Halloween Horror Nights Orlando’s food is almost as gruesome as its houses

by Susan and Simon Veness

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando is known for its gory haunted houses and scare zones, but in 2022 the terror extends to some of its food offerings, as well, at least in their names.

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Take a look at the lineup, and decide which ones you’re brave enough to try:

Twisted Tater Blood ‘N Guts – A twisted potato on a stick, served three ways. Twisted Tater (seasoned salt, garlic parmesan, sour cream and chives, and ghost pepper), Twisted Tater with Queso, and the gory Twisted Tater Blood ‘N Guts, which, worryingly, has no further description. Find them at Gramercy Park and Kid Zone.

“Wanna Play” Beignet – While its name sounds like a welcoming overture, the image on the menu billboard featuring Chucky’s hand holding a bloody knife is a reminder that there’s nothing friendly and inviting about this slasher brand of “Child’s Play.” Sold at Springfield Entrance, with The Good Guys Burger and Chili Lee Ray.

Maggot Covered Cheese Dog – Okay, you know it’s just food items you’re probably familiar with (corndog rolled in puffed rice, topped with gochujang and black sesame seeds), but anything “maggot covered” is bound to be shudder-inducing. Located at Springfield Bridge, along with Churro on a Stick.

Kid Zone gets a break with Garlic Chili Cheese “Stake” (complete with a “stake” driven through it) and Mummy’s Curse Tablet Cookie.

Meetz Meats wins the prize for gore with four foul offerings. Wrapped like you just got them from some gruesome grocery store are:

Fried Zombie Brains – (Fried cauliflower florets tossed in gochujang and topped with black sesame seeds and scallions).
Spoiled Angry Bear Meat – (Flaming Hot Cheetoes and white cheddar flavored marshmallow treat).
Spicy Fried Chicken “Offals” – (For those not in-the-know, “offal” means…well…guts and stuff. In this case it’s really crispy fried chicken thigh, peanuts, crunchy chili, toasted sesame seeds, scallions, and gochujang).
Fresh Ground Princess – A magical smack-down of sweet raspberry flavored rice crispy treats.

Among all the abomination is an adorable nod to Lil’ Boo, the carved Halloween pumpkin made wildly popular on social media. Try Lil’ Boo’s Spicy Pumpkin Bun, and pair it with the kiosk’s Pepperoni Pizza Skulls, African Lentil & Potato Sambusa Coffin, or the tame Tombstone Red Velvet Cake Pop. Lil’ Boo itself is hiding somewhere in the park, but you’ll find the namesake spicy pumpkin bread at Gramercy Park.

Is your stomach up to the challenge?

For more on Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando visit UniversalOrlando.com.

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