used to enable each guest to compete, followed by a bonus ‘History Rewind’ level reserved entirely for the die-hard Halloween Horror Nights fans amongst us. This final level would quiz guests on previous event years, including past houses, HHN icons scarezones and so much more.

Apparently, the game was a resounding success and proved to be a popular past-time for HHN fans waiting in line.  Sadly, the HHN section is no more (obvs) but you can still download it now ready for this year here.  But it’s not just Orlando that got in on the fun, the Hollywood edition of the Universal app also participated.

And Universal Hollywood are currently working on their next installment:

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So the rumor:

We heard from a couple of our sources that Universal have wanted to expand the reach of the app and apparently have looked into developing a stand-alone version dedicated to just HHN.  Supposedly, they would like an app that can be used to market the event, talk to fans and to better interact with the community for much longer than just the length of each HHN.

And whilst this is a cool and a great idea, we were also forwarded this snippit from the US Trademark office that shows that Universal have applied for a stand-alone trademark for this app’s feature.  The application was made only last month and holds some water as to the possible expansion of this app.

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So there you have it. What we know to be FACT and what we know to be just RUMOR. And remember these rumors are just that, rumors! And nothing is official until Universal confirms it!

Did you use the app and did you like it?  What more could they do to improve it?  Let us know in the comments!

HHNU Book Gets Five 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Christopher Ripley‘s book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Non-Fiction book “Halloween Horror Nights Unofficial: Around the Globe”, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0995536260.

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.

“Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite:

Halloween Horror Nights Unofficial: Around the Globe: Hollywood and Beyond! is a nonfiction art/photography book written by Christopher Ripley. Ripley is an author and blogger who’s made a study of Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights for the last twenty-odd years. In this book, he escorts the reader on a journey back into the 1920s when Lon Chaney, Sr. recreated the Hunchback of Notre Dame and was the thrilling presence in The Phantom of the Opera. Traveling a bit closer to the present day, he studies the effects of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney, Jr. as they recreate zombies, vampires and werewolves to the vast delight of terrified audiences who made it clear that they enjoyed being frightened and wanted more. In 1986, the first of the Hollywood Horror Nights made its debut. It was not the first such horror event/party thrown by Universal Studios but, in many ways, it was the most ambitious and it certainly has been the most enduring. Hollywood Horror Nights are carefully scripted and prepared with the attention to detail of the most demanding theatrical production. Ripley describes each year’s players, themes and opportunities to be scared out of one’s wits in “you-are-there” detail.

Halloween Horror Nights Unofficial: Around the Globe invites the reader to experience vicariously countless chills, thrills and outright gross buckets of blood as he lovingly shares the details of each the last three decades’ incarnations of Halloween Horror Nights. While I’ve never been to one, I will readily confess that Halloween is my favorite holiday, and the idea of spending it as an unsuspecting tourist in a nightmare spun by the likes of Barker or del Toro is intriguing indeed. I loved learning how these spectacles are put together, every detail polished and perfected before the first brave soul enters, and I was most impressed by the author’s erudition on all things horror. This well-written and enthralling romp through Hollywood Horror will have readers considering how they can make the trip west to get in on the fun next Halloween. I know it has me doing just that. Halloween Horror Nights Unofficial is highly recommended.”

A Stranger Things Experience is Coming to London this year!

Ever wanted to go to a Stranger Things themed event where the whole of Hawkins, Indiana is being meticulously reproduced?  Well we have the event for you!  By the creative minds that brought you Casino Royale, Dirty Dancing, Star Wars (and many others!), Secret Cinema is set to debut their latest offering later this year.

This will be the first time that Secret Cinema have produced an experience for a television series.

The production, which will transform a secret London location into the suburban town of Hawkins, Indiana and its supernatural shadow, The Upside Down, opens on 13 November 2019, running until the end of the year.

Supernatural drama Stranger Things is based around the pupils of Hawkins High School, who are drawn into a world of supernatural activity after a portal to an alternate dimension is accidentally opened by the nearby Hawkins National Laboratory.

Critically acclaimed, two series of the show are currently streaming on Netflix, with a third due to drop on 4 July 2019.

Set in the 1980s, Stranger Things is filled with nostalgia and references from blockbuster films from the era and this production promises to transport audiences back to the iconic period of pop culture.

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A collaboration with Netflix, the experience will introduce brand new storylines, characters and locations, as well as revisiting much-loved narratives and popular fan moments from the series. Drawing on over 20 hours of drama from seasons one to three, the immersive experience will take audiences on a journey, blurring live storylines into the world of Stranger Things.

Talking about the production, creator of Secret Cinema, Fabien Riggal, comments “Stranger Things is a magical and wonderful creation that takes the audience on a ride into a dreamlike ’80s wonderland. We are really excited to bring the format of Secret Cinema into the Duffer Brothers richly-created world. We believe passionately in bringing people together in a physical environment away from their screens and this is the perfect world in which to launch our TV strand. Be prepared to be relocated to Hawkins.”

Secret Cinema Presents Stranger Things will also be open to young adults, with matinee performances suitable for ages 15 and up taking place each Saturday from 13:30.

Tickets for Secret Cinema Presents Stranger Things will start at £49, plus fees, with matinee tickets available every Saturday from £35 plus fees. The experience will run from Wednesday until Sunday each week.

More info and get your tickets here.

This sounds so cool!  Do you live in the UK and will you be going?