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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. 

Related: Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry

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Sep 29, 2016 at 6:06 p.m. Aimee Rigor Says...

Are we allowed to bring in hydroflask containers into the park?

and can they be filled with water already or must they be empty before entering?

Does the same rules apply for Universal Studios Hollywood?

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Oct 12, 2016 at 10:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aimee,

They should be OK but would need to be empty.

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Sep 28, 2016 at 1:31 p.m. Jose Says...

I purchased HHN Express Passes in advance, and now, someone in our party cannot attend. I don't expect a refund, but it says they can't be transferable. Do they really check ID's to ensure they match the name on the preprinted Express Pass?

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Oct 11, 2016 at 9:54 p.m. Jeanne Mcintyre Says...

I have been to Halloween horror nights for 13 years in a row I have never had them check and ID for a single day pass. If the passes are multi-day however they do use thumbprint technology to assure that the same person that use the ticket on the first night continues to use it on all the available nights.

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Sep 28, 2016 at 2:02 a.m. Ian Says...

Do you know roughly how long each haunted house is? I saw walkthroughs of 3-4 minute are they really that short? I also got the RIP tour do you think 7pm is too early will it still be light out to experience do you recommend I change it to later Thanks!

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Oct 20, 2016 at noon FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ian,

Yes, the houses are that short or shorter. I think 7 p.m. is fine since many of the houses are covered and indoors.

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Sep 27, 2016 at 6:20 p.m. Lisa Says...

I purchased a ticket for hhn at universal orlando. Do i need a separate park pass to take advantage of the rides that are open during hhn?

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Oct 3, 2016 at 11:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

If you have the Halloween Horror Nights ticket, you do not need a separate ticket to ride the rides during the party.

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Sep 27, 2016 at 6:42 a.m. Lauren Says...

How long is the wait in the lines?

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Oct 3, 2016 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren,

Waits vary. If you arrive at opening, they can be short to non-existent. They can go up to a couple of hours.

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Sep 27, 2016 at 6:40 a.m. Linda Says...

Do Florida residence get a discount on the express pass? If not what days are recommended in late October to go to HHN?

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Oct 20, 2016 at 12:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda,

No, they do not. The post outlines the best days in late October, a Wednesday or Thursday is ideal.

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Sep 27, 2016 at 12:34 a.m. Lydia Says...

The article mentions once all the HHN info is set there will be a touring plan released. Has this been published yet?

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Oct 3, 2016 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lydia,

We have added our advice above!

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Sep 26, 2016 at 2:18 p.m. Mirta Says...

This is my first time to HHN. Is it required for a park pass to be purchased in addition to the HHN pass?

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Sep 28, 2016 at 7:24 p.m. Melissa Says...

Hi Mirta,

I think you were asking if you'll need a park admission pass as well as a HHN ticket. NO--you only need the HHN ticket for this event, unless you plan on hanging out at the park earlier in the day.

-Melissa

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Sep 26, 2016 at 10:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mirta,

Yes, you will still need to pay for parking.

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Sep 26, 2016 at 1:55 a.m. Ian T Aiuto Says...

I had two questions. I am going on 10/28 so excited we have booked the RIP tour so we can experience everything. I booked a 7pm time so we can ride the rides after but do you think we will experience everything if it still light out or should I change it??

I also am wondering how many minutes does it take to go through each house? Are they pretty decent length or short? I was seeing walkthrough 3-4 minutes each house but it in years past I don't remember them being that short! I am hoping that it isn't the entire house and just part. would appreciate any advice. Thanks so much!!

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Oct 3, 2016 at 11:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ian,

With the RIP tour, you can definitely experience all of the houses and shows.

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Sep 25, 2016 at 7:21 p.m. Patty Says...

We are planning on being at Universal October 15-17. Does HHN impact the closing time of IOA or will that park be open until 8 on Saturday the 15th? Just trying to plan and thinking doing IOA on the 15th, HHN on 16th and then we could have a day at USF on the 17th that goes until 8. Thanks for your help.

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Oct 3, 2016 at 11:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patty,

Yes, Universal's Islands of Adventure usually stays open later during Halloween Horror Nights. You can see the official opening and closing times for your dates on our crowd calendar.

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Sep 15, 2016 at 6:35 p.m. Brad Says...

When you do a 2 or 3 day park to park with HHN, does that get you access into HHN each day or just once?

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Sep 21, 2016 at 11:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brad,

Specific details are on the ticket pages, but these combo tickets offer one night admission for Halloween Horror Nights. You can see all of our Universal Orlando discount ticket options here:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/universal-orlando-resort/

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Sep 15, 2016 at 6 p.m. Amy Says...

Hi! I saw in the first paragraph of this story, that you are once again offering discount tickets for this event. If I only want to attend HHN and not go to the park during the day, can I still buy a HHN discount ticket from this site? Thanks!

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Sep 21, 2016 at 10:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

This year, we are only offering the Park-to-Park Halloween Horror Nights Combo tickets. You can see all of our Universal Orlando discount ticket options here:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/universal-orlando-resort/

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Sep 14, 2016 at 4:11 p.m. Jesse Says...

Is it true after 10 pm express passes are half off at HHN?

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Sep 17, 2016 at 5:07 a.m. Jen McIntyre Says...

Yes passes are half price after 10pm.. The only caveat is that they could potentially sell out... I can't say the frequency of this but it is most likely to happen on Saturday nights, and Friday/Saturday nights late in October

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Sep 13, 2016 at 5:13 a.m. Janet C. Says...

Hi, I will be visiting HHN in October and have a question. I have lived in Florida only a year now but never got my Florida license, seeing as I do not drive so there wasn't much reason to get it. I plan on buying my ticket online and using a Coca-Cola UPC code to get my Florida resident price for the ticket. I plan to print them out at home as well. So my question is, will they ID me at the entrance if I already have my tickets? I am concerned that if they do ID me, they will not let me enter with a Fl resident ticket because I do not have a FL license.

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Sep 21, 2016 at 8:42 a.m. steven Says...

u need ur id when u pick up the tickets, if not you will be charge the difference for regular admission.

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Sep 19, 2016 at 7:54 p.m. Robin Says...

My son didnt have Florida ID but used copy of Florida lease which worked fine.

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Sep 18, 2016 at 1:59 p.m. Lori Says...

Hi Janet I purchased my tickets by phone and the customer service rep said I will have to show my license at the gate.

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janet,

Maybe others could share their experience, but it's a possibility you will need to show ID.

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janet,

Maybe others could share their experience, but it's a possibility you will need to show ID.

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Sep 17, 2016 at 9:48 p.m. Alexa Says...

No, they do not check ID at the gate!

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Sep 12, 2016 at 12:33 p.m. Michael Says...

I am attending Sunday, October 2nd, and I am also debating on an express pass for HHN, but I want to get the most out of my experience. With that day, do you have any suggestions on if I will be missing out on too much without an express pass?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

If you plan your evening carefully, you can generally get a lot done. These events are busy and there is a lot to see, so it's unlikely you would experience everything.

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Sep 6, 2016 at 12:43 p.m. monkeydevil Says...

We have Universal 2 day Park Hopper passes plus the HHN. Planning to do HHN on Sun 10/2 and will do one of the Universal Parks during the day. Does it matter which park we are in during the day? I am leaning toward USF that day and IOA another day.

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Sep 14, 2016 at 4:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

You can be in both parks during the day if you have Park-to-Park tickets, but you want to hop over to Universal Studios Florida before it closes at 5 p.m. if you want to remain in the park before Halloween Horror Nights, so you can get a jump on the action.

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Sep 2, 2016 at 3:27 p.m. Lisa Says...

I plan on attending universal studios at the end of September but all I want is to go to Harry Potter world. Will I be able to avoid any and all scarers and scare zones?

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Sep 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

Yes! You just need a regular park ticket, and you'll be fine.

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Sep 8, 2016 at 2 p.m. Jess Says...

We are in a similar situation. We are coming the week before HHN begins next year, but heard decorations are up already. We want to experience the whole park, but we have a 2 year who's less than thrilled about scary stuff. Are the decorations close to HHN decorations or just pumpkins etc? Should we go another time?

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Sep 14, 2016 at 4:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jess,

The props that are out during the day are very minimal. It should not be an issue.

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Aug 25, 2016 at 10:28 a.m. Erika Says...

Hi,

I'm planning to go on Sunday October 2 and I'm debating whether to purchase express passes because there is no school that following Monday and I'd really like to avoid an unexpected crowd. Any suggestions?

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Sep 3, 2016 at 3:58 p.m. Elise Says...

Usually during the day for October is pretty dead at the park

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Aug 23, 2016 at 9:09 p.m. Alice Says...

Is there any sexual things in the mazes or shows? ... I'm trying to avoid that. Reason why I won't go back to knotts try thrive on all of that.

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Sep 11, 2016 at 2:34 p.m. Sebastyan Says...

Although it might not be the case, American Horror Story is known to contain some sexual content, but they might tone it down.

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Aug 22, 2016 at 9:57 p.m. Joe Lee Says...

Hi Guys. The wife and I will be in Orlando from October 28th, so we figured the best night to visit would be October 31st. As this is a Monday, we figured it might be quieter, but will it actually be busier because it Halloween?

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Aug 28, 2016 at 7:20 p.m. Carly Says...

Halloween is one of the quietest nights actually. Most locals get HHN done before their own Halloween plans.

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Sep 27, 2016 at 6:48 a.m. Linda Says...

How dead is it? Like are the lines better then most nights or just by a little?

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Oct 3, 2016 at 10:18 a.m. Natalie Says...

My partner went to HHN on Halloween 2 years ago (after visiting many other times that month) and said it was the quietest he'd ever seen it, no waits longer than 30 mins for the houses so I would expect this year would be similar. Obviously because you can't wear costumes for the park, most parkgoers prefer to go else where on Halloween night.

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Aug 22, 2016 at 5:17 p.m. j Says...

I'm a resident. I don't want to hit the park during the day. I'm only interested in the hhn event. do I need to purchase a ticket for the park as well? or can I just purchase the hhn ticket?

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Aug 24, 2016 at 1:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi J,

You just need the Halloween Horror Nights ticket.

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Aug 21, 2016 at 2:40 p.m. Melanie Says...

I will be attending for my first time October 2. My husband is sensitive to lasers and strobe lights etc. due to past seizures I didn't really think about this before booking this trip ???? How bad is it going to be with those effects? I assume these things are going to be in each house I will probably be going through some by myself. if I am by myself do they have "single rider lines" for houses? I doubt it but if I am by myself will they ask if there is a single and that way I can go through faster ? I'm really nervous about his reaction to HHN. I hope there is plenty of things that won't be so flashy in our faces. Thanks for the advice!

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Sep 17, 2016 at 11:22 p.m. Tony Says...

I went last night and can tell you for sure there are strobes and/or other disorienting effects in at least 4 of the houses (TWD, AHS, Halloween, & Lunatic's Playground). I don't remember there being any in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre house. Nonetheless, there are signs outside each line that will tell you if there are strobe effects. It would be worth your while to get an express pass so you can spend more time with your husband seeing other things like the shows, scare zones, or even a couple quick rides since the lines are essentially walk-ons.

I can't speak for the lines on your night (which will likely be somewhat worse than what we experienced), but the ones last night (9/16) were about an hour each, and something like 20 minutes if you had an express pass. Hope you both get to enjoy the evening!!

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Sep 14, 2016 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanie,

There are no single lines for the houses and unfortunately no faster way unless you purchased the Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass. Maybe others can share their experience, but we don't definitely know yet what will be used in each of the houses.

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Aug 19, 2016 at 5:39 p.m. Jody Says...

I plan on attending HHN 26 on September 29th and am still debating whether or not to purchase the express pass. Are the lines really shorter with the pass or does the majority of people purchase the pass and the wait is just about the same in both lines. Thanks!!!

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Aug 22, 2016 at 8:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jody,

Most people do not purchase the pass, and yes, the lines are significantly shorter. If you are on the fence, you can wait to purchase when you get there.

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Aug 17, 2016 at 3:24 a.m. Ale Says...

Hey, so I am planning to attend HHN on early October, would you please post the map so I can print it and be ready?

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Aug 17, 2016 at 11:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ale,

We will as soon as it's available!

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Aug 15, 2016 at 1:18 p.m. Rob Says...

I will be in the area and thinking of attending but my girlfriend is not a big fan of scary attractions. Any way to figure out how scary this is?

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Aug 16, 2016 at 1:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rob,

It's scary. If she's not into being scared or doesn't like horror, we don't really recommend it.

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Aug 10, 2016 at 6:07 p.m. Maria Says...

I plan to attend HHN on Friday, Sept. 30th. Any idea about how long the wait lines might be - struggling with whether to pay the 99.00 for an express pass. Thank you.

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Aug 16, 2016 at 12:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria,

Generally, this event is very well attended. If you can afford the HHN Express Pass, we definitely recommend it.

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Aug 2, 2016 at 3:21 a.m. Murray Says...

We will be attending HHN 26 Orlando and are planning to book an RIP Non-Private tour. Can anyone provide details of what amenities the RIP Lounge has? I know it offers a cash bar, HHN prop displays, and icon charicters (Chance perhaps), but what about food and or merchandise? Also, are you allowed to re enter The lounge? We want to enter via the RIP gate and take in some of the action prior to our tour if we are allowed, but don't know if we have to stay in the lounge until the start of the tour. We plan to visit IOA with our families then just the guys are going to HHN after. Our youngest is only 2 and will likely be ready to head home by 6:00. We would like to book the 8:00 tour so we have a couple hours on our own before the tour. If we cannot leave the lounge, we will book the 7:00 tour and stay at IOA a bit longer.

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Aug 11, 2016 at 3:19 p.m. pas Says...

I have done the RIP tour on two different years and each year the "lounge" is a sad set of round tables covered with cheap table clothes and left over walmart Halloween decorations. The have a projector playing a dvd of some scary movie and a cash bar, that's it. I say this so that you are not disappointed when you arrive like I was. The tour is great to get through the lines, but that is about it. You need to stay right up the tour guides butt to hear any of the back story info on the houses and scare zones because it is a mob scene in the park. This will be my 11th year attending HHN and I love the mayhem, don't get me wrong, but the tour is more like a super express pass, not really a "tour"

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Jul 20, 2016 at 6:49 p.m. Kelly Says...

Hi, we will be in orlando oct 22-29 this year and doing HHN for the first time. Veteran of both universal parks during the day. I will be at the very end of my second trimester of pregnancy that week. Is there any "you can't do this haunted house while pregnant" signage? I emailed universal and all they said was no rides for me (duh) without answering my actual question. Don't want to buy a ticket only to find they wont let me in the haunted houses! I am somewhat concerned about drunken rowdy jostling, but only a little. We are looking at either weds oct 26 or sun oct 23 for dates to avoid peak crowds. Anything i need to know re being pregnant and things i can NOT do specific to HHN? Thanks

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Aug 16, 2016 at 6:07 p.m. ELiz Says...

I went when I was in my second trimester. I went to all the shows and houses. Avoided the rides. I just made sure it was my husband in front of me to protect me from a random person getting scared ahead of me in the houses and stopping short. That said I do not scare easily. If I did I may have reconsidered.

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Jul 22, 2016 at 2:40 a.m. Lexie Says...

Hi Kelly! I am a third time HHN pass holder, so I have been quite a few times. There is no "don't attempt this whilst pregnant" signage for any of the houses and I don't think anyone will stop you. I have seen some expectant mothers go through before (could not tell you how far along they were though). I have never felt pushed/rushed through a house to the point that I feared for my safety. The scare actors will still scare you though, so unless you find fear as a concern, then I think you will be fine! I have found Wednesdays to be an exceptionally low key night. I didn't attend Sundays as much, but still a chance for more middle and high school aged kids over the weekend. Hope this helped!

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Jul 23, 2016 at 12:35 a.m. Kelly Says...

Very helpful! Thank you!

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Jul 22, 2016 at 11:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lexie,

Thanks for sharing—this information is so helpful!

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Jul 19, 2016 at 11:10 p.m. Eric you Says...

my predictions of mazes or haunted houses for Orlando Florida universal studios Halloween horror nights could be purge, conjuring, american horror story, ash versus evil dead, and dark christmas the movie be featured for 2016.

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Jul 11, 2016 at 1:34 p.m. Jessica Says...

We were planning to do a 3 day park to park ticket from Oct. 14-16. Our kids are 11 and 8, and would not be excited to be scared. In fact, if the 8 yo gets creeped out at all, she'll never want to return to the park - ever. It looks like HHN is both Fri and Sat nights while we are there. If we start at US on Friday, will we have time to do most of the stuff before the park gets creepy on Friday night? What time do they start to let HHN guests in? And is there any spill-over to IOA? Or will that be family-friendly the entire time?

We haven't been to Universal with our kids yet. Have been Disney AP's for a while. The 11 yo is ready to do some more thrilling attractions. But I hate to spend the $ for his birthday weekend if our good times will be cut short by HHN both days we are there...

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Jul 12, 2016 at 2:01 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

There is no spillover to Islands of Adventure, and there is little evidence of Halloween Horror Nights in the park. You might see a few props, but they should not be super visible or creepy.

Use one of our touring plans in our Orlando app, which also includes wait times, and you should be able to see and do quite a lot before the park closes.

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Jul 7, 2016 at 3:47 a.m. Angela Says...

Hope this isn't a bad place to ask..

I really want to go check this out, but I can only go on September 22nd (I think it's the 2nd Thursday after opening) and can't afford an express pass. Could I still hit every haunted house and make a fun night of it or will I be overwhelmed by crowds? Thanks!!

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Jul 18, 2016 at 12:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela,

It takes some planning to hit all of the houses, but it can be done. We would highly recommend you arrive at opening for this and plan to spend the whole night. There will be crowds—this event is never not crowded.

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Jun 9, 2016 at 10:59 p.m. Ethan Says...

Ive attended HHN roughly 6 years in a row and I mostly have a great time throughout. One thing I stumbled upon that I haven't really seen elsewhere is what they had dubbed the "half pass". They would tell you that it does not exist at the front gate but if you were to ask a booth person selling fast past tickets within the park, they would sell you one. It's roughly half the price of a fast pass and won't start working until 11:00pm. I would usually go on all the rides at eat until 11. After, I would be able to go through all the houses with some time to spare each time I bought one.

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ethan,

Thanks for sharing. This is a great tip!

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Jun 6, 2016 at 11:52 p.m. jade Says...

i have recently booked a trip to orlando for october 2017, not until next year but am staying for a week at universals cabana bay resort....i am going with my gran and 9 year old little sister who would not wish to attend this event and get very scared easily...at any point during the day when this event is on are there any signs of it...as in any scary sets or people walking around? this puts us off but still want to be able to enjoy the normal universal like usual....am just worried the time we have booked for and if we won't be able to avoid this event during the day still

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Jul 5, 2016 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jade,

No, you will not have a problem with the little ones being scared during the day. There may be a few props around, but it shouldn't be an issue.

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May 16, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. Alyssa Says...

Hi, I will be going to Universal on October 23rd, which is one of the dates of HHN. I do not wish to attend this event, so could I leave Universal when the park closes for HHN and head over to Islands of Adventure for the rest of the night? What time does the park close to guests without HHN tickets?

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May 16, 2016 at 1:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alyssa,

Yes, if you have a Park-to-Park ticket, you can hop over to Islands of Adventure around 6 p.m.

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Apr 21, 2016 at 5:18 p.m. Jesse Says...

First, thank you for all the great info! All your write-ups and tools have been an extremely helpful resource as we plan our first time to these parks and events! I have your app already downloaded ready to go!

We (2 adults) are visiting Orlando during Halloween week 2016. We are planning to purchase the Universal P2P passes, and are super excited for HHN 2016! We want to get the very most out of HHNs. Are you able to advise when the RIP Tour tickets are typically released for sale? Is this the “best” way to experience HHN? How about general ticket sales? Should we wait to purchase our P2P tickets until those tickets are available – I only see HHN as an add-on right now and cannot add extra HHN days. We have plans to go a minimum of two nights, probably 3, to HHN and would like to see all the houses, weave some rides in there and dinner/drinks too. (very interested to see what these “blood bags” are like that folks keep talkin’ about, ha-ha!) Are the starting zones for 2016 released yet too; if not when are they typically “announced”?

Super excited for October to get here ^.^! Thanks in advance for any feedback/advice!

Best,

Jesse

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Apr 26, 2016 at 3:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jesse,

Universal has moved up the sale of tickets this year, and we do not know yet at this time when the RIP Tour tickets will go on sale. You are correct that only the add-on dates are currently available. The RIP Tour is a great way to experience Halloween Horror Nights, and you are guaranteed entry to all of the houses and express passes for the rides that are open during the event.

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Feb 23, 2016 at 8:39 p.m. melanie Says...

can any monsters anywhere touch children

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Feb 24, 2016 at 6:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanie,

The scare actors are not supposed to touch anyone, including children, although accidents could happen because they do get close.

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Oct 20, 2015 at 6:17 p.m. Michelle Says...

Hi!

I was wondering if you knew how strict their costume policy is? We are planning to go as Timmy & Tootie from the Fairly Oddparents (their costumes are pretty basic) and was wondering if we would get turned down at the gate.

Thanks!

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

Hi Michelle,

Costumes will not be allowed. Subtle cosplay should be fine.

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Oct 20, 2015 at 1:04 a.m. Michellle Says...

Hi. Iv heard there is absolutely no alcohol served on HHN. Is this true? Going on Thursday.

Thanx

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Oct 20, 2015 at 9:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

No, this is not true. There is alcohol for sale around the park.

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Oct 17, 2015 at 5:15 a.m. erii Says...

im purchasing the florida resident ticket but I don't

have an ID yet will I be able to use my high school ID?

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Oct 26, 2015 at 2:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

I am not sure if that will suffice. Maybe others here will know, but you could also reach out to Universal directly.

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Oct 13, 2015 at 8:20 p.m. Nathalia Says...

Hi, I really want to go but my sister is so afraid of the monsters to touch her. Can you tell me if they touch the guests?

Thanks :)

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Oct 19, 2015 at 10:06 p.m. melissa Says...

hi they arent allowed to touch u. if they do, you can sue them

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Aug 15, 2016 at 3:45 p.m. Noah Says...

Oh c'mon, accidents can and will happen. Let's not be too quick with the "sue" mentality.

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Oct 14, 2015 at 10:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nathalia,

They do not touch guests, at least not intentionally.

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Oct 13, 2015 at 6:29 p.m. Buffy Says...

Is the Harry Potter ride accepting the express pass for HHN?

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Oct 13, 2015 at 4:57 a.m. Daniel Says...

I'm going to be there this Wednesday ... solo. Anyone else have experience going by themselves?

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Oct 11, 2015 at 6:04 a.m. Deb Says...

Our kids (17/18) are going on their own Nov 1. We are not getting tickets ahead as we already have park tickets and were told they need to see those to get addons. Will they sell out before we get there on Oct 30? Also is it going to be a problem sending 2 teenage boys on their own with all of the drinking young on there? They will not have express passes but will be in the parks early.

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Oct 14, 2015 at 11:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deb,

Others can share their thoughts here, but these events can sell out any time. You should be OK on Nov. 1, but there is no guarantee. I don't think it will be a problem sending your sons, even with the alcohol consumption. This event has plenty of security and officers around the park.

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Oct 10, 2015 at 1:53 p.m. meghan Says...

Are we allowed to bring backpacks?

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Oct 14, 2015 at 10:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meghan,

Yes, you can.

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

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

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

Hi Lind,

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

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

Hi!

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

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

Hi Carol,

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

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

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

Thanks

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

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

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

Hi Chris,

This shouldn't be a problem.

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

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

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

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

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

It is open

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

We were there on Saturday and Potter was open.

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

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

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

Hi Keri,

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

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