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PHOTOS: Scare zones coming to life at Universal Orlando for Halloween Horror Nights

by Brittani Tuttle

As this year’s Halloween Horror Nights approaches at Universal Orlando Resort, props for the scare zones have started to appear in the streets of the park.

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Check out our latest photo update where we take a look at progress on this year’s HHN scare zones.

In this quick photo update, we’ll take a look at all five zones for this year’s event, Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve, Killer Klowns From Outer Space, Revenge of Chucky, Twisted Tradition, and The Harvest.

UPDATE – 09/10/18: It may not be a scare zone, but brand-new decor has popped up by the location for this year’s HHN Tribute Store in New York, as well as the bar in the queue for Transformers: The Ride. Check it out below:

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The location for the HHN Tribute Store is decorated with plenty of spooky pumpkins and hay. Source: Matt Roseboom

 

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The bar in the extended queue for Transformers is looking rather festive! Source: Matt Roseboom

Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve

In this zone, vampires punks and big-haired 80s humans will mix as they wait for the ball to drop – and then the feeding frenzy begins.

UPDATE – 09/03/18: This zone is really starting to take shape with a little less than two weeks until the event begins.

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Source: Mike Kerrigan

The zone has added a new HHN18 news truck, no doubt covering the New Year’s Festivities, as well as a full stage for the long-awaited ball drop, as well as some upgrades for the other stages.

 

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Source: Mike Kerrigan

 

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Source: Mike Kerrigan


UPDATE – 08/20/18: As of today, a new display has arrived on the stage, featuring a touching tribute to Bryan Frank from Universal Creative, who passed away a few weeks ago. Check it out below:

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The tribute for Frank reads: “Bryan Frank & the Superchargers.” Source: Quinn Roseboom


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Source: Quinn Roseboom

Just the bare bones are out for this already cult-favorite scare zone. Only an empty stage with scaffolding stand here as the zone waits for its New Year’s regalia.

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Source: Quinn Roseboom

Over by the entrance to the Revenge of the Mummy attraction, another rig has gone up, likely for lighting or other decorations.

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Source: Matt Roseboom.

 

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Source: Matt Roseboom.

The only other aspect of decor is this display window, featuring quintessential fashion staples of the 80s.

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Source: Quinn Roseboom

You can see the food and beverage tents are already up in this area as well. Bring on the Twisted Taters!

Killer Klowns From Outer Space

UPDATE – 09/03/18: This zone added a new prop in the form of the Klowns’ ice cream truck. Not sure if you would want what’s on this menu, though.

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Source: Mike Kerrigan

 

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Source: Mike Kerrigan


In this zone, Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s cult classic comes to life as guests will have to escape the Killer Klowns, or else become a tasty cotton candy snack ready to be drained via Krazy Straw.

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Source: Quinn Roseboom

Just outside Sting Alley is a sign for the zone, with the film’s title displayed. Also here is a machine-type structure with a hanging prop hidden under a black bag – which could possibly be one of the infamous cotton candy cocoons spun from the victims.

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Source: Quinn Roseboom

Elsewhere in the scare zone, two box-style props can be found hidden under camouflage tarp. At first glance, these are likely speakers for whatever sound effects and score will be played in the zone.

Another worthy inclusion is this photo posted on Twitter by Michael Aiello, Senior Director of Entertainment and Creative Development for Universal. It features a first-look at one of the klown masks that will be worn by performers in the zone.

Revenge of Chucky

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Source: Quinn Roseboom

Over on Hollywood Boulevard, Chucky prepares for his terrifying toy fair. Tall posts line the street with Chucky’s “Good Guys” character and logo, as well as a dated stand with the logo “Play Pals Toys.”

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Source: Quinn Roseboom

Further down the street, a “Good Guys” stage can be found, which will no doubt host some kind of macabre display by Chucky and his minions.

Twisted Tradition

In Central Park, an ancient evil has been awakened. Halloween has turned into an abomination of an event, where rotting pumpkins are fused with decaying human flesh. Gusts will have to escape these mutated beings with nothing but the light from jack-o-lanterns to guide them.

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Source: Mike Kerrigan

 

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Source: Mike Kerrigan

Our first look at this zone is up – up at the trees, that is! This zone recycles the well-loved jack-o-lanterns in the trees from last year’s Trick ‘r Treat scare zone.

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Source: Mike Kerrigan

As you walk into the zone, you’ll come across the sign welcoming you to Carey, Ohio, circa 1843. HHN fans of years past will know this location all too well.

Other highlights of this zone include displays of rotted pumpkins, barrels, and other farming equipment long since forgotten.

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A few of the displays found throughout the zone, waiting for the scare actors to come and claim their haunt spots. Source: Mike Kerrigan

Toward the end of the zone, you can see longer displays like these two, featuring an abandoned tractor and a horseless carriage overtaken by pumpkins and crawling weeds.

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Source: Mike Kerrigan

 

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Source: Mike Kerrigan

The Harvest

UPDATE – 09/05/18:

New theming has been added to this scare zone to represent each of the haunted houses in this year’s lineup.

So far, we can see props representing Trick ‘r Treat, Poltergeist, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Horrors of Blumhouse.  Check out the photos below:

 

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Source: Matt Roseboom

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Source: Matt Roseboom

 

 

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Source: Matt Roseboom

 

 

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Source: Matt Roseboom

 

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Source: Matt Roseboom


We find ourselves in the makings of an old barn in this photo-op zone, located in Plaza of the Stars at the front of the park.

The walls of this old barn will be decorated with menacing mementos and images from every house on the lineup this year, and it seems as though those barn walls are starting to take shape.

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Just a few of the props that can be found in The Harvest. Source: Mike Kerrigan

This zone still seems to be in the rough stages, though it will no doubt pick up speed as the opening night of HHN approaches. As you can see below, some of the set is being used as stroller parking in the meantime.

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Source: Mike Kerrigan

You can check out our full rundown of everything happening at Halloween Horror Nights this year at Universal Orlando Resort here. Stay tuned to our website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube Channel for more updates on this year’s scare zones as they continue to go up.

To learn more about this year’s HHN, and to purchase tickets, visit Orlando.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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