Universal loads up on Halloween event
Universal Orlando revealed it will have a record 28 nights for the 2014 edition of Halloween Horror Nights, its highly-themed, disturbingly-real setup of haunted houses with "scare actors" running Sept. 19 through Nov. 1.
There will be eight haunted houses and two shows, but no word yet on designated scare zones, which are the specific outdoor areas that feature costumed characters that fit a theme such as the zombified Walking Dead scare zone that has been hugely popular the last two years.
The company did not release ticket prices, which were $99 last year. Ticket sales typically begin in June.
This will be Universal's 24th year scaring visitors for a separately ticketed event. It has grown from a three-night event that cost $19 to seven extended weekends with classic paranormal pop culture characters such as Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface. The theme park also brings in entertainers such as the bad boys of magic, Penn & Teller, and shock rocker Alice Cooper to create their own horror scenes. Horror film directors John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) and Fede Alvarez, who directed Evil Dead, have even been brought in as consultants on the event's themed mazes.
— Sharon Kennedy Wynne