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The Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin
Attraction type Haunted House
Event Halloween Horror Nights 30
Park Universal Studios Florida
Area World Expo
Year 2021
Housed in Sprung Tent 2
Based on Original

The Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin was one of ten haunted houses that were featured during Halloween Horror Nights 30. It was located in Sprung Tent 2.

History and Location[]

For their 2020 Halloween Horror Nights event, Universal was planning to hold a haunted house based on classic Halloween traditions and customs all centered around an all new original character: The Pumpkin Lord. After Halloween Horror Nights was cancelled that year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Universal postponed the opening of this haunted house until the following year, though the Pumpkin Lord still appeared on a couple of the merchandise in 2020.

On August 12th, 2021, Universal announced that The Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin would be coming to Halloween Horror Nights that year. The house would be relatively unchanged from it's original plan in 2020. The Codename for this House was "Oven".

In 2006, Universal built two hurricane-proof tents behind the World Expo area of the park specifically for holding Halloween Horror Nights haunted houses. This house would be located in the northernmost one (called Sprung Tent 2).

Description[]

There’s no breaking free from the vines of the Pumpkin Lord, here to entrap you in his ever-growing evil.

An evil rot has taken root in the land. It’s time once again for the rise of the Pumpkin Lord who grows Halloween like a malignant vine. His minions are scouring the countryside, collecting unwilling sacrifices in order to summon the Pumpkin Lord.

  • The closer to Halloween, the more people practice the traditions, the greater the powers of the Pumpkin Lord grow.
  • As the pumpkins grow ever bigger, your fear grows ever greater, and your odds of escape grow smaller.
  • From the cemetery to the forest, there’s no breaking free from the tenacious vines of the merciless Pumpkin Lord.

Production Die-Ries[]

There's a reason that fat pumpkins, gnarly gourds and towering cornstalks have been a part of the bone-chilling Halloween stories since storytelling began - it is organic horror that emanates from below our very feet, drawing life from the earth through vein like vines, slowly growing stronger and stronger and ever more imposing. And thus, horrific faces are carved into the pulpy flesh of thick orange skin.

It is from the this time-honored legacy that HHN designers found inspiration to pay homage to all that has come before...with a new take on the legends, myths and fables. So step right in this re-imagined realm of slow growth wicked horror.

Experience[]

Queue and Facade[]

The queue entrance was located to the right of the Men in Black restrooms. It went down a road that led to the front of Sprung Tent 2 where it would then continuously loop around the side of the Men in Black building.

Eventually you would reach the facade which was 2 Stands with Pumpkins lined up and a Tunnel lined up with Pumpkins all around it. Guests would enter the Tunnel and enter a long hallway with Jack O'Lanterns illuminating the Pathway. At the end of the Hallway was a advertisement for "Mr. Carver's Best Selection of Pumpkins Est. 1950". Guests would then enter the House.

Haunted House[]

Entering guests would immediately be attacked by a Skeleton from behind a Fake Fence Panel. To the right of guests was Corn and guests would approach a House Facade with vines growing all over it.

Guests would enter and see the words Fear the Pumpkin Lord sprawled in Blood on the wall. Guests would go around a table with a Man growing Pumpkins out of him as a Skeleton would attack guests from behind the table.

Guests would then enter the Kitchen where all of the Pots and Pans would start going off and moving as the sounds of Cats running would play. A Skeleton would then pop out at guests as they are distracted.

Guests would then enter the Yard where on the right a Skeleton playing dead would pop out at guests through the Fence. On the left were windows where a Skeleton would pop out at guests. That same Skeleton would pop out at guests. Guests would then see the Barn Facade and enter.

Guests would go down a short Hallway with a Drop Down Panel and then be attacked by a Scarecrow through a Boo Hole. Guests would then approach the Corpse of Nathaniel Crowe as he is being attacked by Crows. He would scream and air effects would go off. Guests would go down a long hallway with 2 Boo Hole Scarecrow Scares and one Scarecrow scare from above before guests exit the Barn.

Guests then see a Sign pointing them towards the Covered Bridge. Guests would then enter the Bridge to see Water projected underneath it. On the left through Cracks in the Bridge was the Headless Horseman moving along. Guests would then exit the Bridge and be attacked by the Headless Horseman's Head before then entering Caine Cemetery.

Inside Caine Cemetery was a Bunch of Pumpkins as a Grim Reaper would pop out at guests. There then was a Scrim Effect inside a door showing a Woman inside of a Coffin. All of the Jack O'Lanterns would go out and then light back up as a Grim Reaper pops out from a Elevated Crypt with Fog and Red Lighting going off. From the opposite side of it another Grim Reaper would pop out at guests. Guests would then exit through the South Exit of Caine Cemetery.

Guests would enter the Greenwood Forest where they could see windows illuminating light. Guests would then be attacked from a Goblin on a Elevated Boo Hole platform. Guests would then be attacked by 2 Goblins (1 from the left, 1 from the right). Guests would then see the Facade of Gramalkin's Hut and enter.

Inside was a Bunch of Ingredients gathered for the Spell of summoning the Pumpkin Lord. There was a Book with UV Text as Gramalkin The Summoner greets guests entering. A Burnt Corpse would arise from the Cauldron which Gramalkin The Summoner would then push back into the Cauldron. Locasta would pop out while guests are distracted. Locasta would then pop out one more time for a 2nd Scare. Guests would then exit Gramalkin's Hut.

Guests would then go underneath a Pumpkin Patch and enter The Pumpkin Lord's Lair where there are UV Roots above guests. Guests would then be scared by a Sarlacc Pumpkin. Guests would then see the Pumpkin Lord grown out of a Pumpkin greeting guests as he then burps on guests which was a Water Effect sprayed at guests. Guests would then be attacked by a Pumpkin Head Actor. Guests would then be attacked by a Jack O' Lantern Actor from a Elevated Platform before exiting the House.

Settings[]

Scareactors[]

Quotes[]

  • "Summon the Pumpkin Lord! Fear opens the door! Blood is gathered! Screams carry on the night wind! Souls are taken! Bones to bind! Roots dig deep and take hold! Here is the Pumpkin Lord! He grows Halloween!" - Gramalkin The Summoner
  • "This just in, another body has been found on the Outskirts of town. A victim of the ritualistic killing spree we're hearing. All Hail the Pumpkin Lord was found sprawled in Blood near the Victim." - Radio Reporter
  • "No! Get off!" - Nathaniel Crowe
  • "Your souls are taken for the Pumpkin Lord." - Grim Reaper
  • "Get back in there! Ingredient!" - Gramalkin The Summoner
  • "I'm the Pretty one!? Yes!?" - Locasta
  • "I am Halloween! I am Halloween!" - Pumpkin Lord

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Trivia[]

  • This was the First House created for Halloween Horror Nights 30. [1].
  • The HHN design team looked at Halloween Horror Nights' past to determine which haunted houses and scarezones were most effective using traditional elements from nature...and so was born The Pumpkin Lord, a dark bringer of pure evil.
  • The Pumpkin Lord was first introduced to guests on a Shirt of a variety of characters in 2020.
  • This House on UTH Tours was described as Twisted Tradition Meets Scarecrow: The Reaping.
  • This House takes place in 1950's Carey, Ohio.
  • The Sprung Tent was originally going to have lighting on it to make it look like a Pumpkin.
  • All of the Pumpkins on the Facade from the Central Park Scare Zones.
  • The pumpkin farm that appeared in the house belongs to Mr. Carver, who stars in Pumpkin Guts from Slaughter Sinema.
  • On the left side of the Inside Facade is Fake Corn. They had planted Real Corn for Scarecrow: The Reaping in 2017 but it was almost blown away due to a Hurricane. They vowed to never use Real Corn again.
  • On the Inside Facade is multiple X's but on the right side there is only 3 which is a reference to 30 in this being the 30th Anniversary of the Event.
  • There was a vintage tube radio that broadcasts warnings and reports that Pumpkin Lord's vandalism is rampant through the land.
  • The Vintage Radio and Gramophone are from Dead End.
  • The Chandelier is from The Shining.
  • As guests moved from scene to scene, the vines and vegetation grow larger and larger the closer and closer they got to an ultimate encounter with the Pumpkin Lord.
  • The Body with Pumpkins growing out of it in the Diner Scene is the Sheriff.
  • All of the tradition "shaker cans" you see in the house as well as all of the cans used throughout the overall event were donated from the Universal Studios kitchen. The pastry chef saved the cans all year and donated them to the decor team.
  • The Body hanging from above in the Yard Scene is from Yeti: Terror of the Yukon.
  • A drop board scare features in chalk writing "Meetz Meats pick-up 9/6/87" and then drops down to reveal a head on a spike.
  • An unused concept character, Nathaniel Crowe, appears in the house as a corpse who is being eaten by crows [2].
  • Several Costumes and Triggers in the Barn Scene are reused from Scarecrow: The Reaping.
  • Right before the Bridge Scene is a Sign saying "Little Lake Sawyer" which is a reference to the Sawyer Family from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  • The Slide Rail Mechanic used for the Headless Horseman on the Bridge is from Graveyard Games.
  • The reason the Jack O'Lanterns go out in the Graveyard is because the Spirits/Souls have been taken. [3].
  • The Show Director, Charles Grey, is on one of the Mausoleums in the Graveyard Scene.
  • All of the Names on the Mausoleums in the Graveyard Scene are Members of the A&D Team.
  • The Woman buried in the Pumpkin in Gramalkin's Hut is from Twisted Tradition.
  • The Beast Baby from Cult of the Beast Baby section of Slaughter Sinema made an appearance in the Gramalkin's Hut along with the Critters from Midnight Snack 2: The House Swarming.
  • Gramalkin The Summoner works on behalf of the Pumpkin Lord and gathers ingredients throughout the House to make sure the Spell will work. [4].
  • Locasta who is Gramalkin The Summoner's Sister is very jealous that she gets all of the Attention. [5].
  • Gramalkin The Summoner's Ritual Chant is referenced throughout the House.
    • "Fear opens the door!" in which the Radio Reporter is announcing the ritualistic killing which spreads fear.
    • "Blood is gathered!" in which the House Scene and Yard Scene have Skeletons collecting Blood. Also sprawling it on the walls.
    • "Screams carry on the night wind!" in which Nathaniel Crowe screams in the Barn and all of the Grim Reaper's Triggers are screams.
    • "Souls are taken!" which is the Caine Cemetery Scene where the Souls are taken.
    • "Bones to bind!" there are Various Skeletons throughout the House and also the Trigger for Locasta is the Sound of a Skeleton.
    • "Roots dig deep and take hold!". Throughout the House there are Various Victims caught in Roots and/or Vines.
  • Each of the Holes in the Finale offer more and more of a glimpse of the Pumpkin Lord as you venture closer to see him.
  • Each House in 2021 had a hidden butterfly, the one in this house was inside Gramalkin's Hut next to the Hour Glass.
  • This House was named 2021's House of the Year.

References[]

Halloween Horror Nights 30
Characters: Jack the Clown (Event Icon)  • Beetlejuice  • Bent-Neck Lady  • The Bride of Frankenstein  • Leatherface  • The Caretaker  • The Director  • The Storyteller  • The Usher  • Lady Luck  • Chance  • Fear  • Tooth Fairies  • Pumpkin Lord  • Boris Shuster  • Eddie Schmidt  • Terra Queen  • The Controller
Haunted Houses: Beetlejuice • The Haunting of Hill House  • Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre  • HHN Icons: Captured  • Welcome to SCarey: Horror in the Heartland  • Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth  • Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience  • The Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin  • Revenge of the Tooth Fairy
Scarezones: 30 Years 30 Fears  • Seek and Destroy  • Crypt TV  • Gorewood Forest  • Lights Camera Hacktion: Eddie's Revenge
Shows: Halloween Nightmare Fuel  • Marathon of Mayhem: Carnage Factory




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