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The Rumor Queue: Halloween Horror Nights 30 houses at Universal Orlando

by Tharin White

Halloween Horror Nights is prepping for its 30th anniversary here in Florida. Whether this will be your first year or you have been here since the beginning, we all cannot wait for another fear-filled event. I can almost smell the pizza fries and fog now.

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UPDATE – 07/25/20, 1:05 p.m. EST: Halloween Horror Nights 2020 has officially been canceled for both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.

UPDATE – 04/2/20, 11:45 a.m. EST: Universal has responded to a tweet verifying that Halloween Horror Nights 30 has not had any scheduling changes. Currently the event is still scheduled to happen as originally planned.


We have gathered a collection of rumors for what we believe to be the 10 haunted houses featured in the event this year. This information is not confirmed by Universal Orlando Resort and it should be understood that these are just theories based on rumors.

This time Orlando is opening its gates for the 30th year as the carnage continues. The last anniversary year was the 25th in 2015, where Jack the Clown brought forth carnage, evil laughter, and fear to the forefront of the event.

Jack Presents: 25 Years of Monsters and Mayhem Walk Through at Halloween Horror Nights 2015

“Jack Presents: 25 Years of Monsters and Mayhem” was the main house that year, as it brought back scare favorites from years past.

We fully expect that there will be an anniversary house of some kind this year as well. What we don’t know, though, is if any of the icons will be hosting this event. Due to the recent park closures, many things have changed in the theme park world. While we still expect Halloween Horror Nights to happen this year, there have been no announcements just yet.

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This year’s event will include 10 houses, five scare zones, and two show offerings. The official Halloween Horror Nights 2020 website confirms this with the placeholders for upcoming offerings.

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The Haunting of Hill House

Netflix has become a big player at Halloween Horror Nights in the past few years. “Stranger Things” was the forefront of advertising for the past two years and helped bring in numerous new fans to the event. “The Haunting of Hill House” looks to be the next big thing. This show skyrocketed up the list of must-watch shows on Netflix’s offerings when it debuted in 2018.


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Beetlejuice

For the past two years, Universal Orlando showcased a cult classic, “Killer Klowns from Outer Space.” The classics will continue in 2020 with “Beetlejuice.” This film offers so many unique locations and creatures that this is sure to be a fan-favorite. Be prepared for a look at the outlandish ways that Barbara and Adam transform themselves to scare the Deetz family out of their home — and be ready to walk through the chalk-drawn door into the netherworld.


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Gremlins

The classics continue on with “Gremlins.” Feeding after midnight has proven deadly, as these tiny terrors come to attack the town of Kingston Falls. Christmas Eve will be filled with bloody snow and vicious attacks as water continues to increase the number of Gremlin attackers.


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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Netflix comes bearing another new horror offering with the “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” With three chapters of material currently, this house could include season jumping like last year’s “Stranger Things” season two and three house.


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The Bride of Frankenstein

Last year, Universal Orlando brought forward the Universal Monsters haunted house. From werewolves to mummies, this house brought the classic Universal Monsters films into a new and scary light. This year it appears a new house will hone in on one of the highlights from last year, “The Bride of Frankenstein.”


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Billie Eilish

Last year we got the music of Rob Zombie in “The House of 1000 Corpses”. And, it appears music is making a return with Billie Eilish. Her work, specifically her music videos, is jam-packed with horror influences. While we currently don’t know specifics for this house, there is a multitude of ways that her unique music could influence the scares.

We have also heard a rumor that Eilish’s music will be the focus of this year’s lagoon show, but, like with all of these theories, this has yet to be confirmed.


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Anniversary House

For the 25th anniversary, Jack, the carnage-loving clown, brought mayhem to Halloween Horror Nights. Now, for the 30th anniversary, we expect an anniversary house that features past icons and fan-favorite houses. The favorite location of Halloween Horror Nights is the town of Carey, Ohio. This would be a perfect location to feature flashbacks of past years.


Terra Queen

An icon that seems likely to return is the Terra Queen. Featured in 2005, the Terra Queen commanded her space with a monster inspired motorcycle and her Black Guards. Her nightly rituals featured sacrifices and large amounts of blood.


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Bedtime Stories

Two years ago at Universal Studios Hollywood, the Terror Tram was attacked by Hollywood Harry. This haunt featured numerous stories coming together for a complete experience. This idea was also showcased in Slaughter Cinema at Universal Orlando that same year. We expect a similar style of house this year, featuring twisted looks at bedtime stories. This could also be another way for Halloween Horror Nights to showcase past houses or icons.


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Dungeon of Terror

The house that started it all. The Dungeon of Terror began what we now know as Halloween Horror Nights. This year, we’ll go back to the place where fear was born, as many fans will see a rehash of the house for the very first time.


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Speculation Map by @HNNightmares on Twitter

Horror Night Nightmares has created this speculation map for the upcoming season of scares. While the location of the houses could sway from what is portrayed, we believe that the house names and themes are quite accurate.


What do you think? Is this what you hoped for during the 30th anniversary? Have you heard otherwise? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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24 comments

Ronnie watkins April 1, 2020 - 7:25 pm

Looks good to me will be lots of fun.

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Allan April 2, 2020 - 12:22 am

Are you high? It’s going to be cancelled this year.

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Nick April 2, 2020 - 10:05 am

No one knows what’s even happening in 3 weeks. Relax there “mr wants attention”

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Frank April 10, 2020 - 6:56 am

Chill out Allen universal already said it’s still going to schedule

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Tyler April 10, 2020 - 8:07 pm

You, “the apocalypse is now” wackos are the worst. It’s 6 months+ from now, let’s calm down a little.

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Mr. Bruh July 23, 2020 - 5:24 pm

Right? Really hope they actually have a beetlejuice and bride of frankenstiein house.

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Paschal April 1, 2020 - 10:20 pm

Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy!

Or perhaps Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! is more apropos.

Something fun to focus on, as our thoughts and prayers are with our Park-Mates over these tough weeks ahead.

Salute all.

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Nathaniel Arabie April 1, 2020 - 11:48 pm

What about the rumored return of Bill and Ted? I know they have only been gone for one year, but somewhere I heard that they would be coming back to promote the third movie. It was supposed to be released this year, but I don’t believe that. And if that happened, where would Academy of Villains go? With the possible return of Jack, it is most likely that he would have his own stage show.

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Matt April 2, 2020 - 11:14 am

This looks like crap.
Hope it gets cancelled and they go back to the drawing board.
It’s HHN’s 30th anniversary. This thing should be out of control awesome. Should be loaded with horror ICONs. Chucky, Freddy, Michael Myers, Jason, Leather Face and so on. Bill and Ted for sure. This is a respect to the true fans that support HHM for all this time. Give us what we want. 30 years of horror here people get it right for us.

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Cody Baerlocher April 3, 2020 - 9:40 am

I like that idea, they need to give us what we want and bring back those houses.

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Randy Barker April 14, 2020 - 11:32 am

I agree its the 30th year

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MarioRodriguez April 3, 2020 - 11:56 am

I remember when Hhn was geared more towards the older crowd it was a lot more fun then now you have too many kiddie themed houses and more PG. I think it should go back to the way it was and leave the PG stuff to disney. I heard that there is a knew bill and ted movie coming out if so i hope you take into consideration of reinventing the bill and ted show for they have an enormous fan base

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Jonathan Wallis April 6, 2020 - 3:54 pm

A Haunted house themed to “Gremlins”?! YES! YEESSS!!! IT’S HAPPENING!!! FINALLY HAPPENING!!! “Gremlins” is one of my favorite horror films of all time! Universal better not be pulling my leg with this one! If they aren’t, then just take my money already Universal, I will be there (or at least try to, lol) Day#1! I will definitely add this event on my annual pass. They also better have a photo spot, where you can take pictures with a little Gizmo animatronic/puppet! He is the most Cutest character in film history (along with “Baby Yoda” of course). With that, along with a “Beetlejuice” house, the return of the classic “Dungeons of Terror” house, and a possible return of “Jack the clown.” This could easily be the best HHN Yet!!! 😆😆😆

(**All aboard the Hype-train!**) CHOO-CHOO 🚂🚂

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Jonathan Wallis April 6, 2020 - 4:11 pm

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P.S
I was also hoping/praying that they will bring back the “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” scare zone. I just watched that movie, and I HIGHLY regretted missing out on those zones/houses that they had for two years. I have just now started to fall in LOVE with that film franchise. But then again, I should probably leave the suggestions to the true HHN Fans, as I only just started going to that event last year. I am in the minority group of the “I am such a scaredy cat, but love the creativity behind it” demographic, and I don’t want to ruin this special event for the majority of people who attend HHN, especially for it’s 30th anniversary. I still wish deep down that I can get my “Killer Klowns” zone though, it would be awesome. 🤞

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brode June 4, 2020 - 2:31 pm

They had killer klowns last year..

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Dave July 11, 2020 - 10:08 am

A video was leaked from just outside the universal parks with the killer Klowns music playing over the park speakers. Only a month and a half out from the first day, seems like you will get your wish. Unless universal is doing different themes in Hollywood and Orlando. We will see soon.

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Tyler April 10, 2020 - 8:08 pm

You, “the apocalypse is now” wackos are the worst. It’s 6 months+ from now, let’s calm down a little.

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Kaitlyn April 10, 2020 - 11:05 pm

All the house rumors sound fun but as a collective whole it sounds like a weak event. I’m not overall impressed by any of this and it’s very disappointing for an anniversary. I guess we’ll just wait and see. Who knows maybe it’ll turn out great.

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Aldenir May 12, 2020 - 2:10 pm

Man, a good idea for one of the houses could be “Aracnofobia” uh? What do you think?

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Oscar Ganley June 29, 2020 - 4:12 am

I wanted a Carrie Maze

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Erica July 14, 2020 - 4:49 pm

A Carrie house? It would just be bloody walls and a chick. Lol I think maybe a tribute in another house to the movie but not stand alone. AND I also heard rumors for Texas chainsaw which would be annoying cause there’s already chainsaw people everywhere at haunted houses. A little elementary if they do that

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Erica July 14, 2020 - 4:47 pm

Maybe the Billie house will turn out to be interesting and different. She has some pretty weird videos MAYBE She’ll even bring a 3D element. I’ve been wanting that. As for the icons… we will get them! In two different tribut house! The monster bride one and of course the ICONS house which will be epic! As for beetlejuice… it was apparently a huge hit back when they first did it. It’s going to be awesome to see what they come up with.
I have tickets for September and I am extremely excited.

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Mr. Bruh July 23, 2020 - 5:22 pm

Why would they have a maze based off of Billie Eilish lmao. Plus, Rob Zombie had a scare zone. There is a difference. Also, Rob Zombie has directed multiple horror films, hence why they chose him.

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Douglas Moss August 13, 2020 - 8:28 am

And the Rob Zombie scare zone had good looking chicks in leather bustiers stripper dancing with explosions and blaring music. We sat there and drank booze from the bar for like two hours two nights in a row. That was the best attraction in the history of HHN. I doubt they will follow suit with Billie Eilish. Hence, it will not be good. Bring back the strip club vibe. I don’t care who the musician is. Nat King Cole? Hit chicks stripper dancing? Fine. I’ll go.

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