Who’s Universal Studios Going to Call for Halloween Horror Nights? Ghostbusters!

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights
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We’re still a good four months away from Halloween, but that’s not stopping theme parks from announcing their upcoming frightful festivities for this October. Universal Studios, best known for throwing their annual Halloween Horror Nights events in Los Angeles and Orlando just announced another haunted-house attraction for 2024 — and there’s something weird and it don’t look good. So who are they going to call? Yup, Ghostbusters.

Based on this year’s Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, this new maze will bring the latest installment of the franchise to life, but fans of the 1984 original film will be pleased to hear that iconic ghosts, creatures, and characters from the comedy horror classic will also be making appearances. This is great timing, too, as the original just celebrated its big 40th anniversary. The plot of Frozen Empire involves the Spengler family teaming up with the original Ghostbusters to vanquish an ancient demon that threatens to bring on a new Ice Age, freezing New York City in the process. Those original Ghostbusters are Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) Ray Stantz (Dan Akyroyd), and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson), who all appear in the latest installment.

According to the press release provided by Universal Studios, the “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” maze will transport fans to authentic recreated sets from the film including Ray’s Occult Book Shop, the top-secret ghost-busting research lab, and the New York sewer system. There’s also sure to be plenty of freezing conditions and slimy, ectoplasmic encounters along the way. We can only hope that we’ll also catch glimpses of Slimer and hordes of those mini Stay-Puft Marshmallow men, too.

Already itching to bust some ghosts at Halloween Horror Nights? Well, the spooky season is coming sooner than you think. Universal Studios Orlando kicks off their Halloween Horror Nights festivities starting August 30 and Universal Studios Hollywood will start theirs on September 5. Tickets are currently on sale and prices vary depending on which day you pick (weekends tend to cost more). There are also Express passes which reduce the amount of time you wait in line and Early Access tickets that get you into the park a good 90 minutes before everyone else — of course, these premium tickets will cost you quite a few more pennies. Check out the official Universal Halloween Horror Nights website for more details on pricing.

More Universal Halloween Horror Nights reveals are still yet to come. So far, the theme park has only revealed haunted houses for Ghostbusters and A Quiet Place, so keep an eye on this space as we learn more updates.