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Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 Survival Guide

by Leap on October 1, 2019 2161 Orlando

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.


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.


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.


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!
  • 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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Aug 20, 2018 at 5:27 p.m. Carrissa Says...

This looks AWESOME!!

Aug 20, 2018 at 5:26 p.m. Carrissa Says...

This looks AWESOME!

Aug 20, 2018 at 5:06 p.m. Gina E Says...

This is sooo cool OMG I REALLY HOPE I WIN!!! <3 :D

Aug 20, 2018 at 4:56 p.m. Stephanie R Says...

HHN looks fun.....I haven’t decided if my family would love it or be horrified! Haha ????

Aug 20, 2018 at 4:56 p.m. Shanye Says...

Thanks for all your hard work! Trying to plan a trip and this is so helpful!

Aug 20, 2018 at 4:18 p.m. Bethany Says...

Love, love, love HHN!!! So sad I’ll be missing it again this year! ☹️

Aug 20, 2018 at 3:52 p.m. Julie Scalercio Says...

would love to go to halloween horror nights!

Aug 20, 2018 at 3:39 p.m. Commenter Says...

Would love to visit this!

Aug 20, 2018 at 3:36 p.m. Tasha Says...

Stranger Things! ❤️

Aug 20, 2018 at 3:31 p.m. LW Says...

I love Halloween events at all the parks!

Aug 20, 2018 at 3:29 p.m. Patricia Says...

How absolutely hauntingly fun! Time to get your Halloween on!

Aug 20, 2018 at 3:28 p.m. Alexandra P Says...

If I ever get to go to Horror Nights, this is the first place I am looking for info! Thanks Undercover Tourist for the great guides!

Aug 20, 2018 at 3:27 p.m. Tracy H. Says...

I'm a scaredy cat but I think my husband and son would have a blast!

Aug 20, 2018 at 3:23 p.m. Alexia Says...

This looks amazing!

Aug 20, 2018 at 3:11 p.m. Evelyn T Says...

Love to go looks awesome

Aug 18, 2018 at 12:32 a.m. Madyson Says...

Hi! so i was wondering if islands of adventure is open during the halloween horror night times and if there is anything related to HHN during the time or if it is safe to go without getting scared. Thanks!

Aug 22, 2018 at 12:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Madyson!

Islands of Adventure is usually open a bit later while HHN is taking place at Universal Studios. Some of the props are out during the day, but no scare actors or anything too terrifying!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 17, 2018 at 6:10 p.m. Andres Chauta Says...

When do the operating hours get announced

Aug 22, 2018 at 12:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andres!

Operating hours have been announced. :)

Keep hopping!


Aug 7, 2018 at 12:50 a.m. Kim Says...

Why is the event not open Sept. 27? The only thurs. during the 2018 season it seems to not be open

Aug 6, 2018 at 4:32 p.m. Helen Says...

Can you tell me when your horror night tickets go on sale please?

Aug 7, 2018 at 12:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Helen,

Stay tuned!

Keep hopping!


Aug 6, 2018 at 12:31 a.m. Nicolas Says...

Its possible to do HHN in one night?

Aug 18, 2018 at 2:50 a.m. Martha Says...

With express pass absolutely. With time to see some shows eat get drinks etc. Friday’s and Saturdays they are open late but I have done the whole park on a Sunday w/express no shows though but all rides and houses yes.

Aug 6, 2018 at 2:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicolas!

If you only have one night to experience Halloween Horror Nights, we recommend upgrading to the Express pass. There are tons of houses and scare zones to experience, so even with the Express pass, it will be tough to tackle them all.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 20, 2018 at 7:10 p.m. Tina goodwin Says...

We will be there in October!!! Can’t wait

Aug 2, 2018 at 6:03 p.m. Rosalind Medina Says...

LOVE IT, It's FUN and we try to make it every year. I can never get enough of HHN!!!!

Jul 31, 2018 at 1:23 p.m. Rachelle Says...

So they sell an early entry pass as a bonus to get in at 4pm....Do u know if this is to get in HHN early or to be able to go to the regular parks too?

Jul 30, 2018 at 3:52 p.m. Tracy Bushnell Says...

Is there a combo ticket for to enter universal park that morning and stay for hhn that same eveving

Jul 30, 2018 at 4:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy!

Great question. We have not seen any combo tickets available, but recommend calling Universal at (407) 224-7840 to verify.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 26, 2018 at 2:13 p.m. Cc Says...

My 14 year old son is interested in HHN. Lots of info is available re level of gore and scariness, which he will be fine with, but very little info about what I'm most concerned about--exposing him to mysogeny and sexual themes. Any info on how much of that we might encounter in the haunted house themes/characters and the shows? Thanks for all the great info!

Aug 9, 2018 at 12:19 p.m. nikki Says...

While I do think you won't have much of a problem with the houses, some of the shows (one in particular that I remember when we went a couple yrs ago) was VERY suggestive/implicit and the women were barely dressed. I think it was themed to something like an evil overlord was programming the girls to carry out his evil plans or something like that? It was honestly pretty dumb and I don't remember much haha. So I would caution you more about the shows as they often tend to be quite adult.

Jul 31, 2018 at 12:05 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

You can usually get an idea of what to expect depending on the theming of the shows and movies that the houses are based on. There are some sexual elements to some houses, but it’s not over the top.

Keep hopping!


Jul 23, 2018 at 4:19 p.m. Martine Says...


Bought my tickets and added de rip Tour :D

Do you have any idea from what time I can use the valet parking that is included with the rip Tour?

Will that be just before the event starts or can I park earlier on that day ;)

Jul 23, 2018 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martine!

You will be able to use your valet parking earlier in the day! No worries.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 26, 2018 at 5:06 p.m. Martine Says...

That’s great!

Thank you for replying mommy grog (y)

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

can u use the ecv in the houses

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

Hi Daniel!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Kyle!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Luis!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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


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

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

Hi Nakia!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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


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

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

Hi Nikki!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Danielle!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Awaiting patiently for discounted HHN tickets! :)

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

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

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

Hi Dave,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi there,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

Jul 5, 2018 at noon FrogBlog Says...

Hi Desiree,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Dianne,

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

Keep hopping!


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


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

Thank you,


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

Hi Natalie,

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

Keep hopping!


Jul 23, 2018 at 4:43 p.m. Lucy Says...

We purchased 2 days to go to HHN, do you still recommend getting the Fast Pass for this nightly event? Or do you think we will have plenty of time to see it all in 2 nights.

is it even available?

Jul 23, 2018 at 1:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lucy!

Even with two nights, it will be tough to see all of the haunted houses and scare zones. There is a ton to explore! If the expense isn't too much for you, we definitely recommend adding the Express Pass.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 7, 2018 at 5:15 a.m. John Says...

Thank you for all the info! I'm going for 2 days for the first time ever this year. Regarding the express passes, I know I can buy those online but is it also possible to buy them at the park? I figured we'd go one night and then only buy them if we need to for the second night.

Aug 7, 2018 at 1:49 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

Yes, you can buy them at the parks! But be aware, sometimes they do sell out!

Keep hopping!


Jul 23, 2018 at 4:41 p.m. Lucy Says...

I think its also on October 21st too

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

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

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

Hi Anna,

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

Keep hopping!


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


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

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

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

Hi Antoine,

Stay tuned for these!

Keep hopping!


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


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

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

Hi Ryan,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Catalina!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

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

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

Hi Christian,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

Thoughts on pregnant women attending?

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

Hi Stephanie,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Kandi,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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


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

Hi Desiree!

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

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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

Do you know the dates when express pass become available?

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

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

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

Hi Steph,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Carey,

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

Keep hopping!


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

I want to do this one Halloween!

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


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

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

Hi Stephen,

Only selected areas of the park are open during HHN.

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Ver,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

Thank you

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

Hi Karol,

You do not need HHN admission to visit CityWalk.

Keep hopping!


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