As we turn the calendar corner known as “halfway to Halloween,” Halloween Horror Nights nudges nightmares while teasing of terror to come for 2019. Fall is rapidly approaching and the haunt season will soon be upon us!
A sure sign the spooky season is sneaking up: some stores are already stocking fall fun (Hobby Lobby). Of course, this means it is time to dig into the seasonal party to die for – Halloween Horror Nights.
Halloween Horror Nights are the nation’s ultimate spooky season soiree. Expanded event dates exemplify evidence of this popularity. Already the creepy-cool creative minds at Universal have been teasing fans with haunted house reveals, amping up the anticipation for opening night. Listed below is what we know so far.
BREAKING NEWS (July 17, 2019): GHOSTBUSTERS on both coasts!
After a 14-year absence, the Ghostbusters are back at Universal Studios! Halloween Horror Nights welcomes the famous franchise to its fall fear event for 2019.
Confirming rumors of what many believe to be a leaked hint of the paranormal problem solver’s return, Universal announced today that the boys in brown are back! The last time the ghost gathering gurus graced the park as a major attraction was 1996; characters remained for another nine years.
Fear Franchise Frightens Both Coasts
JUST ANNOUNCED (See Above): GHOSTBUSTERS materializes at both Hollywood and Orlando this year!!
Excitement is already mounting for another installment of Netflix’s creepy cool original series “Stranger Things,” which haunts both coasts again this year. Fear fans at both Universal Studios Hollywood AND Universal Studios Florida must face the upside down as events from “Stranger Things” Seasons 2 & 3 haunt this house.
“This year, you’ll experience an all-new haunted house where you will travel back to the small town of Hawkins, Indiana and walk-through some of the most terrifying scenes from Stranger Things 2 and 3.
Not only will you come face-to-face with snarling Demodogs, but you will also make your way through iconic scenes and locations, from Chief Hopper’s cabin to the Starcourt Mall.” –Halloween Horror Nights
East Coast Excitement
Extra Days to Die For
In addition to hosting 10 houses again this year, Universal Studios Florida fuels fear earlier this year. Halloween Horror Nights 29 bursts from the coffin on September 6th. Fearsome fun continues all the way through November 2, 2019 (on select nights).
Announced Horror Nights Houses
In addition to “Stranger Things,” the following frightfully fun haunts have already been announced:
Universal revealed a new, bone chilling original haunt: “Yeti: Terror of the Yukon.” The creature may have been hinted during HHN 2018, with coming soon posters in last year’s amusing dark comedy maze, “Slaughter Sinema.” However, this cave dwelling creature lurks in its own snowy maze for Halloween Horror Nights 2019.
An original concept crafted from the minds of Universal’s haunt experts, this new haunt is sure to receive a cool reception (especially upon entering from Florida’s notorious hot and humid climate).
“Deep in the remote tundra of the Yukon, loggers and trappers seek refuge from the frigid grip of an arctic blizzard. But out in the darkness, a terror lurks far more dangerous than the deluge of snow and ice. These unfortunate souls have intruded into a territory that is haunted by their worst nightmares. Enter a logging camp that’s been torn apart, floors caked with snow, bones and gore. Right outside, screams are frozen on the faces of those who fled the towering monsters only to succumb to the elements. But there is no escape from beasts as brutal as the winter.” Universal
JUST ANNOUNCED (5/21/18): Depths of Fear
Face fears of “what lies beneath” in this new original themed haunt!
“Depths of Fear mixes all the elements of the unknown with underwater elements, monstrous creatures and a countdown to a disastrous fate.” – Universal Orlando Resort
California HHN Guests enjoyed a taste of terror from these icons of horror last year. Now, its Orlando’s turn to escape the very beings responsible for crafting the monster movie genre. This all-new monster of a maze features classic creatures clawing their way through familiar, fear film inspired surroundings.
“Come face-to-face with Dracula in his gothic castle, the Wolfman in a dark Bavarian forest, and the man-made monster within Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. And if you survive them, you still may encounter the vicious Creature of the Black Lagoon, the ancient evil of the Mummy and more.” Halloween Horror Nights
Nightingales Blood Pit
Vampiric nurses first sunk their fangs into Halloween Horror Nights in 2011 (Nightingales: Blood Prey) and returned for an encore during HHN 25 (as part of Jack Presents 25 Years of Monsters and Mayhem – 2015). Drawn to the carnage of war, these creatures feast on Gladiators for their 2019 Horror Nights return.
West Coast Creations
A Friday the 13th to Die For
While Orlando might get the jump on launching Halloween Horror Nights for 2019, Hollywood earns the ultimate date for unleashing horror: Friday the 13th! Universal Studios Hollywood’s HHN event opens on September 13, 2019! Like their Florida counterpart, west coast chills and thrills continue, on select nights, through November 2nd.
Announced Horror Nights Houses
So far fear for this year has revealed itself in the form of three haunted houses. “Stranger Things” accompanies the following frights.
Holidayz in Hell
While Orlando witnessed deranged damage from disjointed horror host H.R. Bloodnguts (2011), Hollywood enjoyed Holidayz in Hell scar zone frights (2018). This year the calendar is once again marked with macabre mayhem for 2019, Holdidayz in Hell returns to Hollywood with its very own morbid maze.
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
Last year Hollywood hosted Universal Monsters in their very own macabre maze. September 2019 will see a spooky sequel in “Frankenstein vs the Wolfman.” As these two classic monsters stalk each other, HHN guests are caught in the middle. Slash, Guns and Roses guitarist, delivers an encore performance as he returns to score this monster maze.
Horror Nights Foreign Frights
California and Florida aren’t the only Universal Studios theme parks determined to strike fear into the hearts and minds of brave visitors. Both Singapore and Japan locations lure victims with their own version of Halloween Horror Nights. Neither location has let its secrets out yet, but both are listed on the Halloween Horror Nights website, with the option to return for future fear finds.
Halloween Horror Nights are already stoking the coals of creepy cool spooky boo fun with what’s been unearthed so far. For an overview of this epic eerie event, check out our guide to HHN as well as Tips, Tricks, and Treats. Of course, stay tuned to Inside the Magic for more monster madness as Halloween draws closer.
Which of these new haunts from Halloween Horror Nights are you most looking forward to? Please share your anticipated nightmare in the comments below.
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