Halloween Horror Nights is cancelled. Well… this is really sad….
After months of wondering, scouring the Horror Nights website for clues, and anxiously awaiting announcements – Halloween Horror Nights has been cancelled for the 2020 season.
The announcement comes as a complete shock to many. Not because we didn’t know it was a possibility, but because Universal has given every indication that the event would still occur. The company extended a previously announced BOGO HHN ticket deal to end on July 22, just earlier this week. We also noticed a suspicious addition to the “mask policy” on the event website.
Did you catch it?
The warning used to state that “no costumes or masks” were allowed to be worn at the event. NOW the warning specifically states that “costume masks” are not allowed. That certainly seems to communicate an intention to continue with the event.
If that’s not enough, earlier this MONTH Universal held auditions for the famed “scaractors”roaming the streets and haunting the many iconic houses.
But perhaps the most misleading and heartbreaking clue of them all was the obvious construction for the beloved Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store, a venue all die-hards look forward to exploring each year. I took this picture FOUR DAYS AGO…
Earlier this week, team members were reporting that the store would open today, July 24. There’s been no word whether the store will actually open to day guests (as a small taste of the event) or if the facade will be dismantled as quickly as it appeared.
But all of these clues and glimmers of hope turned out to be just that… glimmers. I have no doubt that Universal has made this decision with the utmost care and caution. With the recent surge in Florida-based cases, it certainly makes sense.
Halloween fans, Horror Nights will return. Hopefully this time next year we’ll all be buying our Frequent Fear Passes for the 31st anniversary of the event. (And let’s be honest 31 is better than 30 anyway!)