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Universal's Halloween Horror Nights 25: Jack's Back

Destination & Tourism | Claudette Covey | May 20, 2015

Universal's Halloween Horror Nights 25: Jack's Back

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Be forewarned: This year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort are decidedly not for the faint of heart – not that that they ever were. But judging from a teaser released from Universal, the 2015 event could be particularly harrowing.

Why? Jack the Clown, the epitome of all things evil and super scary, is, by popular demand, making his triumphant return to this year’s iteration of the event, Halloween Horror Nights 25, which runs from Sept. 18 to Nov. 1.?

Although Universal is remaining mum on specific details, the little that has been disclosed is kind of terrifying. The insane clown, a product of Universal Entertainment’s art and design team, came onto the scene in the early 2000s. “Well, a monster was unleashed, both literally and figuratively. Unbridled, uncontrollable, freakish and violent, Jack the Clown sprang from his box and completely took over,” Michael Aiello, director for creative development at Universal Orlando Resort in a blog post.

It wasn’t pretty. But it sure was scary. “Jack made appearances all over downtown and the Orlando area, yelling and cackling and scaring everyone within his broken-fingernailed-reach,” Aiello said. “He even presented tiny, gore-covered jack-in-the-boxes to local TV stations and City Hall. Cops were called. Screams were heard.”

Halloween Horror Nights 25 will offer visitors other draws as well. It will feature 30 nights of horror, more than ever before. It will also boast more haunted houses, for a total of nine, as well as twice the number of “scareactors” in themed scare zones.

But for many, the most notable feature of this year’s event may be the return of Jack. “Jack made an impression, no doubt. So much so that, to this day, fans stop us and exclaim passionately, ‘Bring Jack back!! He’s my favorite!! He is Horror Nights!’” said Aiello.

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