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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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Get Your Tickets

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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

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


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

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Entertainment

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

Terror Tram at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

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

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The tram that takes guests on a daytime Studio Tour of the Backlot turns into a Terror Tram at night, transporting guests to scenes of unspeakable horror as they wander the Backlot past the Bates Motel, Psycho House and airplane crash site from "War of the Worlds." The regular Studio Tour is not operating during Hollywood Horror Nights hours. Walk past an infestation at the Bates Motel. Stop at the Psycho House to take a picture with Norman Bates. Then encounter more creatures in the "War of the Worlds" set. But the terror continues.

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

The Purge: Dangerous Waters 

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

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

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

Blumhouse: Behind the Screams

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

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

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Death Eaters in Hogsmeade

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

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

Rides Open During Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

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Some of the regular rides dare to operate during Halloween Horror Nights. If you need to escape from the houses, get your thrills on Transformers 3-D, Revenge of the Mummy, Jurassic World (closed early) or the Simpsons Ride. The Wizarding World is open in 2023, with Death Eaters on Patrol! Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (closes early) and Flight of the Hippogriff are open!

As mentioned above, the normal Studio Tour will not be running. Instead, you get the all-new Terror Tram, which includes walking through the "Nope" set.

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

Hogwarts Castle has special projections forming in front of your eyes. Listen for hissing voices. We do not speak Parseltongue, so don't ask us what they are saying. And, have we mentioned the Death Eaters? It is toadally awesome.

Access to Super Nintendo World During Halloween Horror Nights

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

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

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

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Food and Merchandise

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

Here are just some of the offerings for 2023:

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

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

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

Most restaurants and shops offer themed treats such as decorated cookies and cupcakes. Additional dining locations are found around the park. The Universal Studios Hollywood app has more details for the day of your visit.

The following dining locations may be open for your visit:

  • Three Broomsticks
  • Hog's Head
  • Butterbeer carts
  • Starbucks Upper and Lower Lot
  • Krusty Burger
  • Cletus' Chicken Shack
  • Luigi's Pizza
  • Moe's Tavern
  • Lard Lad's Donut
  • Phineas Q. Butterfat's Ice Cream
  • Suds McDuff's Hot Dogs — "Dufftober Fest" at Duff Gardens and Suds McDuff's
  • Panda Express
  • Studio Cafe
  • Mummy Eats
  • Jurassic Cafe
  • Isla Nu-Bar
  • Many temporary snack locations throughout the park and near houses, including the ones with a long walk.

You can purchase a souvenir refillable Coca-Cola Freestyle souvenir cup. It's $17 (plus tax) for one or $16 each if you buy two. It's refillable throughout the day (every 10 minutes).

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

Halloween Horror Nights Merchandise

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

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

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Tips

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood - Psycho House with Normal Bates

Follow these tips to have a frighteningly good time:

1. Leave the Kids at Home

This terrifying event is recommended for very brave 13-year-olds and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Of course, in 2019, we did come across the cutest Ghostbuster who was brave enough to visit the house for his most-favorite movie. You know your kids, so use your best judgment. If horror movies are their jam, then they may be able to handle it. The teenage years are a good time to visit for most kids.

2. Leave Your Costumes and Masks at Home

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

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

3. Dress Light and Stay Hydrated

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

Stay hydrated — all of that screaming can dry you out like a mummy! (You can purchase water bottles but you can also get free water at restaurants with fountain drinks.) You can bring an empty water bottle into the park with you. You'll have to dump any liquids out.

4. Only Bring the Necessities 

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

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

5. Eat Early

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

6. Follow the Rules or Beware

You may not record, take flash photos, or bring laser pens, food and drink into the houses. Do not touch or harm the actors or jump the lines unless you want to be sent out of the park in a body bag without your ticket.

7. Need to Escape? 

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

8. Be Aware of Accessible Options

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood - Sign for return times for disabilities

If someone in your party uses a wheelchair, most standard wheelchairs and Electronic Convenience Vehicles (ECVs) can go through the houses. Ask an attendant if you need assistance. Universal recently implemented a new Attraction Accommodation Program for guests with disabilities. Hop over to our post on the new protocol guests with disabilities must undergo before picking up an Attraction Assistance Pass (AAP) at the park. The line can be long just to get the pass! Arrive early and take care of it as soon as you can. Then you may receive return times for the houses. There is alternative transportation available for those with physical disabilities to access the houses that are through the Wizarding World and in the Lower Lot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Xiomara,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Julius,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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


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

Hi Alecia,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Paulina,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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


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

Hi Cami,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Tiffany,

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

Keep hopping!


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


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

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

Hi Rina,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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


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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Juan,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi John,

Yes, there are metal detectors.

Keep hopping!


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


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

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

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


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

Keep hopping!


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


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


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

Hi Jessie,

Yes, the mazes are wheelchair accessible.

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi JB,

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

Keep hopping!


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

Can we bring backpacks in?

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

Hi Bianca,

Yes, you may bring a backpack.

Keep hopping!


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


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

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

Hi Brittany,

General Parking at Universal Studios Hollywood is $25.

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

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

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

Hi Jordan,

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

Keep hopping!


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

Hi there

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


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

Hi Kate,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

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

Can someone else use that extra ticket??

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

Hi Jasmin,

Yes, they may use the ticket.

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

Hi there!

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

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

Hi Jeanette,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Elyse,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Maryam,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Looby,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Looby,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Brian,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Coty,

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

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

Keep hopping!


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

Hi Frog family,

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

Many thanks


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

Hi Mo,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Sandra,

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

Keep hopping!


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

Good to know! Thanks

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

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

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

Hi Sandra,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Nicole,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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


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

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

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

Hi Alecia,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Charlie,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Genevie,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

Thank you for your help

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

Hi Edith,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Courtney,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Gisselle,

You may leave at any time during the event.

Keep hopping!


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


thank you so much for the helpful info!!

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

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

Hi Kevin,

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

Keep hopping!


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

Thanks so much for all the great info.

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

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

Thanks in advance!

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


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

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

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

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

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

Hi Jennie,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Maia,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Natalie,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

Aug 20, 2017 at 7:33 p.m. Chris g. Says...

Sounds like a Screamin' good time

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!

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


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.

Keep Hopping!


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?

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

Hi Jackie,

Front of the Line Passes are now available!

Keep Hopping!


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


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!

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!

Keep Hopping!


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?

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.

Keep Hopping!


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

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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 :)

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

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.

Keep hopping!


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?


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.

Keep hopping!


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

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.

Keep Hopping!


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

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.

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.

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.

Keep hopping!


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.


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!

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.

Keep hopping,


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?

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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