Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - PinterestLeap's Note: Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood have made the difficult decision to cancel Halloween Horror Nights for 2020. We are hopful that the event will return in 2021. 

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!

If you want to attend Hollywood Horror Nights 2020, 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 2020 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.

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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 2020, 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.

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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).

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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 

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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

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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 2020. Instead, there were two more mazes in 2019.

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Check back next summer to see if the Terror Tram returns from the dead for Universal Horror Nights 2020. 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 2020

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. 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 2020

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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

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Survival Guide - Zombie

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 2020 season for updates and more photos!

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Aug 13, 2017 at 11:04 p.m. Enigma Says...

Hi, I'm a huge Jabbawockeez fan and plan to fly in from Canada just to see the original members perform live for the first time. Can you give more advice how to ensure the best experience. Is the only way to get reserved seating through the RIP pass? Or would I be equally successful getting a great seat (central views of the stage close enough to really see their dancing up close) through a less expensive ticket and just going really early to find a good seat? Im willing to pay for a better experience if thats what it takes. What time does their show start on opening night? Any other tips to get the best Jabbawockeez experience?

Thanks in advance!

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Aug 14, 2017 at 7:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

Wow. You're a committed fan!

The Front of Line ticket gives you a priority seating area for Jabbawockees. The R.I.P. ticket gives you reserved VIP seating for the show. We're not familiar with what the differences are. Perhaps another fan can help out!

We would expect that the first show would be shortly after the event's official opening, which is 7:00 p.m.

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Aug 5, 2017 at 3:40 p.m. Jackie B. Says...

I see that they are selling "Express Passes" for HHN, but do not see Front of Line passes. Will those go on sale later, or have the Express Passes replaced those?

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Aug 7, 2017 at 8:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackie,

Front of the Line Passes are now available!

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Aug 5, 2017 at 2:11 a.m. Marlene B. Says...

Hi!

Do you recommend buying a FOL pass for a Sunday visit (Oct 15th to be exact)? Do Sundays really get that busy? Trying to plan my visit and I would love to see all the mazes. Thanks!

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Aug 7, 2017 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marlene,

While Sundays tend to be less crowded, there will still be long waits for the mazes. Getting the FOL pass will save time and let you see your favorites more than once. Something to consider!

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Jul 28, 2017 at 4:29 p.m. Ysa Says...

Hello! So I'm planning a trip soon with my boyfriend, we want to get both experiences of the park during the day and during the horror nights? Is there a gap when the regular park is closed and once horror nights opens?

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Aug 4, 2017 at 6:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ysa,

There is no "gap" time. You would need to purchase a full-day USH ticket and a HHN ticket to get the experiences you're seeking.

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Jul 23, 2017 at 9:37 p.m. Monique Cardenas Says...

Hi! I was wondering if vaporizer pens are allowed at HHN?

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Jul 28, 2017 at 9:21 p.m. April McClaughry Says...

Last year my boyfriend and I both brought vapes. They didn't care about them at all. There are metal detectors so don't try and hide it. Can't say the rules won't change for this year but they didn't care in 2016.

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Jul 17, 2017 at 3:25 a.m. Maria Says...

Hi! I'm going to both universal parks and HHN in september (HHN only on sunday 24th), but i was wondering if Front of Line is the same as express passes? they're super expensive so i don't know if i should buy the express pass for the one night that i'm going or buy 2 regular passes for 2 nights.

what would you recommend us?

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Jul 24, 2017 at 10:45 p.m. Jun Says...

I recommend buying the front of the line pass for HHN only. You'll be able to ride all the attractions as you would in the day without waiting in line. If you do not have a Front of the line pass for HHN be prepared to wait in line for over 100 minutes on almost everything.

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Jul 31, 2017 at 6:57 p.m. Amy Says...

Any word on the sale date for HHN front of the line passes yet?

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Aug 9, 2017 at 10:48 p.m. Lizzie Gurrola Says...

Hi Amy,

Noticed a few people are confused about the Express Pass and the Front of the Line pass. HHN Hollywood does the Front of the Line passes, while HHN Orlando does Express Passes. However, they are one in the same, both will give a shorter wait time to "jump to the front of the line" once for each attraction. Hope that helps :)

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Jul 14, 2017 at 10:13 p.m. Elba Says...

Hi!, I´m planning to go with my family one day of third week in October. I have read that when is a day for Halloween Horror night, The wizarding world of Harry Potter is closed. Is this all day or when horror night event begins?.

Thanks in advance

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Jul 17, 2017 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elba,

If the event operates like it did last year, then you can expect the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to be closed once the event begins at night. It'll be open during the day.

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Jul 20, 2017 at 6:48 p.m. Luciano Says...

Hey! Two questions:

- Do the nighttime lights at Hogwarts castle still happen the moment before the Halloween event starts?

- Is the Terror Tram a rethemed version of the studio tour? does it mean the studio tour won't be available the day the event takes place? or I can do both during the day and at night?

Thanks

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Jul 21, 2017 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Luciano,

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle show ends on Sept. 4, so it won't be playing during Halloween Horror Nights. The Terror Tram is an overlay of the Studio Tour, so the regular Studio Tour will not be available during the entirety of the event. You'll only be able to experience Terror Tram at night during the event.

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Aug 1, 2017 at 4:08 p.m. Luciano Says...

So, this means I won't be able to see the Fast&Furious and King Kong elements of the studio tour during my trip?

I'm doing a full day visit of the park. Isn't the studio tour available before the event starts?

It's a little disappointing

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Aug 4, 2017 at 5:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Luciano,

The full Studio Tour—including Kong and Fast and Furious—operates during the normal hours of the park. It's only closed during HHN.

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Jul 6, 2017 at 8:03 p.m. Racheal kelly Says...

Could you tell me when the 2017 tickets will be out traveling from Australia to go & want to get tickets before we leave

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Jul 28, 2017 at 9:43 p.m. Adam E Says...

Hi, Pre-sale tickets are now available. Also travelling from Australia. I think you should look into it.

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Jul 28, 2017 at 9:25 p.m. April McClaughry Says...

I just got an email that the first two weeks tickets are available now and the rest of the event tickets will be available in August. No date set though yet. Also, this info is for Hollywood, CA.

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Jul 6, 2017 at 4:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachael,

We expect tickets to be available soon. Keep checking the post, as we'll update it when we know.

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Jun 25, 2017 at 6:28 a.m. Michelle Z Says...

Hey there! I want to start by stating that I love all of your insight. Thank you for sharing it!

I have two questions.

1- I am planning on going to Universal during the day of Sat Sept 23, 2017 (my bday). I just realized that it closes at 6pm and its due to HHN. Would you recommend that a front of the line pass for that day, is it worth it? I would really like to do everything in the park at least once, and my main goal is HP.

2- is it a pain to bring a backpack into the park? Disney makes it easy to take it on rides and such, i havent been to Universal in a very long time so I am unsure.

Thanks!!

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Aug 16, 2017 at 4:46 p.m. Bucky Says...

Hi Michelle! Front of the line passes are always good at Universal unless you get VERY lucky where it isn't busy but it will most likely be busy. If you would like to hit everything in the park by 6 pm I would suggest the Front of The Line Pass. As for the backpacks they are pretty good with you carrying them around. For most rides you are aloud to bring them on with you. For rides like the mummy and HP you a pretty much required to get a locker or leave it with someone not riding. Hope this helped! Happy early birthday!

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Jun 26, 2017 at 7:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

1- If you arrive 1/2 before the gates open and stay until closing, you should be able to see everything without FOL. The main Harry Potter attraction has single rider, which can help.

2-Some rides require to you place your belongings in a free locker, which may or may not hold a backpack. Paid day lockers that can fit them are available.

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Oct 21, 2016 at 1:21 a.m. valerie Says...

Did I read that alcohol wont be for sale on the 31th October Horror night? In any of their restaurant?

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Oct 22, 2016 at 6:55 p.m. Joe cool Says...

No alcohol in the park for holloween horror nights only outside on universal walk. But no reentry after you leave

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Oct 17, 2016 at 6:48 p.m. steve Says...

Hi. On Universal's site, it says early entry is before 5 and that select mazes open at 5:15...

How does that work? Do they stop you from entering early if you're not there by 5? You said that the early mazes are in the back lot. Is there only one early entry line in front of the park? Thanks!

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Oct 25, 2016 at 12:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

You enter at the normal gate. After a certain point, they let guests in the park, but keep them roped off so they cannot enter past the Box Office area until the event opens. Only people who arrived early will have early access to mazes. This is a huge advantage. It takes about 15 minutes to get down to the Lower Lot and longer for Back Lot so guests will not get there until 15 minutes after event opening.

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Sep 21, 2017 at 3:38 a.m. B Says...

How early do you have to be there to gain early entry? whats the cut off time?

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Sep 28, 2017 at 5:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi B,

If you arrive around 6:30 p.m., you may be held up for a bit so the Opening Scaremony can take place. Other than that, you may enter at any time.

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Oct 16, 2016 at 1:28 a.m. Joseph Raygoza Says...

Hi, whats the diference, between the general admision and the combo on the halloween fest,

Is the generald admision just for the horror night and the combo for the day and night? Plz let me know asap. Thanks

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Oct 20, 2016 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joseph,

General admission is just the single ticket for Halloween Horror Nights. The combo includes regular park admission plus Halloween Horror Nights.

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Oct 28, 2016 at 8:21 a.m. Rasha Says...

All the info I can find on the early combo day/Horror Nights states that it's from 2:00 pm to closing. (This is what I have been researching to go) It is NOT for the "entire day"....only for afternoon and evening. Do some more research before deciding and don't count on it being an all day/all night thing because I don't think it is. And be forewarned that some big attraction stuff like Harry Potter area and regular tram is CLOSED during the Horror nights.

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Oct 15, 2016 at 9:34 p.m. Meaghan Says...

I had gone to HHN last year, and I remember that the back half of the Upper Lot and the entire Lower Lot did not have characters scaring people, to what I'm guessing is due to eateries and the hazards of choking. Is it still like that this year?

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Oct 25, 2016 at 12:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meaghan,

This year it is a little different. There is the main entrance Purge scare zone in the Upper Lot and then the Purge Gauntlet of Fear, which takes up a large chunk of the upper lot, which is why Minion Mayhem will be closed. The Gauntlet feels like a cross between a maze and scare zone. There is no scare zone over in Springfield USA, then past the lower lot there is a tunnel scare zone as you walk to the back lot. As you enter the back lot area, there is another scare zone. The Terror Tram also provides another scare zone.

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Oct 13, 2016 at 6:36 p.m. Angela Says...

Does anyone know if there is transport from Anaheim to HHN and back to Anaheim.

Thanks

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Oct 9, 2016 at 9:26 p.m. Lisa Says...

Are we allowed to bring in empty water bottles?

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

We saw people emptying out their bottles and bringing them in.

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Oct 8, 2016 at 12:35 a.m. Karina Garcia Says...

Hi I was wondering can we take portable charger inside horror night ?

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Oct 11, 2016 at 11:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karina,

Yes, you can.

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Oct 6, 2016 at 5:06 a.m. Matt Says...

Hi there.

If we get the day/night after 2pm combo for sun oct 16 do you think we will need front of the line as well. Also if you get the day/night combo do you have to leave and re-enter when horror nights starts?

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt,

You can get your pass when you enter the first time. We like FOL for the party because the maze lines are really insanely long, and FOL covers the rides as well. At the end of the public day and beginning of the party the ride lines do get very short, but be sure to hop in the Horror Night early entry maze lines as soon as you can. Wizarding World, shows, Shrek 4-D, Despicable Me and the Studio Tour will be closed during party so you might use your day time seeing some of those attractions.

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Sep 29, 2016 at 4:27 a.m. Rayana Says...

I have a souvenir cup that comes from Universal Studios, can I bring it to Horror Nights?

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rayana,

Yes, as long as it is empty.

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Sep 28, 2016 at 5:02 p.m. Jenny Says...

Thanks for these great tips! My boyfriend bought me HHN tickets for my birthday and we're excited. Is there any way to purchase Front of the Line tickets as an add on to our existing tickets? Or maybe the possibility to upgrade?

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny,

Try calling Universal Studios in advance to see if you can upgrade. When we arrived at the event before opening, they were all sold out for the night.

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Sep 28, 2016 at 1:53 a.m. Adrian Says...

me and my buds want to go but one is scared do u recommend something? can they touch you? give me ANY advice for him because we want him to come with us

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adrian,

They cannot touch you. Look them in the eye. The scare actors chase the people who scream and run.

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Sep 26, 2016 at 5:37 a.m. Shana Says...

I purchased the after 2PM tickets, would we need to leave the park during the change between regular park and HHN? How do they separate the general admission people between the two events? Thanks

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shana,

When you enter, they should give you something that allows you to stay in the park.

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Sep 22, 2016 at 11:27 p.m. Alexis Says...

My sister pulled a muscle this past week and it has been hurting ever since. We are due to go to hhn this Saturday. Can we request a gap pass? If so do we need a doctors note?

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Sep 21, 2016 at 2:59 a.m. Angel Says...

Do you need your id with the ticket?

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Oct 1, 2016 at 6:17 a.m. Luis Says...

I've been there since I was 9 (now 17) and they have never asked for ID

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Sep 20, 2016 at 1:02 p.m. Denise Says...

Hi, are there single night tickets available? I only see combo tickets.

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Sep 21, 2016 at 10:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Denise,

I think you are asking about tickets for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, correct? We are only offering the Park-to-Park Halloween Horror Nights Combo ticket this year. You can see all of our discount Universal Orlando ticket here:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/universal-orlando-resort/

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Sep 19, 2016 at 1:35 a.m. Xibalva Says...

I'm planning to purchase the front line passes for November 4th, is it worth it even though it should be less crowded seeing that Halloween is over?

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Sep 26, 2016 at 9:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

All Horror Nights are crowded, and almost all sell out. Get the Front of Line pass. You will not regret it. On opening weekend, some waits were three hours long. Even if the crowds were half full that would still be a 1 1/2 hour wait! We did it all easily with Front of Line.

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Sep 15, 2016 at 4:02 a.m. Drew Says...

Hi undercover tourist I have been a big fan on your YouTube channel I like how u should both universe studio Hollywood and Orlando also at Disneyland and Disney world u done a really amazing job I have a question regarding horror nights I notice on there guide line that he said nothing about backpacks but in videos of horror nights I've seen many people with backpacks including YouTube channel people who film it have backpacks and last year at Hollywood horror nights they let me bring in my lion backpack now are backpack usually allow in cause some people bring bags and back packs I know one of the videos about survival guide u can bring backpacks to horror nights so u don't have to Carrie stuff and even water u buy at the event I just wanted to know that are backpacks are allow in the event since I couldn't find it on there guide lines but I know it is allow since they let me bring it in last year and others in the past thanks keep doing a great job out there

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Sep 26, 2016 at 9:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Drew,

You can bring backpacks but not water, food, or even gum!

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Sep 13, 2016 at 12:40 a.m. Tracy Says...

What accommodations does US offer disabled people? I have MS, I'm not wheelchair bound but I can not stand for long periods of time. They are usually amazing on regular days.

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Sep 14, 2016 at 4:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy,

Universal Studios Hollywood offers the Guest Assistance Pass (AAP). It works much like Disney's DAS; the pass allows qualified guests to receive return times to attractions so they aren't left waiting in a queue. You can check out our overview on the pass for more information! Hope this helps.

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Sep 8, 2016 at 7:10 p.m. Doron Sagy Says...

Arriving to universal hollywood on October 16th. We plan on arriving at 8 am and stay for the day(until afternoon). We are not planning on staying for the horror night. My question is how crowded does it get in mornings of days that offer horror nights

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Sep 19, 2016 at 2:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Doron,

The morning should not be affected by Horror Nights. The day/night combo tickets do not begin until 2 p.m. Arriving at 8 a.m. should put you in great shape. Sunday mornings tend be be quiet in the theme parks.

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Sep 7, 2016 at 7:02 p.m. Nataly Says...

Early entry for HHN, will they let people on the rides that are closed for HHN if arriving early?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 2:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nataly,

Yes, if you are there early before the park closes for the party, you can ride the rides that are open.

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Sep 7, 2016 at 12:16 p.m. Natalie Says...

What if my son and husband want to go but me and my daughters just want to see the regular Park? Is there a separate waiting area or section we can enjoy while the Boys do their thing?

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Sep 16, 2016 at 10:52 p.m. liz Says...

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

Horror Nights is an after-hours, separately ticketed event. You and your daughters could purchase Horror Nights tickets and visit the open rides, but it's not the best value, and you will miss the regular shows and regular Studio Tour. You could also spend time at CityWalk, but you would likely want to make alternate plans for the evening if that is what your son and husband plan to do (so they can spend at least most of the evening there to get their money's worth).

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Sep 1, 2016 at 2:38 a.m. Noel Says...

I would like to go to Universal Studios during the day and Halloween Horror Nights on Oct 23rd but Front of the Line for both times. Would I have to buy Front of the line for both events?

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Sep 26, 2016 at 9:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Noel,

Yes, you would. The Front of Line passes are separate for Halloween Horror Nights.

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Sep 14, 2016 at 2:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Noel,

Yes, you would need them for both if that is what you want to do.

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Aug 31, 2016 at 6:21 a.m. Eddie Says...

For the day/night combo how does it work? When I arrive there at at 2pm. Do I just stay in the park and begin going on the mazes when it starts at 7pm?

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Sep 26, 2016 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eddie,

When you enter the park, team members should give you your pass. They open four mazes in Lower Lot/Backlot at 6:30 p.m. Be in the maze lines before 6 and you will get through them before the early entry people make their way in. It will save you hours of waiting.

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Aug 21, 2016 at 5:05 p.m. Rachel Says...

Should I buy front of line for a Thursday on Oct 7th this year?? Not sure if it will be super crowded on a Thursday. I could save money but also be missing out.

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Sep 14, 2016 at 7:45 a.m. Hanna Says...

YES! I went to HHN the past two years, both in the end of September and hated it! A lot of the lines were between an hour and a half to two hours long with the longest wait being the walking dead at 3 hours. This year hubby and I got front of the line and I'm sure I'm not gonna hate it anymore.

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Aug 22, 2016 at 8:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

This event is very popular, so if you can afford it, we recommend purchasing Front of Line.

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Aug 21, 2016 at 4:10 p.m. Lea Says...

Hey there, I'm thinking of heading over to hhn in mid October on a Thursday. Do u think I should get the front of line pass or are the queues short then?

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Aug 22, 2016 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lea,

This event is very popular, so if you can afford it, we recommend purchasing Front of Line.

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Aug 8, 2016 at 12:28 a.m. Rachel Says...

Hi, when do the tickets for HHN Hollywood 2016 go on sale, I keep looking on the website but there's nothing & it's not long now! Many thanks,

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Aug 8, 2016 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

These tend to go on sale just a few weeks before the first event. They do sell out, so keep checking back!

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Aug 5, 2016 at 1:40 a.m. Staicia Lopez Says...

I would like to do front of the line passes this year, I hear it's completely worth it. I'm trying to get an idea of price. Do you know what the prices were last year for front of the line?

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Aug 9, 2016 at 12:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Last year, we paid $127 for the Front of Line pass during the first Saturday of Halloween Horror Nights. Prices do get more expensive depending on the dates, and we don't yet know this year's pricing.

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May 10, 2016 at 6:33 p.m. Ruth Says...

When do tickets go on sale?

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May 17, 2016 at 3:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ruth,

These tickets have gone on sale!

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Oct 23, 2015 at 6:03 p.m. Jess Says...

I noticed they opened up two additional nights (November 6/7). Do you think it will be a lot less crowded (i.e. Front of the Line pass unnecessary)?

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Oct 26, 2015 at 2:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jess,

I think it will be less crowded, but likely still a crowded event, depending on how well-publicized it is. I don't think you'll regret the Front of the Line passes.

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Oct 14, 2015 at 4:28 p.m. Danielle Says...

Is there any possibility of my phone getting wet?

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Jul 28, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. April McClaughry Says...

If you are worried, I would recommend storing it in a plastic bag. I left my phone in a bathroom one year by accident. Got it back the next day however. Jurassic Park in the dark is the only thing I would really worry about in regards to water but you can always rent a locker and store belongings in there until you are finished.

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Oct 19, 2015 at 12:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle,

This shouldn't be an issue.

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Oct 12, 2015 at 5:09 p.m. Sally Says...

There was a park photographer there taking pictures of the photo op with Norman Bates. Where can we find those pictures?

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Oct 19, 2015 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sally,

The number to get photos from Horror Nights is 1-800-368-6386.

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Oct 10, 2015 at 6:44 p.m. Jacks Says...

Do you need an ID to enter horror night Hollywood???

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Oct 14, 2015 at 12:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacks,

It's possible you would be asked for ID, but no one was checking names or IDs when we went.

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Oct 10, 2015 at 7:14 a.m. stevied Says...

plan on going on oct 31 will it be super packed? would nov 1 be a better day to go?

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Oct 14, 2015 at 10:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes, Nov. 1 would be a better day, but keep in mind, that this day may also sell out too.

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Oct 14, 2015 at 10:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes, Nov. 1 would be a better day, but keep in mind, that this day may also sell out too.

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Oct 9, 2015 at 12:02 a.m. andrew Says...

Can you bring a backpack inside? i need something to carry my portable charger and jacket.

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Oct 14, 2015 at 10:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew,

Yes, you can.

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Oct 6, 2015 at 1:40 p.m. Tammy Says...

Planning on a day visit Friday, 10/9, will it be crowded due to Horror Night? Is a front of love be pass worth it?

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Jul 28, 2017 at 9:26 p.m. April McClaughry Says...

Due to the very long lines and short amount of time the event operates, I would highly recommend front of the line passes. We didn't do that last year and only were able to get through 4 mazes, tram and Jabawokees. Time flies and lines are super long. We will be doing front of the line this year. Well worth it!!

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Oct 8, 2015 at 10:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tammy,

It should not be that bad on a Friday during this time, but arrive early to get it all in before the park closes for Halloween Horror Nights.

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Oct 5, 2015 at 5:03 a.m. Sandra Says...

will the aactors of horror night touch you ???

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Oct 5, 2015 at 6:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra,

No, they will not, at least not intentionally.

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