Why Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights Will Be DIFFERENT This Year

Is it too early to be thinking about Halloween?

Emma as the Bride of Chucky

Of course not! Besides, in the theme park world, Halloween starts in August! We are getting excited about Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, but we know some things will be different this year.

Halloween Horror Nights is a special after-hours ticketed event that takes place at Universal Orlando on select nights between August 30th and November 3rd. It is known for having scary haunted houses and different scare zones.

Halloween Horror Night Merchandise inside MCO in 2023

While the event follows the same outline that it normally does each year, we know that three things will be different at Halloween Horror Nights in 2024 at Universal Orlando

Universal Monsters: Unmasked at HHN 32 (2023)

New Houses and Scare Zones

While the houses for Halloween Horror Nights have not been confirmed, we can assume that we will see new houses this year. No matter the theme, this after-hours event normally has 10 houses and five scare zones spread throughout the park.

Chucky House 2023

Last year’s houses were Universal Monsters: Unmasked, Stranger Things 4, Bloodmoon: Dark Offerings, Dr. Oddfellow’s Twisted Origins, Yeti: Campground Kills, Dueling Dragons: Choose Thy Fate, The Last of Us, The Exorcist: Believer, Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count.

Stranger Things house

Some houses, like Stranger Things 4 and Last of Us, are popular because they are based on recently released films, TV shows, and video games. There have been rumors that a house based on Five Nights at Freddy’s will be joining the line-up of houses this year, as the movie was released last fall. This is all speculation and not confirmed. What we do know is that this year’s Halloween Horror Nights will feature 10 new houses.

Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count

Scare Zones will also be returning this year. Think of these as haunted houses that are not contained inside. Instead, the Scare Zones are themed and feature 100s of characters walking around. 

Emma in a Scare Zone in 2023

New Eats

Just like any special ticketed event, Halloween Horror Nights has food offerings that are only available during the event. Some of the food is based on the current year’s houses.

Sage at Halloween Horror Nights 2023

For example, last year, you could grab a bite to eat at Surfer Boy Pizza, based on the fictional pizza shop in Stranger Things 4. You could try the famous Surfer Boy Hawaiian Pizza or even the cheese and vegan options.

Stranger Things themed

Themed around the Last of Us, last year you could try the Left Behind Ravioli, which fits into the story of having to leave their lives behind in the Last of Us. This dish was mini cheese ravioli with marinara, truffle cream, garlic bread, and tempura fried enoki mushrooms and was served in a food ration tin can.

Emma approves of the food offerings at Halloween Horror Nights!

While menus for Halloween Horror Nights usually drop in August, it is safe to assume that the food offerings will change based on which houses will be part of the 2024 season. We are looking forward to this year’s themed eats!

Coffin-shaped snack

New Merchandise

We are suckers for merchandise at theme parks, especially when it is for an after-hours event like Halloween Horror Nights.

Halloween Horror Nights in MCO!

We got a sneak peek at some of the merchandise that will be sold at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. The first collection is called “Where Horror Lives.” We saw the bright orange shirt for this collection, which features the phrase “Where Horror Lives.” There is also a black hat and tumbler with the same logo.

New merch for 2024

There may also be themed merchandise based around the houses. Last year, the Dueling Dragons: Choose Thy Fate shirt was extremely popular. Last year’s Stranger Things 4 merchandise featured T-shirts, mugs, and even a drawstring bag with Vecna on it. 

Closer look at the new merch for 2024

Once the houses for 2024 are announced, we will start to get an idea of what merchandise is offered.

Hello Kitty x Chucky Merch from last year

We can’t wait for more details about this year’s Halloween Horror Nights to be released, and we will make sure to update you when the details drop!

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