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Jack, Mary, Imhotep, Albert, Julian and Cryptkeeper.

Throughout the Halloween Horror Nights event at Orlando, Hollywood and Singapore, numerous event icon characters have been featured. They range from previously known icons, to original ones created by Universal's design team. Some of the Event Icons have also been given backstories to go along with the theming.

What qualifies as an Icon Edit

The rules for being an Icon is extremely convoluted. An icon can be an IP or an original, and must have an appearance in the park. Note that while Universal may deny it themselves, their judgement can sometimes be naught as to qualify for being an icon, it can be any (but not all) of these qualifications:

  • They have a presence in the marketing and merchandise.
  • Most necessary of all, they appear somewhere in the event itself.
  • They have a house or scarezone.
  • Least necessary of all, they have a backstory
  • There is a story of the overall park
  • They must have SOME presence beyond one haunted house/scarezone/show.

What makes this confusingEdit

The entire existence of the characters Bloody Mary and the Usher. Bloody Mary is not counted as an Icon in the event’s history officially by Universal, and the Usher didn’t have any appearances in the marketing for the event, not one single piece. The former is because of licensing issues with Bobbie Wiener, and the latter is presumably they wanted to focus on the movies. Universal’s statement should be taken for naught; Bloody Mary definitely is one of the Event Icons because of her heavy presence in marketing, her haunted house, her appearances elsewhere outside of her house, and the story for the entire event being that guests visited Mary’s mirror. likewise, the Usher IS an Icon despite appearing in zero marketing, for he had a house, had appearances elsewhere, and the story was that he transported guests into the Universal Palace Theater.

And given that 2010 retcons Horror Night’s entire canon to that of being influenced by Adaru, by technicality there stories for the pre-2000 years as well as 2012-2014 and 2018-2019 in that Adaru brought darkness to Universal Florida and in some years chose characters from horror media to serve as Icons.

Likewise 2008 and 2009 featured Icons in the form of Freddy and Jigsaw/Billy at Hollywood as they were heavily present in marketing, merchandise, and had appearances in the park.

Applying “Death of the Author” Edit

Universal themselves cannot be counted as a proper source believe it or not as they themselves made some errors in the past (example: misspelling Terra Cruentus as “Cruentas”, labeling Screamhouse: The Resurrection as simply Screamhouse: Resurrection) and sometimes have their hands full due to licensing problems.

Halloween Horror Nights OrlandoEdit

Fright Nights (1991)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights II (1992)Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights III (1993)Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights IV (1994)Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights V (1995)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights VI (1996)Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights VII (1997)Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights VIII (1998)Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights IX (1999)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights X (2000)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights XI (2001)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights: Islands of Fear (2002)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 13 (2003)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights XIV (2004)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights: Tales of Terror (2005)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights: Sweet 16 (2006)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights: Carnival of Carnage (2007)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights: Reflections of Fear (2008)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights: Ripped from the Silver Screen (2009)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights: Twenty Years of Fear (2010)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 21 (2011)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 22 (2012)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 23 (2013)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 24 (2014) Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights 25 (2015) Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 26 (2016) Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 27 (2017) Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 28 (2018) Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights 29 (2019) Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights HollywoodEdit

Halloween Horror Nights 1986 (1986) Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights 1992 (1992) Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights 1997 (1997) Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights 1998 (1998) Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights 1999 (1999) Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights 2000 (2000)Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights 2006 (2006)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 2007 (2007)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 2008 (2008)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 2009 (2009) Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 2010 (2010) Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 2011 (2011)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 2012 (2012) Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights 2013 (2013) Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights 2014 (2014) Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights 2015 (2015) Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights 2016 (2016) Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights 2017 (2017) Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights 2018 (2018) Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights 2019 (2019) Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights SingaporeEdit

Halloween Horror Nights I (2011)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 2 (2012)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 3 (2013)Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 4 (2014) Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 5 (2015) Edit

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Halloween Horror Nights 6 (2016) Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 7 (2017) Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 8 (2018) Edit

Halloween Horror Nights 9 (2019) Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Halloween Horror Nights Japan is the only event to have never had an event icon.
  • Jack, the Caretaker, Bloody Mary, and Lady Luck have inspirations or coincidences from the characters in respective order: The Joker, Josef Mengele/Ansem Seeker of Darkness (as well as many others such as The Tall Man), Sadako from the Ring, and Poison Ivy from DC respectively.
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