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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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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.

Savings Alert


Discount Halloween Horror Nights tickets are on sale now!

Get Your Tickets

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.


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!
  • 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

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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!

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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):

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  • 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. 

Related: Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry

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Oct 14, 2019 at 2:18 p.m. Auston Harper Says...

Do you know ware the neon people got their costumes from if so can you please let me know -Auston

Oct 12, 2019 at 4:42 p.m. Leslie Says...

How do we know which rides will be open tonight? Tickets purchased.

Oct 15, 2019 at 9:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leslie!

The rides open during Halloween Horror Nights are TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3D, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy, Men in Black Alien Attack, Fast & Furious – Supercharged and The Simpsons Ride (open select event nights only). Hope you had a great time!

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Oct 12, 2019 at 2:07 a.m. Ann Says...

Can you list the house the scariest to least scary. Also, I have and 11 year old daughter who loves Halloween and Haunted Houses. She does not scary easy at all and has been to haunted house before and been perfectly fine. I know it says not recommended under 13 but can she go tough the houses. If so are there any you would recommend her not doing? She really wants to go and didn’t want to make her feel left out because she is the youngest and can’t go with the rest of the family

Oct 15, 2019 at 3:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ann!

Your 11 year old is able to go, but we don't recommend it, as some can be pretty scary. Ghostbusters should be the least scariest (though there may be a little language involved), then Killer Klowns. House of 1000 Corpses and Nightingales are both very gory (and we saw a grown man crying outside of Nightingales, so we'd suggest she sit that one out). Graveyard Games is very dark, and Depths of Fear was very loud (but got the most screams from us). Since you and your daughter know what she can handle best, we'd suggest checking out our YouTube channel to watch videos of the houses first to see what they are like first hand.

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Oct 9, 2019 at 3:14 p.m. Johnny Says...

Very excited. Wife and I are going tonight, it’s the only night we can go because of work and kids but it’s supposed to rain all night! What can we do?

Oct 9, 2019 at 4:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Johnny!

Hooray for date night! So sorry about the rainy day, but it may actually thin out the crowds a little. The event will happen rain or shine, though the rain may temporarily close some of the scare zones. We'd pack your poncho or umbrella and stake out some places to grab a drink or a snack together in the event that you'd rather duck out of the elements for a bit. Have a great time!

Keep hopping!


Oct 9, 2019 at 4:13 a.m. tom Says...

Did all 10 houses without express past saturday and finished all 10 by 9:30 paid for the scream early ticket and it was worth every penny. Do the popular houses first and then head straight to the back of the park before 7pm Finished all 10 no problem. Longest wait was 15 minutes

Oct 9, 2019 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Super hopful, Tom - thanks for sharing!

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Oct 8, 2019 at 8:13 p.m. LaToya Says...


What if it rains? Will they close the houses? I can imagine the scare zones will close but just was wondering.


Oct 9, 2019 at 4:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi LaToya!

The event will be hoppening rain or shine, though the Scare Zones may close temporarily when it rains, like you mentioned, but the rest should remain open!

Keep hopping!


Oct 8, 2019 at 2:28 p.m. Sam V Says...

Hello! I bought the scream early pass that allows you to go in at 3pm-5pm then held in a holding area. But I want to also see the opening ceremony and from what I’m reading it doesn’t look like the early pass will allow me to see it. Do you know the best way to get in the front to see the opening ceremony? And how/where the opening ceremony takes place?

Oct 10, 2019 at 12:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sam!

Unlike Halloween Horror Nights in Los Angeles, the opening ceremony for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando is a little more informal. You may see some scare actors welcoming people at the gate, but there's not anything official that takes place. We'd opt for early entry versus trying to hop outside of the park to see it :)

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Oct 1, 2019 at 9 p.m. Hanna Says...


The half price Express Pass, are those only available in park at the Kiosk? I couldn't find info online to purchase.

Thanks for such a wonderful, helpful article.

Oct 3, 2019 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hanna!

You are so welcome - thanks for hopping by! That's correct; these are only available at the event (if not sold out). There’s a bunch of small stands inside and outside of the park. You also don’t have to wait until 11 p.m. to purchase (you can buy once you get there, but just can’t use them until the specified time). They ARE subject to availability though, so be sure to hop on them quickly!

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Oct 1, 2019 at 3:24 a.m. Chris Says...

Which is the best alcoholic drink? Thanks! :)

Oct 1, 2019 at 4:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

There are four specialty cocktails: the Blood Pit and Vampires Curse were favorites, although if you like gin, the Saturn was also great! They were fruity, but not too sweet. We also loved the Dufftobestfest beer at the Duff Beer stand. It’s served during Oktoberfest season all day long. We also like going into Diagon Alley and grabbing one of their specialty beers (such as the Dragon Scale) — they're about the same price as the domestic beers served at the beer tents (although the line is typically shorter) but you get more of a craft beer. Last but not least, if you want a standard cocktail, we found that going into Finnegans was the best option for a quick AC break and strong drinks. Enjoy!

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Sep 30, 2019 at 9:36 p.m. Andy o Says...

I have a balance problem and use a walking stick for balance is this a problem bringinging my stick inside?

Oct 2, 2019 at 4:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andy!

This should be toadally fine! Have a great time.

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Sep 30, 2019 at 3:46 a.m. RM Says...

Will be visiting for 1 day, Halloween. Imagine this is the busiest day possible. If I wanted to see all 10 houses, would the R.I.P Tour be the best way to guarantee that to happen, and will it? Or even with the R.I.P be subjected to express wait times?

Sep 30, 2019 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

If you can swing it, we think it's worth considering for that night. If you do choose to go on the R.I.P. tour, you'll get front-of-the-line access, bypassing guests with Express Passes as well.

Keep hopping!


Sep 30, 2019 at 12:53 a.m. Mari Says...

Hello! I suffer greatly from claustrophobia, but I hate the idea of not trying the houses. Can you leave a house once you’re in it if it proves to confining for those with my condition? Thank you!

Oct 1, 2019 at 8:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mari,

We love your attitude. You're right — it never hurts to try! Yes, there are team members at various points inside the houses, and they are more than hoppy to help you exit if needed.

Keep hopping!


Sep 29, 2019 at 7:28 p.m. Alexis Says...

Are disposable cameras allowed inside the park?

Sep 30, 2019 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alexis!

They are - just be sure to turn your flash off!

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Sep 29, 2019 at 5:17 p.m. Amanda Says...

I’m going to HHN tonight and we’re doing Islands Of Adventure (i think that’s what it’s called) during the day and then we have a ticket for HHN i’m universal can we still ride rides there even tho we have a one park ticket used for Islands?

Sep 30, 2019 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

Yes, select rides and attractions are open at Universal Studios during Halloween Horror Nights.

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Sep 27, 2019 at 11:43 p.m. Brian Says...


Just a quick question. If we purchase the Halloween Horror Nights tickets from Undercover Tourist for October 29th, will we be able to purchase the express pass from the Universal Studios website for the exact same day or are there restrictions in which you have to purchase both the Halloween Horror Night tickets and the express pass from Universal Studios website?

Thank you for your help!

Oct 4, 2019 at 2:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian!

That's correct - you can purchase Express directly through Universal even if you purchased tickets for the event itself from Undercover Tourist :) Have a great time!

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Sep 24, 2019 at 12:11 a.m. Tracy Says...

We are staying at a partner hotel and early park admission is included with our package. Does that apply to HHN and if so what time?

Sep 24, 2019 at 2:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy!

The Early Park Admission privileges do not apply to HHN.

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Sep 23, 2019 at 7:25 p.m. Alyssa Says...

Hi there!

I am going to HHN this October, however I am light-sensitive to strobe lights from my epilepsy.

I always go to haunted houses and Busch Gardens HowlOScream and make our fine.

***But are CAUTION signs posted at each house/scare zone?

Much appreciated! ????

Sep 27, 2019 at 9:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyssa,

Yes, there are caution signs outside each of the haunted houses! We don't remember seeing any outside of the scare zones. They have some flashing lights (specifically Vanity Ball), but no intense strobe effects.

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Sep 23, 2019 at 3:44 p.m. Lacey Says...

Is Diagon Ally and all the shops open during HHN? We really want to spend time at Harry Potter world and that’s about it so HHN seemed a good time.

Sep 24, 2019 at 2:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lacey!

Select stores and restaurants are open in Diagon Alley during Halloween Horror Nights. The ride may close early, around 11 p.m. If you’re going to Halloween Horror Nights solely for Diagon Alley, we’d advise against spending the extra money and put that money towards Express instead or hop over on a day with low projected crowds.

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Sep 20, 2019 at 1:39 p.m. Annamarie Says...

So I'm surprising my husband by taking him to horror nights, we haven't been since our kids were small (I'm talking like 14 years) and I wasn't into the haunted houses then n still am not now but I'm doing it for him (bc I'm a big scaredy cat ????). Can I get some advice on how to not totally freak out in the houses and is it true that they don't touch you? That's my biggest fear but i think that if they really don't, I'll probably be ok! I really am looking forward to it!! Thanks for any advice!

Sep 20, 2019 at 12:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annamarie!

We toadally understand - the event is definitely cut out for the bravest of frogs! The scare actors DO NOT touch you. Look out for holes in the walls and listen to screams in front of you – that way you can expect a scare. Have a great time!

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Oct 21, 2019 at 9:56 p.m. Mark Says...

I would mention that from lots of experience in Haunted attractions that the biggest danger is another patron nearby you jumping and flailing about in the dark. You could easily get hit by someone else reacting to a creature and if you jump and flail yourself, you could hit something hard in the dark like a wall or prop.

Sep 18, 2019 at 6:42 p.m. James P Says...

I will be flying in late my first night. How late will they let you enter through the turnstile on a night where HHN closes at 1 AM? Maybe I can get the Taxi to drop me off at the Valet Parking area to shorten the walk over?

Sep 20, 2019 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi James!

They tend to stop admitting guests about half an hour before HHN closes that evening. Otherwise, you should be good to go!

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Sep 16, 2019 at 5:05 p.m. Soniya Says...

Hi Leap! Hope I didn’t miss my question already being answered in the comments. My husband and I are planning to go to HHN for 1 night either Oct 26 or Nov 2 (I know it’ll be super busy!). My main goal is seeing the Stranger Things haunted house, and however many others I can squeeze in after. I don’t want to explore the park earlier, just want to attend HHN. And don’t plan to go on rides. Would you recommend Fast Pass or Early Entry add-on if I don’t want to pay for reg park admission? And if I want to have lesser wait times only because it’s annoying?

Sep 16, 2019 at 12:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Soniya!

Because it will be super busy, and to maximize the amount of houses you can hop to while minimizing wait times, we'd definitely suggest Express Pass if you can swing it.

Keep hopping!


Sep 15, 2019 at 6:56 p.m. Sam Says...

We have annual passes and have guests coming into town that do not. We are not interested in doing the HHN. Will we still be able to go to both Universal and Islands of Adventure Friday morning and afternoon?

Sep 16, 2019 at 12:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sam!

Yes, both parks are open during the day. USF closes for HHN at 5pm, but IOA is usually open until 9pm (but double check park hours). Have fun!

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Sep 15, 2019 at 3:38 p.m. Shadowballer Says...


Thanks for all of the great info! Does the R.I.P ticket include BOTH stage shows?

Thanks much

Sep 20, 2019 at 9:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

The RIP Tour definitely includes the Academy of Villains show, but reserved seating at the Halloween Marathon of Mayhem show will only be included in certain private tours. Hope this helps!

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Sep 15, 2019 at 12:51 p.m. Rebecca Says...

I have a question about the houses. My husband can’t me around strobe lighting and such for medical reasons. Are there lots of this in the haunted houses. We don’t want to pay the extra money if we won’t be able to do much bc of medical reasons. Thanks to anyone that can help!

Sep 16, 2019 at 12:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca!

The majority of the houses DO have the strobe lighting, so we'd recommend saving that extra cash for a regular park day instead.

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Sep 13, 2019 at 5:18 p.m. Phylicia Says...

We are planning a visit in October and would like to hit bot MNSSH and HHN along with Epcot Food and Wine, but looking to get the best bang for our buck. If we attend HHN is it like MNSSH and you can enter and ride rides during those hours or is it just the houses?

Sep 13, 2019 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Phylicia!

How fun! For HHN, select rides are open during the event, but not all, including TRANSFORMERS, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy, Men in Black Alien Attack, Fast & Furious and The Simpsons Ride (open select event nights only). Have a great time!

Keep hopping!


Sep 13, 2019 at 4:21 p.m. Marcie S Says...


I’m trying to figure out my theme park strategy for 10/11 and 10/12. A group of us are going to HHN on 10/11 and don’t know if we should do universal studios throughout the day and then just IOA on the 12th. We were originally going to do IOA during the day on 10/11 and then HHN at universal at night but not sure if that’s too ambitious (ie get through the major rides). We do have someone in our party with a disability so we will have the assisted pass for the group. What are your thoughts?

Sep 13, 2019 at 4:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marcie!

We’d suggest hopping to USF on the 11th (including HHN) and IOA on the 12th, just to make sure you all get to see everything! There are a few rides (like Gringotts, Rip Ride Rockit, Mummy) open during HHN, but rides like Despicable Me and Jimmy Fallon are not running, so that’s something else to keep in mind. With it being a Friday night in October (closer to Halloween), HHN will likely be much busier. Have a great time!

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Sep 12, 2019 at 12:40 p.m. Ronda Says...

So my family is coming in Saturday afternoon and we're staying until Tuesday night at Portofino's. We have purchased a buy two get three free tickets. We originally were coming into late Saturday night but our flight time is changed and we're actually going to be able to go to the parks around 3. I'm now just reading that'll be a Halloween party 11/2/19.

We did not purchase the water park tickets, only Adventure Park to Adventure Park. Not sure if I want to spend the money for the Halloween party I'm sure adult teens would love this.

Will be be able to access the parks for a couple hours before the Halloween party is to save money or should we just splurge and do the Halloween party? My concern is a staying up so late and then having to get up early the next day to get the full use of the park. Any suggestions or tips would be appreciated and I'm very grateful. This is our first time going to Universal.

Sep 13, 2019 at 1:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ronda!

This is a tough one! This largely depends on what your family likes to do, and what sort of value you think those two hours are on your first day's visit :) Yes, you'd be able to access the park between 3 and 5 p.m. on HHN night before the parks close to the general public. However, if your adult teens would love HHN, then it may be worth spending a little extra to stay (and having to get them out of bed extra early in the morning!). Others in the Frog Pond may be able to weigh in with their own experiences to help you weigh the pros and cons - either way, have fun!

Keep hopping!


Sep 11, 2019 at 9:56 p.m. Mariah Says...

A little off topic from HHN, but I've been looking all over and can't really seem to find anything helpful. I was wondeirng if anyone could give a round about, safe number for spending money for two people. We are going from October 27-November 1. Everything is paid for (hotel, park tickets, HHN tickets, fast passes, meal plans, photos, ect.). We were thinking $1,500 to cover extra meals, alcohol, souvenirs, ect. Thank you!

Sep 11, 2019 at 3 p.m. Fabiana Says...

Planning on going to Universal and Halloween Night. My husband and daughter are super excited. But maybe me and my son would prefer not to go into the houses or get too scared. Is it possible to just enjoy it while walking around and going to the rides. Or that will be also too scary?

Sep 11, 2019 at 4:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fabiana!

There are scare actors and zones around the park, even as you're walking from area to area, so while you can avoid the houses, it may be a little too scary for folks who aren't wanting to be spooked :) We'd suggest having a fun visit during the day with your son and leaving your husband and daughter to enjoy the thrills and chills at night!

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Sep 10, 2019 at 7:56 p.m. Michiel Says...

Thanks for this useful info. Are the showtimes for Academy of Villains published somewhere?

Sep 13, 2019 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michiel,

The showtimes for Academy of Villains are at 8, 9, 10:30 and 11:45 p.m.!

Keep hopping!


Sep 8, 2019 at 4:39 p.m. Emily Says...

If I buy an express pass is it $89 on top of the ticket for event admittance?

Sep 9, 2019 at 10:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

That's correct - the Express Pass comes in addition to the entry fee.

Keep hopping!


Sep 13, 2019 at 2:36 a.m. Dawn Says...

The express pass for HHN, is it also for the rides?

Sep 13, 2019 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dawn!

The Express Pass for HHN is valid for the select rides that are open during the event, including TRANSFORMERS, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy, Men in Black Alien Attack, Fast & Furious and The Simpsons (on select nights).

Keep hopping!


Sep 23, 2019 at 1:42 p.m. Angeline Lein Says...

Me and my husband have express passes for horror nights this weekend Fri Sept 27th and sat the 28th what rides will be open those days? The harry potter?

Sep 23, 2019 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angeline!

The rides available during HHN are TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3D, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy, Men in Black Alien Attack, Fast & Furious – Supercharged and The Simpsons Ride (on select event nights).

Keep hopping!


Sep 8, 2019 at 6:36 a.m. Lauren R Says...

Thank you so much for all of the information!!! You rock!

We are planning to go on Wed 9/25 and were thinking about NOT doing express because it isnt a peak day. If we changed our minds, do you know if express is available for purchase later? Or would you recommend just getting it now? Thank you so much in advance :)

Sep 10, 2019 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

Thanks so much for the high praise - and for hopping by! Our answer largely depends on whether or not you want to hit all of the houses. If so, we’d recommend getting express in advance to be safe. Theoretically, all of the houses would need to have waits of 35 minutes or less to hit all 10 in 6 hours. If you’re OK with missing a few but still hit the majority of them, you can upgrade to express in the park, though these are limited and can sell out. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!


Sep 4, 2019 at 5:14 p.m. Eric you Says...

well universal studios Orlando Florida has not been doing any Halloween horror nights related tweets or anything on face book or instant gram or on their official blog for days what is going on but mike's social media is still active along with other of the accounts of the creators of this years Halloween horror nights in both parks in Orlando Florida and Hollywood California.

Sep 3, 2019 at 10:21 p.m. Eric you Says...

now we wait for decorations at the front arch for Halloween horror nights in Orlando Florida and we kind of food and drink offerings might be coming this year.

Sep 3, 2019 at 1:20 p.m. Mike Says...

Hey folks,

If planning to go the weekend of Sept 12/13, if only ONE of these scnearios, which would you choose? One night with express pass (Friday), or two nites with no express pass, but maybe the early screams thing for $25?

Sep 3, 2019 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

On peak nights, even with an Express Pass, you may need to wait an hour in line (when the normal line is 2-3 hours long) for popular houses, so you may not be able to get through all of the houses in one night. Given that Sept. 12/13 is only the second weekend, it shouldn’t have peak crowds, but Fridays and Saturdays are the busiest days of the week (as opposed to Thursday), so we think either plan is a good one - we'd personally go with whichever is cheaper and/or works best with your schedule!

Keep hopping!


Sep 4, 2019 at 11:09 a.m. Mike Says...

That makes sense, thanks. Regarding strategy, once I see the new map that comes out, should we plan according to proximity or plan according to what houses we want to see when we first show up where crowds are minimized? Proximity meaning do houses close together but not at top of our list? Thanks for your input!

Sep 5, 2019 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

Our pleasure - hoppy to help! We'd suggest hitting the houses in order of priority, hitting your must-dos first just in case things are busier than expected or time gets away from you (which is easy to do with so much to see and do!). Then, we'd double back to hit any that we missed so that way if we can't get to all of them, the ones we missed are ones that we maybe care a little less about.

Keep hopping!


Sep 4, 2019 at 10:11 a.m. Geegee Says...

What about opening night September 6. There are 18 of us going and I want to see all the houses. Do I need to get an express pass for everyone or do you think it will not be too busy due to the hurricane? Also we have a 4 and 6 year old. Are they allowed in?

Sep 4, 2019 at 3:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Geegee!

We don't anticipate it being too crowded, but with so many houses to visit, it still may be hard to get to all of them! While there are no age requirements, we highly suggest leaving the tadpoles at home as Halloween Horror Nights can be pretty scary (even for full grown frogs!).

Keep hopping!


Sep 3, 2019 at 2:17 a.m. Eric you Says...

i wonder if Wednesday will be team member or employee preview day or night for Halloween horror nights in Orlando Florida hopefully good sneak previews of haunted house maze attractions and scare zones along with shows happens on that day but lets us see about if the hurricane makes any changes or canceling a few nights of Halloween horror nights or not.

Aug 31, 2019 at 10:24 p.m. Eric you Says...

looks like we have six days until Halloween horror nights begins for Orlando Florida soon it will be five days then four days then 3 days later comes two days and one more day until game over and vikings zombies rise from the dead then the doctor or nurses are in sweat nightmares everyone see you in hell.

Aug 29, 2019 at 12:08 a.m. Alan Sieja Says...

We're going to visit Universal in two weeks. I'm picking Weds 9/18 and Fri 9/20 for HHN. Being a slow time and over two days will we need express passes? They add like $300 to the cost. We normally go to Disney during this time but wanted something different. We choose September as we hate waiting in lines.

Aug 29, 2019 at 3:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alan!

We agree - we don't think you'll need Express Passes since you'll be going twice and crowds are predicted to be low. Enjoy!

Keep hopping!


Aug 25, 2019 at 4:17 p.m. B Ball Says...

We are going to HHN on Saturday, September 7 this year. I was wondering if we would need an express pass? We only can stay one day, and we want to see all the haunted houses and scare zones. It’s very early in the season, but it’s on a Saturday, so I’m not sure. I don’t want to spend the extra $100 each if we don’t need to. Thanks for your advice, we really appreciate all the great info on your website!!

Aug 27, 2019 at 9:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

According to our Crowd Calendar, that day should be a 6/10 - so we don't really think Express Passes will be necessary in terms of crowds. However, if you're looking to do and see everything, it may be helpful in skipping the lines and hopping quickly from one attraction to another. Have fun!

Keep hopping!


Sep 2, 2019 at 12:54 a.m. Kris Says...

THANKS for the great tips! Do you think it's easily possible to see all haunted houses without express pass on a Thursday in Sept. (26th)? Or do you think it'd still be a mad race until park closing to see it all? If your answer is yes, express pass is needed even for least busiest times to see everything, then my 2nd question is: WITH express pass at least busiest time is it possible to see everything?

Sep 3, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kris!

It's a great day to visit, but even with Express Pass, it can be difficult to get through all of the houses in one night. This is our recommended night to give it a try, though!

Keep hopping!


Aug 20, 2019 at 8:36 p.m. scott Thomas Says...

The event is great, but the prices are getting so out of hand. $159 for a fast pass!!!

Aug 18, 2019 at 8:48 p.m. Eric you Says...

i hope we get one more surprise for Halloween horror nights for Orlando Florida and Hollywood California like commercials merchandise food and drink things maybe the live thing they did last year just before the start of the event i will be waiting 16 or 11 or ten days until H H N begins for more updates.

Aug 17, 2019 at 12:15 a.m. Eric you Says...

looks like we have a second show for Halloween horror nights at Orlando Florida called marathon of mayhem at the lagoon area i still am waiting for one last haunted house maze attraction for Hollywood California called Pandora's box.

Aug 14, 2019 at 6:40 p.m. Eric you Says...

looks like the last haunted house maze attraction for Halloween horror nights that is shared for both Orlando Florida and Hollywood California is house of a thousand corpses by rob zombie the scare zones for Orlando Florida are anarchy arcade vanity ball zombie land double tap rob zombie hell billy deluxe vanity ball and zombie or dead vikings scare zone then academy of villains altered states has been unveiled now for Hollywood California we have one more haunted house maze attraction called Pandora's box then maybe a few more surprises from Orlando Florida.

Aug 8, 2019 at 11:30 p.m. Maddie M Says...

We are so excited to attend HHN this year! I was wondering if anyone knows if Universal will still be offering discounted Express Passes after 10 pm? That was a lifesaver last year for my husband and I as we can't typically afford the regular Express Pass prices.

Aug 27, 2019 at 2:33 a.m. Michael Says...

It depends on how many they have sold. If they still have inventory left, they will offer them for typically 50% off rates. But - think about it - if they aren’t sold out - do you really need to have a fast pass as the crowd is probably a bit down as well. This is simply a last minute money grab. If you really think that fast passes are the way to go - then go ahead and splurge with the full understanding that you WILL get it it and it will be used all night.

Those 3 hour lines do take a toll on the soul.

Aug 8, 2019 at 3:58 p.m. Eric you Says...

we also are going to wait for academy of villains and maybe a brand new secondary show or something else for Orlando Florida Halloween horror nights.

Aug 8, 2019 at 3:56 p.m. Eric you Says...

a brand new haunted house maze attraction has been unveiled it is graveyard games now we just wait for house of a thousand corpses for both coasts or original replacement along with five scare zones for Orlando Florida Halloween horror nights and for Pandora's box at Hollywood California Halloween horror nights.

Aug 7, 2019 at 4:38 p.m. Eric you Says...

we now have Jordan peel's us movie coming to both Orlando Florida and Hollywood California for Halloween horror nights then we have house of a thousand corpses or replacement haunted maze attraction then Pandora's box and ghosts in the graveyard along with Orlando Florida's five scare zones like anarchy arcade zombie land or original vikings rob zombie music and films or original along with plastic surgical themed scare zone plus a return of academy of villains and maybe a second brand new show.

Aug 7, 2019 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

You were right on the nose with your Us prediction! :) Keep 'em coming!

Keep hopping!


Aug 4, 2019 at 7:51 p.m. Kylie Says...

With the Halloween horror express tickets, do you need a separate ticket to enter the Halloween event? Or is the express ticket entry into the park as well as a fast pass to the houses?

Aug 5, 2019 at 8:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kylie!

With Halloween Horror Nights Express tickets, you'll need separate admission as well if you're purchasing for one night. On Universal's website, you can find some multi-night tickets bundled with the Express Pass.

Keep hopping!


Aug 4, 2019 at 1:19 a.m. Eric you Says...

i got creep show right it is coming to Hollywood California's version of Halloween horror nights only now Hollywood California has 3 haunted house maze attractions or experiences like house of a thousand corpses or replacement Jordan peel's us and Pandora's box then Orlando Florida needs to announce its scare zones details like anarchy arcade plastic surgical clinic scare zone vikings scare zone zombie land or original replacement and rob zombie music and films scare zone or a original replacement scare zone and the highly likely return of academy of villains there could be a surprise for what is coming for Halloween horror nights for Orlando Florida since it is the thirty anniversary someone or something dark and evil shall return now it think it is time for the queen of mean she is rotten to the core to reign once more she has been ignored and abandoned for far to long maybe there is a chance the show will go on or it is time to meet someone who wants revenge a brother to a certain clown Eddie Schmidt his chainsaw and mask is ready better run for your lives he will see you or Cindy Cain the daughter of the caretaker Albert she wants to play and no one will survive ashes ashes dust to dust her wrath is going to unless hell on earth or could it be the Terra queen last seen in 2005 or could it something none has seen yet a brand new face to host this terrifying never ending story.

Aug 2, 2019 at 12:35 a.m. Eric you Says...

now we wait for the 3 remaining haunted house maze attractions for Orlando Florida Halloween horror nights at universal studios like house of a thousand corpses or original content ghosts in a graveyard along with Jordan peels us or original content along with five scare zones like anarchy arcade zombie land or original content rob zombie music and films or original content vikings based scare zone and a plastic surgical or hospital based scare zone. we also got exclusive for Hollywood California Pandora's box and creep show.

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