Halloween Horror Nights 28 will feature 10 houses this year – more than EVER. All 10 houses have been announced for this year’s event, including Stranger Things, Trick ‘r Treat, Dead Exposure: Patient Zero, Slaughter Sinema, Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces, Seeds of Extinction, Poltergeist, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, The Horrors of Blumhouse, and ScaryTales: Deadly Ever After.
Houses are situated ALL around Universal Studios Florida and are the most popular part of the event. It’s not unusual to see wait times for popular houses reach 2-3 hours on very busy event nights, so plan accordingly and purchase Express if at all possible. Houses are either in sound stages or pop-up tents, but they are dark, loud and intense. If you are claustrophobic or frightened very easily, you may want to consider only going through the scare zones. Take a look at the map below to see where each of the houses are located:
The hit Netflix show is coming to Halloween Horror Nights! If you’re not familiar with the pop culture phenomenon, you have plenty of time to catch up on it before the event starts. Stranger Things is set in Hawkins, Illinois in the 1980s and focuses on three friends searching for their missing friend, Will Byers, with the help of a psychokinetic girl, Eleven. There is so much more to the story, but fans will be happy to see their favorite moments from the show recreated, including the Upside Down and Hawkins National Laboratory.
Trick ‘r Treat
Originally a scare zone in 2017, Trick ‘r Treat is returning to Halloween Horror Nights with proper treatment. The house will be based on the movie, Trick ‘r Treat, which is an anthology film telling multiple stories all taking place on the same Halloween night. The stories weave in and out of each other and cover different macabre subjects from a school principal with an appetite for murder to a pack of female werewolves. The star of the movie and the one who ties the stories all together is the adorable, but dangerous Sam.
Dead Exposure: Patient Zero
The first original announced house has the potential to be one of the most frightening houses at this year’s event. Dead Exposure will be set in Paris in 1982 as flesh-eating undead are swarming the streets in an environment filled with total darkness. Flashes of light will help illuminate the way and also subject guests to the terror within. Patient Zero is a sequel to the 2008 house, Dead Exposure, that was completely dark and only lit through camera flashes.
There is nothing like a good 80s B-movie, especially when it’s a monster movie. This year, Universal is bringing that experience to life by featuring multiple fictional B-movies in a house they are calling Slaughter Sinema. As you show up to the drive-in, you’ll see movie trailers featuring the movies you’re able to live through, which includes classics like Pumpkin Guts and Amazon Cannibals. We’ll experience werewolf bikers, deadly barbers, creatures with tons of teeth and a swamp yeti.
Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces
Where do rides go to die? They go to the carnival graveyard of course where you can find the pieces and parts of many carnivals that have been left to rot. Instead of the shiny, bright colors you expect at a carnival, you’ll witness rust, decayed cotton candy, and collapsed funhouses. Within that decay, something sinister has festered and anyone who trespasses must pay with their life in the graveyard where ride parts have become instruments of torture and the walls are painted in blood.
Seeds of Extinction
Have you ever wondered what the world would look like if humanity ceased to be? Seeds of Extinction imagines an Earth where a massive meteor destroys human life, paving the way for predatory plants to reclaim the planet. This violent vegetation hunts its prey with thorns, vines, and poisonous pollen, eagerly looking to devour any life that gets lost within its overgrown graveyard. The Earth belong to them now, and we are the intruders.
Continuing with their 1980s theme, Universal Orlando is bringing the beloved horror classic Poltergeist back from the dead in haunted house form. As one of the most iconic “haunted house” films, Poltergeist raised the bar with everything from terrifying tress, skeleton-filled swimming pools, and of course, possessed TVs. Tread carefully as you walk through frightful film history, taking in the sights, sounds, and scares that terrified generations of horror fans.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
Halloween has been a popular franchise for Halloween Horror Nights for years now and after successful houses in 2014 and 2016, they are returning to the series again with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. The house is will follow along closely to the plot of the film with Michael Myers working his hardest to kill his niece, but no one will be safe – not even us.
Blumhouse Productions is one of the best when it comes to horror, and we are lucky that they have a great distribution deal with Universal. Last year, Sinister, The Purge, and Insidious: Chapter 4 were brought to life in The Horrors of Blumhouse, and this year The First Purge and Happy Death Day will take center stage. The First Purge tells the story of how the annual event where all crime is made legal came to be, while Happy Death Day follows a college student who is stuck in a Groundhog Day-style loop where she is murdered every day by the same Babyface Killer.
ScaryTales: Deadly Ever After
ScaryTales returns once again to Halloween Horror Nights taking our favorite fairy tales and putting a demented twist on them. This year’s house will focus on the Wicked Witch of the West who has seized control over the fairy tale realm and is tormenting all of our favorite fairy tale creatures in what is being describe as hideous and cruel, alternate storylines.