"The cool October winds send a shiver down the spine.

Jack, Clown Prince of Halloween, grins maniacally from the center of a giant Ferris wheel, beckoning you into his Carnival of Carnage.

Once inside, you realize all is not right: curiosity becomes panic becomes fear becomes physical and psychological terror."

"And, of course, every carnival needs a clown. And when it comes to clowns, there is only one that is maniacal and twisted enough to be Ringmaster for the Carnival of Carnage. That would be Jack."

"Finger knives will slice, Machetes will dice, and chainsaws never play nice... when the Carnival comes to town."

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando event
Halloween Horror Nights: Carnival of Carnage
Slogan Carnival of Carnage/ Choose thy Fear!
Year 2007
Icon Jack the Clown
Icon attraction Jack's Funhouse in Clown-O-Vision
Number of haunted houses 8
Number of scarezones 5
Preceded by Halloween Horror Nights: Sweet 16
Followed by Halloween Horror Nights: Reflections of Fear

Halloween Horror Nights: Carnival of Carnage was the 17th Halloween Horror Nights event in Orlando. Located at Universal Studios Florida, it featured the return of Jack the Clown as event icon and leader of the traveling Carnival of Carnage. His carnival had brought together a number of attractions to present for the event, including three modern horror icons from New Line Cinema.

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Opening Scareamony

The Event/Carnival Edit

Halloween Horror Nights season began in June 2007 with a Universal press release announcing a deal with New Line Cinema to bring characters from their films to the event. Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th were slated to appear for the event. It was also announced on the official website that Mary Shaw from Universal's film Dead Silence would also appear.

The website was soon updated, showing some funhouse attractions (actually the houses and scarezones) being constructed on an unnamed land, suggesting a carnie theme. Late in July, Universal's creative team announced a house based on the aftermath of the movie The Thing.

After the announcements, the official website was slowly updated. It initially confirmed the title of the event, as well as the overall thematic and place, as the Carnival of Carnage and began to confirm other houses, including one based on a rave with vampires, a sequel to Psycho Scareapy set during Christmas with escaped inmates terrorizing a neighborhood, and a funhouse. During the week of August 17, 2007, a new Halloween-themed shop opened up in nearby Citywalk. Plastered on the outside of this building were images of Jack the Clown in full ringmaster garb. Following this, a Universal newsletter and several local news channels featured Jack in the same attire, all but confirming his presence at the event. Finally, on August 30, Universal announced in a press release the names of the houses and shows for the event, and later updated the website with information about an additional show and released an event map a week before the opening.


The Universal Studios entrance transformed into the Carnival of Carnage.

The story released for the event said that Jack, after killing his old boss, Dr. Oddfellow, took over as the ringmaster of the carnival. Traveling the world, he found a number of acts to add to his new Carnival of Carnage. He appeared in his own show, Jack's Carnival of Carnage (Mel's Drive-In) where he took "volunteers" from the audience to see if they could survive his horrors; he assembled a number of "freaks" for the Freak Show (Animal Actors Stage), including The Enigma and magician Brian Brushwood; he put together a revue of The Rocky Horror Picture Show Tribute (Beetlejuice Stage); and he created his own Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure (Fear Factor Stage).

In addition to the shows, Jack got together eight haunted attractions. The three New Line characters each had their own houses, with Freddy returning to 1428 Elm Street to haunt new victims in A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dreamwalkers (Soundstage 23); Jason returning to Camp Crystal Lake, newly renamed Camp Packanack, to terrorize the new counselors in Friday the 13th: Camp Blood (JAWS Queue); and Leatherface returning home to the Hewitt residence to stalk guests through The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Flesh Wounds (Earthquake Queue). In addition, two other movies were featured in their own attractions. In Dead Silence: The Curse of Mary Shaw (Soundstage 22), guests travelled through the town of Raven's Fair where they were stalked by Mary Shaw and her victims through the graveyard, the morgue, and the Guignol Theatre, and in The Thing: Assimilation (Sprung Tent 1), the creature from Outpost 31 were moved with the carnival, where it mutated and attacked the military personnel at the new base. Three other attractions not based on movies were also included. In Vampyr: Blood Bath (Nazarman's), vampires had taken over a club and had a rave where outsiders became victims; in Psychoscareapy: Home for the Holidays (Soundstage 23), the inmates from Shadybrook, after surviving a bus crash, terrorized a neighborhood during Christmas; and finally, Jack's Funhouse in Clown-O-Vision (Sprung Tent 2) was a 3-D funhouse featuring Jack's troupe of clowns.

The main scarezone, the Midway of the Bizarre encompassed most of the park, while a subsection, called Troupe Macabre (French/gothic vampire clowns), was stationed in the Central Park area. The Chainsaw Drill Team, under the direction of the mouthy Sheriff Hoyt from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, also returned to roam the streets. There were also various carnival-themed scareactors in Hollywood and New York including motorcycling clowns on bikes designed to look like runaway carousel horses and clowns in demented-looking bumper cars.

Starting with this event, Universal no longer used local fraternities or sororities to help staff the event. Instead, they now have a group of roughly 40 scareactors used solely to fill in spots around the park each night whenever a scheduled employee has a night off or calls in sick. This group, called the Fire Crew, is scheduled to work each night. If no positions need to be filled, they will have positions created for them in houses and scarezones.

Rides Edit

  • Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast
  • Shrek 4-D
  • Twister... Ride it Out
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Earthquake
  • JAWS
  • Men in Black Alien Attack
  • E.T Adventure

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Halloween Horror Nights: Carnival of Carnage Merchandise and Collectables Edit

Halloween Horror Nights: Carnival of Carnage
Characters: Jack the Clown (Event Icon)  • Freddy Krueger  • Jason Voorhees  • Leatherface (Sub Icons)  • Chance  • Mary Shaw
Haunted Houses: A Nightmare on Elm Street: Dreamwalkers  • Dead Silence: The Curse of Mary Shaw  • Friday the 13th: Camp Blood  • Jack's Funhouse in Clown-O-Vision  • Psychoscareapy: Home for the Holidays  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Flesh Wounds  • The Thing: Assimilation  • Vampyr: Blood Bath
Scarezone: Midway of the Bizarre
Shows: Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure  • Freak Show   • Jack's Carnival of Carnage   • The Rocky Horror Picture Show Tribute
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