As summer begins to close, Halloween begins to show its creepy head around the dark corner where it's been hiding since last year. Universal Studios will once again celebrate the holiday with a series of interactive haunted mazes in both of their theme parks — Halloween Horror Nights is back, and this year's theme may be the most frightening yet. To put it simply, "They're here..."
That's right, this year's Halloween Horror Nights will draw from the iconic horror film Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hooper and produced by Steven Spielberg. Kicking off on September 14, guests at both Universal Studios Hollywood and the Universal Orlando Resort will have the chance to take part in the festivities, both seen and unseen.
According to Universal, this "living representation of the film will take guests into some of its most iconic scenes and encounter memorable characters that spawned their first true nightmares." Wow, where can we sign up? Some of us might actually just stay put in the Diagon Alley section of the park, we haven't decided yet.
Mazes are a tradition with these events, and this year will be no different. Mazes will lure park guests to the house of the Freeling family, built on a cemetery (always a great idea) and ghosts within the house will threaten them. Guests will get to experience all of the iconic stuff from the film, from the flickering TV to the pool filled with corpses. Guests will also be in a race against time as to whether or not they get to leave. Once again, Diagon Alley is also in both parks. Just saying.
In case you aren't scared enough, take a look at a teaser video right here:
Halloween Horror Nights has been going on for 25 years now, and for 25 years park guests have become trapped in a variety of different horror films. Not even the streets of the park are safe, as some become "highly-themed scare zones" where "scare-actors" will be lunging out at anyone and everyone.
If you love immersive theme park experiences, and also are a big fan of Poltergeist, it might be time to plan your trip now. It may also be a good time to double up on psychiatric sessions for when you return.