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Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - PinterestLeap's Note: We are sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for details about Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights 2021. The site says: "Universal Studios Hollywood looks forward to reopening our theme park as soon as possible and will have lots of updates to share once we do, including our plans for Halloween Horror Nights." As the scary details trickle in, we'll update this post. In the meantime, here's a look at the last event in 2019. 

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 or mazes, scare zones and sometimes a Terror Tram (but not in 2019 — instead, there were two extra mazes near the Studio Tour area). Most Halloween Horror Nights event dates sell out and Universal Studios Hollywood isn't that large, so it does get crowded. Luckily, you've got us as your fearless froggy guides so that you can experience everything (and save some green) on this must-do event! We've been hopping to this event for many years and usually catch the first weekend of Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood so that we can bring you everything you need to know. In 2019, we hopped over to Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood for Fan Preview Night! Sadly in 2020 the event was canceled due to COVID-19.

If you want to attend Hollywood Horror Nights 2021, be sure to buy your tickets early! In 2019, tickets for the event went on sale in June. And yes, we frogs sold discount tickets to the event (ribbit)! Event tickets, especially Universal Express tickets, disappear in a scary-fast way. With exciting mazes and scare zones, you definitely don't want to miss out!

We do not yet have 2021 dates, but we are sitting on the edge of our seats, waiting for news as if we were watching a horror film! In the meantime, here's a look back at 2019 Hollywood Horror Nights.

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

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When to Visit Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

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

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

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

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2019 Dates:

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

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

November 1, 2, 3

*added later

In 2018 and 2019, later dates were added as the season was underway. So if you somehow miss out on tickets for 2021, keep checking back, because Universal could add more dates to the lineup!

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

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Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights Ticket Prices

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

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

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

2019 Tickets and Passes 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Managing the Crowds & Touring Tips at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

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

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

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

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2019 - Crowds

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

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

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - Lanyard with Express

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

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

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

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

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

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

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Mazes and Entertainment

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

Stranger Things 

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

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

Holidaze in Hell 

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - Easter Bunny

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

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

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

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

The Walking Dead

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

The Curse of Pandora's Box

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

Ghostbusters 

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

Killer Klowns from Outer Space 

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

Creepshow 

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

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

This maze definitely had some creepy parts!

Jordan Peele's "Us" 

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

House of 1,000 Corpses 

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

Throwback Thursdays

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

Jabbawockeez

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

Scare Zones at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

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

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

Fallen Angelz

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

Spirits and Demons of the East

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - Geisha

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

Christmas in Hell

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

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - Toxic TunnelToxxxic Tunnel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terror Tram at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

In years past, the tram that takes guests on a daytime Studio Tour of the Backlot turned into a Terror Tram at night, transporting guests to scenes of unspeakable horror as they wandered the Backlot past the Bates Motel, Psycho House and airplane crash site from "War of the Worlds." There was no Terror Tram in 2019 and we do not know if it will return in 2021. Instead, there were two more mazes in 2019.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood - Psycho House - Terror Tram

Check back next summer to see if the Terror Tram returns from the dead for Universal Horror Nights 2021. Perhaps it's been slashed like so many who have wandered those haunted paths before. The regular Studio Tour is not operating during Hollywood Horror Nights hours.

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Rides Open During Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021

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

Treats to Die for at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2021

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - Popcorn

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

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

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

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

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

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

Follow the Rules or Beware

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be sure to hop back throughout the 2021 season for updates and more photos!

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Apr 12, 2018 at 10:42 a.m. Nadja Says...

Hi,

we are planning to visit the Universal Studios and HHN. We want to buy a "regular" ticket for the Studios and a "regular" ticket for HHN. (Because we want to enter the Studios already at 10 AM)

As you told, it is possible to stay in the park with a wristband (for entering HHN), if you bought a Day/Night Combo ticket. Is it also possible with our two "regular" tickets?

Thank you in advance for any help.

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Apr 19, 2018 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nadja!

Great question. Tickets don't typically go on sale until the summer months, and tons of different combinations are offered, so this is a tough question to answer just yet! In past years, we believe there has been a way to stay in the parks between a "regular" day and HHN without having to exit. There may be a kiosk to grab your wristband at starting in the afternoon - if not, try visiting guest relations to get set up. But again, keep an eye out on the different ticket options once they are released to accommodate your needs!

Hoppy planning!

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Apr 5, 2018 at 12:23 p.m. Holger Says...

Hi

I've visit HHN the last 6 Years. We are big fans from Germany. Is it possible to get Tickets for the red carpet?

Regards

Holger

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Apr 6, 2018 at 11:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holger!

We recommend reaching out directly to Universal Orlando Resort with this question at (407) 363-8000.

Hoppy planning!

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Apr 3, 2018 at 2:06 a.m. Aldenir Says...

Hi there! I'm planning to go to Halloween Horror nights alone! Is it possible? How will I enter the houses? Can I go into the houses alone?

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Apr 2, 2018 at 10:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You will be combined with other people to enter the house as a group.

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Aug 16, 2018 at 5:30 a.m. Sally Says...

I had the same question about going alone. I'm mainly interested in the Stranger Things house and was thinking about doing early entry and hitting that maze first, then if it's too intense I can escape before dark! Do you think it would be manageable and fun to go alone, or uncomfortable? I don't scare too easily, but I also don't relish the thought of stumbling around dark foggy areas by myself and getting relentlessly chased by the actors!

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Aug 21, 2018 at 11:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sally!

OMG, great question! Don't worry ... Halloween Horror Nights is just as enjoyable alone. We don't think the scare actors "go after" you more so just because you're alone, and it allows you to fly solo and hit all of the houses YOU want to experience. We toadally recommend it.

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Mar 26, 2018 at 2:09 a.m. KJ Says...

We have a platinum season pass and it includes a onetime admission to HHN, can we upgrade to a front of the line pass?

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Mar 29, 2018 at 10:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi KJ,

Yes, you can purchase a Universal Express Pass for HHN beforehand or at the park.

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Oct 31, 2017 at 7:07 a.m. Timmy L Says...

Is the Terror Tram only one-way from upper lot to backlot?

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Oct 31, 2017 at 2 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Timmy,

Yes. After you get off and walk through the scenes, you get back on at a different location and it returns you to the station.

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Oct 31, 2017 at 4:50 a.m. Gustavo Sosa Says...

Im very confused... The calendar says the park hours are 9am to 6pm...does this mean that I will get kicked out at 6pm? and all rides close at 6pm? Or do they just stop letting people in at 6pm? Im from Denver and have never been.

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Oct 31, 2017 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gustavo,

Halloween Horror Nights is a separate-ticket event. Universal Studios will close at 6 p.m. for day guests. Guests with HHN tickets may enter the park as early as 5:15 p.m.

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Oct 29, 2017 at 8:22 p.m. Teresa Says...

Are horror night tickets refundable ?

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Oct 29, 2017 at 8:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Teresa,

Sorry, but Halloween Horror Nights tickets are non-refundable.

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Oct 29, 2017 at 9 a.m. Guadalupe Says...

I bought my ticket for Halloween horror nights tomorrow Oct 29, 2017 but I won't be able to attend due to a family emergency , is there anything I can do or call ?

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Oct 29, 2017 at 8:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Guadalupe,

We're sorry for not getting back to you sooner. For future reference, please call 1-800-846-1302 for Customer Service help seven days a week!

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Oct 27, 2017 at 11:53 p.m. Melody Says...

We're planning on going to horror nights on 11/4.how are the lines usually after Halloween?

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Oct 29, 2017 at 9:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melody,

It can still be busy. We recommend arriving by 5 p.m. to take advantage of the early entry.

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Oct 26, 2017 at 7:47 a.m. Alek Says...

Hi there, I purchased 4 front of the line tickets, for the 26th, unfortunately I cannot attend. Two of them are under my name and the other two my girlfriend. Can I just give her all the tickets and she can take her friends? Even though my name is printed on them?

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Oct 26, 2017 at 8:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alek,

Please call Undercover Tourist Customer Service at 1-800-846-1302 for help with your tickets.

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Oct 25, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. Gillian Klein Says...

Hi,

For early entry, can you enter any time after 5pm or do you need to enter the park by 5pm?

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Oct 26, 2017 at 8:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gillian,

Early Entry is 5:15 p.m. until around 6:30 p.m. They stop entry for the Opening Scaremony.

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Oct 25, 2017 at 5:22 p.m. Xiomara Rivas Says...

Hey! I'm going tonight with a group of friends, and my boyfriend and I have a hydration backpack, but I'm not sure if we're allowed to take it in? It'd just have water but I'd hate if we took it and then had to pay for a locker outside or have to walk back to the car to leave it there. Thanks!

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Oct 25, 2017 at 1:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Xiomara,

Yes, you may bring your hydration backpack. Note that it must be completely empty when you go through security. You may refill it once you're through the gates.

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Oct 24, 2017 at 1:18 a.m. Julius Says...

Are there any restrictions on bringing a camera? I'm aware that there's no flash photography , but I'd like to take some regular pictures

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Oct 24, 2017 at 4:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julius,

Regular cameras are fine. We bring ours to film the mazes!

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Oct 22, 2017 at 12:28 p.m. Alecia Says...

We are attending on the 26th, and have fol day night combo tickets.

With fol do we need to head over to the lower lot at 1700 to start early or should we be fine with the 1900 start to do all the mazes and rides between 1900-0200?

Thanks

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Oct 23, 2017 at 10:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alecia,

It's always a good idea to use the HHN early entry time. Even with FOL, you'll be able to see favorites twice!

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Oct 21, 2017 at 3:38 a.m. Paulina Says...

Hi there , I need help ASAP please . My boyfriend and I purchase a all day pass ticket onli we just saw that we can’t stay for Horror night . Is there a way we can upgrade are ticket?! I didn’t see that we had to buy the horror night ticket to stay at night . I just assume all day mean “ all day “ . We really wanted to go to this event is there a way we can upgrade?. Thank you

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Oct 23, 2017 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paulina,

You would need to upgrade the ticket at the park. Check with one of the ticket booths before you enter.

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Oct 19, 2017 at 7:51 p.m. Cami Says...

Hello! My boyfriend and I have been planning on going to HHN for weeks and we have also been carefully putting together our Marty Mcfly and Jennifer Parker costumes...just recently read that costumes are not aloud. We are so bummed, do you think we could pass for just regular clothes, should we leave some pieces in a bag and put them on later? We were so excited, what do you think?

Cami

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Oct 20, 2017 at 3:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cami,

No costumes of any kind are allowed at HHN. We suggest saving them for another Halloween party. We bet they're amazing!

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Oct 19, 2017 at 6:19 p.m. Tiffany Says...

Are the actors allowed to touch you or throw water? My boyfriends friend told him that and now he doesn't want to go.

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Oct 19, 2017 at 2:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany,

The scareactors are not allowed to touch you or throw water.

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Oct 19, 2017 at 12:07 a.m. Rina Says...

Hi,

My 8 yr old son and I plan to spend one day at Universal (10/28) and will get there as soon as the park opens. We won't attend any of the HH stuff. Should we still get a FOL? or will regular admission be sufficient. We need to leave the park around 7:30pm.

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Oct 19, 2017 at 8:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rina,

Looking at our Los Angeles Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds that day. If you can afford the added expense, we recommend FOL.

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Oct 17, 2017 at 2:54 a.m. The BatFan Says...

I'm trying to figure out the cost of parking for a HHN. On USH's website, it says: "*On Halloween Horror Nights event nights, the After 6pm parking rates do not apply." Do they mean parking will be free after 6pm, or parking will be full price ($25) instead of the discounted after 6pm ($10) like usual? Thank you.

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Oct 17, 2017 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Parking will be full price ($25) for HHN.

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Oct 14, 2017 at 3:06 p.m. Juan Says...

Hi, we are from Argentina. We want to buy a Day/Night Combo for Thu Nov2. If we take general admission, Do you think we can visit Studio Tour, Jurassic Park and Springfield before 5 pm (time to go to HHN area)? Can we stay at Park until 6pm and then go for HHN? Do you expect a big crowd at that hour? Thank for your help!

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Oct 16, 2017 at 9:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Juan,

Yes, you should be able to see those attractions if you're at the park by 2 p.m. You can visit the rest of the park until 6 p.m., but you should consider using the HHN Early Entry at 5:15 p.m. since it can be crowded at 6 p.m.

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Oct 13, 2017 at 10:10 p.m. John smith Says...

Curious if there are metal detectors at the entrance? I have metal in my hip and it always seems to cause a big deal

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Oct 14, 2017 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

Yes, there are metal detectors.

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Oct 9, 2017 at 12:17 p.m. Cristie Says...

Hi,

We are planning our visit to Universal Studios, Hollywood during October and was going to purchase FOL ticket. There is a little note - admission to Halloween Horror Nights. I was reading that it is during certain days. What does this acces include?

I read also about the combo ticket, but it seems in our case, it will leave us too little time to enjoy the park. We would also like to enjoy the park during morning, however to be part of some thrill could be cool.

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Oct 9, 2017 at 8:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Halloween Horror Nights is a separate-ticket event. It begins around 5 p.m. and runs until after midnight. The post will give you all the information about the event.

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Oct 8, 2017 at 6:27 p.m. Jessie Says...

Hello,

I ended up breaking my foot and am bound to a wheelchair. Are the maze lines wheelchair accessible or is there a place we can go to have some kind of pass to accommodate the chair?

Thanks,

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Oct 9, 2017 at 9:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessie,

Yes, the mazes are wheelchair accessible.

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Oct 7, 2017 at 5:20 p.m. Cathy Says...

Can anyone tell me if the RIP tour is really worth it? Also, what food is the Gourmet Buffet that is included with the RIP Tour? Thank you.

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Oct 7, 2017 at 12:16 a.m. Scaredy mom Says...

First, we are pass holders. Can we enter into the park with our passes and then stay with our HHR tickets?

Second, my daughter just got stitches on the bottom of her foot and is in crutches. Should she try to maneuver on crutches or get a wheelchair?

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Oct 9, 2017 at 4:22 a.m. Mck Says...

I would get a wheelchair there are so many people that crutches are going to be just a bother for her after an hour of being there...plus people are rude and could knock her over

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Oct 6, 2017 at 10:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

If your annual pass is not blocked out, then you may enter the park the day of your HHN tickets. The mazes are twisty and dark. It may be a good idea to go with the wheelchair.

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Oct 4, 2017 at 5:46 a.m. JB Says...

If I get the After 2PM Day/Night Combo ticket can I leave before Horror nights starts and then reenter for that event? Or do I have to stay in the park from 2pm through horror nights until Im ready to leave for good? Thanks!

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Oct 4, 2017 at 8:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi JB,

According to Universal, if you leave by 5 p.m., you'll be able to re-enter for Halloween Horror Nights. Be sure to double check that information once you arrive.

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Oct 4, 2017 at 4:19 a.m. Bianca Says...

Can we bring backpacks in?

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Oct 4, 2017 at 8:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bianca,

Yes, you may bring a backpack.

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Oct 2, 2017 at 7:31 p.m. Brittany Says...

Hi

We are going this weekend and we cannot seem to find the cost of parking anywhere. Do you know what it is?

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Oct 2, 2017 at 9:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany,

General Parking at Universal Studios Hollywood is $25.

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Oct 2, 2017 at 12:38 a.m. Jordan Hicks Says...

We are planning on going Thursday Oct. 26. FOL isn't an option for us at the moment but we don't mind waiting in line too much. We're planning on getting the combo pass and starting our day at 2 PM there. How does this work with early entry? Can we just start making our way to the backlot at 5? or do we have to exit the park then come back in? Any info on this would be great! Thanks!

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Oct 2, 2017 at 8:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jordan,

With the combo pass, just be sure to get your Horror Nights wristband when you enter the park at 2 p.m. so you can stay in the park once it closes. Then make your way down to the lower lot by 5 p.m. to be among the first to enter the mazes. You do not have to exit the park.

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Oct 7, 2017 at 8:06 p.m. Kate Says...

Hi there

A group have purchased universal tickets with airmiles for general admission. We plan to go Thur Oct 19 but we do not intend to attend HHN. What time will be need to leave the park....5 or the usual park time of 6? Will the crowds be less because of that evening event?

Thanks

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Oct 9, 2017 at 9:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate,

The park will close at 6 p.m. The crowds are less in the morning, but people with a combo ticket start arriving around 2 p.m.

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Oct 1, 2017 at 11:26 p.m. LyMarie Says...

Has anyone ever done the day/night combo?? My friend and I want to do the day/night combo on an upcoming thursday, but I was wondering if we have to exit the park and re-enter at 5 for early entry? Or can we stay in the park since we have the combo ticket? Thank you!

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Sep 28, 2017 at 3:52 p.m. Jazmin Says...

We bought a ticket for someone but now they can’t go

Can someone else use that extra ticket??

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Sep 28, 2017 at 5:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jasmin,

Yes, they may use the ticket.

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Sep 26, 2017 at 5:55 p.m. Jeannette Says...

Hi there!

Was thinking about going this Thursday (or a Thursday) with a general admission ticket. It’s me and my daughter. She loves Halloween thrills and scares. Haven’t been to HHN since 2008 and that was orlando. How are the lines on a Thursday night compared to the weekends? I don’t want to spend all the $ (can’t afford FOL this year) and end up being a waste due to waiting in lines. Also will we be allowed in to the event at the 5:15 time or is that only VIP? Please let me know ASAP. Thanks!

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Sep 26, 2017 at 2:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeanette,

Generally, Thursday nights are less crowded than Friday or Saturday. Anyone with an HHN ticket may enter the park at 5:15. Definitely get there before 5:00. You will be able to see more mazes with the early entry time.

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Sep 25, 2017 at 5:39 p.m. Elyse Richardson Says...

Hi, I went last year (front of the line pass) and the lines were still long. Do you know if they have improved this? Maybe limited the number of tickets sold or with front of the line should we still expect a 30 min or more wait for a maze?

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Sep 25, 2017 at 2:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elyse,

It depends on the day you visit and at what time that you visit a maze. We hopped around on opening night for Early Entry and did not have to wait long. It will get really busy past 8:00. Consider visiting on a Thursday or Sunday.

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Sep 26, 2017 at 5:17 p.m. Maryam Says...

Hi! Please help as I am so confused. Me and my sister are visiting from England and Universal studios is on our list. We have just realised that the HHN is going to be on whilst are there. Is it worth buying the day/night package where we can get access from 2pm? Will we still be able to see most of the studio tour if we arrive at 2pm as we want to go to the halloween mazes around 5.30-6 as recommended in the other comments. What is the best way to do it? Is it worth getting FOL passes too?

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Sep 26, 2017 at 2:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maryam,

Even with FOL, it's doubtful you'll be able to see everything at Universal by arriving at 2 p.m. If you go in with priorities — Studio Tram first — and know you won't see everything, then the 2 p.m. entry time may work for your brief visit.

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Sep 24, 2017 at 2:53 a.m. Looby Says...

Hi There, I purchase the general admission ticket for HHN on Oct.30. Do you know if i can upgrade to Front of line in the park?

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Sep 24, 2017 at 9:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Looby,

If FOL is still available (it can sell out), then you may purchase it at the park.

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Sep 26, 2017 at 4:10 a.m. Looby Says...

Thanks! I just changed my ticket to Day/ Night Combo FOL. However, we need to leave at 5pm and come in around 9pm. I saw no entry allowed after 7pm. Not sure how this gonna work. Do you know for the day/night combo we will have different FOL pass? one for day and one for night?

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Sep 28, 2017 at 5:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Looby,

We checked with Universal on this. As long as you exit before 5 p.m., you will be allowed to re-enter at 9 p.m. You will have one FOP lanyard for the entire day.

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Sep 21, 2017 at 7:29 a.m. Brian Wong Says...

If I arrive for early entry at 5:15 will I be allowed to go into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter?

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Sep 21, 2017 at 8:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian,

That's a good question. We went right to the mazes on our Early Entry time. Perhaps one of our readers can answer for us!

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Sep 29, 2017 at 12:13 a.m. David Says...

Would love to know the answer to this as well! If we arrive at 5:15 and Harry Potter doesn't close until 6:30 I would think we could enter. Fingers crossed. Have any other readers been this year and done this?

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Oct 15, 2017 at 8:21 p.m. Megan Says...

Last year, when we went for early entry, The Wizarding World was definitely still open and accessible. We wanted to get a jump on the lower lot, so we didn't go in, but there was nothing to keep people from it that we could see.

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Sep 20, 2017 at 10:50 p.m. Coty Says...

My bf and I are staying in Anaheim and taking a trip to Universal for a day and are considering doing HHN. We are taking Amtrak up to the park, but then we will have to leave shortly after 9 to make it to the last train ride back to Anaheim. We'll be in the park all day and since the mazes open around 5, will that give us enough time to experience most of the encounters, mazes, etc.? I'm also debating whether or not to get front of the line passes for this event since I already bought FoL passes for the day. Would you recommend it for HHN as well or do you think we'll have enough time if we start the event early going till 9-9:30? I just need an opinion if the extra money for HHN and then FoL passes would be worth it? In addition, if you know of better transportation options so we don't have to be rushed to take Amtrak back to our hotel in Anaheim that runs around the same price, that would be helpful. Thank you for your assistance!

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Sep 21, 2017 at 8:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Coty,

Have you considered staying at a hotel near Universal for that night? 5 to 9 p.m. isn't a lot of time to see the event. Front of Line for HHN is definitely necessary if that's your only option. The cost of staying overnight could be equal to the passes. As for regular FOL, it depends on when you're arriving, as well as the crowds. If you won't arrive until 10 a.m., then yes. Check out our Crowd Calendar. You definitely need FOL on a red day.

We're not aware of cheaper transportation options from LA to Anaheim other than the Amtrak.

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Sep 16, 2017 at 10:49 p.m. Mo Says...

Hi Frog family,

Are there photographers in the parks during the Halloween Horror nights to take pictures? I will be going to parks during the day anyway and was thinking about buying the 'my universal photos' package but I wanted to know if it could be used at the Horror Nights?

Many thanks

Mo

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Sep 19, 2017 at 1:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mo,

There are photographers, but they usually only hang out at the entrance.

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Sep 16, 2017 at 5:11 p.m. Sandra Quezada Says...

I was planing to go to universal studios Hollywood on September 17 which is a Sunday, on the top where it gives you the dates to horror night it never says anything about Sunday, so will they still scare you, will all the rides be open, it's just my kids are kinda scared so I don't want to take them to gets scared and cry.

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Sep 17, 2017 at 5:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra,

Halloween Horror Nights is a separate-ticket event. None of the scary stuff is out during normal park hours.

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Jul 17, 2018 at 8:46 p.m. Starsha Says...

Good to know! Thanks

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Sep 28, 2017 at 2:14 a.m. Sandra Says...

Are all the rides open on a non horror nights day, is the studio tour running while all this is happening?.

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Sep 28, 2017 at 8:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra,

All of the rides, and the studio tour, run during non-HHN days.

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Sep 16, 2017 at 4 p.m. Nicole Says...

You mentioned to "stay hydrated". Can I bring in bottled water in my backpack?

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Sep 17, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

They are very strict about items being carried into HHN. You may try, but it's possible that it will not be allowed in.

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Sep 15, 2017 at 2:30 a.m. Alecia Says...

Quick question! We are planning on going oct 26th and have bought FOL day/night combo. Will we have enough time with FOL tickets to do all the mazes and terror tram?

Also Witt FOL tickets do you often get out with other people through the mazes or can you go with just the number in your party? ( I hate going through haunted houses with random people I don't know haha)

Thanks!

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Sep 21, 2017 at 5:21 a.m. Rickey B. Bailey Jr. Says...

Hey I'm planning on going on the 26th too.how much did you pay for the FOL day and night combo after tax?

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Sep 15, 2017 at 9:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alecia,

With FOL for both events, you should be able to see everything. As for entering the mazes with FOL, you'll enter with other parties.

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Sep 13, 2017 at 3:20 a.m. Charlie Says...

Hello! My group is planning on visiting on a Saturday of Halloween Horror Night, but we are probably only going to stay during the morning and afternoon. Would you recommend a Front of Line pass? I am wondering if there is gonna be a big crowd before noon.

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Sep 13, 2017 at 2:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charlie,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average and busy crowds during the HHN Saturdays. If you go on an average day, you should be fine without front of line.

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Sep 12, 2017 at 8:42 p.m. Genevie Says...

Hi, I will be attending HHN on the opening night. Is there anything special they put on..like a red carpet premier type thing?

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Sep 13, 2017 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Genevie,

We have not heard of anything special happening for opening night. Every HHN kicks off with an Opening Scaremony that's worth seeing!

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Sep 12, 2017 at 5:59 p.m. edith Says...

hi so i am planning to attend horror nights this year, a member in our party is not able to walk to long nor stand to long. So we are renting a wheelchair. Do they have a wheelchair pass for the mazes, such as a return time or?... What is the best thing to do without having to spend so much?

Thank you for your help

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Sep 12, 2017 at 3:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Edith,

The majority of mazes are wheelchair accessible, and you are not necessarily provided a return time at each one. The party member may qualify for a GAP pass, but that is at Universal's discretion. FOL sells out quickly, so that may not be an option on your day.

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Sep 12, 2017 at 5:37 p.m. Courtney Says...

Hi! My husband and I are thinking of getting the RIP Tour next month for our anniversary. You may have already answered this, but have you done this tour yet in Hollywood? Is it worth the extra money to do the RIP Tour over the Front of the Line pass? Thanks!

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Sep 12, 2017 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney,

We haven't done RIP because this is the first year they are offering it! The main differences are that you get food and drinks included (the only alcohol allowed at the event), you get unlimited FOL access to mazes and rides (instead of one-time access), and you get free valet parking. If you can afford the extra expense, it will be an unforgettable anniversary gift!

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Sep 12, 2017 at 2:26 a.m. Gisselle Says...

Do people have to leave at 2 in the morning or can anyone leave whenever they want before that time?

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Sep 12, 2017 at 11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gisselle,

You may leave at any time during the event.

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Sep 9, 2017 at 4:31 p.m. Kevin Says...

Hi,

thank you so much for the helpful info!!

My friends and I are planning on going to Universal Studio on either Saturday, Oct. 7th or Sunday, Oct 8th, and we are only planning on staying for the day. I am curious about how packed the park will be during the day and is it recommended to get the FOL tickets since it's not a weekday?

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Sep 10, 2017 at 8:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds those days. We recommend FOL if you plan on visiting.

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Sep 5, 2017 at 1:14 a.m. PuckCowboy Says...

Thanks so much for all the great info.

Out of curiosity, my girlfriend and I are going to go for the full day (with early admission) to Universal and then get separate tickets for HHN. How does the early 5pm admission work if we have full day passes as well? Do thy kick you out of the park? Or do you just wait somewhere for the mazes to open.

If we really only want to do a couple of the mazes, The Walking Dead attraction, and the Tram Tour, do you think Front of the line passes are necessary if we are still in the park at 5pm?

Thanks in advance!

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Sep 5, 2017 at 10:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

If you're in the park all day, you can see the Walking Dead attraction during regular park hours.

As we understand it, there will be a holding area for day guests to wait for the 5 p.m. early entry.

If you are in early and hit the mazes you want to see first, you should be fine without front of line passes.

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Sep 5, 2017 at 4:56 p.m. PuckCowboy Says...

Thank you so much for the quick response and info! Sounds like we should be ok. Although we are planning on going on October, Friday the 13th so I'm guessing the park is going to be more crowded than normal in the evening for HHN.

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Sep 1, 2017 at 12:14 p.m. Jennie Says...

I am going to be visiting the first Saturday of opening with the general admission ticket- would you recommend arriving at 5pm to start queuing?

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Sep 1, 2017 at 8:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennie,

Yes, absolutely. Arriving early will give you more time see the big houses with shorter lines.

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Aug 25, 2017 at 5:10 p.m. Maia Says...

Hi! My bf and I will be visiting on October 14th-16th. We will be going on a Sunday for the Horror Nights because it was cheaper but we were also considering getting the Express Pass. Since its a Sunday, do you think we will need the express pass?

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Aug 27, 2017 at 11:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maia,

If you can afford it, it's always a good idea to get the Express Pass. No matter what day, the pass will let you experience your favorites faster, leaving you more time to do things!

Keep hopping!

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Aug 23, 2017 at 7:41 a.m. Nathalie Says...

Hello from Germany. I just wanted know your advice. I am a huge halloween fan, we were last year in the universal studios to the fear nights it was good. Ok it wasnt possible to See everything but ok. Next year we wanna come back to CA an we wanna go to a horror night again. What do you find better? Knotts scary farm or universal? Thinking about to go next year to knotts saw videos from it on youtube. Is it there also so full? Are the actors good? Cause in universal it was just possible to see 3 mazes and the purge scare zone was in my opinion not good. I love the little details in mazes. Thank for your help

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Aug 23, 2017 at 3:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

Hello from the frog pond! Halloween Horror Nights is much more popular than Knott's Scary Farm. At the same time, Knott's is world-class when it comes to scares. It may not have the big name mazes, but it still makes us leap with fright.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 24, 2017 at 1:42 p.m. Natthalie Says...

Thanks for your answer. I didnt need big name for mazes. We have here also a theme park who did great horror nights also without big names. But thanks so its going 2018 to be knotts scary farm, even i saw that Elvira has a show there❤ i liked universal but it was to crowded for me, even when you go with a jet leg and i must see other events in your great country.

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