By Carlye Wisel
April 01, 2019
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Prepare to brave demogorgons and travel in the Upside Down, because the otherworldly nightmares of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” are returning to Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood this fall.

Halloween Horror Nights first tapped the spooky series for its wildly immersive themed houses at its California and Florida events last year, but 2019’s experience will double down on the terror. Instead of focusing on one storyline, it’ll dive into Stranger Things seasons two and three, likely leading brave guests to escape the Hawkins Lab, possibly encounter the Mind Flayer — and witness plenty of 1980’s happenings sci-fi fans aren’t even prepared for.

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Planning Halloween while summer is months away may feel like its own version of the Upside Down, but Universal’s maniacally well-executed event is anticipated year-round. The collection of experimental storylines, terrifying creatures and walk-through attractions themed to famed television shows and movies is so massively popular with theme park fans that it’s even expanded to two full months of themed nights.

Admission is separate from standard Universal tickets, but early birds can get the worm — er, demogorgon — with Universal Orlando’s buy one, get one admission discount.

Seeing the array of soon-to-be-announced houses and mazes won’t be quite as frightening as having your brain overtaken by the Mind Flayer, but if you’re too scared, Universal Orlando Resort offers a super cool solution: touring houses with the lights on. Still, we’re sure no matter what’s in store, whether it’s seeing the shadow monster looming beyond the Snow Ball or coming up close to Eleven and her friends, it’ll be that much crazier when plunged straight into darkness.

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