Universal announces return of Killer Klowns for Horror Nights

July 25, 2019, 10:56 PM · The Killer Klowns are coming back to Universal this Halloween.

After infesting a scare zone at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights last fall, Killer Klowns from Outer Space will return as a maze this year at both Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood. Here's the hype video:

Themed to a closed amusement park in the small town of Crescent Cove from the 1988 MGM cult classic, "guests will be lured by the sweet smell of cotton candy and ice-cream and find themselves in an otherworldly circus tent where they’ll come face-to-face with the crazed klowns and their sinister, side-splitting antics," Universal described the maze in its press release.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space is the seventh of 10 mazes to be announced at this year's Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando and the sixth of 10 in Hollywood. Previously announced mazes in Orlando include original IP houses Yeti: Terror of the Yukon, Nightingales: Blood Pit, and Depths of Fear, plus Ghostbusters, Universal Monsters and Stranger Things (seasons 2 and 3). Stranger Things and Ghostbusters also will appear in Hollywood, where they will be joined by Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, Holidayz in Hell, and The Walking Dead.

Halloween Horror Nights begins this year on Friday, September 6 in Orlando and the next — on Friday the 13th in Hollywood, with a special fan preview night in Hollywood on September 12. Tickets are available at halloweenhorrornights.com.

Replies (5)

July 27, 2019 at 8:54 AM

HHN just gets worse and worse this year. I am so thankful I didn't plan this year's 2 weeks around attending. As it is being turned into a family event why not have a Scooby Do Mystery House and substitute one of the Scare Zones into a Scooby and Shaggy Meet & Greet?

Utterly appalling line up so far!

July 26, 2019 at 7:54 AM

You would bring your family to this maze? This looks like my worst nightmare!

I love the lineup that's been announced for HHN so far - it might even be enough to entice me to visit for the first time ever.

July 26, 2019 at 1:38 PM

This will be my third year in a row attending and I'm still as excited as the first time. I really don't think this is family friendly nor is Universal going that way. It just happens that Stranger Things is big hit and since it was so popular last year it made sense to have it again this year. Ghostbusters is another story but I like the nostalgia of it even if it isn't super scary. I really don't think that 2 "PG" houses out of 10 makes the whole event family friendly or any less fun/scary for that matter.

Now if next year there's 3 or 4 "PG" houses then we can start complaining about the scares going down hill.

July 27, 2019 at 9:03 AM

Nick, don't let me spoil it, if you've never been, go ahead and visit. I am sure you will love it. I am comparing the line-up with previous years which I have attended and there doesn't appear, from those currently announced, to have anywhere the intensity of Insidious, Texas Chainsaw, Halloween 1 & 2, Dollhouse of the Damned, The Body Collectors, Dead Waters or the sheer grandiose splendour of the AHS houses. Last year's was limp, this appears even limper unless the final announcements ramp up the HORROR in HHN.

July 27, 2019 at 10:16 PM

I think there is a trend to make Horror Nights more family friendly: getting rid of liquor, Bill & Ted and the adult content of AHS, American Werewolf and Evil Dead. Granted I thought last year easily had the best houses since 2011 or probably all time. I assume the event started out relatively family friendly since I didn’t remember anything objectionable when I went as a kid in the 90’s.

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