In response to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood have announced the annual Halloween Horror Nights events will not be taking place in 2020.

Halloween Horror Nights will return in 2021. Ticket holders for the events have the option to rollover their tickets to 2021 or be issued a refund.

The operator’s decision to cancel the popular events was made so it could concentrate on the safe operation of its theme parks for daytime guests.

Universal Studios in Florida and California said they had “made the difficult decision to not hold Halloween Horror Nights events this year.”

“Universal Orlando Resort will be focusing exclusively on operating its theme parks for daytime guests, using the enhanced health and safety procedures already in place,” they said in a statement.

“Universal Studios Hollywood continues to face ongoing business restrictions and uncertainty around its opening timeframe.”