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When the clock struck 12:01 on Nov. 1 every retailer and theme park in the world started playing Christmas music. The sales for Black Friday went up, and everyone dusted off their stockings. Everyone, that is, except for Universal. Both Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood are taking back Halloween and pushing the screams through one more weekend as they extend Halloween Horror Nights on both coasts into Nov. 5 What was going to be over on all Hallows Eve has clawed its way into November.
While Christmas represents one of the biggest, and busiest shopping and travel seasons of the year, Halloween is the second busiest spending season of the year. Halloween is also celebrated just one day, where Christmas gets an entire season. Universal doesn’t think that’s exactly fair. Halloween Horror Nights has celebrated one of the longest runs in the history of the event, but some people just don’t think that is long enough.
Plus, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida had the problem of Hurricane Matthew. Even though the hurricane did not directly impact Orlando, it was expected to affect the area for the better part of three days. Preferring to be safe rather than sorry, Universal Orlando shut down the event for two nights. To make it up to all their fans and the flocks of insane Halloween freaks, Universal Orlando extended the event into Nov. 4-5. Traditionally the event “dies” if the run extends past Halloween, but with huge houses like American Horror Story, Krampus, and the event’s main squeeze, Chance, there’s likely to be massive crowds.
Still, the event had the highest guest satisfaction rating of any event in its’ 26-year history. Even Aerosmith front man, and “World’s Coolest Grandma,” Steven Tyler decided to make an appearance on Halloween night!
In Hollywood, Halloween Horror Nights was just so popular that Universal decided to follow in their sister parks footsteps. The event had huge success with their version of American Horror Story, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and even their own sinister clown spotting event with Terror Tram. The event saw all manner of celebrities in attendance, including “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick, the cast of “American Horror Story” and even legendary Scream Queen, Linda Blair.
In the words of Creative Director John Murdy, “We wanted to take Halloween back from Christmas this year.”
This is your last opportunity to “take a Chance” at Universal Studios Florida with Halloween Horror Nights 26, and Universal Studios Hollywood. Each year, Universal changes the event with all new houses, all new scare zones, and new horror properties to make you scream. If you haven’t seen the stellar lineup that includes Halloween 2, The Exorcist, American Horror Story, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Krampus, you have been given one final reprieve. Don’t let it get away.