After surviving a year of real-world terrors words can’t express how good it feels for us to be able to write that Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) is back and ready to make up for lost time with the world-famous haunt’s preempted 30th anniversary. It’s looking like last year’s pandemic-induced absence has given the HHN creative team plenty of time to dream up some nightmarish houses and experiences for what promises to be one hell of a scary good time.
Last year, they were able to open a few houses on a limited basis including Beetlejuice, The Bride of Frankenstein, and Revenge of the Toothfairy. The former two are already confirmed to be featured houses this year and the latter is rumored to be part of this year’s lineup. There’ll also be houses based on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Haunting of Hill House.
Featuring the tagline, “Never Go Alone” – guests will face 10 terrifying haunted houses, five twisted scare zones, and two outrageous live shows based on some of the biggest names in horror and pop culture. We also can’t forget to mention that Jack is back and will be featured in all of his iterations from previous years! The Horror Night’s “Icon” will be invading every corner of this year’s event with unsuspecting “Jack Attacks” that will send guests running for their lives; infiltrating every aspect of the event – from the streets to the haunted houses to the places guests would least expect”, including Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
Here’s a look at the HHN 30 lineup of haunted houses and more (keep checking back for more updates).
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Inspired by the 1974 iconic slasher film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” this all-new maze will depict a harrowing and intense experience as you try to outrun the maniacal Leatherface and his unrelenting chainsaw. Embark on a killer journey through a series of familiar scenes from the film and try not to fall victim to the diabolical family of cannibals. From a dilapidated gas station to an eerie, old farmhouse, you’ll witness unimaginable horrors around every corner, soon discovering that nowhere is safe from the demented Leatherface. Will you make it out in one piece? Or in pieces?
Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives
The Bride of Frankenstein is stepping out of the shadows and taking her fate into her own bloody hands. The terror begins when you enter the tower ruins where Frankenstein’s monster pulled the lever to bring down the walls and destroy him and his Bride. You’ll recoil in horror as she tries to bring him back at any cost, honing her diabolical genius one harvested body part at a time but don’t get caught between her and the Brides of Dracula, who she captures and drains in hopes of reanimating her love. In the end, the mate will have her monster and the monster his mate.
The Haunting of Hill House
The Netflix series is reincarnated as a “Halloween Horror Nights” maze as the imposing and mysterious Hill House eerily comes to life beckoning you to embark on the dark journey experienced by the Crain family. Iconic scenes will be featured throughout the maze, including the omni-powerful Red Room – the heart of Hill House – and the infamous Hall of Statues, where deceptive powers overtake everyone who enters. Apparitions will appear around every corner to test even the bravest souls as they attempt to escape the entanglement of the estate’s eternal stranglehold or succumb to the powerful forces of Hill House.
Say it once. Say it twice. Say it three times. It’s time to turn up the juice and see what shakes loose as the original film comes to life, more twisted and terrifying than ever. Beetlejuice will haunt, taunt and send you screaming out of the haunted house. He’ll torment you as you wander checkerboard hallways and abandon you to your fate in the Lost Souls Room. He’ll also menace you through the model graveyard and join in the fun of Dante’s Inferno. Be a part of the infamous dinner party scene and witness Beetlejuice’s chaotic wedding. It’s showtime!
Stay & Scream
JACK’D UP Experience
Enter the twisted world of Jack the Clown and take a mind-trip through the chaotic Carnival of Carnage. Pose for photos, go inside Jack’s human-sized blender and undergo a maniacal transformation. JACK’D UP Experience takes place from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort on 9/3/21 – 10/31/21 only. Experience is only open to Universal Orlando Resort hotel guests with the presentation of the hotel key card. Guests of other Universal Orlando Resort hotels will receive a parking validation ticket for complimentary self-parking at Cabana Beach Bay Resort.
Horror Icons Bar
Revel in past Halloween Horror Nights Icons in this wicked lounge. Purchase specialty drinks as well as spooky snacks. You’ll be surrounded by images of some of your favorite Icons, including Jack, Chance, The Storyteller, and more, along with props and costumes.
Both experiences are located at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. The JACK’D UP Experience is exclusive to guests of any Universal Orlando Resort hotel and the Horror Icons Bar is accessible to all guests.
About HHN 30
The HHN 30 Horror-bration runs on select nights from September 3 through October 31. Due to popular demand, event nights are expected to sell out. Visit the HHN30 website for more information on tickets and vacation packages. We’ll see you there!