Halloween is coming to Universal Orlando in more ways than one. The Florida theme park famous for bringing movies to life is giving guests even more to scream about at its 24th annual Halloween Horror Night (HHN) event, which takes place inside of the Universal Studios theme park.
Based on John Carpenter’s 1978 film “Halloween,” this all-new haunted house tells the story of the psychotic killer Michael Myers. On Halloween night, no one is safe as he dons his mask and takes off on a murderous rampage. Guests will walk from scene to scene of movie mayhem in this over-the-top maze. Watch out or become the next victim.
“My experience watching this film growing up is as vivid now as it was years ago. The team and I are beyond thrilled to bring one of the most iconic horror films and characters to life at Halloween Horror Nights.” Said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment – Creative Development, Universal Orlando Resort. “Halloween began what would become the slasher film genre and still represents the genre as its horrific crown jewel. Guests will come face to face with Michael Myers as we recreate the kills committed on the night he came home.”
In its 24th season, this year’s HHN event includes original content as well as some of the most recognizable names in pop culture, movies and television. Live shows such as Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure and The Rocky Horror Picture Show will give guests a respite from the unbridled terrorizing fun of haunted houses and scare zones.
Halloween Horror Nights 24
Haunted House Mazes
- AVP: Alien vs. Predator – In collaboration with 20th Century Fox, HHN puts guests right in the middle of a battle between the Xenomorph species and the predators.
- Dollhouse of the Damned – An ancient evil lies within the decaying walls of this dollhouse where guests will be terrified with original characters in a visually disturbing environment.
- Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood – Guests will witness the transformation of Vlad the Impaler as he becomes the monstrous Dracula.
- From Dusk Till Dawn – Based on the hit El Rey Network series, guests enter a remote biker bar where chaos ensues as they discover that an ancient lair of blood-thirsty vampires lies beneath its neon-lit exterior.
- Giggles and Gore Inc. – Evil clowns abound as people are stretched, smashed and peeled apart.
- Halloween – Travel with Michael Myers as he begins his historic night of terror. Guests will find themselves racing to outrun Michael’s murderous knife as he slashes everything in sight.
- Roanoke: Cannibal Colony – Walk into the Lost Colony settlement of Roanoke Island and experience the terror of a community in cannibalistic turmoil. Join the colonists in the destruction and carnage as they attack anything and everything that stumbles near them.
- The Walking Dead: The End of the Line – This year’s maze is the largest maze ever created at HHN. It puts guests at the heart of a journey to seek safety at Terminus, an elusive destination that promises community for all. The experience mirrors the terror placed upon the residents of the West Georgia Correctional Facility as it sends guests fleeing from the fallen prison into unknown territory to fight for survival against flesh-eating walkers and ruthless humans.
Street experiences, or scare zones, are outdoor areas that guests simply walk through. The area is usually expertly decorated to convey a certain scene or theme and, of course, there are all kinds of creatures hanging around to increase the scare factor.
- Bayou of Blood – With trees illuminated by candles, snakes and spiders spilling out of the bayou and the alter set, the legendary “Mamba” prepares to flood the bayou with blood.
- Face Off – In the Flesh – The most twisted, gruesome and creative character creations from SyFy’s hit show “Face Off” will be live and in the flesh in the streets of Universal Studios. This unique zone will surround guests in the macabre visions and nightmares of some of the world’s most talented up-and-coming make-up artists and monster makers.
- MASKerade: Unstitched – At first, it seems like a normal ballroom. Guests will soon notice that something is not quite right as they notice human heads inside gigantic candles, body parts dangling in the streets and human faces ripped right from the skulls.
- The Purge: Anarchy – This scare zone gives guests a feeling of pure fear as it brings to life the chaos and turmoil of complete anarchy. Like civilians in the movie, guests must use wit, luck and speed to try to outsmart and outlive this state of utter anarchy.
Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 24 takes place on select nights from September 19 to November 1, 2014. During its 24 year history, HHN has become an iconic event for horror and theme park fans from around the world. The event has been known to sell out, so be sure to get tickets ahead of time. Halloween Horror Nights is a hard ticket (separate fee from regular park admission) event.
Universal Orlando theme park tickets and vacation packages are available for booking now at HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando. Universal Orlando Resort offers four on-site hotels – with a fifth coming soon – that include Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and the brand new Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Guests can walk to the theme parks and CityWalk or take the water ferry. Check out Universal’s hotels by clicking right here.
Note: Parents, please use caution when bringing young children to HHN. It is a very dark and intense experience and is intended for ages 13 and up. No masks or costumes, please.
As a fan of history and the Outer Banks, this Theme Park Examiner is really interested in the “Roanoke: Cannibal Colony” haunted house. I’ve never seen that concept done in a haunted attraction before and find it quite intriguing. Being familiar with Universal’s excellent attraction theming and execution, I know that it will be a-mazing (excuse the pun). I am also happy to hear about the “Face Off – In the Flesh” scare zone. How about you? What are you looking forward to at Halloween Horror Nights? Please feel free to comment below.