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Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2023

by Leap on October 4, 2023 625 Los Angeles

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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!

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Overview of Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

Halloweeen Horror Nights tickets are on sale now and are selling out quickly! Before we get started, there's a new Early Event Access ticket available for a separate purchase. The event starts at 7 p.m. and Early Access starts at 5:30 p.m. You can purchase Early Event Access separately, which means even if you purchase your discount Halloween Horror Nights ticket from Undercover Tourist, you can still purchase an Early Access ticket from Universal before they sell out. The Early Access houses are in the Lower Lot.

In case you missed it, there was a big change in the language last year. Perhaps you noticed that we now say "houses" instead of "mazes." The haunted house–style walk-through attractions formerly known as mazes in Hollywood have been 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 "maze" lives on at Knott's Scary Farm.)

Photos With Monsters

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood -Bride of FrankensteinIn 2023, guests can pose for photos with scare actors in designated areas of the park!

There are five places to snag a pic with an evil icon:

  • Laemmle Courtyard (by Waterworld) has a revolving photo-op that will alternate between the Bride of Frankenstein (from Universal's 2021 haunted house) and the legendary David S. Pumpkins.
  • Universal Plaza features both La Catrina and La Llorona (from the 2022 haunted house). (These characters wander around and might sneak up on you!)
  • The Hollywood sign photo-op at Terror Tram will be regularly visited by the Santa from "Violent Night."
  • Snap a photo with Norman Bates at the Psycho House during the Terror Tram.
  • Those on an R.I.P. Tour of the Studio Backlot can have a special encounter with Larry Larva, as well as The Grabber (and his black van) from "The Black Phone."

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

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Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Tickets and Dates

Halloween Horror Nights kicks off Sept. 7, 2023, and continues on select nights through Oct. 31, 2023. Halloween Horror Nights tickets are on sale now!

There are 38 nights of Halloween Horror Nights 2023:

  • Sept. 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29 and 30
  • October 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 31

Best Dates to Attend

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood - Doll scareactorSince 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 if they get added later). Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday nights are usually the least expensive, and Saturdays tend to be the priciest (especially Halloween weekend), followed by Fridays. Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood may add more dates as the season progresses, so those may make for a less-crowded night to visit. Most of the days do eventually sell out. Saturdays might be the easiest day to attend for people who work Monday through Friday, but Saturday costs more.

We usually attend opening night, which is a Thursday, and it is less crowded than dates later in the season. It is also much hotter than dates later in the season, so keep that in mind. (Want more deets on the best times to visit Universal Studios Hollywood? Jump here!)

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2023 Ticket Types and Prices

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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 live Purge: Dangerous Waters show and access to Blumhouse: Behind the Screams.

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Halloween Horror Nights 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. You can purchase Early Event Access separately, which allows you to enter the park and access Early Access houses at 5:30 p.m.

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 $61 per ticket, our discount Halloween Horror Nights General Admission ticket is a screamin' deal! You can still add on Early Access (if not sold out) through Universal with these tickets.

Here are the one-day ticket options that are available in 2023:

(These are the initial prices but some prices will creep up as the dates approach and availability may vary throughout the season. The sooner you purchase, the better the price!)

  • Halloween Horror Nights General Admission - from $74 (does not include Early Event Access but can purchase separately. No Super Nintendo World access during the event.)
  • Halloween Horror Nights General Admission from Undercover Tourist - from $67.60 (Does not include Early Event Access but can purchase separately. No Super Nintendo World access during the event. You may be able to upgrade to Express.)
  • Halloween Horror Nights Universal Express - from $209 and includes admission to the event and one-time express access to each participating house, ride (excluding Mario Kart) and attraction. (Does not include Early Event Access but can be purchased separately. No Super Nintendo World access during the event.)
  • Halloween Horror Nights Universal Express Unlimited - from $249 and includes admission to the event and unlimited express access to each participating house, ride (excluding Mario Kart) and attraction. (Does not include Early Event Access but can be purchased separately. No Super Nintendo World access during the event.)
  • Halloween Horror Nights After 2 p.m. Day/Night - from $149 and allows admission to the park at 2 p.m. and same-day evening admission to Halloween Horror Nights. Also includes admission to Super Nintendo World only from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. but may be subject to virtual line. (Includes Early Event Access houses at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Halloween Horror Nights After 2 p.m. Day/Night Universal Express - from $329 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. Also includes admission to Super Nintendo World only from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Includes Early Event Access houses at 5:30 p.m.)

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 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. Likewise, if you want to experience Super Nintendo World, this is the way to do it! Access to Super Nintendo World for this ticket is limited to 7 to 10 p.m. In fact, the Day/Night ticket is the ONLY ticket with access to Super Nintendo World during the event!

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If you are in the park with a daytime ticket or your annual pass, you can check in inside the park. There is 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.

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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 $79. (Price may vary.) 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.

(New) Early Event Access Tickets (starting at $10)

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Early Event Access is a new add-on to any Halloween Horror Night ticket. These limited-capacity add-on tickets will sell out, well, early, just as Early Access tickets do for Super Nintendo World in the morning. People who purchase Early Access tickets can access select houses an hour and a half earlier than guests who arrive at 7 p.m. People with Early Access tickets must have an admission ticket for Halloween Horror Nights. You can purchase dated Early Access tickets through Universal Studios Hollywood, even if you purchased your discount Halloween Horror Nights tickets through Undercover Tourist. This might be a way to save money but hit a lot of houses if Universal Express is out of your budget.

People with Early Access do not have daytime access to the rest of the park included in this ticket. We go over the pros and cons of Early Access and other ways to get in early in a separate Early Access post.

Frequent Fear Passes include:

  • Halloween Horror Nights Frequent Fear Pass - from $209 and allows users to experience the scares over and over with General Admission to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights for up to 30 nights. No blackout dates for the first visit, then choose from a selection of dates for the next 29 visits. Return visit blackout dates are Oct. 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 and 29.
  • Halloween Horror Nights Ultimate Fear Pass - from $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 - from $379

For a killer experience, spring for the R.I.P. Tour. The 2023 R.I.P. Tour offers the following:

  • Admission to Halloween Horror Nights (no daytime admission or Early Event Access)
  • Guided walking tour of the event
  • One-time R.I.P. entry into each house as well as select rides and attractions while on 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
  • Exclusive Universal Backlot Halloween experience with private VIP trolley transportation
  • 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)

The tour does NOT include access to Super Nintendo World or Mario Kart. Daytime park access is not included. R.I.P. Guests have a separate line for the houses that is even shorter than the Express line!

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 before your scheduled tour time. HHN Universal Express tickets can sell out scary-fast, so buy them well in advance.

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

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One of the most terrifying parts of Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood is not getting to experience all of the houses because of the lines. There is more to do this year, so Express is even more critical. Most Universal Halloween Horror Nights sell out. Save your terror for the houses and cut the lines 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.

Don't froget — guests are able to pose for photos with scare actors this year! In designated areas of the park — including Laemmle Courtyard, Universal Plaza, along the Terror Tram route and parts of the Studio Backlot — guests can meet and take photos with iconic horror entities!

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.

There are three or four houses and sometimes the Terror Tram is open during Early Access. Early Access houses are usually in the Lower Lot. Even those lines get long during Early Event Access, especially for Stranger Things 4 and The Last of Us. 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 Event Access 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 an hour and a half.
  • You can get through more houses and maybe even do a favorite house twice.
  • You can make it an earlier night.
  • With a new The Purge water show and Blumhouse: Behind the Screams, there is more to tackle this year, so going early gives you more time to see it all.

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 2023, there was no Opening Scaremony. The monsters do get released at once but it's not a huge moment. Instead, there are moments throughout the night when the monsters gather and then get released once again into the crowd. We saw that hoppen in the Ghostz scare zone at the entrance.)

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 Event Access and Universal Express, you can hit most or all of the Early Event Access houses before 7 p.m. If you have R.I.P., then you have unlimited Universal Express access.

Universal no longer distributes lanyards for Universal Express. Instead, you have to pull the paper ticket (about the size of a credit card) out each time to have it scanned. Bring a lanyard with a clear plastic pouch to make your life toadally easier, or wear clothing with a secure pocket. Universal also sells lanyards. We bought a lanyard in 2019 and have brought it back each year. It was well worth it. We put two tickets back to back in it for easy scanning at each house and ride.

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If you can’t get Universal Express and you miss Early Event 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).

A longer line does not always represent the quality of the house. 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 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.

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.

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We created a park plan with a plan of attack for the night. Be sure to download the full version here, which also provides advice for arrival and general tips for the night.

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, 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. For even more tips, hop over to our full post on how to maximize your time at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood.

What if I don't have Universal Express or Early Event Access?

Lines are really long this year. You will need to cut some houses, so be sure to identify your priority houses. Most people are already in the park when Early Access starts to fill the lines in the Lower Lot, so we suggest starting in the Upper Lot 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 Houses

There are eight confirmed houses in total this year at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood. On signs out front, you can view wait times for general and Express.

Stranger Things

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Once again we take a trip to Hawkins, Indiana, where we will encounter the newest "Stranger Things" villain, Vecna. Vecna is hell-bent on destroying the barrier between the Upside Down and the real world in an attempt to take over both worlds. Welcome to season 4 of "Stranger Things." Are you ready to make a deal with God? You'll be hypothetically "running up that hill" in this house.

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This Lower Lot house immerses you in a heart-pounding experience alongside characters from the series, including Eleven, Max, Eddie and more. You'll find yourself on the front line of Vecna's deadly attacks on the citizens of Hawkins. Travel through iconic scenes, such as the notorious Hawkins Lab, the Creel House and Vecna's chilling mindscape. You will confront your deepest fears and come face to face with creatures such as demobats and even Vecna himself.

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Is that the clock chiming? You'll find yourself in a race against the clock, striving to escape Vecna's blood-red Mind Lair. Can you save mankind from his deadly curse?

This is one of the more popular houses. At times, team members may temporarily close the line when it reaches capacity. You can see in the app if the line is open or paused.

The Last of Us (listed under Virtual Line)

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This is another popular house in the Lower Lot. Enter the world of this fan-favorite NaughtyDog video game — a post-pandemic, ravaged civilization where the Infected run rampant. Alongside the game’s protagonists, Joel and Ellie, you'll encounter Runners, Clickers and Stalkers, as well as the hostile Hunters group.

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Guests will need to navigate the Pittsburgh Quarantine Zone, including iconic locations from the video game such as the abandoned Hotel Grand and a labyrinth of dark tunnels, to escape and survive.

The Exorcist: Believer (listed under Virtual Line)

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Inspired by Universal Pictures’ New Blumhouse and Morgan Creek Entertainment Film (in theaters Oct. 6, 2023), "The Exorcist: Believer" terrifies guests on a new, elevated level. It is completely different from past Exorcist houses. It's also one of the most popular houses. The line may get paused temporarily if it's too full.

In this Lower Lot house, guests are transported to a street market in Haiti, where the purchase of an old folk doll sets off the reawakening of evil spirits. As a result, a demonic portal opens and two 12-year-old girls in the U.S. disappear. Found three days later, the girls begin to exhibit strange behavior and it is determined that they can only be saved by an exorcism. Everyone who encounters these girls — including frightened guests — is at risk of losing their souls to these demonic forces!

Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count

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Wanna play? This Good Guy doll is the ultimate bad guy, despite being only 28 inches tall. Chucky, a truly twisted tot-sized killer, is tired of not being taken seriously. In search of some respect from his peers, Chucky plans to turn this haunted house into a living slaughterhouse by killing everyone who enters. It doesn't sound like child's play anymore! Get your nose ready for some scents in this house.

This popular house is located past the Wizarding World next to Universal Monsters. Head here first at event opening if you can.

Universal Monsters: Unmasked

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Classic monsters return to Halloween Horror Nights this year — with a revealing, new twist! Set in the dark underground Catacombs of Paris, guests can explore ancient burial grounds and uncover their secrets. Some of Universal's most nefarious monsters and villains rest deep within these ancient tombs — including The Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dr. Jekyll (and his deranged alternate personality Mr. Hyde), and Dr. Jack Griffin (aka The Invisible Man) — and are seeking long-awaited vengeance against unsuspecting guests.

Grammy Award-winning musician, SLASH, collaborated with Universal Studios Hollywood to create an original score for this haunted house. This house was full of scares and surprises. We really liked it.

This house is located next to Chucky, past the Wizarding World.

Monstruos: The Monsters of Latin America

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A new, original house is at Halloween Horror Nights in 2023! This special house features the terrifying myths and legends of Latin American folklore. This is the bloodiest and goriest of the houses. If you had to skip one, this might be it if you are not into that scene. It's located in the middle of the Upper Lot.

Evil Dead Rise

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For this all-new house in 2023, guests are transported into New Line Cinema's newest addition to the iconic "Evil Dead" cinematic horror franchise — "Evil Dead Rise." Experience new bone-chilling haunts based on this terrifying tale. This is a really elaborate house with a lot of detail. It's located in the Upper Lot where The Walking Dead used to be.

Holidayz in Hell

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First featured as a scare zone in 2018, this terrifyingly terrific theme returns to welcome the holidays in a hellish way. Find demented Christmas characters and experience a series of psychotic seasonal celebrations in this house. Look for a creepy Cupid and a lecherous Leprechaun. We don't even want to talk about the terrifying Easter Bunny situation going on in there. There are a lot of smells associated with the holidays to make this a full sensory experience.

This house is located in the Lower Lot after you exit The Exorcist.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Scare Zones

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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. This year, there will be three new scare zones.

El Terror de las Momias

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This Latin-themed scare zone acts as an extension of the Monstruos: The Monsters of Latin America house. Guests must escape from an ancient army of mummies to get away from Muerte and the Goddess of Death.

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Ghostz

There's no escaping this horde of blood-soaked, chainsaw-wielding supernatural spirits as soon as you arrive at the entrance of the park.

Toyz

An evil toymaker is using dark magic to bring his toys to life, including a porcelain doll, teddy bear, nutcracker and ballerina.

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

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In 2023, the Terror Tram is infested with evil pests! Terror Tram: The Exterminatorz will transport guests down to the Universal backlot, where Larry Larva's plan to exterminate humans using his insect army is in full swing. You'll also be able to walk along Jupiter’s Claim set from "Nope" and encounter The Tethered from "Us."

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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. Walk past an infestation at the Bates Motel. Stop at the Psycho House to take a picture with Norman Bates. Then encounter more creatures in the "War of the Worlds" set. But the terror continues.

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The Terror Tram experience from initial boarding to exiting back at the station took about 35 minutes (and we stopped for our Norman Bates photo). We encountered a short wait in the first half of the event.

The Purge: Dangerous Waters 

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This all-new live show brings "The Purge" franchise into unfamiliar territory — uncharted waters. A politician and his entourage escape to a deserted island to avoid The Purge, but freedom is fleeting when a group of Purgers finds them. The fiery EDM show features adrenaline-filled action sequences, stunts, lighting and laser effects, high-fall fire burns and massive explosions.

The show has great special effects and offers a place to sit and rest ... or escape the scares. But if you have to cut something from the night, we feel like this could be it. The seats fill up, so you want to arrive about 20 minutes early to get a seat. We arrived 20 minutes early and the wait and show combined took about 40 minutes from our night. The show does have some graphic violence.

There are four shows a night. You can find show times in the Universal Studios app.

Blumhouse: Behind the Screams

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This original concept breaks the fourth wall and invites guests to explore upcoming and fan-favorite Blumhouse horror films with authentic props, costumes and killer character encounters. (The empty Invisible Man display was pretty funny.)

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You can see the actual animatronics from "Five Nights at Freddy's." If you are a fan of "M3gan," this is a can't-miss experience. Plus you get a chance to sit down in the DreamWorks Theater for a bit.

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Death Eaters in Hogsmeade

As huge Harry Potter fans, we jumped for joy and a little fear at seeing Death Eaters in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 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 loyal to the Dark Lord. Will you join them or try to escape? Better bring your wand to duel. You can pass through the alleyway for thrilling fun or encounter them anywhere in the Wizarding World.

The Death Eaters in Wizarding World emerge at about 7 p.m. This is 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

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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 (closed early) or the Simpsons Ride. The Wizarding World is open in 2023, 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, which includes walking through the "Nope" set.

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Regular shows, Kung Fu Panda and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem are closed. Secret Life of Pets ride and Super Nintendo World will not be open. (Guests with a day/night combo ticket have exclusive access to Super Nintendo World during Halloween Horror Nights.)

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.

Access to Super Nintendo World During Halloween Horror Nights

Super Nintendo World is closed to most ticket types during the event. Only two tickets grant access to Super Nintendo World:

  • Halloween Horror Nights After 2 p.m. Day/Night - Includes admission to Super Nintendo World only from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. but may be subject to virtual line. (Also includes Early Event Access to select houses at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Halloween Horror Nights After 2 p.m. Day/Night Universal Express - Includes admission to Super Nintendo World only from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Also includes Early Event Access to select houses at 5:30 p.m.) This ticket does not include Express access to Mario Kart: Bowser's Challenge.

These tickets do not include daytime access to Super Nintendo World. Access is just offered during Horror Nights.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Food and Merchandise

There are always treats to die for at Halloween Horror Nights. Some devilish delights and concocted drinks have already been announced for 2023!

Here are just some of the offerings for 2023:

  • "Stranger Things” fans can enjoy treats from multiple iconic show locations, including Surfer Boy Pizza, Scoops Ahoy, and a new ’80s-themed Stellar Bar.
  • Hollywood & Dine is transformed into a Chucky-themed BBQ restaurant, featuring brisket and Nashville popcorn chicken sandwiches, pulled pork macaroni and cheese, funnel cakes and themed drinks.
  • The Carl Laemmle Patio features Peacock’s Halloween Horror Bar with themed cocktails from "The Purge" and “Chucky," as well as photo opportunities with the scare actors.
  • In honor of Dia de Los Muertos, Universal Plaza offers a Lil Cocina Taco Stand, a margarita bar and an array of Latin Folklore-themed cocktails.

The park map shows themed dining locations in the Upper and Lower Lots.

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Keep an eye out for the light-up Sugar Skull popcorn bucket, which includes free refills. Keep an eye out for the Chucky popcorn bucket as well. The Halloween Horror Nights menus include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items. You can also conjure some spooky treats at Minions Monster Cafe.

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 (plus tax) for one or $16 each if you buy two. It's refillable throughout 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

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood -Hello Kitty Chucky

You'll find shirts, glow items and other items for sale. There are some fun "Stranger Things" items and the cutest Hello Kitty Chucky merch. We always return with our Halloween Horror Nights lanyard to hold our Express Passes.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Tips

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood - Psycho House with Normal Bates

Follow these tips to have a frighteningly 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, usually, 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.

The park announced a change in its costume guidelines for select dates of Halloween Horror Nights 2023. On Oct. 18-22, 25-29, and 31, guests attending the event may wear costumes as long as they abide by the park’s new guidelines.

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? 

If you need to leave the park, ask about re-entry before you leave. Take your ticket with you and you may need to get a hand stamp! If you want to escape while inside the park, the monsters do not follow you into stores, restrooms or restaurants (some special event dining zones do have scare actors in them though). The Lower Lot has no loose scare actors. Springfield U.S.A. does not have a scare zone in the Upper Lot.

8. Be Aware of Accessible Options

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. Universal recently implemented a new Attraction Accommodation Program for guests with disabilities. Hop over to our post on the new protocol guests with disabilities must undergo before picking up an Attraction Assistance Pass (AAP) at the park. 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 the houses that are through the Wizarding World and in the Lower Lot.

You can get return times from the Upper Lot Houses directly. A podium outside the Wizarding World offers return times for Chucky and Universal Monsters Unmasked. There is another podium to get return times near the Stellar Bar entrance in the Lower Lot.

9. Reconsider Your Daytime Visits With Small Children During This Time

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood -Minion monsters

Even though no scary monsters are out during the day, except for the likes of Beetlejuice, Frankenstein and Monster Minions, there are some scary props you cannot avoid. We get a lot of questions about what the park is like during the day.

Your Screamin' Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood -daytime props

Every day of the season from Sept. 7 through Oct. 31, you'll encounter props from Halloween Horror Nights. They can be scary to some people. So if you are planning a trip of a lifetime and definitely do not want to see Halloween stuff, avoid September and October.

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

Have a question about Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood? Share it in the comments below! Get a hoppin' discount on Universal Studios Hollywood tickets anytime with Undercover Tourist.

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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