Tips for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando

Have a Howling Good Time at Universal Orlando's Premier Halloween Event

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••• Encounter sordid mythological creatures at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights. © Universal Orlando

Ghosts and ghouls come out to play for 31 scary nights in late September and throughout October each fall during Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights.

This highly anticipated Halloween event features haunted houses, scare zones, street performers and more, designed to give guests a delightful scare. Read on to get some tips for getting the most creeptastic fun from your Halloween Horror Nights experience at Universal Orlando:

  • 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 party days.
  • Leave the costume at home: Costumes and masks are prohibited at Halloween Horror Nights. With so many effects, shows and performers in action, guests need to be easily identifiable and wear street clothing.
  • Leave the 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 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. While you won't get a discount for purchasing early, you will 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.
  • Attend more than one night: A single night of Halloween Horror will cost more than $100.00. For less than that, you can get 11 nights of horror using the Frequent Fear "Rush of Fear" pass. Other Frequent Fear passes entitle you to admission on multiple nights, Friday and Saturday nights are not included (except for the first two opening nights), but this is a substantial savings and worth considering if you love this event.
  • Take a tour: Join a R.I.P. or Behind-the-Screams tour and you'll share a tour guide — and VIP access to the Halloween Horror Night events. Other 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. The special menu is to die for.
  • About Universal in October: 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.

Edited by Dawn Henthorn, Florida Travel Expert since 2000.