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"Never Go Alone" — Your Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2021

by Leap on September 8, 2021 2264 Orlando   Video

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - PinterestHave you had any good nightmares lately? The most creative minds at Universal Orlando Resort brewed up all-new scares and reimagined haunts inspired by the past to commemorate Halloween Horror Nights' 30th anniversary. The evil geniuses have created 10 haunted houses, five scare zones, live entertainment and more for the 2021 event which runs on select nights from Sept. 3 to Oct. 31, 2021. We hopped over to the sinister celebration on opening night and we had a scary good time! In fact, we've already made a return visit — they can't scare us away that easily.

Universal Orlando always brings its A-game to this event but the team truly brought out its greatest tricks and treats for this milestone anniversary and grand return after last year's cancellation. Both the houses and scare zones feature nostalgic callbacks to previous years while also delivering on long-awaited characters and stories such as houses dedicated to HHN's very first "ghost host" (read: icon), Beetlejuice, and Netflix's critically acclaimed horror series, "The Haunting of Hill House." Numerous scares both out on the streets and in the haunted houses had our frog legs hopping several inches off the ground. Whether you're a seasoned "Maniac" or a newbie conquering the fog for the very first time, you'll no doubt end the night with a big ol' clown smile plastered across your face.

For many years running, Halloween Horror Nights Orlando has won Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award for Best Halloween Experience. To get you ready for the nation's premier scare event, we bring you everything we know about Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights. Keep reading to learn what you should expect and how to navigate this popular event! 

Quick Links: Dates | Tickets | Map | Early Entry | Houses & Strategy | Scare Zones & Shows | Special Experiences | Rides | Tips

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Dates & Best Times to Visit

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Entrance

The event runs select nights from September through November at Universal Studios Florida. This year, Halloween Horror Nights 30 kicked off Sept. 3 and continues until Oct. 31, 2021. It typically lasts from 6:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m (with October dates running an hour later than September dates). The event initially runs on weekends, then expands to include Wednesdays and Thursdays closer to Halloween. While all nights are popular, the crowds generally increase as it gets closer to Halloween. Halloween Horror Nights is taking place on the following dates in 2021:

  • Sept. 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30
  • Oct. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

Best Dates to Visit Halloween Horror Nights

Unlike many other fall theme park events that generally bring in families for one night, Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 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. It is nearly impossible to see everything in one night without upgrading your experience (which we'll get into later). 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.

Halloween Horror Nights Tickets 2021

It's important to note that Halloween Horror Nights 2021 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 if you want to visit during the day. Universal Studios Florida generally closes at 5 p.m. for those not staying for the event (though Universal's Islands of Adventure will maintain its normal closing time if you have a park-to-park ticket and would like to hop). You'll also need regular park admission if you want to take advantage of Halloween Horror Nights early entry (more on this below). And don't froget, you can book your discount hotel through us too! If you can't get enough screams in one night, there are multi-night tickets available directly through Universal Orlando. HHN Express passes, R.I.P. tours and Behind-the-Screams tours are also available now.

Universal announced that guests who purchased tickets or packages for the canceled Halloween Horror Nights 2020 event and did not request a full refund are able to use their tickets or packages to visit the 2021 event. In order to use these entitlements, guests can bring their 2020 event ticket to the Universal Studios entrance for admission on a 2021 date that is valid for their ticket type. Blockout dates apply and access may be restricted due to capacity. Guests who choose to use their tickets or packages can call 877-801-9720 for further assistance.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Houses & Strategy

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Hill House Queue

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 decide what is important to you. Do you want to just focus on houses? Would you like to see a few houses and the show? Would you just like to ride attractions since the wait times for them will be low? Since the houses are what most people come for — and see the highest waits! — they are our first priority.

We recommend getting to the park at least 45 minutes ahead of the official opening at 6:30 p.m. to make the most of your time. 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, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls ResortUniversal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal's Aventura Hotel or Universal's Endless Summer — 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.

The very best way to do more at the event is to take advantage of Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry, also known as Stay and Scream. You'll need regular park admission and a Halloween Horror Nights ticket to do this, but many of you will already be spending the day in the parks, so why not take advantage? We've written a full post on how Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry works. This year, we were able to knock out two houses before the event officially started at 6:30 p.m (on a Thursday night in September).

If experiencing every house is a priority for you, plan on visiting at least two nights or investing in an Express pass.

Because of the number of houses and the popularity of the event, it is impossible to see them all in one night. We recommend choosing four or five must-do houses and get those in first. Then, see if you have any time left after you’ve checked them off the list. Those of you who are staying in the park or arriving ahead of the official opening could do five, six or perhaps even 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 R.I.P. Tour (only sold through Universal).

Here's a look at the Halloween Horror Nights 30 houses:

Beetlejuice

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Beetlejuice

After debuting as an exclusive surprise during Halloween weekend in 2020, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, BEETLEJUICE is coming to haunt, taunt and send you screaming out of the Maitlands' home. Wander checkerboard hallways and succumb to your fate in the Lost Souls Room. Stroll through the model graveyard and let loose in Dante's Inferno. Crash a dinner party you'll never forget and witness the wedding of the century. The classic Tim Burton film is coming to life — more horrifying and Hell-arious than ever!

While this is unquestionably the least scary of all the houses, it's no doubt one of the most fun. As soon as you step inside, you're greeted by the Ghost with the Most himself, and before you know it, you're trying to keep your balance in a tunnel that's spiraling around you. (Hold on to the handrails! We'd suggest skipping this house if you're prone to vertigo.) Along the way, you encounter Adam, Barbara, Lydia and even the doomed Miss Argentina. The final scare in the house is a monster treat for fans of the film so don't be so quick to run out before you see it lit up!

The Haunting of Hill House

Halloween Horror Night Orlando - The Haunting of Hill House

Welcome to Hill House. Full of decaying remains, this aging mansion lives — even if all of its inhabitants are long dead. In this haunted house inspired by Netflix's "The Haunting of Hill House," each unsettling room and darkened hallway takes you deeper and deeper into your greatest fears. Encounter infamous ghosts, including the Tall Man, the Bent-Neck Lady, the Ghost in the Basement and more. Step foot in the dreaded Red Room where only the sound of your own screams awaits you. Walk in the footsteps of the Crain family as you either escape the estate's eternal stranglehold or succumb to the house's powerful forces, leaving you to wander the endless halls forever ... alone.

If there's one house that had our hearts pounding long after we exited it, it's this one. Mike Flanagan's artistry and mastery of horror is on full display in this breathtaking homage to the limited series. Be prepared to walk through not one, but two pitch-black hallways, endure the iconic storm that shook the Crain family forever, evade the grasp of the rotting corpse of Edward Hill and experience the terror Nell felt being haunted by her own heartbreaking future. The best effect of the event goes to the revolting pregnant belly near the end of this house. The best scare of the event goes to the terrifying Tall Man who shows up in three different places in three equally spine-tingling ways.

Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Bride Entrance

As one of two houses that were open to daytime guests at Universal Studios Florida last year, Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives picks up where the 1935 classic film "The Bride of Frankenstein" left off. Enter the ruins of the tower that came crashing down over Frankenstein's monster and his bride and watch in horror as she attempts to bring him back to life by any means necessary. Get caught in a frenzied battle between the Bride of Frankenstein and the Brides of Dracula, who she imprisons and drains in hopes of reanimating her lost love. The Bride is honing her ungodly genius one harvested body part at a time. Be careful ... because she might just need one of yours.

The Brides of Dracula get in some solid scares as they're being locked up and killed by the Bride of Frankenstein in this beautifully lit house that brings you straight into the aftermath of the sci-fi/horror favorite. We especially loved the opening facade as you enter the decrepit laboratory and the electrifying finale that reunites the Monster and his mate. Universal Monsters fans will even get a kick out of various Easter eggs hidden around the tower.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

That horrific sound could only mean one thing. You're about to come face-to-face with Leatherface and his cannibalistic family. From the dilapidated gas station to that eerie, old farmhouse, you'll witness unimaginable horrors around every corner. Explore the familiar rooms of the Sawyer house where you'll be chased by cannibals with carving knives, meat cleavers, meat hooks and, of course, that roaring, lacerating, flesh-tearing chainsaw. It's time to experience the 1974 film for yourself, and hopefully, leave in one piece.

With no chainsaws chasing us through Springfield this year, this house more than makes up for that fact. There's no escaping Leatherface and his weapon of choice as this mass murderer appears in almost every corner of this maze — threatening to slice you apart. Fans of this franchise definitely won't be disappointed.

Halloween Horror Nights Icons: Captured

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Icons Captured Jack

Enter the "Hell of Fame," a nightmarish menagerie of HHN icons from the past 30 years including the Caretaker, the Storyteller, Fear, the Director, Lady Luck, the Usher, Chance and the Clown Prince of Pain himself, Jack. Cross paths with their tormented victims, as well as their demonic super fans, as you make your way through this first-of-its-kind house of horrors. Who is truly the most horrific host? Dare to return time and again to see a new icon crowned supreme monster of ceremonies.

As soon as we entered this house and saw the glorious facade that was Fear's Lantern, we knew we were in for a treat. All of the icons get a chance to shine in here, and each scene is beautifully themed to match its respective resident. Our favorite segment had to be the Usher's. We were pleasantly surprised by the delicious popcorn scent and thoroughly creeped out by the cheery "Let's All Go to the Lobby" song. In the last room, a new icon takes the throne every few hours, but we were all too hoppy to see our favorite red-nosed creature of chaos rightfully reigning when we walked through.

Welcome to Scarey: Horror in the Heartland

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Welcome to SCarey

If you've been to Halloween Horror Nights before, Carey, Ohio should sound familiar. This creepy small town (the actual hometown of one of the original HHN designers) has been the setting for many a house and scare zone over the last 30 years. A beacon for all things creepy, crawling, demonic, supernatural and downright horrifying, Carey is home to some of the most terrifying monsters you'll ever meet. Stroll through the streets of this sleepy little haunt and try your absolute hardest to make it out of here alive. Few people do.

Cindy Caine. H.R. Bloodengutz. Meaty Meetz. If those names mean anything to you, then this is the house for you. A classic callback to HHN's past, Welcome to Scarey takes you through some of the event's greatest hits. Venture through the Wyandot Estate, the Good Harvest Orphanage, Hellgate Prison and so much more as you try to escape this cursed village. Oh ... and keep your guard up all the way through. Don't think you're safe just because you see the exit.

Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth

Legendary Truth: The Collective is a paranormal research group that studies the evil that has made its way to Halloween Horror Nights year after year. Back in 2010, Legendary Truth invited you to explore the Wyandot Estate, one of the most haunted mansions in the world. This year, you're being granted access to the classified case files of the organization's founder, Boris Shuster, P.I. Beware! This investigation into the supernatural is about to lead you to the underworld of ghastly ghouls and blood-thirsty beasts.

This is possibly the best house to take residence in Soundstage 4-D (aka the Shrek Theater). Travel through time into some of the famous gumshoe's most iconic cases as you come face-to-face with creepy creatures and dastardly demons. The set design in here is truly immaculate, and the noir vibe is the icing on the cake. The coolest thing about this house, though, might just be the fact that you get to enter Shuster's office that guests pass by every day on Delancey Street. (Next time you're in the New York area of the park, look up at the windows!)

The Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Wicked Growth

Every year on All Hallows Eve, the Pumpkin Lord takes his throne among the unyielding vines of his ever-growing crop. As the fateful day looms closer, the Pumpkin Lord's loyal minions scour the countryside — collecting unwilling sacrifices in order to summon their formidable leader. Enter the haunting cemetery and make your way to the ferocious forest where the ruthless Pumpkin Lord is waiting for you. As the pumpkins grow larger, your odds of escaping grow smaller. An evil rot has taken root and there's no breaking free.

A witch brewing a potion. A grim reaper guarding the entrance to a tomb. A thousand jack-o-lanterns lighting your way. It doesn't get much more Halloween-y than this. Wicked Growth is a classic HHN house with the scrumptious scent of pumpkins filling the air and a truly gourd-geous facade. This merciless maze — which includes a bridge where you'll definitely want to watch your step — is impressive all the way through, but the finale is truly something special.

Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Puppet Theatre

After a year of waiting in the wings, the curtain is finally rising on Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience. Travel back in time to the early 1900s and enter through the stage door of the abandoned Grandeur Theatre in San Francisco. An Eastern European puppet troupe, a ballet troupe and an audience of paying theatre-goers have been trapped here by a ground-shattering earthquake ... and the performers have started to go a little mad. They've already made living marionettes out of the unfortunate patrons and now have their sights set on you. Make your way through the green room, rehearsal hall, orchestra pit and auditorium as you attempt to evade these deranged thespians and keep your limbs intact. Make haste because time is running out — and the walls are quickly caving in.

A theatre geek's dream ... or should we say nightmare? This house is absolutely stunning and insanely creative when it comes to concept, costume and set design. It even has a distinct smell! The scare actors breathe life into this decaying theater, and each room is truly more impressive than the next. We have to give a special shoutout to the remarkable facade, which has a crazy amount of detail and beautifully captures the location and era.

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy

The second of the two houses that were open to daytime guests at Universal Studios Florida last year, Revenge of the Tooth Fairy flies into Halloween Horror Nights once again. The yellow-clawed fiends that have overtaken the Westhorne manor will do anything to get ahold of your pearly whites — and that includes extracting them by force as you squirm in pain. No man, woman or child is safe from these goblin-esque fairies as they lurk in the shadows, collecting their bounty. It's an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth ... and screaming will only alert these fearsome fairy tale creatures to your presence.

What begins as a word of caution turns into a tale of terror as you step through a storybook and into young James' home. What makes this maze unique isn't just the beautiful black-and-white pop-up pages at the beginning, but the unnerving narration that guides you throughout the house where scares range from the mansion's mutilated inhabitants to the freaky fairies themselves. These petrifying pixies tend to lurk in the most unexpected of places, so keep your eyes open and your mouth closed.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Park Map 

Here's the official map for Halloween Horror Nights 2021! Keep in mind that the 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.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Map

Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zones & Shows

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)!

Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zones

Crypt TV

The delightfully devious monsters from Crypt TV have made their way out of your screens and onto the streets of San Francisco. Be on the lookout for infamous fiends including the Look-See, Sunny Family Cult, Harclaw, Miss Annity, the Girl in the Woods, the Door in the Woods, Itsy Bitsy, Soot, Milk & Cookies, Shelley and the Birch.

Halloween Horror Nights - Crypt TV

If you're not familiar with the creatures of Crypt, you're about to be. Each set piece and costume is marvelously crafted and brings you right into the world of these menacing monsters. We didn't see any scare actors roaming around in here but this scare zone is proof some things can be terrifying even when they're standing right in front of you.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - 30 Years 30 Fears

30 Years, 30 Fears

Now that you've entered, there's no turning back. Production Central, as always, is home to the very first scare zone you'll encounter, and this time, the malevolent monsters from HHN's past have taken over. Jack, Lady Luck, the Storyteller, Chance and all of their fearsome fellow icons have returned — and they can't wait to scare the living daylights out of you once again.

We truly can't think of a better welcome to HHN than raging metal music, bright bursts of pyro, sinister stilt-walkers, devilish dancers and, yes, that iconic and blinding fog. This scare zone is short but perfectly nostalgic as posters of your favorite icons welcome you back to Halloween Horror Nights for its petrifying pearl anniversary.

Seek And Destroy

The Controller sees all on the embattled streets of New York. A ruthless alien cyber regime has taken over and their renewable energy source is downright terrifying. Humans have become fuel in this apocalyptic city, leaving you with only two options: Submit to the Controller or be destroyed.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Seek and Destroy

If you've ever wondered what it's like to crash land in one of those dystopian futures you've read about in books or seen in movies, this scare zone is the closest you'll get to that feeling. An army of faceless soldiers patrols the streets with clubs and chainsaws while the Controller and his cyborg queen recruit loyal subjects from the stage. This simple yet effective scare zone is incredibly innovative and quite possibly our favorite of the event.

Gorewood Forest

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Terra Queen

The Terra Queen is back ... and she's coming to reclaim her throne and remake the world in her terrifying image. Sixteen years after the horrific sacrifices of Terra Cruentus, you're invited to return to the Gorewood Forest in Central Park, a realm of transformation where the queen's menacing minions are on the hunt for fresh blood to feed her ever-growing power.

From hidden tree-dwellers to people-sized rats, the creatures that lurk in the fog of the forest are truly terra-fying. The pièce de résistance of this scare zone, though, is the ruthless ruler herself who stands on her pedestal, daring you to enter her domain. Walk through here when the sun sets as the trees become illuminated with the glow of human lifeblood.

Lights, Camera, Hacktion: Eddie's Revenge

Halloween Horror Nights - Treaks and Foons

After last appearing at HHN 25, Jack's brother, Eddie, has returned and transformed the streets of Hollywood into his own personal film set. On a mission to make the goriest sequel "La La Land" has ever seen, he has cast vampires, evil clowns, creatures from the watery depths and other gruesome beings from past events. Get ready for your short — and painful — cameo.

Invasion. Vamp 55. Treaks and Foons. These are just a few of the former scare zones Eddie has brought back with him to help him seek his revenge. The neglected icon may be the centerpiece of this scare zone but he's surrounded by some of the best characters HHN has to offer. This area is chaotically delightful, wonderfully nostalgic and, of course, filled with the satisfying sound of chainsaws.

Halloween Horror Nights Shows

Marathon of Mayhem: Carnage Factory

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Carnage Factory

There’s no manufacturing the screams in this fear factory. A terrifying show that celebrates the top names in horror and HHN history will come to life each night in Universal Studios’ lagoon leaving you with images that will forever haunt your nightmares.

A horror rock opera celebrating ghosts, gore and all things ghastly, Carnage Factory is a feast for the eyes and ears. In his quest to extract your fear, Jack brings along his fellow icons, unleashes Universal's Monsters, welcomes you to Hill House and sends chainsaw-wielding Leatherface chasing after you. The water effects are top-notch (especially when they turn red emulating blood gushing out of the lagoon) and the metal remixes that provided the soundtrack had us banging our heads all the way through.

Halloween Nightmare Fuel

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Nightmare Fuel

A fiery new show is igniting Halloween Horror Nights, featuring nocturnal creatures, aerialists of the night and frightful fire performers. Heads will roll at this epic performance set to pulse-pounding rock, metal and electronica music that might just be loud enough to drown out the screams.

Nightmare Fuel tells the story of a young man trying to escape the horrors that haunt him in his sleep. The stage is literally set ablaze as incredible performers take you inside the man's darkest nightmares with rockin' dance moves and mind-blowing magic tricks that will leave your jaw hanging. This show is not to be missed — and a great way to rest your feet for half an hour!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Food and Beverages

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Pizza Fries

Universal really brought the heat in 2019 when it came to HHN-themed treats and snacks! Having had a full two years to perfect the delectable dishes for this year's event, the culinary team did not disappoint. Once again, you can munch on the iconic Pizza Fries (crinkle-cut fries topped with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and sausage) and its newer sister snack, the S'mores Fries (sweet potato fries, marshmallow, chocolate chips and graham cracker crumbs) — both of which can be found at KidZone Pizza Company.

Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Jack'd Donut Slider

As always, many of the houses even have their own dedicated food kiosk and this year's booths are deliciously promising. The fiendish Tooth Fairies are coming for our cavities with sweet treats such as Monte Cristo Waffle Sticks and Shattered Glass Candied Apples. Jack the Clown is serving up circus-themed favorites, including Dr. Pinetti's Confetti Battered Oreos and Tiny's Twinkies. The Crain family is hosting a tea party from Hell with items such as Jalapeño Popper Sandwiches and Luke's Grilled Cheese. The Pumpkin Lord has cooked up some gourd-themed grub in the form of Pumpkin Guts and Field of Screams Gyoza. Just look at that Jack'd Donut Slider!

What about alcoholic beverages, you ask? Well, there's plenty of liquid courage concoctions making their debut at this year's event. We've already tried the Arnold Palmer-based Poison Tea Party and the refreshing and fruity Ghoul Juice (both of which have a hint of allspice in them) and can't wait to come back for the Blood Orange Cider and Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout Beer Floats. For the fearless teens, Fanta has created three exclusive Flavorween mixes for the event that you'll be able to get at Coca-Cola Freestyle machines around the park: Fanta Grape Goblin, Fanta Orange Jack-O-Lantern and Fanta Strawberry Scary Skull.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Frankenstein Cupcake

Stop by Universal Studios' Classic Monster Cafe where the Bride of Frankenstein has taken over and is serving up classic German dishes such as Reibekuchen (potato pancakes with applesauce) and beautifully dichromatic ice cream cones, as well as the Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store for desserts galore, including Graveyard Cupcakes and Pumpkin Cocoa Bombs.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Merchandise

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Tribute Store

Each year, the event’s merchandise typically features all of the haunted houses and scare zones, so you’ll be sure to find a nice memento (whether it’s a T-shirt or a souvenir cup) for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2021. Look for T-shirts and other ghoulish delights in the Tribute Store in Universal Studios Florida which will open closer to the start of the event or, if you're already feeling the spooky spirit, head over to the Five and Dime store in the Hollywood section of the park to grab shirts, posters, backpacks and more from the HHN preview merchandise display.

Also, travel to the Lost Continent over in Islands of Adventure where you'll find the brand-new All Hallows Eve Boutique. This new merchandise spot is like a mini Tribute Store — complete with jack-o-lanterns and skeletons around every corner — and is the perfect place to pick up T-shirts celebrating some of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights houses including Beetlejuice and the famous HHN icons, as well as cups, hats, socks, blankets and pumpkin spice sauces. You can even create your very own scented wax candle here!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Special Experiences

Here are some of the special experiences that will hoppen during Halloween Horror Nights 30.

Jack Attacks

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Jack Attack

An old friend has made his terrifying comeback. The most notorious icon in HHN history, Jack the Clown, has returned to scare the living daylights out of us frogs! This year, he's popping up where you least expect with him with surprise "Jack Attacks" that will send you running for your life. Nowhere is safe, as Jack's ominous and unrelenting presence will infiltrate every corner of the event — from the streets to the houses to places you will never expect in your wildest nightmares. We were lucky enough to catch him in his brother's scare zone, Lights, Camera, Hacktion: Eddie's Revenge. It was so much fun watching him interact with the crowd — aka, his loyal "Maniacs" — and be as chaotically unhinged as we remember him!

Also, it's definitely worth it to get to the park before the gates open as Jack addresses the crowd via mega-phone and welcomes everyone back to Halloween Horror Nights. Get a good spot at the center turnstiles because, while you can hear him, you won't be able to see him from the sides.

Halloween Horror Nights at Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - The Storyteller Scissors

You won't just find Jack at the event itself. Universal Orlando Resort hotel guests have access to an all-new, limited-time "Jack'd Up" experience at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Here, you can get a closer look into the world of Jack and some sinister environments inspired by his past invasions of Halloween Horror Nights. Additionally, the hotel's Swizzle Lounge lobby bar has transformed into the "Horror Icons Bar" and features specialty beverages and snacks inspired by the event's most infamous icons, as well as props and costumes that pay an eerie homage to HHN past.

R.I.P. 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 R.I.P. Tour is a guided experience that grants V.I.P. access to everything Halloween Horror Nights has to offer. The tour includes one-time entry to all of the houses, reserved seating at select shows, Universal Express for one-time use on each attraction (weather permitting) and admission to the exclusive R.I.P. 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.

Rides Open During Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Men in Black

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. (Note that the regular Express Pass does not work during Halloween Horror Nights — if you want to skip the ride lines during the event, you'll need an HHN Express Pass.)

These are the rides that will remain open during Halloween Horror Nights 30:

Check out the event map for attraction closing times, and schedule in time to hop on your faves if this is a priority for you!
  • TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3D
  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Men in Black Alien Attack

Note: Some of the rides may close up to two hours prior to the end of the event. For example, Diagon Alley, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3D and Rip Ride Rockit usually close early.

Our Top Tips for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

Buy your tickets in advance!

Halloween Horror Nights requires a separate ticket from regular theme park admission. Make sure to purchase in advance (bonus: you can save money too). You don't want to have to wait in any more lines than you have to!

Consider an Express Pass only if hitting all 10 houses in one night is a priority

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Express Kiosk

We always get asked if the Express Passes are worth it. Our answer is that it really depends on when you're going and if you want to hit all 10 houses in one night. We'd definitely recommend it on Fridays and Saturdays in October, especially closer to Halloween. Wednesdays and Thursdays are less busy days, and if you take advantage of early entry (see our next tip!), you have a better chance of hitting all 10 houses without an Express Pass.

Universal does sell Express Passes at kiosks throughout the park. So if you change your mind while you're there, you have that last-minute opportunity. You can also buy an Express Pass that's half the original price but it only works after 11 p.m. Just keep in mind that both of these Express Pass options are subject to availability.

Get to the park early

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Hotel Guest Entrance

We can't stress this enough: Arriving early 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 hotel guests also have a dedicated line from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the left side of the entrance. Even better is staying in the park after it closes for early entry, so you can hit a few houses before it gets super busy later at night.

Leave the kids at the hotel 

Lily always stays at home for Halloween Horror Nights. 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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Crypt Scare Actor

Universal won't let you in with them. Plus there are enough costumed creatures inside the park!

Dress light and stay hydrated

Is it just us, or is September in Orlando hotter than ever before? Despite taking place mostly after dark, we were still sweating our lil' frog legs off all weekend at Halloween Horror Nights 30. Wear cool, comfortable clothes.

On top of being deceptively hot and humid, Halloween Horror Nights is a pretty intense event. Bring a water bottle to make staying cool a breeze and save money. Only bottled water is available.

Only take the necessities

As with any visit to Universal, you will go through metal detectors ... so we always recommend traveling as light as you can, but this holds especially true for Halloween Horror Nights 30. When walking through crowded haunted houses and being spooked by scare actors in the streets, you won't want to be hauling too much with you. We recommend a small bag that securely closes ... you don't want anything important spilling out when you jump in fright!

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.

Eat early

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Mel's DIE-IN

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 drinks can get long at times! Fuel up before you leave or early in the evening, and you can spend more time getting the daylights scared out of you.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Bride Mini Cake

Here are the Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2021 dining options (in addition to food and beverage carts):

  • TODAY Cafe
  • Universal Studios Classic Monsters Café
  • Bone Chillin'
  • Jack’s Place and Carnival Courtyard
  • Finnegan's Bar & Grill
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
  • Häagen-Dazs
  • Louie's Italian Restaurant
  • Richter's Burger Co.
  • Mel's DIE-IN (Mel's Drive-In)
  • Beverly Hills Boulangerie
  • Starbucks
  • The Fountain of Fair Fortune
  • Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour
  • The Hopping Pot
  • Fast Food Boulevard
  • KidZone Pizza Company

Splurge on snacks

If you have time to dedicate to fun food and drinks, check out the event-exclusive goodies, such as this Bride of Frankenstein Oreo Mini Cake. Eating (and Instagramming, TBH) these goodies is always enjoyable.

Watch out for the creatures of the night!

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.

Respect the scare actors

Last but not least, please remember that the scare actors are people too! No matter how monstrous they may seem, the scare actors will not actually touch or hurt you ... so please treat them with the same respect! Keep your hands, food, drinks and any unkind words to yourself for the best experience for everyone involved. This event is all about having FUN! Avoid using flash to photograph any "creatures" in the scare zones, and just ask if you really feel the need. They'll usually be happy to pose for (or with!) you.

Halloween Horror Nights - Hacktion Scare Actor

Are you planning on attending Halloween Horror Nights Orlando in 2021? What questions do you have for us about the event? Share in the comments below. 

Related: Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry

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Oct 19, 2021 at 10:13 p.m. Jesse Says...

Can Quick Service dining plans be used during HHN?

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Oct 20, 2021 at 4:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jesse!

Unfortunately, the Universal Dining Plan is no longer available for purchase.

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Oct 14, 2021 at 12:18 p.m. Sebastian Says...

Do you know how crowded it has been in he past when Halloween night falls on a Sunday?

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Oct 14, 2021 at 1:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sebastian!

In the past, it has varied. Because Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, we'd expect that the Friday and Saturday before will be more crowded, but we think Halloween night could still possibly be busy since it's an anniversary year and HHN did not hoppen last year so there's more demand overall this year.

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Oct 12, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. elisa white Says...

someone told me that the characters are not running thru the park this yer that they are in glass boxes is that true or false

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Oct 12, 2021 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elisa!

Inside the scare zones, there are scare actors who might remain stationary and/or stand on a platform (but not in glass boxes), but there are some scare actors roaming around as well.

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Sep 26, 2021 at 5:59 p.m. Olga Says...

Thank you for posting this!!! As someone who has NEVER been to Horror Nights this was the beat information out there. Thanks again.

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Sep 26, 2021 at 9:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Olga!

You're so welcome! We're hoppy to help :) Have a scary good time!

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Sep 26, 2021 at 11:14 a.m. tracey morris Says...

Is there a possibility that HHN will add on extra dates in November as the biorders will be opening

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Sep 27, 2021 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracey!

We aren't sure about the possibility of extra HHN dates at this time.

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Sep 23, 2021 at 11:53 p.m. Nate Says...

Was told they are no longer doing the 1/2 price Express passes after 11 pm, nor do they utilize the special entrance for hotel guests (former BMG entrance) for HHN this year. Can you confirm this please?

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Sep 24, 2021 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nate!

We saw the hotel guest entrance in use when we went earlier this month. We also asked about the half-price Express option. On the night we went, it was unavailable because they had sold out of Express passes completely, but the team member that we had talked to said it is still an option if available.

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Sep 17, 2021 at 4:17 a.m. Karla Ramirez Says...

I have had an annual pass and stay onsite always but I have never heard of this until reading the article- can you explain what/where the priority gates are?

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Sep 17, 2021 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karla!

If you're thinking of the dedicated priority line for hotel guests, then there will be signs directing you to the left of the main entrance (the pathway that goes up toward the former Blue Man Group theater). It's open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Since you have your annual pass, you can also take advantage of the Stay & Scream holding areas (you must be inside the park before it closes at 5 p.m.). More info about early entry can be found here. Hope this helps!

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Sep 16, 2021 at 8:38 p.m. Liz MM Says...

Is the parking fee discounted at all between 6-10p, or is it full price until 10p? Thanks in advanced!

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Sep 16, 2021 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

The parking fee is full price until 10 p.m. on HHN nights.

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Sep 15, 2021 at 8:24 p.m. Diane Says...

We are planning to spend day and HHN. We want park to park for day, looking at RIP tour, so would we need 3 separate tickets?

1.park to park

2. HHN

3. RIP

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Sep 15, 2021 at 3:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diane!

Yes, that is correct! If you wish to visit during the day, then you'll need the park-to-park ticket. A R.I.P. Tour does not include separate HHN admission, so you'll need to purchase both.

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Sep 13, 2021 at 10 p.m. Monica Says...

I am only interested in Islands of adventure. I am planning on halloween horror nights at Islands of adventure. Is there a Scream early 30$ for Islands or just Studios? Because I want to ride all the rides and goto halloween haunt qithout being there during AM hours. Im a night wolf.

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Sep 14, 2021 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Monica!

Halloween Horror Nights only takes place at Universal Studios, so there is not a Scream Early or HHN ticket available for Islands of Adventure.

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Sep 13, 2021 at 1:20 a.m. Stephen Says...

So as far as the Express Pass goes.. can you just walk up the each house/ride and get into the express line? or do you have to select a specific time slot and show up then?

Thanks for all the great info

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Sep 12, 2021 at 8:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephen!

You can just walk up to the Express line — you do not need a return time. The only time that they might tell you to come back is if a queue hits full capacity.

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Sep 16, 2021 at 3:24 a.m. stephen Says...

Awesome! thanks

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Sep 16, 2021 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

No problem, Stephen! Have a scary good time :)

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Sep 8, 2021 at 8:49 p.m. DJ Says...

Hello! I am planning to go to HHN this year. I also want to enjoy all of the rides that both parks have to offer during as well before HHN starts. My question is, in the efforts to save a little change, are all of the rides open during HHN? I know that I would have to buy a P2P ticket for the daytime and the separate HHN ticket at night but if the same rides that are open during the day are open during HHN, as well...I figure I may save money by just buying the HHN ticket. Advisement? Thanks in advance!

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Sep 8, 2021 at 4:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi DJ!

Only select rides are open during HHH, which include Revenge of the Mummy, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts*, Men in Black Alien Attack, Transformers* and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit* (the ones with * close early in the night). There is also an option for a Scream Early ticket ($30) that grants you regular park admission to Universal Studios Florida at 3 p.m. and access to the Stay and Scream holding areas for early admission. (It would not have park-to-park access though.)

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Sep 6, 2021 at 2:26 p.m. Morgan Barnes Says...

We want to visit Universal Studios but do not need to hit HHN because we will have a young child with us. Would it be better to go on a Wednesday or Thursday when HHN is not happening? Does the park stay open later?

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Sep 7, 2021 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Morgan!

In September, the official park hours calendar is showing that Universal Studios Florida closes at 5 p.m. most days (regardless of HHN), except for Mondays and Tuesdays (which close at 6 p.m.). Park hours for the majority of October have not been released yet, but we'd expect it would be about the same.

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Sep 5, 2021 at 12:46 p.m. Kristi Says...

This is our first year going to HHN. We have Premiere Passes. Can we go earlier during the day and stay in the park if we are using our free HHN ticket? Can we purchase Express Passes if using our free HHN ticket?

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Sep 7, 2021 at 8:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristi!

Yes, you can use your Premier passes to enter the park early. Then, once the park closes at 5 p.m., you can go to one of the holding areas for HHN Early Entry. Express Passes are sold separately, so you would be able to purchase them (we'd suggest the earlier, the better as the price can go up, or could sell out, as it gets closer to your date).

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Sep 3, 2021 at 8:12 a.m. Jane Says...

If I'm going to Universal Studios during the day but NOT Halloween Horror Nights, I know I have to leave by 5pm. My question is up until 5pm are all rides operating or do some shut down prior to 5pm to prepare for HHN event?

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Sep 3, 2021 at 12:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jane!

While the park officially closes at 5 p.m., the entrances to queues for rides and attractions may close about 30 minutes early, as needed, to prep for the event. So we'd recommend hopping to any must-try rides earlier in your day!

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Aug 31, 2021 at 2:43 p.m. Chris Says...

Is there a commemorative refillable cup with discounts for alcoholic beverages this year?

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Aug 31, 2021 at 12:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

Yes, there will be souvenir refillable cups for alcoholic beverages this year!

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Aug 31, 2021 at 1:50 p.m. Chelsey Says...

Thanks for this! So excited to go! My question is - will I still be able to experience Harry Potter, Diagon Alley, general HP shopping, buy a wand and butterbeer during this event? I’m trying to decide during my visit to attend during the day or to try and kill two birds with one stone and go to horror nights instead. What do you think?

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Aug 31, 2021 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chelsey!

Diagon Alley is open during the event but usually closes earlier in the night (around 11 p.m.). The ride is available and the shops are open, but the wand pairing experience is not. If you want to experience everything in Diagon Alley but also want to go to HHN, then we'd suggest considering the Scream Early add-on ticket ($30; separate HHN ticket required) which allows you to enter the park at 3 p.m. So you could go to Diagon Alley from 3-5 p.m. before waiting in the Stay & Scream holding areas for HHN, which allows you to be already in the park once HHN starts (and sometimes the holding areas are released a bit early!).

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Aug 28, 2021 at 4:56 p.m. Kayla Says...

Hi! We have one in our family that wants to see HHN, but two that don't. Will the hogwarts express be open during HHN? We arent sure if walking through the areas at night would be too much or if we would be able to stay in diagon alley

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Aug 30, 2021 at 11:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kayla!

No, unfrogtunately, the Hogwarts Express isn't open during Halloween Horror Nights.

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Aug 17, 2021 at 2:46 a.m. Andrea Says...

Does it matter which ticket I purchase? I want to go to the HHN, but I still want to ride the other universal attractions. Which ticket should I purchase in order to do both?? Are the prices different?

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Aug 17, 2021 at 9:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea!

If you're just wanting to ride some of the attractions at Universal Studios Florida during HHN (select rides remain open during the event), then you only need a HHN ticket! However, if you wish to go over to Universal's Islands of Adventure to experience any of those attractions, you'll need a regular park ticket.

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Aug 15, 2021 at 3:02 p.m. Linda Says...

I just want to make sure, can you just buy a ticket for HHN without having to buy a park ticket? I just want to go for HHN. Thank you!

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Aug 16, 2021 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda!

Yes, it's toadally possible to buy a HHN ticket by itself if you're only wanting to go to the event. Have fun!

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Aug 6, 2021 at 1:15 p.m. Scott Says...

Hey team!

Just bought the Premier AO pass with the free HHN night. How does that work? do you just show up at the gate and fingerprint in like normal or do you have to go to will-call or something?

Thanks!

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Aug 6, 2021 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott!

To redeem your free HHN ticket as a Premier passholder, you just need to present your annual pass at any turnstile!

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Jul 28, 2021 at 4:36 p.m. Wendy Says...

Hi. If we want to do a weekend trip for Horror nights and only do Horror nights do we need a park ticket or just a ticket to HHN? Thanks.

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Jul 28, 2021 at 12:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy!

Since you're only attending Halloween Horror Nights, you'll just need a HHN ticket!

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Jul 19, 2021 at 5:41 p.m. Celia Says...

Hello! We'll be attending HHN this year at the end of Oct. We'll have our kids with us (ages 13 and 16). My son (13 y.o) enjoys haunted houses, but I realize these may be more intense than your average haunted house. My daughter (16 y.o) is nervous!! I may opt to riding some rides with her while the son enjoys houses with Dad. Has there been many preteens/teens at these events in years past? We may think twice about bringing them if this is predominantly an adult event (aka 90%+ adults) Any advice you can offer for the nervous 16 y.o is welcome, too! TIA!

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Sep 18, 2021 at 9:52 a.m. Jessy Says...

Hi, this is my 1st time too. I'm going with my 2 sons (19 & 26) they love this kind of stuff but i don't so needless to say i totally understand your daughter's nervousness about it but what I've done is go on YouTube & look up the 2021 HHN & they show walk thru's of the house which are the scariest things i think your gonna experience ya know. And it helped me to know what to expect in advance. You may want to check it out (with her) so you guys can decide on advance if she can handle it or just put out all together. I personally watched it (reluctantly lol) several times until i didn't feel so scared & i feel more ready for what's to expect now. Before checking it out, i was confident i'd pass out at the entrance let alone ever making it inside lol. Good luck & hope your family has a blast.

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Jul 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Traci Says...

The RIP tour says that it keeps reserved seating for you. While on the tour, do they take u to the show?

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Jul 20, 2021 at 10:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Traci!

Currently, the live entertainment has not been announced yet. But in the past, yes — the show is built into the tour's itinerary.

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Jul 6, 2021 at 7:53 p.m. RAD Says...

We are new annual passholders and have already visited once since we bought our passes. I was planning another trip with our kids (10 and 11) September 15-18 as I thought the crowds would be low. Any reason to be concerned that the crowds might actually be high during the day since HHN will have already started? Also, if we leave Universal Studios by 5pm can we be sure we will miss the scare actors? I don't think my kids are ready for the scary stuff.

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Jul 6, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

It's possible you might see an increase in crowds on Friday and Saturday (17th and 18th), but it's still relatively early in the HHN season (it gets busier on the weekends in October). You can check expected crowd levels on our Crowd Calendar! Universal Studios Florida closes to daytime guests at 5 p.m. so you would not see any scare actors while you're there. Universal's Islands of Adventure stays open for a few more hours, so you can spend some time there if you don't want to leave that early. HHN is only at Universal Studios Florida.

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Jul 4, 2021 at 7:39 p.m. Lana Says...

I couldn’t see on the website, I did see the starting time is 6:30pm but does anyone know what time the HHN would close on a Sunday?

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Jul 1, 2021 at 1:22 p.m. Jessica Says...

My daughter is 18 and is terrified of clowns. She will be coming but her and her dad will not be doing HHN. Are there scary characters in City Walk and Island of Adventures she will see or is it ok for her to go?

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Jul 1, 2021 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

No, there aren't any scare actors in CityWalk or Universal's Islands of Adventure.

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Jun 26, 2021 at 6:05 p.m. Rea Says...

If we are planning an October trip to Fla and looking at doing both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Orlando while there but have no interest in the HHN. What time do reg day pass people get kicked out of the park on HHN days?

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Jun 27, 2021 at 9:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rea!

HHN does not take place at Islands of Adventure, so you would be able to stay until its official park closing time. Universal Studios Florida usually closes at 5 p.m. for daytime guests.

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Jun 26, 2021 at 5 p.m. Carlisa Says...

Hello, we plan to attend HHN this year, and we plan to stay in one of the onsite hotels. My boyfriend is not a fan of rides and we ONLY want to do HHN. Do we have to purchase park passes to get in and will we still be able to get early access?

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Jun 27, 2021 at 9:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carlisa!

No, you do not need regular park admission if you're only going for HHN. As Universal hotel guests, you will have a dedicated entry lane for faster access into the park, but early entry isn't available unless you're already in the park for daytime hours. We'd still advise arriving early, as the gates often open a little early to start letting people in. In past years, Universal has sold a special "Scream Early" ticket for about $25 per person, which allowed HHN guests to enter the park, starting at 3 p.m., so they could take advantage of the early entry holding areas without daytime admission, but so far, a similar option has not been offered this year (and we're not toadally sure if there will be one, but we'll keep our eyes and ears out).

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Jun 23, 2021 at 11:55 p.m. Dani Says...

Are the haunted houses open during the day like they were in 2020 or only during the night with the separate HHN ticket?

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Jun 24, 2021 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dani!

This year, it'll be back to having haunted houses only open at night with a separate HHN ticket.

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Jun 23, 2021 at 4:55 a.m. Chris Says...

My wife will be visiting Universal Florida on Thursday, September 30 and Friday, October 1st. We are debating on HHN for 1 night or 2. Considering we will be getting an Express Pass, would we be able to do everything in one night? We are also staying at the Hard Rock so I believe we'll have a separate line to get into HHN quicker?

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Jun 23, 2021 at 9:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

If you decide on only one night, we'd suggest Thursday over Friday to increase your chances of getting through every house. There is a separate entry line for hotel guests, and we'd recommend arriving early if you don't have day admission (if you do, take advantage of the Stay & Scream holding areas). Since you'll be getting Express passes, we think one night should be fine (especially if it's a Thursday night), as it's still relatively early into the season. In 2019, we went on the last Thursday night in September, and we managed to get through a majority of the houses without an Express pass. This year, we think HHN could potentially be more crowded overall though, due to pent-up demand from it being canceled last year, so Express passes would still help you get the most out of the event.

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Jun 19, 2021 at 12:50 p.m. David Moskowitz Says...

Hi! A few of my family and myself will being going to HHN at the end of September. My wife does not like being scared by people. Is it possible for her to go with us to HHN and avoid the scare actors? Are there scare free zones or ways to limit her exposure to scare actors? Are there scare free places she can sit in while the rest of us are in the houses? Or would she be better off staying at the resort? Any advice? Thank you very much for your assistance!

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Jun 21, 2021 at 8:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a scare-free zone, though it usually closes early by 11 p.m. and she would have to go through multiple scare zones to get to it. There are small pockets of other scare-free zones, but she would still need to go through at least one scare zone, as two of them are usually near the entrance. If she can brave through some of them, there would be places to sit (by the lagoon behind Transformers and in Central Park). If you look up HHN maps from previous years, you can see where the scare zones are (they usually stay the same year after year), but also note that scare actors with chainsaws usually roam in the Simpsons area, which isn't marked as a scare zone. But overall, if she wouldn't want to go on rides and would only sit around, then it may not be worth it for her.

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Jun 18, 2021 at 5:34 p.m. brianna gentile Says...

Hello! My BF and I just bought 2 day 3 park tickets AND HHN tickets. I was planning on doing universal during the day on halloween and then HHN later in evening, which means we would have early access. Do we still wait in line for those who are already in the park? Or once they start kicking everyone out in the park that dont have HHN tickets we just start walking around and doing stuff? How have the crowds been for HHN on Halloween? I know I will have early entry, but really want to do as many houses/mazes as possible and am debating if it would be worth it to get express pass for event although I have early access. Also, the other day I have tickets we were planning on doing VB during day and IOA afterwards into the night on 11/3. Does that sound like enough time to experience both?

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Jun 21, 2021 at 11:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brianna!

Since you'll be in the park, you won't have to exit and re-enter the park, but when it's time for the park to close for day guests, you will need to go to one of the Stay and Scream holding areas. We feel that crowds on Halloween can vary, depending on demand and the day of the week it falls, and this year, it's hard to predict. Since it falls on a Sunday, it may not be as crowded as Friday and Saturday during that same weekend, but on the other hand, it could be busy since last year's event was canceled. If you can swing for Express, we'd recommend buying in advance now before prices increase so you have a higher chance of getting through all of the houses. Though if you want to wait it out until you're there, they've also sold half-priced Express tickets (if available) after 11 p.m. which could be a good option if it ends up not being super busy but you need more time. You can get a rough idea of what Universal expects crowds to be like by looking at the ticket prices, if that helps you too. Volcano Bay likely won't be as busy since it's early November (and it falls during the week), so we think combining Volcano Bay and IOA into one day would be a good plan.

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Jun 9, 2021 at 1:01 p.m. Jenna Says...

Planning on late Sept trip and just saw the HHN. Is it best to get a 2 park pass to go back and forth to get the most out of a day pass only since they close universal only if not interested in HHN? Or, if interested in HHN, just come to that? Having a hard time paying for full day pass when they close at 5. Thoughts?

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Jun 9, 2021 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenna,

If you're not interested in HHN and you're only planning to spend one day at the parks, then yes, we'd recommend a Park-to-Park ticket so you can hop over to Islands of Adventure once Universal Studios Florida closes early for HHN.

If you are interested in HHN, then it depends! Depending on the night, HHN can be so busy that it's hard to fit in all of the houses - let alone do anything else (though usually ride wait times can be lower, due to more people waiting in lines for houses). So if you're more interested in HHN than rides, just attend the event. But if you want to experience as many things as the park has to offer while you're already there, then we'd recommend both a day ticket and a HHN ticket.

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Jun 5, 2021 at 8:58 p.m. PAT Says...

If we are staying on site at one of the 3 hotels that give you the express pass, would this also hold true for our tickets for HHN if we are not using one of our day park passes?

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Jun 8, 2021 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pat,

While Halloween Horror Nights does offer event-specific Universal Express passes, the benefit for premier hotel guests only applies to daytime Universal Express access.

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May 8, 2021 at 11:12 a.m. Trish Says...

Hi, will all the rides in IOA be open during the HHNs? Thanks.

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May 10, 2021 at 7:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trish,

No, unfortunately, Universal's Islands of Adventure is subject to regular park hours and does not stay open late during Halloween Horror Nights.

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Apr 17, 2021 at 4:13 p.m. Anissa Bourke Says...

I was wondering if the Food and Wine Fest in Epcot overlaps the Fright Fest in Universal and if so what are the typical dates for that? Thank you

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Apr 19, 2021 at 8:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anissa,

Yes! The EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival and Universal's Halloween Horror Nights overlap. This year, the Food and Wine Festival will take place from July 15 to Nov. 20 (which is starting unusually early — generally, the festival lasts from late August to mid-November), while HHN will take place on select nights from Sept. 3 to Oct. 31 (generally, it takes place in September and October).

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Mar 23, 2021 at 5:49 a.m. George R. Says...

Hi ! I'm going in October 2021 , will be visiting 4 days the Universal parks along with WDW other days , we have 2 small kids so we want to skip HHN , we know is not for small children , any advice ? Do HHN happen every day of October or just some days ? Thanks in advance :)

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Mar 23, 2021 at 5:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi George,

In October 2021, Halloween Horror Nights will be hoppening every Wednesday night through Sunday night, as well as Tues., Oct. 26. Hope this helps!

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Mar 22, 2021 at 9:11 a.m. Dawn Says...

Hi, I’m trying to figure out what days do the 80’s night usually fall on for HHN in Orlando? Or do they have them at all? I know HHN in Hollywood were I believe on Thursdays. Trying to plan a 10 day Orlando vacation at most parks, and trying to pack as much in as possible.Would like to go on an 80’s night to HHN if possible. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thx

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Mar 22, 2021 at 4:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dawn,

In the past, there have not been specific '80s Nights during Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando, but there have been '80s themed thrills, including the haunted houses themselves. For instance, we expect some '80s influence inside the Beetlejuice house this year! As for general advice, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays are generally less crowded. Hope this helps!

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Mar 21, 2021 at 2:08 a.m. Sarah Waites Says...

Hi! This is my first time ever going to Universal or HHN! I am a big horror fan and want to get EVERYTHING I can out of our visit to both. We are planning on staying in the park, should we get 3 day tickets to the parks and HHN. Or would 2 days be enough to cover everything there is to see?

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Mar 22, 2021 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

You're going to have a toadally awesome time! We'd say it depends on when you're going during the HHN season. If you'll be there in early September right when HHN is starting, then it likely won't be as crowded and you may able to get a lot accomplished in two days (especially if you go on a Wednesday or a Thursday). But if your visit is hoppening in October, closer to Halloween, then you may want to consider three days. That said, we're still not quite sure what the park capacity limits will be like during that time. If there are capacity limits, crowds may be lower than years past. Stay tuned for more details! Overall though, if your top priority is to experience everything you can, then planning for three days wouldn't hurt if you can swing it.

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Mar 16, 2021 at 7:17 p.m. Kacey Darnell Says...

when WILL Halloween NIGHTS OF HORROR TICKETS GO ON SALE

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Mar 16, 2021 at 2:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kacey!

No dates have been released just yet, but we've got our eyes and ears open! We'll be sure to update as soon as they're on sale so you can hop on it :)

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Apr 30, 2021 at 2:55 p.m. bekki Says...

Have the dates for purchasing the tickets been released as of yet?

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Apr 30, 2021 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bekki,

Not yet! We'll keep you updated once we hear more.

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Mar 5, 2021 at 9:35 p.m. Patches Coffman Says...

I understand that the daytime express pass doesn't work during HHN, but does the HHN pass include rides and houses, or just the houses? And how close do they usually have people enter the houses precovid years? I don't want to have a nonstop line of people in front and rear of me cause scares can be hit or miss.

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Mar 9, 2021 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patches!

Yes, the HHN Express Pass includes both rides AND houses! :) Pre-COVID, there was a pretty steady stream of people, so we generally had someone both in front of and behind us. This is a new year, with new operating procedures, so this year may be different. We'll keep you posted as we hear more!

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Oct 13, 2020 at 12:12 p.m. Molly O Says...

Is it worth taking our kids to Universal in October if we do NOT wish to attend HHN? Will we get less time in the parks? We are hoping to pop on over to WDW for the MNNSHP for a night if possible. Thanks!!

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Oct 13, 2020 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Molly!

We think so! Generally, Islands of Adventure stays open later than Universal Studios Florida during HHN time, so you should still be able to get in some good ride time :)

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Sep 11, 2020 at 2:12 p.m. Lisa Greene Says...

We have attended the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party but we have never attended this one at Universal. I just wonder if it would be too scary for my 8-year-old son.

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Sep 11, 2020 at 9:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

We generally advise that only older kiddos attend, since HHN can be pretty intense, even for adults :) We leave our kiddos at home for this one.

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Jul 10, 2020 at 10:28 p.m. Juan Says...

We're expecting to arrive Sat 10/31 and planning to visit HHN30 both Sat and Sun 11/1 which is the last night this year. If we get one of the in-advance tickets they're currently selling, can we visit the Park both days? I don't fully understand what blockout dates mean (Saturday 31/1 is one of them). Is it worth to get an express pass too?

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Jul 13, 2020 at 5:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Juan,

If you are talking about the Buy an Event Night, Get a Second Free that Universal is offering, the answer is that you would be able to use the ticket for Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Halloween Horror Nights. This is only for the special event and thus only includes Universal Studios Florida during the event. If you wish to visit the other park, you would need to purchase separate theme park admission.

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Jun 28, 2020 at 5:18 p.m. Jacqueline B Says...

We will be arriving at Universal Studios at 3:00 pm and staying for HHN that same evening (we have a regular park ticket and a separate HHN ticket). When the park closes at 5pm, will any of the restaurants be open to eat dinner between 5pm and 6:30 pm ? I understand you can stay in holding, but can you eat dinner as well?

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Jun 29, 2020 at 12:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacqueline,

Yes! Typically, there are restaurants open in the holding area. Finnegan's is usually open in the NY area, and several restaurants are open in the Simpsons area.

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May 27, 2020 at 2:55 a.m. Wanda Moore Says...

How much are the tickets for Halloween Horror Night?

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May 27, 2020 at 9:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wanda!

The price can fluctuate based on the date, but these tend to range from $70-$120 or so. Hope this helps!

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May 22, 2020 at 11:09 p.m. Lisa Says...

Stupid question but confused on the prices....if we want to go to universal during the day and stay for HHN, whats the price for universal since it’s half a day there? Do they offer a ticket for both attractions....day universal and HHN?

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May 26, 2020 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

If you'd like to head to Universal during the day and Halloween Horror Nights in the evening, you'd need admission to both the park(s) and the event. Last year, Universal offered a Scream Early ticket that allowed Universal Studios Florida admission starting at 3 p.m., plus entry to HHN. Not all tickets for this year's event have been released, but we're keeping our eyes peeled for ticket options and will be sure to update this post accordingly once we know more! :)

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May 27, 2020 at 3:45 a.m. Lisa Says...

Thanks for replying!! Seems so expensive to pay full admission to universal to only stay open till 5:00 and then have to pay over $80 for HHN. Lol. Would be way to expensive for family of 4 lol

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Mar 17, 2020 at 3:13 p.m. Marc Says...

Hello. We were thinking of visiting Universal Studios Florida on Friday 10/23 and Monday 10/26 (before our return flight at 7pm), but do not want to do the Halloween Night. Do you know how long the park will be open for visitors who did not purchase the Halloween ticket? Do they kick us out at a certain time? Does the Halloween night impact any rides during the regular park days (as in they are closed because they are setup for Halloween Night, or other changes that they do to serve Halloween Night)? What should we consider if we just want to visit the parks as a regular visitor and not do the Halloween Night? Thank you.

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Mar 19, 2020 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marc,

Typically on event nights the park closes to regular guests at 5 p.m. There should be no impact to rides.

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Oct 30, 2019 at 8:48 p.m. Karen Cazares Says...

I’m going in a few mins to the HHN event. I bought my ticket on Groupon is this the only ticket I need or do I also need ticket for the actual studios? Also how much is parking?

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Oct 31, 2019 at 3:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

You should only need your Groupon ticket. Parking is $26 for general admission, or free after 10 p.m. Have fun!

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