2020 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 10th through October 31st of 2020 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.
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.
What began as a 3-day event in 1991, will return stronger than ever to celebrate 30 years of fear!
The 2020 events have been cancelled due to the pandemic. Below are the events listed from the previous year to give you an idea of what happens each year at this event. You can also go through the tips to prepare for next year’s event.
Halloween Horror Nights Dates 2020
HHN will take places on select nights from Thursday, September 10th until Saturday, October 31st 2020.
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?
The Halloween Horror Nights hours start at 6:30 p.m. with closing times varying each night.
The specific dates, houses, entertainment, and scarezones are pending for HHN 2020. I will update this post as each announcement is made from Universal Orlando.
Halloween Horror Nights 2019 Houses
There will be ten Halloween Horror Nights houses for 2019.
This Netflix hit is returning for a second year in a row at Halloween Horror Nights Orlando. This year you’ll be able to go through two different seasons from the hit series.
Be prepared to see memorable locations such as the tunnels, Hopper’s secluded cabin deep in the woods, and the Starcourt Mall new to season 3.
Nightingales: Blood Pit
Nightingales: Blood Pit will transport you back to ancient Rome where a ruthless emperor has declared the gladiatorial games to continue nonstop until the rains return.
You’ll come face-to-face with Nightingales, a race of barbaric creatures, as they feed upon their lifeless victims.
Fun Fact: The Nightingales were originally introduced at Halloween Horror Nights 2011.
A fan favorite, The Universal Classic Monsters, are coming back to life at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. You’ll be able to see a more modernized version of the classic monsters such as:
- Frankenstein’s Monster
- Wolf Man
- The Mummy
- Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Bride of Frankenstein
- Phantom of the Opera
- Creature of the Black Lagoon
Depths of Fear
This unique house will combine fear of water and claustrophobia into one terrifying maze as you try to escape the “Mouthbrooders!”
According to Universal, the workers of a deep-sea mining company have found themselves in a dire situation.
They’ve delved too deep and encountered a parasitic race of creatures that turn out to be deadly. Panic ensues as you find yourself encountering infected miners and acidic creatures.
The pressure builds as the self-destruct sequence counts down to the inevitable implosion of the facility.
Yeti: Terror of the Yukon
This original concept house is birth out of the Attack of the Swamp Yeti scene in last year’s grindhouse-themed Slaughter Sinema.
Once you walk into this maze you realize that you’ve stumbled up a remote Canadian campground littered with bloodied bodies torn apart.
To make things worse, you’ll have to make your way through interconnected caves in the arctic blizzard as you try to not be the next victim of this Yeti tribe.
You’ll now be able to call on Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston, your personal Ghostbusters, to help you escape all of the evil creatures in the city.
Universal Creative Team will take you through the most iconic scenes of this 1984 classic hit.
While celebrating Ghostbusters’ 35th anniversary, be prepared to walk through:
- The firehouse
- New York Public Library
- The Temple of Gozer
You’ll also come face-to-face with Slimer, Gozer the Gozerian, the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and many other demonic beings!
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
The Killer Klowns are back, but this year with their own haunted maze to terrify you!
You will be able to go through the Klowns’ circus-tent spaceship, and the cotton candy cocoon storage room, but be careful not to get enticed by the smells of the sweet aroma or you’ll become their next victim.
Jordan Peele’s Us
You will be pushed into the horrific chaos given by “The Tethered” who will emerge from their tunnels to murder their privileged doubles.
Us is the blockbuster film from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele, so be ready to come face-to-face with your own tethered doppelgänger.
This is another original house for 2019 created by the warped minds of Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team.
You will have to go through a haunted cemetery filled with creepy tombstones where evil spirits have been awakened from their graves to torture you!
House of 1000 Corpses
You will have to survive recording artist and filmmaker Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses based on the 2003 cult classic horror film.
Halloween Horror Nights Scarezones 2019
According to Universal, guests will venture to the chaotic home of the Firefly family, a sadistic clan of psychotic killers, where the psychosis deepens and the depraved thrive.
It is a chilling journey into the netherworld of terror that weaves its way through a cavernous network of dark tunnels within the bowels of the house.
There will be 5 Halloween Horror Nights Scarezones for 2019 filled with vicious zombies and other terrifying creatures who will be roaming the streets of Universal Studios Florida just to torture you.
- Zombieland Double Tap
- Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe
- Vanity Ball
- Vikings Undead
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Brand New Show Halloween Marathon of Mayhem
You’ll be happy to hear about the brand-new water show coming to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.
The lagoon show, Halloween Marathon of Mayhem, is the perfect way to cap off your night at this ghastly event. It will feature legendary moments inspired by some of the Halloween classic images.
According to Universal, giant water screens highlighting iconic horror scenes, accented with more than 100 fountains, awesome special effects, pounding electro music, lasers and more!
Bonus Universal Orlando Halloween Experience
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, then you’ll be excited to hear about the brand-new Dark Arts feature being placed over Hogwarts Castle in Islands of Adventure!
I can not wait to see this!
You will be able to enjoy the new Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle on select nights from September 14 through November 15, 2019.
While you’re in Hogsmeade you’ll witness a spine-chilling atmosphere complete with ominous green light and fog throughout the village.
And if you’re a fan of the Potter series, then you know this is a sign that Death Eaters have arrived!
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.
24 Halloween Horror Night Tips for 2020
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 2020.
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.
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
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.
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. There are no child ticket prices available for this event.
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.
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.
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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 29 map.
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.
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.
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.
The line to buy tickets can exceed the usual queue you may notice during regular theme park hours.
Halloween Horror Nights Tickets
You can now save money and grab your HHN ticket online.
Halloween Horror Nights Single-Night Price
Choose a night now and save up to $53 on select nights, but online only. Pricing and savings also vary by date.
Starting at $69.99.
8 – Buy a Frequent Fear Pass
If you want to visit HHN on multiple occasions, then be sure to review the multi-pass breakdown.
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.
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.
How much are Halloween Horror Nights tickets if I want to go on multiple days?
- Halloween Horror Nights Rush of Fear Pass
The Rush of Fear Pass entitles one (1) guest admission to ALL 2019 Halloween Horror Nights event nights from September 6th to September 29th.
The 2019 Rush of Fear Pass may be upgraded to a 2019 Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass only, on or before September 29, 2019.
- Sep: 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
Starts at $109.99 ($334.99 if Express Pass added) per person.
- Halloween Horror Nights Frequent Fear Pass
The Frequent Fear Pass entitles one (1) guest admission to all of the following 2019 Halloween Horror Nights event nights:
- Sep: 6, 7, 8, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, 29
- Oct.: 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 29, 30, 31
- Nov.: 1
Starts at $119.99 ($374.99 if Express Pass added) per person.
- Halloween Horror Nights Frequent Fear Plus Pass
The Frequent Fear Plus Pass entitles one (1) guest admission to all of the following 2019 Halloween Horror Nights event nights:
- Sep: 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 25, 26, 27, 29
- Oct.: 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29, 30, 31
- Nov.: 1, 2
Starts at $139.99 ($459.99 if Express Pass added) per person.
- Halloween Horror Nights Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass
The Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass entitles one (1) guest admission to ALL 2019 Halloween Horror Nights event nights.
This pass includes free Regular Parking after 5 p.m. at the Universal Orlando garage on Halloween Horror Nights event nights only.
This pass excludes parking at any Universal Orlando Resort hotels.
- Sep: 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
- Oct.: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31
- Nov.: 1, 2
Starts at $259.99 ($679.99 if Express Pass added) per person and includes free parking after 5 p.m.
Hipster Power Tip: Please keep in mind that prices are subject to change at any time. Some of the prices reflected are based upon advance purchases online from the Universal Orlando Resort website. Plus, 2020 ticket prices are still pending.
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 Undercover Tourist.
They usually have special rates for Orlando theme park visitors.
Always check to see to see if Undercover Tourist is offering Halloween Horror Nights discount tickets for the year.
You can also book your Universal Orlando discount hotel through Undercover Tourist.
10 – Get a Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass
Another question I’m always asked:
Is the Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass worth it?
Please buy an Express Pass.
Halloween Horror Nights is extremely popular, if not the most popular Halloween event in Central Florida.
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.
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.
Remember: Halloween Horror Nights Express Passes start at $89.99 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.
I know I’m repeating this tip, but this is one of the MOST IMPORTANT Halloween Horror Nights Tips.
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.
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 scarezones are intense with lifelike bloody scenarios.
Jump scares are throughout the event, but sometime the eerie, foreboding feeling is even scarier.
Is Halloween Horror Nights safe?
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.
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.
Remember: Local law enforcement patrols the event.
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
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.
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.
15 – Purchase a Unique HHN Activity
Enjoy a special activity such as getting a henna tattoo, doing a scareactor dining experience, or getting your face painted.
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.
Plan to drink a few ounces of water every hour while at Halloween Horror Nights.
17 – Watch Halloween Horror Nights Vlogs
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.
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 Platinum 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:
- Ticket: ~ $70
- Parking at Universal Orlando ~ $25 (free after 6 p.m.)
- Food ~ $45
- Merchandise ~ $45
Your total for a trip to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios would be ~ $185
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.
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.
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 Passholder nights, 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.
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.
Have a blast, be safe, and don’t try anything stupid.
24 – 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!
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.
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!
(Original date August 2012/Updated July 25, 2020)