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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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!

Eleven Vacations at Orlando HHN!

Universal Orlando Resort recently hosted Emmy Award-nominated actress Millie Bobby Brown, known for her role as Eleven in Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” at Halloween Horror Nights – the world’s premier Halloween event. Millie ventured through the wildly-popular “Stranger Things” maze, experiencing the horrors around every turn – including facing the horrifying Mind Flayer in Hopper’s cabin. “It was so cool and just like being on set. It was absolutely terrifying and a must-see,” said Brown after experiencing the totally-frightening maze.

In the “Stranger Things” mazes at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, guests go further into the chilling world of the Upside Down as they experience the most terrifying moments of seasons 2 & 3 of the hit Netflix series, face snarling Demodogs, scream through iconic scenes and more.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” to become victims inside their own horror film.  Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season. And, the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

“Halloween Horror Nights” runs on select nights through Nov. 2 in Orlando and select nights through Nov. 3 in Hollywood. For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

HHN 2020 is in full pre-production

It’s hard to believe as the terrors of HHN29 are among us right now that somewhere in some dark and secret corner of each US Universal backlot there lurks a small team already currently working away to design the horror for next year.

It was John Murdy from the Hollywood version of HHN who recently tweeted this exciting news, that HHN 2020 is currently being prepared:

Even early meetings are taking place:

This should be no surprise to anyone as often HHN discussions and preparatory meetings are very fluid with some IPs taking years to secure the rights to.  However, we just wanted to give you this little heads up that the horrah truly never sleeps!  But for the time being, let’s enjoy the weeks we have left at the most fantastic year that is HHN29!

 

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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Is there a new Stranger Things attraction coming to HHN29?

A news story recently broke on TPU that a new secret temporary attraction is coming to HHN29.  The article reports that the space between where the old Terminator attraction used to dump guests out and the Monsters gift store will be used for this new attraction.  And if you can remember the space we mean, you will know that the area is not very large!

 

Universal appears to be going all in this year with Stranger Things with the cool 80s vibe, dedicated house to season 2 (plus a bit of season 3), a selfie pop up in Cabana Bay Resort and various re-themed eateries around the park.  That is why it was a surprise to learn of yet another addition to the lineup so far into the event’s current run.

The article alleges that the attraction will be some form of spooky echo chamber where guests will be able to talk and even have conversations with various characters from the Stranger Things world.  Weird right?  Apparently, it works off of a new in-development Microsoft system that is similar to Amazon’s Alexa, where you will be able to hold basic conversations with a select number of characters.  There will also apparently be special effects, fog machines and strobe lighting.

At this time we don’t have much to go but be sure that as soon as we here more things about this new attraction we will report them here!  Hopefully we will know more tonight at HHN!

Have you seen this addition lurking in the Monsters Store?  Let us know in the comments if you have and be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

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. 

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 https://amzn.to/2ZJrDjy.

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 https://amzn.to/2ZJrDjy where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly.

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!