Halloween Horror Night, the award-winning premier scare attraction hosted by Universal Studios theme parks, has announced that 2020s events will be cancelled.
“Universal Orlando Resort will be focusing exclusively on operating its theme parks for daytime guests, using the enhanced health and safety procedures already in place,” the resort said in a news release Friday morning. “We know this decision will disappoint our fans and guests. We are disappointed, too. But we look forward to creating an amazing event in 2021.”
Team members were notified first via a message from Bill Davis, President & COO of Universal Orlando Resort, saying:
This year has played out in ways that none of us have expected, and we have had to make some difficult decisions under these unprecedented circumstances. I wanted to let you know about another difficult decision we are announcing today. Universal Orlando Resort will not hold our Halloween Horror Nights event this year and will be focusing exclusively on operating our theme parks for daytime guests, using the enhanced health and safety procedures already in place. I know this news is disappointing especially since this year we would be celebrating HHN’s 30th anniversary. I am disappointed too, but this is the right decision for our Guests and our Team Members.
The Halloween Horror Nights are a major economic boost for the community. Universal typically employs hundreds of seasonal workers, some of which are transformed into zombies, mangled monsters, aliens or choreographed chainsaw-wielding maniacs who are charged with frightening folks who paid admission for the experience. But there are serious concerns about health and safety. The events are often crowded and it's impossible to imagine doing the haunt events safely. Nothing is less scary than a zombie or chainsaw slasher refusing to come closer than six feet to you.
“Halloween events are our single-largest cross-promotional event in the industry. They are very important,” said Dennis Speigel, president of Ohio-based International Theme Park Services. I have seen them make or break a park’s season based on how well Halloween is attended.”