Universal Orlando and Hollywood come together for Midsummer Scream

July 11, 2018, 11:19 PM · The creative leaders of Halloween Horror Nights at both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Florida will come together later this month in Southern California to reveal details about this year's events.

John Murdy and Chris Williams from Universal Studios Hollywood will join Michael Aiello from Universal Orlando at the Midsummer Scream event in Long Beach on July 29. Midsummer Scream is one of the nation's biggest Halloween con events, with a crowd of more than 20,000 fans expected. In just its third year, it already has become a traditional venue for Southern California's theme parks to reveal elements for and talk about their annual Halloween events. This year, the nation's biggest theme park Halloween event is joining in the fun.

The Halloween Horror Nights presentation will take place on the second day of the two-day event, which runs July 28-29 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Universal is getting the event's biggest venue, the Grand Ballroom, which will accommodate 2,000 guests. It's an 80s theme at HHN in Orlando this year, where Netflix's Stranger Things is headlining the houses, as it also will in Hollywood. What more will we learn about the events? You'll have to go to find out!

Midsummer Scream is much more than theme park panels, too. This year's event will feature more than 250 vendors, a children's activity area, live performances and celebrity appearances (including Elvira), and even a black cat adoption lounge, in addition to those panels and the 80,000-square-foot Hall of Shadows, kicked off with a Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest scarezone.

Tickets for the event start at $30 for Sunday admission, with $34 for Saturday and $50 for the weekend, with $85 "Gold Bat" admissions getting you one hour of early entry, priority admission to panels, and front-of-line access to select Hall of Shadows attractions. All tickets are available at MidsummerScream.org.

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