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Universal Studios Cancels Halloween Horror Nights 2020 Event

By Tom Hartley, Editor and Co-founder

Updated 2:18 PM EDT, Sat July 25, 2020

Universal’s annual Halloween Horror Nights will not be held this year at both the Orlando resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.

Due the COVID-19 pandemic, Universal has announced that the famous October event has been cancelled at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood.

This marks the first time in 30 years that the annual Halloween event will not take place at Universal Orlando.

Read below the official statement to team members that Bill Davis, President & COO of Universal Orlando Resort released.

Dear fellow Team Members,

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.

Universal Studios Hollywood has also made the difficult decision to not hold HHN this year as they continue to face ongoing business restrictions and uncertainty around their opening timeframe.

I want to thank all of the teams for their hard work preparing for what would have been this year’s event.

For so many of us, Halloween Horror Nights is a point of pride. Every fall, we get to experience what we are capable of when we put our creativity, operational know-how, teamwork, and ingenuity to the test.

Over the past 30 years, the event has grown from its humble three-night beginnings to be named The World’s Best Halloween Event, for more than a decade running.

Halloween Horror Nights is uniquely Universal, and we improve on it every year!

As you know, planning and development for Halloween Horror Nights is an ongoing process.

We are truly fortunate to have Team Members put their blood, sweat, tears, and passion into Halloween Horror Nights, and I know how much our fans and Guests look forward to seeing it come alive.

I have every confidence that our teams will adapt, and direct their energies towards making Halloween Horror Nights 2021 the ultimate homecoming of horror.

Until then, I know that our Team Members will remain dedicated to supporting each other and delivering unforgettable Guest experiences every day. For this, I am beyond grateful.

Thank you for understanding – and stay safe,

Bill Davis
President & COO
Universal Orlando Resort

The announcement comes as a new decision that Universal have made considering they released special merchandise for the 30th anniversary just over a week ago.

The Halloween Horror Nights Twitter account has also made a similar statement in a tweet.


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Tom Hartley

Tom is a theme park fanatic hailing all the way across the pond in the United Kingdom.

After visiting and experiencing everything that the theme park's offer in the UK, he has concluded his favourite to be Alton Towers located in Staffordshire.

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