Another week, another unveiling of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights next haunted attraction. And for this week, they’re rolling out the Boogeyman.
Film audiences were introduced to Michael Myers in the immortal 1978 horror classic, John Carpenter’s Halloween. In that movie, he was called the boogeyman, but in the credits he’s referred to simply as the Shape. However, if you know what’s good for you, don’t call him anything: just run when you see him, although he’ll probably still catch up with you by walking slowly because, you know, Michael Myers.
For this year’s annual Halloween event, the wizards at Universal are taking inspiration from the original film’s 10 years later sequel, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. The 1988 movie followed the titular antagonist, who has it out for any and all family members, as he escaped from his prison transfer after discovering little sister Laurie Strode, who died in a car crash, had a daughter named Jamie Lloyd and travels back to Haddonfield in an attempt to kill her.
HHN 28 victims – er, guests, if you want to be technical – will follow Myers as he escapes the mental hospital and wages terror on the poor citizens of Haddonfield, all set to John Carpenter’s class themes (yes, he directed the original movie and created the terrifying musical score, he’s that awesome). The maze will include horrifying scares by Myers in his classic featureless white mask and navy jumpsuit, with victims guests dodging his bloody knife at every turn.
Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, which we are ridiculously excited about, runs selected nights from mid-September through Halloween. The popular event, now in its 28th year, lets guests become victims inside their favorite horror stories. Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows and films come to life season after season. The streets of Universal Orlando are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.
To attend the event, you’ll need to buy a separate event ticket, since the event is not part of regular, daily park admission. The Universal Orlando theme park closes to regular guests in the late afternoon, and reopens that evening for the event. Now is certainly the time to start thinking about booking your trip to the area if you want to face down pure evil in the face of the boogeyman himself, Michael Myers!