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Universal cancelling Halloween Horror Nights because of coronavirus

Halloween Horror Nights typically last more than a month starting in September, but it’s planned for more than a year

Universal Studios in the US has decided to cancel its annual Halloween Horror Nights event because of the coronavirus. Unsplash
Universal Studios in the US has decided to cancel its annual Halloween Horror Nights event because of the coronavirus. Unsplash

It's hard to scare someone in a haunted house while socially distancing, which may explain the decision by Universal to cancel its Halloween Horror Nights this year at its US theme parks.

The company said Friday, July 24, it wouldn't be hosting the celebration of all things scary at its Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood so that it could focus on operating its theme parks for daytime guests under pandemic restrictions.

“We know this decision will disappoint our fans and guests. We are disappointed too. But we look forward to creating an amazing event in 2021," the company tweeted.

Halloween Horror Nights typically lasts more than a month starting in September, but it’s planned for more than a year. Each haunted house is a small, temporary attraction, elaborately designed and themed, built with studious attention to details and populated with “scare-actors” who chase but never touch the thousands of patrons passing through each night.

Here's a commercial for their 2019 Halloween Horror Night event:

Last month, Walt Disney World canceled its annual after-hours Halloween party at Magic Kingdom that typically begins in mid-August.

Both theme park resorts, as well as others around the US, closed in March because of the new coronavirus. Universal Orlando reopened last month, and Disney World started welcoming back visitors two weeks ago.

Updated: July 26, 2020 07:32 PM

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