It’s officially Halloween season, as Universal Orlando Resort has just unveiled the final lineup of terrors that await for Halloween Horror Nights 2021, including a lineup of haunted houses, two live shows, and more to celebrate 30 years of fear.
The big reveal came in the form of a tweet and YouTube video highlighting all the fears to come at this year’s event.
Five additional original haunted houses were revealed this morning as part of the big announcement, with a couple you might recognize:
- Welcome to SCarey: Horror in the Heartland – Some of the most haunting original stories from Halloween Horror Nights over the years have been set in the mysterious town of Carey — and this year, “Welcome to SCarey: Horror in the Heartland” will combine these stories and bring them to life once again in a first-ever haunted house that pays homage to the event’s 30-year history. Guests will be transported back to the shady township of Carey and enter familiar settings that will leave fans shrieking from nostalgia and horror. From the ghastly cave of vampires from The Hive, the decrepit attic of Dead End and the disturbing Meetz Meats human deli from Leave it to Cleaver, they’ll find no escape from the evil of Carey once and for all.
- Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth – The world of Legendary Truth, an evolving story following a mysterious paranormal research group, has haunted guests via unique haunted houses throughout Halloween Horror Nights history. In “Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth,” guests will step into the well-worn shoes of the infamous Boris Shuster — the elusive private eye investigating the supernatural — as he endlessly searches for clues to a series of strange occurrences throughout New York City. Falling further into the shadowy, dark world of the paranormal, guests will face an overwhelming onslaught of ghouls, poltergeists and terrors, all while trying to solve the biggest mystery of them all — how they’ll survive…
- The Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin – The beloved tradition of Halloween has more sinister roots waiting to be unearthed and as the grower of this ritual, the Pumpkin Lord is preparing for his yearly human harvest in “The Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin.” Lured in by the familiar sights and sounds of the holiday, guests will find themselves trapped in an endless maze of traditional Halloween domains, including a dilapidated haunted house, an ominous graveyard and even a wicked witch’s cottage — all overrun by ruthless creatures engulfed in ghastly pumpkin growth. They’ll follow the ceaseless vines as they twist and turn right into the Pumpkin Lord’s lair, where he eagerly awaits new victims and is never truly satiated.
- Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience – Originally revealed last year, the demented side of puppetry and theatre will take center stage in “Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience” as guests are transported to San Francisco’s abandoned Grandeur Theatre in the early 1900’s. They’ll find the Pasek’s Puppet Troupe trapped within its ruins in the midst of rehearsing for their next grisly performance. With a fanatical need to entertain any captive audience, the troupe has turned to transforming trespassers into living puppets — dismantling and sewing them back together as life-sized marionettes for additions to their horrific encore. Will guests escape in one piece or will it be their final curtain call? No matter what, the show must go on…
- Revenge of the Tooth Fairy – Returning from last year’s “Halloween Horror Nights Lite,” you about to discover the sinister reality behind the seemingly innocent childhood tradition in “Revenge of the Tooth Fairy.” All children must give up their baby teeth to the goblin-esque tooth fairies or pay a gruesome price. It’s an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Step into an old manor house that has been swarmed by yellow-clawed fiends, dripping with blood, teeth and gore. Grit your teeth as you see the evil fairies extract their toothed bounty by force while their victims struggle in vain. Hold in your screams or risk exposing your own teeth to their monstrous grasping claws.
These experiences will join the IP-based haunted houses for this year, including Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House,” “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” “Beetlejuice,” “Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives,” and “Halloween Horror Nights Icons: Captured.”
In addition to the 10 haunted houses, there will also be five scare zones taking over the streets of Universal Studios Florida:
- Crypt TV – Guests will step inside “Crypt TV,” a dark universe of monsters that reside in the same reality on their screens, in their pockets and now, in real life. In this nightmare world that’s overtaken San Francisco, creatures of all shapes and sizes exist, including The Look-See, the Sunny Family Cult, Harclaw and Miss Annity. Now, they’ve been brought to life in a world of fear that will engulf any guest who enters.
- 30 Years, 30 Fears – The most infamous characters from past Halloween Horror Nights scare zones will reunite to take over the Avenue of the Stars in “30 Years, 30 Fears.” Guests will enter a gory reunion where the past has come back to haunt them with creatures of blood and bone, beastly monstrosities and chainsaw-wielding fiends lurking around every corner.
- Seek and Destroy – In “Seek and Destroy,” guests will find themselves in a New York dystopia where a ruthless alien cyber regime, led by The Controller, has taken over — relentlessly scanning the city streets for humans and turning them into fuel. With the regime’s loyal followers hiding in the darkness endlessly hunting for new victims, guests must either join them or be destroyed.
- Gorewood Forest – The heartless Terra Queen is back and her wicked plans to remake the world in her terrifying image will take root in Central Park, transforming it into the grisly Gorewood Forest. Guests will find nowhere to hide from her menacing minions as they harvest fresh blood to feed her ever-growing power.
- Lights, Camera Hacktion: Eddie’s Revenge – Eddie Schmidt, Jack the Clown’s diabolical brother, is returning to Halloween Horror Nights to film a gory Hollywood sequel in “Lights, Camera, Hacktion: Eddie’s Revenge” — except this time, the monsters are real. Vampires, evil clowns, creatures from the watery depths and other horrific beings from event’s past will roar on the scene where guests will make their short, and painful, cameo.
Two new live shows will also take center stage at this year’s event:
- Marathon of Mayhem: Carnage Factory – A brand-new nighttime lagoon show that will transform the expansive Universal Studios lagoon into renowned visions of fright. Jack the Clown will lure guests into a trance, and they’ll awaken in the heart of an insidious factory with pulsing lasers and pounding, electrifying music. Frozen with fear, a nightmare machine will extract guests’ deepest fears one-by-one and project them onto giant water screens, showcasing the notorious Halloween Horror Nights icons and frightening scenes from Netflix’s critically-acclaimed series “The Haunting of Hill House,” the legendary Universal Monsters classic movies and the iconic slasher film, “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.”
- Halloween Nightmare Fuel – A fiery new show featuring nocternal creatures, aerialists of the night and fire performers, all set to rock, metal, and electronica music.
Plus, it wouldn’t be a Universal Orlando event without its own Tribute Store, and the immersive retail location will return once again this year at Universal Studios Florida. Designed with themed rooms packed with specialty merchandise, a variety of treats and more, fans can expect more details on this year’s experiential retail space soon.
Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2021 will kick off on Friday, Sept. 3 and run on select nights through Sunday, Oct. 31. All tickets and vacation packages are on sale now. To learn more, and purchase your tickets, visit Orlando.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.