Dr. Oddfellow Returning to Halloween Horror Nights for First Time in Over 20 Years as Icon

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Dr. Oddfellow Returning to Halloween Horror Nights for First Time in Over 20 Years as Icon

It seems Dr. Oddfellow will be the icon of Halloween Horror Nights 32 at Universal Studios Florida. This marks the character’s first appearance since he was introduced at Halloween Horror Nights X (the tenth anniversary) with connections to famous Halloween Horror Nights icon Jack the Clown. With Dr. Oddfellow returning, Jack may as well.

Dr. Oddfellow’s Twisted Origins

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Dr. Oddfellow’s Twisted Origins will be one of ten haunted houses at Halloween Horror Nights 32. Here’s the description:

In the 1930s Dust Bowl era, guests won’t be able to resist going inside Dr. Oddfellow’s menacing menagerie of twisted oddities where they’ll encounter grotesquely distorted animals and freakish fiends. In “Dr. Oddfellow: Twisted Origins,” the price to enter this creepy caravan is steep as souls feed his immortal power.

The event’s scare zones also all have Oddfellow connections, apparently moving through his life in the 20th century.

Dr. Oddfellow’s Collection of Horror

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Dr. Oddfellow will lure guests into Halloween Horror Nights with a promise of immortality. As he lifts the veil on all the horrors to come, they’ll soon realize they may not even survive the night.

Dark Zodiac

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Dr. Oddfellow has entered a dark dimension to harness the power of the Zodiac and live forever. He twists the signs into malevolent beings who foretell one’s doom. As his star rises, yours falls.

Jungle of Doom: Expedition Horror

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In the 1920s, Dr. Oddfellow ventured deep into the darkest jungle, performing horrific experiments on nature. Now his monstrous creatures are running amok and on the hunt.

Shipyard 32: Horrors Unhinged

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Enter a 1940s San Francisco shipping yard full of mysterious crates and cages bearing Dr. Oddfellow’s symbol. Beware, his nightmarish oddities have now escaped spreading fear and chaos in their wake.

Vamp ’69: Summer of Blood

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At a 60s music fest in a small New York town, guests will jam to popular bands with fellow concert-goers until Dr. Oddfellow unleashes vicious vampires on the audience that are out for blood.

Dr. Oddfellow and Jack the Clown History

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Dr. Rich Oddfellow was introduced as part of Jack Schmidt’s backstory for his debut at Halloween Horror Nights X (the tenth anniversary). They appeared in The Fearhouse.

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Image source: Universal Orlando Resort

Jack worked as a clown at Dr. Oddfellow’s Carnival of Thrills. As the carnival traveled, Jack began to kill children who came to see the show.

After murdering 13 children, Jack was being hunted by the authorities. He confided in Dr. Oddfellow, who proved to be less than sympathetic. He wasn’t bothered by the murders, being accidentally responsible for several himself. Dr. Oddfellow was more concerned with getting caught. Instead, he had Jack killed and hid his body along with the bodies of the children.

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Pictured above, Jack holds the Jack-in-the-Box in which his corpse was stored. It was discovered by a film crew exploring the abandoned carnival. During transport, Jack’s body was lost in a mysterious accident.

The Fearhouse

The Fearhouse took guests straight into the lab of Dr. Oddfellow, concealed within an attraction from his carnival. In classic funhouse fashion, this maze was chock full of mirrors, some of which revealed the horrors committed by Dr. Oddfellow.

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Image source: Universal Orlando Resort

This was Dr. Oddfellow’s only appearance at the event to date.

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A wagon for his “dark carnival and emporium” was parked in the 2020 Tribute Store and reappeared at the HHN 30 R.I.P. Tour lounge in Cafe La Bamba.

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UPNT’s sources have indicated that the Dr. Oddfellow house may bring an appearance from Jack. He was last seen at Halloween Horror Nights 30, alongside the other Icons, for the big anniversary.

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He has made several appearances since 2000, most often in years with milestone anniversaries, such as the 25th.

Reports indicate that Oddfellow may not be a traditional Icon due to marketing issues. The event goes without an Icon more often than not these days, and with heavy hitters like “The Last of Us” and “Stranger Things 4,” marketing will likely center around IP.

Halloween Horror Nights 32

This year’s event runs on select nights from September 1 to November 4 and will feature 10 houses, 5 scare zones, and live entertainment in the form of a “Nightmare Fuel” show. Check out the full lineup.

Admission is separate from regular theme park admission. You do not need theme park admission to attend Halloween Horror Nights, but if you have a day ticket, it allows you to stay in the park to wait rather than exit and re-enter when the event opens.

Multi-day passessingle-night tickets, and R.I.P. and behind the “screams” tours are available for booking.

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