‘Stranger Things’ Comes to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights

Jason McDonald

I have an ever growing list of films and horror properties that I’d love to see brought to life at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. Shockingly, though, I never even considered “Stranger Things” to be a possibility, but now that you mention it . . . Yeah, that would be a pretty rad addition.

And thankfully it’s actually happening.  Universal Studios announced today that the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things” will be coming to their annual Halloween event “Halloween Horror Nights.”  Normally the two American parks in Orlando and Hollywood will share a property, but in a surprising twist “Stranger Things” will actually be featured in those parks and in their Singapore park.  Here’s how Universal describes the partnership between them and Netflix.

For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore are partnering with Netflix to bring “Stranger Things” to life at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” events.  Fans of the series will get the chance to brave the Upside Down and confront the supernatural as each park debuts all-new mazes inspired by season one of the critically-acclaimed series.

The parallel universe, referred to as the Upside Down that terrorized the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in Netflix’s mega-hit “Stranger Things,” will bring the chittering, predatory Demogorgon to “Halloween Horror Nights” to stalk unwitting guests as they encounter iconic scenes, characters and environments from the mesmerizing series.

Working collaboratively with Netflix, along with the creators and executive producer of the blockbuster series—Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer and Shawn Levy, the mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore will be authentic representations of “Stranger Things,” designed to transport guests into artfully recreated scenes and storylines. From the menacing Hawkins National Laboratory, under the U.S. Department of Energy, to the Byers home adorned with an erratic display of flashing Christmas lights and the eerie Upside Down woods oozing a shower of floating orb-like spores, the chilling new mazes will offer surprising twists and unexpected turns around every corner.

“Stranger Things” has a good handful of creepy and chilling scenes to choose from, so I’ll be curious to see what makes the list and if it’ll be primarily from season one or if they’ll be dipping into season two as well.  For now, we’ll just have to make do with this excellent announcement video.


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