Halloween Horror Nights is a special event at Universal Orlando that should not be missed!
The park is transformed into a haunted house, and there are dozens of spooky attractions to get scared by.
The dates for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort are from September 1 to November 4, 2023 and there are plenty of scare zones, shows, and rides to keep you entertained.
If you’re looking for a Halloween fright fest this year, head to Universal Orlando!
Welcome to my Ultimate Guide to Halloween Horror Nights and Max Thrill, your source for ALL things Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort!
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What is Halloween Horror Nights?
Halloween Horror Nights, also known as “HHN” or “Halloween,” is a special event at Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios Hollywood.
The event features haunted houses, scare zones, live entertainment, and more.
HHN 2023 is not for the faint of heart- this event is meant to be SCARY.
If you’re looking for a fun and festive Halloween event, this is NOT the event for you.
This event is for people who love to be scared and are looking for a truly unique Halloween experience.
Will There Be Halloween Horror Nights 2023?
Yes, there will be Halloween Horror Nights in 2023 at Universal Studios Florida. The event will run on select nights from September 1 to November 4, 2023
What Is The Theme For Halloween Horror Nights 2023?
While there is not necessarily an overall theme for the whole of Halloween Horror Nights, the haunted houses do have themes!
We will talk about haunted houses more below!
What Day Do Halloween Horror Nights Start 2023?
Halloween Horror Nights start on Friday, September 1st, 2023.
The event runs for 40 nights and is held on select evenings from September 1- November 4.
To see a full list of dates, keep reading.
What are the Hours for Halloween Horror Nights 2023?
Halloween Horror Nights hours vary depending on the night you attend.
However, most nights, the event runs from 6:30 pm- 1:00 am.
You can check the hours for your specific date here.
What Dates Are Halloween Horror Nights 2023?
These are the dates for HHN 2023:
- September 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30.
- October 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31.
Is There a Halloween Horror Nights Preview Night?
Yes! Halloween Horror Nights preview night is on Thursday, Ausut 31st, 2023.
This is a special event for Universal Annual Passholders and ticket holders.
To learn more about how to attend, keep reading.
How Much Are Halloween Horror Nights Tickets?
Halloween Horror Nights tickets start at $79.99 +tax for a single night ticket. They go up from there depending on the day you arrive.
However, there are many different ticket options available, including group rates and multi-night discounts. Here are a few of the ticket options:
The cost of Halloween Horror Nights tickets varies depending on the type of ticket and the date of attendance.
For example, in 2023, prices for single-night tickets start at $79.99 per person, plus tax. Other ticket options, such as the Frequent Fear Pass, the Frequent Fear Plus Pass, and the Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass, offer access to multiple nights of the event and range in price from $229.99 to $374.77.
Additionally, some ticket options include perks such as Universal Express Unlimited admission and unlimited express access to participating haunted houses, rides, and attractions.
Scream Early Tickets
Early admission into HHN is a big deal! So technically, if you have a regular park ticket + a Halloween Horror Nights ticket, you automatically have early admission to Halloween Horror Nights.
But how do you get early entry/admission into HHN 2023 without a regular park ticket? Enter Scream Early Ticket.
The event starts at 6:30 pm, but with the Scream Early Ticket, you can get into the park at 3 pm.
The cost of this add-on is $40 + tax per adult. You will see the option after you purchase your regular ticket.
Free One-Night ticket for Preview for UOAP (Annual Pass Holders)
If you are a Universal Orlando Annual Passholder, you can attend the Halloween Horror Nights preview night free! Just show your pass at the gate.
You must ensure your pass is active on the HHN event days. If it’s not, you will need to renew your annual pass or purchase a ticket for that particular day.
Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass
If you’re looking for a Halloween Horror Nights fast pass, you are in the right place. But it’s called an express pass.
With the HHN Express Pass, you can skip the regular standby line and jump on a shorter line.
If you want to get as much as possible done, this is the pass for you. This way, you can spend more time on the specialized HHN food menu and souvenirs.
Halloween Horror Nights Unlimited Express Pass
Guests will receive the same benefits as Express Pass holders but can experience everything multiple times.
The company released a very limited amount of these passes last year for each event night you attend- so make sure to get yours before they sell out!
You cannot purchase them online or anywhere else without going down there yourself and buying it directly from their front gate in person.
VIP tickets for Halloween Horror Nights
With the R.I.P Tour, get a first-class tour of Halloween Horror Nights from an expert guide!
And if you purchase the Frequent Fear pass, then multiple visits are available at one great price for all Sunday through Friday event nights – including access to some unannounced extras that will be happening this year during our spooktacular season leading up until October 31st, when it’s fright night again (but not really).
Best Dates to Visit Universal Studios Orlando Halloween Horror Nights
The best dates to visit Universal Studios Orlando for Halloween Horror Nights are Mondays-Wednesdays in September and October.
The event is the least crowded these days.
Thursdays are also a good choice as many people have to work and can’t attend until the weekend.
Fridays & Saturdays are the worst days to visit as they are the most crowded.
If you want to avoid crowds, I suggest avoiding them these days.
Parking for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando
If you’re driving to Halloween Horror Nights, there are a few different parking options available to you.
Your option is the Universal Studios Orlando Parking Garage. This is the most expensive option, but it is also the most convenient. It is right next to the park, so you won’t have to walk far to get to the event.
Prime Parking: $60.00
RV/Bus Parking: $32.00
Universal usually has free parking after 6:00 pm but on HHN nights, that is not the case, and the full parking cost will be due.
Getting Into the Park for HHN
You must be in place by 6:30 pm to get into the event. I highly suggest getting to the park 45 minutes in advance.
You should aim to be parked and walking to the park by 5:30 pm.
Universal Hotel guests can use the VIP entrance open until 8 pm.
Scream Early Tickets
With this ticket, which we’ve reviewed in detail, you can enter the park and enjoy it from 3-5 pm. At 5 pm you will be put into a special holding location until the event launches.
HHN Tours, Rides, and Experiences
There are many different tours, rides, and experiences available during Halloween Horror Nights. That’s why we’re here, right?
Let’s review what we know about HHN 2023 things to do.
HHN Haunted Houses
If you’re looking for a truly spine-tingling experience this Halloween, there’s no better place to be than Universal Orlando Resort.
With haunted houses and a slew of other creepy attractions, Universal Orlando is the perfect destination for those who love to be scared.
From the hair-raising House of Bloom to the gruesome Halloween Horror Nights of Islands of Adventure, there’s something for everyone at Universal Orlando.
So if you’re ready to scream your head off, check out Universal Orlando’s haunted houses this Halloween season!
Though Universal hasn’t released all the information about HHN, we have a few glimpses.
A classic movie, this Haunted House is based on the 1978 John Carpenter film. You’ll be transported to Haddonfield, Illinois, on Halloween night, where you’ll meet with Michael Myers.
This house is sure to be a hit with horror fans, so don’t miss out!
The Horrors of Blumhouse
This is the first year for Blumhouse to have a house at HHN, and they are bringing two of their most popular movies to life, The Purge and Happy Death Day.
The Black Phone is based on the new Blumhouse movie, us. This was one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2019, and now you can experience it yourself.
This is the first time that Blumhouse has created a house based on one of their movies that are not yet released.
So if you’re a fan of Blumhouse, this is definitely the house for you!
Universal Monsters: Legends Collide
This is a brand new themed haunted house coming to Universal. It is inspired by the classic Monster Legends: Dracula, The Mummy, and Wolf Man, all inside one house.
We expect a total of 10 haunted houses including Freaky so stay tuned for some more information!
The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare
Universal collaborates with famous artist The Weekend for this one-of-a-kind haunted house.
The Weeknd is a worldwide phenomenon known for its boundary-pushing music that melds daring, provocative lyrics with cutting-edge sounds and foreboding undertones. The Weeknd’s fourth number one album, “After Hours,” has spawned several chart-topping hits, including “Too Late,” “Heartless,” and many more.
Select songs from the thrilling CD are being reworked as a Halloween Horror Nights horror movie soundtrack, giving this fall’s event an outrageously scary edge.
“We are thrilled to take guests inside of the mind of The Weeknd, who is a Halloween Horror Nights fan himself,” said John Murdy, Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. “This is an unprecedented haunted house that is going to shatter the expectations of our guests and immerse them in an unforgettable experience that is equally unexpected and terrifying,” added Charles Gray, Senior Show Director for Entertainment Creative Development at Universal Orlando Resort.
What Rides Are Open During Halloween Horror Nights Orlando?
If you are wondering which rides are open during Halloween Horror Nights, they keep this information up to date on their website.
Here’s the list of rides that will be ready at night during HHN.
- TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3D
- Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
- Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
- Revenge of the Mummy
- Men in Black Alien Attack
- Fast & Furious – Supercharged
- The Simpson Ride
Halloween Horror Nights and Harry Potter World
Escape from Gringotts is one of the few rides that stays open during HHN. It usually closes by 9pm.
There are no other Harry Potter World rides open, including the Hogwarts Express.
You can also visit Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley which are both located in Universal Studios.
There are no houses in these areas, but it’s still fun to walk around and see the theming at night.
Plus, you can always stop by Three Broomsticks for a Butterbeer!
The hustle and bustles of Diagon Alley come to an end at 5 p.m., when it’s closed for regular daytime guests during Halloween Horror Nights events.
Anyone with an HHN ticket can wait in this designated holding area until HHN begins so you can enjoy Harry Potter And The Escape From Gringotts as part of the event!
HHN Scare Zones
One of the best parts of Halloween Horror Nights is the immersive experience of the Scare Zones.
As you walk through the park, you’ll be transported to different worlds where you’ll be surrounded by terrifying creatures. From Zombies to werewolves, there’s a Scare Zone to match every horror fan’s nightmares.
And if you’re brave enough to venture into all of them, you’ll be treated to an unforgettable night of scares.
But be warned, these Scare Zones are not for the faint of heart. So if you’re looking for a truly harrowing Halloween experience, check out all of the Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zones.
Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Vacation Package
Every year, Universal releases their HHN Vacation Package. It’s a special deal that makes staying on-site easy and convenient.
You can book this yourself or contact your favorite travel agent.
Directly from the Universal Website:
5-Night Hotel Accommodations
Vacationing in one of our hotels comes with more fun, more often, every day of your stay. You can also stay at a nearby Universal Partner Hotel.
3-Park 5-Day Base Ticket1
to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay, one park per day
1-Night Admission to Halloween Horror Nights
Experience The World’s Premier Halloween Event#.
#Named Best Halloween Event by Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards for 12 years (2006, 2008-2018).
$75 Stay, Scream & Save Discount
The more you stay, the more you save.
Early Park Admission
Early Park Admission2 to one (1) Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando one hour before the parks open (valid theme park admission required; select attractions)
Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass
Get to the fear faster at Halloween Horror Nights. Skip the regular lines one time at all haunted houses, plus at participating rides and attractions. Event admission required and not included. (Pricing varies by date, subject to availability. Restrictions apply.)
Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour
Daytime lights-on VIP walking tour of 3 or 6 haunted houses on select dates. Theme park and/or event admission is not included or required to participate in the tour. (Pricing will vary depending on date and tour selection, subject to availability. Restrictions apply.)
A nighttime walking tour with Priority V.I.P entry to haunted houses and participating park attractions (once per house based on itinerary). Separate event admission is required and not included in the listed price. Pricing varies by date and tour selection. Subject to availability. Restrictions apply.
Hotels for Halloween Horror Nights
During HHN, all on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort offer early park admission to Islands of Adventure.
On select nights, they also offer a complimentary shuttle that will take you directly to the event.
And if you’re staying at one of the Premier hotels, you’ll also have access to the Premier Pass which includes priority access to all haunted houses and front-of-the-line access to rides and attractions.
The Premier hotels are:
- Hard Rock Hotel
- Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
- Loews Royal Pacific Resort
With the Premier Pass, you’ll get priority access to all haunted houses and front-of-the-line access to rides and attractions.
It also includes:
Complimentary Universal Express Unlimited access to bypass the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure all day, every day
Priority seating at select shows
Complimentary admission to one (1) Halloween Horror
Best Time To Visit Universal Orlando?
The best time to visit Universal Orlando Resort is during the months of January and February.
Not only are the crowds smaller, but the weather is also cooler which makes for a more pleasant experience overall.
If you’re looking to experience Halloween Horror Nights, then the best time to visit would be September or October.
This is when the event takes place and you’ll want to be sure to book your tickets in advance as it does tend to sell out.
We did talk about which days are better to visit HHN such as
Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Food
Details are not yet available for this year’s specialty food
Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Merchandise
We can expect awesome, 10/10 merchandise as always.
HHN Tribute Store
The perfect place to find that special souvenir from HHN is in this new, limited-time venue!
The Tribute Store has added food options over the last several years and now offers visitors a quick snack while they shop.
Each room of the store has been carefully themed based on specific houses or themes so you can experience something different each time you visit it—whether your looking for clothes related specifically to horror movies like “Halloween” with stuff galore!
Halloween Horror Nights 2022 Tips & Tricks
- Arrive Early: HHN does not officially start until 6:30 pm, but the lines to get in can start forming as early as 4 pm.
- Wear Comfortable Shoes: You will be doing a lot of walking during HHN so it’s important to wear comfortable shoes.
- We also recommend bringing a small backpack with any essentials you may need such as water, snacks, and a jacket.
- Dress for the Weather: Orlando can get quite warm during the day, but it can also get cool at night.
- We recommend checking the weather forecast in advance and dressing accordingly.
- Bring a Portable Charger: There’s nothing worse than your phone dying in the middle of HHN.
- Be sure to bring a portable charger with you so you can keep your phone powered up all night long.
- Do not visit during peak dates. On these days you will be waiting up to 3 hours to get into just one haunted houses.
These busy times mean crowded streets and long lines for the rides and attractions.
Dates to avoid:
Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24
Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29
- Eat before you get to the park so that you can spend all of your time enjoying the tours, events, and rides.
- Stop by Mel’s Drive-In for one of the best photo-ops.
- The lines will thin out as the time get’s closer to 11 pm so try to stay until the very end if possible.
If you’re looking for a scare this Halloween, I highly recommend Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.
This year’s event is truly terrifying, and there are tons of new attractions to check out. Just be sure to bring your courage (and maybe an extra pair of pants) along with you!