Halloween Horror Nights 26 was Universal Studios Orlando 's annual Halloween event for 2016. The event was a direct sequel to Halloween Horror Nights 25, with Chance being this year's icon. It originally ran from September 16th to October 31st 2016, but due to Hurricane Matthew cancelling the event on October 6th and 7th the event was extended for a weekend, finally ending on November 5th. Halloween Horror Nights featured nine houses, five scarezones, and two live shows, with a separately ticketed house and a scareactor dining experience.
The lore behind Halloween Horror Nights 26 was a continuation of the previous event. After Jack the Clown and Chance put on last year's The Carnage Returns, they both got caught. Jack got put away in his box, while Chance got put away in an asylum.
While she was incarcerated, Chance entered her "theatre of the mind," which meant what whatever gothic nightmares occurred in her mind would soon become a horrific reality.
Chainsaw Geisha's (New York): Japanese Geishas will be hiding in Sting Alley, which is an alleyway in the Manhattan area of the park. For those that don’t know, a Geisha is a Japanese woman with white face paint and wearing a colorful kimono, considered to be beautiful within Japanese society. They are often seen with umbrellas or hand fans.
Chainsaw Scarecrows (Between Transformers and Mel's Die-In): These scarecrows are tired of protecting the crops of their farmers, so much so that they have found themselves a handful of chainsaws and are looking for revenge on the humans that neglected to give them a brain!
Cheersaws (Springfield U.S.A): Between Central Park and the Kwik-E-Mart in Springfield, these cheerleaders really let their popularity get to them! They can’t stand the thought of you having more friends than them, and they will make sure you learn your lesson with a swift swing of their saw’s blade!