The scariest part about last year’s Halloween Horror Nights is…. that it didn’t happen! For obvious world-wide health reasons, the scarefest from Universal took a break (although a couple haunted houses were still available to guests during regular park hours), but has announced its return this year, and with a familiar face…. JACK! That’s right, baby, he’s back and he looks like he’s ready to party. The demented clown returns to help celebrate the 30th Season of Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando, beginning on select nights September 3. Unlike many of the previous seasons, this years HHN actually concludes on Halloween night instead of stretching an extras week…. possibly because Halloween is actually on a Sunday night this year.
Here’s the official description: As the sun sets on days filled with thrills in all of Universal’s theme parks, the night awakens with a frightening chill at Universal Studios Florida. Just as in horror films where the first to wander off meets a terrible fate, you’ll want to bring a friend with you to share the screams and watch your back as you make your way through the horror. You definitely need someone to cling to, someone to hide behind, somebody to panic with as you enter mind-ripping haunted houses inspired by the biggest names in horror. Face nightmarish creatures on streets twisted into sinister scare zones. Lose yourselves in outrageous live entertainment filled with diabolical surprises. Then escape to some of Universal Studios Florida’s most exhilarating attractions. This year’s event marks the return of Jack the Clown as well, spreading chaos and lunging from the shadows where you least expect. Nobody living or dead is responsible for more laughter, screams and maniacal madness over the past 30 years than Jack. So heed this warning if you plan to dare the terrors of Halloween Horror Nights: never go alone.
Tickets are now on sale, and after the year we’ve had, we expect them to go fast! Fans are MORE than ready to be back. Guests can expect 10 haunted houses, five scare zones, and two live shows. Universal announced that one of the first haunted houses is based on Beetlejuice. The iconic character (originally played by Michael Keaton) was the original host when the annual event launched back in 1991 (at the time, it was called Fright Nights).
Here’s some cool stuff to check out, for an extra-scary time:
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.
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.