The Halloween season is underway! While that usually means Halloween Horror Nights would be taking place at Universal Orlando Resort, things are a bit different this year. Universal made the tough decision to cancel the normal Halloween Horror Nights events for 2020 due to limitations and physical distancing guidelines set in place for the resort’s phased reopening. That doesn’t mean there isn’t any spooky fun to be had this year though. In fact, Universal has found ways to add some macabre touches to your next visit with special merchandise, spooky experiences, and even trick-or-treating!
Halloween Horror Nights’ biggest draw is easily the elaborate and terrifying haunted houses. Each year the resort rolls out multiple haunted houses featuring popular movies, shows, and some original creations. This year Universal is bringing a taste of these haunted houses to day guests with the opening of two houses on select dates. From October 3 to November 1, you can scream your heart out at The Bride of Frankenstein and Revenge of the Tooth Fairy houses at Universal Studios Florida park. Access to the houses is included in park admission and has already proven to be very popular during their trial run. Universal’s Virtual Line may be used during busier times, so make sure to check the Universal Orlando App during your visit.
To adhere to new physical distancing guidelines and ensure guests’ safety, Universal has added a few safety measures to the houses. The most notable one is the use of plexiglass dividers to separate guests from the haunted house staff, or “scareactors”. Universal Team Members are also stationed throughout the houses to help guests keep a safe distance from each other. And as with all other aspects of the resort, guests are required to wear face masks during their experience.
Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store
If you want to take a bit of the chilling festivities home with you, you’ll want to drop in the Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store in Universal Studios Florida. This eerie shop isn’t just a place for souvenirs though, as it is as elaborately styled and decorated as one of the proper haunted houses. The store is broken up into rooms featuring different themes from Halloween Horror Nights past. As this was originally supposed to be the event’s 30th anniversary, you’ll find classic Halloween Horror Nights items for purchase as well as easter eggs throughout the store harking back through the event’s long history.
To add a little fun to your daytime Halloween experience, Universal has started the new Scarecrow Stalk scavenger hunt. Guests can pick up a special map at Universal Studios Florida and search for 13 locations featuring unique scarecrows and skeletons throughout the park. Once you’ve collected a stamp from each location, you can turn your map in for a candy sampler treat bag. Each location on the list can all be found in Universal Studios Florida park. The locations are:
- Universal Studios Store
- Silver Screen Collectibles
- Five and Dime
- SpongeBob StorePants
- MIB Gear Shop
- Custom Gear
- San Franciso Candy Factory
- Rosie’s Irish Shop
- Sahara Traders
- Shrek’s Ye OldeSouvenier Shoppe
- Film Vault
- Supply Vault
- Super Silly Stuff
For the first time in the resort’s history, Universal is inviting guests to get in on the Halloween fun in a new way by allowing costumes to be worn in the parks. Guests visiting during October can dress up in family-friendly Halloween costumes during normal park hours. This means that it’s up to Universal as to whether your costume is appropriate, and you will be asked to change if not, so make sure you’ve picked something that won’t ruin your day. There are some other rules in place for costumes as well such as no costume masks, face applications, or face painting which restricts vision or covers the face completely. Face coverings in accordance with the Universal Orlando’s Safety Guidelines must still be worn and visible at all times as well. You can find all of the rules of Halloween costumes at the Universal Orlando site by clicking here.
Another new addition to this year’s modified Halloween festivities is the addition of trick-or-treating in the parks. On select dates during the month of October, guests 12 years or younger can pick up a free trick-or-treat bag at Universal’ss Islands of Adventure and visit a list of retail locations handing out candy. Each child must be accompanied by an adult and you are limited to one bag per child. Each location is marked with a jack-o-lantern but you’re required to find them yourself, much like a scavenger hunt. To make things a bit easier for those that don’t want to have to hunt the locations down, we’ve got a list for you below:
- Trading Company
- Mulberry Street
- Island Market Holiday
- Treasures of Poseidon
- Cat in the Hat
- Dino Store
- Toon Extra
- Gas Alley
- Comic Book Store
Halloween Food and Beverage
All of that Halloween fun can work up an appetite, so make sure you grab some of the delicious themed treats and snacks available this month. Guests can find special food and drinks at Universal Studios Florida, Universal CityWalk like Cherry Gummy Beating Hearts and Franken Fried Chicken with Funnel Brains. Guests 21 and over can also enjoy an eerie cocktail at the new Skeleton Bar located in Cafe Labamba and at select onsite hotels.
All of the offerings for this year can be found at:
Universal Studios Florida
- Tribute Store
- Food Truck Near Haunted Houses
- Louie’s Italian Restaurant
- Cafe Labamba (Skeleton Bar)
- Voodoo Doughnut
- Cold Stone Creamery
Universal Hotels (Themed drinks only)
- Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites at Sand Bar
- Hard Rock Hotel at Velvet Bar and beachclub
- Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Swizzle Lounge
- Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Bula Bar & Grille
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