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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hello,

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

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

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

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

Hi Trina,

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

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

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

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

Hi Daniela,

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

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

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

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

Hi Melissa,

Yes, that should be no problem.

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Ashley,

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

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

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

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

Hi Mandy,

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

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

Hi,

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

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

Hi Mimi,

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

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

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

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

Hi Dee,

We'd go with Sunday over Friday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Carlos,

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

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

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

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

Hi Rod,

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem will be open :)

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Kelly,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Michael,

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

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

help!

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

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

Hi Kerry,

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

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

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

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

Hi Kerri,

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

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

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

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

Hi Sebastyan,

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

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

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

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

Hi Sebastyan,

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

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

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

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

Hi Carol,

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

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

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

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

Hi Becky,

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

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

Hi there,

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

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

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

Hi Jacqui,

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

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

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

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

Hi Claudia,

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

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

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

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

Hi Jen,

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

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

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

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

Hi Kelly,

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

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

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

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

Hi Lisa,

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

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

Will the wizarding world of Harry Potter be open?

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

Hi Kimberly,

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

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

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

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

Hi Matt,

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

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

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

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

Hi Stephanie,

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

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

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

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

Hi Ann Marie,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Chris,

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

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

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

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

Thanks!

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

Hi MD,

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

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

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

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

Hi Laura,

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

Maybe others will also share their thoughts too!

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

This post was awesome!

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

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

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

thanks

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

Hi Kim,

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

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

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

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

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

Hi,

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

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

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

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

Hi Nicola,

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

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

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

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

Hey-

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

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

Hi Andrea,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Helen,

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

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

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

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

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Yes! Taking pictures on the streets is fine.

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

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

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

Hi Dave,

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

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

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

Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

Hi Justin,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Marisol,

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

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

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

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

Hi Joanne,

You can view park hours on our Crowd Calendar.

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

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

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

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

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

Thanx Crystal, very helpful!!

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

Hi Anna,

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

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

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

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

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

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