Ghosts and ghouls come out to play for a selected number of scary nights in early September, throughout October to early November each fall during Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights. Billed as "The World's Premier Halloween Event," Universal Orlando goes all out.
This highly anticipated event series features haunted houses, terrifying scare zones, fun street performers and more, designed to give guests a scare while having a fun experience. To get the most "creeptastic" fun from your Halloween Horror Nights experience at Universal Orlando these tips and suggestions will get you started planning:
- Tickets required: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- By 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.
- 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.
- Save time with an Express Pass: "Get to the fear faster, they say." With this special pass as an add-on to your event ticket, you can skip regular lines one time at all haunted houses, at participating rides, and at attractions.
- 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. The special menu is to die for and so are some of the guests.
Read up on visiting the Universal Orlando theme parks in October to learn what to expect from the weather, crowds and more during your trip. Fall is an ideal time to go as the weather has cooled a bit and crowds have thinned out during the day.