The Weeknd has announced that he’s launching two After Hours-themed haunted houses. One will be at Hollywood’s Universal Studios, and the other at Universal’s Orlando resort.
The Weeknd: After House Nightmare were designed by Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights in collaboration with The Weeknd himself. The two haunted houses are inspired by the album’s visuals, in addition to horror and science fiction films.
While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, The Weeknd said he “always wanted” his own haunted house. “Halloween has always been significant to my music, so this is a total dream come to life,” he adds.
Senior show director at Universal’s Orlando resort Charles Gray says that the new haunted houses are like “a fever dream.” “What came out of it was extracting the nightmares: What would it be like if we were inside his head while he’s creating this album?” Gray asks. “It isn’t a retelling of the After Hours album; it’s entering the nightmares that were the muse for his songs.”
“I feel like my music videos have served as a launching pad for a collaboration like this, and I cannot wait for people to experience this madness,” The Weeknd adds.
The Weeknd released After Hours in March of 2020. The album went on to hit Number One on the album charts in 21 different countries, and it was certified Platinum 20 times worldwide. Since then, The Weeknd has released another new album, Dawn FM. The 16-track, collab-heavy collection features contributions from Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne, Quincy Jones, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Jim Carrey. The record welcomes listeners into the “painless transition” of the great beyond.