For 23 nights this fall, guests will experience the most chilling and psychologically intense Halloween Horror Nights in history. There will be all-new haunted houses, scarezones and shows. And at the center of the horror will be someone new. Someone you’ve never met before but long-feared. Someone who inflicts fear beyond comprehension.
The Frightening Haunted Houses of Halloween Horror Nights
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This year, Halloween Horror Nights has been redefined and will be an experience unlike any other. The detailed themeing and original characters created for Halloween Horror Nights 18 will deliver the most elaborate and immersive entertainment experience in the history of the event.
Every year, Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team creates the most unimaginably frightening haunted house experiences. The following house descriptions are a peek into the world of Bloody Mary, where guests will learn that fear is more than a four-letter word; it’s a state of mind.
Scary Tales: Once Upon A Nightmare
Find yourself “Once Upon a Nightmare” as you wind your way across a landscape filled with cherished fairy tales as they have never been told before. The Evil Queen’s scribes have written new chapters on terror where princesses don’t get saved, children don’t find their way out of the wood and there is no escape from the rabbit hole.
Where do the traditions we observe each Halloween come from? It is said that every Halloween within the blackest parts of the forest, Samhain, The Lord of the Underworld, lives again and the souls of the damned beckon you. For if you journey deep enough, you will see that Samhain’s traditions are trapped within The Hallow.
Charlie McPherson, a noted tabloid photographer, has always wanted something more in life than photographing celebrities at their worst. One night, Charlie gets his wish when the city he resides in becomes overrun with flesh-eating Zombies. Trapped in his downtown loft with bloodthirsty Zombies just outside, Charlie captures the last horror-filled moments of his life on film and you are with him every step of the way.
Creatures straight from the cover of AtomiComics’ “Strange Tales” burst forth to rampage and massacre the backwoods locals. Join Johnny, Cleet, Jim Deedle and the rest of the gang at the Butchered Buck as they fight off this terrifying invasion of creatures from who knows where.
Streets of Blood – Body Collectors
An ancient group known simply as “The Body Collectors” has been devoted to the collection and sacrificing of bodies for millennia. They have escaped notoriety by using plagues, wars, serial killings and mass disappearances as the cover for their collecting. These Collectors are now in Victorian London, covering their heinous acts with Jack “The Ripper” as their scapegoat. However, there is no “Ripper”…There are only Collectors, collecting, collecting, collecting…
Reflections of Fear
Noted Psychiatrist Dr. Mary Agana believed that if a subject was constantly forced to experience what they feared the most, then over time they would become numb to the idea of actually fearing it. Unfortunately for us, Dr. Mary’s fear is that of death and the only way for her to cure herself is to watch the light leave your eyes as your soul leaves your body.
Prided among the scientific community as the greatest achievement in the history of mankind, the NSO COLUMBUS 1492 is the first manned spacecraft to leave the relative safety of our solar system. When the ship disappears for several years, and then reappears just outside the orbit of our moon, your rescue team is sent to investigate. They find that an artifact the crew brought on board causes destruction and forces you to witness Interstellar Terror.
Post-apocalyptic Scotland breeds madness as the Reaper virus ravages the populace, leaving those left behind after the plague to survive by any means necessary. Do you have what it takes to make it out alive? – Based on the blockbuster Universal Pictures release.
Halloween Horror Nights Dates
September 26-27, October 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 22-26 and October 29-November 1.
Haunted house content is only a fraction of what guests will experience at Halloween Horror Nights 18. We have approached street scares and scarezones in an entirely different way and the descriptions below illustrate the scope of this year’s event.
Begin your descent into a world of opposites, distortions and terror beyond reasoning. Decide your path, but try not to lose your way. Because once you step into the mirror willingly, there will be no one to help you and no one will hear you beg for mercy.
Asylum in Wonderland
Stepping through the Looking Glass, you find yourself in the depths of Wonderland, journeying through the nightmare that Alice couldn’t escape. The wonderful figures you once believed to inhabit this fantastical place have been peering into the Looking Glass themselves and have come face to face with Bloody Mary.
Mr. Renshaw’s class has always been good. Mr. Renshaw’s class has never broken the rules. Mr. Renshaw’s class has always been perfect little angels. All of that changes when the kids from the Skoolhouse “cut” class. The children of the quaint town of Carey, Ohio are out to teach everyone that their version of Trick or Treat may be the difference between your life and death.
The Path of the Wicked
What if the Wicked Witch had won? Because every story has more than a few sides, view OZ as it has never been seen before. In this reflection, The Wicked Witch of the West has done away with Dorothy and seized control of the merry old land of OZ for herself.
Enter your favorite fairy tales and find out what happens when Grimm goes wrong. Witness these stories through the lens of their reality. Look closely and you will find the terrible truths that lie just below the sweet appearance of these classic tales. You will learn a thing or two about yourself, but by then it may be too late.
Over 400 Jack O’Lanterns light the way from one horror to the next.
Some legends allow a simple man or woman to remain immortal. Some deeds, so dark, take a simple person and transform them into lore. America’s past has been filled with these dark deeds, sorted characters and unbelievable acts of horror. Reflect upon your own mortality as you venture through history with the infamous Lizzie Borden as your guide.
Streets of Blood – Body Collectors
An ancient group known simply as “The Body Collectors” has been devoted to the collection and sacrificing of bodies for millennia. They have escaped notoriety by using plagues, wars, serial killings and mass disappearances as the cover for their collecting. These mysterious “Quiet Gentlemen” are now in Victorian London, covering their heinous acts with Jack “The Ripper” as their scapegoat. But, there is no “Ripper”…There are only Collectors, collecting, collecting, collecting…
These brothers always stick together. In good times and bad, the Grimm Brothers, lead by the oldest, Aesop, have always seemed to find a way to smile. Usually it involves disemboweling an unsuspecting victim with a chainsaw, but hey, we all have our quirks…
Bloodthirsty Zombies lurk through the streets, hungry for their next victims.
Halloween Horror Nights 18 features shows that have been guest favorites over the years. From the musical numbers of Rocky Horror Picture Show, to the unbelievable tricks of Brian Brushwood and of course, the infamous Bill & Ted adventures, this year’s shows will both thrill and appall guests.
Brian Brushwood Returns to Halloween Horror Nights
Back by Popular Demand, Brian Brushwood Returns to Halloween Horror Nights With His Own Show All 23 Nights. Based on his popularity as a part of last year’s Freak Show, Brian Brushwood is returning to Halloween Horror Nights, but this time, with his own show. Full of the most intense, riveting and disturbing feats you’ve ever seen performed live, Brian’s illusions thrilled and appalled guests at Halloween Horror Nights 17. This year, Brian will take his performance to a whole new level, presenting some of his signature acts in a dedicated show that will run all 23 nights of the event.
Brian’s show has been called “Amazing!” by Jay Leno and “funny, dangerous and brilliantly original” by magician Teller of Penn & Teller. He is the author of The Professional’s Guide to Fire Eating, Pack the House and Cheats, Cons, Swindles, and Tricks. Brian also tours at colleges, clubs and on television in almost every state in the U.S. For more information on Brian Brushwood, visit www.shwood.com.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure
Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan return with an all-new, especially excellent Halloween adventure featuring a who’s who of notorious celebrity guest stars.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Tribute
Mad scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Rocky Horror and other famous Rocky Horror Picture Show characters return, bringing the musical mayhem of the classic horror spoof to life on-screen and on-stage with live performers singing and dancing in outrageous costumes. The tribute will be interactive with audience participation and on-stage guest involvement.
Halloween Horror Nights Website
The Halloween Horror Nights Website Pulls Guests into the World of Bloody Mary, Long Before They’ll Meet Her in Person. Chanting her name lures you through the mirror. A mesmerizing, swirling portal guides you through each world. You explore – nervous of what you might find, unsure of where Mary is taking you. Your own heartbeat quickens, but you can’t seem to draw yourself away from the spinning vortex. Did something just blink at you?
This is the Halloween Horror Nights 18 website and it’s unlike anything Universal Orlando has done before. Universal set out to redefine Halloween Horror Nights this year, and needed a website capable of communicating the new scope and level of detail for the event. Reflections of Fear, an application on the website, offers a multisensory, interactive experience through this year’s event. For the first time ever, users can sit at their computers and navigate through what they’ll experience at Halloween Horror Nights 18.
“The website heightens the anticipation of coming to Halloween Horror Nights 18 by delivering pieces and parts of the event to the consumer at home,” said T.J. Mannarino, director of entertainment for Universal Orlando. “What people are seeing online, they will experience at this year’s event.”
The application features over 60 hand drawings and about 200 individual files that create an illusion similar to a flip book. The files come together to simulate movement through each world of Urban Legends, Fears, Myths, Tales and Nightmares. The audio behind the imagery exists on three different levels: the general background music, atmospherics (i.e., glass shattering, thunder, horses whinnying, etc.) and sound bites (i.e., Bloody Mary, a spaceship alert, classroom chatter, etc.).
Consumers can navigate through the Reflections of Fear application, purchase tickets to the event, learn more about Halloween Horror Nights 18 and view a sneak peek of this year’s television commercial at halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando.
Regular admission to Halloween Horror Nights is $69.99 plus tax. Get tickets online, at the Universal Studios Florida front gate or by calling 888-HORROR-7.
Halloween Horror Nights Florida Residents Special
Florida residents can take advantage of huge savings to experience the chills of Halloween Horror Nights 18. Save up to $33 dollars off of the price of admission with a UPC code from any Coca-Cola Classic, Diet Coke or Coke Zero product. The Frequent Fear Pass grants access to Halloween Horror Nights for 13 nights during the event. The pass is $69.99 and is valid on September 26 and 27, October 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29 and 30. The Gory Getaway Vacation Package starts at $95 per adult and includes one-night accommodations at a Universal Partner Hotel, one-night admission to Halloween Horror Nights 18, access to live entertainment at Universal CityWalk, one complimentary 5×7 photograph and scheduled transportation between the hotel and Universal Orlando Resort. Book a Gory Getaway Vacation Package at or by calling 888-467-7677 (HORROR-7).
Originally Published on September 22nd, 2008