Halloween Horror Nights LIGHTS ON Tour: Unmasking the Horror 3-House Tour (HHN 30)

Today I’m so excited because we are doing the Unmasking the Horror Lights-On haunted house tour at Halloween Horror Nights (HHN). I’m going to show you everything that I’ve learned and give you a few pro tips, plus why you should come out to HHN this year.

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What is the Halloween Horror Nights Unmasking the Horror Tour?

This HHN Lights-On Tour is a behind-the-scenes up close and personal tour where you can see all of the haunted houses offered by Universal Orlando Resort in a way that you wouldn’t be able to during the nighttime event (as you would probably be screaming your head off).

HHN Unmasking the Horror Tour Entrance Sign

Where Does the Tour Start?

Before your Unmasking the Horror Tour starts, you will meet in the former Blue Man Group Soundstage, which is in Soundstage 18. Once you get there, you will wait for all of your group to show up before you get started.

I was on a solo trip, so I waited for the rest of the people to come in my group where we would all met our hostess, Kelly, who was absolutely amazing!

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What’s Included in the HHN Unmasking the Horror Tour?


On my experience we were able to get these lanyards for free before our tour.

Free HHN Lanyard from the Behind the Scenes Tour

Halloween Horror Nights Lights-On Tour: 3-House Tour versus 6-House Tour


Before we get into the house tour experience, I want to give you the difference between the 3-House Tour and the 6-House Tour.

Unmasking the Horror Tour 6 House List

Something to note for both of them is that you do not get to pick what houses you will get to see on your visit. They are predetermined by the Universal Orlando Team Members.

HHN Unmasking the Horror 3-House Tour Breakdown

The 3-House Tour lasts about three hours and starts at $79.99. On this HHN tour you get to explore:

  1. Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives
  2. Revenge of the Tooth Fairy
  3. Case Files Unearth: Legendary Truth
HHN Unmasking the Horror Tour Food Options
HHN Unmasking the Horror Tour Food Options

HHN Unmasking the Horror 6-Hour Tour Breakdown

The 6-House Tour last about six hours and starts at $129.99 with lunch included in the price. On this tour you will get to explore:

  1. Welcome to Scary: Horror in the Heartland
  2. Puppet Theater: Captive Audience
  3. Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin
  4. The Haunting of Hill House
  5. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  6. HHN Icons: Captured

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What to Know Before Your Halloween Horror Nights Lights-On Tour

One thing you should note about both tours is that they do not include your Halloween Horror Nights ticket admission, nor do they include your admission to any of the Universal Orlando Resort theme parks.

Halloween Horror Nights 30 Years 30 Fears Scarezone
Halloween Horror Nights 30 Years 30 Fears Scarezone

So, once you are done with that tour, your host will escort you outside of the park. If you’re staying at the parks, all you have to do is show the host your Universal Orlando ticket, and they’ll escort you back into the park.

Unmasking the Horror Tour Photo Policy

Before we got started our HHN Lights-On Tour, we were told that we were not allowed to take photos in certain areas. We were not allowed to take ANY videography AT ALL and whatever photos we did take, they would tell us when it was okay to do so.

HHN 30 Universal Studios Arches

So, unfortunately you won’t get to see all of the houses in their completeness on this article, just the select rooms that they allowed us to take photos of.

Halloween Horror Nights LIGHTS ON Tour: Unmasking the Horror 3-House Tour 2021 (HHN 30)

Now let’s talk about the good stuff, the HHN 2021 houses. The first one up is the Universal Monsters: Bride of Frankenstein Lives.

Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 Castle Entrance with debris on top of the monster
Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 Castle Entrance with debris on top of the monster

1. Universal Monsters: Bride of Frankenstein Lives.

You enter a tower ruin where Frankenstein’s monster pulled the lever to bring down the walls on him and his bride.

Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 with the monster under rumble
Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 with the monster under rumble

The bride of Frankenstein does everything she can to bring him back to life by any means necessary. So, you’ll see her going through a lot of measures like messing with vampires to make sure she can bring him back to life.

This is the material that you see looking like embers at nighttime. During the HHN event, they’re all lit up all around the castle and were created by the Universal Orlando Design Team.

Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 Glowing Embers
Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 Glowing Embers

Right here is Dracula’s ring. Feel free to watch the full video here on YouTube.

Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 Dracula Ring on top of book
Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 Dracula Ring on top of book

Something you should note is that this house is taking place over years. So, you’ll see in the beginning that it’s really bright when the incident happened with Frankenstein’s monster and gets a bit darker and more menacing as the house goes on.

Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 cathedral scene with monster
Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 cathedral scene with monster

However, as she’s (The Bride of Frankenstein) getting all of his appendages together and draining the Brides of Dracula, this is all happening over decades, not just in one month or a couple of weeks or a couple of days.

Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 Dracula legends
Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 Dracula legends

This is Larry Talbot’s cane from the Wolfman, a little HHN Easter Egg for you.

Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 Wolfman's Cane
Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 Wolfman’s Cane

That’s me getting a selfie with Frankenstein’s monster.

Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 NikkyJ of ThemeParkHipster in front of monster
Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 NikkyJ of ThemeParkHipster in front of monster

You can also see the window below which is reused from the Gothic HHN house from a previous Halloween Horror Nights event.

Universal Monsters Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN Window Painting
Universal Monsters Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN Window Painting

This is one of the final scenes in the Universal Monsters: Bride of Frankenstein Lives house where Frankenstein’s monster comes to life!

Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 bride of Dracula from above in white dress
Universal Monsters The Bride of Frankenstein Lives HHN 30 bride of Dracula from above in white dress

You can see all of the surviving Brides of Dracula surrounding this area.

More Photos from the Universal Monsters: Bride of Frankenstein Lives Lights On Tour

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2. HHN Icons: Captured (BONUS)

Now the HHN Icons: Captured was not a part of my tour, but because it was right next door to the Revenge of the Tooth Fairy maze, we were able to get a photo of the outside facade, which I was so happy about!

HHN Icons Captured Entrance Halloween Horror Nights 30
HHN Icons: Captured Entrance Halloween Horror Nights 30

You can see the word ICONS at the top of the facade, and you can also see the different totems of the HHN Icons throughout. It was just an incredible entrance filled with lots of details and I really loved this.

HHN Icons Captured Entrance Halloween Horror Nights 30 Totems
HHN Icons Captured Entrance Halloween Horror Nights 30 Totems

You can get a closer look of the HHN Icons in the Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store at Universal Studios Florida.

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3. Revenge of the Tooth Fairy

Now we are in Soundstage 24 to check out the Revenge of the Tooth Fairy house, which is where all the children must give up their baby teeth to these goblin-like fairies.

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 Giant Book
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 Giant Book

The Halloween Horror Nights team came up with their own little fears from childhood to dream up this kind of storyline.

They used elements from Mardi Gras to help them create the Westhorne Manor.

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30

When you go through the first room, which is the little boy’s room, you will see the same bed that they used in the Exorcist HHN house (I was not allowed to take photos inside of this room).

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 Entrance
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 Entrance

Also, there were building blocks on the floor, in his room, which were from the Poltergeist’s house. Unfortunately, I could not videotape or get photos of that room either.

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 Entrance Area
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 Entrance Area

This is a painting of Charles Gray, one of the lead HHN Designers.

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 Universal Design Team Member in hallway painting
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 Universal Design Team Member in hallway painting

You’ll notice this decay on the walls as you go through the house, which represents tooth decay. And the further along you get into the house, the more you will see this decay.

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy HHN 30 Tooth Decay
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy HHN 30 Tooth Decay

Look at this is the poor Butler of the Manor.

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 Unfortunate Butler Jaw removed
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 Unfortunate Butler jaw removed

When you’re in the library, you’ll notice that there’s a painting of a woman who was previously seen in the Ghost Town HHN House from year 26.

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 Lady of the Manor Painting
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 Lady of the Manor Painting

We are now in the kitchen where the servants would ring these kitchen bells to let the family know that dinner was ready.

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 white cake with kitchen bells
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 white cake with kitchen bells

A fun thing to know is that each bell has one of the HHN Design Team Members names on there.

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy HHN 30 Kitchen Bells
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy HHN 30 Kitchen Bells

We are now in the servants’ quarter, and you will still see that the tooth decay is getting really, really intense in the house.

This is Mr. Westhorne’s pocket watch that appears to be in the servant’s quarter letting you know that he was cheating on the Mrs.

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 Mr Westhorne pocket watch
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 Mr Westhorne pocket watch

You can see the jaws of the fairy victims inside these walls right here as we head towards the final scene of the house.

Upon exiting the house, you can see that we are on page number 130, representing the 30th anniversary of Halloween Horror Nights.

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 last page 130
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 last page (130)

More Photos from the Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Lights On Tour

4. Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth

As we made our way over to the final house, we were able to see a reference to the next house with the Private Investigator office of Boris Shuster.

Boris Shuster Private Investigation Universal Studios Florida
Boris Shuster Private Investigation Universal Studios Florida

This is one of those fun little Easter Egg’s at Universal Studios that I love finding. Boris is going to play a main role in this next house.

We also noticed the Kitty Kat Club which will be playing a big role in the Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth house. So, I was super excited at this point!

Kitty Kat Club Entrance in Universal Studios Florida
Kitty Kat Club Entrance in Universal Studios Florida

As you enter this house, you’ll notice this date, October 25th, 1991 at 6:00 PM. That is the first day and time that Universal Halloween Horror Nights opened as Fright Nights.

Legendary Truth HHN 30 Sign with New Jersey October 25 1991
Legendary Truth HHN 30 Sign with New Jersey October 25 1991

We were then met with a new character named Tim Foil, which is the play on “tinfoil hat,” because he’s supposed to be some type of conspiracist who finds Boris Shuster’s information.

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth Tim Foils Research HHN 30
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth Tim Foils Research HHN 30

During this HHN maze, Tim Foil tries to go through everything as he’s wanting to figure out what is all this stuff that he’s found really about. He wants to put the pieces together.

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Cerebin
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Cerebin

So, with him doing that, we’re going to go through the whole story of Boris Shuster, his private investigations, and his books. What did he come up with? What were the stories that he created?

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Boris Shulster Books on Table
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Boris Shuster Books on Table

There are a lot of Easter Eggs in this house, so be on the lookout if you’re a Halloween Horror Nights Legendary Truth fan.

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 the Beast Unleashed
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 the Beast Unleashed

You’re going to find each of these book covers in many sections of this house. So definitely pay attention.

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Terror on the Tenement
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Terror on the Tenement

Tim Foils tries to get all the information together along with all the totems to do something crazy in the end…

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Tim Foil Attic
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Tim Foil Attic

Below we officially entered into Boar’s Shuster’s life to flesh out his background and his story.

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Boris Shuster Private Investigation Office
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Boris Shuster Private Investigation Office

You can see the reference to the Kitty Kat Club here, and there’s a Finnegan’s (Universal Studios restaurant) reference which is pretty cool.

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Numbers at Boris Shulster Office
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Numbers at Boris Shuster Office

Now we’re going into the mannequin area, which was extremely creepy.

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Mannequin Room Statues
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Mannequin Room Statues

And as you can see, there is one of the totems right there, but you wouldn’t probably see it at nighttime.

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Mannequins Room Totem
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Mannequins Room Totem

Hipster Power Tip: Whenever you’re in a room with a whole bunch of scareactors where you can’t tell which one is real, just look at the feet. Most of the time, a real person’s feet will be moving. Because you know, you can’t really just stand still for too long.

Here’s another totem that we found in the Legendary Truth HHN house.

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Swamp Moss Man Totem
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Swamp Moss Man Totem

Up next is the Kitty Kat Club which is what you saw earlier when we were walking on that pathway within the park at Universal Studios.

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Kitty Kat Club Entrance
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Kitty Kat Club Entrance

Check out Boris Shuster standing right there on the side of the Kitty Kat Club entrance at HHN 30.

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Boris Shulster outside Kitty Kat Club
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Boris Shuster outside Kitty Kat Club

Here’s another totem inside the Kitty Kat Club.

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Kitty Kat Club Bar Area with Totem
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Kitty Kat Club Bar Area with Totem

Now this room is pretty unique because this is where a live actress actually stands here and sings while you’re going through the maze. It’s pretty cool.

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Kitty Kat Club Bar Area
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Kitty Kat Club Bar Area

This is the first time Universal has done something like this during Halloween Horror Nights.

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Kitty Kat Club Stage Area with Triggers
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Kitty Kat Club Stage Area with Triggers

The live actor also has a lot of little triggers that she presses to make some unique actions happen as you go through the maze, which you can see up close right here.

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Police Station
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Police Station

This is Thunder, the Pomeranian, which has been in a house at HHN for almost every year. I thought that was pretty cool hidden Halloween Horror Nights gem.

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Pomeranian Photo Universal Hidden Gem
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Pomeranian Photo Universal Hidden Gem

As we came to end of this beautiful house, you can see it says New Jersey, October 31st, 1991 at 11:59 PM.

Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Ending with New Jersey October 31 1991 written on the wall
Case Files Unearthed Legendary Truth HHN 30 Unmasking the Horror Tour Ending with New Jersey October 31 1991 written on the wall

That is when the last day of the very first Halloween Horror Nights, AKA Fright Nights, took place and ended.

More Photos from the Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth Lights On Tour

Final Thoughts

This was my first time doing the Unmasking the Horror Tour at Universal and I had an absolute blast! I do recommend this tour for you if you’re a bit afraid of doing the actual event. This way you’ll know what to expect and where the scareactors will pop up at.

HHN 30 Universal Studios Arches Entrance

It’s also really good to know a bit about each house as it makes the full nighttime experience that much better!

HHN 30 Tribute Store
Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store

So be sure to stick around and check out all of the HHN designs across the theme park and don’t forget to check out the HHN 30 Tribute Store. It is AMAZING and it’s a must, even if you’re not into Halloween Horror Nights.

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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

NikkyJ

(Original Article Date: November 5, 2014/Updated October 28, 2021)

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