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Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida is Central Florida’s premier Halloween event, and this year the crowds are definitely showing up to celebrate 30 years of 30 fears.
With ten haunted houses, five scare zones, two shows, and tons of delicious treats it can be overwhelming to plan your evening…but I’m here to help!!!
On the Go in MCO: Halloween Horror Nights Tips
Finding the right ticket
Halloween Horror Nights tickets are date-specific, which also means that you will pay more for more popular nights.
Here are some dates to keep in mind:
- Peak Nights: October 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, and 30
- Better Nights: September 23, 26, 29, 30
October 3, 6, 7, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28, and 31
Universal Orlando Premier Passholders! Don’t forget your free HHN ticket on the following dates:
- Sept. 22, 23, 29, 30
- Oct. 6, 13, 20, 26, 27
I am always a fan of the frequent fear passes that allow guests to experience the event multiple times throughout the season!
Having the option to visit several times will give you the opportunity to enjoy things multiple times and relieves the ‘do and see everything’ pressure.
Whatever option you choose, make sure to purchase your tickets in advance to save you time and money!
To Express Pass or not to Express Pass, that is the question
Express Pass, available for an additional fee, gives HHN guests the privilege to take advantage of dedicated, shorter lines for all ten haunted houses.
If you have the budget for Express Pass, you will save TONS of time! For example, Beetlejuice had a posted wait of 85 minutes and we waited just under 15 minutes!
This is a pricey add-on to your HHN ticket, costing more than your ticket’s base price, but if you only have one night to experience the houses and the budget I would suggest the purchase.
As with HHN tickets, I STRONGLY encourage you to purchase Express Pass in advance as the price goes up closer to the event date!
Go in with a plan!
Having a plan to make the most of your Halloween Horror Nights experience is KEY!
Make sure you look at the haunted houses and scare zones in advance to make a game plan.
The most popular houses, The Haunting of Hill House and Beetlejuice, are located near E.T. Since most people will rush to those houses, try to hit the houses at the front of the park.
Once you have that plan download the official Universal Orlando Resort app, and watch the wait times on an evening before you go to get an idea of what you could experience during your visit.
Having the app on your phone is also a great tool if your plans need to change during the event.
When to arrive
Halloween Horror Nights officially begin at 6:30 pm, but the front gates typically open as early as 6 p.m.
If you have a Universal Orlando annual pass or theme park ticket on the day of your HHN ticket, you have the option to ‘Stay & Scream’.
You will need to arrive at Universal Studios Florida before it closes to daytime guests at 5 pm, to remain inside the park in designated holding areas throughout the park.
Are you a night owl? Arriving after 8:00 pm is another great option to avoid parking backups and front gate lines.
Ghoulishly Good Grub
While I wouldn’t have included food at Halloween Horror Nights in the past, I am telling you right now that it’s something you should plan to experience!!!
I’m a BIG fan of the s’mores fries!!!
I suggest taking a peek at the event-exclusive menus to find a spot for a snack along your way.
When going to Halloween Horror Nights, you’ll want to be prepared for different types of weather.
I always bring a bag that is stocked with what I might need because I’ve bought way too many theme park-priced umbrellas and sweatshirts!
I look forward to experiencing HHN every year, and I hope these tips help you do the same!!!