ORLANDO, Fla. — Universal Orlando has unveiled a special menu of more than 20 dishes and drinks focused on the themes of its haunted houses to coincide with the opening of Halloween Horror Nights on Sept. 3.
What You Need To Know
- Special menu introduced for Halloween Horror Nights
- Food themes are based mostly on the event's haunted houses
- HHN begins Sept. 3 and continues on select nights through Oct. 31
Some annual fan favorites such as pizza fries, s’mores fries and twisted taters also make a return.
One of the new group of dishes is based on Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House” and the Red Room tea party, including miniature stuffed sandwiches such as stuffed brisket grilled cheese, jalapeno bacon grilled cheese and a Tempeh Reuben with sauerkraut. A “poison” specialty iced tea and lemonade rum punch that features mountain huckleberry and allspice notes is available to wash those down.
Carved meat dishes inspired by “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” include roasted split lamb and severed ribs, which are sliced, sticky ribs with barbecue sauce.
Offerings themed around the black-and-white film “The Bride of Frankenstein” include Bride of Frankenstein’s Swirl, served in a black waffle cone; Flammkuchen, a crispy flatbread topped with crème fraiche, thinly sliced onions and smoked bacon; and Reibekuchen, savory potato pancake with apple sauce, crispy pumpernickel crumble, crème fraiche and chives.
Sweets inspired by Jack the Clown are Dr. Pinetti’s Confetti Battered Oreo and Tiny’s Twinkies, deep-fried, hand-battered Twinkies with cream filling and topped with powdered sugar. Jack’d Donut Slider is a Black Angus beef patty topped with bacon jam and American cheese on bourbon-glazed donuts.
Keeping with the season, a number of items based upon the Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin original haunted house include the vegan dish Pumpkin Guts, which features sautéed zucchini and butternut squash noodles with hazelnut “brown butter,” toasted hazelnuts and pumpkins seeds served out of a squash ring. Field of Screams Gyoza are dumplings filled with spicy ground turkey and butternut squash.
Finally, the Revenge of the Tooth Fairy haunted house inspired bourbon candied pork belly, a Monte Cristo waffle stick and beer floats with vanilla soft-serve ice cream, whipped cream and topped with an orange wheel or large pieces of peanut brittle.
Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights opens Sept. 3 and runs select nights through Oct. 31. Ten themed haunted houses, five scare zones and live entertainment based on horror legends are the highlights of the popular event.