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Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2022

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Summary

The 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, scare zones and a Terror Tram. 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 at this must-do event! We've been hopping to Halloween Horror Nights for many years so that we can bring you everything you need to know.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood - Entrance to Park at Night

Overview of Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

Big news! Tickets for Halloween Horror Nights are on sale now! Before we get started, there's a big change in the language this year. Perhaps you noticed that we said "houses" instead of "mazes." The haunted house–style walk-through attractions formerly known as mazes in Hollywood are being renamed "houses." This brings the term consistent with Universal Orlando's name for these signature attractions. Can we have a moment of silence for the slashing of a SoCal colloquialism? RIP Maze. (It lives on at Knott's Scary Farm.)

Let's go over the tickets, dates, a touring plan and tips. Then we will uncover the houses, scare zones and other entertainment.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Dates and Tickets

Halloween Horror Nights will kick off Sept. 8, 2022, and will continue on select nights through Oct. 31, 2022. Tickets are on sale now!

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2022 Dates

  • September 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-30
  • October 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-31

Best Dates to Attend

Since most nights are likely to sell out, the crowds may be consistent. Generally, the earlier you go in the season, the lower the ticket price (the same goes for any dates after Halloween). Sunday and Thursday nights are usually the least expensive, and Saturdays tend to be the priciest (especially Halloween weekend), followed by Fridays. Most of the days do sell out, but the least crowded nights tend to be Sundays and Thursdays. Saturdays might be the easiest day to attend, but they cost more.

Do you want to delay your visit to get the inside scoop on the best houses and tips from us? Or do you want to attend early with no spoilers? That's up to you.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2022 Ticket Types and Prices

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021 - People enter the event

Tickets are on sale now. Halloween Horror Nights is a separate ticket from regular park admission. Universal Studios Hollywood also sells a Halloween Horror Nights Universal Express Pass (formerly called Front of Line Pass). The HHN Universal Express Pass is good for one-time Express access for each house and ride. It includes priority seating for the seated live show.

Ticket prices vary per night. Keep in mind that ticket prices can continue to go up throughout the season, and even sell out for some nights. The key is to purchase as early as you can. Tickets purchased from Universal Studios Hollywood include early entry at 6 p.m.. You can save money over the gate price by buying online.

Want to save more? You can get discount general admission tickets or single-night HHN tickets from your favorite froggy friends. If you are not planning to arrive early and want to save up to $58 per ticket, our discount Halloween Horror Nights General Admission ticket is a screaming deal!

Here are the one-day tickets for 2022:

  • Halloween Horror Nights General Admission - Range in price from $72 to $102 from Universal Studios.
  • Halloween Horror Nights General Admission from Undercover Tourist - Range in price from $65.77 to $93.18. (Same ticket as above but cheaper and without early entry.)
  • Halloween Horror Nights Universal Express - Range in price from $179 to $289 and allows one-time express access to each house, ride and attraction.
  • Halloween Horror Nights Universal Express Unlimited - Range in price from $219 to $329 and allows unlimited express access to each house, ride and attraction per day.
  • Halloween Horror Nights After 2 p.m. Day/Night - Range in price from $112 to $154 and allows admission to the park at 2 p.m. and same-day evening admission to Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Halloween Horror Nights After 2 p.m. Day/Night Universal Express - Range in price from $219 to $349 and allows admission to the park at 2 p.m. and same-day evening admission to Halloween Horror Nights. Ticket includes one-time express access to each ride, attraction and seated show during the day PLUS one-time express access to each house/ride/attraction during Halloween Horror Nights.

The After 2 p.m. Day/Night tickets allow you to visit daytime attractions, some of which will be closed during Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood. Since Secret Life Of Pets, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Kung Fu Panda, Studio Tour, Wizarding World 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. 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.

When you purchase the Universal Express ticket online via Universal, an option to upgrade to Universal Express Unlimited for an additional fee pops up (if available)! There is a Universal Express Unlimited ticket option on the main menu, as well.

Frequent Fear Passes include:

  • Halloween Horror Nights Frequent Fear Pass - $199 and allows user to experience the scares over and over with General Admission to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights for up to 27 nights.
  • Halloween Horror Nights Ultimate Fear Pass - $329 and allows user to experience the scares over and over to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights for access to ALL nights.

Special Experiences — R.I.P. Tour

For a killer experience, spring for the R.I.P. Tour - $319 to $449. The 2022 R.I.P. Tour offers the following:

  • Admission to Halloween Horror Nights (no daytime admission)
  • Guided walking tour of the event
  • One-time R.I.P. entry into each house as well as select rides and attractions while on the tour with a guide (based on tour itinerary)
  • Reserved seating at a live show (based on tour itinerary) while on tour with R.I.P. Guide.
  • Express UNLIMITED access (per day) to select rides, houses and attractions
  • Complimentary valet parking (one vehicle).
  • Special VIP entrance to Universal Studios Hollywood where you will receive your commemorative R.I.P. credentials and lanyard.
  • Special interactive themed photo opportunities with scareactors.
  • Gourmet dinner (alcoholic beverages excluded) in the private VIP dining room.
  • Access to cash bar locations available during the tour (must be 21 years old or older to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages with a valid photo ID).

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021 - Scene from Terror TramArrive to R.I.P. Reception 30 minutes early. Tours are mixed parties up to 12 people per tour. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while taking part in any R.I.P. Tour. Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. HHN Universal Express tickets can sell out scary-fast, so buy them well in advance. Tickets purchased online through Universal allow for Early Entry at 6 p.m. In 2019, these times shifted earlier as the season progressed, so 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 if your ticket permits it! The actual event starts at 7 p.m., but Early Entry houses open at 6:15 p.m.

Are you a Universal Studios pass member? Annual pass members can take advantage of special pass member pricing for themselves and friends for some tickets. You can check out available deals here.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Touring Plan

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021 - Early Entry Signage

One of the most terrifying parts of Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood is not getting to experience all of the houses because of the lines. Most Universal Halloween Horror Nights sell out. Save your terror for the houses and cut the lines like Michael Myers' knife with a Halloween Horror Nights Front of the Line ticket. 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 potential victims flee Michael Myers with a knife.

You can get a jumpstart on the fear … oops, we mean fun! The event usually begins at 7 p.m. and ends at either 1 a.m. or 2 a.m., depending on the night. You can arrive early at 6 p.m. for early admission to get your heart thumping even sooner with access to some of the most popular houses, which open at 6:15 p.m. You will be given a wristband so that you can stay in the park as it closes and other guests are filtered out.

There are usually two or three houses and the Terror Tram open during Early Entry. Early Entry houses are usually in the Lower Lot and Backlot. Even those lines get long during Early Entry, so you'll want to arrive as soon as you can and make your way to the houses. People with the After 2 p.m. ticket have an advantage in being able to line up earlier than the Early Entry guests. Arriving early can save your night because you can visit several houses before the event officially begins and then move onto the other houses 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.
  • You start in the light.
  • Experience shorter lines for at least an hour.
  • You can get through more houses and maybe even do a favorite house 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.
  • You might miss the Opening Scaremony in the Upper Lot (Universal may close that area to just the people entering the park by 6:30 p.m. and no amount of begging or pleading will get you in from other areas of the park).

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021 - Express Ticket in Lanyard

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 houses 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 houses before 7 p.m. If you have R.I.P., then you have unlimited Universal Express access. Alternatively, Universal Express can allow you the time to watch the Opening Scaremony and not have to arrive early.

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 a lanyard in 2019 and brought it back in 2021.  It was well worth it. We put two tickets back to back in it for easy scanning at each house and ride.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood - Bride of Frankenstein

If you can’t get Universal Express and you miss Early Entry (or bought our discount ticket that does not have early entry access), save the year-round rides for after you have done your favorite houses and scare zones (you can ride the rides any other day of the year).

The heart of Halloween Horror Nights is in the Lower Lot and usually the Backlot. Due to filming, the Backlot did not have houses last year. We will see if they return for 2022. When the Backlot is in action, there's a not-so-short walk (with scare zones along the way) to the houses 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 house or a must-see. A house based on a popular show can get a long line, but it doesn't mean it's the best house. Sometimes we find that the houses 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. Last year we most looked forward to The Haunting of Hill House, but we enjoyed The Bride of Frankenstein Lives (which had a much shorter wait) more. But all houses 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 and food options. 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 then move back up after that. If 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.

Here's a video of the highlights of Halloween Horror Nights 2021:

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Haunted Houses

We've listed the confirmed houses for 2022, followed by the houses from 2021 (until we know more about 2022, we've kept them in so you know what to expect).

2022 Houses

There are eight houses in 2022. Keep hopping back as more houses are revealed.

Universal Monsters: Legends Collide

Universal Pictures' biggest monster icons, The Wolf Man, Dracula and the Mummy, will join forces in an all-new house. The trio is seeking the Amulet of Ra, which the Wolf Man believes will lift his curse, while Dracula and the Mummy plan to use it against humankind. Who will get to it first, and can you survive the battle between them? The musician SLASH will collaborate on an original score for this house.

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021 - Michael Myers looks out the windowHalloween

The franchise's newest trilogy may be coming to an end with the release of "Halloween Ends" on Oct. 14, but you'll be able to go back to where it all began in this new haunted house. Based on the original 1978 slasher film, you'll make your way through Michael Myers' dilapidated home and other iconic scenes from the movie. Will you get slashed by the knife-wielding killer?

The Horrors of Blumhouse

A new maze features the horror-comedy "Freaky" and the upcoming supernatural thriller "The Black Phone." The Horrors of Blumhouse transports guests into an alternate dimension where the scares are real and the stakes are life or death. In The Black Phone (which hits theaters June 24), “The Grabber” is a demented magician best known for making people disappear ... permanently. You will find yourself trapped in his “fun” house where the sound of ghostly voices whisper hints on how to escape, but you must tread carefully to outwit and outrun “The Grabber’s” twisted magic.

Freaky challenges guests to outrun serial killer “The Butcher” who has switched bodies with a high school girl after being cursed by The La Dola Dagger, an ancient Aztec blade. You will learn firsthand that looks can be deceiving as you encounter the sweet-looking teen who is actually “The Butcher,” determined to hunt for the next victim.

2021 Houses

While we await more announcements for 2022 houses, here's a look at all seven 2021 houses (plus the returning Jabbawockeez show). Some of them may return from the dead to haunt us again.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - Haunting of Hill House Bent-Neck LadyThe Haunting of Hill House 

The imposing and mysterious decaying Hill House eerily comes to life in this new house. Psst ... Don't go in there, or you'll never leave. Seriously, I'm still haunted by scenes from the Netflix series. Iconic scenes from the television show are featured throughout the house, including the Red Room (the heart of Hill House), the infamous Hall of Statues and the dreaded basement. You'll encounter apparitions of the Bent-Neck Lady, William Tell — the Tall Man — and the Ghost in the Basement. To find this house, you need to walk through the Wizarding World and past the castle.

The Haunting of Hill House sends even the bravest guests into a psychological thriller in which they will find themselves feverishly struggling to break free from the house's evil and sinister forces. Walking in the footsteps of the Crain family is a nightmare you never wake up from. Never go alone.

There was some great detail that came from the show, and we loved the walls that disappeared before our eyes to reveal characters. But the basement scene, which was extremely terrifying in the television show, did not play out as we had hoped. We had some great startles by the Tall Man.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre art

Does a chainsaw buzz get your heart pounding? If so, you probably have some deep-seated fears from watching the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie. Follow in the footsteps of the victims of the 1974 classic horror film. Enter, if you dare, the dilapidated Sawyer house in the Lower Lot. You'll encounter Leatherface and the demented family of butchers, but you are the fresh meat. Will you make it out of this gory house alive?

We like that a character from the house met us out front before we entered the madness. This is always a classic house. Plus you can enjoy Leatherface's Texas Family Barbecue in the Lower Lot after you escape the house. Mmmm ... they say we (I mean the meat) tastes like chicken. This usually has a shorter wait than the Exorcist early in the night, so it's a good place to get your Horror Nights buzz going.

The Bride of Frankenstein Lives

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021 - Entrance to Bride of Frankenstein Maze

The vengeful Bride of Frankenstein emerges from the shadows of the Parisian courtyard to take her fate into her own hands. She will do anything to return her mate to life. It's a match made in hell. This house features Dracula's vampire brides. The hunted becomes the hunter when the Bride of Frankenstein becomes a vampire hunter! Eyes up. Frankenstein's monster is 8 feet tall! Slash is once again collaborating with Horror Nights to compose the original score! The thrills continue when you exit into the Silver Scream Queenz scare zone. You can then grab a bloody bite at Freakshow Vin Bistro.

This house had the most dramatic entrance. You step into the pages of the storybook. Her story begins where his story ended ... with monsters. You'll encounter Frankenstein's Bride, vampires and, of course, Frankenstein's monster brought back to life. The Universal Monsters houses never disappoint.

The Curse of Pandora's Box

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - Pandora

This house was inspired by a story from Greek mythology. As you enter "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 make 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 swings open and awakens 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.

This house is located past Hogwarts Castle near The Haunting of Hill House. It offers some cool effects and lighting that set it apart from the other houses.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

The boogeyman has returned, and this time there is no stopping him. Literally. This house from 2018 just cannot die. Are we caught in a recurring nightmare? It's Oct. 30, 1988, and a comatose Michael Myers is transferred back to the Sanitarium. Even though it's been a decade since he has murdered anyone, the citizens of Haddonfield know all too well that evil does not sleep (or stay in a coma, especially the night before Halloween). Too bad his caregivers did not get the memo. The Boogeyman escapes, slaughters his medical personnel and runs off into the night. Nobody is safe from Michael Myers and his knife. You'll find this house and its many appearances of Michael Myers in the Upper Lot near Water World.

The Exorcist

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021 - Girl climbs steps on back

Who's ready for split-pea soup?! (Kidding.) The Exorcist house returns, taking guests through one of the most terrifying movies of all time. Watch Regan's transformation as the devil takes hold of her in her home, while her dedicated mother and priest fight the possession. Evil awaits you in the Lower Lot behind Transformers. A word of warning. Even during Early Entry, the line is scary long. It's a great house, but if you have seen it before, you might save shave some wait time by skipping it if the wait time takes too long.

AMC's The Walking Dead

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021 - Don't Open Dead Inside Doors

This year-round walk-through attraction was laid to rest in March 2020, with promises that it would be resurrected for Halloween Horror Nights — and here it is! Step into a destroyed hospital filled with the dead. Patient charts and paperwork are scattered everywhere, bloody handprints and blood splatters appear throughout the halls and hospital supplies are strewn about. Even the ceiling tiles and floor are part of the scene. The makeup and costumes are movie-quality, and the jump scares are thrilling. As many times as we have visited this house, as least one walker jumped out where I least expected it.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Scare Zones

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021 - Pig with Chainsaw

We frogs jump (even higher than usual) in terror at Halloween Horror Nights — usually when we least expect it in a scare zone. Be prepared for the unexpected ghoul to emerge from the darkness. All scare zones were in the Upper Lot in 2021.

Take a look at the 2021 scare zones (we'll update once we learn more about the 2022 scare zones!): 

Chainsaw Rangers

A diabolical gang of maniacs with chainsaws strike terror in the hearts of those entering Halloween Horror Nights. The boundaries between this scare zone and Demon City are pretty blurred, with the sound of chainsaws buzzing present in both spaces.

Demon City

The New York streets have gone to hell. A diabolical nightclub called Inferno serves demons from the Underworld. These bloodthirsty demonic clubgoers prowl the streets looking for their next victims. You cannot miss the tall stilt walkers, or should we say stilt runners? They are fast and they are coming after you.

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021 - Bride of Frankenstein in Silver Screen QueenzUniversal Monsters: Silver Scream Queenz

You can find the first all-female scare zone adjacent to the "Bride of Frankenstein Lives" house. Well, it's not all female, as an 8-foot-tall Frankenstein's Monster accompanies them. You may encounter the Bride of Frankenstein, Anck-Su-Namun from "The Mummy," Dracula’s Daughter and She-Wolf of London all returned from the grave.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Entertainment

Here are the must-see shows, moments and experiences outside of the actual scare zones and houses.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Opening Scaremony

If you are in the Upper Lot just before 7 p.m., 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 houses done and being ahead of the masses may outweigh the downside in our humble opinion. 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.

In 2021, the entrance to the Demon City Scare Zone was more narrow than usual, making it even harder to see. Team members discouraged us from waiting for the Opening Scaremony and pushed us toward the Lower Lot or the Terror Tram.

Terror Tram at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021 - On the Terror Tram Walk you can take a picture with Normal Bates at the Psycho HouseThe Terror Tram took a break in 2019, but returned for 2021! The tram that takes guests on a daytime Studio Tour of the Backlot turns into a Terror Tram at night, transporting guests to scenes of unspeakable horror as they wander the Backlot past the Bates Motel, Psycho House and airplane crash site from "War of the Worlds." The regular Studio Tour is not operating during Hollywood Horror Nights hours. Being an open-air, outside attraction certainly has appeal at this time.

We do not yet know the Terror Tram theme for 2022. In 2021 it was the Ultimate Purge. The most iconic Purgers from all of "The Purge" films took over and ran rampant. These masked and costumed marauders were out to get anyone caught outside during Purge hours. If you chose to board the Terror Tram and ride right into the Purge, there were no laws, no rules and no escape.

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021 - Scenes from The Forever Purge

If you are new to the Purge, here is the backstory. The Purge takes place in a not-so-distant future world in which the New Founding Fathers of America have taken control of the United States. To combat rising crime rates, unemployment and social unrest, the New Founding Fathers created an annual event called the Purge. During one night every year, American citizens are allowed 12 hours of consequence-free freedom to wreak havoc and commit whatever crimes they want, including murder. They are coming for you.

Your tram guide will tell you that you are going to a Purge Party, which is a safe Purge-free zone. But you'll learn the truth as you ride towards the Backlot. You should be barricading yourself in your home to protect your family, but you are riding the Terror Tram straight into the Purge. You are about to be slaughtered. Nobody can help you now.

Outrageous Live Entertainment

In the past, the Jabbawockeez presented a unique mix of dance, special effects, music and humor. The theme is not revealed for 2022. But Universal promises you'll lose yourself in live entertainment filled with diabolical surprises. It's a place to rest your tired flippers and enjoy some AC, especially on a hot night like the night we visited.

Rides Open During Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021 - Hogwarts Castle has projections on it

Some of the regular rides dare to operate during Halloween Horror Nights. If you need to escape from the houses, get your thrills on Transformers 3-D, Revenge of the Mummy, Jurassic World or the Simpsons Ride. In the past, the Wizarding World was closed during Halloween Horror Nights, but in 2021, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff remained open! We are still waiting on official word about what 2022 has in store. As mentioned above, the normal Studio Tour will not be running. Instead, you get the Terror Tram. Regular shows, Kung Fu Panda and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem are closed. The new Secret Life of Pets ride will not be open.

Hogwarts Castle had special projections for the event in 2021 with the Deathly Hallows symbols forming in front of your eyes. Listen for hissing voices. We do not speak Parseltongue, so don't ask us what they are saying.

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021 - Tacos in Universal Plaza

Halloween Horror Nights Dining and Merchandise

There are always treats to die for at Halloween Horror Nights. Keep an eye out for devilish delights and concocted drinks in store for you. The park map shows themed dining locations in the Upper and Lower Lots. Here are the 2021 offerings, but this year's concoctions may be toadally different.

In the Upper Lot, you could fill up at:

  • Freakshow Vin Bistro in French Bistro
  • Little Cocina food tent and Dia de los Muertos Bar — This area had photo-ops, live monsters and a festive atmosphere. A great addition to Halloween Horror Nights!
  • Scare up some spooky treats at Minions Monster Cafe (This was listed as open but looked closed when we visited).

In the Lower Lot:

  • The Terror Bar — The shortest lines for snacks and drinks in this glow bar early in the night.
  • Leatherface's Texas Family Barbeque — Get your BBQ spare ribs, pulled chicken, Texas chili & cheese nachos, a 22-inch monster dog, bloody funnel fingers and Texas Tea or frozen Jack and Coke.

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021 - Leatherface's BBQ in Lower Lot

Most restaurants and shops offer themed treats such as decorated cookies and cupcakes. Additional dining locations are found around the park. The Universal Studios Hollywood app has more details for the day of your visit.

The following dining locations may be open for your visit:

  • Three Broomsticks
  • Hog's Head
  • Butterbeer carts
  • Starbucks Upper and Lower Lot
  • Krusty Burger
  • Cletus' Chicken Shack
  • Luigi's Pizza
  • Moe's Tavern
  • Lard Lad's Donut
  • Phineas Q. Butterfat's Ice Cream
  • Suds McDuff's Hot Dogs — "Dufftober Fest" at Duff Gardens and Suds McDuff's
  • Panda Express
  • Studio Cafe
  • Mummy Eats
  • Jurassic Cafe
  • Isla Nu-Bar
  • Many temporary snack locations throughout the park and near houses, including the ones with a long walk.

You can purchase a souvenir refillable Coca-Cola Freestyle souvenir cup. It's $17 for one or $16 each if you buy two. It's refillable through the day (every 10 minutes). You can add on an extra day of refills for $10.

Some Universal CityWalk restaurants offer discounts before you enter HHN. Re-entry is allowed. (Get a hand stamp when you exit).

Merchandise

You'll find shirts, glow items and other items for sale. We always return with our Halloween Horror Nights lanyard to hold our Express Passes.

Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights Tips

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021 - Dia de los Muertos scare actor

Follow the rules or beware. Keep in mind that no costume masks or costumes are allowed (although we did see leniency with some Harry Potter robes)! No horseplay or items that resemble weapons are allowed.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - Guest Assistance SignYou may not record, take flash photos, or bring laser pens, food and drink into the houses. You cannot bring food or drink — not even water). In the past, we have brought empty water bottles for refilling, last year, we were not even able to bring a water bottle into the houses. Do not bring gum into the park. You can now 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. Re-entry is allowed so hold onto your park ticket and ask about a hand stamp at the exit. Dress in layers. Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll find that there is a lot of walking — our devices measured 13,000 steps in past years but only about 9,000 in 2021.

Be sure to dress for the weather so you will be comfortable. Early September dates can be surprisingly hot the whole night. You may bring an umbrella if the forecast calls for rain. There are no refunds.

Arrive with a full belly if you can. Food lines are scary long. You don't want to waste precious time waiting for food.

If someone in your party uses a wheelchair, most standard wheelchairs and Electronic Convenience Vehicles (ECVs) can go through the houses. 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 line can be long just to get the pass! Arrive early and take care of it as soon as you can. Then you may receive return times for the houses. There is alternative transportation available for those with physical disabilities to access these houses and to the Lower Lot. The Lower Lot drop-off and pick-up location may be near Dino Play.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - Mini GhostbusterStay hydrated — all of that screaming can dry you out like a mummy! (You can purchase water bottles but you can also get free water at restaurants with fountain drinks.) 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, in 2019, we did come across the cutest Ghostbuster who was brave enough to visit the house 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. Download the Universal Studios Hollywood app. Most of all, have fun!

Be sure to hop back for more updates about the 2022 season as the scary details are released!

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Jun 30, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. Ed Says...

Howdy

I might have missed it, but what about having a universal horror express ticket, but I also want to get a regular universal daytime ticket too since I want to spend all day at the park from opening?

Am I able to get both my regular access and horror nights ticket in the morning then stay in the park all day and night? Or would I be forced to leave the park and redeem the horror nights ticket and re-enter after 7pm?

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Jun 30, 2022 at 11:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ed!

Yes, if you're arriving in the morning at park opening (and have both a regular ticket and a HHN ticket), then typically, there is 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 without having to exit and re-enter.

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Jun 28, 2022 at 7:37 p.m. Marvin Says...

Hey! Is it possible that I will be able to get through every maze and a few rides and a show with the RIP tour before 10? I am thinking of getting the earliest tour possible.

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Jun 29, 2022 at 9:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marvin!

We do not know the exact itinerary or pace of the RIP tour, but we have gotten through every maze (and a few rides) before 10 p.m. with the Express ticket and Early Entry in the past.

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Jun 24, 2022 at 8:20 p.m. Neoncactus Says...

Thanks for all of the info. I'm taking my 22 year old daughter for her first LA Halloween theme park trip. After reading your suggestions, we got the After 2 PM with Express Pass option. I considered RIP for the unlimited Express, but wanted to get in at 2 PM more. We're also doing Knott's with the pre-scare dinner the night before and the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland. Can't wait for September to get here!

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Jun 24, 2022 at 3:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

We hope you have a terrifyingly good time!

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Jun 24, 2022 at 8:03 p.m. Sodavortexplayz Says...

Is it possible to get through all the hhn attractions on a Saturday without fast pass?

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Jun 27, 2022 at 3:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Without Express on a Saturday night, it's not likely you'll get through everything. Arriving early for Early Entry can help, but to ensure that you do everything, we'd recommend getting an Express ticket or attending a second night.

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Jun 7, 2022 at 7:23 a.m. Tseela Says...

Hi,

We plan to visit during regular hours on the same day there is HHN (will not attend the HHN). Are all attraction operates? From your past experience, is it more crowded during the day time on nights that Halloween Horror Nights will be held

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Jun 7, 2022 at 11:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tseela!

All attractions should operate as usual during the day (unless there are scheduled refurbishments or unexpected closures). Generally, the event doesn't impact crowds too much since it takes place during a slower season. In October, Utah and Arizona, in particular, typically have school breaks that fall during the first two weeks of the month, so there might be some impact on crowds then. Also, there is a ticket option that allows Halloween Horror Nights guests to enter the park at 2 p.m., so you may see a slight influx in the afternoon. The park also closes early due to the event, so we emphasize the importance of arriving early to take advantage of the lower crowds!

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Jun 27, 2022 at 4:12 p.m. Danielle Says...

If we buy a regular day pass (and not one with HHN included), what time would we have to leave the park? I can't find the operating hours for October (we were looking at Friday, October 7th).

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Jun 27, 2022 at 3:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle!

The park typically closes at 6 p.m. to daytime guests (though it can change as the season goes on - in the past, it has changed). Our best advice is to confirm park hours as it gets closer once park hours are officially released.

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Jun 6, 2022 at 11:16 p.m. Samantha Says...

Good info, thanks for it. How can I buy the 2 pm day/night combo? Is this on both parks? Orlando and Hollywood? Whats is the price range of it? Thank you in advance

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Jun 7, 2022 at 9:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samantha!

The After 2 p.m. Day/Night ticket is typically available at Universal Studios Hollywood, while Universal Orlando usually offers a Scream Early Ticket (allows entry starting at 3 p.m. but does not include event admission — you would still need to get a HHN ticket). Last year, After 2 p.m. Day/Night tickets ranged from $99 and $139, while the Scream Early ticket in Orlando was $30. Currently, Hollywood tickets are unavailable (and until they're released, we're unsure if this will be a ticket offering that returns), and Orlando tickets are on sale, but the Scream Early ticket is not available at this time (in past years, as it gets closer to the event, Universal releases additional offerings such as multi-night tickets and Scream Early — but still not guaranteed until they officially announce and release them).

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May 31, 2022 at 4:54 a.m. Shannon Says...

If I buy Universal Express does that include Horror too? I guess I don't understand, does the park have a different area for Horror nights. Thanks.

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May 31, 2022 at 4:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon!

Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event that happens once the park officially closes for the night. There is a special Universal Express ticket for Halloween Horror Nights, which allows expedited access to the haunted houses and rides. You would just need to make sure to purchase the HHN Express ticket if you're attending the event. (If you're planning only to go during the daytime, then you would only need the regular Universal Express ticket.)

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May 24, 2022 at 4:46 a.m. The Sorting Hat Says...

Hi, thanks for publishing all of your research. Just wondering where you found the halloweeen horror night dates? We are visiting in September but do NOT want to go to Halloween nights and want to confirm dates before we pre-buy our tickets to Universal.

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May 24, 2022 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hello, The Sorting Hat!

You can find confirmed dates on Universal Studios Hollywood's site here. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

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Oct 27, 2021 at 4:32 p.m. Emily Says...

Curious if the Harry Potter stores will be open or is it just the Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff in the Wizarding World?

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Oct 27, 2021 at 3:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily!

The shops are open but the Wand Pairing experience may not be available.

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Oct 23, 2021 at 5:30 a.m. alexa Says...

Hi,

I bought the 2 pm day/night, can I buy the fast pass separately online or at the park? and will it affect the 2pm day ticket ?

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Oct 25, 2021 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alexa!

You can upgrade to Express in the park, if still available, and it would not affect the ticket.

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Oct 23, 2021 at 4:55 a.m. Lexi Says...

Hey, I already bought the 2 pm day/night, but I was wondering if I can buy the express pass separate online or in-person when we get to the park?

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Oct 25, 2021 at 12:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lexi!

You can upgrade to Express in the park, if it's still available.

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Oct 21, 2021 at 8:17 p.m. Mercy Says...

Hi, my question is, i know the event starts at 7:00 but if I know that I’ll be arriving late , will I still be able to enter

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Oct 21, 2021 at 3:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mercy!

Yes, you can arrive after the start time - have fun!

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Oct 16, 2021 at 4:55 a.m. Amanda Says...

Platinum pass holder with HHR tix. Can we get into the park with our platinum pass around 1:00 and then just stay inside the park?

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Oct 18, 2021 at 5:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

That's toadally fine! There will be a check-in point inside the park — check at the Box Office to find out the location so you can head there and do not have to exit the park.

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Oct 8, 2021 at 6:04 a.m. Megan Says...

Does universal studios offer discounts for healthcare workers for horror nights?

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Oct 8, 2021 at 10:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan!

We're not aware of any discounts for healthcare workers, but we offer discounted HHN tickets!

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Sep 29, 2021 at 4:42 a.m. Sarah Says...

Hi!

If I purchased the ticket that says “After 2 p.m. Day/Night” does it include the admission to HNN or do I have to buy a general admission separately?

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Sep 29, 2021 at 9:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

The After 2 p.m. Day/Night ticket includes both daytime general admission after 2 p.m. and evening admission to HHN for the selected date.

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Sep 28, 2021 at 8:20 p.m. michele monteleone Says...

im a passholder can i use my parking pass?

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Sep 28, 2021 at 4:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michele!

Yes, if you have the platinum or gold pass that includes general parking, then it applies to HHN as well.

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Sep 25, 2021 at 12:43 a.m. Jumana Azam Says...

Hi! I got general admission for horror nights, is there any way I can exchange for express tickets? Please advise!

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Sep 27, 2021 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jumana!

Typically, you'd have to upgrade through Universal once you're at the park, but they usually sell out. We do not sell HHN Express tickets so we'd recommend calling Universal directly to see what your options are.

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Sep 21, 2021 at 5:15 a.m. Angie Says...

Hi, I won tickets to HHN so I was wondering if it’s possible to just purchase the universal express pass without admission cost included since I don’t need an admission. I tried looking at the website, but didn’t see the option. Thanks in advance!

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Sep 23, 2021 at 10:15 p.m. Jovanna Bueno Says...

Would it be more convenient to buy the frequent fear pass at the park instead of online?

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Sep 24, 2021 at 10:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jovanna!

If you don't already have admission and would like to visit multiple nights, then we'd recommend purchasing the Frequent Fear pass online.

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Sep 21, 2021 at 12:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie!

It is possible to upgrade your ticket if there is availability. However, you can only upgrade once you're at the park, and they can often sell out in advance.

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Sep 20, 2021 at 4:26 p.m. Dyllan Says...

I am bringing a party of 14. How many people can go in a maze at once.

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Sep 20, 2021 at 2:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dyllan!

They will ask your party size and should let you all in together.

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Sep 20, 2021 at 7:01 a.m. AJ Says...

Hi, my last question was not clear, meant to ask: is alcohol being sold inside HHN in Hollywood in 2021?

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Sep 20, 2021 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi AJ!

It is - there are specialty themed cocktails, seasonal beer, wine, sangria and more. Enjoy!

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Sep 15, 2021 at 7:05 p.m. Dani Says...

Hi,

I'm going to Horror Nights on 9/19 and was wondering what advice you had for where to park and what mazes to tackle first? Thanks!

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Sep 16, 2021 at 11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dani!

We prefer to upgrade to preferred parking at the USH lots because it's a short walk to the car at the night of a long night. If you plan to get there early (they may let people in as early as 5:30 p.m.), we'd hit Exorcist then Texas Chainsaw Massacre. If Exorcist is long (over 30 min), just do Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which generally has a shorter line early but is a great maze. Head up to the Wizarding World entrance, walk through it and be amongst the first people to get to the Haunting of Hill House and Pandora’s Box (they open at 7 p.m.). Do the Terror Tram then Bride of Frankenstein followed by Halloween 4. At that point, you can assess the crowds for the remaining ones — back down to Exorcist (if you skipped it) or Walking Dead.

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Sep 14, 2021 at 5:54 p.m. Shelly Says...

Hi!

This will be my our first time going to Universal Hollywood’s HHN! We unfortunately could only go on Saturday, and I’m prepared to not be able to go to all mazes.

We bought the ticket online so we will be taking advantage of early entry, but which mazes do you believe we should prioritize first? I also saw that you mentioned return times so I would like to utilize that option as well. Unfortunately, the whole party can’t afford to do the express. Which mazes do you recommend we tackle first based on design and fear factor? And if we should miss one or two, what do you recommend

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Sep 14, 2021 at 1:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelly!

Return times are only for people with qualifying disabilities as determined by Universal Studios Hollywood. We have heard that they may be letting people in as early as 5:30 p.m. If you get there early, hit Exorcist then Texas Chainsaw Massacre. If Exorcist is long (over 30 min), just do Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which generally has a shorter line early but is a great maze. Head up to Wizarding World entrance, walk through it and be amongst the first people to get to the Haunting of Hill House and Pandora’s Box (they open at 7 p.m.). Do the Terror Tram then Bride of Frankenstein followed by Halloween 4. At that point, you can assess the crowds for the remaining ones — back down to Exorcist (if you skipped it) or Walking Dead.

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Sep 12, 2021 at 4:34 a.m. daviddigital Says...

Hi there I have a child that is 10 years old, he’d loved to come to horror night, Can he come accompanied with an adult?

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Sep 12, 2021 at 8:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

While Universal Orlando does not recommend the event for children under the age of 13, there isn't an official age requirement. It ultimately depends on if you think he is mature enough and could handle it.

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Sep 7, 2021 at 7:18 a.m. April Says...

I bought a Universal day pass and the horror nights pass for the same day. Does this mean that I would need to exit and re-enter the park? What would be your best recommendation?

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Sep 7, 2021 at 11:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi April!

You do not have to leave the park. There is usually a check-in spot where you can get a wristband to stay in the park (you can ask where it'll be when you enter).

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Sep 6, 2021 at 1:08 a.m. Ash Says...

If I buy a day pass and a horror pass for the same day, will I be kicked out at 6pm and have to wait in a line to re-enter? Or will I be able to stay in the park?

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Sep 7, 2021 at 11:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ash!

You do not have to leave the park. There is usually a check-in spot where you can get a wristband to stay in the park (you can ask where it’ll be when you enter).

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Aug 30, 2021 at 9:39 a.m. Allison Says...

Can you bring purses inside? If so what are the requirements??

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Aug 30, 2021 at 11:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Allison!

Yes, you can bring bags inside. As usual, they'll be checked at security and no gum or water is allowed.

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Aug 23, 2021 at 10:46 p.m. Misty Adams Says...

I don’t see the option to do express UNLIMITED for the after 2 tickets :(

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Aug 26, 2021 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Misty!

Sorry! Unfrogtunately, it's no longer available.

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Aug 19, 2021 at 10:29 p.m. Jordan Le Says...

Will waterworld show be on this year?

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Aug 20, 2021 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jordan!

Water World only shows during regular daytime park hours, unfortunately. None of the normal daytime shows are available during HHN.

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Aug 14, 2021 at 4:24 p.m. Darrell Says...

The R.I.P. Tours Tickets (for Hollywood) still show, "Coming Soon". Do they still plan on having the R.I.P. Tours for 2021? I don't want to wait too long only to find out that I missed out on Express Tickets, which will sell out, because I wanted to spring for the RIP Tix instead. Thanks.

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Aug 16, 2021 at 12:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Darrell!

Unfortunately, we do not have any additional information about the R.I.P. Tours at Universal Studios Hollywood. However, if do you not want to wait any longer, there is the option to go ahead and purchase Express (or Unlimited Express) Tickets for date you wish to go. And then if the R.I.P. Tours go on sale later, you can upgrade.

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Aug 17, 2021 at 5:41 p.m. Darrell Says...

Thank you so much for gettin' back to me... On a side note, it's so funny how things work out sometimes. I've been waiting for weeks for the RIP tix to finally go on sale, and out of the blue, just today, the website now has them available. Go figure! Anyhow, thanks again and Happy Haunting!!!

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Aug 17, 2021 at 1:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Spooky timing indeed! ;) Hope you have a scary good time!

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Jul 30, 2021 at 2:49 a.m. Petra Says...

Hello, I just purchased HHN D / N tickets after 2 pm UE . Can you please help me where I can get also parking for us ? I would like to buy parking online before we get there for the whole time we stay so from 2 pm to probably after midnight. Thank you !

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Jul 30, 2021 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Petra!

Unfortunately, there is not an option to pay parking online in advance.

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Jul 29, 2021 at 5:30 a.m. Cinthia Says...

Hello I have the Gold annual pass, can I go in during the day with my pass and just buy the HHN pass or do I need to buy the after 2pm pass.

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Jul 29, 2021 at 9:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cinthia!

You do not need an additional ticket for daytime access, as you can just use your pass. Although, we'd suggest buying your HHN ticket in advance, as tickets can sell out quickly and may not be available on the night of your visit if you wait until you're there.

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Jul 27, 2021 at 3:12 p.m. Maureen Stout Says...

looked online and Halloween night starts 9/3 however this letter says 9/9/2021. can you tell me exactly when it will start

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Jul 27, 2021 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maureen!

Halloween Horror Nights starts Sept. 3 in Orlando and Sept. 9 in Hollywood.

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Jun 10, 2021 at 11:54 a.m. Lisa Repper Says...

I went in to HHN 2018 & 2019, and arrived early, but still only managed to get through 5 houses or so. I think I even got the early scream ticket last year but lines to get in were crazy and when I got in I went right to stranger things and the line was already 3 hours upon opening. What is my best course of action this year to get through the houses without crazy lines ? Express pass and early ticket if they have it available ? The express pass helps to get into each house once correct? (I do not plan on visiting a house twice ). Stay at a hotel the night before? It’s gets confusing with these holding areas and entrances and how to get through these entrances. It’s a wed nig I am going abs am looking for the most cost effective rice way to get through the houses once without crazy long lines . Input/suggestions and tough pricing is appreciated

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Jun 10, 2021 at 10:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

Yes, we'd definitely recommend the HHN Express ticket, if you can swing it! It does include one-time access for each house and ride. Arrive early at 5:15 p.m. to take advantage of Early Entry for select mazes at no extra charge. Wednesday nights are usually less crowded than weekend nights, particularly if it's in September (versus October). As far as getting a hotel goes, it's up to you and how far you're traveling. If you think you wouldn't make it in time, it wouldn't hurt to book a room nearby, but otherwise, it may not be necessary.

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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...

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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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