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Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - PinterestThe heart-thumping highlight of the Halloween season is surviving the terrifying Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. The annual event that runs on select nights in the fall takes thousands of guests through movie set-quality haunted houses or mazes, scare zones and sometimes a Terror Tram (but not in 2019 — instead, there were two extra mazes near the Studio Tour area). Most Halloween Horror Nights event dates sell out and Universal Studios Hollywood isn't that large, so it does get crowded. Luckily, you've got us as your fearless froggy guides so that you can experience everything (and save some green) on this must-do event! We've been hopping to this event for many years and usually catch the first weekend of Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood so that we can bring you everything you need to know. In 2019, we hopped over to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood for Fan Preview Night!

If you want to attend Hollywood Horror Nights 2020, be sure to buy your tickets early! In 2019, tickets for the event went on sale in June. And yes, we frogs sold discount tickets to the event (ribbit)! Event tickets, especially Universal Express tickets, disappear in a scary-fast way. With exciting mazes and scare zones, you definitely don't want to miss out!

We do not yet have 2020 dates, but we are sitting on the edge of our seats, waiting for news as if we were watching a horror film! In the meantime, here's a look back at 2019 Hollywood Horror Nights.

Quick Links: When to Visit | Managing Crowds & Touring Tips | Mazes & Entertainment | Scare Zones | Rides | Food | Rules

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When to Visit Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

Halloween Horror Nights started Sept. 13, 2019, and ran on select nights through early November. Generally, the earlier you go in the season, the lower the ticket price (the same goes for any dates after Halloween). Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday nights are the least expensive, and Saturdays tend to be the most expensive, followed by Fridays. Most of the days do sell out, but the least crowded nights tend to be Sundays and Thursdays. 

Universal Studios has passes for multiple nights of terror. In 2019, you could choose from a September pass with up to 11 nights of terror, a Frequent Fear pass with up to 25 nights or even the Ultimate Fear Pass with up to 32 nights! Additionally, there was a Fan Preview Night on Sept. 12, 2019. There was an option to purchase Fan Preview admission plus a Frequent Fear Pass (up to 26 nights) as well!

New in 2019 were Throwback Thursdays! Need some motivation to visit on a "school night?" Guests could kick back old school to favorite hits of the 80s with live bands or DJ dance parties. This was the only night you could dress up in your best retro and horror-themed outfit.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2019 Dates:

September 12 (Fan Preview), 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29

October 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30*, 31

November 1, 2, 3

*added later

In 2018 and 2019, later dates were added as the season was underway. So if you somehow miss out on tickets for 2020, keep checking back, because Universal could add more dates to the lineup!

For Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood tickets or HHN Universal Express passes, you'll need to purchase through us or from Universal Studios Hollywood. Tickets went on sale July 30, 2019, but some tickets were made available for presale in late June. The HHN Universal Express tickets can sell out scary-fast. Buy well in advance. Tickets purchased online allow for Early Entry at 5:15 p.m. (except for Fan Preview Night), with some Lower Lot mazes opening early at 5:30 p.m. These times shifted earlier as the season progressed, so if you thought you read that Early Entry started later way back in September, you are not possessed; the time toadally changed. Keep hopping back for updates throughout the fall season because we continually make updates based on Universal's changes. We definitely recommend entering during Early Entry to experience the shortest waits of the night. The actual event usually starts at 7:00 p.m.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights Ticket Prices

Halloween Horror Nights is a separate ticket from regular park admission. In 2019, general admission prices ranged from $67 to $102 (in 2019, purchasing from your favorite frogs could save you up to $39 off gate prices!). Universal Studios Hollywood also sells a Halloween Horror Nights Universal Express Pass (formerly called Front of Line Pass). Tickets for this pass ranged from $159 to $249 last year. The HHN Universal Express Pass is good for one-time Express access for each maze and ride. It includes priority seating for the Jabbawockeez live show.

New in 2019, when you went to purchase the Universal Express ticket, an option to upgrade to Universal Express Unlimited for an additional fee popped up! There was a Universal Express Unlimited ticket option on the main menu. That means you can have Unlimited Express access to each ride, maze and seated show.

Universal usually offers an After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo ticket, which allows you to enter the park at 2 p.m. In 2019, these tickets ranged from $99 to $147 for general admission and $189 to $289 for Universal Express Pass After 2 p.m. This pass allows you to visit daytime attractions that will be closed during Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood. Since The Wizarding World, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Kung Fu Panda, Studio Tour and shows are typically closed for Halloween Horror Nights, the combo ticket might be of interest to you if you have not yet experienced these attractions. Yes, you do get one-time Universal Express access to all attractions during the day and once again at night for attractions that will be open then too. This ticket does not appear to have an Unlimited Universal Express option. There is usually a check-in point near the Box Office so you can get a wristband to stay in the park after it closes to the public.

2019 Tickets and Passes 

Here's what was available for 2019 (Note: These are Universal prices. We are offering some of these ticket options at a hoppin' discount!):

  • Fan Preview Night General Admission: $69
  • Fan Preview Night Universal Express: $179
  • General Admission: $67 to $102
  • Universal Express: $150 to $249 (one-time access to each maze, ride and show)
  • Universal Express Unlimited: $189 to $299 (unlimited access to each maze, ride and show)
  • R.I.P. Tour: $279 to $409
  • After 2 p.m. Day/Night: $99 to $147
  • Universal Express After 2 p.m.: $189 to $289
  • September Pass (up to 11 nights): $109
  • Killer Deal Nights Pass (added later)
  • Frequent Fear Pass (up to 26 nights): $179
  • Fan Preview + Frequent Fear Pass (up to 26 nights): $199
  • Ultimate Fear Pass (up to 33 nights): $299

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Are you a Universal Studios Pass Member? Annual Pass Members can take advantage of Pass Member pricing for themselves and friends for some tickets. In 2019, there was an offer for Pass Members to buy a night, get a second night free! Platinum Annual Pass holders received a complimentary Hollywood Horror Nights ticket. To redeem, just take the ticket to any turnstile on specific dates (no reservation or ticket required). The 2019 dates were:

  • September 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29
  • October 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 17, 20, 24, 25, 27, 30, 31
  • November 1, 2, 3

Note: If you are using the same pass as last year and redeemed a complimentary ticket in 2019, then then you are not eligible for this offer.

The Fan Preview Night was a new addition for 2019. It unleashed the horror earlier than the first day of the season.The Fan Preview Night included access to all 10 new mazes, scare zones and attractions, special themed photo-ops with scare actors, performances by Figure, Commemorative Fan Preview Night credential and a Jabbawockeez meet and greet. Specialty themed food, beverage and merchandise was available for purchase.

Universal Express and R.I.P. on Fan Preview Night also included a panel presentation with John Murdy and Chris Williams, the creators of Halloween Horror Nights, plus special guests Greg Nicotero, Eli Roth and Slash. (Slash has the perfect name for Halloween Horror Nights!) Universal Express tickets allowed one-time express access to each maze and attraction (plus priority seating for Jabbawockeez). Gates opened at 6:30 p.m. (which differed from Early Entry for all other nights) and the event began at 7:00 p.m. The event ended at 1:00 a.m. There was a red carpet premiere with special guests in Universal CityWalk. Crowds were smaller than usual!

The Frequent Fear Passes returned for 2019. You could come any night for the first night (with exceptions noted below), and then could visit multiple times on select dates. Here's a look at the Frequent Fear Passes for 2019:

The September Pass (excludes Sept. 12) allowed guests to visit up to 11 nights in September, including:

September 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29

The Killer Deal Nights Pass appeared late in September and allowed guests to come up to 12 nights for just $99. The first visit was for a date selected upon purchase, and return visits were for:

  • September 26, 29
  • October 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 30
  • November 3

The Frequent Fear Pass allowed guests to visit ANY event night the first time (except Sept. 12) and select nights for any return visits up to 26 visits. Return visits included:

  • September 13,14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29
  • October 3, 4, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 30, 31
  • November 1, 2, 3

The Frequent Fear + Fan Preview included the above dates, plus Sept. 12.

The Ultimate Fear Pass was $299 (that's $50 less than 2018), and for that price, you could come 33 times, ANY night for your first visit and revisiting any event night.

For a killer experience, spring for the R.I.P. Tour. The 2019 R.I.P. Tour offered the following:

  • Universal Express UNLIMITED access to all mazes and available rides
  • Complimentary valet parking (one vehicle)
  • Exclusive interactive themed photo ops
  • Special tour of Universal Backlot
  • Reserved VIP seating for Jabbawockeez
  • Private VIP trolley transportation to Backlot mazes
  • Themed buffet dinner at exclusive VIP Dining Room & Lounge
  • Exclusive lounge area on Lower Lot for drinks and desserts during your tour

Each tour is usually made up of groups mixed together for up to 12 guests per tour.

Managing the Crowds & Touring Tips at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

One of the most terrifying parts of Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood is not getting to experience all of the mazes because of lines. Most Universal Halloween Horror Nights sell out. Save your terror for the mazes and cut the lines like Norman Bates' knife with a Halloween Horror Nights Front of the Line ticket. Be sure to buy in advance because Universal only offers a very limited number of Universal Express passes for each night, and they sell out as quickly as the Stranger Things kids flee from a pack of hungry Demogorgons.

In 2018, there were eight mazes and five scare zones. In 2019, there were 10 mazes and five scare zones! Be sure to pick up a map when you enter the turnstiles. The map will guide you to food, scare zones, mazes and shows.

In 2019, you could get a jumpstart on the fear … oops, we mean fun! The event usually begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m., but you can usually arrive early at 5:15 p.m. for early admission to get your heart thumping even sooner with access to some of the most popular mazes. If you arrive early, you may be given a wristband so that you can stay in the park as it closes and other guests are ushered out.

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Expect Early Entry mazes to be in the Backlot. Arriving early can save your night because you can visit several mazes before the event officially begins and then move onto the other mazes as other guests make their way down the escalators. There are a few pros and cons to early arrival.

Pros:

  • If you do not like scare zones or the dark, you can start your night much more gently.
  • Experience short to no lines for at least an hour.
  • You can get through more mazes and maybe even do a favorite maze twice.
  • You can make it an earlier night.

Cons:

  • The scare zones are not open until 7 p.m.
  • There is a less eerie/dramatic effect walking into the park.
  • Two of the scare zones are on the walk from the Lower Lot to the Backlot, which means backtracking after 7 p.m. or waiting in the Backlot for the event to officially begin.
  • You might miss the Opening Scaremony in the Upper Lot (they close that area for the people coming in by 6:30 p.m. and no amount of begging or pleading will get you in).

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Having Universal Express means no stress. You can easily do it all in any order you want, even if you do not arrive early — although arriving early can mean doing some mazes twice. Just do not scan the Universal Express Pass the first time you go through, and then use the pass later when there is a line you want to skip. With Early Entry and Universal Express, you can hit all of the Early Entry mazes before 7:00 p.m. If you have R.I.P, then you have unlimited Universal Express access.

Universal no longer distributes lanyards for Universal Express. Instead, you have to pull the paper ticket (about the size of a credit card) out each time to have it scanned. Bring a lanyard with a clear plastic pouch to make your life toadally easier, or wear clothing with a secure pocket. Universal also sells lanyards. We bought lanyards this year and it was well worth it.

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If you can’t get Universal Express and you miss Early Entry, save the year-round rides for after you have done your favorite mazes and scare zones (you can ride the rides any other day of the year). Skip the show unless you are a huge Jabbawockeez fan or are you tired at the end of the night and want to recharge.

The heart of Halloween Horror Nights is in the Lower Lot and Backlot, which has a not-so-short walk (with scare zones along the way) to the mazes in the Metropolitan Sets. There is alternate transportation for people who need it (behind the Jurassic Park area). A longer line does not always represent the quality of the maze or a must-see. A popular show can get a long line, but it doesn't mean it's the best maze. Sometimes we find that the mazes we are least excited about are among our favorites, and the ones we most look forward to are not at the top of our list. In 2019, we were pleasantly surprised by Killer Klownz from Outer Space and House of 1,000 Corpses (which had the shortest line of the night at only five minutes when we visited). But all mazes are usually pretty good. Try as many as you can and do not stress if you miss one.

Download the Universal Studios Hollywood app so that you can check wait times and showtimes. Select Halloween Horror Nights from the pull down menu to access the wait times. There are also displays throughout the park for status updates.

Complete everything you want to do while you are down in the Lower Lot and Backlot and then move back up after that. The special menu items are in those areas, so you might want to grab a bite while you are down there, as well. You don’t want to spend valuable time going up and down the four long escalators to and from the Lower Lot more than once in each direction.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Mazes and Entertainment

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In 2019, there were 10 Halloween Horror Nights mazes, plus killer entertainment. Besides moving on to the next chapter of Stranger Things and The Walking Dead (which, while dead during the regular season, has been revived for HHN 2020), there were mostly all-new mazes in 2019. Here's a look at the 2019 mazes. Maybe some of them will return like a recurring nightmare that won't go away!

Stranger Things 

This was the most anticipated maze in 2018, and as fans of the Netflix show, it was on our must-do list. We were knocked “upside down” by the first maze reveal of 2019, which announced that the next two seasons of "Stranger Things" would be featured in 2019! The 2019 maze continued the story from 2018, following the story of Will Byers in season two. The maze also had a nod to season three.

This line can get scary long, so if you are not a "Stranger Things" fan, skip this maze for one with a shorter line.  Sadly, we liked the 2018 maze more than the 2019 version, though there were some cool effects in the latest maze.

Holidaze in Hell 

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Were you the kind of kid who cried when placed on the lap of Santa or the Easter Bunny? Do you dread Valentine’s Day because you lack a significant other or find leprechauns from St. Patrick’s Day a little unnerving? Just wait until you face creepy Cupid, sinister leprechauns, a bloodthirsty Easter bunny, terrifying mutant turkeys and more in the holidays from Hell. This new maze mutated from a 2018 scare zone and exited into the Christmas in Hell scare zone.

You counted off to midnight and started out with New Year's, moving though the holidays. You may have recognized some creatures, such as creepy Cupid and evil leprechauns, each with their own section of maze.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - WolfmanFrankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

These two legendary monsters from the 1943 Universal Studios horror film of the same name teamed up to unleash a reign of terror like none we've seen before. The legendary duo broke out of the 2018 Universal Monsters maze to wreak havoc on this all-new maze in 2019. Guitarist Slash created the original score for 2018's Universal's Monsters maze, and he returned with cutting-edge music for "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man."

The Walking Dead

The Upper Lot maze is being laid to rest as of March 4, 2020. However, it's being resurrected for Horror Nights 2020.

The Curse of Pandora's Box

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This maze was inspired by a story from Greek mythology. As you entered "Pandora's Cabinet of Curiosities," an old store that seems as if it belongs in a dark and dangerous back alley of Victorian London, you made your way through occultist artifacts, forbidden relics and a collection of evil encased in glass cabinets. Does curiosity get the best of you when you pass the giant, ornate box inlaid with human bones, adorned with the silhouette of a woman clasping her body with skeletal arms? The ornate box swung open and awakened a demonic voice whispering for you to "come inside." Be aware. Once Pandora's Box is open and the evil unleashed, it can never be closed again. We liked some of the glow effects and skeletons of this maze.

Ghostbusters 

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Who you gonna call when the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man comes to terrorize your town? Ghostbusters! This metropolitan sets maze, based on the 1984 movie, offered a little comic relief (of course, balanced with a little more horror) into your night. Follow in the footsteps of the Ghostbusters and prepare to encounter paranormal creatures such as Slimer, Gozer the Gozerian and the cutest ghoul ever, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man! We escaped this maze without getting covered in ectoplasm, although we did get a little wet.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space 

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Here's a surprising pie in the face. The Killer Klowns invaded Hollywood Horror Nights as a brand-new maze in 2019! There's a reason people are afraid of clowns, and perhaps the late-1980s cult classic about evil aliens who resemble circus clowns doesn't help. The science-fiction/horror/comedy film that inspired the maze has a clan of clown-like aliens who invade earth to capture, kill and consume people. These diabolical Klowns lured you into their maze under the big top with the sweet scents of fairground food, but watch out! You're the treat! Try not to end up ensnared in one of their cotton candy cocoons. This colorful maze was a fun diversion from other mazes. Watch out for those trickster Klowns and their squirting water.

Creepshow 

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There are things in the corners of this world that will drive you insane. Flip through the pages of a comic book to bring five frightening fables to life. These stories took horror fans back to the 1982 film and introduced a new generation of fans to the "Shudder" anthology series premiering fall 2019. The five fables included:

  • Father’s Day: Years ago, the cruel patriarch of a wealthy family was murdered by his daughter on Father’s Day. Now, his maggot-infested corpse has risen from the grave to take revenge on his inheritors … and finally slice his Father’s Day cake.
  • The Crate: An unsuspecting janitor encounters a crate under the stairs of a college. The crate contains a ravenous beast who's just woken up from hibernating for over a hundred years.
  • They’re Creeping Up on You: An eccentric billionaire lives in a sealed “germ proof” penthouse apartment, but he still has a bug problem. When his power goes out in a blackout, his problem is about to get a whole lot worse.
  • Gray Matter: This fable will have you rethinking your beverage choices after an alcoholic ingests a strange mutagen after drinking cheap beer. An alien fungus takes over his apartment and body … creating an insatiable hunger that can’t be satiated by his favorite drink.
  • Bad Wolf Down: This fable sends you back to WWII. Surviving members of an American army platoon in the North of France hole up in a jail as the German army approaches under the full moon. The Germans are in for a howling surprise when they discover the men are ravenously hungry ...  and they're all werewolves.

This maze definitely had some creepy parts!

Jordan Peele's "Us" 

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This maze followed Jordan Peele's psychological thriller, "Us." In the beautiful beachside town of Santa Cruz, Calif., there is a boardwalk with an amusement park. A young girl, Adelaide Wilson, has a traumatic experience in a hall of mirrors when she encounters a little girl exactly like her. This is no reflection, but a "Tethered" being who is tied to her existence. The traumatic experience affects the rest of her life. Now, as an adult, she revisits the town on vacation with her husband and kids, but she can't shake the creepy feeling that something terrible is about to happen. She can't begin to imagine the horrors that are about to be unleashed when the Tethered come forth from their underground labyrinths in a planned uprising to murder and take over their counterparts' lives. You may never look at scissors the same way again. For this maze, you'll enter the Vision Quest fun house of mirrors and so much more. Expect to startle yourself when you encounter your own doppelgänger.

House of 1,000 Corpses 

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You are about to enter a world of darkness, where life and death are meaningless. This is the world of Rob Zombie's Horror Masterpiece, "House of 1,000 Corpses." If you dared to enter Captain Spaulding's Museum of Monsters and Madmen, you may have found the roadside attraction to be a bit too realistic when you encountered some real serial killers and the sadistic, psycho-killer Firefly family (known for torturing and mutilating a group of traveling teenagers in the 2003 movie). Perhaps you thought this maze was gone after the 2010 Hollywood Horror Nights, but like a recurring nightmare, it came back in 2019. We loved this maze and were surprised by its short line later in the night.

Throwback Thursdays

Exclusively on Thursday nights, you could dance with somebody to toadally awesome hits from the 80s in between running from monsters. The party was hosted by a live band or DJ. With inspiring mazes from the 80s, such as Ghostbusters, Killer Klowns, Stranger Things and Creepshow, it was bound to be a "Thriller" night (and no one's gonna save you from the beast about to strike). You could dress in theme on Thursdays with your best 80s- and horror-themed outfits. This experience was new for 2019. Stay tuned to see if it re-emerges or even mutates for 2020.

Jabbawockeez

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The Jabbawockeez returned for this high-energy live stage show set to music in 2019. The Jabbawockeez deliver gravity-defying choreography as well as special effects and humor. We think this is one you can skip, or save it until the end after you have gotten in your must-see mazes. Do not see the first show (unless you have Universal Express) because you need to use that valuable time to hit the mazes.

Scare Zones at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - Scare ZoneWe frogs jump (even higher than usual) in terror at Halloween Horror Nights — usually when we least expect it in a scare zone. Universal had five scare zones in 2019, each one more terrifying than the next. Be prepared for the unexpected ghoul to emerge from the darkness.

Here's a look at 2019's scare zones:

Fallen Angelz

The first scare zone of the night started out near the entrance in the Upper Lot. Creepy crypts and statues were just the beginning of the terrors that awaited you. Restless ghouls and escaped skeletons terrorized you, as well as the wraith and the Angel of Death. This scare zone blended into the next one. We particularly loved some of the stilt-walker scare actors.

Spirits and Demons of the East

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Fallen Angelz eased you quite nicely into the Spirits and Demons of the East. Rumor has it that stolen sacred antiquities from the Far East have arrived, and they didn't come alone. Angry spirits accompany them and are roaming New York Street, looking for vengeance. They do not care that you didn't steal the relics. They are coming after you. Oh, and just to make it fun, these powerful demons may be disguised as anything — even innocent school children! These first two scare zones tended to bleed into each other's territory.

Christmas in Hell

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As you exited the Upper Lot Holidayz in Hell maze and thought you could breathe a sigh of relief, you may have noticed that Christmas trees were blocking your exit. What the ... ? Oh no! The terror continued straight into the Christmas in Hell scare zone. It's not all sugarplum fairies and happy elves here. Beware the giant nutcracker looking for a skull to crack or Jack Frost (please say he won't be nipping that night) and the Winter Witch. Watch out for the cranky New Year's Baby. This cast of characters was not the stuff of bedtime stories (unless you are looking for nightmares).

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - Toxic TunnelToxxxic Tunnel

If chemical warfare is your worst nightmare, then this zone was for you. This terrifying walk from Lower Lot to the Metro sets (and back) returned in 2019, but with a twist. The warped and demonic members of a custom car club are hellbent on keeping you from getting through. Can you brave the Toxxxic Tunnel? Twice? Do you really have a choice?

Note that if you needed alternate transport from the Lower Lot to the Backlot, you could escape this scare zone and the weapon-wielding mutants.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - Horned CreatureAll Hallow's Evil 

As you approached the mazes in the Metropolitan sets, you were forced to face the souls of the dead. You see, Halloween is not the only holiday this time of the year. There are many cultural festivals such as the Celtic Hop-tu-Naa, which also falls on October 31. All Saints' Day, All Souls Day and Dia de los Muertos all share the season with the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain. Samhain celebrates the transition from the end of the harvest season into the darker months ...  darker being the key word here.

The souls of the dead are thought to return home this night, welcomed with costumes and bonfires. Are the costumes there for protection from these beings? You can be the judge of that. Oops! One problem. Halloween Horror Nights guests cannot wear costumes. Well, good luck with that. If you made it through the scare zone, you were rewarded with several terrifying mazes.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - CreatureHalloween Horror Nights Hollywood Opening Scaremony

If you are in the Upper Lot just before 7 p.m., be sure to catch the Opening “Scaremony,” when Universal releases the monsters and you find yourself immersed in your first terrifying scare zone of the night. You must be in place before 6:30 p.m. or you won't get in. The downside to accessing Early Entry may mean missing the Opening Scaremony, but the benefits of getting the mazes done and being ahead of the masses outweigh the downside in our humble opinions. It's really hard to see anything unless you are up close, but once Universal unleashes the monsters, they'll crawl through the crowds to find you.

Terror Tram at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

In years past, the tram that takes guests on a daytime Studio Tour of the Backlot turned into a Terror Tram at night, transporting guests to scenes of unspeakable horror as they wandered the Backlot past the Bates Motel, Psycho House and airplane crash site from "War of the Worlds." There was no Terror Tram in 2019 and we do not know if it will return in 2020. Instead, there were two more mazes in 2019.

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Check back next summer to see if the Terror Tram returns from the dead for Universal Horror Nights 2020. Perhaps it's been slashed like so many who have wandered those haunted paths before. The regular Studio Tour is not operating during Hollywood Horror Nights hours.

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Rides Open During Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2020

Some of the regular rides dare to operate during Halloween Horror Nights. If you need to escape from the mazes, get your thrills on Transformers 3-D, Revenge of the Mummy, Jurassic World or The Simpsons Ride. As mentioned above, the normal Studio Tour will not be running. Regular shows, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Kung Fu Panda and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem are closed. Even if you use the 5:15 Early Entry and the Wizarding World is still open, they will not let you in. The wristband that lets you stay in the park will keep you out of the Wizarding World, and team members will send you down to the Lower Lot. Guests with an After 2 p.m. Day/Night combo ticket can access the Wizarding World while the park is still open.

Treats to Die for at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2020

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There are some devilish delights in store for you. In 2019, your frog squad could share a giant doughnut, including a cotton candy doughnut inspired by the Killer Klowns. If you were dangerously dehydrated, you might have needed the souvenir sipper with free refills all night. If you are filled with a zombie-like hunger while in the Backlot, there are always snacks to die for a Killer Snacks and Tricks & Treats. In 2019, there were candy apples, Slimer cupcakes, pretzels, popcorn with green "slime" (it's just green salt) and more. The cart at the Tram loading area sold candy apples and mini doughnuts.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - Waffle SundaeFor a meal in 2019, you could grab food from Halloween Horror Bites. Choices included loaded mac 'n' cheese, Nashville hot bites with tater tots, Slimer's dirty water dog with green cheese sauce, Zuul's egg sandwich, cherry cola corn dog or the monster chili cheese dog. It was monstrous, which explains the $24.99 price! You needed to share it with the whole family!

Two themed pop-up shops opened in the Lower Lot — the Starcourt Mall and Scoops Ahoy. Both were from the third season of "Stranger Things." You could choose the Upside Down Burger, Benny's Burger, a Demo-Dog, the 23-inch Monster Chili Cheese Dog and Demogorgon’s Totcho — tater tots, spicy queso, chili, FLAMIN’ Hot Cheetos, sour cream and scallions. At Scoops Ahoy, the theme-tastic choices included Eleven's Waffle Sundae and the Mind Flayer's Shake.

There are usually several restaurants open around the Lower and Upper Lots. The alcoholic drinks purchased in the Backlot must stay in the Backlot. You can purchase beer at Duff’s Brewery Beer Garden or find food at:

  • Hollywood and Dine
  • Plaza Grill
  • Starbucks Upper Lot
  • Mel's Diner
  • Krusty Burger
  • Cletus Chicken Shack
  • Luigi's Pizza
  • Moe's Tavern
  • Lard Lad's Donut
  • Panda Express
  • Jurassic Cafe
  • 2019 Studio Scoop (pop-up Scoops Ahoy)
  • 2019 Pop-up Starcourt Mall Food Court (Lower Lot)
  • 2019 Pop-up Halloween Horror Bites (Backlot)
  • 2019 Pop-up Dia de los Muertos Bar (Metro set)
  • Many snack locations throughout the park

Some Universal CityWalk restaurants offer discounts before you enter HHN (remember, no re-entry for Horror Nights).

Follow the Rules or Beware

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - Zombie

Keep in mind that no masks or costumes allowed (although we did see leniency with some Harry Potter robes)! No horseplay or items that resemble weapons are allowed. We saw a lot of Scoops Ahoy sailor hats and maze-related T-shirts.

in 2019, guests could wear themed outfits for Throwback Thursdays only. Here are the rules for themed attire:

  • No masks, facial coverings, fully painted faces, veils, long trains, live animals (with the exception of service animals), full body costumes or outfits are permitted.
  • No weapons of any kind are permitted. Any item that resembles a weapon or is manufactured in the shape of a weapon will not be permitted.
  • Guests must be fully clothed at all times (e.g., shirts, pants/shorts, and shoes must be worn at all times).
  • Themed outfits must not contain any offensive material (e.g., language, gore, intimate content).
  • Themed outfits cannot exceed 25 inches wide by 80 inches high to meet Universal Studio Hollywood’s metal detection regulations. Outfits are subject to secondary x-ray screenings.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood will have sole discretion to decide whether an item is permissible. Guests with any item deemed inappropriate may be refused entry into the event unless the outfit is modified to meet the guidelines.
  • If a guest is spotted in a themed outfit that is not deemed permissible, he or she will be asked to either remove the outfit and change into something more appropriate or exit the park.
  • Guests in themed outfits may not give the impression that they are Universal Studios Hollywood Team Members.
  • To ensure guests’ safety, some themed outfits may not be permitted on certain attractions.
  • As guests enter or exit the park, they may walk through CityWalk in their themed outfit with no masks or facial coverings, but not enter or linger in that area in their outfit.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood’s staff reserve the right to request that a guest remove any type of facial covering for identification purposes.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - Guest Assistance SignYou may not record, take flash photos, or bring laser pens, food and drink into the mazes. You cannot bring food or drink (not even water, but you can bring an empty water bottle) or gum into the park. In 2019, you could buy alcohol in Springfield USA and at other locations. Do not touch or harm the actors or jump the lines unless you want to be sent out of the park in a body bag without your ticket. There is no re-entry for any reason, so bring everything with you. Dress in layers. Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll find that there is a lot of walking — our devices measured 13,000 steps! You may bring an umbrella if the forecast calls for rain. There are no refunds.

If someone in your party uses a wheelchair, most standard wheelchairs and Electronic Convenience Vehicles (ECVs) can go through the mazes. Ask an attendant if you need assistance. Any guests who use Universal's Attraction Assistance Pass (AAP) should know that you will go to a designated location to pick up the AAP. The night we visited, the location was by the Kung Fu Panda theatre. Some guests we spoke with waited an hour and a half just to get the pass because the line was so long! Arrive early and take care of it as soon as you can. Then you may receive return times for the mazes.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - Mini GhostbusterBe sure to stay hydrated — all of that screaming can dry you out like a mummy! Speaking of mummies, leave your little mummies home for this terrifying event, which is recommended for very brave 13 year olds and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Of course, we did come across the cutest Ghostbuster who was brave enough to visit the maze for his most-favorite movie. You know your kids, so use your best judgment. If horror movies are their jam, then they may be able to handle it. The teenage years are a good time to visit for most kids.

Follow these rules and tips, and you will survive the Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. Most of all, have fun!

Be sure to hop back throughout the 2020 season for updates and more photos!

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Jan 30, 2020 at 2:29 a.m. Ariel Says...

Hello, I was thinking on going to universal studios on september, since on many pages they say it´s the less busy time, I wanted to know that with HHN will it get bussier

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Jan 31, 2020 at 11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ariel!

September is a quieter time, except the park does close earlier on nights that have Hollywood Horror Nights, so that‘s something to be aware of. It’s hard to fit it all in on short days, so we'd try to hop on a day when HHN is not taking place if you won't be attending.

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Oct 26, 2019 at 4:31 a.m. Eli Says...

I have a hhn 2019 refillable cup and I’m planning on going on the 3rd, can I bring the cup into the park or do I have to purchase another one?

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Oct 29, 2019 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eli!

You can bring the sipper back and pay a reactivation fee of $9.99 rather than purchasing another.

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Oct 24, 2019 at 10:20 p.m. Karla Says...

Do they allow Vapes into HHN in Hollywood? Also, do you know which mazes will be open for early entry? We bought 2pm entry tickets from costco and they say we can enter certain mazes at 5:30

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Oct 25, 2019 at 3:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karla!

Team members will let you know the mazes that will be open early when you get there. They could change each night. They are usually in the Lower Lot or metropolitan sets. You should see signage out front before you enter. Universal does allow vape pens but not marijuana. They must be used in designated areas. We do not see any restrictions listed for them for HHN.

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Oct 22, 2019 at 9:50 p.m. Kelsey Morgen Says...

Thank you for all of the information! We have early entry tickets for a Thursday and plan on going to the mazes as soon as they open. Is this an event that we need to plan on being at all night, until 2am? How long do people typically spend there?

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Oct 23, 2019 at 10:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelsey!

The crowds do thin near the end of the evening. With Express, we hop through all the mazes and can leave before the event ends, but with long wait times, many people stay until the end to do it all. You can see how you feel and decide if you want to stay all night!

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Oct 18, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. Tina Says...

Is early entry for HHN available for regular admission and express pass holders? Also are there separate lines for different passes or is everyone the same?

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Oct 21, 2019 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina!

Early Entry is for both regular and express tickets bought online. You can usually use any entrance, unless they announce different entrances while you are standing there. For example, on our night, they opened up the front center gates but that line could only handle regular tickets and not Express.

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Oct 17, 2019 at 3:55 a.m. Angie Says...

Hi! So I bought regular tickets for Hollywood horror night. Would I be able to buy front of the line passes?Or is that just a separate ticket option?

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Oct 17, 2019 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie!

That's correct - the Express Pass is a separate option that can be purchased directly through Universal. You can buy them in advance online, or at the park if they aren't sold out (and they have a tendency to go scary quick, so we recommend buying in advance online!).

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Oct 16, 2019 at 7:08 p.m. Chris Ahn Says...

How crowded do you think it will be this Sunday, Oct 20th?

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Oct 17, 2019 at 3:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

This Sunday looks to be an 8/10 in terms of crowds according to our Crowd Calendar.

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Oct 11, 2019 at 9:14 a.m. Carlo Says...

Hi, if I buy through groupon do I still get the early entry?

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Oct 11, 2019 at 3:07 a.m. Chris Says...

Hi, I was wondering if any of the rides will be open during horror nights?

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Oct 11, 2019 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

Transformers 3-D, Revenge of the Mummy the new Jurassic World ride and The Simpsons Ride will be open for Halloween Horror Nights.

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Oct 10, 2019 at 5:40 p.m. Jessica Says...

Hello! I've never been to HHN, but my friends and I are planning to attend on Friday, 10/18. I've heard that the lines are crazy and we should get the express ticket, but the cost is prohibitive. Can you give me an idea of just how long the wait times are with the regular HHN ticket? Thanks in advance!

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Oct 11, 2019 at 2:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

They can be very long. Wait times may vary per night, but we have seen waits for most popular mazes as long as 300 minutes! That’s pretty much the whole night! If you cannot get the Express ticket, arrive before Early Entry and head to the mazes that are open early to knock them out before the event gets going. Also, you can use the Universal app or https://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/ushwaittimes/

to look at wait times on HHN nights before your visit to get a sense of how long the waits are and identify your must-see mazes in advance. Have a great time!

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Oct 10, 2019 at 3:15 a.m. Brittany Says...

Hello!

Do you know if we purchase a day/night combo ticket if we can stay in the park the whole time, or do we have to leave once the park is closed to the general public and re-enter? Thank you for your guidance!

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Oct 10, 2019 at 12:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany!

You can stay in the park the whole time. If you do leave for some reason, be sure to re-enter before 7 p.m. because they do not allow re-entry after 7 p.m.

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Oct 6, 2019 at 8:19 p.m. Danny Says...

Hello! So, my girlfriend and I bought the 2pm day/night combo ticket. Problem is that they claim to not allow any re-entry. We have to go get our hotel before they transition to horror night, and we want to freshen up, and change into our outfits for the Thursday 80's theme.

Will we be allowed to re-enter as long as we haven't stayed for the Horror Nights start? As well, we have regular street clothes that we're using to look like Marty McFly and Jennifer Parker. Given that they're passable for street clothes, do you think they'll give us any trouble? Especially considering its Thursday's 80's night.

Thanks for any info!

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Oct 7, 2019 at 1:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danny!

People who have a 2 p.m. ticket and leave the park must re-enter before 7 p.m. After 7 p.m., they will not allow re-entry. Your costumes should be toadally fine (and are so fun!). Have a great time!

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Oct 6, 2019 at 11:35 a.m. Brittney Says...

Hello,

I know water bottles arent allowed, but apparently empty ones arw fine. Does an empty thermus count aswell?

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Oct 7, 2019 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittney!

An empty thermos is toadally fine.

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Oct 2, 2019 at 10:18 p.m. Paula Says...

Hi. I am a platinum pass holder, so I know I get a complimentary ticket. However, could I then upgrade while in the park to an Express? I can't seem to find this info anywhere. Thank you.

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Oct 4, 2019 at 10:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paula!

If Express is sold out for the night, then you will not be able to upgrade. If it is still available, you can upgrade in the park!

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Sep 30, 2019 at 11:16 p.m. Darcy White Says...

HIya!

First time EVER, to Universal studios, I got us the HHN express pass for Nov 2...how much to upgrade to a season pass (we are CA residents)??

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Oct 1, 2019 at 12:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Darcy!

Since the HHN tickets are special event tickets, they may not be upgradable to season passes. There are different level season passes, and two of them cost less for the year than one night at HHN with Express! The California Neighbor Pass is $149 and Silver pass is $189. Gold is $319 and the Platinum pass includes a free night at HHN (but without Express) and costs $619.

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Oct 2, 2019 at 2:39 a.m. ava Says...

were thinking about going to universal studios for halloween horornights

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Sep 30, 2019 at 12:54 a.m. Rachel Says...

So here’s the thing. I have bought the HHN after 2pm day/night combo ticket for 10/5/19. I need to know exactly what time The Wizarding World of Harry Potter section of the park closes for me. Will I be able to stay there at the night time because I’ll have a wrist band? Or will I be kicked out at 4pm or another time? Im not sure if the HP section cloese for everyone. Very helpful page, I just dont want to believe the HP section closes :,(. Lol

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Sep 30, 2019 at 11:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

The Harry Potter area should be open to you until 6 p.m. It is just not open for HHN guests who do not have the 2 p.m. entry. HHN guests are encouraged to go to the mazes because the Harry Potter area is not part of Halloween Horror Nights.

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Sep 28, 2019 at 3:46 p.m. Elle Says...

Hi,

My cousin and I are both going to the Universal Studios Hollywood and Haunted Horror Nights next week. We were planning to do the “stay and scream” so we will not be getting out of the park, does this mean we have to buy parking ticket for Halloween horror nights? Thanks.

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Sep 30, 2019 at 11:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elle!

Your car can stay in the original spot without a problem. You do not need to purchase additional parking.

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Sep 27, 2019 at 2:03 p.m. giuseppe francesco Says...

Hi, We want to go to los angeles, universal studios at thu end of october, I have see that the same day is horror night, the "normal" park has open to 10 pm ? (so is written in universal studios website). thanks for the answer !

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Sep 30, 2019 at 11:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Giuseppe!

We just checked the park hours for October on the Universal Studios Hollywood site, and the park closes at 6 p.m. every day in October since Halloween Horror Nights is taking place, though CityWalk, the entertainment area outside of the park with restaurants, will be open later. You can find the online schedule here.

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Sep 21, 2019 at 5:19 a.m. Jeremy Says...

Hello,

I purchased an express pass for HHN Hollywood this year and I am wondering if I qualify for early access with this ticket.

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Sep 24, 2019 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeremy!

You sure do - enjoy!

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Sep 19, 2019 at 7:35 a.m. Lauren Says...

What constitutes a 'costume', do you think? I have a Slytherin cardigan & skirt I was planning on wearing, or a video game character (tank top & skirt w/ a fanny pack & empty holsters), would they count those as costumes do you think?

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Sep 23, 2019 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

That should be fine. We’ve seen many other in Harry Potter clothing at the event. If your clothes are generally something you can pull from your closet to make a “costume,” you should be fine. Have fun!

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Sep 19, 2019 at 12:51 a.m. Joseph Perez Says...

Do you think it’s possible to bring medication, like Advil or Ibuprofen into the park? All that screaming and excitement sometimes causes headaches

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Sep 19, 2019 at 8:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joseph!

Absolutely - it's a must in our bags, and we've never had any issues. Just make sure to bring the medication in its original bottle so that it's clearly labeled. We like to pack a travel-sized bottle so it doesn't take up too much space.

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Sep 18, 2019 at 12:15 a.m. John C Says...

If I get the Platinum Annual Pass, it comes with one free Halloween Horror Nights ticket. Do you know if that HHN ticket comes with Universal Express privileges for the mazes?

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Sep 18, 2019 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

Express privileges are not included for Horror Nights. You can call to see if you can upgrade. Most nights sell out of Express tickets in advance, so you cannot count on upgrades in the park. Also, be sure to park before 6 p.m. to get your free parking. After 6, you’ll have to pay.

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Sep 17, 2019 at 6:32 p.m. Jane Says...

If I buy a general admission ticket for the park to spend the whole day in the park, do I have to buy a separate ticket to go to HHN on the same day? If I buy them separately, can I remain in the park and access the mazes early by showing them my ticket for HHN?

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Sep 17, 2019 at 3:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jane!

You are correct; you need separate park entry to enter the park during the day, and you also need a separate HHN ticket to attend the event in the evening. If you buy them separately, you can remain in the park for Early Entry; there will be kiosks set up by Guest Relations to scan your ticket and get you a wristband.

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Sep 17, 2019 at 2:27 a.m. Janet Says...

Can I get in at 2pm with the R.I.P. entry? Or would I also need the Day/Night pass?

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Sep 17, 2019 at 2:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janet!

RIP Check in begins at 5 p.m. each night, so you would need another ticket to enter sooner than that.

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Sep 16, 2019 at 4:22 p.m. Patty Says...

Can we take pictures with the characters??

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Sep 16, 2019 at 12:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patty!

As long as there's no flash! We recommend saving photos for the roaming scare actors so as to not interfere with the atmosphere of the mazes and houses as you walk through. But the "no flash" rule is the biggest one to keep in mind!

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Sep 15, 2019 at 9:14 p.m. Karina Says...

If I purchase General Admission passes, can I upgrade to Express Passes at the park? (if there is any left) If so, how much does it cost to upgrade?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 12:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karina!

Because Express tickets are limited and popular, those tickets usually sell out in advance. Try calling Universal in advance to see if you can upgrade. The cost difference can vary per night, but it will be the difference between a regular ticket and the Express ticket for that night.

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Sep 22, 2019 at 2:45 p.m. Mona Reid Says...

Hi there,

My husband and I would like to go on a Sunday in the next week. Do you think we will be ok with a general admission ticket for HHN or should we spend the extra money on a FOL pass ? Also, if we don't buy the FOL Pass, can we upgrade AT the park for the same price it would've been online . It would just be a waste if we spend the extra money on the FOL pass and don't really need it...especially on a Sunday. Thank you for any advice.

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Sep 23, 2019 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mona!

That day looks to be a 6/10, so crowds should be reasonable. If you're looking to hit every house, we'd recommend splurging for the Express Pass, though, as there is so much to do in such a short period of time! If you don't purchase the Express Pass, you can upgrade in the park - though the price may vary, and these tend to sell out well in advance, so if it's going to be a must-do, we recommend purchasing before you go.

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Sep 15, 2019 at 5:22 p.m. Kendra Says...

Hello! I was wondering if it’s possible to get the express ticket even if you already purchased the general admission? Like would I be able to go in person to ask for express pass?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 12:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kendra!

We'd suggest that you try calling in advance to see if you can upgrade your ticket. Most nights sell out of Express tickets in advance, which means that you may not be able to upgrade in the park.

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Sep 12, 2019 at 7:34 a.m. Jeanneatte Says...

Hey! I would like to know something about the dress code, are like pocket-wallet chains able to be worn to HHN? I'll be going to fan preview night and I'm not sure if I'm able to bring my small chain.

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Sep 13, 2019 at 1:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeanneatte!

Pocket chains are not permitted.

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Sep 11, 2019 at 4:16 a.m. R Ruiz Says...

Do you know if they will have the 80's Throwback Thursday on the Fan preview night?

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Sep 11, 2019 at 12:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

We aren't quite sure, as it isn't stated. What we do know is that there will be performances by Figure, who is known for his Monsters series of music tracks mixed with horror movie music. And we did hear that Slash will be a guest on the panel!

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Sep 9, 2019 at 6:50 a.m. Jorge Paz Says...

Looks like this year early entry will be at 6pm, just one hour before the official HHN event starts. At least that's what the FAQ section of HHN Hollywood says... Can you confirm?

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Sep 9, 2019 at 4:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jorge!

Confirmed! Universal updated the information and we have updated our post accordingly. You may enter at 5:45 and the mazes will open at 6:00 p.m. (except for Fan Preview Night.)

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Sep 9, 2019 at 6:06 a.m. Erin Says...

My family was planning on going to Universal Studios (Hollywood) on a day that just happens to be a Halloween Horror Night. Is it business as usual before 6pm or do we have to worry about our young kids being scared because of HHN stuff around them during the day? Need to know if we should cancel our plans.

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Sep 9, 2019 at 10:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin!

You may see some decorations, but the parks are otherwise business as usual during the day ... no scare actors will be out prior to the party - safe for tadpoles!

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Sep 5, 2019 at 1:27 a.m. Ismael Garduno Says...

Will the universal studios rides and attractions still be open during horror nights for those wanting to stay in the park

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Sep 6, 2019 at 2:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ismael!

Not all rides will be open for Halloween Horror Nights, but a few, including Jurassic World - The Ride, The Simpsons, Revenge of the Mummy and Transformers, will remain open during HHN.

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Sep 4, 2019 at 9:19 a.m. Fernando Jaime Says...

HELLO! I was planning to take a trip down to HHN this October 2019 which is actually my birthday! But I just had one quick question, I am getting regular standard admission and wanted to know how the lines would be, though I am going on Thursday night which I heard that those are one of the least busy days? Thank you for the help! Can't wait to go this Halloween!

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Sep 4, 2019 at 11:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fernando,

Expect the lines to be bad. While a Thursday night might not be as crowded as a Saturday, it will still be very crowded for this popular event. The toadally cool thing about Thursdays in 2019 is that you can wear costumes or 80's wear for the dance party. You are in for a horribly good birthday celebration!

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Aug 21, 2019 at 2:58 p.m. Jessica Says...

Thanks for such a great write-up!

Groupon just posted a "deal" for HHN. Am I missing something here because the Groupon is more expensive than if I just buy tickets from Universal. I'm looking at the day/night off-peak combo ticket. On the date I would go in October, a regular ticket is $109 but Groupon is charging $169? I confirmed with Groupon that their ticket does not include universal express and it seems the maximum for a day/night combo is only $147 for peak dates. Any thoughts?

Thanks!

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Aug 21, 2019 at 11:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

We don't think you're missing anything - way to go reading the fine print and doing the math! :) We'd just go through Universal as you noted since the deal won't be worthwhile for your dates.

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Aug 22, 2019 at 1:23 a.m. Jessica Says...

Thank you!

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Aug 16, 2019 at 6:58 p.m. Patty Says...

Hi! i just bought ticket for hhn for sunday 22, do you know if we can take pictures inside the maze? Outside?

thank you

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Aug 19, 2019 at 5:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patty!

The official policy is no photography or filming inside of the maze; outside should be fine as long as there's no flash.

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Aug 16, 2019 at 4:03 a.m. Stephanie Says...

Thanks for the helpful article! You mention that if you get the 2pm tickets for HHN, you wear a special wristband, and aren’t able to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Is this a general rule, or only after a certain time? Thanks!

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Aug 19, 2019 at 10:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

It's our pleasure - thanks for hopping by! If you arrive at 2 p.m., you can access Wizarding World. If you arrive for Early Entry, which is about an hour before park closes, your HHN ticket does not allow access for Early Entry.

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Aug 14, 2019 at 8:17 a.m. Lucas Says...

Hello,

We are french and we go to LA in october. All family is fan of stranger things and want to see the mazes but my children are 8 and 10 years old. If i buy a 2 pm tickets, do you think it's possible to visit the mazes and left the park before it become too scary for my kids ? Thank you and sorry for my very bad english.

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Aug 14, 2019 at 10:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lucas!

Only you know how scary things can be for your kids. Some kids may be fine at Horror Nights. Others will need to leave. If you get the 2 pm entry ticket, you can enjoy other parts of the park and may be able to access the maze and several other mazes during the hour before the Hollywood Horror Nights event officially opens. That first early hour is still light out and the scare zones may not be open, so it is less scary than after 7 pm. We won’t know which mazes are part of early entry until the first night. Hop back to see if Stranger Things is part of early entry. Last year it was. We highly recommend the Universal Express ticket to get the most done in a short time. Last year the Stranger Things maze had a LONG line before early entry even started. With Express, we hopped right past the long line. Have a great time!

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Aug 12, 2019 at 2:46 a.m. Carolina Gomez Says...

If I purchase a general ticket for Halloween Horror Nights ... can i also go on rides such as The Revenge of the Mummy during horror nights hours?

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Aug 12, 2019 at 1:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carolina!

Your Halloween Horror Nights admission will be all you need to ride the rides available to you! Several of Universal Studios Hollywood's favorite rides and attractions will remain open for the nighttime Halloween Horror Nights experience. Specifically, Jurassic World – The Ride, Transformers: The Ride - 3D, The Simpsons Ride and Revenge of the Mummy- The Ride. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Studio Tour, DreamWorks Theatre featuring Kung Fu Panda, WaterWorld, Universal’s Animal Actors, and Special Effects Show will not be opening during Halloween Horror Nights.

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Aug 5, 2019 at 9:33 p.m. Az_Guy Says...

I thought I read that at the Hollywood location, filming in the mazes was permitted in the past (just not in Orlando). Is the 'no recording' in mazes rule new for 2019 for Hollywood, or am I misinterpreting the rule?

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Aug 7, 2019 at 10:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

The "no filming" rule has been in place for a while, though it often gets more strictly enforced when it comes to cell phones since the light can be distracting to other guests. Hope this helps!

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Jul 27, 2019 at 9:04 p.m. Art Says...

Great post!. This answered all the questions I had from the Universal email I received. I want to go not on preview day, but the days after and was confused on what the Universal Express Pass meant. I remember paying a lot more for it last Halloween season. It is a lot more affordable this year. Thanks again for this post. It helped tremendously.

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Jul 29, 2019 at 9:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

So glad to hear it, Art! Thanks for hopping by!

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Jul 26, 2019 at 6:49 p.m. Dot Says...

I’m planning on visiting with two 10 year old kids the third week of October 2019 for our first time. I have FREE general admission tickets. Should I visit that Tuesday so I can see all of the day attractions or come on Thursday (pay extra) to see the Halloween show but possibly miss out on the Harry Potter or Minion stuff? Thank you for your advice.

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Jul 29, 2019 at 1:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dot!

With two 10-year-olds, skip the very scary Halloween Horror Nights (recommended 13 and up) and visit all day on Tuesday for free! A better use of money (than the party ticket) would be to upgrade to Universal Express once you are in the park if you want to skip the lines.

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Jul 16, 2019 at 8:18 a.m. Nayeli Says...

Hey there! I love how useful your information is! I was just wondering how the express pass works for HHN? Do you buy them online and they send you the pass via mail? or is it something you have to pick up at the park? :)

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Jul 16, 2019 at 4:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nayeli!

You can buy an Express ticket online when purchasing tickets. They always sell out, so buy Express early, and do not count on being able to upgrade in the park. You will not regret having Express at this very crowded event. We won’t go without it! You will print out the ticket and they will give you the small paper Express ticket when you enter the turnstile.

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Sep 9, 2019 at 1:17 a.m. CHris S Says...

Are you guys selling the Express tickets? I can't seem to find them.

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Jul 9, 2019 at 11:58 p.m. Grace Says...

I’m planning a trip to Universal for a weekend in September and didn’t realize parks would close early for HHN. For regular daytime guests, how early would we have to leave once the event starts? Also, are there any rides that are closed even during the day to make room for halloween attractions? i have never been to universal and don’t want to miss out on anything because i came at the wrong time.

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Jul 11, 2019 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Grace!

Last year, the park closed at 6 p.m. for regular guests. Everything should be operational when you go!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 12:55 a.m. Janet Says...

This blog post is sooooo helpful! Thank you for all the details and helpful hints. We wanted to get the day/night combo, but also the R.I.P. Tour. Do you know if RIP folks can still enter at 2pm? Or how could we work that?

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Jun 26, 2019 at 9:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janet!

Universal Studios has not released any of the details for tickets for 2019, so keep hopping back later this summer for the details. In the past, the RIP tour allowed guests to enter as early as 5:00 p.m.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 18, 2019 at 4:26 p.m. Yasmine Says...

Hey! Me and my boyfriend are looking to go to universal in September however not sure if it would be worth getting a 1 day ticket or 2 day?

we are also looking into halloween horror nights too. How would i go about purchasing a ticket for that? and if we were to do that would you suggest just one day at the park?

Thanks!

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Jun 19, 2019 at 5:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Yasmine,

Tickets for Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights will go on sale later this summer. You can purchase directly from Universal Studios, and we highly recommend Universal Express tickets for that event. If you are attending HHN, then you can get by with one full day in the park to experience the daytime rides and shows.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 30, 2018 at 2:23 p.m. dan Says...

we want to see marilyn Manson at the hardrock aswell as visit Halloween horror nights. are we able to go to Halloween horror nights, bounce out to see marilyn Manson and then re enter Halloween horror nights with out buying another ticket?

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Nov 1, 2018 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dan!

Sorry we couldn't get back to you sooner - we were busy looking into the re-entry policy for HHN. This should have been fine. Hope you had a blast!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 29, 2018 at 4:23 p.m. Maria Says...

The weather calls for rain when I will be attending, i have a choice between going Wednesday (Halloween) or Thursday, do you think any of the mazes/rides would be ruined due to the rain?

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Oct 29, 2018 at 10:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria!

Luckily, all of the houses are indoors and should remain open regardless of weather. The scare zones and outdoor rides may be temporarily shut down if the rain gets too heavy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 29, 2018 at 12:52 a.m. fortnite_is_dead Says...

Do you know if Rip Ride Rockit will be open durning HHN in Orlando?

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Oct 29, 2018 at 10:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You can check out our full guide for Orlando, but to answer your question, YES - Rip Ride Rockit is open during the event :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 26, 2018 at 6:08 p.m. Ethan Says...

Hello!

I was concerned about the costumes/masks policy. I am a huge HP fan and I really want to wear my Hogwarts uniform tomorrow when I go to Horror Nights. I plan to wear the robe, a white dress shirt with a tie and dress pants. Would Universal make an exception to this outfit? Especially since I bought it in the park?

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Nov 3, 2018 at 5:45 p.m. Cindy P. Says...

Hi Ethan! I was wondering if you could let me know if you had any trouble getting in with your uniform! I am going tonight and want to wear my robe too!

Thanks!,

Cindy

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Oct 26, 2018 at 4:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ethan!

This is a great question. We don't think it should be a problem!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 24, 2018 at 3:16 p.m. TeddyRage Says...

I know that there are hidden treasures with HHN. Are they doing a secret pin in hollywood?

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Oct 26, 2018 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Teddy!

We're not familiar with what you're referring to, but welcome the Frog Pond to chime in :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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