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Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Survival Guide

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27 - Trick 'R' Treat Scare Zone Clown

Do you feel that chill in the air? Well, me neither ... this is Orlando, after all! Believe it or not, Halloween season is approaching quickly at Universal Orlando Resort, and preparation for Halloween Horror Nights 28 is in full swing. The most creative minds at Universal have been brewing up new houses and scare zones to haunt you like never before ... literally! There are 10 horrifying houses headed your way, a record for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando.

Halloween Horror Nights 28 kicked off with the super exciting announcement that a Stranger Things house would be featured, and we are hoppin' with excitement (and fear of the demogorgon.) Following suit, many of the houses and scare zones thus far have a distinctly 80's vibe that we can't wait to check out. With such fun and unique theming, we've never been so thrilled for Halloween Horror Nights.

For many years running, Halloween Horror Nights has won Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award for Best Halloween Experience. To get you prepared and excited for the nation's premier scare event, we wanted to bring you everything you need to know about Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 28. With houses that are more elaborate every year, you'll want to make a list of your priorities at the outset, get to the park early and plan ahead. In this guide, you'll find details about what to expect from this year's houses, scare zones and other brand-new experiences — plus tips for navigating the event!

Ready to get your scare on? We'll be selling discounted tickets soon. Be sure to check back!

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27

Quick Links: Dates | Tickets | Map | Houses & Touring Advice | Scare Zones | Shows | Special Experiences | Rides | Tips

Halloween Horror Nights 28 Dates & Best Times to Visit

The event runs select nights September through November. This year, the dates are Sept. 14 through Nov. 3, 2018, typically from 6:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. at Universal Studios Florida. While all nights are popular, the crowds generally increase as it gets closer to Halloween.

The Halloween Horror Nights 2018 dates are:

  • September 14-16, 20-23, 28-30
  • October 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28, 31
  • November 1-3

Best Dates to Visit Halloween Horror Nights 28

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27 Scene

Unlike many other fall theme park events that generally bring in families for one night, Halloween Horror Nights scares up a good portion of guests, especially locals, who attend multiple nights throughout the season to experience the fear over and over. The nature of the event and the number of locals have a significant impact on crowds. Saturdays are the busiest nights, with Friday nights not too far behind them. The very best nights to attend as far as crowds go are Wednesdays. Because of the volume of houses at these events — last year there were nine of them! — it is pretty much impossible to see all of them in one night without upgrading your experience. Still, picking the best night to attend as well as following our tips below will help you see and do as much as you can.

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27 - Survival Guide - Entrance at opening

Most recommended days to attend Halloween Horror Nights

September: 15, 16, 20, 23

October: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18

November: 1

Medium crowd days to attend Halloween Horror Nights

September: 14, 21, 22, 30

October: 5, 7, 14, 24

November: 2, 3

Most crowded days to attend Halloween Horror Nights

September: 28, 29

October: 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31

Halloween Horror Nights 28 Tickets

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27 Cinderella Trick 'R' Treat Scare ZoneIt's important to note that Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event. It will not get you into the theme parks during regular hours. No need to worry though. We offer discount tickets for Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure or Universal's Volcano Bay in addition to Halloween Horror Nights ... those tickets will be coming soon!

In years' past, those who have regular theme park tickets AND Halloween Horror Nights tickets could remain in Universal Studios Florida in a special "holding area" when the park closed and be one of the first ones in when Halloween Horror Nights opened.

Halloween Horror Nights 28 Overview

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27 - Saw Line

The biggest draw of the event each year is the haunted houses. It takes months to construct these movie set-quality houses, and each one has a different theme. We probably don't have to tell you that lines can get very long for this event! If you want to make the most of your evening, you need to set your priorities at the outset. Decide what is important to you. Do you want to just focus on houses? Would you like to see a few houses and the shows? Would you just like to ride attractions since the wait times for them will be low? Since the houses see the highest waits during this event, that is what we've focused on.

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27 Hotel Entrance

We recommend getting to the park at least 45 minutes ahead of the official opening at 6:30 p.m. so you can hit a few of them with minimal waits. Typically, Universal opens the gates earlier than the official starting time. (If you're staying at one of the Universal Orlando Resort properties — Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal's Hard Rock Hotel, the Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort — take advantage of the priority entrance gate until 8 p.m. to get in more quickly.) In our experience, the gates begin to open for guests between 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

In years' past, the very best way to get into the event early has been to spend the day at Universal Studios Florida (or Universal's Islands of Adventure if you have a Park-to-Park ticket.) You'll want to be in Universal Studios before it closes and head to one of the park's "holding areas." The holding areas put you in prime location to a number of houses. Usually at least one house is opened early — with little to no wait! — for each holding area. Definitely hop on that first. In recent years, there have been tough decisions to make, because there have been up to three holding locations. Last year, here were the holding locations:

  • Finnegan's
  • The Hello Kitty area near the front of the park
  • Springfield U.S.A.

These holding areas are subject to change at any time, so please be aware that they may not all be in operation during your visit. Our best advice is to check when you get to the park to confirm which holding pens are open. That said, there is almost always a holding area located around Finnegan's Irish Pub, which offers a place to get out of the heat, enjoy a drink or a bite to eat and prepare for the evening fun.

We generally prefer Finnegan's for a couple of reasons. First, you can have an early dinner and a drink in the pub, which is one of our favorite restaurants inside Universal Studios, and the pub is quite lively while waiting for Halloween Horror Nights. Second, you are in a good location to reach a bunch of house locations.

Tad has put together a video that showcases the locations of the holding areas. Check it out below.

With the Hello Kitty area opening to American Horror Story — one of the most popular houses last year, you would think it would be tempting to hang out there. But this holding area is much smaller than the others, so it can get crowded. It also doesn't offer as much in the way of food and drink than the others. The Simpsons area offers good food and drink options and is near quite a few houses, but they typically see lower waits in general because of their location. We still think Finnegan's is your best bet.

Last Year's Halloween Horror Nights 27 Park Map (click to enlarge)

Once we get ahold of the 2018 Halloween Horror Nights 28 map, we'll update this post. For now, you can use last year's map for reference.

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27 Map

Queues get quite long for the houses closest to the front gates. Waits for houses in the back of the park are shorter early in the evening but build throughout the night.

Because of the number of houses and the popularity of the event, it is almost impossible to see them all in one night. We recommend choosing four or five must-do houses, especially if you want to see the shows, and get those in first. Then see if you have any time left after you’ve checked them off the list. Those of you staying in the park or arriving ahead of official opening could do five, six or more houses. If you want to experience everything, either purchase a Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass (only sold through Universal), plan on visiting Halloween Horror Nights multiple nights or opt for a RIP Tour (only sold through Universal).

Halloween Horror Nights 28 Houses

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights American Horror Story Wait Times

So far for 2018, these houses have been announced:

Stranger Things

Be transported to 1980's Hawkins and fight the demogorgon alongside your favorite friends. The suspenseful first season of Stranger Things will be brought to life in a frightening, supernatural maze.

Trick 'r Treat

The infamous Sam is teaching everyone how to properly celebrate Halloween with an all new Trick 'r Treat-inspired house with monsters around every turn.

Slaughter Sinema

80's B-movie monsters and and creatures haunt the local drive-in as you're taken through multiple films ... including werewolves, a deadly pumpkin patch and killer barbers. This original house sounds like it's every scary you've ever seen in one!

Dead Exposure: Patient Zero

Existing in the same universe as a popular past house, Dead Exposure: Patient Zero has you on the run from zombies as you search for a cure before the military forces you into quarantine.

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27 The Fallen Wait Times

Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zones

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27 Trick 'R' Treat Scare Zone

Second to the houses but central to the terror are the street experiences, more commonly referred to as "scare zones." The scare zones are in various open areas of the park with their own sets, sounds and, yes, even scents. Expect to be terrified and harassed by creatures of the night. These scare actors come out of nowhere and have no illusions about respecting your personal space (although they are not allowed to touch you, and you are not allowed to touch them)!

The scares zones announced for 2018 so far are:

Vamp 85: New Year's Eve

Vampires crash an 80's New Year's Eve party to feast on flesh as the ball drops.

The Harvest

An old barn full of foul creatures sets the scene for this harvest of flesh and screams.

Twisted Tradition

Ancient evil has awoken in Central Park, complete with rotting pumpkins chock full of human flesh.

Chucky

The creepy doll himself is back with an army of toys that he's twisted into new nightmares.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Cotton candy spun from human victims, produced by horrifying alien clowns? Enough said.

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27 Altar Scare Zone

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27 Purge Scare Zone

 

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27 Scare Actors

Halloween Horror Nights Shows

Here's a look at the Halloween Horror Nights 28 shows that have been announced so far for 2018. Bad news, dudes: Bill and Ted won't be back for 2018.

Academy of Villains

This year’s performance will be taken to the next level with an all-new show jam packed with mind-bending entertainment.

Halloween Horror Nights 28 Special Experiences

Here is what you can scare up in terms of special experiences available at Halloween Horror Nights 28.

Scareactor Dining Experience

This year, visitors can scare up an appetite at the Scareactor Dining Experience, at Universal Studios' Classic Monsters Cafe. Scareactors are available for photo ops, as you enjoy a themed, all-you-can-eat buffet. This package cost  $49.99 (plus tax) and includes dinner, a digital download of one photo taken during the experience and more. Dining experiences take place every nights, with seating times between 5 and 7 p.m.

RIP and Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tours

Those looking for an enhanced Halloween Horror Nights experience might consider these special tours that take you through the gauntlet of ghastly creatures and a multitude of menacing maniacs. The RIP Tour is a guided experience that grants VIP access to everything Halloween Horror Nights has to offer. Tour includes one-time entry to all of the houses, reserved seating at Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure, Universal Express for one-time use on each attraction (weather permitting), and admission to the exclusive RIP Lounge with cash bar locations throughout the tour.

The Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour gives guests a unique, lights-on look into the Art & Design team’s process as they transform our deepest fears into haunted houses. Guests can choose from Behind The Screams: 3-House Unmasking the Horror Tour (two and a half hours, morning or afternoon) or a Behind The Screams: 6-House Unmasking the Horror Tour (four to five hours). The tours give you the chance to see houses with the lights on and a chance to photograph every gory detail of select houses. More details about both can be found here.

Halloween Horror Nights 28 Rides

While most of the focus of the night is on horror, some of the rides are open too. Waits are very low during this time, so it's a great way to experience them if you don't care as much about the houses. Please note that the regular Express Pass does not work during Halloween Horror Nights. These are the rides anticipated to be open during Halloween Horror Nights 28:

  • TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3D
  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Men in Black Alien Attack
  • The Simpsons Ride

Our Top Tips for Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Halloween Horror Nights requires a separate ticket from regular theme park admission. You will save money, and you won't have to wait in line to buy Halloween Horror Nights tickets.

Get to the park early!

This is the single best way to ensure you make the most of your night. The event typically begins at 6:30 p.m., but Universal often lets guests in up to half an hour early. Universal Resort guests have a dedicated line from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the right side of the entrance. Even better is staying in the park after it closes for the day before the night's event begins (see my notes on this above).

Leave the kids at the hotel 

This event is too intense for young children. It is not recommended for those under age 13. Leave them with a sitter service or at the resort's children's activity center.

Leave your costumes and masks at home

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27 SkeletonUniversal won't let you in with them. Plus, there are enough costumed-creatures inside the park!

Take only the necessities with you

To make getting through security a snap, take only your phone, a couple of credit cards, Halloween Horror Nights tickets, cash, ID and camera. You will be asked to remove everything—and we mean everything—from your pockets!

Have a plan

This is absolutely key to this event, especially if you want to see most of the houses. Plan in advance what your priorities are. Map out your evening, based on where and when you'll be starting.

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27 Grady Sisters

Eat early! 

You'll find snacks for sale as well as alcohol in abundance throughout the park. Look for carts set up along the streets. Lines for food (and alcohol) aren't terribly long, but the lines to the houses and attractions are! Fuel up before you leave or early in the evening, and you can spend more time getting the daylights scared out of you.

Here are the Halloween Horror Nights 28 dining options we expect to be open (in addition to food and beverage carts):

  • Universal Studios Classic Monsters Café
  • Finnegan's Bar & Grill
  • Louie's Italian Restaurant
  • Richter's Burger Co.
  • Mel's Drive-In
  • Beverly Hills Boulangerie
  • Starbucks
  • Ben & Jerry's

Watch out for the creatures of the night!

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 27 Invasion! Scare Zone

If you want to avoid the street creatures, although we can't imagine why you'd want to, they largely stick to the streets and leave guests on the sidewalks alone.

Are you planning on attending Halloween Horror Nights 28? What questions do you have for us about the event? Share in comments below.

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Jul 16, 2018 at 3:38 a.m. daniel russell Says...

can u use the ecv in the houses

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Jul 18, 2018 at 11:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniel!

You cannot use ECVs in the houses, but a transfer wheelchair will be provided for you to use going through.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 15, 2018 at 12:29 p.m. Kyle Says...

Are you going to do a feature on the 2018 HHN Hollywood event? Also, any insider word on when tix go on sale?

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Jul 18, 2018 at 12:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kyle!

We will most certainly update our HHN Hollywood Guide once we attend this year! Tickets typically go on sale in August, so keep an eye out.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 15, 2018 at 6:42 a.m. Luis Says...

This is my first year attending, is it allowed to record the event with a camera like a gopro?

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Jul 17, 2018 at 5:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Luis!

You are allowed to bring a GoPro into the park, but not into the houses!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 12, 2018 at 5:22 p.m. Nakia Says...

Hello!

Any word on whether Jimmy Fallon or the Fast and furious rides will be open during HHN? I can't find any info on the Universal site.

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Jul 12, 2018 at 12:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nakia!

Awesome question. We can't confirm quite yet, but will update this post as soon as we know for sure.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 12, 2018 at 7:42 a.m. Nikki Says...

Hi

We want to go to universal on a 1 day ticket but don't want to do the Halloween event. Do they discount the day ticket as not open as long or are we best to get a 1 day 2 park pass so we can go to islands of adventure?

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Jul 12, 2018 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nikki!

They do not offer special prices on tickets due to the limited hours for Halloween Horror Nights. However, you can always get discounted tickets through us! Purchasing a 1-day, 2-park pass sounds like an awesome choice so you can spend your evening in Islands of Adventure. There are tons of fun attractions there!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 10, 2018 at 3:25 p.m. Danielle Says...

Thank your for the information! Do you know until what time the Halloween Horror nights runs?

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Jul 10, 2018 at 1:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle!

This year, Halloween Horror Nights takes place Sept. 14 through Nov. 3, 2018 and will likely take place from 6:30 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 9, 2018 at 5:24 p.m. S. Mayo Says...

Attending HHN for the first time this year! This article has answered so many of my questions. I am so pumped for this event!!!! Thank you for giving me some insight on what to expect!

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Jul 5, 2018 at 3:07 p.m. Jim Says...

Awaiting patiently for discounted HHN tickets! :)

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Jul 4, 2018 at 10:07 p.m. dave williams Says...

Are day tickets discounted at all durng this time, due to the parks closing? What about islands of adventure? Do they operate normally and not close early? Trying to plan out a full day Friday and Saturday along with a rush pass for fri and sat night in september.

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Jul 5, 2018 at 4:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave,

Universal's Islands of Adventure does stay open during the event, so you'll be able to experience it during Halloween Horror Nights. Hop over to our discounted Universal Orlando tickets to get an idea of prices!

Keep hopping!

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Jul 4, 2018 at 10:05 p.m. Captain Jack Says...

Does Universal Orlando allow guests with both a daytime park ticket and an HHN ticket to remain in the park in the holding areas during the transition from daytime operations to HHN? I'm asking because Universal Hollywood required a special "early entry" pass to stay inside the park during the transition.

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Jul 5, 2018 at 1:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

That is what has been allowed in the past! We think it'll probably be the same again this year.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 4, 2018 at 6:54 p.m. Desiree Says...

We will be going for our first time this year, it will be at the end of October. I don't see the date for when we were planning on going. I guess the question is is how accurate is the date? If you are not planning on doing the haunted houses, is it worth spending the money to go to this event?

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Jul 5, 2018 at noon FrogBlog Says...

Hi Desiree,

The dates are all accurate and verified! The houses are the main attractions of the event. There are other things to do (such as scare zones and shows), but the houses are the best part!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 29, 2018 at 5:06 p.m. Dianne Says...

Thinking of doing the RIP tour this year, this may be a weird question, but can you get a bathroom break if you need one or do you have to wait until one is scheduled?

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Jul 3, 2018 at 12:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dianne,

Although they are probably scheduled, the tour is flexible enough to different times!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 29, 2018 at 4:05 p.m. Natalie Says...

Hi,

I was just wondering if you knew what dates are available for someone who has annual pass holder to universal for the free horror night ticket?

Thank you,

Natalie

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Jun 29, 2018 at 11:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie,

Looks like the dates are: Sept 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 29, as well as Oct 2, 6, 12, 19, 26, 30 and 31!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 4:54 p.m. Anna Says...

Do you think you will be selling discounted tickets to HHN this year? When? Do you think there is a risk that Sep 14th will sell out before you get discounted tickets?

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Jun 25, 2018 at 4:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna,

Stay tuned! The first night is always a super busy night, so we recommend hoppin' on some tickets when you get a chance!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 21, 2018 at 9:49 p.m. Antoine Says...

Hello!

Any updates on having Halloween Horror Nights tickets on sale on your website this year? :)

Thanks again for all the details you provide, making it so easier for us to plan our vacation in September!

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Jun 25, 2018 at 4:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Antoine,

Stay tuned for these!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 10, 2018 at 5:04 p.m. Ryan Says...

Hi!

Thanks for the write up. Still confused on one thing. To go to Halloween Horror Nights do you need a park admission ticket or does the HHN ticket include admission?

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Jun 12, 2018 at 1:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ryan,

To attend just Halloween Horror Nights, you'll only need the HHN ticket!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 7, 2018 at 3:48 p.m. Catalina Says...

At what time does the park close during HHN and how long does people have to wait in the holding areas inside the park? besides from eating, can you do anything else while waiting, like a ride? Thanks, great blog by the way!

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Jun 8, 2018 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Catalina!

The park typically closes at 5 p.m. and no rides are available at this time. The park typically reopens for Halloween Horror Nights at 6:30 p.m. or 7 p.m., although these times are not set for 2018.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 13, 2018 at 4:23 a.m. Christian Says...

Hi I’m looking into buying tickets that include park to park hopper with horror nights included. When do those go on sale?

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May 18, 2018 at 9:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christian,

We do not know for sure these tickets will be offered, but we'd suggest checking closer to July!

Keep hopping!

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Apr 7, 2018 at 7:47 p.m. Stephanie Says...

How busy will opening night be since its on a Friday?

Thoughts on pregnant women attending?

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Apr 10, 2018 at 10:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

You can expect it to be very busy! We recommend you talk to your doctor about attending.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 19, 2018 at 11:56 p.m. Kandi Says...

If we are staying at Hard Rock and it comes with the Universal Express pass, will we be able to use that during HHN?

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Mar 27, 2018 at 10:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kandi,

Unfortunately, you'll have to purchase a separate Universal Express Pass for Halloween Horror Nights. The complimentary pass you receive from the hotel is only valid for regular park admission!

Keep hopping!

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Mar 30, 2018 at 3:12 p.m. Desiree Says...

Universal Express Pass for Halloween Horror Nights is not available right now. If I buy the tickets with the free night, would I be able to buy the Express Pass later?

Thanks

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Apr 6, 2018 at 1:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Desiree!

Yes, you will be able to add the Express Pass later. No worries!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 5, 2018 at 2:55 a.m. Steph Says...

Do you know the dates when express pass become available?

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Jun 9, 2018 at 4:23 a.m. Tim Says...

Express passes for HHN 2018 went on sale yesterday. Enjoy!

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May 8, 2018 at 10:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steph,

We aren't yet sure, but keep checking back!

Keep hopping!

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Mar 7, 2018 at 2:48 a.m. Carey Says...

I have small children but we had hoped to go to Universal during their fall break, the first week of October. Should we completely skip Universal because of the HHN? We usually do theme parks from open to close. I'm worried that the parks just won't be open long enough. Also, is Islands of Adventure or City Walk impacted at all by HHN?

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Mar 8, 2018 at 2:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carey,

We definitely think you should still experience Universal! Both Islands of Adventure and City Walk are not at all impacted by Halloween Horror Nights. In fact, you can hop over to Islands of Adventure once Universal Studios closes in the evening for HHN.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 21, 2017 at 1:18 a.m. Holly Says...

I want to do this one Halloween!

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Nov 3, 2017 at 9:07 p.m. Stephen Says...

Hi,

Out of curiosity, is the whole park open during the HHN if you just wanna walk around the rest of the park?

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Nov 5, 2017 at 3:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephen,

Only selected areas of the park are open during HHN.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 21, 2017 at 4:41 a.m. Ver Says...

Do I have to Pay extra for parking if I stay all day in the park ?

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Oct 23, 2017 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ver,

No, you do not need to pay extra if you stay all day.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 18, 2017 at 2:36 a.m. karol m Says...

Hi !! I plan on arriving to orlando on oct 31. I arrive late after 10pm. Will I still be able to visit CityWalk or do we still have to purchase HHN tickets to enter CityWalk as well?

Thank you

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Oct 18, 2017 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karol,

You do not need HHN admission to visit CityWalk.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 3, 2017 at 8:19 p.m. deb mullis Says...

Will the crowds be better the week after Halloween? We can't get there until those dates and wondered if that might be a better time.

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Oct 4, 2017 at 8:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deb,

Yes, crowds tend to be a better after Halloween.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 2, 2017 at 2:48 a.m. Amy Says...

Do you have to purchase a regular park ticket then buy the HHN ticket so you can get in to the park? Or can you just buy the HHN ticket and still can get in and ride? Thanks.

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Oct 2, 2017 at 8:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

Halloween Horror Nights is a separate ticket event. Purchasing an HHN ticket for select days will allow you to enter as early as 5:30 p.m. Many rides are closed during HHN since the focus is on the mazes and shows.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 30, 2017 at 9:37 p.m. Amanda setney Says...

Hi, I was wondering if Butterbeer will be available during the event?

Thanks

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Oct 2, 2017 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

Yes, Diagon Alley is open during the majority of HHN for your Butterbeer fix!

Keep hopping!

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Sep 26, 2017 at 9:36 p.m. Crystal Says...

I have purchased a frequent fear pass for HHN, what I'm wondering is if it works to go back to my hotel during the middle of the night. For example can I go in from opening til 8pm, return to the hotel for some rest, then go back in at midnight? I thought there used to be no readmittance but I'm actually finding it difficult to see that anywhere in the ticket restrictions or elsewhere. By chance has it changed this year?

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Sep 27, 2017 at 3:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal,

You are allowed to exit and re-enter HHN during its operating hours. Know that you will need to go back through security and wait in line all over again.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 21, 2017 at 2:59 p.m. Chayce Says...

Do you know if the coke freestyle refillable cups and popcorn buckets will work during HHN? Thanks!

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Sep 21, 2017 at 10:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chayce,

On our visit during opening weekend, we did see people using the Freestyle machines, but did not notice the popcorn. Hope that helps!

Keep hopping!

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Sep 29, 2017 at 9:35 p.m. Meredith H Dockery Says...

My husband and I may go during our trip in October. Do the houses have moving parts, such as tunnels, moving floors or for the most part is it stationary?

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Oct 2, 2017 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meredith,

All of the mazes are stationary.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 18, 2017 at 8:44 p.m. Disney Lover Says...

How crowded is HHN typically on actual Halloween? Planning on going to Universal during the day, staying in a holding area, and then going to HHN at night. Will express passes be necessary I've read that HHN on Halloween is usually not too crowded. Anyone have experience with this ?

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Sep 18, 2017 at 8:24 p.m. Amy Says...

Does anyone know what their policy is with book bags during Horror Nights? Are temporary lockers still available for the rides?

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Sep 19, 2017 at 8:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

While security is very tight during HHN, you may bring a bag. No food or drink allowed.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 18, 2017 at 4:55 p.m. Kim Linds Says...

Just attended last night for the first time. It delivered on the horror. One heads-up/critique for all you HP fangirls, ESCAPE FROM GRINGOTTS CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT! Don't wait until the end of the night to ride it or you will be crying in your butterbeer.

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Sep 18, 2017 at 2:38 a.m. Ashley Says...

I am planning on going this weekend (September 23rd). I read that you said Saturdays are busy nights but from previous experience do you think an express pass is absolutely necessary? They are so expensive just trying to decide. How long are the waits "normally" for houses on a Saturday in September? I was hoping to get into 3-4 plus rides.

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

Hi Ashley,

It really depends on the night and the maze. We've seen waits of 90 minutes and above on some Saturdays. An Express pass would definitely cut down on your wait time.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 17, 2017 at 4:04 p.m. donald Says...

Can yo still get a HHN add on ticket at the ark? They usually advertise at the park add on ticket to HHN at a discounted drive after you have day time tickets. I do not see the option on the website but they often do it at the park when you are there.

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Sep 18, 2017 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donald,

If the HHN day you are visiting is not sold out, then you may purchase tickets at the gate.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 16, 2017 at 5:11 p.m. Emily K Says...

Hi ! I'll be going to Universal on Oct. 31st and want to go to HHN that night, I am wondering if you recommend buying the express passes, this is my first time and I don't exactly know what to expect.

I was also reading that you are able to stay in the park if you're in already in between the regular universal hours and the HHN opening.

Thanks !!

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Sep 17, 2017 at 5:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

Halloween night at HHN is usually very crowded. We recommend the express passes. If you have HHN and regular day park passes, then you may stay in the park.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 11, 2017 at noon Carlos Says...

I'm from Brazil and we're going to HHN for the first time. Do you think is a good idea go to IOA near of the lunch time, go to some rides and wait for the event? Tks and congrats for this blog. It's help me a lot.

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Sep 17, 2017 at 3:17 a.m. Brandon Says...

Yes, since some of the rides remain open during HHN I'd spend most of the afternoon at IOA. Enjoy your stay and remember to tip your servers and bar tenders!

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Sep 12, 2017 at 11:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carlos,

That's a good strategy. We recommend being inside Universal Studios Florida around 4:00 p.m. so you may enter the holding areas for HHN when they open.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 2, 2017 at 1:13 a.m. Carol Says...

Please say that the Walking Dead House will still be announced!

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Sep 1, 2017 at 8:34 p.m. Kate Says...

it's our first time to Halloween horror at universal. what haunted houses do you recommend? we are only going for 1 night so wanna make the most of it xx

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Sep 5, 2017 at 11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate,

All of the houses are new this year, so we don't have favorites :) It really matters on what you want to see. Arrive early and consider the front of line pass to make the most out of your visit.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 29, 2017 at 4:05 a.m. amber sia Says...

Are you about to go into islands of adventure without the halloween pass after 6? or do i still have to buy the hhn ticket ????

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Aug 29, 2017 at 10:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber,

There are no bundled HHN/theme park tickets available this year. The HHN ticket only allows entry into Universal Studios Florida during Halloween Horror nights.

Keep hopping!

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Sep 1, 2017 at 3:13 p.m. Rebecca Says...

Is the Harry Potter train open to guests with park-to-park day tix as well as HHN tickets who want to travel from IOA to US? If so, any tips or restrictions on timing?

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Sep 1, 2017 at 3:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

Guests with park-to-park daytime tickets may board the Hogwarts Express after Universal Studios' closing as long as IOA remains open. If you have HHN tickets, we would suggest taking Hogwarts Express from IOA around 4:30 p.m. so you may enter a holding area and be ready for HHN.

Keep hopping!

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Jun 19, 2018 at 10:22 p.m. April Says...

Question...instead of waiting in a holding area for 2 hours, would it be a good idea to spend that time in IOA and take the train over once HHN opens?

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Jun 23, 2018 at 12:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi April!

The train will not be open, but you could spend those hours in IOA and then hop back to the USF entry gates a half hour before HHN is set to open.

Keep hopping!

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Oct 3, 2017 at 1:51 a.m. Rebecca B. Says...

This will be my first time going to HHN, I was wondering what the rides will be like? I know you said some will be closed, do you know what rides will be open? My main focus will be to ride the rides and try a haunted house or two. Thanks!!

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Oct 2, 2017 at 9:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca,

In the post, scroll down to Halloween Horror Nights 27 Rides for the list of open rides.

Keep hopping!

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Aug 21, 2017 at 4:55 a.m. Avada Kedavra Says...

I've never been, but the Tim Tracker has lead me to wanting to go to HHN! This is a great blog that contained a lot of info about HHN and why I should go!

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Aug 21, 2017 at 4:05 a.m. CK Says...

I want to go!

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Aug 21, 2017 at 4:05 a.m. Deb Says...

So fun!

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Aug 21, 2017 at 1:39 a.m. Sarah Gonzalez Says...

Never been to Universal, would love to take my family!

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Aug 21, 2017 at 1:23 a.m. KESH Says...

LOVE IT!

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Aug 21, 2017 at 1:17 a.m. KC Says...

I would love to attend it again! Went many moons ago & loved it

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Aug 20, 2017 at 11:06 p.m. April Gupton Says...

Looks super scary!

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Aug 20, 2017 at 10:49 p.m. Craig Clarkson Says...

I only wish that when I was a kid that this type of entertainment was available. The thoughts and preparation that goes into this is beyond amazing

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Aug 21, 2017 at 2:55 a.m. Danielle elizabeth Says...

I loved Halloween horror nights last year and am so excited for the houses this year????????

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Aug 21, 2017 at 12:18 a.m. Paul Says...

My daughter loves this

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Aug 20, 2017 at 9:43 p.m. Lisa Holt Says...

We LOVE HHN! We've been able to go the last 4 years and are looking forward to going again this year in September. Thanks for all the great tips! We've been using them for a few years now. :-)

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Aug 20, 2017 at 8:45 p.m. Jessica Bagwell Says...

This looks like a blast! I love that you included the most crowded days on here! Thanks! :)

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