Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Survival Guide

by Leap on December 20, 2018 1981 Orlando

Do you feel that chill in the air? Well, me neither ... this is Orlando, after all! Believe it or not, Halloween season will be here before you know it. The most creative minds at Universal Orlando have been brewing up new houses and scare zones to haunt you like never before. There were 10 horrifying houses for Halloween Horror Nights 28, a new record! And the team at Universal is hard at work for 2019. In fact, they've already announced the start date for Halloween Horror Nights 29 — Sept. 6, 2019! While full event dates haven't yet been released, the start date is earlier than ever, and the end date will be Nov. 2, 2019! Read on to catch up on the highlights from last year and to prepare for the coming event! Bookmark this post, because we'll be posting more updates in the coming year.

Halloween Horror Nights 28

Halloween Horror Nights 28

For many years running, Halloween Horror Nights 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 28. With more houses than ever, you'll want to make a list of your priorities, get to the park early and plan ahead. In this guide, you'll find details about what to expect from this year's houses, scare zones and other experiences — plus tips for navigating the event!

Our frog family visited the very first night of the event and the following two nights and then we hopped back a few more times after that ... which you should take as a great sign that we could NOT stay away. We'll say this again, but the level of creativity and detail is beyond what you could ever dream of or expect! The 80's vibe of Halloween Horror Nights 28 was well-executed and an absolute blast.

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

Halloween Horror Nights 28 Dates & Best Times to Visit

The event runs select nights September through November at Universal Studios Florida. For 2019, the dates run between September 6 and November 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 2018 dates were:

  • September 14-16, 19-23, 26, 28-30
  • October 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28, 31
  • November 1-3

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - CrowdsBest Dates to Visit Halloween Horror Nights 28

Unlike many other fall theme park events that generally bring in families for one night, Halloween Horror Nights scares up a good portion of guests, especially locals, who attend multiple nights throughout the season to experience the fear over and over. The nature of the event and the number of locals have a significant impact on crowds. Saturdays are the busiest nights, with Friday nights not too far behind them. The very best nights to attend as far as crowds go are Wednesdays. Universal just added two dates — Sept. 19 and Sept. 26 — so these are both good options. It is 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: 15, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26

October: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18

November: 1

Medium crowd days

September: 14, 21, 22, 30

October: 5, 7, 14, 24

November: 2, 3

Most crowded days

September: 28, 29

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

Halloween Horror Nights 28 Tickets

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Mel'sIt'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). While we will not be offering Halloween Horror Nights tickets this year, you may purchase them from Universal Orlando and book your discount hotel through us!

Halloween Horror Nights 28 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 28 - Wait TimesWe 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 and Universal's Aventura Hotel — 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.

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 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 2018:

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Stranger Things Props

Stranger Things

If you're a fan of the show, you won't be disappointed by this house that captures the key elements of season one. It feels like you've walked straight into the Stranger Things set (or even better, the actual world of Hawkins) as you visit the Byers residence, the lab, the middle school, the Upside-Down and more. We could spend hours in here just admiring every detail. Keep an eye out for some of your favorite characters.

Fun Fact: The folks at Netflix gave Universal the blueprints to the Byers' home!

The Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces

The name really says it all here: Carnival Graveyard transports you to a junkyard full of leftover circus and carnival paraphernalia acting as tools for your demise. Huge carnival signs, games and props make this such a fun maze to walk through, and you'll find some of the most creative scares of the houses in here. (Keep an eye out for a wicked clown and creepy ringmaster.)

Slaughter Sinema

The dedication to backstory puts Slaughter Sinema in our top three original houses. While queueing for the house, you'll find yourself at a drive-in that offers teasers of the 80's B-movies you're about to experience inside the house. Spooky sorority girls and killer barbers are only a couple of the villains to keep an eye out for in this house. Slaughter Sinema honors the cheesiness of 80's horror movies with a gorgeous set and sincere scares.

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Haunted Houses

Dead Exposure: Patient Zero

This is easily the house that had me jumping the most, with well-executed scares and an awesome backstory. It's 1982 in Paris and there's been a zombie invasion. To avoid a zombie attack, you must take an antidote that causes "partial blindness." This house has tons of cool details, including one of the best scenes of the night on a Paris subway. Do not hop in line for this house if too much darkness or extreme strobe lights aren't your cup of tea.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Following the plot of Halloween 4, Myers has escaped prison and is after his niece, determined to destroy everything in his path ... including you. We thought this was one of the best "gotcha" houses in terms of scares, but we also like more of a variety of characters. Fans of the film will LOVE this house.

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Poltergeist


Prepare to enter the world of this 1982 supernatural horror film as you face off against all of its nightmarish creatures ... the giant closet skull, a mantis-like monster and the beyond-freaky clown. Despite having not seen the movie, we thoroughly enjoyed this house for its quality scares and amazing set alone.

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Scary Tales

Scary Tales: Deadly Ever After

We weren't sure what to expect with Scary Tales, but Universal blew us away with this house. The Wicked Witch of the West is in control of tormenting your beloved storybook characters, and the outcome is much more creative, unique and twisted than expected. We loved the edgy twist on such classics ... the Goldilocks scene is our favorite! Prepare to be both scared and amazed in this house.

The Horrors of Blumhouse

The Horrors of Blumhouse was one of our least favorite houses, but it was still a fun experience since we are fans of the featured films. It combines your worst nightmares from both "Happy Death Day" and "The First Purge" for an inescapably wicked experience and does a great job of staying true to both films.

Halloween Horror Nights - Trick R Treat

Trick 'r Treat

This is currently our favorite house based on a movie. The story behind Trick 'r Treat lends itself to an incredible house showcasing horrific details and delicious scents. We cannot get enough of the villain, Sam ... is it bad if we think he's kind of adorable? We LOVE how this house tells the story of every twisted scene in the film. Keep an eye out for a crashed bus full of spooky children, a werewolf party and so much more.

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Seeds of Extinction

Seeds of Extinction

A meteor has struck Earth, humans are extinct, and preying plants are out to get you with razor-sharp thorns, suffocating vines and poisonous pollen. Nature has gone wrong, and it's out to get you! We LOVE the concept of Seeds of Extinction, and it's a totally different atmosphere than any of the other houses, but it's not one of our favorites. With the exception of a couple of uniquely killer scenes, it mostly sticks to the same greenhouse vibes throughout.

Halloween Horror Nights 28 Park Map (Click to enlarge)

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Park Map

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

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 28 Scare Zones:

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Vamp 85

Vamp 85: New Year's Eve

Midnight strikes periodically throughout the night as party-crashing vampires ring in 1985. Keep an eye out for 80's icon lookalikes ... we saw Run DMC, Prince and Michael Jackson! Catching their performance on stage is so much fun.

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - The Harvest

The Harvest

An old barn full of foul creatures sets the scene for this harvest of flesh and screams. Located at the entrance of Universal Studios Florida on the street outside of Shrek, the Harvest features spooky props representing each house and a wild array of performers.

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Twisted Tradition

Twisted Tradition

Ancient evil has awoken in Central Park, complete with rotting pumpkins chock full of human flesh. When we walked through, our first thought was, "These costumes are INSANE." Pumpkin guts are pouring out of faces beneath an archway of trees filled with glowing jack-o-lanterns. It was a sight to behold!

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Chucky

Revenge of Chucky

The creepy doll himself is back with an army of toys that he's twisted into new nightmares. You can meet Chucky's bizarre friends in the street and even catch Chucky perform a roast of the crowd before torturing his creator. Maybe it's just because we haven't seen the films, but this was our least favorite scare zone.

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Killer Klowns

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

As for our favorite scare zone: Cotton candy spun from human victims, produced by horrifying alien clowns? Enough said. After recently watching the wonderfully cheesy 80's film, this scare zone is super enjoyable — with clowns that appear to be STRAIGHT out of the movie, cotton candy corpses and a million other fun details (including a rockin' theme song).

Academy of Villains: Cyberpunk - Halloween Horror Nights 28

Halloween Horror Nights Show - Academy of Villains: Cyberpunk

We'll be the first to admit it ... we miss Bill and Ted! However, Cyberpunk offers a fun, interactive show with a theme of robot villains that is super unique from the rest of the event. The stunts and choreography from this cast are beyond impressive, and the performers do a great job of getting the crowd hyped. This isn't a top priority, but definitely worth checking out if you have time. (We haven't seen a need to wait for this ... we recommend grabbing a drink and walking in a few minutes prior to showtime!)

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Academy of Villains

Halloween Horror Nights 28 Food and Beverages

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

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Pizza Fries

Why didn't anyone tell us about the Pizza Fries before? We have been seriously missing out on a legendary HHN menu item. Crinkle-cut fries topped with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and sausage are basically our dream menu item.

Stranger Things, of course, has lent itself to some creative waffle treats. Be warned: Many of these goodies are too sweet to fly solo on ... we definitely recommend sharing! Photographed below, he Triple-Decker Waffle is adorned with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, jelly beans and Reese's Pieces. (And do you see those Christmas light cupcakes? Do you think the chocolate or red velvet would do a better job contacting Will in the Upside Down?) You can find these items at San Francisco Pastry Co. Another item fave is the fudge-dipped waffles on a stick located right by Central Park, or the Waffles and Syrup frozen drink that can be found throughout the park.

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Waffle Treats

What about alcoholic beverages, you ask? Halloween Horror Nights 28 is serving up a sweet selection. Flora enjoyed both of this year's signature cocktails: the Wicked Rad Punch and Totally L.I.T., which can be combined in one of those neat split souvenir cups to make the Gnarly Twist.

The Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale has the perfect amount of seasonal flavor while still being crisp and refreshing.

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 is my favorite. This is the perfect Halloween Horror Nights beverage for me and perhaps for many other Daddy frogs out there!

Halloween Horror Nights 28 Merchandise

Have we mentioned how much we love the 80's theme of the event and how obsessed we are with all of the houses and scare zones? Some of these are already cult classics, or soon-to-be from Halloween Horror Nights alone. The merchandise highlights ALL of your favorites, from Trick 'r Treat's Sam to all of our beloved Killer Klowns. The swag ranges from your typical event tees highlighting each house to actual props and masks.

Be sure to visit the Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store (near Fallon and across from the Vamp 85 stage) for the ultimate shopping experience. Be transported into Trick 'r Treat, Stranger Things and beyond while checking out one of the widest selections of souvenirs.

Halloween Horror Nights 28 Special Experiences

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

Scareactor Dining Experience

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

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Pumpkin Scareactor

RIP and Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tours

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

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Scare Actor Interaction

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

Halloween Horror Nights 28 Rides

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

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!
  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Men in Black Alien Attack
  • Fast & Furious – Supercharged

Note: When we visited, some of the rides close up to two hours prior to event close. For example, the night we attended, the park closed at 1 a.m. and we noticed both Fast & Furious and TRANSFORMERS were closed for the night at 11 p.m.

Our Top Tips for Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Halloween Horror Nights 28 Line

Buy your tickets in advance!

Halloween Horror Nights requires a separate ticket from regular theme park admission. Make sure to purchase in advance from Universal. You don't want to have to wait in any more lines than you have to!

Get to the park early

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

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Drinks

Leave the kids at the hotel 

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

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Killer Clowns Scare Zone

Leave your costumes and masks at home

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

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Scare Zone and Drink Kiosk

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 28. 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 28. 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!

Halloween Horror Nights 28 - Stranger Things Line

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! 

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 28 dining options (in addition to food and beverage carts):

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

Splurge on snacks

If you have time to dedicate to fun food and drinks, be sure to check out the event-exclusive goodies. This year, the headlining Stranger Things house lends 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 28 - Vamps

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

Halloween Horror Nights 28 is one of the most thrilling yet — are you planning on attending? 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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Nov 25, 2018 at 9:57 p.m. Dave Jones Says...

Hi Family Frog,

Firstly, thanks for an amazing resource; I remember reading through your website in the early hours of the morning, before my first day at Universal, and I managed to get on every ride thanks to your expert guidance. I'm planning a return trip to Orlando around Oct/Nov 2019 and was wondering, does HHN tend to make the parks busier in the daytime before the evening events? I'd quite like to pay the extra and attend HHN, but not at the cost of the parks being over-crowded. Any advice much appreciated. Thanks!

Nov 26, 2018 at 2:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave!

Great question. Just like any time you visit the park, there are ups and downs in crowds throughout the event ... some affecting regular park hours, and some not. We recommend checking out our Crowd Calendar for day-by-day specifics. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 31, 2018 at 12:02 p.m. Ghislaine Says...

Hi, thanks so much for all these tips. I plan on going this Saturday, November 3, which happens to be the last night of HHN. I’ve haven’t been to HHN since 2015. I remember on this 2015 trip they were selling expresss passes inside the park but I wanted to know if they still do. I would like to know if for the last day if an express pass will still be worth it or if I can survive without one.

Thank you.

Oct 31, 2018 at 10:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

As the final night AND a Saturday, HHN is likely to be pretty busy with Orlando locals, if nothing else. Express Passes are sold at kiosks throughout the park, so you can always check out the crowds and upgrade if needed :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 28, 2018 at 10:21 p.m. feena Says...

do I need a horror night ticket if I have a general admission ticket?

Oct 29, 2018 at 10:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Yes, you need a separate ticket to stay for Halloween Horror Nights.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 24, 2018 at 6:10 p.m. Dee Says...

I’m on a tight budget but want to go to the Horror park how much is the regular admission and express pass cost?

Oct 25, 2018 at 5:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dee!

Check out all of the ticket options to find what's best for your budget.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 23, 2018 at 7:21 a.m. Jane Doe Says...

Harry Potter's Gringotts also closes at 11pm, FYI.

Oct 22, 2018 at 5:41 p.m. Jennifer Says...

If I purchase an after 2pm day/ night ticket will my party just stay in the park until HHN begins?

Oct 23, 2018 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

That is correct, as long as you have a ticket for HHN as well.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 21, 2018 at 12:49 a.m. Jonathan myhill Says...

I have a good question what is that drink at the Coca-Cola fountain of Hi-C what flavor is it something orange so can you please tell me what flavor it is I really love that Drink..?

Oct 24, 2018 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

It might be Orange Lavaburst :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 20, 2018 at 8:42 p.m. Natalie Says...

Hi, great post I was wondering is Halloween Horror Nights handicap accessible for someone that’s in a wheelchair that is unable to walk?

Thank you,

Oct 22, 2018 at 10:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie!

It sure is! If you're using an ECV, you will be transferred to a normal wheelchair (provided at each house) to go through the houses. It's very accommodating and easy to navigate!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 20, 2018 at 1:59 a.m. Robert Says...

Hi! Do you know of any drink passes for HHN? We did Howl’O’Scream last year at bush gardens and got unlimited refills with a souvenir cup. Do you know of anything similar for this event?

Oct 25, 2018 at 8:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robert!

There is a souvenir fountain beverage cup available that gives you discounted refills at the event :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 8, 2018 at 1:42 a.m. Jesus Says...

Are portable chargers allowed?

Oct 9, 2018 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jesus!

They sure are, and we definitely recommend bringing one!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 30, 2018 at 11:42 p.m. Amber lynne Says...

Hi :) we can only afford to go to either the scary things or the park for the day. We chose scary. When we get that fast pass is it unlimited if we want to go in a house twice? And also does it work for the rides? Thank you

Oct 2, 2018 at 12:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber!

The Express Pass includes Express entry one time per house or attraction. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 28, 2018 at 10:38 p.m. Elena Says...

I will be in Florida the last week of October and would like to attend the theme parks w/out going to HHN. Are the daytime hours just as crowded then? And do they lick you out at 6:30 once HHN starts...? Thanks!

Oct 2, 2018 at midnight FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elena!

The park usually closes at 5 p.m. to daytime guests on HHN nights. You can check out our Crowd Calendar for how busy we expect the park to be :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 24, 2018 at 12:10 p.m. Chris Says...

Do you have "No-Boo" necklaces for the kids who want a less scary experience?

Sep 25, 2018 at 11:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

Halloween Horror Nights is a very immersive event, and therefore, there aren't any "No Boo" options. It is not recommended for those under 13.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 24, 2018 at 9:55 a.m. Edickoff Says...

Well, well, it is not necessary so to speak.

Sep 23, 2018 at 8:50 p.m. Caitlyn Says...

I am going with four people and we are considering buying the fast passes. Do you think it’s worth the money? And is the express pass another thing you purchase on top of regular admission pass?

Sep 25, 2018 at 10:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caitlyn!

When purchasing your ticket, you can make the choice of including Express or not. On a busy Friday or Saturday night, Express passes are a life-saver to help you get more houses done. You might even be able to do them all! On a slow night, they aren't quite as necessary, but will allow for a leisurely night. They are super nice to have :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 23, 2018 at 3:28 a.m. Naj Says...

How much time do you spend in the haunted houses?

Sep 25, 2018 at 10:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Naj!

Each haunted house is only a few minutes long, don't worry!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 22, 2018 at 3 p.m. Rachel Says...

We were planning to attend as a family. This includes my husband and I, 15 and 14 year old and our 10 year old twins. I've never been before is it really considered to much for anyone under 13?

Sep 25, 2018 at 10:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel!

We recommend checking out some of the Halloween Horror Nights videos on our YouTube Channel to get an idea of what the experience is like!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 21, 2018 at 3:51 a.m. Chelsey Says...

Are we able to bring in drinks/snacks? I went one year and they throughouly checked to see if our water bottles were sealed or not (assuming many people sneak in alcohol). Are they doing that this year as well? Or only the metal detectors??

Sep 21, 2018 at 8:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chelsey!

All drinks must be sealed, or reusable water bottles must be empty upon entry. Food is fine. The security process is the same as on a normal day - just walking through the metal detectors. The main concern is your safety!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 20, 2018 at 8:55 p.m. Mark whiteley Says...

First time doing hhn so booked rip tour. Do we tip our guide and if so whats the norm?

Sep 20, 2018 at 8:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

Tipping is accepted and guests should tip the guide based on their experience :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 20, 2018 at 1:26 p.m. Sandi Dalton Says...

Hey there! I can't find the showtimes for the Academy of Villains: Cyberpunk show on the Universal Haloween Horror nights website, can you hook me up? I want to add it to my plan for the evening of the 22nd.

Sep 20, 2018 at 3:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandi!

Showtimes vary depending on the night so we aren't able to offer specifics, but we assure you that there are at least 4 showings each night with showtimes spread out for your convenience. We were able to hop in just minutes prior to the start of the second-to-last show of the night :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 18, 2018 at 1:29 p.m. Jordan Stephens Says...

Hi! My family is going this October, and I have a question. I saw in the article that some rides will be open. To ride those rides, do you have to have a regular park ticket, or can you ride those rides if you're only there for HNN?

Sep 18, 2018 at 9:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jordan!

You can absolutely ride the open attractions with just your Halloween Horror Nights ticket. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 24, 2018 at 9:23 p.m. Karen Says...

Regarding the open attractions, have you been this year and can confirm your listed attractions are open? The reason I ask is because the HHN website only lists three- the mummy, terminator, and the simpsons. Thanks!

Sep 25, 2018 at 11:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

We can confirm! These are the rides listed on the official event map and we have attended multiple nights. Just beware that they may close an hour or two before park close.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 18, 2018 at 3:58 a.m. Patricia Sturm Says...

Universal is going to loose alot of business next year when people find out that it is $22.00 to park and it is not free till 10:00. Also is it a mess to get into the parking garage. The light changed 4 times and I didn't even move. It took me almost a hour to get into the park because of the horrible traffic to get into parking garage. The lines are ridiculous already and the wait times are incorrect. I have been going since the beginning and I must say this is one of the worst years ever. The houses are good but scare zones are horrible it seems like they didn't hire enough people for scare zone. Sadly this will be our last year because Universal is more concerned about making $$$$ than the convenience for the customers. Nobody wants to wait in line for almost a hour to get into the park and pay $22.00 for parking .

Sep 17, 2018 at 11:31 p.m. Maria Leal Says...

Hello! I will be attending HHN this year, and I wanted to know, if I want to go to Island's of Adventure do I have to buy a regular ticket + my HHN ticket? thank you so much!!

Sep 17, 2018 at 11:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria!

Unfortunately not. Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 17, 2018 at 7:19 p.m. Nicole Says...

Is it worth it purchase the Express pass? I will traveling with two friends that don't want to spend the money so I was thinking of treating...because I don't like lines. Does the pass make a big difference? We will only be at Universal for this one night, no day trips planned.

Sep 17, 2018 at 3:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole!

Woah, that would be SO nice of you to treat your friends to the passes. We can assure you it will make an awesome difference to have the Express pass. For example, a 75-minute wait for the Stranger Things house was only 15 minutes with Express. If you only have one night to enjoy, Express is a must if you want to get more than 5 houses accomplished.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 22, 2018 at 3:14 p.m. Shannon Cameron Says...

Debating the Express Passes...Going on a Thursday night (oct 18). If i don't buy them in advance and its crazy crowded are they available inside the park?

Sep 25, 2018 at 10:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shannon!

As long as they haven't sold out for the day (which they rarely do) you can definitely purchase in-park! There are kiosks throughout.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 15, 2018 at 7:40 a.m. Amanda Says...

I will be attending HHN for the first time this year. Please could someone tell me how strict the “no costume” policy is? My daughter wants to wear a pink Eleven style dress but does not intend to replicate her look. Would this be allowed? Thanks

Sep 17, 2018 at 10:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda!

If it's just a similar-style dress (that could otherwise be seen as a normal outfit to be worn anywhere else) then you'll be good to go. Just no costumes or masks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 15, 2018 at 3:54 a.m. Rita Says...

If I have a regular day pass will I have to leave the park once HHN starts at 630?

Sep 17, 2018 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rita!

On Halloween Horror Nights, the park closes to regular day guests at 5 or 5:30 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 14, 2018 at 5:38 p.m. Kelly Everhart Says...

Finally getting to go. I have a electric mobility unit. I read that they cannot go into the houses. What is the procedure please. Thank you.

Sep 17, 2018 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly!

A transfer wheelchair will be provided to you at each house.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 12, 2018 at 4:13 p.m. melissa iadone Says...

My husband and I went last year and it was a blast. We were eating at Finnegans by the window and the purge cast were banding on the glass with their fake knives.

Sep 9, 2018 at 6:25 a.m. Kevin Says...

This is an amazing amount of info..... Definitely looking forward to hitting this up when we visit next month. I understand that it's a separate ticket from the regular Universal day pass, but out of curiosity, do you know if the same Express Pass from the daytime will be honored, or is it an additional Express Pass purchase too? Also I'm still weighing options on hotels..... If this is a separate Express Pass, any idea if staying at one of the 3 original hotels will score you an Express Pass for HHN? Let me know, Thanks!

Sep 11, 2018 at 6:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kevin!

Unfortunately, the Express pass for Halloween Horror Nights is separate and not offered with any hotel stays.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 7, 2018 at 6:39 p.m. Amy Says...

Ive been to Universal Horror nights for the last two years and thought I would be taking the year off but after the announcement of Stranger Things haunt looks like I need to make a trip down again.

I'm considering doing the Scareactor dining just for the chance to get into the park/lines earlier. If I get a 5pm reservation do you think its still worth the price or am I better off just waiting in line at the gate and hoping they let us in early?

Sep 12, 2018 at 12:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

Man, that's a tough question. The scare actor dining experience is awesome, so we definitely recommend it. However, you still may not be let in until around the same time as everyone else. Moral of the story -- don't make your decision solely around whether or not you'll receive early entry.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 6, 2018 at 12:35 p.m. Christian Says...


Does the HHN affect the any other regular park rides/shows for those who don't want to attend HHN? Thanks.

Sep 6, 2018 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christian!

Some Halloween Horror Nights decor is visible during the day, but nothing that will impact regular daytime guests.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 5, 2018 at 11 p.m. ashley Says...

so you can go on the rides listed above during HHN? also, are you allowed to go to islands of adventure as well, like if you have a park-to-park ticket?

Sep 6, 2018 at 3:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

The HHN ticket is totally separate from your regular day ticket. If you have a park hopper ticket for the day, you may also visit Islands of Adventure as late as it remains open.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 3, 2018 at 4:32 a.m. Carrie Capehart Says...

Looks like a lot of fun

Sep 3, 2018 at 4:18 a.m. Lisa Lawton Says...

Would be scary and awesome to go!

Sep 3, 2018 at 3:27 a.m. Rajee Pandi Says...

OMG I want to visit there

Sep 3, 2018 at 3:11 a.m. Alyse Says...

Wish I could go this year!

Sep 3, 2018 at 3:10 a.m. rachel Says...

Wow!! That looks awesome!!

Sep 3, 2018 at 2:25 a.m. Sheila Foley Says...

Great blog. Learned lots of tips. Cool that there is an app for waiting times

Sep 3, 2018 at 12:43 a.m. Karen Says...

I would love to visit Universal. Our family has never been there.

Sep 3, 2018 at 12:23 a.m. Kimmy220 Says...

I love this time of year! The decorations and themes are so fun!

Sep 3, 2018 at 12:07 a.m. Kristin B. Says...

Sounds like an amazing time! Great information

Sep 2, 2018 at 9:24 p.m. Renee Rousseau Says...

My daughter went last year and she said the best thing ever was the park magically transformed to Christmas Wonderland the very next day!

Sep 2, 2018 at 8:27 p.m. Michelle Larson Says...

We were just there and saw some of the HHN sets up throughout the park.

Sep 2, 2018 at 8:07 p.m. Mmkm Says...

Looks so scary!!

Sep 2, 2018 at 7:56 p.m. Jessie Says...

This looks so fun!

Sep 2, 2018 at 7:46 p.m. MehrozM Says...

Pics looks super creepy and fun. I'm sure some day we will make it there. Good luck to whomever wins!

Sep 2, 2018 at 7:39 p.m. Buddy Garrett Says...

I would love to experience Halloween at Universal. Thanks for the very informative post.

Sep 2, 2018 at 7:13 p.m. April Flips Says...

Sounds WAY better than it was in the 90s! Would love to take the fam! But the only way I can is if I win it!

Sep 2, 2018 at 7:11 p.m. MRS MONSTER Says...


Sep 2, 2018 at 7:05 p.m. Jo Ellen Brinegar Says...

Halloween at Disney? What could be better? Thanks for all your valuable information.

Sep 7, 2018 at 2:31 a.m. allie Says...

Universal is not Disney. Disney has their own non scary event. Universal and Disney are two separate companies and theme parks.

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