Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 Survival Guide

by Leap on September 8, 2019 2097 Orlando

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 the first night of the event, so we could share all 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, 17-20, 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 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, 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.

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.

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.


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!

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

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. 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! 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.


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.

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

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.


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.

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.

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).

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

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.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - 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 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

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!

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, 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

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


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

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

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

Hi Deb,

Yes, crowds tend to be a better after Halloween.

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Amy,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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


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

Hi Amanda,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Crystal,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Chayce,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Meredith,

All of the mazes are stationary.

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

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

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

Hi Amy,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

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

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

Hi Ashley,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Donald,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Thanks !!

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

Hi Emily,

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

Keep hopping!


Sep 11, 2017 at noon Carlos Says...

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

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

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

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

Hi Carlos,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

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

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

Hi Kate,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Amber,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Rebecca,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi April!

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

Hi Rebecca,

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

Keep hopping!


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

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

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

I want to go!

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

So fun!

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

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

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


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

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

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

Looks super scary!

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

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

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

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

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

My daughter loves this

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

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

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

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

Aug 20, 2017 at 8:10 p.m. AMOmomOF3 Says...

This looks seriously awesome! I hope to make it there.

Aug 20, 2017 at 7:05 p.m. Sher Kurwa Says...

Awesome blog! Thanks!

Aug 20, 2017 at 7:01 p.m. Kim Jacobson Says...

This looks like a great time! Love horror films and shows.

Aug 20, 2017 at 7:01 p.m. Lisa Eddy Says...

My daughter would love this! =)

Aug 20, 2017 at 6:48 p.m. Andrea Hinckley Says...

This is so exciting! This would be a blast!

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