Hidden Easter Eggs and Details from Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights!

Halloween Horror Nights 30 has been bigger and better than ever with the coolest houses, treats, experiences, and entertainment! And, it’s only just kicked off in Universal Orlando!

30 Years, 30 Fears

While we explored the park during the event’s opening weekend, we scoped out all the awesome details around HHN. And, you’re going to want to keep an eye out for these 6 hidden Easter Eggs at Halloween Horror Nights 30!

Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth

While the Legendary Truth series has a long history in the Halloween Horror Nights realm, there’s a quick-and-you’ll-miss-it Easter Egg during Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth. Although the house hops between the 40s and 90s, the same date on October 25th is a nod to the start date of the very first HHN!

Time Jump!

Once you leave Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth, you can continue to spot hidden details from the series around Universal Studios Florida! Year-round, you can spot Boris Shuster’s office (the detective from Legendary Truth)…

Boris Shuster’s Office!

…and the Kitty Kat Club, which can be seen in this year’s house!

Kitty Kat Club

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy

Uniquely, the Revenge of the Tooth Fairy literally reads like a book, as guests walk through a fairytale gone wrong. The design team who created the house wrote the full children’s storybook before the house was constructed in order to feature pages and illustrations from it in each scene.


Ironically enough, every member of the design team actually had dental surgery around the time they were making Revenge of the Tooth Fairy! What a coincidence, right?


HHN Icons: Captured

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights icons have become such fan-favorites because of how they are able to channel the fears of guests so well. Back when Universal first decided to make its very own original characters, the parks polled people to ask what they fears were. Most people said that they were terrified of clowns, hence why Jack was the first HHN icon in 2000.

Jack the Clown

As you walk through HHN Icons: Captured, you’ll not only be able to find all your favorite original horror characters in one place…BUT, you’ll also find promotional materials and merchandise from past Halloween Horror Nights events throughout the house too! You might even notice that the tortured souls are wearing HHN shirts from the years the icons in the house debuted.

Tortured Souls and HHN Merch

The most interesting part of this house, though, is that the “most fearsome” Halloween Horror Nights icon will change throughout the event! So, someone new could take the throne each time you’re going through HHN Icons: Captured!

The Fearsome Director

Welcome to Scarey: Horror in the Heartland

The town of Carey, Ohio might ring a bell if you’ve ever been to past Halloween Horror Nights events. The quaint (but terrifying) town has been a recurring location for various houses over the years. But, it all started because Carey, Ohio was the hometown of one of the founders of HHN, who worked as a Team Member on the Art & Design Department. We just hope her experience wasn’t nearly as scary as ours!

Welcome to SCAREY!

During the Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Daytime Tour, guests are also able to get a look at the houses with the lights on for a full view of all the details. And, Bioreconstruct shared that you can find a hint to a different house with the Legendary Truth: The Collective touch point on the wall in Welcome to Scarey: Horror in the Heartland.

The Haunting of Hill House

Universal hasn’t been shy when it comes to using popular television series as the basis for houses over the years. While we’ve seen Stranger Things and American Horror Story take the scene before, now the limelight is on the house themed after Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House.

Haunting of Hill House

Since the story of the show is so wonderfully crafted, Universal tried to model its Halloween Horror Nights counterpart as much as possible after the show. And, apparently they did such a good job that some Team Members were too scared to go back in more than once!

Will You Survive Hill House?

Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience

You might be trying to avoid the deadly puppet troupe inside Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience, but there are quite a few hidden gems if you look hard enough! When you enter the house, the dressing room has plenty of Team Member costumes from over the years in the area.

But, Universal fans might notice that the Team Member costume from Dueling Dragons is hanging on the clothing rack! After the attraction closed, it was switched over to Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure as part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter instead.

In the area next to the entrance of Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience, you might notice the name “A.L. Caine” on a neighboring building. Since Universal has brought back a LOT of its original icons, this name is actually a reference to The Caretaker (who you can find in spots like HHN Icons: Captured)!

Soundstage 23

A few of the areas where Halloween Horror Nights houses are placed are so big that they can accommodate more than one! Soundstage 23 is one of those spots in Universal Studios Florida, where both the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Bride of Frankenstein Lives houses are located this year.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

In order to fit both houses in one soundstage, the Halloween Horror Nights team designs them so they are in opposite triangles! And, they make sure that you don’t hear the sounds from the other house (even though you may hear a few screams).


While Halloween Horror Nights is already a blast itself, we LOVE all the attention to detail that is put into it! And, we’ll be sure to give you a look at all the other happenings at Halloween Horror Nights 30 this year. Stay tuned with All Ears for the latest Universal entertainment and news!

Take a look at ALL the Halloween Horror Nights houses and scare zones!

What’s your favorite Halloween Horror Nights house this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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