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Your Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

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Just like your recurring nightmare, Halloween Horror Nights returns year after year to haunt Universal Studios Florida. To get you ready for the nation's premier scare event, we bring you everything we know about Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights. From the terror-filled haunted houses to the sinister scare zones, learn what you should expect and how to navigate this popular event!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Marathon of Mayhem: Carnage Factory Show from 2021


Overview of Halloween Horror Nights

It's only June, but the most creative minds at Universal Orlando Resort are currently in the middle of brewing up the haunted houses, scare zones and more for Halloween Horror Nights 31. Keep hopping back to his blog as more information about the event is released, if you dare.

Halloween Horror Nights 2022 Dates and Tickets

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Entrance

The event runs select nights from September through November at Universal Studios Florida. In 2022, Halloween Horror Nights will kick off Sept. 2 and run until Oct. 31. The event typically lasts from 6:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m (usually, with October dates running an hour later than September dates). The event initially runs on weekends, then expands to include Wednesdays and Thursdays closer to Halloween. While all nights are popular, the crowds generally increase as it gets closer to Halloween. The 2022 event dates are:

  • Sept. 2-4, 7-11, 15-18, 21-25, 28-30
  • Oct. 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-31

It's important to note that Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event. You can now get discounted single-night tickets through us, frogs!

An HHN ticket will not get you into the theme parks during regular hours. No need to worry, though! We also offer discount tickets for Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure or Universal's Volcano Bay if you want to visit during the day. Universal Studios Florida generally closes at 5 p.m. for those not staying for the event (though Universal's Islands of Adventure will maintain its normal closing time if you have a park-to-park ticket and would like to hop). You'll also need regular park admission if you want to take advantage of Halloween Horror Nights early entry (more on this below). And don't froget, you can book your discount hotel through us too! If you can't get enough screams in one night, there are usually multi-night tickets available directly through Universal Orlando. Stay tuned for HHN Express passes, R.I.P. tours and Behind-the-Screams tours.

Best Dates to Attend

Unlike many other fall theme park events that generally bring in families for one night, Halloween Horror Nights Orlando scares up a good portion of guests, especially locals, who attend multiple nights throughout the season to experience the fear over and over. The nature of the event and the number of locals have a significant impact on crowds. Saturdays are the busiest nights, with Friday nights not too far behind them. The very best nights to attend as far as crowds go are Wednesdays. It is nearly impossible to see everything in one night without upgrading your experience (which we'll get into later). Still, picking the best night to attend, as well as following our tips below, will help you see and do as much as you can.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Special Experiences

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - The Storyteller Scissors

For the past couple of HHN events, Universal Orlando Resort hotel guests have had access to limited themed experiences at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Last year, Jack the Clown and other HHN icons took over in a "Jack'd Up" experience.

Those looking for an enhanced Halloween Horror Nights experience might consider one or two scary good add-ons which take you through the gauntlet of ghastly creatures and a multitude of menacing maniacs. The R.I.P. Tour is a guided experience that grants V.I.P. access to everything Halloween Horror Nights has to offer. The tour includes one-time entry to all of the houses, reserved seating at select shows, Universal Express Unlimited ride access at all participating rides and attractions for the date of your tour, a pre-tour reception in Cafe La Bamba, access to exclusive cash bar locations, complimentary valet parking and a commemorative tour credential, lanyard and pin.

There's also a Private R.I.P Tour option which grants you and up to nine other frogs all the same perks as the regular R.I.P Tour, plus UNLIMITED priority V.I.P. entry to all the houses, a customizable itinerary and a My Universal Photos 3-Day photo package.

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 rooms in select houses.

Halloween Horror Nights 2022 Touring Plan

The biggest draw of the event each year is the haunted houses. It takes months to construct these movie set-quality houses, and each one has a different theme. We probably don't have to tell you that lines can get very long for this event! If you want to make the most of your evening, you need to decide what is important to you. Do you want to just focus on houses? Would you like to see a few houses and the show? Would you just like to ride attractions since the wait times for them will be low? Since the houses are what most people come for — and see the highest waits! — they are our first priority.

We recommend getting to the park at least 45 minutes ahead of the official opening at 6:30 p.m. to make the most of your time. Typically, Universal opens the gates earlier than the official starting time. (If you're staying at one of the Universal Orlando Resort properties — Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal's Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls ResortUniversal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal's Aventura Hotel or Universal's Endless Summer — take advantage of the priority entrance gate until 8 p.m. to get in more quickly.) In our experience, the gates begin to open for guests between 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

The very best way to do more at the event is to take advantage of Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry, also known as Stay and Scream. You'll need regular park admission and a Halloween Horror Nights ticket to do this, but many of you will already be spending the day in the parks, so why not take advantage? We've written a full post on how Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry works. In 2021, we were able to knock out two houses before the event officially started at 6:30 p.m (on a Thursday night in September).

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

Because of the number of houses and the popularity of the event, it is impossible to see them all in one night. We recommend choosing four or five must-do houses and get those in first. Then, see if you have any time left after you’ve checked them off the list. Those of you who are staying in the park or arriving ahead of the official opening could do five, six or perhaps even more houses. If you want to experience everything, either purchase a Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass (only sold through Universal), plan on visiting Halloween Horror Nights multiple nights or opt for a R.I.P. Tour (only sold through Universal).

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Map

This was the official map for Halloween Horror Nights 2021! Keep in mind that the queues get quite long for the houses closest to the front gates. Waits for houses in the back of the park are typically shorter early in the evening but build throughout the night.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022 Houses

Universal Orlando has started announcing the houses for Halloween Horror Nights 2022! We'll keep this list updated as houses continue to be announced:

Universal Monsters: Legends Collide

After the electrifying success of "The Bride of Frankenstein Lives" last year, Universal is diving back into the world of its beloved creepy creatures with "Universal Monsters: Legends Collide." Travel back to the 19th century in this all-new and original maze where you'll come face-to-fangs with three horror icons of the silver screen: Dracula, The Wolf Man and The Mummy.

The full moon is rising and this triple threat of terror are looking for The Amulet of Ra, a powerful artifact that could not only lift The Wolf Man of his curse ... but help The Mummy and Dracula to rule mankind. Watch out because all three monsters have been pitted against each other on a bloody collision course of chaos — and you're about to be caught in the crossfire.


If there's one thing we know about Michael Myers ... it's that he always come back. Based on John Carpenter's 1978 slasher classic, frogs will wander through this maze which will take you through The Shape's dilapidated home as you relive iconic moments from the film. Beware because this knife-wielding maniac will stop at nothing to get his long-awaited revenge. Do you have what it takes to survive an encounter with the "embodiment of pure evil"?

The Horrors of Blumhouse

Inspired by the new supernatural thriller, "The Black Phone," and horror-comedy, "Freaky," you'll need to outrun TWO serial killers, The Grabber, a demented magician, and The Butcher, who has switched bodies with a teenage girl. Escape The Grabber's "fun" house where ghostly whispers try to help you escape, and watch out for The Butcher, who is on the hunt for her next victim.

While we await the other house announcements, check out our video of one of the most chilling houses from last year, "The Haunting of Hill House."

Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zones

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)! We do not have information on the 2022 scare zones, but take a look at the ones from 2021.

Crypt TV

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

Halloween Horror Nights - Crypt TV

Each set piece and costume was marvelously crafted and brought us right into the world of these menacing monsters. We didn't see any scare actors roaming freely around in here but this scare zone is proof some things can be terrifying even when they're standing right in front of you.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - 30 Years 30 Fears

30 Years, 30 Fears

Now that you've entered, there's no turning back. Production Central, as always, is home to the very first scare zone you'll encounter, and last year, the malevolent monsters from HHN's past took over. Jack, Lady Luck, the Storyteller, Chance and all of their fearsome fellow icons returned — and scared the living daylights out of us once again.

There wasn't a better welcome to HHN than raging metal music, bright bursts of pyro, sinister stilt-walkers, devilish dancers and, yes, that iconic and blinding fog. This scare zone was short but perfectly nostalgic as posters of our favorite icons welcomed us back to Halloween Horror Nights for its petrifying pearl anniversary.

Seek And Destroy

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Seek and Destroy

This scare zone was the closest we got to feeling like a crash landing in a dystopian future. An army of faceless soldiers patrolled the streets with clubs and chainsaws while the Controller and his cyborg queen recruited loyal subjects from the stage. This simple yet effective scare zone was incredibly innovative and quite possibly our favorite of the event.

Gorewood Forest

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Terra Queen

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

From hidden tree-dwellers to people-sized rats, the creatures that lurked in the fog of the forest were truly terra-fying. The pièce de résistance of this scare zone, though, was the ruthless ruler herself who stood on her pedestal, daring us to enter her domain.

Lights, Camera, Hacktion: Eddie's Revenge

Halloween Horror Nights - Treaks and Foons

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

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

Halloween Horror Nights Entertainment

Every year, Universal produces two spectacular shows which are perfect places to take a break from the terror. One takes place at the lagoon and is a thrilling combination of projections, water and music and the other takes place on the former Fear Factor Live stage. The shows for 2022 have yet to be announced, so in the meantime, here's a look at the eerie entertainment that graced last year's event:

Marathon of Mayhem: Carnage Factory

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Carnage Factory

A terrifying show that celebrated the top names in horror and HHN history came to life each night in Universal Studios’ lagoon with images that will forever haunt our nightmares.

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

Halloween Nightmare Fuel

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Nightmare Fuel

A fiery new show ignited Halloween Horror Nights 30, featuring nocturnal creatures, aerialists of the night and frightful fire performers. This epic performance was set to pulse-pounding rock, metal and electronica music that was loud enough to drown out the screams.

Nightmare Fuel told the story of a young man trying to escape the horrors that haunt him in his sleep. The stage was literally set ablaze as incredible performers took us inside the man's darkest nightmares with rockin' dance moves and mind-blowing magic tricks that left our jaws hanging.

Rides Open During Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Men in Black

While most of the focus of the night is on horror, some of the rides are open too. Waits are very low during this time, so it's a great way to experience them if you don't care as much about the houses. (Note that the regular Express Pass does not work during Halloween Horror Nights — if you want to skip the ride lines during the event, you'll need an HHN Express Pass.)

These are the rides remained open during Halloween Horror Nights 30:

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

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Dining and Merchandise

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Pizza Fries

Munch on the iconic Pizza Fries (crinkle-cut fries topped with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and sausage) or its sister snack — the S'mores Fries (sweet potato fries, marshmallow, chocolate chips and graham cracker crumbs).

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

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

What about alcoholic beverages, you ask? Well, there are plenty of liquid courage concoctions to wash down your fear. Last year, we tried the Arnold Palmer-based Poison Tea Party and the refreshing and fruity Ghoul Juice (both of which had a hint of allspice in them). For the fearless teens, Fanta created three exclusive Flavorween mixes for the event that we were able to get at Coca-Cola Freestyle machines around the park: Fanta Grape Goblin, Fanta Orange Jack-O-Lantern and Fanta Strawberry Scary Skull.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Frankenstein Cupcake

Universal Studios' Classic Monster Cafe served up classic German dishes such as Reibekuchen (potato pancakes with applesauce) and beautifully dichromatic ice cream cones. And you can always go to Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store for desserts galore.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Tribute Store

Each year, the event’s merchandise typically features all of the haunted houses and scare zones, so you’ll be sure to find a nice memento (whether it’s a T-shirt or a souvenir cup) for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022. You can usually look for T-shirts and other ghoulish delights in the Tribute Store in Universal Studios Florida which will open closer to the start of the event. Last year, the Five and Dime store in the Hollywood section of the park had shirts, posters, backpacks and more from the HHN preview merchandise display.

Also, in Islands of Adventure, there was a new All Hallows Eve Boutique. This new merchandise spot was like a mini Tribute Store — complete with jack-o-lanterns and skeletons around every corner — and was the perfect place to pick up T-shirts celebrating some of last year’s Halloween Horror Nights houses including Beetlejuice and the famous HHN icons, as well as cups, hats, socks, blankets and pumpkin spice sauces.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Tips

1. 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!

2. Consider an Express Pass

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Express Kiosk

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

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

3. Arrive Early

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Hotel Guest Entrance

We can't stress this enough: Arriving early is the single best way to ensure you make the most of your night. The event typically begins at 6:30 p.m., but Universal often lets guests in up to half an hour early. Universal Resort hotel guests also usually have a dedicated line from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the left side of the entrance. Even better is staying in the park after it closes for early entry, so you can hit a few houses before it gets super busy later at night.

4. Leave the Kids at Home 

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.

5. Leave Your Costumes and Masks at Home

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Crypt Scare Actor

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

6. Dress Light and Stay Hydrated

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

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

7. Only Bring 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. 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!

8. 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.

9. Eat Early

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Mel's DIE-IN

You'll find snacks for sale, as well as alcohol in abundance, throughout the park. Look for carts set up along the streets. Lines for food and drinks can get long at times! Fuel up before you leave or early in the evening, and you can spend more time getting the daylights scared out of you.

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

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

10. Splurge on Snacks

If you have time to dedicate to fun food and drinks, check out the event-exclusive goodies. Eating (and Instagramming, TBH) these goodies is always enjoyable.

11. Watch Out for the Creatures of the Night!

If you want to avoid the street creatures, although we can't imagine why you'd want to, they largely stick to the streets and leave guests on the sidewalks alone.

12. Respect the Scare Actors

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

Halloween Horror Nights - Hacktion Scare Actor

Are you planning on attending Halloween Horror Nights Orlando in 2022? What questions do you have for us about the event? Share in the comments below. 

Related: Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry

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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!

Aug 20, 2017 at 6:01 p.m. Jessica Oleary Says...

This was a very helpful and informative post! I feel prepared to attend now....can't wait!

Aug 20, 2017 at 5:38 p.m. Margaret C Says...

Looks awesome, my family would love this!

Aug 20, 2017 at 4:41 p.m. ada miller Says...

This looks so fun! Ive gotta put this on our bucket list because my family would love this!

Aug 20, 2017 at 3:56 p.m. Tleecet Says...

Amazing blog with some much great information about Halloween Horror Nights @UniversalOrlando which I hope to visit one day soon! #undercovertourist

Aug 20, 2017 at 3:49 p.m. Erika C. Says...

Ohhh this looks SO cool!! Thank you so much for the chance, what an amazing trip this would be!

Aug 20, 2017 at 1:19 p.m. cynthia dawson Says...

Wow this looks so fun! my family would love it!

Aug 20, 2017 at 11:25 a.m. NikkiP Says...

This looks amazing!

Aug 20, 2017 at 1:52 a.m. J.Predmore Says...

Universal Orlando & Halloween - my two favorite things!

Aug 20, 2017 at 1:14 a.m. Alyse Says...

I love Halloween and I love Universal...it would be awesome to attend Halloween Horror Nights!

Aug 19, 2017 at 11:18 p.m. Paula Adams Says...

How fun to be at Universal Orlando for Halloween! Would love to try the Harry Potter ride! Thanks Undercover Tourist!

Aug 19, 2017 at 8:57 p.m. Kelly Kriefall Says...

What a great way to entertain the teens!

Aug 19, 2017 at 8:33 p.m. Crygon Says...

Great write up. Can't wait to go!

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