Your Guide to Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Orlando
September 5, 2021

Your Guide to Halloween Horror Nights 2021

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios is here for its spookiest year yet... 

On select nights at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida now through October 31, you can step into terrifying haunted houses and come face-to-face with some pretty spooky lookin' creatures in designated "scare zones." HHN is a late-night extravaganza that has won the title of the "World's Premier Halloween Event." The Halloween Horror Nights hours start at 6:30 p.m. with closing times varying each night.

For those that haven't been before, Halloween Horror Nights is a separate ticketed event that is accessible after the park closes. You will need to purchase a separate event ticket for the night of your choosing. Stay & Scream tickets are available where you can stay and play all day, then wait until the event begins. The event is known to sell out on certain nights, so make sure to grab your tickets early!

For more of an inside scoop on what you can expect, check out the Cupcake Castles Travel Company guide below.

WARNING: Event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or costume masks allowed.

Haunted Houses

Haunted houses at Universal bring some of your favorite scary stories and movies to life. They also create their own storylines "that have given birth to iconic characters over the years." Check out this year's haunted house lineup!


WARNING: Event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or costume masks allowed.

Scare Zones

Beware when you enter the Scare Zones! The streets at Universal transform "into demented scare zones that are swimming with creatures and monsters that are birthed from the darkness like hellish demons [...] and the undead." Ask for a photo if you're feeling lucky; sometimes, the scareactor may stop and strike a pose... killer photo ops beware!

This year includes 5 different zones, including...

Image via WDWNT

Shows & Entertainment

This year's live entertainment includes the Marathon of Mayhem: Carnage Factory and Halloween Nightmare Fuel. Marathon of Mayhem is a "terrifying show that comes to life in Universal Studios' lagoon" and Halloween Nightmare Fuel is a "new show igniting HHN featuring fire, pyro, and aerial performances." TIP: Download the Universal Orlando Resort mobile app for show times!

Scary Food & Drinks

Universal Studios venues are serving up specialty food and drink items. Throughout the parks, you can elevate your HHN experience with themed specialty dishes and drinks inspired by this year's event. 

"The Food & Beverage team starts planning the HHN menu one year in advance. They look at what the event theme and haunted houses will be and see what cuisines and trends they can pair with the different themes and characters, while keeping quality top of mind and also looking at what fans are saying." - Universal Orlando team 

Some offerings this year:

For a full list of all the food and drink you can find at HHN, click here!

What to Bring & Wear

Florida in October is a great time to visit, and Florida at nighttime is even better! Pack light and dress comfortable, especially those that will be visiting the park during the day and staying through the night. 

Though you think you may be able to wear a costume... unfortunately, no costumes nor costume masks are allowed. Leave that to the scareactors!

Some helpful items to include on your packing list:

Visit the Tribute Store

How else will you remember getting the bajesus scared out of you without a visit to the Tribute Store? At the Tribute Store, you can find all kinds of merchandise including t-shirts, hats, lanyards, and other collectibles. You can also find some fun photo ops in there! Also open during daytime park hours. 

As if the last year hasn't been scary enough (HA!) and you want to get some extra spooks, head on down to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando! Stay on-property at one of Universal's Resorts for an immersive experience. And if you want to start planning your trip to HHN, you know where to find me. :) 




No fee if cancelled at least 24 hours prior to arrival.

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