Only half a year away, Universal is giving us plenty of time to get excited for Halloween this year. They recently released their promo trailer for the 28th iteration of their Halloween Horror Nights. While only half a minute in length, it teases that “it’s closer than you think.”
Every year, Universal’s two North American theme parks transform and “come alive with hordes of horrifying mutants, monsters and maniacs. With over 27 years of experience to draw from, nobody creates a more nightmarish Halloween event filled with truly original scares and authentic horror movie moments. You can explore terrifying haunted houses, make your way through multiple scare zones where creatures lurk around every turn, enjoy outrageous live shows, and experience many of the park’s most exciting rides and attractions.”
While the teaser trailer isn’t much to go off of, it certainly does build hype. Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights has come to be a staple of the season being one of the largest attractions in the world. Last year, Universal boasted several huge haunts; Happy Death Day, The Purge Series, Sinister, Insidious, American Horror Story, The Shining, and Ash vs. Evil Dead, to name a few. Every year they’ve been upping the ante – and they show no signs of slowing down.
The first haunted house announcement for 2018’s Halloween Horror Nights goes to Netflix’s spooky darling, The Stranger Things. After a successful second season that dropped at the end of 2017, the 80s lovechild has begun gearing up for a monumental third season. Fans who’ve been clamoring for more Eleven and the gang can now head to Universal in the interim, and get a live, up-close look at the upside down.
From a press release, Universal described the haunt as “bring the chittering, predatory Demogorgon to Halloween Horror Nights to stalk unwitting guests as they encounter iconic scenes, characters, and environments from the mesmerizing series,”
Universal reveals dates for Halloween Horror Nights
Opening day for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando is currently set as September 14th 2018. It will be open for select dates through November 3rd 2018. This provides a wide window to hit the park during your favorite season. The attraction will be open a total of 34 nights.
If you’re planning to visit Halloween Horror Nights, the Orlando Informer has a nifty little guide to it here. A great tip, “In general, Saturdays are always busy. The first two weeks, Wednesdays, October 30-31, and November 2-3 are always some of the least-crowded nights.” Take this into consideration while booking your trip.
Halloween Horror Nights operate in both Orlando, Florida , and Hollywood, California. And before yo ask, yes, The Stranger Things haunt is headed to both parks. Tickets and packages are currently available for the Orlando location.