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Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 Survival Guide

by Leap on October 1, 2019 2161 Orlando

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Breaking news, frogs! Universal Orlando Resort announced the dates for Halloween Horror Nights 30! The event will be returning for its 30th anniversary for 39 select nights from Thursday, Sept. 10 through Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. You'll face all-new scares and reimagined haunts inspired by the past in 10 brand-new haunted houses, five scare zones, live entertainment and more. Details about Halloween Horror Nights 30 will be unmasked next year. Stay tuned for updates!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando PinterestIt's that scary time of year again! Fog is in the air, and your worst nightmares are wreaking havoc inside Universal Studios Florida for Halloween Horror Nights. The most creative minds at Universal Orlando have brewed up new houses and scare zones to haunt you like never before on select nights from Sept. 6 to Nov. 2, 2019.

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 you need to know about Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 29. We were lucky to attend a couple nights of the event so we could share all of the terrifying details. Check out our guide 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 29 Dates & Best Times to Visit

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Line at Entrance

The event runs select nights September through November at Universal Studios Florida. For 2019, the dates run between Sept. 6 and Nov. 2, typically from 6:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. While all nights are popular, the crowds generally increase as it gets closer to Halloween.

The Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 dates are:

  • Sept. 6-8, 12-15, 18-22, 25-29
  • Oct. 2-6, 9-13, 17-21, 23-27, 29-31
  • November 1-2

Best Dates to Visit Halloween Horror Nights 29

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. 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.

Most recommended days

September: 6, 7, 8, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26

October: 2, 3, 9, 10, 17

Medium crowd days

September: 13, 14, 20, 21, 29

October: 4, 6, 13, 21, 23, 24

Most crowded days

September: 27, 28

October: 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31

November: 1, 2

Halloween Horror Nights 29 Tickets

It'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 if you want to visit during the day. You'll also need regular park admission if you want to take advantage of Halloween Horror Nights early entry (more on this below). We are also hoppy to announce we are offering Halloween Horror Nights tickets this year. And don't froget, you can book your discount hotel through us too!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Houses & Strategy

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.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Blood Pit Line

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 and Universal's Endless Summer - Surfside Inn & Suites — 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.

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

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 three houses before the event officially started at 6:30 p.m (on a Thursday).

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 official opening could do five, six or perhaps 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).

Here are the Halloween Horror Nights Houses for 2019:

Stranger Things 

Fan-favorite Stranger Things has returned to Halloween Horror Nights Orlando in 2019. This all-new house takes you to Hawkins, Ind., and features scenes not only from season two of the show, but also the brand-new season three. With so much material to work with, this is the longest house of the night to walk (or run) through — our RIP tour guide said it has 14 scenes. You'll see your favorite characters, such as Eleven using her telekinesis powers, and face the creepy Demodogs. Flora hates to admit that she hasn't seen the show, but she was impressed ... as were super fans, like me!

Nightingales: Blood Pit

The original house Nightingales: Blood Pit transports you back to Ancient Rome during its worst drought in centuries. A ruthless emperor has declared that gladiatorial games will occur nonstop until the rains return. To add onto the bloodshed of the games, you find out the origin of the nightingales (which first appeared in 2011's Nightingales: Blood Prey) as they feast upon the dead and dying. We could practically smell death in the air. This house felt a bit claustrophobic but had some good jump scares that got us!

Universal Monsters

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Universal Monsters

In this new house, face many iconic monsters all in one — the more, the scarier! From Dracula in his gothic castle to the Wolfman in a Bavarian forest, you must escape these monsters one-by-one in each of their natural habitats. Watch out for Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Mummy and more. My personal favorite was the Creature from the Black Lagoon scene because the lighting really makes you feel like you're underwater. (Look up to see a body "floating in the water" above you!)

Depths of Fear

Dive into the unknown in this new original house. Workers of a deep-sea mining company have delved too deep and encountered "Mouthbrooders," a parasitic race of creatures that spew flesh-eating acidic eggs. You're trapped in a claustrophobic mining facility underwater as you witness infected miners being driven mad by infection, all while there's a high-pressure countdown to the self-destruction of the facility. The sound design is incredible in this house! The blaring alarms and the buzzing of electrical failure heighten the urgency to get out as quickly as possible.

Ghostbusters

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Ghostbusters Entrance

I ain't afraid of no ghosts ... but I still got scared in this house! For the first time ever, Ghostbusters is coming to Halloween Horror Nights. Just in time for the original movie's 35th anniversary, you'll be transported to New York and walk through favorite scenes from the New York Public Library and the Temple of Gozer. Save the day with Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston, as you face Slimer, Gozer the Gozerian, Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and more ghoulish spirits. It's definitely more of a fun tribute house than one that's packed with jump scares. I don't want to spoil anything, but there was at least one jump scare that got me good!

Yeti: Terror of the Yukon

Fellow loggers and trappers have frozen to death while trying to escape the Yeti clan from the torn-apart logging camp in the remote Canadian tundra. But it's not just the winter elements you need to fear. You enter the labyrinth of caves into Yeti territory, and meet the same doom of those who came before you and couldn't escape. The beasts will not stop until the snow turns blood red. Look high and low for yetis in all shapes and sizes.

Us

Ready to face your evil doppelgänger? This haunted house is based off the horror movie hit, "Us," that was released earlier this year. Follow in the footsteps of Adelaide Wilson through the Wilson family beach house and Santa Cruz Pier, as well as the underground tunnels that stretch for miles below America. Beware of "The Tethered," a group of doppelgängers of every living man, woman and child in the country. They're ready for murder and revenge! As far as best sets go, we think this incredibly detailed house is at the top of the list.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Killer Klowns Photo-Op Outside House

Universal Orlando brought back last year's popular scare zone and has turned it into a full-fledged house. This new experience will feature the baby Klowns, Boco and Klownzilla, who weren't at last year's scare zone but are ready to bring terror this year. Before you enter their circus tent, grab a photo with some of those Killer Klowns. Don't be fooled by the sweet smells of cotton candy and buttery popcorn ... it's a sign that the Klowns are right around the corner! And don't let the bright neon colors and whimsical carnival music distract you. The Klowns can come at you from any direction — in my case, two directions at the same time.

Graveyard Games

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Graveyard Games

In Ascension Parish Cemetery, it's normal to find teenagers playing games among the tombstones. But it appears that two teens went too far, and they have defaced the cemetery and awakened the spirits. Ghosts of every shape and form will seek revenge as you try to escape the maze of mausoleums and decaying coffins. While waiting in line for this original haunted house, you can chat with a few teens and town storytellers to learn more about the history and legends of the cemetery. You just need your phone to open Facebook Messenger to the Halloween Horror Nights page. *Spoiler alert*: Hands down, the creepiest part is at the end as you hear the ghosts whispering, "Come play with us," in total darkness.

House of 1000 Corpses

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - House of 1000 Corpses

Let's just start off with the facts. Yes, there are a thousand corpses in this house. You confront the Firefly family and encounter the legendary Dr. Satan. Keep an eye out for Fish Boy, the latest addition to Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen. If you don't like guts and gore, this house probably isn't the one for you.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Park Map 

Check out the official park map for Halloween Horror Nights 29, so you can get an idea of the layout of the haunted houses and scare zones. 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 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 Orlando 2019 Scare Zones:

Zombieland Double Tap

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Zombieland Double Tap

Based off the Zombieland movie and its upcoming sequel, this scare zone welcomes you to the United States of Zombieland. Fend off the spreading infection and bloodthirsty zombies. Just remember: always double tap and beware of the bathrooms. The blue lighting and extra fog hide the zombies pretty well!

Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe

Rob Zombie's music comes to life in this scare zone. His heavy metal sounds and imagery take center stage, as you come face-to-face with his twisted, otherworldly creations. There's also a photo-op of the car that resembles a Munster Koach from the "Dragula" music video.

Anarch-Cade

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Anarch-Cade

Neon slashers are out to play this 80s-inspired arcade game, which has taken over Avenue of the Stars. However, you'll quickly learn that "Game Over" means a permanent end for you. This is one of the first ones you encounter. We love the neon colors and arcade game-inspired props.

Vanity Ball

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Vanity Ball Scare Zone

You know what they say, "Beauty is pain." In the streets of Hollywood, blade-wielding artists slice up willing participants into horrific living works of art. You may see them strut down the runway, showing off their grotesque make-overs.

Vikings Undead

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Vikings Undead

Face brutal undead Viking warriors, who have risen and taken over Central Park. Expect a lot of bloodlust and gore from this scare zone. We spotted a very tall Viking who seemed to be in charge of scaring guests entering their territory. Out of all the scare zones, we enjoyed this one the most because it completely transforms once the sun goes down. It's also the narrowest, so you're forced closer to the Vikings.

Halloween Horror Nights Shows: 

Academy of Villains: Altered States

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Academy of Villains: Altered States

The Academy of Villains show returns this year with an epic experiment of mind and body. Man’s true nature is dragged out into the dark, gothic streets of anarchy. This all-new performance features a killer mix of theatrics and dance, including an aerial performer and a mind-blowing contortionist that you just can't look away from. Catch the show at 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. or 11:45 p.m.

Halloween Marathon of Mayhem

A brand-new show is providing spooks and scares at this year's event! The lagoon lights up with iconic scenes from Stranger ThingsGhostbustersUniversal Monsters and Killer Klowns from Outer Space, with water effects, lasers and projections. Shows take place at 10 p.m., 11 p.m. and 12 a.m. each night, and it's only 10 minutes long. If you're in the area and it's close to showtime, it's worth checking out. But don't stress over it if you need hit more haunted houses!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Food and Beverages

Universal really brought the heat this year when it comes to HHN-themed treats and snacks.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Pizza Fries

The Pizza Fries are back, and they're as popular as ever. These crinkle-cut fries topped with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and sausage are basically our dream menu item. However, adding some competition is the brand-new S'mores Fries (sweet potato fries, marshmallow, chocolate chips and graham cracker crumbs).

Stranger Things has inspired a series of tents called Starcourt Mall Food Court, which is dedicated to the restaurants spotted in the background of season 3, such as Imperial Panda (Chinese food) and Ole Amigo (Mexican food).

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Starcourt Mall

What about alcoholic beverages, you ask? Well, this year, Halloween Horror Nights 29 is serving up a sweet selection. There are four special event drinks: The Saturn, Vampire's Curse, The Twilight Galaxy and Blood Pit. Two frozen drinks — Syrup & Waffles and Candy Corn — make a return.

I was especially impressed by the beer selection at the special event drink booths. With quite a few craft beers on tap, the Pumpkinhead Ale was my favorite. This was the perfect Halloween Horror Nights beverage for me and perhaps for many other Daddy frogs out there!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Merchandise

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 2019.

This year, we were obsessed with the variety of the houses and scare zones. Some of these were already cult classics, or soon-to-be from Halloween Horror Nights alone. The merchandise highlighted ALL of our favorites, from Ghostbusters to Universal Monsters. The swag ranged from your typical event tees highlighting each house to actual props and masks.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Special Experiences

Here is what you can expect to scare up in terms of special experiences available at Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019.

Scareactor Dining Experience

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Scareactor Dining Experience

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 is  $49.99 (plus tax) and includes dinner, a digital download of one photo taken during the experience and more. Get more details and book here.

Available on select event nights:

Sep. 6, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29

Oct. 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31

The first seating begins at 5 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 Academy of Villains, 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 29 Rides

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. Please note that the regular Express Pass does not work during Halloween Horror Nights. These are the rides are open during Halloween Horror Nights 29:

Check out the event map for attraction closing times, and be sure to schedule 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
  • Fast & Furious – Supercharged
  • The Simpsons Ride (open select event nights only)

Note: When we visited last year, some of the rides closed up to two hours prior to event close. For example, the night we attended, the park closed at 1 a.m. and we noticed that Fast & Furious, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts and TRANSFORMERS were closed for the night by 11 p.m.

Our Top Tips for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Entry Line

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

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 busier days, and if you take advantage of early entry (see our next tip!), you have a better chance of hitting all 10 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 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 - Holding Area

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 guests have a dedicated line from 6 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

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

Dress light and stay hydrated

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Anarch-cade

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 this year at Halloween Horror Nights 29. Be sure to wear cool, comfortable clothes.

On top of being deceptively hot and humid, Halloween Horror Nights is a pretty intense event. Be sure to hop on those free cups of water periodically, or bring a water bottle to make staying cool a breeze.

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 29. 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 alcohol) 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.

Here are the Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 dining options (in addition to food and beverage carts):

  • TODAY Cafe
  • Universal Studios Classic Monsters Café
  • Finnegan's Bar & Grill
  • Louie's Italian Restaurant
  • Richter's Burger Co.
  • Mel's DIE-IN (Mel's Drive-In)
  • Beverly Hills Boulangerie
  • Starbucks
  • San Francisco Pastry Co.
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • The Fountain of Fair Fortune
  • Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour
  • Fast Food Boulevard
  • KidZone Pizza Company

Splurge on snacks

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Candy Corn Frozen Drink

If you have time to dedicate to fun food and drinks, be sure to check out the event-exclusive goodies, like this candy corn (non-alcoholic) frozen drink. This year, the hit Stranger Things house also lent itself to some delicious waffle treats worth trying. Eating (and Instagramming, TBH) these goodies is always enjoyable.

Watch out for the creatures of the night!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Chainsaw Creature 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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Rob Zombie Scare Zone

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 be sure to ask if you really feel the need. They'll usually be happy to pose for (or with!) you.

Are you planning on attending Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019? What questions do you have for us about the event? Share in comments below. (Oh, and the Frog Family is trying to settle a debate on the best houses and scare zones of the year, so we toadally welcome your input.)

Related: Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry

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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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Oct 29, 2019 at 8:04 p.m. Anna B Says...

How busy do you anticipate it being on Halloween with it being a Thursday night

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Oct 29, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna!

Halloween tends to be pretty busy - we're expecting a 7/10 in terms of crowds.

Hoppy Halloween!

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Oct 30, 2019 at 12:07 a.m. Anna B Says...

If you hade to choose Thursday night 10/31 or Friday night 11/1 which do you think would be less busy

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Oct 30, 2019 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna!

Great question! It's really a toss up - Halloween will be busy, but Friday will, as well! If we had to guess, we'd say Halloween night will be slightly less busy than Friday.

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Oct 28, 2019 at 8:01 a.m. Joseph Paul Says...

I just Love Orlando and Its Halloween Nights. Last year I watched horror nights in a show.

Just in case anyone who is buying tickets for it I would recommend to use pure vpn service while onlline shopping. I just some how remained safe from a hacker. so please be safe. Thanks :)

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Oct 19, 2019 at 1:54 a.m. Doggie Says...

What do you expect the crowds to be like on Nov 1 & 2? Generally, after Halloween is a great time to go. However, this year the only HHN days after Halloween are on a Friday and Saturday. How busy do you think it will be on those days? Thanks.

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Oct 21, 2019 at 1:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Doggie!

We have the exact same thoughts - generally, those are great times to go, but with it being a Friday and Saturday, we think things will be busier than usual! According to our Crowd Calendar, those dates are forecast to be a 6 and 7 out of 10, respectively. If you do go, make sure you hop back to update us!

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Oct 27, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Susan Says...

If you’re in the park in a holding zone before 5:00. You can get to see all 4 of the major houses in the front In less than 2 hrs on a Saturday as we did. We then makes our way to the back and did more. So on October 26th we got in holding zone at 4:30 and we got to see 8 out of 10 houses and went on 4

Rides and got to eat dinner as well

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Oct 17, 2019 at 2:57 p.m. Michael Says...

Will there be horror nights in 2020?

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Oct 17, 2019 at 10:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael!

Dates haven't been confirmed yet, but we'd bet on yes :)

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Oct 14, 2019 at 11:44 p.m. Rose Says...

Hi Leap!

We are planning to get a park hopper for IOA and USF and then would like to go to HHN! Just wanted to know if it is possible to to get back to IOA after the HHN begins.

Thanks!

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Oct 16, 2019 at 8:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rose!

Yes, it is possible to return to IOA until that park closes (which is usually until 8 p.m.). However, if you plan to go on Oct. 24, IOA closes at 7 p.m., and on Oct. 29 & Nov. 1, IOA closes at 6 p.m. Just to be sure to hold onto your HHN ticket, so you can re-enter over there!

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Oct 14, 2019 at 2:18 p.m. Auston Harper Says...

Do you know ware the neon people got their costumes from if so can you please let me know -Auston

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Oct 12, 2019 at 4:42 p.m. Leslie Says...

How do we know which rides will be open tonight? Tickets purchased.

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Oct 15, 2019 at 9:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leslie!

The rides open during Halloween Horror Nights are TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3D, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy, Men in Black Alien Attack, Fast & Furious – Supercharged and The Simpsons Ride (open select event nights only). Hope you had a great time!

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Oct 12, 2019 at 2:07 a.m. Ann Says...

Can you list the house the scariest to least scary. Also, I have and 11 year old daughter who loves Halloween and Haunted Houses. She does not scary easy at all and has been to haunted house before and been perfectly fine. I know it says not recommended under 13 but can she go tough the houses. If so are there any you would recommend her not doing? She really wants to go and didn’t want to make her feel left out because she is the youngest and can’t go with the rest of the family

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Oct 15, 2019 at 3:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ann!

Your 11 year old is able to go, but we don't recommend it, as some can be pretty scary. Ghostbusters should be the least scariest (though there may be a little language involved), then Killer Klowns. House of 1000 Corpses and Nightingales are both very gory (and we saw a grown man crying outside of Nightingales, so we'd suggest she sit that one out). Graveyard Games is very dark, and Depths of Fear was very loud (but got the most screams from us). Since you and your daughter know what she can handle best, we'd suggest checking out our YouTube channel to watch videos of the houses first to see what they are like first hand.

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Oct 9, 2019 at 3:14 p.m. Johnny Says...

Very excited. Wife and I are going tonight, it’s the only night we can go because of work and kids but it’s supposed to rain all night! What can we do?

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Oct 9, 2019 at 4:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Johnny!

Hooray for date night! So sorry about the rainy day, but it may actually thin out the crowds a little. The event will happen rain or shine, though the rain may temporarily close some of the scare zones. We'd pack your poncho or umbrella and stake out some places to grab a drink or a snack together in the event that you'd rather duck out of the elements for a bit. Have a great time!

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Oct 9, 2019 at 4:13 a.m. tom Says...

Did all 10 houses without express past saturday and finished all 10 by 9:30 paid for the scream early ticket and it was worth every penny. Do the popular houses first and then head straight to the back of the park before 7pm Finished all 10 no problem. Longest wait was 15 minutes

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Oct 9, 2019 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Super hopful, Tom - thanks for sharing!

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Oct 8, 2019 at 8:13 p.m. LaToya Says...

Hi,

What if it rains? Will they close the houses? I can imagine the scare zones will close but just was wondering.

Thanks

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Oct 9, 2019 at 4:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi LaToya!

The event will be hoppening rain or shine, though the Scare Zones may close temporarily when it rains, like you mentioned, but the rest should remain open!

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Oct 8, 2019 at 2:28 p.m. Sam V Says...

Hello! I bought the scream early pass that allows you to go in at 3pm-5pm then held in a holding area. But I want to also see the opening ceremony and from what I’m reading it doesn’t look like the early pass will allow me to see it. Do you know the best way to get in the front to see the opening ceremony? And how/where the opening ceremony takes place?

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Oct 10, 2019 at 12:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sam!

Unlike Halloween Horror Nights in Los Angeles, the opening ceremony for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando is a little more informal. You may see some scare actors welcoming people at the gate, but there's not anything official that takes place. We'd opt for early entry versus trying to hop outside of the park to see it :)

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Oct 1, 2019 at 9 p.m. Hanna Says...

Hi!

The half price Express Pass, are those only available in park at the Kiosk? I couldn't find info online to purchase.

Thanks for such a wonderful, helpful article.

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Oct 3, 2019 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hanna!

You are so welcome - thanks for hopping by! That's correct; these are only available at the event (if not sold out). There’s a bunch of small stands inside and outside of the park. You also don’t have to wait until 11 p.m. to purchase (you can buy once you get there, but just can’t use them until the specified time). They ARE subject to availability though, so be sure to hop on them quickly!

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Oct 1, 2019 at 3:24 a.m. Chris Says...

Which is the best alcoholic drink? Thanks! :)

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Oct 1, 2019 at 4:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

There are four specialty cocktails: the Blood Pit and Vampires Curse were favorites, although if you like gin, the Saturn was also great! They were fruity, but not too sweet. We also loved the Dufftobestfest beer at the Duff Beer stand. It’s served during Oktoberfest season all day long. We also like going into Diagon Alley and grabbing one of their specialty beers (such as the Dragon Scale) — they're about the same price as the domestic beers served at the beer tents (although the line is typically shorter) but you get more of a craft beer. Last but not least, if you want a standard cocktail, we found that going into Finnegans was the best option for a quick AC break and strong drinks. Enjoy!

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Sep 30, 2019 at 9:36 p.m. Andy o Says...

I have a balance problem and use a walking stick for balance is this a problem bringinging my stick inside?

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Oct 2, 2019 at 4:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andy!

This should be toadally fine! Have a great time.

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Sep 30, 2019 at 3:46 a.m. RM Says...

Will be visiting for 1 day, Halloween. Imagine this is the busiest day possible. If I wanted to see all 10 houses, would the R.I.P Tour be the best way to guarantee that to happen, and will it? Or even with the R.I.P be subjected to express wait times?

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Sep 30, 2019 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

If you can swing it, we think it's worth considering for that night. If you do choose to go on the R.I.P. tour, you'll get front-of-the-line access, bypassing guests with Express Passes as well.

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Sep 30, 2019 at 12:53 a.m. Mari Says...

Hello! I suffer greatly from claustrophobia, but I hate the idea of not trying the houses. Can you leave a house once you’re in it if it proves to confining for those with my condition? Thank you!

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Oct 1, 2019 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mari,

We love your attitude. You're right — it never hurts to try! Yes, there are team members at various points inside the houses, and they are more than hoppy to help you exit if needed.

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Sep 29, 2019 at 7:28 p.m. Alexis Says...

Are disposable cameras allowed inside the park?

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Sep 30, 2019 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alexis!

They are - just be sure to turn your flash off!

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Sep 29, 2019 at 5:17 p.m. Amanda Says...

I’m going to HHN tonight and we’re doing Islands Of Adventure (i think that’s what it’s called) during the day and then we have a ticket for HHN i’m universal can we still ride rides there even tho we have a one park ticket used for Islands?

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Sep 30, 2019 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

Yes, select rides and attractions are open at Universal Studios during Halloween Horror Nights.

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Sep 27, 2019 at 11:43 p.m. Brian Says...

Hi!

Just a quick question. If we purchase the Halloween Horror Nights tickets from Undercover Tourist for October 29th, will we be able to purchase the express pass from the Universal Studios website for the exact same day or are there restrictions in which you have to purchase both the Halloween Horror Night tickets and the express pass from Universal Studios website?

Thank you for your help!

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Oct 4, 2019 at 2:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian!

That's correct - you can purchase Express directly through Universal even if you purchased tickets for the event itself from Undercover Tourist :) Have a great time!

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Sep 24, 2019 at 12:11 a.m. Tracy Says...

We are staying at a partner hotel and early park admission is included with our package. Does that apply to HHN and if so what time?

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Sep 24, 2019 at 2:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy!

The Early Park Admission privileges do not apply to HHN.

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Sep 23, 2019 at 7:25 p.m. Alyssa Says...

Hi there!

I am going to HHN this October, however I am light-sensitive to strobe lights from my epilepsy.

I always go to haunted houses and Busch Gardens HowlOScream and make our fine.

***But are CAUTION signs posted at each house/scare zone?

Much appreciated! ????

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Sep 27, 2019 at 9:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyssa,

Yes, there are caution signs outside each of the haunted houses! We don't remember seeing any outside of the scare zones. They have some flashing lights (specifically Vanity Ball), but no intense strobe effects.

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Sep 23, 2019 at 3:44 p.m. Lacey Says...

Is Diagon Ally and all the shops open during HHN? We really want to spend time at Harry Potter world and that’s about it so HHN seemed a good time.

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Sep 24, 2019 at 2:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lacey!

Select stores and restaurants are open in Diagon Alley during Halloween Horror Nights. The ride may close early, around 11 p.m. If you’re going to Halloween Horror Nights solely for Diagon Alley, we’d advise against spending the extra money and put that money towards Express instead or hop over on a day with low projected crowds.

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Sep 20, 2019 at 1:39 p.m. Annamarie Says...

So I'm surprising my husband by taking him to horror nights, we haven't been since our kids were small (I'm talking like 14 years) and I wasn't into the haunted houses then n still am not now but I'm doing it for him (bc I'm a big scaredy cat ????). Can I get some advice on how to not totally freak out in the houses and is it true that they don't touch you? That's my biggest fear but i think that if they really don't, I'll probably be ok! I really am looking forward to it!! Thanks for any advice!

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Sep 20, 2019 at 12:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annamarie!

We toadally understand - the event is definitely cut out for the bravest of frogs! The scare actors DO NOT touch you. Look out for holes in the walls and listen to screams in front of you – that way you can expect a scare. Have a great time!

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Oct 21, 2019 at 9:56 p.m. Mark Says...

I would mention that from lots of experience in Haunted attractions that the biggest danger is another patron nearby you jumping and flailing about in the dark. You could easily get hit by someone else reacting to a creature and if you jump and flail yourself, you could hit something hard in the dark like a wall or prop.

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Sep 18, 2019 at 6:42 p.m. James P Says...

I will be flying in late my first night. How late will they let you enter through the turnstile on a night where HHN closes at 1 AM? Maybe I can get the Taxi to drop me off at the Valet Parking area to shorten the walk over?

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Sep 20, 2019 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi James!

They tend to stop admitting guests about half an hour before HHN closes that evening. Otherwise, you should be good to go!

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Sep 16, 2019 at 5:05 p.m. Soniya Says...

Hi Leap! Hope I didn’t miss my question already being answered in the comments. My husband and I are planning to go to HHN for 1 night either Oct 26 or Nov 2 (I know it’ll be super busy!). My main goal is seeing the Stranger Things haunted house, and however many others I can squeeze in after. I don’t want to explore the park earlier, just want to attend HHN. And don’t plan to go on rides. Would you recommend Fast Pass or Early Entry add-on if I don’t want to pay for reg park admission? And if I want to have lesser wait times only because it’s annoying?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 12:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Soniya!

Because it will be super busy, and to maximize the amount of houses you can hop to while minimizing wait times, we'd definitely suggest Express Pass if you can swing it.

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Sep 15, 2019 at 6:56 p.m. Sam Says...

We have annual passes and have guests coming into town that do not. We are not interested in doing the HHN. Will we still be able to go to both Universal and Islands of Adventure Friday morning and afternoon?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 12:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sam!

Yes, both parks are open during the day. USF closes for HHN at 5pm, but IOA is usually open until 9pm (but double check park hours). Have fun!

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Sep 15, 2019 at 3:38 p.m. Shadowballer Says...

Hello,

Thanks for all of the great info! Does the R.I.P ticket include BOTH stage shows?

Thanks much

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Sep 20, 2019 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

The RIP Tour definitely includes the Academy of Villains show, but reserved seating at the Halloween Marathon of Mayhem show will only be included in certain private tours. Hope this helps!

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Sep 15, 2019 at 12:51 p.m. Rebecca Says...

I have a question about the houses. My husband can’t me around strobe lighting and such for medical reasons. Are there lots of this in the haunted houses. We don’t want to pay the extra money if we won’t be able to do much bc of medical reasons. Thanks to anyone that can help!

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Sep 16, 2019 at 12:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca!

The majority of the houses DO have the strobe lighting, so we'd recommend saving that extra cash for a regular park day instead.

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Sep 13, 2019 at 5:18 p.m. Phylicia Says...

We are planning a visit in October and would like to hit bot MNSSH and HHN along with Epcot Food and Wine, but looking to get the best bang for our buck. If we attend HHN is it like MNSSH and you can enter and ride rides during those hours or is it just the houses?

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Sep 13, 2019 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Phylicia!

How fun! For HHN, select rides are open during the event, but not all, including TRANSFORMERS, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy, Men in Black Alien Attack, Fast & Furious and The Simpsons Ride (open select event nights only). Have a great time!

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Sep 13, 2019 at 4:21 p.m. Marcie S Says...

Hi!

I’m trying to figure out my theme park strategy for 10/11 and 10/12. A group of us are going to HHN on 10/11 and don’t know if we should do universal studios throughout the day and then just IOA on the 12th. We were originally going to do IOA during the day on 10/11 and then HHN at universal at night but not sure if that’s too ambitious (ie get through the major rides). We do have someone in our party with a disability so we will have the assisted pass for the group. What are your thoughts?

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Sep 13, 2019 at 4:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marcie!

We’d suggest hopping to USF on the 11th (including HHN) and IOA on the 12th, just to make sure you all get to see everything! There are a few rides (like Gringotts, Rip Ride Rockit, Mummy) open during HHN, but rides like Despicable Me and Jimmy Fallon are not running, so that’s something else to keep in mind. With it being a Friday night in October (closer to Halloween), HHN will likely be much busier. Have a great time!

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Sep 12, 2019 at 12:40 p.m. Ronda Says...

So my family is coming in Saturday afternoon and we're staying until Tuesday night at Portofino's. We have purchased a buy two get three free tickets. We originally were coming into late Saturday night but our flight time is changed and we're actually going to be able to go to the parks around 3. I'm now just reading that'll be a Halloween party 11/2/19.

We did not purchase the water park tickets, only Adventure Park to Adventure Park. Not sure if I want to spend the money for the Halloween party I'm sure adult teens would love this.

Will be be able to access the parks for a couple hours before the Halloween party is to save money or should we just splurge and do the Halloween party? My concern is a staying up so late and then having to get up early the next day to get the full use of the park. Any suggestions or tips would be appreciated and I'm very grateful. This is our first time going to Universal.

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Sep 13, 2019 at 1:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ronda!

This is a tough one! This largely depends on what your family likes to do, and what sort of value you think those two hours are on your first day's visit :) Yes, you'd be able to access the park between 3 and 5 p.m. on HHN night before the parks close to the general public. However, if your adult teens would love HHN, then it may be worth spending a little extra to stay (and having to get them out of bed extra early in the morning!). Others in the Frog Pond may be able to weigh in with their own experiences to help you weigh the pros and cons - either way, have fun!

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Sep 11, 2019 at 9:56 p.m. Mariah Says...

A little off topic from HHN, but I've been looking all over and can't really seem to find anything helpful. I was wondeirng if anyone could give a round about, safe number for spending money for two people. We are going from October 27-November 1. Everything is paid for (hotel, park tickets, HHN tickets, fast passes, meal plans, photos, ect.). We were thinking $1,500 to cover extra meals, alcohol, souvenirs, ect. Thank you!

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Sep 11, 2019 at 3 p.m. Fabiana Says...

Planning on going to Universal and Halloween Night. My husband and daughter are super excited. But maybe me and my son would prefer not to go into the houses or get too scared. Is it possible to just enjoy it while walking around and going to the rides. Or that will be also too scary?

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Sep 11, 2019 at 4:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fabiana!

There are scare actors and zones around the park, even as you're walking from area to area, so while you can avoid the houses, it may be a little too scary for folks who aren't wanting to be spooked :) We'd suggest having a fun visit during the day with your son and leaving your husband and daughter to enjoy the thrills and chills at night!

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Sep 10, 2019 at 7:56 p.m. Michiel Says...

Thanks for this useful info. Are the showtimes for Academy of Villains published somewhere?

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Sep 13, 2019 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michiel,

The showtimes for Academy of Villains are at 8, 9, 10:30 and 11:45 p.m.!

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Sep 8, 2019 at 4:39 p.m. Emily Says...

If I buy an express pass is it $89 on top of the ticket for event admittance?

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Sep 9, 2019 at 10:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

That's correct - the Express Pass comes in addition to the entry fee.

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Sep 13, 2019 at 2:36 a.m. Dawn Says...

The express pass for HHN, is it also for the rides?

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Sep 13, 2019 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dawn!

The Express Pass for HHN is valid for the select rides that are open during the event, including TRANSFORMERS, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy, Men in Black Alien Attack, Fast & Furious and The Simpsons (on select nights).

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Sep 23, 2019 at 1:42 p.m. Angeline Lein Says...

Me and my husband have express passes for horror nights this weekend Fri Sept 27th and sat the 28th what rides will be open those days? The harry potter?

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Sep 23, 2019 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angeline!

The rides available during HHN are TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3D, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy, Men in Black Alien Attack, Fast & Furious – Supercharged and The Simpsons Ride (on select event nights).

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Sep 8, 2019 at 6:36 a.m. Lauren R Says...

Thank you so much for all of the information!!! You rock!

We are planning to go on Wed 9/25 and were thinking about NOT doing express because it isnt a peak day. If we changed our minds, do you know if express is available for purchase later? Or would you recommend just getting it now? Thank you so much in advance :)

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Sep 10, 2019 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

Thanks so much for the high praise - and for hopping by! Our answer largely depends on whether or not you want to hit all of the houses. If so, we’d recommend getting express in advance to be safe. Theoretically, all of the houses would need to have waits of 35 minutes or less to hit all 10 in 6 hours. If you’re OK with missing a few but still hit the majority of them, you can upgrade to express in the park, though these are limited and can sell out. Hope this helps!

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Sep 4, 2019 at 5:14 p.m. Eric you Says...

well universal studios Orlando Florida has not been doing any Halloween horror nights related tweets or anything on face book or instant gram or on their official blog for days what is going on but mike's social media is still active along with other of the accounts of the creators of this years Halloween horror nights in both parks in Orlando Florida and Hollywood California.

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Sep 3, 2019 at 10:21 p.m. Eric you Says...

now we wait for decorations at the front arch for Halloween horror nights in Orlando Florida and we kind of food and drink offerings might be coming this year.

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Sep 3, 2019 at 1:20 p.m. Mike Says...

Hey folks,

If planning to go the weekend of Sept 12/13, if only ONE of these scnearios, which would you choose? One night with express pass (Friday), or two nites with no express pass, but maybe the early screams thing for $25?

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Sep 3, 2019 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

On peak nights, even with an Express Pass, you may need to wait an hour in line (when the normal line is 2-3 hours long) for popular houses, so you may not be able to get through all of the houses in one night. Given that Sept. 12/13 is only the second weekend, it shouldn’t have peak crowds, but Fridays and Saturdays are the busiest days of the week (as opposed to Thursday), so we think either plan is a good one - we'd personally go with whichever is cheaper and/or works best with your schedule!

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Sep 4, 2019 at 11:09 a.m. Mike Says...

That makes sense, thanks. Regarding strategy, once I see the new map that comes out, should we plan according to proximity or plan according to what houses we want to see when we first show up where crowds are minimized? Proximity meaning do houses close together but not at top of our list? Thanks for your input!

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Sep 5, 2019 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

Our pleasure - hoppy to help! We'd suggest hitting the houses in order of priority, hitting your must-dos first just in case things are busier than expected or time gets away from you (which is easy to do with so much to see and do!). Then, we'd double back to hit any that we missed so that way if we can't get to all of them, the ones we missed are ones that we maybe care a little less about.

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Sep 4, 2019 at 10:11 a.m. Geegee Says...

What about opening night September 6. There are 18 of us going and I want to see all the houses. Do I need to get an express pass for everyone or do you think it will not be too busy due to the hurricane? Also we have a 4 and 6 year old. Are they allowed in?

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Sep 4, 2019 at 3:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Geegee!

We don't anticipate it being too crowded, but with so many houses to visit, it still may be hard to get to all of them! While there are no age requirements, we highly suggest leaving the tadpoles at home as Halloween Horror Nights can be pretty scary (even for full grown frogs!).

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Sep 3, 2019 at 2:17 a.m. Eric you Says...

i wonder if Wednesday will be team member or employee preview day or night for Halloween horror nights in Orlando Florida hopefully good sneak previews of haunted house maze attractions and scare zones along with shows happens on that day but lets us see about if the hurricane makes any changes or canceling a few nights of Halloween horror nights or not.

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Aug 31, 2019 at 10:24 p.m. Eric you Says...

looks like we have six days until Halloween horror nights begins for Orlando Florida soon it will be five days then four days then 3 days later comes two days and one more day until game over and vikings zombies rise from the dead then the doctor or nurses are in sweat nightmares everyone see you in hell.

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Aug 29, 2019 at 12:08 a.m. Alan Sieja Says...

We're going to visit Universal in two weeks. I'm picking Weds 9/18 and Fri 9/20 for HHN. Being a slow time and over two days will we need express passes? They add like $300 to the cost. We normally go to Disney during this time but wanted something different. We choose September as we hate waiting in lines.

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Aug 29, 2019 at 3:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alan!

We agree - we don't think you'll need Express Passes since you'll be going twice and crowds are predicted to be low. Enjoy!

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Aug 25, 2019 at 4:17 p.m. B Ball Says...

We are going to HHN on Saturday, September 7 this year. I was wondering if we would need an express pass? We only can stay one day, and we want to see all the haunted houses and scare zones. It’s very early in the season, but it’s on a Saturday, so I’m not sure. I don’t want to spend the extra $100 each if we don’t need to. Thanks for your advice, we really appreciate all the great info on your website!!

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Aug 27, 2019 at 9:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

According to our Crowd Calendar, that day should be a 6/10 - so we don't really think Express Passes will be necessary in terms of crowds. However, if you're looking to do and see everything, it may be helpful in skipping the lines and hopping quickly from one attraction to another. Have fun!

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Sep 2, 2019 at 12:54 a.m. Kris Says...

THANKS for the great tips! Do you think it's easily possible to see all haunted houses without express pass on a Thursday in Sept. (26th)? Or do you think it'd still be a mad race until park closing to see it all? If your answer is yes, express pass is needed even for least busiest times to see everything, then my 2nd question is: WITH express pass at least busiest time is it possible to see everything?

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Sep 3, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kris!

It's a great day to visit, but even with Express Pass, it can be difficult to get through all of the houses in one night. This is our recommended night to give it a try, though!

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Aug 20, 2019 at 8:36 p.m. scott Thomas Says...

The event is great, but the prices are getting so out of hand. $159 for a fast pass!!!

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Aug 18, 2019 at 8:48 p.m. Eric you Says...

i hope we get one more surprise for Halloween horror nights for Orlando Florida and Hollywood California like commercials merchandise food and drink things maybe the live thing they did last year just before the start of the event i will be waiting 16 or 11 or ten days until H H N begins for more updates.

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Aug 17, 2019 at 12:15 a.m. Eric you Says...

looks like we have a second show for Halloween horror nights at Orlando Florida called marathon of mayhem at the lagoon area i still am waiting for one last haunted house maze attraction for Hollywood California called Pandora's box.

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Aug 14, 2019 at 6:40 p.m. Eric you Says...

looks like the last haunted house maze attraction for Halloween horror nights that is shared for both Orlando Florida and Hollywood California is house of a thousand corpses by rob zombie the scare zones for Orlando Florida are anarchy arcade vanity ball zombie land double tap rob zombie hell billy deluxe vanity ball and zombie or dead vikings scare zone then academy of villains altered states has been unveiled now for Hollywood California we have one more haunted house maze attraction called Pandora's box then maybe a few more surprises from Orlando Florida.

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Aug 8, 2019 at 11:30 p.m. Maddie M Says...

We are so excited to attend HHN this year! I was wondering if anyone knows if Universal will still be offering discounted Express Passes after 10 pm? That was a lifesaver last year for my husband and I as we can't typically afford the regular Express Pass prices.

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Aug 27, 2019 at 2:33 a.m. Michael Says...

It depends on how many they have sold. If they still have inventory left, they will offer them for typically 50% off rates. But - think about it - if they aren’t sold out - do you really need to have a fast pass as the crowd is probably a bit down as well. This is simply a last minute money grab. If you really think that fast passes are the way to go - then go ahead and splurge with the full understanding that you WILL get it it and it will be used all night.

Those 3 hour lines do take a toll on the soul.

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