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Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 Survival Guide

by Leap on October 1, 2019 2161 Orlando

Breaking news, frogs! Universal Orlando Resort announced the dates for Halloween Horror Nights 30! The event will be returning for its 30th anniversary for 39 select nights from Thursday, Sept. 10 through Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. You'll face all-new scares and reimagined haunts inspired by the past in 10 brand-new haunted houses, five scare zones, live entertainment and more. Details about Halloween Horror Nights 30 will be unmasked next year. Stay tuned for updates!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando PinterestIt's that scary time of year again! Fog is in the air, and your worst nightmares are wreaking havoc inside Universal Studios Florida for Halloween Horror Nights. The most creative minds at Universal Orlando have brewed up new houses and scare zones to haunt you like never before on select nights from Sept. 6 to Nov. 2, 2019.

For many years running, Halloween Horror Nights Orlando has won Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award for Best Halloween Experience. To get you ready for the nation's premier scare event, we bring you everything you need to know about Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 29. We were lucky to attend a couple nights of the event so we could share all of the terrifying details. Check out our guide to learn what you should expect and how to navigate this popular event! 

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

Halloween Horror Nights 29 Dates & Best Times to Visit

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Line at Entrance

The event runs select nights September through November at Universal Studios Florida. For 2019, the dates run between Sept. 6 and Nov. 2, typically from 6:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. While all nights are popular, the crowds generally increase as it gets closer to Halloween.

The Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 dates are:

  • Sept. 6-8, 12-15, 18-22, 25-29
  • Oct. 2-6, 9-13, 17-21, 23-27, 29-31
  • November 1-2

Best Dates to Visit Halloween Horror Nights 29

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

Most recommended days

September: 6, 7, 8, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26

October: 2, 3, 9, 10, 17

Medium crowd days

September: 13, 14, 20, 21, 29

October: 4, 6, 13, 21, 23, 24

Most crowded days

September: 27, 28

October: 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31

November: 1, 2

Halloween Horror Nights 29 Tickets

It's important to note that Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event. It will not get you into the theme parks during regular hours. No need to worry though. We offer discount tickets for Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure or Universal's Volcano Bay if you want to visit during the day. You'll also need regular park admission if you want to take advantage of Halloween Horror Nights early entry (more on this below). We are also hoppy to announce we are offering Halloween Horror Nights tickets this year. And don't froget, you can book your discount hotel through us too!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Houses & Strategy

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Blood Pit Line

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

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

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

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

Here are the Halloween Horror Nights Houses for 2019:

Stranger Things 

Fan-favorite Stranger Things has returned to Halloween Horror Nights Orlando in 2019. This all-new house takes you to Hawkins, Ind., and features scenes not only from season two of the show, but also the brand-new season three. With so much material to work with, this is the longest house of the night to walk (or run) through — our RIP tour guide said it has 14 scenes. You'll see your favorite characters, such as Eleven using her telekinesis powers, and face the creepy Demodogs. Flora hates to admit that she hasn't seen the show, but she was impressed ... as were super fans, like me!

Nightingales: Blood Pit

The original house Nightingales: Blood Pit transports you back to Ancient Rome during its worst drought in centuries. A ruthless emperor has declared that gladiatorial games will occur nonstop until the rains return. To add onto the bloodshed of the games, you find out the origin of the nightingales (which first appeared in 2011's Nightingales: Blood Prey) as they feast upon the dead and dying. We could practically smell death in the air. This house felt a bit claustrophobic but had some good jump scares that got us!

Universal Monsters

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Universal Monsters

In this new house, face many iconic monsters all in one — the more, the scarier! From Dracula in his gothic castle to the Wolfman in a Bavarian forest, you must escape these monsters one-by-one in each of their natural habitats. Watch out for Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Mummy and more. My personal favorite was the Creature from the Black Lagoon scene because the lighting really makes you feel like you're underwater. (Look up to see a body "floating in the water" above you!)

Depths of Fear

Dive into the unknown in this new original house. Workers of a deep-sea mining company have delved too deep and encountered "Mouthbrooders," a parasitic race of creatures that spew flesh-eating acidic eggs. You're trapped in a claustrophobic mining facility underwater as you witness infected miners being driven mad by infection, all while there's a high-pressure countdown to the self-destruction of the facility. The sound design is incredible in this house! The blaring alarms and the buzzing of electrical failure heighten the urgency to get out as quickly as possible.


Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Ghostbusters Entrance

I ain't afraid of no ghosts ... but I still got scared in this house! For the first time ever, Ghostbusters is coming to Halloween Horror Nights. Just in time for the original movie's 35th anniversary, you'll be transported to New York and walk through favorite scenes from the New York Public Library and the Temple of Gozer. Save the day with Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston, as you face Slimer, Gozer the Gozerian, Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and more ghoulish spirits. It's definitely more of a fun tribute house than one that's packed with jump scares. I don't want to spoil anything, but there was at least one jump scare that got me good!

Yeti: Terror of the Yukon

Fellow loggers and trappers have frozen to death while trying to escape the Yeti clan from the torn-apart logging camp in the remote Canadian tundra. But it's not just the winter elements you need to fear. You enter the labyrinth of caves into Yeti territory, and meet the same doom of those who came before you and couldn't escape. The beasts will not stop until the snow turns blood red. Look high and low for yetis in all shapes and sizes.


Ready to face your evil doppelgänger? This haunted house is based off the horror movie hit, "Us," that was released earlier this year. Follow in the footsteps of Adelaide Wilson through the Wilson family beach house and Santa Cruz Pier, as well as the underground tunnels that stretch for miles below America. Beware of "The Tethered," a group of doppelgängers of every living man, woman and child in the country. They're ready for murder and revenge! As far as best sets go, we think this incredibly detailed house is at the top of the list.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Killer Klowns Photo-Op Outside House

Universal Orlando brought back last year's popular scare zone and has turned it into a full-fledged house. This new experience will feature the baby Klowns, Boco and Klownzilla, who weren't at last year's scare zone but are ready to bring terror this year. Before you enter their circus tent, grab a photo with some of those Killer Klowns. Don't be fooled by the sweet smells of cotton candy and buttery popcorn ... it's a sign that the Klowns are right around the corner! And don't let the bright neon colors and whimsical carnival music distract you. The Klowns can come at you from any direction — in my case, two directions at the same time.

Graveyard Games

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Graveyard Games

In Ascension Parish Cemetery, it's normal to find teenagers playing games among the tombstones. But it appears that two teens went too far, and they have defaced the cemetery and awakened the spirits. Ghosts of every shape and form will seek revenge as you try to escape the maze of mausoleums and decaying coffins. While waiting in line for this original haunted house, you can chat with a few teens and town storytellers to learn more about the history and legends of the cemetery. You just need your phone to open Facebook Messenger to the Halloween Horror Nights page. *Spoiler alert*: Hands down, the creepiest part is at the end as you hear the ghosts whispering, "Come play with us," in total darkness.

House of 1000 Corpses

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - House of 1000 Corpses

Let's just start off with the facts. Yes, there are a thousand corpses in this house. You confront the Firefly family and encounter the legendary Dr. Satan. Keep an eye out for Fish Boy, the latest addition to Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen. If you don't like guts and gore, this house probably isn't the one for you.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Park Map 

Check out the official park map for Halloween Horror Nights 29, so you can get an idea of the layout of the haunted houses and scare zones. Queues get quite long for the houses closest to the front gates. Waits for houses in the back of the park are shorter early in the evening but build throughout the night.

Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zones & Shows

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019 Scare Zones:

Zombieland Double Tap

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Zombieland Double Tap

Based off the Zombieland movie and its upcoming sequel, this scare zone welcomes you to the United States of Zombieland. Fend off the spreading infection and bloodthirsty zombies. Just remember: always double tap and beware of the bathrooms. The blue lighting and extra fog hide the zombies pretty well!

Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe

Rob Zombie's music comes to life in this scare zone. His heavy metal sounds and imagery take center stage, as you come face-to-face with his twisted, otherworldly creations. There's also a photo-op of the car that resembles a Munster Koach from the "Dragula" music video.


Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Anarch-Cade

Neon slashers are out to play this 80s-inspired arcade game, which has taken over Avenue of the Stars. However, you'll quickly learn that "Game Over" means a permanent end for you. This is one of the first ones you encounter. We love the neon colors and arcade game-inspired props.

Vanity Ball

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Vanity Ball Scare Zone

You know what they say, "Beauty is pain." In the streets of Hollywood, blade-wielding artists slice up willing participants into horrific living works of art. You may see them strut down the runway, showing off their grotesque make-overs.

Vikings Undead

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Vikings Undead

Face brutal undead Viking warriors, who have risen and taken over Central Park. Expect a lot of bloodlust and gore from this scare zone. We spotted a very tall Viking who seemed to be in charge of scaring guests entering their territory. Out of all the scare zones, we enjoyed this one the most because it completely transforms once the sun goes down. It's also the narrowest, so you're forced closer to the Vikings.

Halloween Horror Nights Shows: 

Academy of Villains: Altered States

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Academy of Villains: Altered States

The Academy of Villains show returns this year with an epic experiment of mind and body. Man’s true nature is dragged out into the dark, gothic streets of anarchy. This all-new performance features a killer mix of theatrics and dance, including an aerial performer and a mind-blowing contortionist that you just can't look away from. Catch the show at 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. or 11:45 p.m.

Halloween Marathon of Mayhem

A brand-new show is providing spooks and scares at this year's event! The lagoon lights up with iconic scenes from Stranger ThingsGhostbustersUniversal Monsters and Killer Klowns from Outer Space, with water effects, lasers and projections. Shows take place at 10 p.m., 11 p.m. and 12 a.m. each night, and it's only 10 minutes long. If you're in the area and it's close to showtime, it's worth checking out. But don't stress over it if you need hit more haunted houses!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Food and Beverages

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Pizza Fries

The Pizza Fries are back, and they're as popular as ever. These crinkle-cut fries topped with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and sausage are basically our dream menu item. However, adding some competition is the brand-new S'mores Fries (sweet potato fries, marshmallow, chocolate chips and graham cracker crumbs).

Stranger Things has inspired a series of tents called Starcourt Mall Food Court, which is dedicated to the restaurants spotted in the background of season 3, such as Imperial Panda (Chinese food) and Ole Amigo (Mexican food).

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Starcourt Mall

What about alcoholic beverages, you ask? Well, this year, Halloween Horror Nights 29 is serving up a sweet selection. There are four special event drinks: The Saturn, Vampire's Curse, The Twilight Galaxy and Blood Pit. Two frozen drinks — Syrup & Waffles and Candy Corn — make a return.

I was especially impressed by the beer selection at the special event drink booths. With quite a few craft beers on tap, the Pumpkinhead Ale was my favorite. This was the perfect Halloween Horror Nights beverage for me and perhaps for many other Daddy frogs out there!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Merchandise

Each year, the event’s merchandise typically features all of the haunted houses and scare zones, so you’ll be sure to find a nice memento (whether it’s a T-shirt or a souvenir cup) for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019.

This year, we were obsessed with the variety of the houses and scare zones. Some of these were already cult classics, or soon-to-be from Halloween Horror Nights alone. The merchandise highlighted ALL of our favorites, from Ghostbusters to Universal Monsters. The swag ranged from your typical event tees highlighting each house to actual props and masks.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Special Experiences

Here is what you can expect to scare up in terms of special experiences available at Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019.

Scareactor Dining Experience

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Scareactor Dining Experience

Visitors can scare up an appetite at the Scareactor Dining Experience, at Universal Studios' Classic Monsters Cafe. Scareactors are available for photo ops, as you enjoy a themed, all-you-can-eat buffet. This package is  $49.99 (plus tax) and includes dinner, a digital download of one photo taken during the experience and more. Get more details and book here.

Available on select event nights:

Sep. 6, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29

Oct. 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31

The first seating begins at 5 p.m.

RIP and Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tours

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

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

Halloween Horror Nights 29 Rides

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Men In Black

While most of the focus of the night is on horror, some of the rides are open too. Waits are very low during this time, so it's a great way to experience them if you don't care as much about the houses. Please note that the regular Express Pass does not work during Halloween Horror Nights. These are the rides are open during Halloween Horror Nights 29:

Check out the event map for attraction closing times, and be sure to schedule time to hop on your faves if this is a priority for you!
  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Men in Black Alien Attack
  • Fast & Furious – Supercharged
  • The Simpsons Ride (open select event nights only)

Note: When we visited last year, some of the rides closed up to two hours prior to event close. For example, the night we attended, the park closed at 1 a.m. and we noticed that Fast & Furious, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts and TRANSFORMERS were closed for the night by 11 p.m.

Our Top Tips for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2019

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Entry Line

Buy your tickets in advance!

Halloween Horror Nights requires a separate ticket from regular theme park admission. Make sure to purchase in advance (bonus: you can save money too). You don't want to have to wait in any more lines than you have to!

Consider an Express Pass only if hitting all 10 houses in one night is a priority

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

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

Get to the park early

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Holding Area

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

Leave the kids at the hotel 

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

Leave your costumes and masks at home

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

Dress light and stay hydrated

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Anarch-cade

Is it just us, or is September in Orlando hotter than ever before? Despite taking place mostly after dark, we were still sweating our lil' frog legs off all weekend this year at Halloween Horror Nights 29. Be sure to wear cool, comfortable clothes.

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

Only take the necessities

As with any visit to Universal, you will go through metal detectors ... so we always recommend traveling as light as you can, but this holds especially true for Halloween Horror Nights 29. When walking through crowded haunted houses and being spooked by scare actors in the streets, you won't want to be hauling too much with you. We recommend a small bag that securely closes ... you don't want anything important spilling out when you jump in fright!

Have a plan

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

Eat early

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Mel's DIE-IN

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

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

  • TODAY Cafe
  • Universal Studios Classic Monsters Café
  • Finnegan's Bar & Grill
  • Louie's Italian Restaurant
  • Richter's Burger Co.
  • Mel's DIE-IN (Mel's Drive-In)
  • Beverly Hills Boulangerie
  • Starbucks
  • San Francisco Pastry Co.
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • The Fountain of Fair Fortune
  • Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour
  • Fast Food Boulevard
  • KidZone Pizza Company

Splurge on snacks

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Candy Corn Frozen Drink

If you have time to dedicate to fun food and drinks, be sure to check out the event-exclusive goodies, like this candy corn (non-alcoholic) frozen drink. This year, the hit Stranger Things house also lent itself to some delicious waffle treats worth trying. Eating (and Instagramming, TBH) these goodies is always enjoyable.

Watch out for the creatures of the night!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Chainsaw Creature of the Night

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

Respect the scare actors

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Rob Zombie Scare Zone

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

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

Related: Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry

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Oct 9, 2015 at 8:37 p.m. Lind Says...

we are buying a daytime ticket for islands of adventure and plan to go to Hhn as an add on ticket the same night. Can we do the early entry for Hhn.?

Oct 14, 2015 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lind,

No, you would need to have a Park-to-Park ticket or use your 1 Day ticket at Universal Studios Hollywood to get in for early entry.

Keep hopping!


Oct 9, 2015 at 5:27 a.m. Carol Says...


My friends and I are going Oct. 16th. I'm trying to convince them to buy the Xpress pass. I've heard the express pass isn't accepted for Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Is that true? Would you recommend going to that ride first if the express pass isn't accepted?

Oct 14, 2015 at 10:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol,

Yes, this is true. Actually, because of Early Park Admission for the Wizarding World, the best time to visit if you aren't staying on-site and have the benefit, is the afternoon. Be sure to download our Orlando Planning App, which includes wait times and customizable touring plans.

Keep hopping!


Oct 9, 2015 at 1:41 a.m. Chris Says...

I suffer from severe motion sickness - do any of the Haunted Houses involve motion, swinging, spinning, or any other forced movements that could trigger severe nausea?


Sep 21, 2016 at 4:38 a.m. david Says...

I recommend not to do the 3D house. You can get really dizzy. I´m sure last year I did and actually don´t have any motion sickness issue

Oct 14, 2015 at 10:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris,

This shouldn't be a problem.

Keep hopping!


Oct 8, 2015 at 11:14 a.m. Mike F Says...

The event has become drunker and uglier. Universal is pushing the alcohol more and more, and they are controlling the messy, drunken crowd less. If anything they are selling them more alcohol rather than trying to maintain decorum. I have been going to this for years, it is has just become a sloppy mess. If you want a frat party / night club booze filled crowd, then this is your event. If you want a Halloween related theme park experience, then this is no longer the place.

Oct 6, 2015 at 7:01 p.m. Abby Says...

You keep mentioning that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the ride are going to be open for HHN, but the Universal website does not have it listed as one of their rides open. Has anyone been yet this month that can confirm that Harry Potter world is open for the night?

Oct 13, 2015 at 10:32 p.m. vincent Says...

It is open

Oct 13, 2015 at 3:10 a.m. Laura Says...

We were there on Saturday and Potter was open.

Oct 5, 2015 at 9:15 p.m. Keri Says...

Hi, we are going to HHN on halloween!! Do you think halloween night is going to be crazy busy? Also we bought HHN express pass, I'm wondering if this express pass works on the rides that are open during HHN? Much appreciated! Keri

Oct 6, 2015 at 10:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keri,

Yes, it includes the rides that are open as well as the houses.

Keep hopping!


Oct 3, 2015 at 4:01 p.m. Deborah P Says...

Myself and 13 friends stayed at Cabana Bay Resort, all Florida residents, and went to HHN this past Thursday night. It was great. However, when going through security the physically went searching through our purses. The security guys physically reached into my purse where my cash and credit cards were, pulled my cigarettes out of my purse, opened the pack up then touching my cigarettes with his nasty fingers. The he takes my purse size bottle of Alieve and opens that and dumps some of the pills out into the palm of his hand...who does that? I have never gone though any security at that park or any other park that did this so intrusively! Then my girlfriend that had a back pack they literally dumped everything out and handled everything in her back pack. She was carrying items for a number of friends within the group that did not want to carry a purse and one being a friend that's diabetic. She had orange juice and snacks packed for her in case she had a sugar crash. GUESS WHAT...that jerk of security guard took all her snacks and OJ and trhew them in the garbage!!! THEN after our second house our friend had a sugar crash where her sugar levels were checked by a medic on the property and it was in the 40's...he managed to get her up to 54 and recommeded she leave or go the hospital. There was no OJ to be found on the property and we could not find any snacks that she needed to get her sugar levels up well into an our of being treated my the park's security. Had we had the OJ and snacks for her we could have cured her sugar crash much sooner before her levels dropped so dangerously low. She left the park...the rest of us lost time within the park thanks to their wonderful security that were such asses!

Oct 12, 2015 at 12:28 p.m. gg Says...

Prayers for yours friend. :-( that she's o.k.

Oct 11, 2015 at 2:47 p.m. cristina k Says...

I know Universal isn't going to publicly answer this, but as a caring Florida resident pass holder I would like to say Im so so sorry for the terrible and scary ordeal that ur friend had to experience, and for the amount of money you gave to Universal to have such a horrible experience and lost time. I know it may not mean much coming from us, but when I scrolled down to see what Universal had to say for themselves and saw no response whatsoever, I felt compelled to respond myself. Again I am so sorry that happened to you all :-(

Sep 30, 2015 at 7:15 p.m. Kyle Says...


I'm going to HHN on October 24th. My friend and I are going for the first time. We are going to do Universal first and then stay for HHN. Any tips or recommendations? We can't afford the express passes unfortunately. So any help would be great!

Sep 30, 2015 at 12:07 a.m. Trina Tran Says...

This is my first time attending HHN. If I solely purchase a ticket for the event, will I still be able to go on the rides that will be open? Or will I have to purchase a park pass as well?

Sep 30, 2015 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trina,

The Halloween Horror Nights ticket includes all of the rides listed above in the post!

Keep hopping!


Sep 28, 2015 at 9:10 p.m. Daniela Says...

I am going on October 15th. Do you think I will need a fast pass since it is on a Thursday? Thanks!!

Sep 29, 2015 at 11:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniela,

Having Express Pass isn't a bad idea for any of these nights. With more houses this year and the popularity of the event continuing to grow, it's busy even on slower nights. If you want to experience all of the houses plus the new shows and scare zones, I would recommend it or attending two nights. Keep in mind that the Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass is separate from the regular park Express Pass.

Keep hopping!


Sep 26, 2015 at 11:49 p.m. Melissa Says...

Can I bring a GoPro camera as long as I only use it on the streets?

Sep 28, 2015 at 2:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

Yes, that should be no problem.

Keep hopping!


Sep 26, 2015 at 6:10 p.m. Aaron Says...

Hello, I'm going on October 8th, how long do you think the waiting time is going to be?

Sep 24, 2015 at 12:55 a.m. Ashley Says...

Will Harry Potter world be included in the one night event pass???

Sep 24, 2015 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley is open during Halloween Horror Nights.

Keep hopping!


Sep 26, 2015 at 11:25 p.m. Mandy Says...

Are there some less scary areas such as Diagon Alley for those who get scared a little too easily?

Sep 28, 2015 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mandy,

Any of the areas not in the scare zones should be fine. Springfield and Diagon Alley are probably the two largest.

Keep hopping!


Sep 22, 2015 at 3:21 p.m. Mimi Says...


I'm going this Thursday thru Monday to Orlando. And we plan to go Friday and Saturday and buying the two park pass. I see they having halloween events happening those days but I'm a chicken so i don't want to do any of that stuff. Do the parks close early b/c of this and kick you out b/c u don't have the halloween pass? Which park is safe from Halloween??

Sep 23, 2015 at 1:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mimi,

The Halloween event is after Universal Studios closes for the day, so you don't have to worry about being afraid during the day. You can see the regular park hours on our Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!


Sep 21, 2015 at 8:26 p.m. Dee Says...

My husband and I are going to Universal Oct 9-11th. We bought HHN tickets but am wondering which day would be best and least crowded to go: Friday or Sunday (Sunday being the day before Columbus Day holiday)?

Sep 22, 2015 at 9:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dee,

We'd go with Sunday over Friday.

Keep hopping!


Sep 21, 2015 at 2:53 p.m. Jeff Says...

First off, I have been attending the event with my wife for well over 17 years. As of 10 years ago, upon moving to Apopka, FL from Miami, FL, we have purchased the 'Frequent Fear Plus w/ Express' and have attended the Annual Passholder Party every year. On Opening night this year, it was the worst ever. The passholder event is just a long, wrap-around line that does nothing more than aggravate the masses. The express passes were obviously over-sold. The average wait with the express pass on the 18th and 19th was about an hour. A joke!

Sep 28, 2015 at 8:44 p.m. Jay Says...

I'm not so sure. I have been at the event every night and almost every express pass line has been far less than an hour. It seems like the extra attractions have helped wait times this year.....

Sep 19, 2015 at 10:20 p.m. Carlos Says...

Hello. Sorry for the obvious question but, at what time the event ends?? Thank you.

Sep 23, 2015 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carlos,

The events usually end at 1 or 2 a.m.

Keep hopping!


Sep 17, 2015 at 1:12 a.m. Rod H. Says...

Any info if The Minions ride will be open? They were last year....Thanks!!!!

Sep 17, 2015 at 9:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rod,

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem will be open :)

Keep hopping!


Oct 18, 2015 at 6:04 p.m. Sebastyan Says...

Wow! I had no clue! Thank you for adressing that.

Sep 15, 2015 at 8:39 p.m. Kelly Says...

The event starts at 6:30 but they usually let you in the park about a 1/2 earlier. Somewhere I read it said to find the houses that will let you in earlier instead of getting in line and waiting. How do you know which houses start early though? Also, I am going Saturday on opening weekend and I looked at the weather and it looks to be a wet one. Anyone go on a rainy night and still have a good time? I hate for it to spoil the night. Only get one shot to go. I would think none of the scare zones would be going if it is raining. That would stink.

Sep 16, 2015 at 6:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

Universal's employees will direct you to the open houses, so that won't be an issue. We've been on a night when it's rained, and depending on how wet it is, Universal does sometimes scale back on scare actors in the scare zones out of safety for everyone. The houses will still be open. I wouldn't let it stop you :)

Keep hopping!


Sep 13, 2015 at 6:24 p.m. Michael Says...

My wife went last year and got me to head down with her this year. I'm a rabid amateur photographer. I plan on bringing my hi-end camera and flash to shoot the street scenes and actors. I fully understand flash photography isn't allowed inside any of the mazes or houses. I'll flip the switch to kill the flash, but will I be able to shoot with my DSLR inside the "no flash" zones?

I'm NOT doing this professionally, just a serious hobbiest.

We plan on being there 24Sep through 28Sep and most likely doing Thru, Fri and Sun nights!!

Sep 14, 2015 at 8:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

We have been told at some of the houses, absolutely no cameras, but from our experience, as long as you don't use flash, you are fine shooting pics. Of course, it could be different thisyear. Bear in mind that if you stop to take the photos, people behind you do sometimes get annoyed ;)

Have fun!


Sep 12, 2015 at 7:02 p.m. Kerri Says...


We are staying at a Disney hotel as we are splitting the trip between Universal & Disney. Were going to HNN for the first time on October 28th, but my question is how do we go about transportation to & from HNN back to the Disney hotel? (As Disney obviously isn't going to offer free transport to another theme park) in the past we've used Mears, but would they still be open when HNN closes? and how much would it cost for a taxi?

Sep 23, 2015 at 10:58 p.m. Lisa Says...

Hi Kerry,

We did this last year, so I would highly recommend Uber. It is half the cost and if you are a first time user, your first ride is free:)

Aug 19, 2016 at 12:57 a.m. Ian Says...

How much was the Uber coming and going to hhn from Disney area. Thanks!

Sep 14, 2015 at 9:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerri,

You can estimate the cost of a taxi. Depending on how many are in your party, you may consider renting a car? Arranging tickets at that time shouldn't be a problem.

Keep hopping!


Sep 10, 2015 at 9:52 p.m. Sebastyan Says...

Me and my father are headed to the park for HHN 25 and I was wondering what the typical waits for Sundays are. Also, it is my first year, and although I do expect to get really scared, I was wondering if you guys know which ones might be the most full and if an Express Pass is necessary to actually enjoy anything. Thank you for the information on how to survive!

Sep 14, 2015 at 2:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sebastyan,

Expect waits no matter when you go. Even on Sundays you'll be looking at plus 1 hour waits on some of the houses. Those in the Woody Woodpecker zone typically have the shortest waits, because they are tucked away from the others.

Keep hopping!


Oct 18, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. Sebastyan Says...

Thank you again! I just have one more question. What are typical ride waits? My friend tells me the latest are like 30 mins but another said some were 65 mins. What gives?

Oct 26, 2015 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sebastyan,

Ride wait times fluctuate throughout the evening and depending on the ride.

Keep hopping!


Sep 10, 2015 at 1:56 p.m. Carol J Says...

We have plans to attend Universal on a day that HHN is happening, but we don't want to attend the party... We are really only there for the HP World with our young children. Should we still go on this day and just leave when the park closes? The scary parts aren't until later on or does the park close early like Magic Kingdom does? WE don't want any unnecessary scares, but we've already planned out our week and gotten reservations etc. really don't want to change if we don't have to... Help

Sep 10, 2015 at 11:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol,

Only Universal Studios Florida closes early for Halloween Horror Nights. Universal's Islands of Adventure will be open later, so you may want to consider the Park to Park Ticket. You can see park hours on our Crowd Calendar. The scary parts do not begin until the evening hours, so no worries there!

Keep hopping!


Sep 7, 2015 at 7:43 p.m. Becky Says...

I've heard in a podcast there is a separate line for bag check, that can be a long wait. Would cargo pants help avoid this wait?

Sep 8, 2015 at 7:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becky,

Yes, there is a separate line for bag check. I am not sure that cargo pants would help, but what would is if you keep what you carry in to a minimum. Have any bags opened already, so that you don't have to hold up the line, because everything will be searched.

Keep hopping!


Sep 6, 2015 at 12:43 a.m. Jacqui Says...

Hi there,

I love HHNs and I've been twice in LA. This is my first time in Orlando. (I'm from Australia otherwise I'd go every year)

We are staying at Hard Rock and got 4 day universal pass and I purchased RIP tours for HHN. Once reading your info above it says that you get seating for Bill & Ted but not the other show. I thought all attractions were included in RIP. Could you please confirm as I am spending a bomb and don't want to miss out on anything.

Sep 10, 2015 at 6:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacqui,

The Jack the Clown show is not officially part of the tour, but you might be able to catch the show if you request it from the guide or catch it as you're walking by.

Keep hopping!


Sep 5, 2015 at 5:24 p.m. Claudia Says...

Hi, my husband and I are planning to go to Universal Studios on Oct 29th (a thursday) and we are not staying for HHN, do you think we are going to face long lines during the day because of the night events?

Sep 8, 2015 at 8 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claudia,

Not necessarily. The event will likely bring in some increase in crowds during the day, but many of the Halloween Horror Nights attendees are local residents, many of whom will be working that day and just come in for the evening.

Keep hopping!


Aug 8, 2017 at 6:42 p.m. Jen Says...

I am wondering if you can purchase a combination pass for during the day (park hopper) and Halloween night ticket for the same day entry, or do you have to buy the tickets separately?

Aug 9, 2017 at 7:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

There are no combination tickets. You' need to purchase the HHN ticket and Park-to-Park tickets separately. We DO sell both at a discount! Our HHN Flex Ticket may work for you!

Keep Hopping!


Aug 27, 2015 at 5:57 p.m. Kelly Says...

Hi! This will be the first year i am going to Halloween Horror Nights and my boyfriend and i will be going October 7th, we bought our express passes. Do you think we will be able to get through everything in one night or we should buy another night pass? Thanks :)

Aug 27, 2015 at 2:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

This is a good night to visit, and you should be able to experience most everything in one night, but if you wanted to experience everything and some of the houses more than once, I would think about two nights or Express Passes.

Keep hopping!


Sep 3, 2015 at 10:13 a.m. Lisa D-F Says...

We will be headed to HHN25 on Thursday, Sept 24, express passes.... yes or no?

Sep 8, 2015 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

Although this is a better night in terms of crowds, there is not going to be a "dead night" (other than the creatures). Express Passes will be helpful on all of the nights if you can afford them.

Keep hopping!


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.

Keep hopping!


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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