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Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2022

by Leap on October 20, 2022 569 Los Angeles   Video

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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. This preternaturally popular event does sell out for most nights. Luckily, you've got us as your fearless froggy guides so that you can experience as much as you dare at this must-do event!

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Death Eater poses

Overview of Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

Big news! Tickets for Halloween Horror Nights are on sale now but are selling out quickly! 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 " haunted 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. (Have no fear, though; the term lives on at Knott's Scary Farm.)

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

Want to know something really scary? Universal Studios already dropped the news on Halloween 2022 that a Chucky-themed house is coming to Halloween Horror Nights in 2023! We are already looking ahead to 2023!

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Dates and Tickets

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

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2022 Dates

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood - Dates Infographic

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. Halloween Horror Nights just added another date, Wednesday Oct. 19, 2022, so that may be a less-crowded night to visit. 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 it costs more.

We usually attend opening night and it is definitely less crowded than dates later in the season. It is also much hotter than dates later in the season, so keep that in mind.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2022 Ticket Types and Prices

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Front Entrance of Universal

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.

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

Here are the one-day ticket options available for 2022 (These are the initial prices but most prices have crept up since then. The sooner you purchase, the better the price.):

  • 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.

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Ticket in lanyard

If you are in the park with a daytime ticket or your annual pass, you can check in in the park. There is usually a check-in point near the Box Office and near the turnstiles 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.

We will let you in on a little secret. Even if Express is sold out, the park may offer an After 11 p.m. Universal Express for $89. If you visit on a crowded night and haven't hit many houses by 11 p.m. that might work in your favor. Check wait times before you purchase.

Frequent Fear Passes include:

  • Halloween Horror Nights Frequent Fear Pass - $199 and allows users to experience the scares over and over with General Admission to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights for up to 27 nights. No blackout dates for first visit, then choose from a selection of dates for the next 26 visits.
  • Halloween Horror Nights Ultimate Fear Pass - $329 and allows users to experience the scares over and over to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights for access to ALL nights. This pass has no blackout dates.

Special Experiences — R.I.P. Tour

For a killer experience, spring for the R.I.P. Tour - initially was $319 to $449 but is now $339 to $469. 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 scare actors.
  • 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).

Arrive at R.I.P. Reception 30 minutes early. Tours are mixed parties with 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. We found some houses opened a few minutes earlier than that. More opening before the even started.

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 Park Plan

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood - 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'll want to look at the park map to get a sense of where things are and map out your plan of attack.

HHN Hollywood - Tips to Maximize Your Time

You can get a jump start 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 but some Upper Lot houses opened early this year too. 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 a HUGE 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 on to 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 (In 2022, there is no Opening Scaremony. Instead the there are moments throughout the night when the monsters gather and then release once again into the crowd.)

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 some of the Early Entry houses before 7 p.m. If you have R.I.P., then you have unlimited Universal Express access.

The Weeknd and Killer Klowns houses opened first just after 6 p.m. Then Universal Monsters opened about 6:20. At 6:45 some Upper Lot house opened: La Llorona and Blumouse. At 7 p.m., Universal Horror Hotel, Halloween and Scarecrow: The Reaping opened.

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 and 2022.  It was well worth it. We put two tickets back to back in it for easy scanning at each house and ride.

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

If you can’t get Universal Express and you miss Early Entry, 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 or this year. We will see if they return for 2023. 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. This year, we enjoyed most of the mazes. But all houses are usually pretty good. Try as many as you can and do not stress if you miss one.

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

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. You are going to want to follow the shortest lines.

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.

What if I don't have Universal express or Early Entry?

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Death Eater in fogHere is a plan that may work for you, if you do not have Express or Early Entry. You may need to cut some houses, so be sure to identify your priority houses. We followed it opening night which was much lower capacity than the Friday and Saturday that followed):

Death Eaters in Wizarding World (You may want to hit these after Halloween on your way back so you can take advantage of short lines right at 7 p.m.)

Scarecrow: The Reaping

Halloween

Terror Tram

Horrors of Blumhouse

Snacks and drinks at Dia de los Muertos Bar and Little Cocina

Universal Horror Hotel

La Llorona followed by scare zones

Head to Lower Lot

The Weeknd After Hours Nightmare Bar/Killer Klowns (divide and conquer some people may stay at bar to order while others do Killer Klownz). This bar may be a place to cut to save time since it can take a while to order and get food. Factor that into your time budget if it's a priority.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Enjoy food at Weeknd Bar

Universal Monsters: Legends Collide

The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare

Notice that this plan has no rides and no Jabbawockeez show. But you may be able to hit most mazes, scare zone and Terror Tram. The sold-out night felt less crowded, so this may not be possible on a Saturday night. You  will likely need to cut some items from the list.

Most people who are already in the park when early entry starts fill the lines in the Lower Lot, so we suggest starting elsewhere and hitting the Lower Lot last. Just keep an eye on wait times and leave enough time to do your priority houses and dining in the Lower Lot.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Haunted Houses

Universal has announced the houses for Halloween Horror Nights 2022! There are eight houses total.

La Llorona: The Weeping Woman

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Opening scen in La Llorona with candles and photos

Do you know the ancient legend of La Llorona? Parents in Latin America have told this evil spirit's story for centuries to scare kids into behaving. She terrorizes the living while she mourns the children she murdered, often by drowning. To be honest, we did not see any mourning here, but we did see some active destruction of children ... and not by drowning. Oh my. This was a pretty terrifying house. It had some gore and great scares. The Upper Lot houses are a great place to visit mid-event after entering crowds move on and before people exiting the park return to visit them before leaving.

The terror continues when you exit this house into the El Pueblo del Terror scare zone to face more supernatural characters from Latin America. We loved this scare zone.

Universal Horror Hotel

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Bathtub scene in haunted Hotel

Check in to a hotel haunted by the original owner who was executed years ago for dark acts. We saw headlines of a shocking death of an oil heiress. You'll never see a bathtub the same way again. This is no friendly ghost. You must escape his vengeful spirit before he makes you a permanent resident of the Horror Hotel. You can check out, but you can never leave.

This house is located in the former Walking Dead location. It may a shorter wait mid-event. Hit the three Upper Lot houses before heading to the Lower Lot. Enjoy the food and bar in the Upper Lot just across from this house. It was the best food of the night.

Scarecrow: The Reaping

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This house is based on a past haunted house at Universal Orlando ... but this time, there's a new story and a new character looming ... Mother Nature seeks retribution against the homesteaders. The farmland’s scarecrows have remained silent, watching the sins of the homesteaders, until now. They are ready to seek revenge and unleash their wrath on anyone who crosses their path. We saw some interesting uses of corn here.

This house has some great scares. Hit this house right about 7 p.m. You can access this house and Halloween by walking through the Wizarding World, so a good tactic is to head there and then watch the Death Eaters on your way back from this and Halloween. There is alternate transport available and if you use an Attraction Assistance Pass, you can collect return times for both houses just outside the Hogsmeade gates.

MGM’s “Killer Klowns from Outer Space”

This favorite house of Horror Nights' past returns, with some new tricks up its colorful sleeve (and it's not handkerchiefs). We enjoyed fun special effects and unexpected surprises last time this sinister circus came to town. Oh, what fun! A circus tent and the sickeningly sweet swell of cotton candy. This will be fun ... wrong! You cannot escape once you get trapped in a frightening funhouse of murderous clown-like creatures. Don't be fooled by their circus acts. You might find yourself part of the entertainment.

We always love this colorful house because it's different and the scares are unexpected. Did I actually get sprayed from a monster in a toilet? There are some themed foods related to this house in the Lower Lot. Visit in the last hour for the shortest wait.

The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Scene in The Weeknd

Prepare to enter the twisted mind of the musical artist, The Weeknd, in an all-new haunted house. He and his sadistic squad will stalk you in a living nightmare inspired by his "After Hours" album. Can you escape bandaged maniacs who perform extreme plastic surgery, a grotesque mannequin masquerade and more?

So this was initially the most-in demand house of the night. Many people lined up an hour and a half before early entry to get in, so it opened with a 90-minute wait. However at the end of the night there was a shorter wait. So save the Lower Lot houses until the last two hours of the night. We liked the music and party club vibe while waiting for this one. Keep an eye on The Weekend's eyes when the music slows. Also, did we see a frog in this house? You can visit the themed bar for drinks and snacks in the Lower Lot to keep the party going.

The Horrors of Blumhouse

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Posters outside Blumhouse

A new house features the horror-comedy "Freaky" and the new supernatural thriller "The Black Phone." A pop up video store appears but it only carries these two movies. 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 hit 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. Uh oh. Where did that blade go? 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.

Look for some Easter eggs out front. There is a missing child poster of John Murdy (creative director of HHN Hollywood) on the wall. Mid-event about 8 to 9 p.m.-ish is a great time to hit this house with the lowest wait.

Halloween

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Michael Myers with a Knife

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 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?

Hit this house right at 7 p.m. for the shortest wait You can access this house and Scarecrow: The Reaping by walking through the Wizarding World, so a good plan is to head here right away and then watch the Death Eaters on your way back through the Wizarding World. There is alternate transport available and if you use an Attraction Assistance Pass, you can collect return times for both houses just outside the Hogsmeade gates.

Universal Monsters: Legends Collide

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Exterior of Monsters

Universal Pictures' biggest monster icons, The Wolf Man, Dracula and the Mummy, 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 collaborated on an original score for this house. It has a detailed set. This house differs from Orlando's as it's set in London in the Alucard Trading Co. (Spell "Alucard" backwards and what do you get?)

This Lower Lot house opened about 6:20 p.m. As always the Universal Monsters houses never disappoint. We had some good scares and surprises in here. There was a shorter wait at the end of the night.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Scare Zones

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Scary monster with claws

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.

There are three all-new scare zones in 2022:

El Pueblo del Terror

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Monster in scare zoneThis scare zone is an extension of the La Llorona: The Weeping Woman house. As you escape the house, the terror continues. Why? Because you cannot escape this haunting legend. You can expect to run into other supernatural and mythical characters from Latin America. We love the detail and creatures in this scare zone.

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Giant Crow Stilt walkerIf you continue on past the scare zone, there is an unexpected Haunted Forest area near the entrance to Animal Actors. Definitely take a stroll through here.

Sideshow Slaughterhouse

New York Street becomes a nightly battle zone as the performers and workers from a shady carnival sideshow go on a murderous rampage. Can you escape the circus freaks out to get you? You don't really have a choice if you want to pass through the Upper Lot for more terrors that await you. Watch for the tall ringleader to gather and introduce ... and release ... the circus freaks for a dramatic moment under the flames. Visit this area a few times as we saw some different creatures emerging throughout the night, including a massive crow man thing?

Clownsawz

Step into the theme park only to be attacked by a group of chainsaw-wielding clowns. It sets the stage for what lies ahead in your night of horror. At times they assemble and them release themselves into the crowd.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Entertainment

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

Terror Tram at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Hollywood Harry Clown at Terror Tram

There is an all-new, expanded Terror Tram in 2022! 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. Hollywood Harry is up to no good near the Bates Motel. Then you'll wander past the Psycho House (and can take a picture with Norman Bates) and encounter more creatures in the "War of the Worlds" set. But the terror continues.

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Us actor on Nope setThis year, the Terror Tram ends in a frightful finale in the Jupiter's Claim set from "Nope." Two terrifying worlds collide in this twist on Jordan Peele’s films "Us" and "Nope." The Tethered, an army of vengeful doppelgangers, invades the all-new Jupiter’s Claim set from the "Nope." (This set is now part of the daytime Studio Tour — minus the terror, of course. "Us" reemerges from a former maze at Halloween Horror Nights. This terrifying Terror Tram finale features choreography by Madeline Hollander. The Terror Tram experience from initial boarding to exiting back at the station took about 30 minutes. We encountered a short wait in the first half of the event.

Live Entertainment— Jabbawockeez 

The award-winning Jabbawockeez presents a unique mix of dance, special effects, hip-hop music and humor. It's a place to rest your tired flippers and enjoy some AC, especially on a hot night like the night we visited. It's an all-new, high-energy show.

Death Eaters Roaming Hogsmeade

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Death Eater near castle

As huge Harry Potter fans, we jumped for joy and a little fear at seeing Death Eaters in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. For the first time ever, Death Eaters, a group of Voldemort’s most devoted and dark followers, roam Hogsmeade village during Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood. They are looking to find witches and wizards who are loyal to the Dark Lord. Will you join them or try to escape? Better bring your wand. You can pass through the alleyway for some thrilling fun or encounter them anywhere in the Wizarding World.

The Death Eaters in Wizarding World emerged at 7 p.m. That was toadally cool for these Harry Potter fans. If you want photos of them, visit when they first emerge while there is still light out. Once it's dark, video works better than photos. The Wizarding World is almost like an additional scare zone.

Rides Open During Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Projection on castleSome 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 (closed early) or the Simpsons Ride. The Wizarding World is open in 2022, with Death Eaters on Patrol! Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (closes early) and Flight of the Hippogriff are open! As mentioned above, the normal Studio Tour will not be running. Instead, you get the all-new 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 has special projections forming in front of your eyes. Listen for hissing voices. We do not speak Parseltongue, so don't ask us what they are saying. And, have we mentioned the Death Eaters? It is toadally awesome.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Food 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 2022 food and beverage offerings. We particularly enjoyed the Upper Lot offerings.

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Food from Little Cocina

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood- Specialty Drink

In the Upper Lot, you could fill up at the Plaza de los Muertos. This is the best food of the night! We went back for seconds on the tacos and the esquites. This area had photo-ops, live DIa de los Muertos monsters and a festive atmosphere. A great addition to Halloween Horror Nights! Here are the options:

  • Dia de Los Muertos Bar, serving craft cocktails such as Calavera Juice, Sugar Skull Punch and Smoked Margarita in a festive light-up skull mug along with a Michelada.
  • A new Margarita Bar serves a mixed Spicy Strawberry Vodka Margarita and Muerte Margarita along with a variety of frozen margarita options.
  • Little Cocina food tent serves Beef Birria Tacos with Red Sauce, Cheese Tamale, Esquites, Churro Bites, Chamoy Pineapple Spears and more. This is the good stuff!

Keep an eye out for the light-up Sugar Skull popcorn bucket, which includes free refills. The Halloween Horror Nights menus include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items.

  • Scare up some spooky treats at Minions Monster Cafe.

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Pizza Fries

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2022-Drink at Weeknd Bar with frogsIn the Lower Lot:

  • The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare Bar — Enjoy snacks and drinks in this glow bar inspired by a late-night club seen in The Weeknd’s music videos and short films. Enjoy mixed drinks named for the artist’s tracks plus nosh on bites such as pizza fries (a fan favorite at the Orlando event). There are drinks themed after songs, and one has frogs on it!
  • Killer BBQ From Outer Space — Inspired by the nearby haunted house, fans can dine at the circus-themed eatery. It serves a variety of savory and sweet items including: BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich, Loaded Mac & Cheese, shareable 22” All-Beef Hot Dog, Loaded Nachos, Funnel Fries, Acid Pie and specialty cocktails.
  • Jojo’s Ice Cream — This takeover of the ice cream shop will have guests screaming in delight for ice cream treats inspired by the horror-comedy maze, including the Killer Kone, Ruijing Popkorn Shake and Acid Pie Shake.

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Popcorn shakeMost 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 (plus tax) for one or $16 each if you buy two. It's refillable through the day (every 10 minutes).

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

Halloween Horror Nights 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.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Tips

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Psycho House with Normal BatesFollow these tips to have a frightening good time:

1. Leave the Kids at Home

This terrifying event 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.

2. Leave Your Costumes and Masks at Home

Keep in mind that no costume masks or costumes are allowed (although we have previously seen leniency with some Harry Potter robes)! No horseplay or items that resemble weapons are allowed.

3. Dress Light and Stay Hydrated

Be sure to dress for the weather so you will be comfortable (layers are your friend). Early September dates can be surprisingly hot the whole night. You may bring an umbrella if the forecast calls for rain. Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll find that there is a lot of walking — our devices usually measure between 13,000 and 17,000 steps!

Stay 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.) You can bring an empty water bottle into the park with you. You'll have to dump any liquids out.

4. Only Bring the Necessities 

We recommend traveling light, especially since you'll be walking through crowded houses and being spooked in scare zones. You wouldn't want anything spilling out of your bag or pockets if you fall to the ground ;)

Also, note that you cannot bring in food or drink — not even water. Do not bring gum into the park either.

5. Eat Early

Arrive with a full belly if you can. Food lines are scary long! You don't want to waste precious time waiting for food. However, if you do get hungry, we recommend the Little Cocina food stand in the Central Plaza. 

6. Follow the Rules or Beware

You may not record, take flash photos, or bring laser pens, food and drink into the houses. 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.

7. Need to Escape? 

Re-entry is allowed so hold onto your park ticket and ask about a hand stamp at the exit!

8. Be Aware of Accessible Options

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood-Sign for return times for disabilities

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. You can get two return times for Halloween and Scarecrow: The Reaping at the same time before you enter the Wizarding World. There is alternative transportation available for those with physical disabilities to access the houses that are through the Wizarding World and in the Lower Lot. 

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

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Oct 20, 2022 at 3:57 a.m. Ashley A Says...

Hi!

Next weekend will be my first time attending HHN! We bought our regular universal tickets and then separate tickets to the event (no early entry.) How does that work with being in the park already, do we just go get in line at the entrance around 7 pm? Thank you in advance. Also, I can't really figure out the map. Our main interest is the Halloween house, do we walk through Harry Potter past the castle then to the right?

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Oct 20, 2022 at 1:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

Since you'll be daytime guests, you can check in at the Box Office in the Upper Lot or near the turnstiles to get wristbands so you can stay inside the park and do not have to exit the park. To get to the Halloween house, you'll walk through the Wizarding World — then the trail will make a left and down a pathway. Scarecrow is in that area, as well. Have a scary good time!

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Oct 18, 2022 at 4:15 a.m. S Says...

My kid is a huge HP fan and she has specifically asked to go to HNN because of the new death eater interactions, do you think they’ll let her wear her hogwarts robe & scarf into the event? I do know for a fact that she can have her wand. She is 17 and won’t be accompanied.

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Oct 18, 2022 at 12:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi S!

We've seen Hogwarts robes and scarves at Halloween Horror Nights.

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Oct 11, 2022 at 2:52 a.m. Misty Says...

Hello, we are attending HH Hollywood early entry next week. I believe we pick up some sort of wristband that allows us to stay in park, do you know where we get those and should we pick that up first before hitting rides, not sure how long it takes to to get those? Second question is what part can we remain in and when do we need to be there by? And lastly we are planning to follow all the great advice and start In lower lot once the night opens. We will try to hit the rides and houses down there first but are really pumped about terror tram so that's the last stop. About how long does it take to get from lower to upper lot terror tram portion?

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Oct 13, 2022 at 3:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Misty!

Yes, you can get your wristbands at a check point either near the Box Office or the turnstiles. There is no holding area where you have to remain in (as long as you have your wristband), but you can hop in line early for the Early Entry houses. We'd suggest doing so around 4:45 p.m., especially if you're prioritizing The Weeknd house. And if wanting to go on any rides during this time, we'd suggest doing so before getting in line for the houses. Allow 10 minutes to get from the Lower Lot back to the Upper Lot, and then you'll go back down another escalator to get to the tram.

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Sep 24, 2022 at 6:14 p.m. CathyK Says...

Spooky fun!

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Sep 23, 2022 at 4:24 a.m. Sarah Says...

Hi! Is the HHN special edition food served during the day? I know Disney sells some stuff during the day and leaves some for their events and I was wondering if Universal does the same

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Sep 30, 2022 at 9:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

It's generally only available during the event. You may see some general Halloween treats, but not the bars or the house-themed foods.

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Sep 21, 2022 at 11:02 p.m. Abigail Says...

Hi I wanted to know if a 16 year old and a 17 year old have to be accompanied by a adult in the entrance? It says on the buy the tickets you must have a valid ID, is a permit okay ?

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Sep 22, 2022 at 5:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Abigail!

There isn't a chaperone requirement, and we think a driver's permit or school photo ID would probably be fine!

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Sep 21, 2022 at 7:09 p.m. steve Says...

Will be going to Universal Hollywood 9/29-10/2. Purchasing the Premier pass that includes the HHN ticket (planning on going Friday 9/30). Where can we purchase the HHN express pass as the ones i see online seem to include the admission to HHN and we don't need that. Thank you in advance!

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Sep 22, 2022 at 1:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve!

You would only be able to purchase inside the park (though still subject to availability — Express can sell out most nights). Since you'll be passholders, we'd suggest arriving early so you could potentially snag Exprerss if it hasn't sold out prior to the day you go, and get in line for the Early Entry houses before 6 p.m.

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Sep 16, 2022 at 8:38 p.m. Jack Says...

Hello! Do you know the approximate wait times for each maze if you have an express pass? Thank you.

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Sep 20, 2022 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jack!

It can certainly vary, but they're usually pretty short (from our experience on opening night this year, we waited no more than five minutes).

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Sep 12, 2022 at 2:18 p.m. Neoncactus Says...

Thanks so much for the updates. This is our first time and we have the 2 PM entry with Express pass. To be able to do houses more than once, we're thinking of doing the early entry mazes on the lower lot, then heading up to see the Death Eaters at 7, and try to get Halloween and Scarecrow done without using Express Pass. Any better strategy you'd recommend? Thanks again!

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Sep 13, 2022 at 7:30 a.m. Rollo Says...

they open hogwarts area at around 640pm to que for halloween and scarecrow, so if you want to not use your express for those mazes you should be at the front of harry potter area at 640pmish

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Sep 12, 2022 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Neoncactus!

That sounds like a good plan — however, the standby lines were really long in the Lower Lot for Early Entry the night we visited, so you might want to use Express on those if they're too long when you visit. After the Weeknd, we decided to hit the Death Eaters and then Scarecrow and Halloween. If you don’t mind seeing Death Eaters in the dark, you can see them after you visit those two houses to get shorter waits at the houses before spending time with the Death Eaters.

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Sep 9, 2022 at 9:40 p.m. Rich Says...

I am a platinum passholder. I plan to use my complimentary Horror Nights ticket in October. When I am inside can I upgrade to Front of the Line/express? If so, approximately how much will it cost?

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Sep 12, 2022 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rich!

You'd be able to upgrade if the Express Passes have not sold out. When we visited, Express was sold out but they offered an After 11 p.m. Express for $89, though the price varies per night.

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Sep 2, 2022 at 1:15 p.m. Xena Says...

Hello

Just wanted to know what you think what all, my family would be able to experience at HHN on a Thursday beginning of October with just general admission tickets?

Thank you

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Sep 2, 2022 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Xena!

In the past, we had been able to get through most of the houses on a late September Thursday night with just a regular ticket. That said, we are expecting a busy season (perhaps more than usual since it'll be the first "normal" event since 2019 and more people are comfortable with traveling as we've seen in all of 2022). We suggest you arrive as early as you can and prioritize your top 5 houses. Fortunately, all nights will be taking place until 2 a.m. this year, and usually, if you can stay for the entire night, wait times tend to drop in the last hour.

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Aug 30, 2022 at 2:25 p.m. Pep Says...

Is there a holding area for people with HH tickets that have spent the day already in the park or what is the process? Thanks!

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Aug 30, 2022 at 2:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pep!

For HHN in Hollywood, there are no holding areas for people with daytime admission. You can just stay in the park while others exit. They may give you a wristband so you can stay in the park. We'd suggest heading to the early entry houses and hopping in line before others arrive.

For HHN in Orlando (for anyone else who may come across this), check out our Early Entry blog post, as there are holding areas and different procedures.

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Aug 30, 2022 at 10:08 p.m. PEP Says...

Awesome! (Except for not being able to wait and drink line at Finnegan’s lol)

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Aug 30, 2022 at 4:41 a.m. Michael Says...

Will the castle still do the night show / dark arts show during Halloween horror nights?

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Aug 30, 2022 at 2:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael!

They haven't yet announced that the Dark Arts show is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood this year (last year, the castle show was not available), but Death Eaters will be a part of HHN, which is new this year!

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Aug 29, 2022 at 4:58 a.m. Joaquin JQ Says...

Hi there since I’m going to HHN during opening weekend do they provide disability pass since I have autism and diagnosed with disability because I can’t tolerate long lines due to my mental health and severe condition unseen disability? Are proof and note required to show to cast member ?

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Aug 29, 2022 at 12:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joaquin!

Yes, the houses can accommodate the Universal's Attraction Assistance Pass (AAP). That said, Universal assigns the AAP on a case-by-case basis so you'll need to go to the designated Guest Assistance location as soon as you enter the park. Give the team member as much details as possible about your disability or health conditions. In compliance with the ADA, you're not legally required to give a doctor's note, but it can help if you're comfortable providing it. Give examples of what your limitations are, such as sensitivity to loud noises or other stimulations, or health reasons why you may not be able to wait in a standard queue. You'll be issued the AAP if you meet the requirements.

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Aug 23, 2022 at 3:55 p.m. sodavortex Says...

How crowded will opening weekend be?

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Aug 23, 2022 at 1:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sodavortex!

Most nights sell out, including opening weekend.

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Aug 22, 2022 at 7:41 p.m. jackofrights Says...

How long should the mazes be for early access?

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Aug 23, 2022 at 12:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackofrights!

The lines for early entry houses can vary per night and year (and also how popular a house is). One year, the lines were very short, but last year, the Exorcist house in particular opened early and it still had a long line even during early entry.

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Aug 22, 2022 at 4:21 p.m. jackofrights Says...

Can i buy interactive wands during hhn? and will i be able to use the interactive wand?

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Aug 23, 2022 at 12:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackofrights!

Yes! Even if Ollivanders remains closed during HHN, you can find and purchase interactive wands at other gift shops, and you can perform the spells in the Wizarding World.

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Aug 19, 2022 at 7 p.m. sodavortex Says...

How can i buy express pass separately I'm having second thoughts about by normal hhn pass

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Aug 22, 2022 at 12:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sodavortex!

You can upgrade to Express at the park as long as there's availability.

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Aug 19, 2022 at 4:18 p.m. sodavortex Says...

Its sad that they don't sell hhn express pass separately would buy one if they did

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Aug 17, 2022 at 7:45 p.m. Kels Says...

We are going for two nights and attending from opening to closing over the weekend. Do you think it's possible to finish all the houses with two nights, without a fast pass?

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Aug 18, 2022 at 10:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kels!

Most likely, yes! We think it's possible to get it all done in two nights.

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Aug 17, 2022 at 10:50 a.m. Richie Says...

Do you sell the express pass on here or do I have to buy it directly from universal?

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Aug 17, 2022 at 8:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Richie!

We offer daytime Universal Express tickets, but not HHN Express tickets.

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Aug 16, 2022 at 5:38 p.m. Sodavortex Says...

Thank you so much for all the information but how can I find out what mazes will be open for early entrance this year?

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Aug 16, 2022 at 1:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sodavortex!

We don't know the placement of the houses yet, but typically, the early entry houses can be found in the Lower Lot.

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Aug 15, 2022 at 4:17 p.m. sodavortex Says...

How many houses do you think i could get through on a Saturday night because i couldn't get express

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Aug 15, 2022 at 2 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sodavortex!

If you have early entry access, then you can get to almost all of them. But if you arrive on time or after the official start time, then we'd estimate about four or five houses. Have fun!

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Aug 17, 2022 at 7:18 p.m. sodavortex Says...

Thank you will for sure come a hour before early access so we can enjoy city walk for a little bit

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Aug 17, 2022 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Have a terrifyingly good time! :)

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Aug 10, 2022 at 10:43 p.m. Jose Torres Says...

Hello,

Without a fast pass and going on a Sunday night to the horror nights, do you think me and my wife can do all haunted houses and shows in one night?

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Aug 11, 2022 at 12:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jose!

If you're wanting to experience every house and show, Express will definitely be the way to go :) Have a great time!

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Jul 26, 2022 at 1:52 p.m. Gregg Says...

What time does the park close for people that have a general admission ticket to the park but not a ticket for the Halloween event that evening?

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Jul 26, 2022 at 10:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gregg!

Typically, the park closes at 6 p.m. (though in the past, it has changed, so we'd double check and confirm official park hours once scheduled).

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Jul 25, 2022 at 5:14 p.m. Isaac Says...

Question which ticket do u recommend, I want unlimited access for the rides. I need help lol

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Jul 25, 2022 at 12:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Isaac!

Since the main attractions are the haunted houses, the ride lines are generally lower, except for the Terror Tram (which is the HHN-version of the Studio Tour). So if your main focus is the rides rather than the houses, we think a regular ticket would be just fine. But if you're trying to get everything done or want unlimited access, then we'd suggest either the Universal Express ticket (one-time express access to the rides and houses) or upgrading to Universal Express Unlimited (unlimited express access to the rides and houses).

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Jul 19, 2022 at 5:56 p.m. Janet Says...

Hi there! Do you sell the tickets to the RIP tours or just the entrance tickets?

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Jul 19, 2022 at 1:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janet!

We just sell entrance tickets at this time. Thanks for checking with us!

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Jul 18, 2022 at 3:38 p.m. Eddie Says...

Hi!

We are going to Universal Hollywood for the first time in September. If we get the 2PM Day/Night pass with Universal Express, do you think we will have enough time to get all the daytime rides in before HHN starts? Or would it be better to spend the entire day at the park?

Thanks!

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Jul 18, 2022 at 4:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eddie!

It would be a long day if you go from morning until late at night, so you might want to consider visiting a separate day and just do Horror Nights. But if it’s your only day to do and see it all, it’s doable. We'd suggest a break midday if so! If you start at 2 p.m., here’s what you need to budget. You’ll need an hour for the Studio Tour and you may be able to hit most of the attractions not included in HHN but not likely the shows. If you want to see shows, you’d need to budget about 45 minutes to an hour per show, including getting in place for seating, and there are three of them (so it may not be possible to do them all in that four-hour timespan). Also note, we do not yet have a finalized list of which rides are not open at night or the show schedule, but keep hopping back! Wizarding World is usually not included but it was open last year during the event. You should be able to hit more rides at night in between mazes as well, so save the thrills rides for HHN.

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Jul 14, 2022 at 10:12 p.m. Javier Says...

Thank you for such great information. Do you know if there is a discount on upgrading to express for platinum members? I do see that platinum members get a general admission ticket included with the pass. I was just wondering if there was a discount in upgrading to express during horror nights. Thank you.

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Jul 15, 2022 at 2:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Javier!

We are not aware of any discounts on Express Passes.

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Jul 8, 2022 at 1:22 p.m. Lauren Says...

Thank you for all your info. I will be visiting from Australia in September and planning on visiting Universal on a day that HHN is NOT on.

I just wanted to clarify that shows and attractions still run during the HHN season during the day. I read somewhere Waterworld is closed. Is that just at night when HHN is on? Or is closed for all of September. Also do the other attractions like the studio tour still run?

I just want to make sure it’s worth visiting.

Thanks in advance.

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Jul 8, 2022 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

All rides and shows run as usual during the day unless there's a scheduled refurbishment or an unexpected closure (not due to Halloween Horror Nights). The shows do not occur once HHN starts.

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Jul 1, 2022 at 9:26 p.m. Leslie Says...

If we visit Universal Hollywood during the day when a Haunted Halloween night does the park close early if we do not purchase the Halloween night tickets?

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Jul 6, 2022 at 12:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leslie!

Yes, the park does close early when Halloween Horror Nights is hoppening that night.

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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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Sep 9, 2022 at 2:52 a.m. Andy Says...

So then you’re confirming that if we enter at 2pm when they first start giving out the wristbands we can enter with our annual pass and redeem our wristband with the free HHN ticket? That’s awesome news if that’s true! With 8 mazes, terror tram and a show you definitely need that advantage of being in the lower lot before they even start letting people in.

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Sep 12, 2022 at 2:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andy!

You can enter as early as possible with an annual pass as long as it’s valid that day. Then you can show your HHN ticket for a wristband to stay in the park. They offered these by the turnstiles and at the Box Office in the Upper Lot. It definitely gives you a huge advantage!

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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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