25 BEST Halloween Horror Nights Tips (2022 Survival Guide)

2022 Halloween Horror Nights Tips and Survival Guide!

You poor unfortunate soul. Do you dare to venture out to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights?

If so, you are in for more than ghostly encounters.

This year’s Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) will take place on select nights from September 2nd through October 31st of 2022 at Universal Studios Florida.

That’s almost two whole months!

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What is Halloween Horror Nights?

Before we get into the Halloween Horror Nights tips, let’s understand what it is first.

HHN is an annual Halloween event held at Universal Studios Orlando on selects nights in fall after park closing.

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Its rich history and quality production has transformed it into the World’s Premier Halloween Event!

This is due to the over-the-top scares, sets, and details put into this experience each year by the Universal Orlando Creative team.

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What began as a 3-day event in 1991, will return stronger than ever to celebrate over 30 years of fear!

Halloween Horror Nights Dates 2022

HHN will take places on select nights from Friday, September 2nd until Monday, October 31st 2022.

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As you can see, HHN is not every night. So, be aware of the dates when choosing the day you’d like to go.

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What time is Halloween Horror Nights?

You’ll be happy to know that the Halloween Horror Nights hours start at 6:30 p.m. with closing times varying each night.

What’s New for Halloween Horror Nights 2022

Let’s go over a few new things added to this year’s event.

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Get UP Close with the Monsters!

If you’re looking to experience maximum fear during Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, staying at one of their hotels is the way to go!

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Not only do you get access to a dedicated entry gate for the event with complimentary transportation back and forth between theme parks and CityWalk, you’ll get an exclusive HHN attraction!

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Universal Orlando hotel guests will get exclusive access to limited-time Halloween Horror Nights experiences at select Universal hotels. This includes the “Universal Monsters Gallery of Legends” at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

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This HHN attraction will feature a collection of fun photo-ops inspired by the frightening trio of Universal’s classic Monsters – The Mummy, The Wolf Man and Dracula.

Halloween Horror Nights Scareactor Dining Experience RETURNS

Louie’s Italian Restaurant offers an exclusive dining experience and special scareactor photo opportunities that will make your night of horror unforgettable from $54.99

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Halloween Horror Nights 2022 Houses

This year there will be 10 haunted houses, five scare zones and two live shows based on some of the biggest names in horror and pop culture.

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1. Universal Monsters: Legends Collide

The Universal Monsters: Legends Collide is a haunted house that will have guests joining The Wolf Man, Dracula, and The Mummy in an epic battle this HHN 31 season.

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Experience the most epic battle between three legendary monsters as they clash for possession of The Amulet of Ra.

Watch the Wolf Man believe this ancient relic may finally break his curse, while Dracula and The Mummy wage war over what they believe is its power to take over the world.

Who will be victorious?!?

2. Halloween

Michael Myers is coming back to haunt Halloween Horror Nights this fall! Universal Orlando Resort will be hosting one of the most terrifying haunted houses based on the classic 1978 slasher film, and you don’t want to miss it.

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Halloween is one of the most famous horror films of all time and for good reason. Michael Myers, arguably the most feared antagonist in horror movie history, was born from this film.

The latest trilogy concludes with Universal Pictures’ release of Halloween Ends on October 14th.

So, be sure to go to where it all began and experience the authentic haunted houses that depict some of the most captivating moments from the original film.

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As you walk through the sinister home of pure evil, you’ll have to be on guard against his knife attacks as he stalks your every move.

Michael Myers is THE embodiment of wickedness and will stop at nothing to take out his bloody revenge on you!

3. The Horrors of Blumhouse

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights features two houses that are both inspired by the company regarded as the driving force in horror, with “The Horrors of Blumhouse” haunted houses.

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HHN will bring to life Blumhouse’s upcoming spine-chilling films “The Black Phone” and the horror-comedy, “Freaky.

Looking forward to The Horrors of Blumhouse? You won’t be disappointed!

Black Phone

This exciting new movie will transport you into an unnerving experience where the scares that are more real than you think.

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Be sure to avoid “The Grabber” who is a demented magician best known for his sinister trick of making people disappear…

Freaky

According to Universal, Freaky challenges you to outrun “The Butcher,” a serial killer who has switched bodies with a high school girl after being cursed by The La Dola Dagger, an ancient Aztec blade.

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But don’t let looks deceive you – this sweet-looking teen is actually “The Butcher” – and she’s determined to hunt you as her next victim.

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4. The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare

This fall, at Halloween Horror Nights, select tracks from The Weeknd’s “After Hours” album will be reimagined as a horror movie soundtrack. 

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It’s the first time that the multi-award winning artist has partnered with Universal Studios to create this type of experience. So prepare yourself for some truly spine chilling scares!

Halloween Horror Nights fans can look forward to experiencing some dark undercurrents with the all-new haunted houses themed around The Weeknd.

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With eerie music from his songs playing throughout, you will be plunged into a surreal living nightmare filled with grotesque characters and themes inspired by his work.

“I always wanted my own Halloween Horror Nights haunted house as Halloween has always been significant to my music, so this is a total dream come to life. I feel like my music videos have served as a launching pad for a collaboration like this, and I cannot wait for people to experience this madness!”

Abel ‘The Weeknd’ Tesfaye

From bandaged maniacs to gruesome toad-like creatures, The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare is a terrifying experience that will leave you feeling scared and exhilarated.

5. Spirits of the Coven

You will be invited to a 1920s speakeasy with live music and Prohibition-era décor.

However, something sinister is brewing beneath the surface in Spirits of the Coven, where a coven of seemingly enticing flapper witches will lure those who enter into a hidden brewing area.

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Their victims will be entranced by their cunning, and then they’ll reveal their hideous true form. As they’re laughing eviliy in delight, you’ll screaming in terror!

WATCH: What to Bring to Halloween Horror Nights!

6. Bugs: Eaten Alive

Visitors to a 1950s home of the future will be horrified by hordes of revolting insects after a pest control system failure releases them.

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The bugs, which are growing, mutating and laying eggs in human hosts, will worm their way into your deep-rooted fears!

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7. Fiesta de Chupacabras

Latin America’s mountains are full of wonderful traditions. One tiny village in particular celebrates the legendary creature Chupacabras with an annual festival.

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In “Fiesta de Chupacabras,” there’s more to the legend than what you see. In this vibrant village, the streets are lined with scarlet blood from visitors who participate in its festivities.

8. Hellblock Horror

The prisoners in Hellblock Horror will have to spend their time repenting for their crimes.

In this terrifying attraction, guests will be trapped in a secret penitentiary that houses treacherous monsters and fiends of all kinds ready to wreak havoc on the world.

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The inter-dimensional power core holding the inmates has failed, and the monsters are breaking out of their cells, allowing them easy access to you!

Watch: New to Halloween Horror Nights? Don’t Go Without Knowing These 15 Tips!

9. Dead Man’s Pier: Winter’s Wake

This quaint fishing village is definitely not what you would expect in New England.

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There’s a creepy story behind this place where a sea captain is summoning the undead, and their rotting bodies grab as many souls as possible!

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If you survived the Dead Man’s Wharf scare zone in 2016, make sure to batten down the hatches before going to “Dead Man’s Pier: Winter’s Wake” in 2022.

Watch: 5 Mistakes to AVOID at Halloween Horror Nights!

10. Descendants of Destruction

If you’re looking for something dark and dangerous, the subway system is definitely worth exploring!

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These mutant creatures live in a post-apocalyptic world, and they’re always ready to attack anyone who stops by…

Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zones 2022

If you think you can avoid the scares by avoiding the HHN houses, then you’re WRONG! Throughout the park are five all-new scare zones:

  1. Horrors of Halloween: Come face-to-face with The Pumpkin Lord 
  2. Scarecrow: Cursed Soil – Demented scarecrows do everything they can to make sure they have enough souls to harvest 
  3. Sweet Revenge: This 1950s parade has went terribly wrong and now you’re an unexpected victim of the torturous trick-or-treaters 
  4. Graveyard: Deadly Unrest – Don’t be afraid to walk through the unnerving cemetery in the heart of Halloween Horror Nights
  5. Conjure the Dark: Avoid the evil sorceress at ALL cost in this sinister HHN scare zone

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Halloween Horror Nights Live Shows

For HHN 2022, Universal will be debuting one new show and one fan-favorite to terrify you this year!

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1. Halloween Nightmare Fuel Wildfire:

The sequel to last year’s fan-favorite “Halloween Nightmare Fuel” show that featured the world-famous performance group, The Fuel Girls.

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This show highlights a new Dreamer in the depths of a new nightmare set to an intense metal, rock and electronica score..

2. Ghoulish! A Halloween Tale

Universal Orlando is set to release a new show taking place in their lagoon that follows the Grim Reaper on his sinister dealings about what happens afterlife.

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The show will be remixed music by some of today’s most iconic artists and will be spooky enough for even the bravest souls!

3. Bonus Universal Orlando Halloween Experience (Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle)

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, then you’ll be excited to hear about the returning Dark Arts feature being placed over Hogwarts Castle in Islands of Adventure (September 16th – October 31st 2022)!

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The Dark Arts at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I cannot wait to see this again!

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You will be able to enjoy the Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle that usually starts select nights starting in mid-September.

According to Universal, the Death Eaters will eerily roam throughout Hogsmeade, lurking amongst guests – practicing the Dark Arts with complete disregard of wizarding laws.

Then, “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will illuminate a darker side of the wizarding world as sinister creatures and villains – such as Dementors, Aragog, Mountain Trolls, Thestrals and more – cloak the castle through a mesmerizing display of light, music and special effects.

While you’re in Hogsmeade you’ll witness a spine-chilling atmosphere complete with ominous green light and fog throughout the village.

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And if you’re a fan of the Potter series, then you know this is a sign that Death Eaters have arrived!

Return of the ICONIC HHN Tribute Store

The fan-favorite Halloween Horror Night Tribute Store is returning this year with brand-new themed rooms, unique treats to try, and special merchandise for the event.

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You can explore a Pumpkin Patch, Cemetery and Witch’s Cottage before making your way to the final room – an elaborate Halloween festival set in the same town as “Sweet Revenge.”

25 Halloween Horror Night Tips for 2022

If you’re brave enough to handle the number one horror event in the world, then I’ve gathered the best tips to help you survive Halloween Horror Nights 2022.

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1. Get to Halloween Horror Nights Early

I cannot express this enough. This is my top Halloween Horror Nights tips!

Unless you’re spending your cell phone money on an Express Pass, I would suggest you get to Universal Studios at least an hour early before the start of the event.

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If you’re lucky enough, you may be able to get early entry into the park and knock out two to three houses within one hour.

Halloween Horror Nights Universal officially begins every night at 6:30 p.m.

You are allowed to remain in one of the Stay & Scream spots:

  • Springfield area
  • New York in Finnegan’s Bar area
  • Hollywood near Hello Kitty store area
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2. Go with a Group of Friends

Halloween Horror Night is for scaredy cats…

…not saying that you’re one, but don’t be afraid to go to this event.

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Going to HHN with a group of friends makes it so much fun as the night goes on. However, going with your significant other is fun too, since you’ll have someone to protect you.

3. Know the Child Policy

One of the main questions I get is:

Are Kids allowed at Halloween Horror Nights?

According to Universal, this event may be too intense for young children. Adult discretion is strongly advised.

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You should also know that there are no child ticket prices available for this event.

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4. Know What to Wear to Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

Should you choose Style, Comfort, or Both? I choose comfort over style, but I’m trying to get better at combining the two.

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What I do recommend is wearing comfortable sneakers for all of the standing, walking, and running you will be doing.

Trust me, you will thank me later.

Be sure to have your Halloween Horror Nights Shirt

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5. Have a Game Plan and HHN Itinerary 

Route your path around the park in advance by retrieving the Halloween Horror Nights 31 map.

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Halloween Horror Nights 2009

This is one of my best Halloween Horror Nights tips! You’ll want to review the park map and make a list of what houses you want to do and in which order.

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Hipster Power Tip: Start with the haunted mazes towards the back of the park and make your way towards the front on your trip.

Can you ride the rides at Halloween Horror Nights?

Yes you can, but I recommend saving the opportunity for riding the permanent attractions for another visit.

You can also do them towards the end of the night once you have done the HHN mazes.

6. Know the Best Days to Go to Halloween Horror Nights

Attend Halloween Horror Nights on off peak nights.

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Visit Universal HHN Sunday through Thursday to take advantage of the cheaper days (especially for Florida residents or Annual Passholders) and the smaller crowd.

Avoid weekends and holidays.

These are the worst days to go because you will not be able to enjoy all the houses. You will also have to fight through extremely crowded streets.

Hipster Power Tip: The best time to attend Halloween Horror Nights is during the first few opening weeks or last days of the event (excluding Halloween).

7. Purchase Halloween Horror Nights Tickets in Advance

It’s best to buy your tickets ahead of time. This prevents waiting in a line once you arrive at Halloween Horror Nights.

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The line to buy tickets can exceed the usual queue you may notice during regular theme park hours.

Halloween Horror Nights Tickets (Single Night Price)

You can now save money and grab your HHN ticket online. HHN tickets start at $73.99 when purchased in advanced, but you can save up to $52 on select nights by purchasing yours in online.

This will save you a lot of money.

Halloween Horror Nights Ticket Prices and Dates

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8. Buy a Frequent Fear Pass

If you want to visit HHN on multiple occasions, then be sure to review the multi-pass breakdown.

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The Halloween Horror Nights Rush of Fear Pass is the BEST value for your money.

You’ll be able to go on multiple days allowing you to see and do all that the event has to offer.

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Halloween Horror Nights 2009

Plus, if you get the HHN Rush of Fear Pass, you won’t need to get an Express Pass. Mainly due to the fact that you’ll be able to take your time going through the haunted houses throughout your multiple visits.

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The Frequent Fear Pass allows you to visit HHN on many of the nights throughout the event for ONE PRICE! Below are the current options:

Frequent Fear Pass Prices
  • Halloween Horror Nights Rush of Fear Pass: Experience the first 17 event nights of terror from $129.99
  • The Halloween Horror Nights Frequent Fear Pass: You can go to HHN for 27 nights on EVERY Sun.- Thurs. event night PLUS the first weekend from $179.99
  • Halloween Horror Nights Frequent Fear Plus Pass: You’ll be able to visit HHN for 36 nights on EVERY Sun.- Fri. event night PLUS the first and last Sat. event nights from $219.19
  • Halloween Horror Nights Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass: Experience EVERY night of the event and save when you buy online. Plus, get FREE Regular parking after 5 p.m. on all event nights from $324.99

9. Get HHN Ticket From a Trustworthy Website

Buy your Universal Halloween Horror Nights ticket directly from Universal’s website or from a reputable source such as Groupon or The Park Prodigy.

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10. Get a Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass

Another question I’m always asked:

Is the Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass worth it?

Absolutely! Please buy an Express Pass. Halloween Horror Nights is extremely popular, if not the most popular Halloween event in Central Florida.

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Halloween Horror Nights 2009

This popularity sometimes leads to wait times for haunted mazes exceeding three hours. In order for you to enjoy your evening at HHN, you may want to splurge on an express pass.

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

This will help you conquer each haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights.

Please note the Express Pass has a history of selling out on peak nights. Always check Universal’s website and buy your ticket before your visit.

If you can splurge on an Express Pass, then get it! It will make your night much more enjoyable and it will also make your night feel less rushed.

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Remember: Halloween Horror Nights Express Passes start at $69.99 per person.

If you want to avoid spending extra money on the Express Pass, then it’s best to get to Halloween Horror Nights early.

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I know I’m repeating this tip, but this is one of the MOST IMPORTANT Halloween Horror Nights Tips.

Do I need to buy an Express Pass for Halloween Horror Nights?

You 100% DO NOT NEED an Express Pass to enter and enjoy your time at HHN.

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However, if you HATE lines with a burning passion, or want to get on every single haunted house in one night, then an HHN Express Pass is definitely going to maximize your time.

If you choose not to get an Express Pass, then I recommend that you pick a day that is going to have a lower crowd level.

HHN Express Pass Price

You can do this by looking at the HHN Express Pass Pricing Calendar and see which day has a lower cost. This will indicate that Universal Orlando predicts a smaller crowd that day.

Hipster Power Tip: The wait times are shorter (less than 30 minutes) at the beginning of the event and also towards the end of the event.

11. Press the Special Buttons in the Haunted Mazes

Whenever you’re in a haunted house please note the red button (or any interactive button). When you see one press it for a special surprise.

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12. Remember Halloween Horror Nights is Extremely Scary

You may be wondering if Halloween Horror Nights is scary? HHN is recommended for ages 13 years or older for good reasons. The houses and scare zones are intense with lifelike bloody scenarios.

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Jump scares are throughout the event, but sometime the eerie, foreboding feeling is even scarier.

Is Halloween Horror Nights safe?

Absolutely.

Just remember if the house is too intense for you, then you can leave by notifying a park team member.

The Universal team member is usually located in a specific corner of a haunted attraction and may be dressed in all black regular clothes.

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Can they touch you at Halloween Horror Nights?

Team Members at Universal Orlando are not allowed to touch theme park guests, so you’re good to go!

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13. Don’t Get Drunk Off the Spirits

Alcoholic beverages are served at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. It’s a nice treat to have in the face of the haunted scares, but remember to pace yourself and try not to get drunk.

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Remember: Local law enforcement patrols the event.

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You can save money by pre-gaming in CityWalk during happy hour. This is one of my favorite Halloween Horror Nights tips.

Hipster Power Tip: Think about getting the HHN party started early at one of the Universal Orlando hotels. You can park there, get a drink at the bar and get your parking voucher validated. Saving you money on your parking fee.

You can learn more about Universal Orlando’s parking validation rules here!

14. Buy a Unique Halloween Horror Nights experience

This is a fun way to enjoy this Florida theme park haunt.

Halloween Horror Nights
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Halloween Horror Nights Behind-the-Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour

Try out the Unmasking the Horror Tour where you’ll have a daytime, lights-on, chilling look into how Universal Orlando’s Art & Design team transforms the biggest names in horror into haunted houses.

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

You’ll also get the opportunity to take photos while in some of the house during your tour.

You need to know that your theme park admission ticket  is not included or required to participate in a tour.

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Revenge of the Tooth Fairy Unmasking the Horror Tour HHN 30 kitchen scene with host Kelly explaining everything

So, once the tour is done, you will not be able to stay in the park unless you have a Universal Studios ticket or Annual Pass already purchased. This is one of my best Halloween Horror Nights tips!

Below are the options that you have for the Unmasking the Horror Tour:
  • 3 House Tour starts at $79.99 (can last up to 2.5 hours)
  • 6 House Tough starts at $129.99 (can last up to 5 hours)
Unmasking the Horror Tour 2022 Dates:
  • September Dates: Sept. 2-4, 7-11, 15-18, 21-25, 28-30
  • October Dates: Oct. 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-31

Hipster Power Tip: If you’re not going alone, make sure you and your group book your tickets together so that you can get the same tour, time, and group on your visit.

Halloween Horror Nights R.I.P. Tour

Also try the Halloween Horror Nights RIP Tour. This is your own VIP tour around HHN in a one-on-one guided tour with a Universal Orlando Team Member with priority V.I.P. entry to haunted houses (once per house).

Halloween Horror Nights R.I.P. Tour 2022 Dates:
  • September Dates: Sept. 2-4, 7-11, 15-18, 21-25, 28-30
  • October Dates: Oct. 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-31
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How much is an HHN VIP Tour at Universal?

The Halloween Horror Nights R.I.P. Tour starts at $249.99. Prices change based on the predicted busyness of the event.

Doing an HHN VIP tour is definitely on my theme park bucket list.

If you do plan on doing it for your visit, you can expect to enjoy:

  • Priority V.I.P. entry to haunted houses and participating rides and attractions while on tour with R.I.P. Tour Guide (once per house, subject to itinerary and event operating hours)
  • V.I.P. entrance gate to Universal Studios Florida for the event
  • Commemorative R.I.P. Tour credential & lanyard
  • Complimentary Valet Parking (Guests will receive complimentary Valet Parking for one (1) vehicle based on availability and advance purchase)
  • Pre-tour reception in Cafe La Bamba
  • Access to exclusive cash bar locations during the tour (must be 21+ with valid photo ID to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages)
  • Reserved seating at select show(s)
  • Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions (event hours permitting, excludes houses)

Private HHN R.I.P. Tours

Enjoy HHN like a star by doing your own private Halloween Horror Nights tour. This tour includes all the R.I.P. Tour benefits, PLUS:

  • Priority UNLIMITED VIP entry to haunted houses and participating rides and attractions while on tour with R.I.P. Tour Guide (subject to itinerary and event operating hours)
  • Exclusive private tour of the event for your group—up to 10 people
  • Customizable itinerary
  • My Universal Photos 3-Day photo package
  • Call (866) 346-9350 for details and to book. Separate event admission is required; pricing varies by date, subject to availability.
What to Know Before Booking an R.I.P. Tour and a Private Tour
  • Separate Halloween Horror Nights event admission is required for all R.I.P. Tour experiences AND must be valid for the same calendar day as the R.I.P. Tour ticket.
  • R.I.P. Tours are available for individual parties of up to six (6) persons only and will include multiple parties in the same tour group.
  • Parties or groups of seven (7) or more will need to book a Private R.I.P. Tour which will include only members of their individual group. Reservations are required and forty-eight (48) hour cancellation notice is required for a full refund.
  • Event admission is not included in the listed price.

15. Purchase a Unique HHN Activity

Enjoy a special activity such as getting a henna tattoo, doing a scareactor dining experience (if it returns), or getting your face painted.

HHN 30 Tribute Store the Usher Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights. Keep reading to get the best Halloween Horror Nights tips and tricks and survival guide.

16. Stay Hydrated

HHN requires A LOT of walking and sweating! Something Floridians are used to, but not a common thing for out-of-towners.

Monsters Tumblers at All Hallows Eve Boutique at Islands of Adventure HHN Merchandise Universal Studios HHN 31 Halloween Horror Nights 2022

Plan to drink a few ounces of water every hour while at HHN. This is one of my best Halloween Horror Nights tips!

17. Watch Halloween Horror Nights Vlogs

One of the best things you can do to prepare for HHN is to watch vlogs from some of the top creators.

HHN 30 Terra Queen Forest Scarezone Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights
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Personal vlogs will show you some of the things to expect and will let you know the intensity of the event. The vlogs also show different ways people enjoy HHN.

This is one of the top Halloween Horror Nights tips!

18. Don’t Forget Your Wallet

Remember to bring your wallet, your tickets, and your I.D. I know this sounds like a simple tip, but it’s something that happens to many people visiting HHN.

All Hallows Eve Boutique at Islands of Adventure HHN Merchandise Universal Studios HHN 31 Halloween Horror Nights 2022

19. Have a Halloween Horror Nights Budget

This is not a cheap event to attend unless you have a hook up of someway or you are a Premier Passholder.

You have to take into account parking fees, food, drinks, and any other special experiences that you may want to do on top of the ticket price.

You may be thinking…

How much should I save for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando?

If you budget for:

Your total for a trip to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios would be ~ $200

Halloween Horror Nights 24 old shack.
Halloween Horror Nights 24

20. Monitor the Weather

The weather in Florida from September to early November can range from extremely hot and humid to rainy and sometimes (very rare) cool October days.

Always check the weather to know what to expect. The weather will make or break your trip, especially if it’s scorching or if there’s a rainstorm.

21. Know the Costume Policy

A top question I’m asked is:

Can you wear costumes to Halloween Horror Nights?

Costumes are not allowed at Halloween Horror Nights Orlando. This rule is mostly for the safety of both team members and guests.

Halloween Horror Nights Tips Survival Guide with scary clown mask and green face witch mask.
Halloween Horror Nights Merchandise 2014

22. Dine Before Halloween Horror Nights

Grab a bite at CityWalk, at an offsite restaurant, or possibly inside Universal Studios. If you eat in Universal Studios prior to event, you will be placed in a holding area.

Universal Orlando Resort Cowfish Restaurant in Citywalk NikkyJ enjoying pink cocktail

The holding areas vary, so always check prior to your visit.

For Passholders there are days, usually the first two weekends, where you can get into the park early.

If you take advantage of the Scream Early, you will be able to experience between 2 to 3 houses knocking them out quickly. This treat can eliminate the need to buy an Express Pass.

Scream Early Ticket AKA Stay and Scream

Universal Studios Florida offers haunt seekers an opportunity to start the excitement early by participating in Scream Experiences from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. At 5 p.m., you will wait in a Stay & Scream area until the event begins. 

Universal Orlando Finnegan's Bar and Grill Green cocktail and interior

Admission for that day at Universal Studios theme park is REQUIRED and NOT INCLUDED with your Scream Early ticket purchase.

Stay and Scream Area HHN 31 Halloween Horror Nights 2022 Universal Orlando

If you arrive at Universal Studios after 5 p.m., you forfeit your screaming rights!

Passholders Get Special Pricing on Single-Night Tickets

Universal Orlando Annual Passholders can save on HHN tickets online for select Sept. 2022.

HHN 30 Tribute Store Jack the Clown Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights

Plus, Premier Passholders get one free event night admission on select nights. 

These are the dates for UOAP members to remember their free HHN tickets: September 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, October 2. 

To redeem your complimentary Halloween Horror Nights ticket, you must walk up to the gate and present your valid Premier Annual Pass at any Universal Studios Florida turnstile.

23. Be Mindful of Universal Orlando Resort Security

Security at Universal Orlando is very tight and it is stricter during Halloween Horror Nights, but don’t let that discourage your evening at HHN.

Halloween Horror Nights 2009
Halloween Horror Nights 2009

Have a blast, be safe, and don’t try anything stupid. This is one of my best Halloween Horror Nights tips!

24.  Book A Vacation Package To Save Money

My top tip for you is to make your visit to HHN a full out vacation. Lucky for you, Universal offers vacation packages that can save you some money and includes:

You can check out the official website to learn more about booking your vacation package.

Universal Orlando Cabana Bay Beach Resort Starlight section

Hipster Power Tip: Universal Orlando Resort hotel guests get access to a dedicated Halloween Horror Nights. This will give you the opportunity to get inside of the event faster!

25. Have Fun!

You’re really going to have a great time, so try not to stress too much and enjoy the delightfully, ghoulish frights of Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights!

Tribute Store Universal Studios HHN 31 Halloween Horror Nights 2022

Ready to start planning your next Universal Orlando vacation? Listen to the latest podcast episode on Apple or on your non-Apple device now!

Final Thoughts on the Best Halloween Horror Nights Tips

I hope this Halloween Horror Nights Tips and Survival Guide helped you prepare for this year’s event.

If you’re questioning whether to go to HHN this year, remember that it is one of my favorite fall events to do in Orlando.

So, you must try it at least once! Halloween Horror Nights is one of the best things to do in Orlando for the fall.

Be sure to leave your own stories and let me know some of your favorite Halloween Horror Nights tips in the comments section below.

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Also, let us know what your favorite Halloween Horror Nights tips, mazes and scarezones are of all time.

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For more information on the houses, shows, pricing, policies, and times please visit the official Halloween Horror Nights website.

Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

NikkyJ

(Original date August 2012/Updated August 16, 2022)

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