Universal announces dates for 2020 Halloween Horror Nights

November 4, 2019, 11:47 AM · Halloween Horror Nights wrapped up this past weekend, and Universal Orlando is wasting no time in looking ahead to next year's event. The resort this morning announced the dates for what will be the 30th anniversary production of what has become the world's largest theme park Halloween event.

Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights will run for 39 nights at Universal Studios Florida next year, starting Thursday, September 10 and running through Saturday, October 31, 2020. Details on themes and tickets will come next year, but Universal is promising another line-up of "10 brand-new haunted houses, five bone-chilling scare zones, live entertainment and more."

This year's Halloween Horror Nights continued the 1980s theme that the event has featured the past two years, with houses themed to Stranger Things, Ghostbusters, and other 80s themed or flavored properties. This year also marked the last under the leadership of Universal Studios Florida senior entertainment director Michael Aiello, who is moving over to Universal Creative to head entertainment at the resort's upcoming Epic Universe theme park.

Today's announcement should help fuel the ever-ongoing fan speculation about the next Horror Nights, especially with this one being the 30th year. Will Universal go for a "best of" fan-service retrospective by bringing back icons and original concepts from past events? Or will Universal use the occasion to introduce some new direction for the event, especially with a change in leadership?

Aiello and show director Blake Braswell said in a recent Theme Park Insider podcast that planning is already underway for Halloween Horror Nights 2020. What do you want to see from Universal for next year's event?

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November 6, 2019 at 1:11 PM

Wouldn't it be cool to have a house or scare zone based on the Simpson's Tree house of Terror? A scare zone right in Springfield or a house in the area of Barneys.

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