Jack's Back at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

June 17, 2021, 1:48 PM · Yep, the Halloween Horror Nights hype season has begun. Following last night's cryptic livestream, the Universal Orlando Resort today put tickets on sale for the return of its Halloween Horror Nights event, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

And that's not all. Jack is back.

The grisly circus clown, as Universal describes him, returns as the icon for the 30th running of Halloween Horror Nights. Universal has gone without an icon for the past few years, but Jack is the most iconic of all the HHN icons, making him an appropriate choice for this year's anniversary event.

"His ominous and unrelenting presence will infiltrate every aspect of the event – from the streets, to the haunted houses to the places guests would least expect – leaving nowhere to turn and nowhere to hide," Universal said in its press release. Here's more from Universal on Jack's story.

This year's Halloween Horror Nights will start Friday, September 3 and run select nights through October 31. The event will feature 10 haunted houses and five scare zones, with details on those to come. Tickets start at $70.99 plus tax for single-night admission and are available now on Universal's website.

In addition to regular admission for this after-hours event, Universal is offering R.I.P. Tours with front of line access to the houses, daytime Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tours, a "Jack'd Up" experience at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort and a Horror Icons Bar makeover of the hotel's Swizzle Lounge lobby bar.

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Replies (8)

June 17, 2021 at 2:15 PM

Amazing - A theme park that understands that the Halloween season shouldn't start in the middle of August, though I'm sure Universal could probably sell HHN tickets for nights before Labor Day if they really wanted to.

June 17, 2021 at 2:31 PM

Universal could sell HNN tickets for tomorrow night if it wanted to.

June 17, 2021 at 2:35 PM

If they don't sell multi-night tickets with express they will lose out on thousands of my dollars! I'm not traveling thousands of miles for a night or two. Or I'll do a single night and SeaWorld and Bush Gardens Howl-O-Scream will become much more appealing and get most of my $$$! Maybe some Jacksonville haunts as well.
Don't screw everyone over UOR!

June 18, 2021 at 7:41 AM

@Mr Torrance - For my money, the best way to avoid lines at HHN is to do one of the VIP Tours (Behind the Screams or RIP). The market for multi-day tickets and express passes just isn't there, because they instead sell season passes for HHN. People who buy the season pass typically don't need/want UE every time to visit, because those guests tend to take a more leisurely approach to the event (or they just buy UE for nights where they don't want to wait in lines).

It really depends on how many nights you want to go to HHN, and where the "break even" point is on the season pass compared to single day tickets, but it sounds like you might be stuck in the middle here.

June 18, 2021 at 8:56 AM

Thanks Russell,
I go about 10 nights, half solo half with the wife. Always buy ROF with Express, so I can go any or every day in September. I know I dont NEED express, unless S&S doesnt return, but like to hit my favorites multiple times.
It's just the unknown this year everyone is nervous about what UO will do I guess.

June 18, 2021 at 10:44 AM

I think Jack will be in the rumored icons house and also have a scarezone too

June 18, 2021 at 11:45 AM

Universal usually waits to release info about Frequent Fear or Rush of Fear. Everything is pointing to being business as usual for HHN. There might be some outside factors in play this year like Disney’s Boo Bash, SeaWorld’s HOS and pent up demand for parks and haunts.

June 18, 2021 at 2:08 PM

Every time I hear "Boo Bash," I think of Yogi Bear finally snapping and wailing on his long-time sidekick with a picnic basket. But I am weird.

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