Tips for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando

Halloween Horror Nights Haunted House at Universal Orlando

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Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando is canceled in 2020.

Ghosts and ghouls come out to play for a selected number of scary nights during Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights. Billed as "The World's Premier Halloween Event," this annual tradition features 10 haunted houses, five terrifying scare zones, and live entertainment to scares the wits out of even the most daring thrillseekers.

This event series also features street performers and surprising "creeptastic" fun. For those wanting to go for several nights, Universal Orlando offers package deals for stays at their resorts. Visiting Universal Orlando in October is an ideal time to go as the weather has cooled a bit and crowds have thinned out during the day.

Halloween Horror Nights Tickets

There's a strategy to getting the most out of this scary event so be prepared with a little ticket information. This event requires a separate ticket; it is not included with your Universal Orlando theme park admission. If you are not attending Halloween Horror Nights, then you will need to leave the theme park early on these special event days.

  • Get your ticket early: You can purchase your Halloween Horror Night ticket in advance online. By purchasing online, you will not only receive a discounted price, but you will also avoid the long lines at the ticketing window and secure your spot for the most popular event evenings since some nights do sell out well in advance.
  • Buy a Flex Pass: A single night of Halloween Horror will cost more than $100 if you purchase the ticket at the gate. But, for about $10 less than that you can purchase a multi-night pass.
  • Save time with an Express Pass: With this special pass as an add-on to your event ticket, you can skip regular lines one time at all haunted houses and on participating rides.

Horror Nights Tips

Be prepared by following some simples do's and don'ts so you can fully enjoy this seasonal extravaganza. Some tips are strict rules that could prevent you from entering the park, while others are simply recommendations to get the most out of your trip.

  • Leave the costume at home: Costumes and masks are prohibited at Halloween Horror Nights. With so many special effects, shows, and performers in action, guests need to be easily identifiable and wear street clothing.
  • Leave the little kids at home: This event offers teens and adults a frightfully good time but is absolutely not for children. Kids under 13 won't be admitted and parents are cautioned about bringing sensitive children under 18 due to the scary nature of the sights and shows.
  • Download the app: Download the Official Universal Orlando Resort App free before you arrive. Through the app, you can purchase add-ons, get information on wait times, access interactive maps, and play Terror Trivia while you are in line for an attraction.
  • Walk to the back of the park: Do head for the far reaches of the park once you enter and start your scary experience there. If you go to the first haunted attraction you see, you'll see many others standing in line, too.

Getting More Out of Horror Nights

While the event is great fun and you'll likely have plenty of frightful encounters, there are ways to get even more from your experience.

  • Take a tour: Join a R.I.P. Tour or the daytime Behind-the-Screams tour and you'll share a tour guide and VIP access to the Halloween Horror Night events. The tours offer a behind the scenes glimpse of the makeup, artistry, and effects that come together to produce the scares of Halloween Horror Nights. While tours do cost an additional fee, they may be worth it if you want to head to the front of the line or take a peek backstage.
  • Hungry for more experiences: Snag a seat at the all-you-care-to-eat themed dinner buffet for the Halloween Horror Nights Scareactor Dining Experience.