Looks like there’ll be a little less horror in Central Florida this fall… Halloween Horror Nights has been canceled by Universal Orlando.
The theme park announced Friday that its horrifically awesome Halloween event has been canceled due to operating restrictions in connection with the coronavirus pandemic.
“Universal Studios Hollywood continues to face ongoing business restrictions and uncertainty around its opening timeframe,” the park said in a statement. “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.”
Most parks, like Disney and SeaWorld, have begun their Halloween-themed events earlier and earlier, attempting to grab more and more of the halloween-ish marketshare, but with Halloween Horror Nights taking place mostly in the evening, and Universal Studios Hollywood still not open in California, Universal’s branding of theme park horror fun will have to sit this year out.
The cancellation of Halloween Horror Nights is another set back to Universal’s theme park business, which has worked hard to stay open securely and safely amid the coronavirus pandemic. SeaWorld’s Spooktacular is still planning on providing its brand of Halloween, while Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party canceled in June. So, it looks like Halloween trick or treating fans will be heading to SeaWorld… see ya there!