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Halloween Horror Nights Survival Guide 2018

Halloween Horror Nights Survival Guide 2018

Halloween Horror Nights Survival Guide!

You poor unfortunate souls. Do you dare to venture out to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights? If so, you are in for more than ghostly encounters. I’ve gathered the best tips to help you survive Halloween Horror Nights (HHN).

1.Get there early

I cannot express this enough. 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 into the park early and knock out two to three houses within one hour.



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2.The more the merrier

Going to HHN as a group increases the excitement of the night, but going with your significant other is the best fun.

3.Kids allowed???

Per 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.

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4.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.

5.Have a game plan

Route your path around the park in advance by retrieving the park map. Save 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.

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Halloween Horror Nights 2013

6.Attend on off peak nights

Visit Universal HHN Sunday through Thursday to take advantage of the cheaper days (esp. 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 nights.

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 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.

8.Buy the Frequent Fear Pass

If you plan on going many times, then this is the most cost-effective way of doing Halloween Horror Nights. This pass allows visits EVERY Sunday–Thursday of the event night. It also includes the first Friday and Saturday, plus the last Friday.

9.Get ticket from trustworthy website

Buy your Universal Halloween Horror Nights ticket directly from Universal’s website or from a reputable source such as Undercover Tourist. Undercover Tourist usually has special rates for Orlando theme park visitors.

Save on Halloween Horror Nights Flex Sunday-Friday Ticket! Valid for one event night Sunday through Friday.

10.Buy 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.

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…VERY IMPORTANT). 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

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

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Halloween Horror Nights 2014 Photo Cred. Universal

12.Remember this event is extremely scary

It’s recommended for ages 13 years or older. 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.

13.Don’t get drunk off the spirits

Alcoholic beverages are served at Universal Orlando’s HHN. 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.

Please note: local law enforcement patrols the event.

Remember you can save money by pregaming in CityWalk during happy hour.

14.Buy a unique 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 R.I.P. Tour which is your own VIP tour around Halloween Horror Nights in a one-on-one guided tour with a team member.

15.Purchase a unique 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 vlogs

View vlogs such as the Tim Tracker or the Geek Glass Daily Vlog to help get you excited for HHN. 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.

18.Don’t forget your wallet

Remember to bring your wallet, your tickets, and your ID.

19.Budget for this event

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.

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.Costumes not allowed

Remember costumes are not permitted at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. This rule is mostly for the safety of both team members and guests.

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22.Dine before Halloween Horror Nights

Grab a bite at CityWalk, at an offsite restaurant, or possibly inside Universal. If you eat in Universal Studios prior to event, then you will be placed in a holding area. The holding areas vary, so always check prior to your visit.

Passholders remember there are days, usually the first two weekends, you can go into the park 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.

23.Be mindful of Universal Orlando Resort security

Security at Universal Orlando is very tight and it is stricter during Halloween Horror Nights. Don’t let that discourage your evening at HHN. Have a blast, be safe, and don’t try anything stupid.

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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 Survival Guide helped you prepare for this year’s event. Remember that it is one of ThemeParkHipster’s favorite fall Florida event.

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Be sure to leave your own stories and comments below and let me know some of your favorite tips when going to HHN. Also let me know what your favorite Halloween Horror Nights maze and scarezone is 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!





I’m a writer who loves ALL things amusement park related. I was born and raised in Florida, which attributes to my Theme Park passion. Every since I was a child I had a natural affinity to the parks here that has now spilled over into adulthood. Instead of rushing over to the thrill rides, like I used to, you may find me in the Italy Pavilion at EPCOT enjoying a nice glass of wine and a delightful book!

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