Halloween is alive at Universal Orlando

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A scene from one of Universal Orlando Resort’s haunted houses in 2020.
A scene from one of Universal Orlando Resort’s haunted houses in 2020.

The 2020 Halloween season won't be what Universal Orlando Resort initially envisioned, but festivities will still be featured at its Florida theme parks.

2020 marked the 30th anniversary of Halloween Horror Nights, the popular, separately ticketed events that brought multiple haunted houses, "scare zones" and more to the parks. The event was canceled this year, but in-park festivities mimic some of the features of Halloween Horror Nights.

The festivities this year are included with daytime park admission starting on the weekend of Sept. 26 and 27, and daily from Oct. 3 to Nov. 1. 

Two new haunted houses will be erected: Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives and Revenge of the Tooth Fairy. Guests may have to use Universal's Virtual Line experience to enter the houses at times. The experiences are not recommended for those under 13.

Throughout the Islands of Adventure park, guests 12 and under can trick or treat and collect candy at retail locations featuring pumpkin signage. Guests are also encouraged to wear costumes that meet Universal's guidelines.

Universal will also host a new scavenger hunt, Scarerow Stalk, asking participants to find scarecrows and collect stamps at 13 retail locations in Universal Studios. Those who find all the scarecrows will get a Halloween treat.

And while Halloween Horror Nights are on pause, the Halloween Horror Nights Tribute store will be open so guests can buy "throwback merchandise" and special treats. Eateries around the parks will also feature themed food and beverage items.

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