Universal sends its greetings from Halloween Horror Nights

September 18, 2013, 12:41 PM · What's this, just arrived in the mail?


Universal Orlando has sent its annual promotional box for Halloween Horror Nights. I wonder if that mention of "brain surgery" is a clue about what's inside? ;^)

From Universal Orlando

Let's take a look!

This year's Halloween Horror Nights promotion

Once we remove the note, there's some nice detail on the top.

HHN 23

But we want to see what's inside. With a quick twist of the key, it's open.

Opening the lock

Hello, gorgeous! Hey, is there something in your eye?

Hey, a head!

Yep, there is.

What's that in your eye

Looks like we've got a new family friend.

Pose for a picture

That stick drive came loaded with press images for this year's event, so let's share a few.

The Evil dead
From The Evil Dead

The Walking Dead
From The Walking Dead

American Werewolf in London
From An American Werewolf in London

Meanwhile, for fans of Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights, creative director John Murdy has been tweeting tips for visiting this year's event. Many of them will be familiar to readers who saw our interview with John earlier this month. But here's an extra tip that wasn't in our interview:

Are you planning to go to Halloween Horror Nights this year? If so, on which coast (or are you one of the truly dedicated fans who do both)? Tell us what you're hoping to see this year, in the comments.

Replies (7)

September 18, 2013 at 12:50 PM · We're attending a theme park horror event for this first time this year. We'll be at Universal Orlando for a couple of weeks so we bought the Rush of Fear pass, and we'll go three or four times, and take it slow & easy. Actually looking forward to the two shows, Rocky Horror Picture Show & Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure the most. From what I've seen on the web, the scare zones also look pretty interesting featuring segments from the Walking Dead.
September 18, 2013 at 1:32 PM · I wonder if he will be giving that secret word out on facebook.com as well!?!?! I don't Tweet :(
September 18, 2013 at 5:17 PM · We're making our 10th annual trip to HHN Orlando next week. Looking forward to three relaxed nights via our Rush of Fear + Express tickets.

I'm always excited to see what Universal comes up with. Some years have been amazing, others not so much. In my opinion, the houses two years ago for HHN 21 were some of the best ever. But last year was pretty "meh". The preview stuff for this year looks pretty good, though, so I'm hopeful. Especially excited to see the American Werewolf in London house :-).

September 18, 2013 at 5:32 PM · I'm going to HHN in Orlando again this year. Went last year for the first time and loved it. Can't believe I've been missing out on it for all these years.
September 19, 2013 at 5:12 AM · We are headed to HHN in Orlando in two weeks. This will be our 7th one. I like that they are using more preexisting intellectual property in the houses. Being able to watch the movies the houses are based on is a great way to get ready for the event. I am so glad the scare zones are returning. Last year the park felt very empty without them. It's also great to have the number of houses back up to 8, from last year's 7. And finally, I am totally pumped for the return of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. That show is so much fun and full of energy! I seems like USO really upped there game in some ways this year as compared to the past few.

Things felt like they were slipping a little beginning with HHN XX. So much so that two years ago we actually thought Howloscream at BGT was better. But it looks like this year HHN is set to hit it out of the park!

September 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM · I got some great stuff by using these passwords at the Silent Hill maze last year -- good to see they're doing it again.

Even if you don't tweet, you can go to http://www.twitter.com/HorrorNights the night of the event and scroll through his tweets until you find the password.

September 20, 2013 at 7:01 AM · I heard from an employee who went to their preview that this year is much better than last year. There are more houses and everyone liked them better that the ones from 2012.

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