The delayed 30th edition of Halloween Horror Nights will be held in 2021, with Universal Orlando announcing Friday that the event will take place between Sept. 3 and Oct. 31.
“Last year, we made the difficult decision not to hold Halloween Horror Nights,” Universal said in its announcement on the HHN website. “Now we’re back for our 30th year and can’t wait to make you scream. Experience terrifying haunted houses, sinister scare zones, outrageous live entertainment and some of the park’s most exhilarating attractions.”
The calendar unveiling also came with one extra announcement: the event will be headlined by a house themed after the 1988 film “Beetlejuice.” The house had actually been open to guests in 2020 for a single weekend. Universal mentioned several scenes for the house, all of which were featured in the 2020 version, including the Lost Souls Room, Beetlejuice’s wedding, and the haunted dinner party.
Two other houses — Bride of Frankenstein and Revenge of the Tooth Fairy — were also open to day guests last year to make up for HHN’s cancellation, but Universal has not mentioned whether they will return in 2021.
The event will again feature 10 houses, five scare zones and one “live entertainment” offering. It will run at Universal Studios Florida for a total of 42 nights — equaling the event’s longest run to date in 2019.
Not included with the HHN announcement were details about what COVID-19 safety measures will be in place come September. “Universal will continue to monitor the environment and implement enhanced health and safety procedures for its operation of Halloween Horror Nights this fall,” the park said on the HHN website. “Specific details will be shared closer to the event’s debut.”
There was also no word on plans for Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween event. The Hollywood park cannot yet reopen attractions under California’s COVID-19 guidelines and only recently announced a food festival event, marking guests’ first chance to step up inside the theme park proper in nearly a year.
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