There's perhaps no greater Halloween celebration in the country (with the exception of those at Six Flags) than Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights. This event, which takes place from September 3rd all the way up until October 31st, consists of all kinds of thrills, spooks, and events that showcase the best of Disney's more mature festival atmospheres.
In what some consider to be a truly scary night out, Universal has various themes throughout the year which means a choice of tickets, times, and locations throughout the park. Here's what to know before attending this year's Halloween Horror Nights.
What Is Halloween Horror Nights?
Halloween Horror Nights are only the greatest Halloween events put on by any theme park in the country, and they take place at Universal Studios Orlando. Guests will encounter many different events depending on which night they choose to attend, with a majority of the attractions and rides being the same every night. Actors are hired - much like on any regular day in Disney - to portray scary figures and monsters, and it's their job to help spook guests into the Halloween mood.
Attractions That Guests Can Expect
- Haunted Houses: Universal usually takes inspiration from popular horror movies, as well as incorporating their own haunted houses from legend or lore. This year, guests will find haunted houses with themes from The Haunting of Hill House, Beetlejuice, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, with original hauntings Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives, Halloween Horror Nights Icons: Captured, Welcome to Scarey: Horror in the Heartland, Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth, The Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin, Puppet Theater: Captive Audience, and Revenge of the Tooth Fairy
- Scare Zones: Scare Zones are places where actors are strategically set up to spook guests
- Entertainment: Includes 'outrageous' live acts and music designed to awe and surprise guests
- Attractions: Rides in Universal that are open during Halloween Horror Nights
- Food and Drinks: Themed food and drinks can be found at and around various Halloween attractions, curated specifically for the event
- Merchandise: Halloween Horror Nights-specific merchandise is available in additional to traditional Universal merch
Hotel & Ticket Packages: Are They Worth It?
For the most part, the answer is yes. Universal Studios operates several hotels in which visitors to Halloween Horror Nights can stay, which will get them special discounts. However, the biggest money-saver is not needing to spend any extra money on transportation. Guests have until October 28th to book their hotel package which gives them plenty of time to decide.
These are the hotels operated by Universal that are included in Halloween Horror Nights:
- Surfside Inn and Suites
- Dockside Inn and Suites
- Cabana Bay Beach Resort
- Aventura Hotel
- Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
- Loews Royal Pacific Resort
- Hard Rock Hotel
- Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Hotel packages start at $165/night and can be up to $255/night.
Ticket Types And What They Include
Those who have never been to Universal Orlando before probably don't know quite how extensive this theme park is. As one of the largest of all the Disney parks, there are several sections that are devoted to Halloween Horror Nights, along with many different ticket packages that park-goers can choose from.
The single-night tickets for Halloween Horror Nights are exactly what they sound like - admission for one night only. This ticket is available for any date between the two months, and guests may save on a ticket if they choose specific dates.
- Cost: $70
The Express Pass is not an admission ticket; rather, it's an add-on to an admission ticket such as the single-night ticket. It allows park-goers to bypass the lines on their night(s) of entry, which can save hours of waiting.
- Cost: $109
Behind-The-Screams: Unmasking The Horror Tour
This ticket allows park guests daytime admission into the park to get a unique, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in order to create the nighttime event. While it doesn't have the same scare factor, it's a great additional option for those who also hold a nighttime admission ticket. Guests can choose from three- or six-hour haunted house tours.
- Cost: $79.99
For those looking to truly get the whole experience at Halloween Horror Nights, then this ticket is the way to go. While it is pricey, it also includes additional entrances to various haunted houses and extended tours of rides and attractions.
- Cost: $329
This add-on is good with any admission ticket and allows guests to start their fear fest early. Guests are permitted entry at 3 PM and are allowed to line up for rides and attractions at 5 PM to get a headstart.
- Cost: $30
Frequent Fear Pass & Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass
Both of these passes are great deals for those who plan on coming to Halloween Horror Nights more than once. Frequent park guests will save $20 or more each time at the front gate, with a maximum of 26 nights that guests can choose to frequent the park with the regular pass, and 35 nights with the Plus pass.
- Cost Of Frequent Fear Pass: $159.99
- Cost Of Frequent Fear Pass Plus: $189.99