2020 was set to be an epic year for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort. The event was to celebrate its 30th anniversary in a big way. HHN may have been cancelled last year, but the 30th anniversary is still happening in 2021 and Jack the Clown is ready to return! Jack has been the icon and unofficial face of Halloween Horror Nights since 2000, but he has been missing in action since 2015.
This year’s event is going to be looked at as a comic book annual according to Michael Aiello – Senior Director of Creative Development. It will be a collection of everything we love about Halloween Horror Nights and celebrating original characters and stories. This time around, Jack is getting a separate story that’s not part of his ongoing series according to James Keaton – performer of Jack. This will be a perfect way for newer fans of Halloween Horror Nights to get introduced to a legend without needing the whole backstory.
The Halloween Horror Nights website says there will be three Jacks and that, “Three Jacks are better than one: clown, ringmaster and rock star. It’s all me, all together at Halloween Horror Nights for the first time.” We’ll have to wait and see what this means for Jack’s appearances. Right now, there’s only a couple hints about his appearances with one stating, “I’ll laugh at your screams as I emerge from the shadows when you least expect. My maniacal laughter and infamous quips echo everywhere.”
The only house officially announced on Universal Orlando’s website currently is Beetlejuice and no scare zones have been revealed, but the video released with the announcement does say he’ll be inside a house. Universal Orlando’s Twitter account said you might even see Jack at Cabana Bay, so it seems like everything is on the table for Jack.
Select tickets are now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights 2021 starting September 3 and running through October 31 on select nights. Single-Night Tickets are available starting from $70.99 per person, plus tax with online pricing. Pricing and savings vary by date and online pricing can go up to $99.99 per person, plus tax. Tickets are more expensive when bought at Universal Orlando and can be sold out, so buy your tickets online ahead of the event.
Other extras are available for Halloween Horror Nights as well including Express Pass and R.I.P. (V.I.P.) Tours. Pricing for Express Passes start at $69.99 per person, plus tax and goes up to $129.99 per person, plus tax and lets you skip the regular lines one time at all haunted houses, plus participating rides and attractions. The R.I.P. Tour is a guided walking tour of the event with priority entry to the haunted houses, but only once per house. Pricing for the R.I.P. tours starts at $199.99 per person, plus tax and goes up to $369.99 per person, plus tax. Both the Express Pass and R.I.P. Tour do not include admission.
No details have been released on the Rush of Fear Passes or Frequent Fear Passes that have allowed guests to visit the event on more than one night. However, it has been revealed that the Unmasking the Horror behind-the-scenes tour is returning. You can pick from a 3 or 6-haunted house tour and will be treated to a lights-on look inside some of the houses. Pricing starts from $79.99 per person, plus tax for the 3-haunted house tour with the most expensive pricing for the 6-haunted house tour being $159.99 per person, plus tax.
The screams will be very real this year at Halloween Horror Nights, so get your tickets and extras as soon as you can and if you need help booking a vacation for HHN, we recommend using Dreams Unlimited Travel!