The 30th anniversary year of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando was set for 2020, but ultimately was cancelled due to COVID-19. Universal still threw together a fun Halloween event that included two houses (and for one weekend a third), themed food and beverages, and the Tribute Store. It was a great placeholder, but it still couldn’t replace Halloween Horror Nights. Fans of the annual event now have a reason to celebrate! The dates have been revealed for Halloween Horror Nights 30!
Halloween Horror Nights will return on September 3rd and run through October 31, 2021 on 42 select nights. The event will consist of 10 haunted houses, 5 scare zones, at least 1 form of live entertainment, plus attractions, merchandise, dining, and plenty of screams! The dates are as followed: September 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, October 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31!
Oh wait, we already have information on the first* house revealed – Beetlejuice! This doesn’t come as a shock, because Beetlejuice is the house I mentioned above. Beetlejuice opened on the final weekend of the 2020 Halloween event at Universal for two days only. I had the chance to experience it twice and it was ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. If you’re a fan of the film, it is a beautiful tribute to the Tim Burton movie.
You might wonder why I put an asterisk by the word first when talking about the Beetlejuice house reveal. Well, that’s because it technically isn’t the first house to be revealed. Last year, Halloween Horror Nights released a behind-the-scenes video of a house called Puppet Theater: Captive Audience and it was revealed the house was meant to be part of the event in 2020, but it would return in 2021. That being said, the official Halloween Horror Nights website doesn’t list it as a revealed house. It’s very likely to be part of the event since it was officially announced, but plans may have changed.
Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives and Revenge of the Tooth Fairy were the other two houses open during the daytime Halloween event in 2020, but it is unknown if they will return as part of Halloween Horror Nights 30. The houses are brand new every single year, with only one exception in the past (technically now two exceptions), so it would make sense to move on from the other two houses, but there are plenty of fans who weren’t able to travel because of the pandemic who would love a chance to experience them.
More details will be released in the coming months as we get closer to Halloween Horror Nights. Tickets are not currently on sale, but check back for more details soon!