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Your Guide to Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022

by Leap on October 10, 2022 4311 Orlando   Video

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Summary

Just like your recurring nightmare, Halloween Horror Nights returns year after year to haunt Universal Studios Florida. To get you ready for the nation's premier scare event, we bring you everything we know about Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights. From the terror-filled haunted houses to the sinister scare zones, learn what you should expect and how to navigate this popular event! Already itching to hop back into the fog next year? Well, do we have a Halloween surprise for you! Universal has already announced that an all-new haunted house inspired by the USA & SYFY hit series, "Chucky", will be coming to HHN32. We can't wait to play with our favorite killer doll!

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Overview of Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

Halloween Horror Nights 31 is officially underway at Universal Studios Florida! Evocative of its anniversary, this year's event celebrates all things All Hallows' Eve — from the legend of the very first Halloween to the modern tradition of trick-or-treating and everything eerie in between. The Pumpkin Lord welcomes you to his dastardly domain. Keep reading to learn all you need to know about Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights. But first, a word of warning: Halloween Horror Nights is an intense event not suitable for all ages — and this post may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Dates and Tickets

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The event runs select nights from September through November at Universal Studios Florida. In 2022, Halloween Horror Nights kicked off Sept. 2 and will run until Oct. 31. For the first time this year, the event now runs from 6:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. every Wednesday to Sunday (except Sept. 14) and on Halloween night! While all nights are popular, the crowds generally increase as it gets closer to Halloween. Though this year, considering the event returns to "normal" for the first time since 2019, coupled with the general trend of increased travel in 2022, we expect a busier than normal season.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022 Dates

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It's important to note that Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event. You can now get discounted single-night tickets through us frogs! And two ADDITIONAL dates have been added to the lineup to maximize the season's scares — Tuesday, Oct. 11 and Monday, Oct. 24.

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

Best Dates to Attend

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

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Special Experiences

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For the past couple of HHN events, Universal Orlando Resort hotel guests have had access to limited themed experiences at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort. This year, Universal's dastardly monsters are taking over. Guests staying at any of Universal Orlando's eight hotels can pose for photos with The Wolf Man, Dracula and The Mummy at "Universal Monsters: Gallery of Legends," an immersive themed experience honoring these icons of the silver scream. Additionally, the hotel's Swizzle Lounge has gotten a spooky makeover. Just walk right up to the bar and take your pick of one of the creepy specialty cocktails. These experiences will be available to hotel guests from Sept. 2 to Oct. 31, 2022.

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

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

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

The scare actor dining experience is back this year! The buffet meal includes a photo opportunity with a scare actor and one digital download of one photo taken during the experience. Guests should arrive at Louie's Italian Restaurant 15 minutes early prior to the scheduled seating time printed on the back of their ticket.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Park Plan

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

We recommend getting to the park at least 45 minutes ahead of the official opening at 6:30 p.m. to make the most of your time. Typically, Universal opens the gates earlier than the official starting time. (If you're staying at one of the Universal Orlando Resort properties — Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal's Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls ResortUniversal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal's Aventura Hotel or Universal's Endless Summer — take advantage of the priority entrance gate until 8 p.m. to get in more quickly.) In our experience, the gates begin to open for guests between 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. On opening night, the gates opened at 5:55 p.m.

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On opening night, Universal Monsters: Legends Collide hit its highest wait time of 100 minutes very early on at 6:50 p.m. whereas Bugs: Eaten Alive hit its highest wait time of 100 minutes fairly late at 11:20 p.m. The wait for Hellblock Horror never went over 50 minutes all night. Descendants of Destruction had low wait times at the beginning and end of the night and only sharply spiked to 90 minutes at around 7:10 p.m. Bugs: Eaten Alive, Dead Man's Pier: Winter's Wake, Fiesta de Chupacabras and Spirits of the Coven had their lowest wait times at the beginning of the night, whereas Hellblock Horror, Halloween and The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare all had their lowest wait times at the end of the night (the latter two of which only went under 45 minutes during the last hour of the night). The Weeknd, Halloween and The Horrors of Blumhouse all seemed to be the houses that people with early entry rushed to, but The Horrors of Blumhouse did hit a lull after the crowd exited at around 6:15 p.m.

The very best way to do more at the event is to take advantage of Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry, also known as Stay and Scream. One way to do this is by having regular park admission and a Halloween Horror Nights ticket. If you're spending all day in the parks anyway, taking advantage of this option is a no-brainer! Another way is by purchasing a Scream Early ticket which will allow you to enter Universal Studios from 3 to 5 p.m. We've written a full post on how Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry works. This year, we got the most popular house of the event done before the official opening time!

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

Because of the number of houses and the popularity of the event, it is nearly impossible to see them all in one night. We recommend choosing four or five must-do houses and getting those in first. Then, see if you have any time left after you’ve checked them off the list. Those who are staying in the park or arriving ahead of the official opening could do five, six or perhaps even more houses. We have been able to get all 10 houses done by utilizing Stay and Scream and being very strategic with our night — getting the bulk of the houses done during both the early entry period and the last two hours of the event, while taking the middle of the night when wait times are highest to get on rides and see shows.

If you want to experience everything, not have to worry about waiting in long lines, be a little more lax with your night and even get the opportunity to go through a few houses a second time, either plan on visiting Halloween Horror Nights multiple nights, opt for a R.I.P. Tour (only sold through Universal) or purchase a Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass (only sold through Universal).

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We cannot overstate how invaluable Express is. Using Express, our longest wait time all night was only 17 minutes for Halloween which had a posted wait time of 85 minutes and our shortest wait time was 7 minutes for Spirits of the Coven which had a posted wait time of 25 minutes. The most impressive use of the pass during the night was for The Horrors of Blumhouse which we only waited 9 minutes for while the posted wait time was 100 minutes. By saving our Express passes at the beginning of the night when wait times were still short, we were able to go back through Universal Monsters: Legends Collide with Express at the end of the night and only waited 10 minutes while the posted wait time was 25 minutes. In the last half hour of the night when Team Members eliminated the Express queues, we were also able to walk right into both Descendants of Destruction and Bugs: Eaten Alive!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Haunted Houses

From ginormous insects to ghostly fishermen and horror's biggest monsters to music's biggest superstar, beware. Danger lurks around every corner.

Spirits of the Coven

You've traveled back in time to the Roaring '20s and have fallen under the spell of an alluring troupe of flappers. Little did you know that these bewitching women are actually a coven of wicked witches. Watch in horror as they unveil their true haggish form and beg for mercy as they cast a dark curse in this spirited speakeasy.

Enter the Salem Meatpacking District where something sinister is brewing. This house starts out super fun with upbeat jazz music playing in a swingin' speakeasy. Suddenly, things take a turn for the wicked as the witches shed their glamorous facades and your only goal is to avoid fermentation.

Bugs: Eaten Alive

"Why, it's just the bee's knees!" You've been invited to tour a 1950s home of the future but what seems like a utopian paradigm quickly turns into a living nightmare when an infestation of insects moves in. Surrounded by slime and covered in creepy crawlers, being bitten is the least of your worries. Prepare for imminent extermination.

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Living up to its name, this house is crawling with insects of all shapes and sizes (literally). Described by many as this year's "comedy house," the concept is wildly creative as Bzzzcon Industries' Extermin-Air demonstration goes bad in the worst way possible. Be warned: this house is not for the trypophobic.

Fiesta de Chupacabras

Behold the legend of the chupacabra — a vicious creature from Latin American folklore that appears when the moon rises and feasts on the blood of any animal that dares cross its path. What starts as a colorful celebration turns into a brutal bloodbath as these thirsty monsters set their sights on you and your amigos.

This might just be as gory as it gets. Masked villagers hunt you down to feed you to the hungry monsters of the night. The masks are gorgeously crafted as are the many chupacabra puppets — whose bark might just be as bad as their bite. Soak in the smell of raw meat and roasting flesh. Tener cuidado, brave traveler.

Hellblock Horror

This is no ordinary penitentiary. The inmates here are the worst of the worst — monsters who have no concept of the word mercy. Enter with caution because if these creatures escape their captivity, every hallway becomes a mess hall. And you're on the menu.

A high-security prison escape is bad. It's infinitely worse when the prisoners are bloodthirsty monsters. Long-time Halloween Horror Nights fans will definitely recognize a few of the creatures in here. Be prepared for a dark hallway, disorienting fog and some striking strobe effects near the end.

Dead Man's Pier: Winter's Wake

A quiet and quaint New England fishing village like this is usually ripe with ghost stories. Do you have what it takes to survive one? Fishermen swallowed by the waves have washed ashore and are eager to seek their revenge. Hide from their hooks and navigate their nets. They'll stop at nothing to secure their live human bait.

This house is easily our favorite of the year as it features one of the most stunning set designs we've ever seen at HHN. Your journey takes you from an abandoned seaside village to a ghostly fishing vessel lost to time and the way each scene flows to the next is beautifully innovative. I don't want to spoil a lot but there's a moment with a violinist that is utterly breathtaking. If you want to see the house in all its ghostly glory, check out our walk-through below:

Descendants of Destruction

Deep inside the dark and deserted tunnels of New York's subway system reside hordes of hungry mutants. Against your better judgment, you descend into their feeding ground. Don't count on the trains for a quick escape. They haven't been in operation for quite some time.

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Another house with a particularly notable set design — especially the dilapidated subway station facade and the train that feels just as claustrophobic as the ones in New York City. This post-apocalyptic nightmare is truly terrifying and just gets more dark and more devious as you make your way through the tunnels.

The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare

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Prepare for "blinding lights," slashers, bandaged maniacs and terrifying toad-like creatures as you enter the nightmarish world of The Weeknd. His album "After Hours" and the visuals from accompanying music videos will be reimagined into this haunted house. You'll first enter the Nightmare Extraction, where you'll see a lifelike figure of The Weeknd strapped into a chair with a headset, with the grotesque images from his mind being pulled out of his head and flashing onto monitors all around — only to face all of those horrors throughout the rest of the house.

Set to some of The Weeknd's most beloved songs, this house is one humongous music video — and you're the star. From a masquerade gone mad to a disorienting mirror maze (yes, that one) and even a terrifying train that comes inches from making you roadkill, the pop star takes you under the knife and doesn't hold back. (Beware: this house is heavy on the strobe lights.)

The Horrors of Blumhouse

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

This house is basically two separate houses — however, each section takes you almost scene-by-scene through each frightening film. First, enter Blissfield where The Butcher is out for blood and has all kinds of tricks up his red leather sleeves. Then, enter 1978 Denver where you're taken by The Grabber and that unsettling phone on the wall is your only chance of escape. We think this house, specifically "The Black Phone" half, was the scariest of the night.

Halloween

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

Are you prepared to relive the night he came home ... ? This house starts with Michael's childhood when he brutally murdered his sister and then jumps forward in time where you're caught in a cat-and-mouse game between the killer and the brave Laurie Strode. Hiding in every single corner and ultimately surrounding you on all sides, there's no escape from The Shape.

Universal Monsters: Legends Collide

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Universal dived back into the world of its beloved creepy creatures with "Universal Monsters: Legends Collide." Travel back to the 19th century in this all-new and original maze where you'll come face-to-fangs with three horror icons of the silver screen: Dracula, The Wolf Man and The Mummy. The full moon is rising and this triple threat of terror are looking for The Amulet of Ra, a powerful artifact that could not only lift The Wolf Man of his curse ... but also help The Mummy and Dracula to rule mankind. Watch out because all three monsters have been pitted against each other on a bloody collision course of chaos — and you're about to be caught in the crossfire.

If you love Revenge of the Mummy, you'll love this house. The Egyptian tomb where it's set is absolutely gorgeous. Listen closely in the queue as you'll hear how The Wolf Man has located the amulet. Every night, a new monster is the winner of this battle, and on opening night, The Mummy came out on top.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Scare Zones

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

Horrors of Halloween

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The fog may not be the only thing you get a whiff of walking into Production Central. Terror has taken root at Halloween Horror Nights as the malevolent Pumpkin Lord makes his welcomed return. Navigate the vines and pay your respects to His Gourdliness. (Say hi to Li'l Boo for us!)

An epic entrance to the event, The Pumpkin Lord welcomes you to his kingdom. While this scare zone is fairly small, one of our favorite details is that if you look closely enough, you'll find elements of all the other scare zones hidden in the vines. It also has a killer soundtrack that definitely sets the rockin' and epic mood for the night.

Scarecrow: Cursed Soil

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Something is being reaped in Central Park and it isn't the harvest. Sinister scarecrows have awakened at this abandoned farm and are dying to seek their long-awaited revenge. Can you outrun their sickles and scythes?

This scare might be the best use of the Central Park space that we've ever seen at this event. Almost like a mini house, the abandoned barn you walk through to get from Hollywood to Springfield isn't so abandoned after all. The scarecrow sentinels made of pig heads, rotting pumpkins and even mutated stalks of corn are all looking to hunt you down.

Sweet Revenge

Major Sweets has set up shop in the streets of New York. Unfortunately, a sugar rush isn't the only thing his customers suffer from. His cursed confectionery has turned innocent children into crazed killers. Your parents did warn you that candy's bad for you ... right?

New York always kills it with their scare zones and this one is no different. From the corrupted kids in costume to the scared citizens begging for help, it's impossible not to get snuck up on here. The standouts of this zone are the massive Halloween parade floats — on one of which we saw Major Sweets get to the key to the city ... before brutally murdering the mayor.

Graveyard: Deadly Unrest

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The glamorous streets of Hollywood are now home to Nettlewoods Cemetery, a moss-covered resting place where loved ones come to mourn. However, on Halloween night, a dark storm arrives and awakens long-dead spirits. Ask not for whom the bell tolls, friends; it tolls for thee.

Beautifully lit and wonderfully eerie, this scare zone has everything from restless spirits to living statues and even the reaper himself. While this zone is delightfully spooky all night, we recommend hitting it up once the sun sets to get the full effect. Just don't get too close to the crypts ...

Conjure the Dark

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On the very first All Hallow's Eve, a wicked sorceress summoned unearthly creatures from a dark dimension. You'll find these menacing monsters lurking on the streets of San Francisco, all of whom have an insatiable appetite for human blood.

Another scare zone with an amazing soundtrack from heavy metal to beautifully ethereal, this zone shines with its gnarly and gruesome creature design. We also loved watching the wicked sorceress cast her evil spell and unleash her loyal minions onto the streets. Do not make these demons angry. They won't hesitate to strike.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Entertainment

Every year, Universal produces two spectacular shows which are perfect places to take a break from the terror. One takes place at the lagoon and is a thrilling combination of projections, water and music and the other takes place on the former Fear Factor Live stage. Here's a look at the eerie entertainment that graces this year's event:

Ghoulish! A Halloween Tale

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Gather 'round the lagoon for a ghost story you won't ever froget. This sinister new show brings spirits to life with wicked water, petrifying projections and menacing music.

This show was such a fun break mid-way through our night. The visuals are wonderfully spooky and the music selection is fantastic — especially the ragtime version of Rihanna's "Disturbia" and an eerie version of "Blinding Lights" (which makes sense when the show is formatted as a visual version of a phonograph record). What starts funny and kooky, though, all of a sudden turns dastardly and dark. This is one vinyl we can't wait to replay over and over again.

Halloween Nightmare Fuel Wildfire

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A fiery new show ignited Halloween Horror Nights 30, featuring nocturnal creatures, aerialists of the night and frightful fire performers. Set to pulse-pounding rock, metal and electronica music, this epic performance was loud enough to drown out the screams. We're so hoppy it's returned this year with a new nightmare, more red-hot than ever!

While the story is very similar to last year's version of the show with a man trying to escape his worst nightmares (still with the same mind-blowing magic tricks), this year's version sets the stage ablaze from start to finish and is a roarin' good time with songs such as "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" or "Ready or Not."

Rides Open During Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

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

These are the rides that are remaining open during Halloween Horror Nights 31:

Check out the event map for attraction closing times, and schedule in time to hop on your faves if this is a priority for you!
  • TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3D
  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit (type code 666 for a playful surprise)
  • Men in Black Alien Attack
  • Revenge of the Mummy (now in technical rehearsals!)

Note: The rides do close up to two hours before the event officially ends so ride them early if you want to get on them.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Food and Merchandise

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - S'mores Fries

Munch on the iconic Pizza Fries (crinkle-cut fries topped with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and sausage) or its sister snack — the S'mores Fries (sweet potato fries, marshmallow, chocolate chips and graham cracker crumbs), both located in Kid Zone, as well as the famous Twisted Tater.

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As always, many of the houses and iconic HHN characters even have their own dedicated food kiosk. Look for traditional Mexican favorites with a deadly twist, such as the Tamales de Los Muertos and the Roasted Sweet Potato & Mushroom Street Tacos, at the Dia de Los Muertos booth. Chow down on returning favorites such as the No "Chance" in Hell PB&J and Fried Oreos®, as well as new terrifying treats such as the Pepperoni Pizza Skull and the Tombstone Red Velvet Cake Pop (both of which were delicious!) in Gramercy Park and San Francisco. See if you can stomach the cuts in Sting Alley, such as the Fresh Ground Princess and Spoiled Angry Bear Meat. Play with your freaky food at the Chucky Booth with options such as The Good Guys Burger and the Chili Lee Ray. Choose safe or scary at the Bridge Food booth with either the Churro Dog on the Stick or the Maggot Covered Cheese Dog (a Korean-style corn dog, rolled in puffed rice, topped with gochujang drizzle and black sesame seed).

What about alcoholic beverages, you ask? Well, there are plenty of liquid courage concoctions to wash down your fear. The Weeknd has stocked his After Hours Bar with drinks such as the Save Your Tears cocktail and a variety of ciders, ales and wines. The Dia de Los Muertos bar also has two smoking hot options with the Burning Skull and Michelada cocktails. Additionally, you'll find other event bars located around the park, featuring the Ghoul Juice and Electric Death specialty cocktails, and at various food booths. The Dirty Valentine at the Chucky booth was perfectly sweet and fruity!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Dirty Valentine

In addition to the Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store which is stocked with desserts galore, you can find other sinful sweets at the Today Café such as the Coconut Yuzu Eyeball and the Hallow's Eve Caramel Apple Pop Tart, as well as the San Francisco Pastry Company which is selling other cursed confectionaries such as the Spirit Board Blackberry Cheesecake and the Witches Cauldron Brownie.

Last but certainly not least, the horror extends into Universal CityWalk where you'll find the Black Magic Milkshake at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, the Chucky doughnut at Voodoo Doughnut and a few new dastardly drinks at the rethemed Dead Coconut Club (on event nights only) such as The Java Monster and The Haunted Isle.

Here are the Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022 dining options (in addition to food and beverage carts):

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Mel's Die-In

  • TODAY Cafe
  • Bone Chillin'
  • Finnegan's Bar & Grill
  • Häagen-Dazs
  • Louie's Italian Restaurant
  • Richter's Burger Co.
  • Mel's DIE-IN (Mel's Drive-In)
  • Starbucks
  • The Fountain of Fair Fortune
  • Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour
  • Coke Refresh
  • Fast Food Boulevard
  • Twisted Tater Tent
  • KidZone Pizza Company

Halloween Horror Nights Merchandise

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Tribute Store

Each year, the event’s merchandise typically features all of the haunted houses and scare zones, so you’ll be sure to find a nice memento (whether it’s a sweatshirt or a souvenir cup) for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando 2022. Pop into Universal Studios' Tribute Store this year for a Halloween celebration like none other. Keep your hands, arms, feet and legs inside the vehicle as you "ride" through a pumpkin patch where sinister scarecrows are lurking, a spooky cemetery where restless spirits have awakened and a witch's cottage where a powerful sorceress is brewing up something terrible ... before entering Haunted Hollow Hills' Halloween Festival where the tricks are just as delightful as the treats. You can usually find T-shirts, sippers, candles and other ghoulish delights here, as well as in Five & Dime and the Universal Studios Store in Universal Studios, the Universal Studios Store in CityWalk and the Islands of Adventure Trading Company and the All Hallows' Eve Boutique in Islands of Adventure.

Other Universal Studios Florida shopping venues open during the event are:

  • Supply Vault
  • The Film Vault
  • Sahara Traders
  • San Francisco Candy Factory
  • Diagon Alley Shops
  • Borgin & Burkes
  • MIB Gear
  • Simpsons Games
  • Kwik-E-Mart

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Tips

1. Buy Your Tickets in Advance

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

2. Consider an Express Pass

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

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

3. Arrive Early

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Hotel Entrance

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

4. Leave the Kids at Home 

Lily always stays at home for Halloween Horror Nights. This event is too intense for young children. It is not recommended for those under age 13. Leave them with a sitter service or at the resort's children's activity center. (However, if the tadpoles do tag along, strollers are not allowed in the houses.)

5. Leave Your Costumes and Masks at Home

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

6. Dress Light and Stay Hydrated

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Freestyle Cup

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

On top of being deceptively hot and humid, Halloween Horror Nights is a pretty intense event. Bring a water bottle to make staying cool a breeze and save money or purchase the HHN Freestyle cup for a fun souvenir. Aside from that, only bottled water is available for purchase.

7. Only Bring the Necessities

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

8. Have a Plan

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

9. Eat Early

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Food Booth

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

10. Splurge on Snacks

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

11. Watch Out for the Creatures of the Night!

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando - Sweet Revenge

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

12. Respect the Scare Actors

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

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

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Sep 23, 2021 at 11:53 p.m. Nate Says...

Was told they are no longer doing the 1/2 price Express passes after 11 pm, nor do they utilize the special entrance for hotel guests (former BMG entrance) for HHN this year. Can you confirm this please?

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Sep 24, 2021 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nate!

We saw the hotel guest entrance in use when we went earlier this month. We also asked about the half-price Express option. On the night we went, it was unavailable because they had sold out of Express passes completely, but the team member that we had talked to said it is still an option if available.

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Sep 17, 2021 at 4:17 a.m. Karla Ramirez Says...

I have had an annual pass and stay onsite always but I have never heard of this until reading the article- can you explain what/where the priority gates are?

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Sep 17, 2021 at 8:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karla!

If you're thinking of the dedicated priority line for hotel guests, then there will be signs directing you to the left of the main entrance (the pathway that goes up toward the former Blue Man Group theater). It's open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Since you have your annual pass, you can also take advantage of the Stay & Scream holding areas (you must be inside the park before it closes at 5 p.m.). More info about early entry can be found here. Hope this helps!

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Sep 16, 2021 at 8:38 p.m. Liz MM Says...

Is the parking fee discounted at all between 6-10p, or is it full price until 10p? Thanks in advanced!

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Sep 16, 2021 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Liz!

The parking fee is full price until 10 p.m. on HHN nights.

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Sep 15, 2021 at 8:24 p.m. Diane Says...

We are planning to spend day and HHN. We want park to park for day, looking at RIP tour, so would we need 3 separate tickets?

1.park to park

2. HHN

3. RIP

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Sep 15, 2021 at 3:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diane!

Yes, that is correct! If you wish to visit during the day, then you'll need the park-to-park ticket. A R.I.P. Tour does not include separate HHN admission, so you'll need to purchase both.

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Sep 13, 2021 at 10 p.m. Monica Says...

I am only interested in Islands of adventure. I am planning on halloween horror nights at Islands of adventure. Is there a Scream early 30$ for Islands or just Studios? Because I want to ride all the rides and goto halloween haunt qithout being there during AM hours. Im a night wolf.

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Sep 14, 2021 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Monica!

Halloween Horror Nights only takes place at Universal Studios, so there is not a Scream Early or HHN ticket available for Islands of Adventure.

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Sep 13, 2021 at 1:20 a.m. Stephen Says...

So as far as the Express Pass goes.. can you just walk up the each house/ride and get into the express line? or do you have to select a specific time slot and show up then?

Thanks for all the great info

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Sep 12, 2021 at 8:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephen!

You can just walk up to the Express line — you do not need a return time. The only time that they might tell you to come back is if a queue hits full capacity.

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Sep 16, 2021 at 3:24 a.m. stephen Says...

Awesome! thanks

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Sep 16, 2021 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

No problem, Stephen! Have a scary good time :)

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Sep 8, 2021 at 8:49 p.m. DJ Says...

Hello! I am planning to go to HHN this year. I also want to enjoy all of the rides that both parks have to offer during as well before HHN starts. My question is, in the efforts to save a little change, are all of the rides open during HHN? I know that I would have to buy a P2P ticket for the daytime and the separate HHN ticket at night but if the same rides that are open during the day are open during HHN, as well...I figure I may save money by just buying the HHN ticket. Advisement? Thanks in advance!

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Sep 8, 2021 at 4:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi DJ!

Only select rides are open during HHH, which include Revenge of the Mummy, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts*, Men in Black Alien Attack, Transformers* and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit* (the ones with * close early in the night). There is also an option for a Scream Early ticket ($30) that grants you regular park admission to Universal Studios Florida at 3 p.m. and access to the Stay and Scream holding areas for early admission. (It would not have park-to-park access though.)

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Sep 6, 2021 at 2:26 p.m. Morgan Barnes Says...

We want to visit Universal Studios but do not need to hit HHN because we will have a young child with us. Would it be better to go on a Wednesday or Thursday when HHN is not happening? Does the park stay open later?

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Sep 7, 2021 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Morgan!

In September, the official park hours calendar is showing that Universal Studios Florida closes at 5 p.m. most days (regardless of HHN), except for Mondays and Tuesdays (which close at 6 p.m.). Park hours for the majority of October have not been released yet, but we'd expect it would be about the same.

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Sep 5, 2021 at 12:46 p.m. Kristi Says...

This is our first year going to HHN. We have Premiere Passes. Can we go earlier during the day and stay in the park if we are using our free HHN ticket? Can we purchase Express Passes if using our free HHN ticket?

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Sep 7, 2021 at 8:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristi!

Yes, you can use your Premier passes to enter the park early. Then, once the park closes at 5 p.m., you can go to one of the holding areas for HHN Early Entry. Express Passes are sold separately, so you would be able to purchase them (we'd suggest the earlier, the better as the price can go up, or could sell out, as it gets closer to your date).

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Sep 3, 2021 at 8:12 a.m. Jane Says...

If I'm going to Universal Studios during the day but NOT Halloween Horror Nights, I know I have to leave by 5pm. My question is up until 5pm are all rides operating or do some shut down prior to 5pm to prepare for HHN event?

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Sep 3, 2021 at 12:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jane!

While the park officially closes at 5 p.m., the entrances to queues for rides and attractions may close about 30 minutes early, as needed, to prep for the event. So we'd recommend hopping to any must-try rides earlier in your day!

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Aug 31, 2021 at 2:43 p.m. Chris Says...

Is there a commemorative refillable cup with discounts for alcoholic beverages this year?

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Aug 31, 2021 at 12:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

Yes, there will be souvenir refillable cups for alcoholic beverages this year!

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Aug 31, 2021 at 1:50 p.m. Chelsey Says...

Thanks for this! So excited to go! My question is - will I still be able to experience Harry Potter, Diagon Alley, general HP shopping, buy a wand and butterbeer during this event? I’m trying to decide during my visit to attend during the day or to try and kill two birds with one stone and go to horror nights instead. What do you think?

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Aug 31, 2021 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chelsey!

Diagon Alley is open during the event but usually closes earlier in the night (around 11 p.m.). The ride is available and the shops are open, but the wand pairing experience is not. If you want to experience everything in Diagon Alley but also want to go to HHN, then we'd suggest considering the Scream Early add-on ticket ($30; separate HHN ticket required) which allows you to enter the park at 3 p.m. So you could go to Diagon Alley from 3-5 p.m. before waiting in the Stay & Scream holding areas for HHN, which allows you to be already in the park once HHN starts (and sometimes the holding areas are released a bit early!).

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Aug 28, 2021 at 4:56 p.m. Kayla Says...

Hi! We have one in our family that wants to see HHN, but two that don't. Will the hogwarts express be open during HHN? We arent sure if walking through the areas at night would be too much or if we would be able to stay in diagon alley

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Aug 30, 2021 at 11:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kayla!

No, unfrogtunately, the Hogwarts Express isn't open during Halloween Horror Nights.

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Aug 17, 2021 at 2:46 a.m. Andrea Says...

Does it matter which ticket I purchase? I want to go to the HHN, but I still want to ride the other universal attractions. Which ticket should I purchase in order to do both?? Are the prices different?

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Aug 17, 2021 at 9:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea!

If you're just wanting to ride some of the attractions at Universal Studios Florida during HHN (select rides remain open during the event), then you only need a HHN ticket! However, if you wish to go over to Universal's Islands of Adventure to experience any of those attractions, you'll need a regular park ticket.

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Aug 15, 2021 at 3:02 p.m. Linda Says...

I just want to make sure, can you just buy a ticket for HHN without having to buy a park ticket? I just want to go for HHN. Thank you!

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Aug 16, 2021 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda!

Yes, it's toadally possible to buy a HHN ticket by itself if you're only wanting to go to the event. Have fun!

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Aug 6, 2021 at 1:15 p.m. Scott Says...

Hey team!

Just bought the Premier AO pass with the free HHN night. How does that work? do you just show up at the gate and fingerprint in like normal or do you have to go to will-call or something?

Thanks!

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Aug 6, 2021 at 8:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott!

To redeem your free HHN ticket as a Premier passholder, you just need to present your annual pass at any turnstile!

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Jul 28, 2021 at 4:36 p.m. Wendy Says...

Hi. If we want to do a weekend trip for Horror nights and only do Horror nights do we need a park ticket or just a ticket to HHN? Thanks.

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Jul 28, 2021 at 12:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy!

Since you're only attending Halloween Horror Nights, you'll just need a HHN ticket!

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Jul 19, 2021 at 5:41 p.m. Celia Says...

Hello! We'll be attending HHN this year at the end of Oct. We'll have our kids with us (ages 13 and 16). My son (13 y.o) enjoys haunted houses, but I realize these may be more intense than your average haunted house. My daughter (16 y.o) is nervous!! I may opt to riding some rides with her while the son enjoys houses with Dad. Has there been many preteens/teens at these events in years past? We may think twice about bringing them if this is predominantly an adult event (aka 90%+ adults) Any advice you can offer for the nervous 16 y.o is welcome, too! TIA!

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Mar 28, 2022 at 1:42 p.m. Krista Says...

My kids are 6 and 9 and this will be the third year they have gone on the RIP HHN tour. They love it!!

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Sep 18, 2021 at 9:52 a.m. Jessy Says...

Hi, this is my 1st time too. I'm going with my 2 sons (19 & 26) they love this kind of stuff but i don't so needless to say i totally understand your daughter's nervousness about it but what I've done is go on YouTube & look up the 2021 HHN & they show walk thru's of the house which are the scariest things i think your gonna experience ya know. And it helped me to know what to expect in advance. You may want to check it out (with her) so you guys can decide on advance if she can handle it or just put out all together. I personally watched it (reluctantly lol) several times until i didn't feel so scared & i feel more ready for what's to expect now. Before checking it out, i was confident i'd pass out at the entrance let alone ever making it inside lol. Good luck & hope your family has a blast.

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Jul 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Traci Says...

The RIP tour says that it keeps reserved seating for you. While on the tour, do they take u to the show?

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Jul 20, 2021 at 10:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Traci!

Currently, the live entertainment has not been announced yet. But in the past, yes — the show is built into the tour's itinerary.

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Jul 6, 2021 at 7:53 p.m. RAD Says...

We are new annual passholders and have already visited once since we bought our passes. I was planning another trip with our kids (10 and 11) September 15-18 as I thought the crowds would be low. Any reason to be concerned that the crowds might actually be high during the day since HHN will have already started? Also, if we leave Universal Studios by 5pm can we be sure we will miss the scare actors? I don't think my kids are ready for the scary stuff.

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Jul 6, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

It's possible you might see an increase in crowds on Friday and Saturday (17th and 18th), but it's still relatively early in the HHN season (it gets busier on the weekends in October). You can check expected crowd levels on our Crowd Calendar! Universal Studios Florida closes to daytime guests at 5 p.m. so you would not see any scare actors while you're there. Universal's Islands of Adventure stays open for a few more hours, so you can spend some time there if you don't want to leave that early. HHN is only at Universal Studios Florida.

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Jul 4, 2021 at 7:39 p.m. Lana Says...

I couldn’t see on the website, I did see the starting time is 6:30pm but does anyone know what time the HHN would close on a Sunday?

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Jul 1, 2021 at 1:22 p.m. Jessica Says...

My daughter is 18 and is terrified of clowns. She will be coming but her and her dad will not be doing HHN. Are there scary characters in City Walk and Island of Adventures she will see or is it ok for her to go?

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Jul 1, 2021 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

No, there aren't any scare actors in CityWalk or Universal's Islands of Adventure.

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Jun 26, 2021 at 6:05 p.m. Rea Says...

If we are planning an October trip to Fla and looking at doing both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Orlando while there but have no interest in the HHN. What time do reg day pass people get kicked out of the park on HHN days?

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Jun 27, 2021 at 9:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rea!

HHN does not take place at Islands of Adventure, so you would be able to stay until its official park closing time. Universal Studios Florida usually closes at 5 p.m. for daytime guests.

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Jun 26, 2021 at 5 p.m. Carlisa Says...

Hello, we plan to attend HHN this year, and we plan to stay in one of the onsite hotels. My boyfriend is not a fan of rides and we ONLY want to do HHN. Do we have to purchase park passes to get in and will we still be able to get early access?

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Jun 27, 2021 at 9:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carlisa!

No, you do not need regular park admission if you're only going for HHN. As Universal hotel guests, you will have a dedicated entry lane for faster access into the park, but early entry isn't available unless you're already in the park for daytime hours. We'd still advise arriving early, as the gates often open a little early to start letting people in. In past years, Universal has sold a special "Scream Early" ticket for about $25 per person, which allowed HHN guests to enter the park, starting at 3 p.m., so they could take advantage of the early entry holding areas without daytime admission, but so far, a similar option has not been offered this year (and we're not toadally sure if there will be one, but we'll keep our eyes and ears out).

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Jun 23, 2021 at 11:55 p.m. Dani Says...

Are the haunted houses open during the day like they were in 2020 or only during the night with the separate HHN ticket?

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Jun 24, 2021 at 8:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dani!

This year, it'll be back to having haunted houses only open at night with a separate HHN ticket.

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Jun 23, 2021 at 4:55 a.m. Chris Says...

My wife will be visiting Universal Florida on Thursday, September 30 and Friday, October 1st. We are debating on HHN for 1 night or 2. Considering we will be getting an Express Pass, would we be able to do everything in one night? We are also staying at the Hard Rock so I believe we'll have a separate line to get into HHN quicker?

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Jun 23, 2021 at 9:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

If you decide on only one night, we'd suggest Thursday over Friday to increase your chances of getting through every house. There is a separate entry line for hotel guests, and we'd recommend arriving early if you don't have day admission (if you do, take advantage of the Stay & Scream holding areas). Since you'll be getting Express passes, we think one night should be fine (especially if it's a Thursday night), as it's still relatively early into the season. In 2019, we went on the last Thursday night in September, and we managed to get through a majority of the houses without an Express pass. This year, we think HHN could potentially be more crowded overall though, due to pent-up demand from it being canceled last year, so Express passes would still help you get the most out of the event.

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Jun 19, 2021 at 12:50 p.m. David Moskowitz Says...

Hi! A few of my family and myself will being going to HHN at the end of September. My wife does not like being scared by people. Is it possible for her to go with us to HHN and avoid the scare actors? Are there scare free zones or ways to limit her exposure to scare actors? Are there scare free places she can sit in while the rest of us are in the houses? Or would she be better off staying at the resort? Any advice? Thank you very much for your assistance!

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Jun 21, 2021 at 8:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a scare-free zone, though it usually closes early by 11 p.m. and she would have to go through multiple scare zones to get to it. There are small pockets of other scare-free zones, but she would still need to go through at least one scare zone, as two of them are usually near the entrance. If she can brave through some of them, there would be places to sit (by the lagoon behind Transformers and in Central Park). If you look up HHN maps from previous years, you can see where the scare zones are (they usually stay the same year after year), but also note that scare actors with chainsaws usually roam in the Simpsons area, which isn't marked as a scare zone. But overall, if she wouldn't want to go on rides and would only sit around, then it may not be worth it for her.

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Jun 18, 2021 at 5:34 p.m. brianna gentile Says...

Hello! My BF and I just bought 2 day 3 park tickets AND HHN tickets. I was planning on doing universal during the day on halloween and then HHN later in evening, which means we would have early access. Do we still wait in line for those who are already in the park? Or once they start kicking everyone out in the park that dont have HHN tickets we just start walking around and doing stuff? How have the crowds been for HHN on Halloween? I know I will have early entry, but really want to do as many houses/mazes as possible and am debating if it would be worth it to get express pass for event although I have early access. Also, the other day I have tickets we were planning on doing VB during day and IOA afterwards into the night on 11/3. Does that sound like enough time to experience both?

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Jun 21, 2021 at 11:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brianna!

Since you'll be in the park, you won't have to exit and re-enter the park, but when it's time for the park to close for day guests, you will need to go to one of the Stay and Scream holding areas. We feel that crowds on Halloween can vary, depending on demand and the day of the week it falls, and this year, it's hard to predict. Since it falls on a Sunday, it may not be as crowded as Friday and Saturday during that same weekend, but on the other hand, it could be busy since last year's event was canceled. If you can swing for Express, we'd recommend buying in advance now before prices increase so you have a higher chance of getting through all of the houses. Though if you want to wait it out until you're there, they've also sold half-priced Express tickets (if available) after 11 p.m. which could be a good option if it ends up not being super busy but you need more time. You can get a rough idea of what Universal expects crowds to be like by looking at the ticket prices, if that helps you too. Volcano Bay likely won't be as busy since it's early November (and it falls during the week), so we think combining Volcano Bay and IOA into one day would be a good plan.

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Jun 9, 2021 at 1:01 p.m. Jenna Says...

Planning on late Sept trip and just saw the HHN. Is it best to get a 2 park pass to go back and forth to get the most out of a day pass only since they close universal only if not interested in HHN? Or, if interested in HHN, just come to that? Having a hard time paying for full day pass when they close at 5. Thoughts?

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Jun 9, 2021 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenna,

If you're not interested in HHN and you're only planning to spend one day at the parks, then yes, we'd recommend a Park-to-Park ticket so you can hop over to Islands of Adventure once Universal Studios Florida closes early for HHN.

If you are interested in HHN, then it depends! Depending on the night, HHN can be so busy that it's hard to fit in all of the houses - let alone do anything else (though usually ride wait times can be lower, due to more people waiting in lines for houses). So if you're more interested in HHN than rides, just attend the event. But if you want to experience as many things as the park has to offer while you're already there, then we'd recommend both a day ticket and a HHN ticket.

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Jun 5, 2021 at 8:58 p.m. PAT Says...

If we are staying on site at one of the 3 hotels that give you the express pass, would this also hold true for our tickets for HHN if we are not using one of our day park passes?

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Jun 8, 2021 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pat,

While Halloween Horror Nights does offer event-specific Universal Express passes, the benefit for premier hotel guests only applies to daytime Universal Express access.

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May 8, 2021 at 11:12 a.m. Trish Says...

Hi, will all the rides in IOA be open during the HHNs? Thanks.

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May 10, 2021 at 7:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trish,

No, unfortunately, Universal's Islands of Adventure is subject to regular park hours and does not stay open late during Halloween Horror Nights.

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Apr 17, 2021 at 4:13 p.m. Anissa Bourke Says...

I was wondering if the Food and Wine Fest in Epcot overlaps the Fright Fest in Universal and if so what are the typical dates for that? Thank you

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Apr 19, 2021 at 8:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anissa,

Yes! The EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival and Universal's Halloween Horror Nights overlap. This year, the Food and Wine Festival will take place from July 15 to Nov. 20 (which is starting unusually early — generally, the festival lasts from late August to mid-November), while HHN will take place on select nights from Sept. 3 to Oct. 31 (generally, it takes place in September and October).

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Mar 23, 2021 at 5:49 a.m. George R. Says...

Hi ! I'm going in October 2021 , will be visiting 4 days the Universal parks along with WDW other days , we have 2 small kids so we want to skip HHN , we know is not for small children , any advice ? Do HHN happen every day of October or just some days ? Thanks in advance :)

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Mar 23, 2021 at 5:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi George,

In October 2021, Halloween Horror Nights will be hoppening every Wednesday night through Sunday night, as well as Tues., Oct. 26. Hope this helps!

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Mar 22, 2021 at 9:11 a.m. Dawn Says...

Hi, I’m trying to figure out what days do the 80’s night usually fall on for HHN in Orlando? Or do they have them at all? I know HHN in Hollywood were I believe on Thursdays. Trying to plan a 10 day Orlando vacation at most parks, and trying to pack as much in as possible.Would like to go on an 80’s night to HHN if possible. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thx

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Mar 22, 2021 at 4:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dawn,

In the past, there have not been specific '80s Nights during Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando, but there have been '80s themed thrills, including the haunted houses themselves. For instance, we expect some '80s influence inside the Beetlejuice house this year! As for general advice, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays are generally less crowded. Hope this helps!

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Mar 21, 2021 at 2:08 a.m. Sarah Waites Says...

Hi! This is my first time ever going to Universal or HHN! I am a big horror fan and want to get EVERYTHING I can out of our visit to both. We are planning on staying in the park, should we get 3 day tickets to the parks and HHN. Or would 2 days be enough to cover everything there is to see?

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Mar 22, 2021 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

You're going to have a toadally awesome time! We'd say it depends on when you're going during the HHN season. If you'll be there in early September right when HHN is starting, then it likely won't be as crowded and you may able to get a lot accomplished in two days (especially if you go on a Wednesday or a Thursday). But if your visit is hoppening in October, closer to Halloween, then you may want to consider three days. That said, we're still not quite sure what the park capacity limits will be like during that time. If there are capacity limits, crowds may be lower than years past. Stay tuned for more details! Overall though, if your top priority is to experience everything you can, then planning for three days wouldn't hurt if you can swing it.

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Mar 16, 2021 at 7:17 p.m. Kacey Darnell Says...

when WILL Halloween NIGHTS OF HORROR TICKETS GO ON SALE

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Mar 16, 2021 at 2:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

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No dates have been released just yet, but we've got our eyes and ears open! We'll be sure to update as soon as they're on sale so you can hop on it :)

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Apr 30, 2021 at 2:55 p.m. bekki Says...

Have the dates for purchasing the tickets been released as of yet?

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Apr 30, 2021 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

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Mar 5, 2021 at 9:35 p.m. Patches Coffman Says...

I understand that the daytime express pass doesn't work during HHN, but does the HHN pass include rides and houses, or just the houses? And how close do they usually have people enter the houses precovid years? I don't want to have a nonstop line of people in front and rear of me cause scares can be hit or miss.

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Mar 9, 2021 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patches!

Yes, the HHN Express Pass includes both rides AND houses! :) Pre-COVID, there was a pretty steady stream of people, so we generally had someone both in front of and behind us. This is a new year, with new operating procedures, so this year may be different. We'll keep you posted as we hear more!

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Oct 13, 2020 at 12:12 p.m. Molly O Says...

Is it worth taking our kids to Universal in October if we do NOT wish to attend HHN? Will we get less time in the parks? We are hoping to pop on over to WDW for the MNNSHP for a night if possible. Thanks!!

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Oct 13, 2020 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Molly!

We think so! Generally, Islands of Adventure stays open later than Universal Studios Florida during HHN time, so you should still be able to get in some good ride time :)

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Sep 11, 2020 at 2:12 p.m. Lisa Greene Says...

We have attended the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party but we have never attended this one at Universal. I just wonder if it would be too scary for my 8-year-old son.

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Sep 11, 2020 at 9:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

We generally advise that only older kiddos attend, since HHN can be pretty intense, even for adults :) We leave our kiddos at home for this one.

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Jul 10, 2020 at 10:28 p.m. Juan Says...

We're expecting to arrive Sat 10/31 and planning to visit HHN30 both Sat and Sun 11/1 which is the last night this year. If we get one of the in-advance tickets they're currently selling, can we visit the Park both days? I don't fully understand what blockout dates mean (Saturday 31/1 is one of them). Is it worth to get an express pass too?

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Jul 13, 2020 at 5:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Juan,

If you are talking about the Buy an Event Night, Get a Second Free that Universal is offering, the answer is that you would be able to use the ticket for Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Halloween Horror Nights. This is only for the special event and thus only includes Universal Studios Florida during the event. If you wish to visit the other park, you would need to purchase separate theme park admission.

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Jun 28, 2020 at 5:18 p.m. Jacqueline B Says...

We will be arriving at Universal Studios at 3:00 pm and staying for HHN that same evening (we have a regular park ticket and a separate HHN ticket). When the park closes at 5pm, will any of the restaurants be open to eat dinner between 5pm and 6:30 pm ? I understand you can stay in holding, but can you eat dinner as well?

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Jun 29, 2020 at 12:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jacqueline,

Yes! Typically, there are restaurants open in the holding area. Finnegan's is usually open in the NY area, and several restaurants are open in the Simpsons area.

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May 27, 2020 at 2:55 a.m. Wanda Moore Says...

How much are the tickets for Halloween Horror Night?

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May 27, 2020 at 9:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wanda!

The price can fluctuate based on the date, but these tend to range from $70-$120 or so. Hope this helps!

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May 22, 2020 at 11:09 p.m. Lisa Says...

Stupid question but confused on the prices....if we want to go to universal during the day and stay for HHN, whats the price for universal since it’s half a day there? Do they offer a ticket for both attractions....day universal and HHN?

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May 26, 2020 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

If you'd like to head to Universal during the day and Halloween Horror Nights in the evening, you'd need admission to both the park(s) and the event. Last year, Universal offered a Scream Early ticket that allowed Universal Studios Florida admission starting at 3 p.m., plus entry to HHN. Not all tickets for this year's event have been released, but we're keeping our eyes peeled for ticket options and will be sure to update this post accordingly once we know more! :)

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May 27, 2020 at 3:45 a.m. Lisa Says...

Thanks for replying!! Seems so expensive to pay full admission to universal to only stay open till 5:00 and then have to pay over $80 for HHN. Lol. Would be way to expensive for family of 4 lol

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Mar 17, 2020 at 3:13 p.m. Marc Says...

Hello. We were thinking of visiting Universal Studios Florida on Friday 10/23 and Monday 10/26 (before our return flight at 7pm), but do not want to do the Halloween Night. Do you know how long the park will be open for visitors who did not purchase the Halloween ticket? Do they kick us out at a certain time? Does the Halloween night impact any rides during the regular park days (as in they are closed because they are setup for Halloween Night, or other changes that they do to serve Halloween Night)? What should we consider if we just want to visit the parks as a regular visitor and not do the Halloween Night? Thank you.

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Mar 19, 2020 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marc,

Typically on event nights the park closes to regular guests at 5 p.m. There should be no impact to rides.

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Oct 30, 2019 at 8:48 p.m. Karen Cazares Says...

I’m going in a few mins to the HHN event. I bought my ticket on Groupon is this the only ticket I need or do I also need ticket for the actual studios? Also how much is parking?

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Oct 31, 2019 at 3:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

You should only need your Groupon ticket. Parking is $26 for general admission, or free after 10 p.m. Have fun!

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Oct 29, 2019 at 8:04 p.m. Anna B Says...

How busy do you anticipate it being on Halloween with it being a Thursday night

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Oct 29, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna!

Halloween tends to be pretty busy - we're expecting a 7/10 in terms of crowds.

Hoppy Halloween!

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Oct 30, 2019 at 12:07 a.m. Anna B Says...

If you hade to choose Thursday night 10/31 or Friday night 11/1 which do you think would be less busy

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Oct 30, 2019 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna!

Great question! It's really a toss up - Halloween will be busy, but Friday will, as well! If we had to guess, we'd say Halloween night will be slightly less busy than Friday.

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Oct 28, 2019 at 8:01 a.m. Joseph Paul Says...

I just Love Orlando and Its Halloween Nights. Last year I watched horror nights in a show.

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Oct 19, 2019 at 1:54 a.m. Doggie Says...

What do you expect the crowds to be like on Nov 1 & 2? Generally, after Halloween is a great time to go. However, this year the only HHN days after Halloween are on a Friday and Saturday. How busy do you think it will be on those days? Thanks.

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Oct 21, 2019 at 1:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Doggie!

We have the exact same thoughts - generally, those are great times to go, but with it being a Friday and Saturday, we think things will be busier than usual! According to our Crowd Calendar, those dates are forecast to be a 6 and 7 out of 10, respectively. If you do go, make sure you hop back to update us!

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Oct 27, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Susan Says...

If you’re in the park in a holding zone before 5:00. You can get to see all 4 of the major houses in the front In less than 2 hrs on a Saturday as we did. We then makes our way to the back and did more. So on October 26th we got in holding zone at 4:30 and we got to see 8 out of 10 houses and went on 4

Rides and got to eat dinner as well

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Oct 31, 2020 at 2:07 p.m. Lisa Says...

What time did you head home ?

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Oct 17, 2019 at 2:57 p.m. Michael Says...

Will there be horror nights in 2020?

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Oct 17, 2019 at 10:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael!

Dates haven't been confirmed yet, but we'd bet on yes :)

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Oct 14, 2019 at 11:44 p.m. Rose Says...

Hi Leap!

We are planning to get a park hopper for IOA and USF and then would like to go to HHN! Just wanted to know if it is possible to to get back to IOA after the HHN begins.

Thanks!

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Oct 16, 2019 at 8:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rose!

Yes, it is possible to return to IOA until that park closes (which is usually until 8 p.m.). However, if you plan to go on Oct. 24, IOA closes at 7 p.m., and on Oct. 29 & Nov. 1, IOA closes at 6 p.m. Just to be sure to hold onto your HHN ticket, so you can re-enter over there!

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