Halloween Horror Nights 2012
Much to the surprise of its many fans, Halloween Horror Nights 22 is without an overall theme or an icon, for the first time since 2004. The event’s creators have explained that because they are featuring several big name franchises and intellectual properties this year from movies, television, music, and video games, there was no way to tie them together that would make any sense, better to let each share the spotlight. Many fans have compared this strategy to that of Hollywood’s version of the event, an appropriate comparison considering both coasts share several of the properties and have worked together more than ever to develop this year’s experiences.
But while some of the mazes featured in Halloween Horror Nights 22 do follow in the footsteps of original favorites from recent years, succeeding far more than the franchise-based ones, the event’s new street experience is entirely different than the past, doing away with always-popular individual scare zones completely, in favor of featuring a variety of roaming bands of ghouls, united under the banner of “Dark Legions.” This, so far, has not been nearly as successful.