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Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 Survival Guide

by Leap on June 6, 2019 2017 Orlando

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 - Graveyard

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. While we all await more details about this year’s houses (psst, Stranger Things is returning!) and scare zones, check out our guide to see highlights from last year, and learn what you should expect and how to navigate this popular event! As soon we get the details, we’ll update you here, so stay tuned.

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Halloween Horror Nights 29 Dates & Best Times to Visit

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 29 - CrowdsBest 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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 - Mel'sIt's important to note that Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event. It will not get you into the theme parks during regular hours. No need to worry though. We offer discount tickets for Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure or Universal's Volcano Bay if you want to visit during the day. You'll also need regular park admission if you want to take advantage of Halloween Horror Nights early entry (more on this below). While we will not be offering Halloween Horror Nights tickets this year, you may purchase them from Universal Orlando and book your discount hotel through us!

Halloween Horror Nights 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 2019 - Wait TimesWe recommend getting to the park at least 45 minutes ahead of the official opening at 6:30 p.m. to make the most of your time. Typically, Universal opens the gates earlier than the official starting time. (If you're staying at one of the Universal Orlando Resort properties — Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal's Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls ResortUniversal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, 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 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:

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 - Stranger Things Props

Stranger Things - Returning for 2019

Fan-favorite Stranger Things is coming back to Halloween Horror Nights Orlando in 2019. This all-new house will take you to Hawkins, Indiana and feature scenes not only from season two of the show, but also season three, which has yet to premiere on Netflix (you can watch it starting on July 4)! You’ll get to walk ( ... or run) through familiar locations, like Chief Hopper’s cabin and Starcourt Mall. Watch out for growling Demodogs!

An Arena of Gore with Nightingales: Blood Pit

As the first original house announced, Nightingales: Blood Pit will transport you back to Ancient Rome during its worst drought in centuries. A ruthless emperor declares that gladiatorial games will occur nonstop until the rains return. To add onto the bloodshed of the games, a horrifying species of primitive creatures — the nightingales — feast upon the dead and dying. You have to survive among the gladiators and the nightingales before one of them gets you!

Universal Monsters

In this new house, you’ll get to face many iconic monsters all in one! 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. The more, the scarier — am I right?!

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 six remaining houses for 2019 have not been announced yet, but here’s what we thought about the 2018 Halloween Horror Nights Houses:

Most Creative Scares: The Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces

The name really said it all here: Carnival Graveyard transported us to a junkyard full of leftover circus and carnival paraphernalia, acting as tools for our demise. Huge carnival signs, games and props made this such a fun maze to walk through, and we found some of the most creative scares of the houses in here.

Best Set: Slaughter Sinema

The dedication to backstory put Slaughter Sinema in our top three original houses. While queueing for the house, we found ourselves at a drive-in that offered teasers of the 80's B-movies we were about to experience inside the house. Spooky sorority girls and killer barbers were only a couple of the villains to keep an eye out for in this house. Slaughter Sinema honored the cheesiness of 80s horror movies with a gorgeous set and sincere scares.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 - Haunted Houses

Most Jumps: Dead Exposure: Patient Zero

This was easily the house that had me jumping the most, with well-executed scares and an awesome backstory: It's 1982 in Paris and there's been a zombie invasion. To avoid a zombie attack, you must take an antidote that causes "partial blindness." This house had tons of cool details, including one of the best scenes of the night on a Paris subway.

Best "Gotcha" Moments: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 - Poltergeist

Best Creatures: Poltergeist

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 - Scary Tales

Most Unique Storyline: Scary Tales: Deadly Ever After

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

Truest to the Horror Movie: The Horrors of Blumhouse

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 - Trick R Treat

Our Favorite: Trick 'r Treat

This was our favorite house based on a movie. The story behind Trick 'r Treat lent itself to an incredible house showcasing horrific details and delicious scents. We couldn't get enough of the villain, Sam ... is it bad if we thought he was kind of adorable? We LOVED how this house told the story of every twisted scene in the film.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 - Seeds of Extinction

Most Unique Atmosphere: Seeds of Extinction

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Park Map (Click to enlarge)

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Park Map

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

Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zones & Shows

Second to the houses but central to the terror are the street experiences, more commonly referred to as "scare zones." The scare zones are in various open areas of the park with their own sets, sounds and, yes, even scents. Expect to be terrified and harassed by creatures of the night. These scare actors come out of nowhere and have no illusions about respecting your personal space (although they are not allowed to touch you, and you are not allowed to touch them)!

We’re excited to find out more details about the Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 scare zones. But in the meantime, check out the highlights from last year!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Scare Zones:

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Vamp 85

Vamp 85: New Year's Eve

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - The Harvest

The Harvest

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Twisted Tradition

Twisted Tradition

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Chucky

Revenge of Chucky

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Killer Klowns

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

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

Academy of Villains: Cyberpunk - Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

Halloween Horror Nights Show - Academy of Villains: Cyberpunk

We'll be the first to admit it ... we miss Bill and Ted! However, Cyberpunk offered a fun, interactive show with a theme of robot villains that was super unique from the rest of the event. The stunts and choreography from this cast were beyond impressive, and the performers did a great job of getting the crowd hyped.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Academy of Villains

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Food and Beverages

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Pizza Fries

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

Stranger Things, of course, lent itself to some creative waffle treats. Photographed below, the Triple-Decker Waffle was adorned with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, jelly beans and Reese's Pieces. (And do you see those Christmas light cupcakes? Do you think the chocolate or red velvet would do a better job contacting Will in the Upside Down?)  Another fave item from last year was the fudge-dipped waffles on a stick and the Waffles and Syrup frozen drink.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Waffle Treats

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

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

I was especially impressed by the beer selection at the special event drink booths. With quite a few craft beers on tap, the Pumpkinhead Ale 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 it’s almost guaranteed you’ll find a nice memento (whether it’s a T-shirt or a souvenir cup) for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019.

Last year, we loved the 80s theme of the event and we were obsessed with all 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 Trick 'r Treat's Sam to all of our beloved Killer Klowns. 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. Last year, this package cost  $49.99 (plus tax) and includes dinner, a digital download of one photo taken during the experience and more. In 2018, dining experiences took place every night, with seating times between 5 p.m. and 7 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 Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure, Universal Express for one-time use on each attraction (weather permitting), and admission to the exclusive RIP Lounge with cash bar locations throughout the tour.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Scare Actor Interaction

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

Halloween Horror Nights 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 that will likely be 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

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 both Fast & Furious and TRANSFORMERS were closed for the night at 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 from Universal. You don't want to have to wait in any more lines than you have to!

Get to the park early

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Drinks

Leave the kids at the hotel 

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Killer Clowns Scare Zone

Leave your costumes and masks at home

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Scare Zone and Drink Kiosk

Dress light and stay hydrated

Is it just us, or is September in Orlando hotter than ever before? Despite taking place mostly after dark, we were still sweating our lil' frog legs off all weekend last year at Halloween Horror Nights 28. Be sure to wear cool, comfortable clothes.

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

Only take the necessities

As with any visit to Universal, you will go through metal detectors ... so we always recommend traveling as light as you can, but this holds especially true for Halloween Horror Nights 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!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Stranger Things Line

Have a plan

This is absolutely key to this event, especially if you want to see most of the houses. Plan in advance what your priorities are. Map out your evening, based on where and when you'll be starting.

Eat early

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

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

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

Splurge on snacks

If you have time to dedicate to fun food and drinks, be sure to check out the event-exclusive goodies. Last year, the headlining 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 - Vamps

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

Respect the scare actors

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

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

Related: Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry

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Aug 26, 2015 at 12:02 a.m. Kimberly Says...

Will the wizarding world of Harry Potter be open?

Aug 26, 2015 at 8:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kimberly,

It was not last year, and we'd expect that it won't be open again this year.

Keep hopping!


Sep 15, 2015 at 3:22 p.m. Matt Says...

Universal has confirmed it will be open for limited hours during the event.

Sep 15, 2015 at 2:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt,

Yes! What's still not clear is whether Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts will be open.

Keep hopping!


Aug 25, 2015 at 9:18 p.m. Stephanie Says...

Super Helpful! I have been to the event before in October and was with girls so we didn't mind hanging out on the 1-2hr long lines. This year I am going for opening weekend September 18 and 19 with my boyfriend and he HATES long waits. Do you think we will need an express pass since it is so early in the season?

Aug 27, 2015 at 1:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

We just updated the post with information about the least crowded and most crowded dates. For those days, I would consider Express Passes. Friday should be better than Saturday, but you might want them for both nights. Keep in mind that there is a separate Express Pass for Halloween Horror Nights vs. regular park Express Pass.

Keep hopping!


Aug 24, 2015 at 3:23 a.m. Ann Marie Moore Says...

Staying at Orlando Hard Rock. Going to HHN 25 Wed Oct 7th & Thurs 8th. My 13 and 11 year old love haunts but are not staying up past 10-11pm! If I walk them back to hotel can I get back in? Would Wed or Thurs be best to take them? Should I get E-pass both nights? Thanks for your help.

Aug 24, 2015 at 10:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ann Marie,

This event is perfect for the horror fans! You can definitely walk the kiddos back to the Hard Rock and then return to the park, just know that you will go through security again, so the later you can wait in the evening (closer to 11 p.m.), the better. As far as crowds, Wednesday will be better than Thursday. I don't think you need the Express Pass if you are going two nights, but that also depends on when you plan to arrive and how much you like lines. If you arrive when it opens, or even better are already in the park when it closes for regular guests, then you can really get a jump on the crowds and tackle a couple of houses within the first hour. Waits will higher as the evening goes on. It's really about how much waiting you are willing to do.

Keep hopping!


Aug 24, 2015 at 1:46 a.m. Eric you Says...

i really hope that something is unveiled tomorrow or on Tuesday for Halloween horror nights 25th year.

Aug 22, 2015 at 3:54 a.m. Chris Says...

We'll be heading down the last week of September and experiencing HHN for the very first time on Sept. 24 which, coincidentally, is my birthday. I think I'm a little confused, though. If I understand correctly, all attractions are open during the day, but only certain attractions will be open on HHNs along with the mazes and scarezones? Also, how close do the scareactors come into your personal space, if at all?

Aug 26, 2015 at 6:03 p.m. Hayleigh Says...

Hi Chris, I have previously attended HHN 23, and I can tell you that the scareactors come close enough for you to feel their breath on your skin, but they wont harm you. I had a lady play with my hair but that was about as much contact as I got.

Aug 26, 2015 at 9:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris,

Happy early birthday! You are correct that only certain attractions will be open during HHN. While the scare actors are not meant to touch you, but I've had one close enough that I could feel his breath on the back of my neck before I knew he was there.

Keep hopping!


Aug 18, 2015 at 9:49 p.m. MD Says...

We are planning to go on Oct 23, with our small children who are very sensitive to scary things. I was under the impression that nights of horror is a separate event and didn't think it would affect us during the normal daytime hours. Is this true? Is nights of horror set up in the park where my kids will see it during the daytime?

Any info will be helpful, I'm having a difficult time trying to figure out exactly how it operates.


Aug 20, 2015 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi MD,

You are correct. It won't affect you at all during daytime hours. Enjoy!


Aug 14, 2015 at 9:17 p.m. Laura Says...

Thank you for all this information! Very helpful as I'm planning to go there in October, the only thing I have on my mind is that I'm torn on whether to buy Express pass tickets or not, can anybody advise me? We'll be there on Wednesday 21st.

Aug 24, 2015 at 11:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura,

Wednesday is a fairly good day as far as crowds go, but the closer you get to Halloween, the more busy these events get. If you want to visit all of the houses and some more than once, I would recommend Express Passes. When you get to the park also makes a big difference. If you are already in the park when it closes and remain in one of the holding areas, you'll get a much bigger jump on the houses than most other people.

Maybe others will also share their thoughts too!

Keep hopping!


Aug 14, 2015 at 5:26 p.m. Thomas Weltch Says...

This post was awesome!

Aug 13, 2015 at 3:28 p.m. Kim Says...

Do you know anything about the Dining Plan? Can you spread it out throughout the day and into HHN?

If I bought the dining plan with my day ticket and got the unlimited refills option - can I have my lunch during the day and save my snack for during HHN and use the refills during HHN?


Aug 14, 2015 at 8:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

Yes, you can use the dining plan during Halloween Horror Nights. One quick-service meal, one snack and unlimited refills are included in the Best Value plan, so you could use that meal for lunch or dinner.

Keep hopping!


Jun 28, 2015 at 4:20 p.m. CaptainBeyondFocusandBlackSabbathfandrummer Says...

Hello,silly question - I'm aware that there's a no mask/costume policy,but my 11 year old cousin wants to go to the show looking like that stupid band Mudvayne he likes,anyway,it's not really a mask,it's just makeup and he agreed not to go in full costume,so he'll be wearing regular clothes.

I'm pretty sure that still counts as costume,but I promised my aunt I'd ask anyway.

Jun 29, 2015 at 6:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...


Unfortunately, I don't think it's going to work. He could always try it, but most likely he'd have to remove the makeup.

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May 16, 2015 at 4:58 p.m. Nicola Says...

My son will just be a couple of weeks off 13 years of age when we plan to go will he be allowed into the event

May 19, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicola,

Yes. There is no age limit for the event. You don't see a ton of kids in the park as compared to other kid-friendly Halloween events, but if your son is into horror, he will absolutely love it!


May 6, 2015 at 2:41 p.m. Andrea Says...

Can someone please tell me if the Express Pass prices for the Halloween Horror Nights is on top of the price for this event? Thanks

Aug 7, 2015 at 3:40 a.m. Will Hoover Says...


Yes you have to pay extra for them. You can find all the prices on the website.

May 11, 2015 at 7:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea,

Yes, Express Pass for Halloween Horror Nights is in addition to the special event ticket.

Keep hopping!


Nov 28, 2014 at 10:07 a.m. itsnemo Says...

Anyone know what to do with the blood bags? anyway to clean the inside/reuse it or is it purely used as something to remember the night?

Oct 19, 2014 at 12:21 a.m. Karla Says...

I have friends who attended last Saturday and said they're relived they didn't spend the money on th express pass. Said lines were 30mins to 1 hour at worst --- yet I've read in many posts that it's crucial for a Saturday. We are going oct 25 and are torn on what to do. Any advice? Thanks!

Aug 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Brenda Kim Says...

My brother and I are going on Oct 25th as well. We bought the express pass and this is why. Last year we also went on a Sunday and we did not get the Express Pass and did not get to visit all the houses and we were there from beginning to end and did not ride any rides. Why? because the main one Halloween, had a 3 hour wait. So yes some of the houses have about a 20-30 minute wait, but the BIG houses have at least an hour to three hour wait. If you want to do all of the houses, see the shows and ride a few rides, then buy the express pass, otherwise there is absolutely no way to do them all in one night.

Oct 16, 2014 at 6:53 p.m. Helen Says...

Is this event appropriate for kids 9 and 11 yo? Thanks.

Oct 17, 2014 at 7:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Helen,

It all depends on the kids and how they react to scary and sometimes intense situations. You are the best judge of that. Do know that From Dusk Till Dawn is fairly racy by Halloween Horror Nights standards, definitely PG-13.


Oct 7, 2014 at 1:02 a.m. adrianna Says...

Are you allowed to bring your camera and take pictures on the scare zones and around the streets?? not inside the haunted houses obv!

Oct 7, 2014 at 7:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adrianna,

Yes! Taking pictures on the streets is fine.


Sep 19, 2014 at 1:11 a.m. Dave Says...

Thanks for the info. We're going next Thursday. We will be in the park all day, so we were wondering where the holding areas would be, and if we could eat at Finnegan's while we wait. Sounds like we can. In previous years, the front HHs have opened in sequence, so it would help to know if that's the case this year, and, if so, what order they open in. Upfront information is very valuable. We have express passes, so that should help, although in past years we have found that being inside the park when it opens means you can generally do all the HHs without wait, if you do them in the right order. We're leaving for Fla. Tuesday, so we'll be sure to read anything you post before that. Thanks again. Your information is extremely helpful.

Sep 23, 2014 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave,

Yes, the holding areas are in place for this year, and we do recommend Finnegan's. See if you can book a table, because it does get very crowded in there! The house openings are staggered, but there will be a few open for you when you are let out of the "pen". Do those first and then head to the houses furthest back in the park, and save your Express Passes for the busiest houses at the front of the park (From Dusk Till Dawn and Walking Dead). Or, if you think you might want to visit From Dusk Till Dawn and Walking Dead more than once, hit the open houses first, then head to FDTD and WD when waits are lower, before visiting the houses in the back.

Let us know what you decide and drop us a line here when you get back!



Sep 17, 2014 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi everyone,

Mommy Frog and I will be heading to opening night this Friday! I can't wait. Anybody have any questions I can sleuth for you while we're there?


Sep 23, 2017 at 9:52 p.m. Justin N. Says...

Hello there! Last year, me and some friends attended HHN 26 and got express passes for half off around halfway through the event (around 10 pm). Is this a hoax? Were we scammed into paying what we thought was full price? In addition, will that return this year? Thanks so much !!!! Love the blog.

Sep 25, 2017 at 3:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Justin,

Hmmm. That's not something we've experienced. Perhaps another reader can share some insight into how often this happens?

Keep hopping!


Aug 11, 2017 at 4:46 p.m. Hollie Says...

We have never been to Universal! This would be an awesome first trip!!

Aug 10, 2017 at 12:12 p.m. Jean Fowler Says...

I love the details you provide that I haven't seen anywhere else! Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Frog, we have an outstanding guide to planning our trip to Orlando!

Aug 10, 2017 at 12:09 p.m. Jean Fowler Says...

The detailed information is an outstanding tool for planning our trip to Orlando. Thanks , Mr. and Mrs. Frog!

Sep 24, 2015 at 3:50 p.m. Marisol Says...

My family and I are going on Sunday, November 1st...the final night...we already purchased our entrance tickets but were holding off on buying the Express Passes...do you think we will need them for that day since it is a Sunday, the final night of the event and it's the day after Halloween?

Sep 28, 2015 at 2:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marisol,

It is nice to have them if you can afford them on any of the nights. With more houses this year than last, you really would need the Express Passes to experience all of them and the shows. That said, this date is not expected to be as crowded as some.

Keep hopping!


Aug 22, 2015 at 4:01 p.m. joanne Says...

I have a question we will be there Sept 23-27 we will not attend halloween horror nights but wanted to know if they close the park early because of it? thanks

Aug 26, 2015 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joanne,

You can view park hours on our Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!


Sep 21, 2014 at 2:13 a.m. Anna B Says...

Are you able to go into all houses and all rides an unlimited amount of times? Are you able to go into all houses in one night?

Oct 12, 2016 at 8:21 p.m. Crystal Says...

I go every year. (always on a Saturday which is the busiest night). I have found that on Saturday the ONLY way to see everything is with a fast past and it still takes the entire night. Make sure to see the houses you really want to see first. Just in case. My husband and I always do the rides last because we can do those any time. Hope this helps!

Aug 10, 2017 at 6:02 p.m. Jill P Says...

Thanx Crystal, very helpful!!

Sep 23, 2014 at 9:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna,

Yes, you can revisit the houses and rides as much as you would like. Just keep in mind that the waits can be quite long for the houses, especially as the night goes on, and you might not have time to see all of them.



Aug 12, 2017 at 12:31 a.m. Jennifer Zach Says...

Yes! Zach Pack would LOVE to win this 1.???? My kiddos have missed out a bunch since I went back to school????

Aug 18, 2017 at 2:44 p.m. Stephanie Mitchell Says...

Thanks for this blog. I never knew much about the Holloween Horror nights before #undercovertourist

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