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.
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” 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.