Universal Studios' annual Halloween Horror Nights
"There's actually a study that we looked at when we were trying to decide what we were going to do, knowing we had already negotiated Stranger Things," Aiello shared with ComicBook.com. "And how did we want to paint the picture of the event ... did we want
While the series itself is currently being filmed, the narrative of Stranger Things unfolds in the early-'80s, with the nostalgia of the decade being one of the show's more compelling components. Aiello noted that this nostalgia has data that backs up why there is a current trend of recalling fond memories of the time period.
"There's a really cool thing we read called 'Nostalgia Pendulum.' Which, in a nutshell, states the consumer 30 years ago is now the creator, now. And that's why we're seeing this trend in the '80s," Aiello noted. "Because it's people my age, older, that are attaching the things they loved when they were kids. And you see that trend every 30 years. Here's something not even horror-related: Trolls. That was a toy in the '60s that
The Stranger Things maze might be the major attraction at the event, but plenty of beloved properties from the decade are represented. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers has its own haunted house, as does Poltergeist, while Child's Play and Killer Klowns from Outer Space both inspired "Scare Zones" at the park.
"There is this awesome kind of pattern that's happened. So it's really just being aware of what's out there," Aiello admitted. "And then we look at our white whale list as well and go, what are some things that we've always wanted to do, that we have yet to yet? Poltergeist
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