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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.

Related: Best Times to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood

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Sep 30, 2018 at 1:29 a.m. Julie Says...

I want to plan to go with the combo day/night ticket but entry isn't until 2pm. can we get thru the whole theme park by 7pm when HHN begins?

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Oct 1, 2018 at 11:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

You likely will not be able to accomplish everything, so we would recommend making a list of your top priorities!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 28, 2018 at 3:50 p.m. Ms Peacock with the Candlestick Says...

So even 2pm early entry hhn tickets will be banned from Harry Potter? Did I read that right? If so, is that the only restriction for those tickets?

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Oct 4, 2018 at 5 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

The 2 p.m. ticket is a day and night combo ticket, so Wizarding World is included. The people who enter early at 5 p.m. with HHN tickets cannot access the Wizarding World because they do not have a daytime ticket. Your wristband allows you access to the Lower Lot.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 28, 2018 at 1:10 a.m. Danielle Says...

Thanks for this awesome post! I called Universal to confirm the early entry however they stated this year its only 30 minutes prior to opening. Is this true?

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Oct 4, 2018 at 4:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle!

Early entry started at 5 p.m. when we visited, 2 hours ahead of opening time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2018 at 4:41 p.m. Adam B Says...

Hi Mommy Frog,

We wanted to buy the 2 park 2 day pass (Universal + Islands of Adventure) but just realised horror night isn't included.

The day + Night ticket might work, but is there a ticket that does Day at Islands of Adventure and day + night Universal.

Seems like there is other option available, but difficult to find.

Any Ideas on best way to do this?

Thanks!

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Oct 4, 2018 at 5:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adam!

Looks like you're inquiring about Universal Orlando Resort. We would recommend checking out our discounted park tickets, and then hopping over to the Halloween Horror Nights site for those tickets :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 26, 2018 at 9:33 p.m. Geraldine Mejia Says...

I bought a ticket for this Friday but I get out of work @ 7. Is there a specific time they close the gates?

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Sep 27, 2018 at 1:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Nope, you can arrive anytime! However, there is no re-entry.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 26, 2018 at 8:16 a.m. Adriana q Says...

Hi!

My boyfriend and I are going to go to universal studios next Friday, I bought universal express unlimited passes ( not for hhn) are we allowed to enter to the mazes that open early? Just curious ???? thanks!

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Sep 27, 2018 at 6:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adriana!

You are not permitted to enter any of the houses without valid Halloween Horror Nights admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2018 at 1:12 a.m. Adriana q Says...

Hi!

My boyfriend and I are going to go to universal studios next Friday, I bought universal express unlimited passes ( not for hhn) are we allowed to enter to the mazes that open early? until what time can we stay in the park?

Just curious ???? thanks!

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Sep 25, 2018 at 11:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adriana!

The park closes for regular park guests at 5 p.m. and you will not be permitted to enter any houses. The good news is that you can hop on over to Islands of Adventure if you have a park hopper ticket, or enjoy CityWalk :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 25, 2018 at 12:20 a.m. Jonthan Says...

Can gopros be brought in.

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Sep 25, 2018 at 11:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

GoPros can be brought into the event, but not into the houses.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2018 at 5:58 a.m. Giselle Says...

Do I need to take an ID if I purchase tickets online to pick up at the entrance even though somebody else purchased the ticket for me .

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Sep 25, 2018 at 10:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Giselle!

The credit card used to purchase the tickets is usually asked for to verify the purchase.

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Sep 22, 2018 at 9:01 p.m. James Says...

We have 4pm early entry will the mazes be open at that time.

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Sep 27, 2018 at 6:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi James!

The mazes will not open until Halloween Horror Nights starts at 7 p.m., and sometimes you may be let in early (if you have a HHN ticket!) once the park closes for regular guests at 6 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 21, 2018 at 7:42 p.m. Gina Says...

I will go to the event tomorrow, is it really scare? Im 38 jaja my son wants to go he is 15, but im a little scare, the moster touch the people? Or just is to see, i went to the walking dead and it was ok, if all is that way ill be ok but. im kind of nervous jeje

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Sep 21, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gina!

Oh, boy! The monsters will not touch you (they're not allowed, we promise!) and it is a really fun event. Don't be nervous!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2018 at 8:22 p.m. Lisa Says...

Thanks for the great article. It will really help me plan my evening at HHN. I was wondering if the Terror Tram does a round trip or if it drops you off at a different location?

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Sep 20, 2018 at 8:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

It is round trip from start to finish, but for the walking portion, it drops you off in one spot and you walk to the next pickup spot. Then that tram takes you back to the loading area. We hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2018 at 10:58 p.m. Quinn Heinrich Says...

Does anyone know what the light up ears/headbands look like this year? Last year they were cat ears and the year before that, devil horns.

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Sep 20, 2018 at 7:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Quinn!

Great question. We saw both being sold this year :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2018 at 5:52 a.m. Staicia Says...

Are we allowed to bring bottled water into the event? If not, is an empty collapsable water bottle allowed?

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Sep 17, 2018 at 3:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Any disposable beverages (a bottle of Coke, a bottle of water, etc.) must be sealed upon arrival. Empty, reusable water bottles are allowed in. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2018 at 11:22 p.m. Daniel Says...

I see alcohol is only served at the duffs brewery garden. What time do they close??

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Sep 20, 2018 at 4:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniel!

We actually saw alcohol being served elsewhere this year, too! Yay! Many food and beverage locations close ahead of the rest of the park - we would ask a team member upon arrival.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2018 at 6:03 a.m. Karen Says...

Hi! If we come for early entry to HHN at 5:15, are we able to go on any of the attractions that close at 6:00, or are we limited to the mazes? Thanks!

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Sep 20, 2018 at 4:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

You are limited to the 5 open mazes in Lower Lot and Backlot. Your wrist band that lets you stay in the park is what keep you out of other rides and areas. Although you should probably be able to access the HHN rides like Mummy and Transformers as well.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2018 at midnight Eliza Says...

Does it matter what time I get there ? Will they close the entrance if I arrive at 10pm ?

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Sep 20, 2018 at 4:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eliza!

It does not matter when you initially arrive … but once you exit, you cannot get back in.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 12, 2018 at 5:57 a.m. Essence Says...

How Do You Think Universal HHN Will Be On The First Night I Get Out Of Work At 8 And I Bought Tickets For The Opening Night ?

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Sep 12, 2018 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Essence!

Opening night usually brings in pretty heavy crowds. We recommend getting there as soon as you can to experience the fun and make the most of your ticket!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 10, 2018 at 6:34 a.m. Allison short Says...

Hey, my daughter has a hard time waiting in lines. She has a disability which makes it so she hits people in line if we wait to long. Would we be able to get a special pass? Like they do at Disneyland.

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Sep 11, 2018 at 6:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Allison!

We recommend visiting guest services upon arrival to see if any accommodations can be made.

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Sep 7, 2018 at 5:04 a.m. Corina Says...

I am going this year on sept 14 with my 2 best friends, who are 17-18 but my younger sister (13) wants to tag along.... Would she be allowed in even though im not over the age of 18 ?

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Sep 7, 2018 at 12:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Corina!

Hmmm, you are in a unique situation. We don't think this should be a problem, but recommend contacting Universal Hollywood customer service with your question to be certain.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 5, 2018 at 3:35 a.m. Meghan Says...

Is there any kind of discount offered to guests who have purchased normal tickets and want to also stay for hhn? I purchased express passes for my husband and I and was disappointed to learn that it’s all separate. I was unclear on that at time of purchase, only now finding out after reading this blog that separate tickets are required. Also, with us being there during hhn season will our day in the park be cut short or limited in any way because of it?

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Sep 12, 2018 at 1:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meghan!

The park does close slightly earlier than normal on Halloween Horror Nights. Unfortunately, both event and Express tickets are separate. We definitely recommend checking out this spooky, fun event though!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 4, 2018 at 7:29 p.m. Vanessa Says...

Any suggestions on a strategy for riding all day rides that aren't available during HHN if purchasing the "After 2 pm Universal Express" ticket?

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Sep 5, 2018 at 9:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vanessa!

Try tackling anything you can with short waits during the day, and save any "big" rides with long waits for when your Express pass is valid. Put the rides open during HHN at the end of your priority list.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 31, 2018 at 6:25 p.m. Lee Burgess Dawson Says...

I've never been but I bet it's so much fun

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Aug 31, 2018 at 2:50 a.m. Anthony Says...

can cameras be brought in ?

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Aug 31, 2018 at 3:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anthony!

Cameras can be brought into the park, but cannot be used inside the houses.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2018 at 4:12 p.m. Laura Says...

If Im staying at the Univeral resort, are my daily express passes valid?

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Aug 28, 2018 at 4:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

Unfortunately not - your daily express pass will only be valid during normal park hours.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 20, 2018 at 10:09 a.m. Jackson Says...

Hi there, slightly confused as I've kept up-to-date with the maze announcements this year and have not heard of the Titans of Terror becoming a maze in 2018, however, I'm aware it was theme of the Terror Tram last year. Maybe I'm reading it wrong... Help? Thanks!

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Aug 25, 2018 at 3:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackson!

We've updated the post ;)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2018 at 12:44 p.m. Jason Says...

Is there a military discount on tickets?

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Aug 21, 2018 at 11:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason!

Unfortunately Universal does not offer military discounts.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Hi Jason!

Unfortunately not.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2018 at 12:32 p.m. Jason Says...

Hi. We're going Friday October 12 and are getting express tickets in "fear" of long lines. We are arriving at 5pm for early entry. Is there an online map or any route you'd suggest once we enter the park for HHN? Thanks!

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

Hi Jason!

The map hasn't been revealed yet for HHN Hollywood, but we'll update this post as soon as we have it! It will definitely help you come up with a solid game plan.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 12, 2018 at 6:39 p.m. kellie Says...

This is very helpful information, thanks for the tips! I have a question about the Tram Tour During Horror Nights - do you stay on the tram the whole time or is it also walking? Thanks again!

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Aug 14, 2018 at 11:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kellie,

Yes, in the past, you ride the tram for a bit and then you do some walking!

Keep hopping!

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Aug 12, 2018 at 3:46 a.m. Paulina garciq Says...

Hello never been to universal just one question is there like a way for the cast to not scare one of ur family members like them wearing a light so that the cast knows they arent allowed to scare u? Thanks i need to know if not then i guess ill never be able to go to universal

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Aug 15, 2018 at 4:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paulina!

We recommend visiting during the day when you can enjoy the Halloween decor without the scare actors spooking you.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 10, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. callie Says...

i want to buy just the day/night combo ticket, and it says from 2 pm. does this mean i can't enter the park for daytime attractions until 2 pm? if i wanted to go earlier than 2 pm, would i have to buy the tickets separate?

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Aug 14, 2018 at 11:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Callie,

Yes, the After 2 p.m. Day/Night ticket allows you to enter the park after 2 p.m. and access the attractions then. If you wanted to go earlier, you would need to purchase a regular theme park ticket and then a Halloween Horror Nights ticket separately!

Keep hopping!

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Sep 25, 2018 at 12:43 p.m. Allyn P. Says...

If we have a Universal Park-to-Park ticket, and a separate and the HHN express pass, are we able to stay in the park all day?

Thank you!

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Sep 25, 2018 at 10:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Allyn!

It sounds like you might be asking about Universal Orlando Resort. We hope this guide helps! The answer is yes :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 9, 2018 at 6:18 p.m. Kari Says...

Your website is filled with some great information! This is our first year for HHN. We were planning a regular day at USH (Oct. 12) and then HHN with an Express Pass (already purchased HHN). Do you know if we will have to leave the park and re-enter to get our HHN wristbands, or can we get them in the morning? Also, do you think this plan is too ambitious? Should we make our regular day in the park Oct. 14?

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Aug 10, 2018 at 1:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kari,

It is ambitious, but doable. We suggest taking a break midday to rest or go see a movie at CityWalk. We believe you can check-in in the park for the event without exiting!

Keep hopping!

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Aug 7, 2018 at 7:47 p.m. Jennifer Says...

I just checked out the tickets that have gone up on sale and I didn’t find the Front of The Line Pass. Are they not having it this year? If they do, when can I expect to see them on the website? If not, what other ticket admission would be just as good as Front of The Line?

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Aug 7, 2018 at 3:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

Front of the Line is now known as the Universal Express Pass! It's the same type of ticket, just a different name.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 6, 2018 at 8:56 a.m. Alondra Says...

Hi!

I went to Halloween Horror Nights last year (2017) and bought a headband that lights up from one of their gift shops. I'm planning on going again this year but I was wondering if they will allow me to enter with it if i decide to take it this year? I know there are no costumes or anything like that allowed which is why I'm wondering.

Thanks!

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Aug 6, 2018 at 3:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alondra!

You should be able to bring this in, no problem - especially if you bought it at the event last year!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 6, 2018 at 3:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alondra!

You should be able to bring this in, no problem - especially if you bought it at the event last year!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 3, 2018 at 6:43 p.m. Rocio Says...

Hi!

I'm planning to go to HHN on September 30 and I want to buy a day/night combo ticket but not the Front of Line one. Do I have a disadvantage at the entrance without it? Or do I have some priority?

And do you have an extra tip for me? It's my first HHN experience!

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Aug 7, 2018 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rocio,

You won't have a disadvantage at the entrance. If you have the day/night combo ticket, then you'll already be in the park, which is an advantage. You just won't have Front of the Line access at the houses and rides.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 31, 2018 at 5:28 p.m. Angie Says...

Does the terror tram cost extra? And if I have an annual pass do I have to paid extra for parking on Halloween nights?

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Aug 1, 2018 at 9:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie!

At this time, as long as parking is included with your annual pass, you will not have to pay extra on Halloween nights. However, this is subject to change, so keep an eye out!

The Terror Tram has not been an additional cost in the past.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 23, 2018 at 1:48 a.m. Adriana Says...

When can I buy tickets to Hollywood horror night Halloween party?

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Jul 23, 2018 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adriana!

Tickets usually go on sale in August. Keep an eye out!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 17, 2018 at 8:44 p.m. STARSHA M BLEDSOE Says...

Hi, We want to bring my niece (8) for her birthday. BUUUUT she is terrified of everything Halloween. We completely forgot about this event so I was wondering, is it halloween-ish during the day or does the scary crap start at 6:30p. We don't want to traumatize the poor kid if during the day they still have a lot of scary stuff out. This kid was afraid of Disney Halloween. Thanks :)

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Jul 20, 2018 at 1:57 a.m. Amanda Says...

I have taken my kids during this time of the year and there are horror decorations or that can't be hidden or removed. Most are not horrible but there are scenes with zombies. Depending on how sensitive your chid is she may get scared. My youngest did not like it. But we covered her eyes when we were in these areas.

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Jul 20, 2018 at 9:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

Thanks so much for your input! We always appreciate Frog Pond expertise. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 17, 2018 at 4:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Oh my goodness, no worries! (We ARE giggling that your poor niece was scared of Disney Halloween!) There may be some fall decorations out, but there won't be any sign of spooky, scary stuff until the event begins. You're in the clear!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 16, 2018 at 4:58 a.m. JCWonders Says...

How much do R.I.P. tickets run? And what does it include?

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Jul 18, 2018 at 11:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

R.I.P. tickets have not gone on sale for Hollywood yet. To give you an idea, the R.I.P. tickets in Orlando start at $159.99 and include front-of-line entry once to each house, a behind-the-scenes tour, Express unlimited ride access, complimentary standard valet parking, a souvenir lanyard and more.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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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!

Mommy Frog

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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!

Mommy Frog

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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.

Keep hopping!

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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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