Halloween Horror Nights Universal Orlando
August 28, 2022

Your Guide to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando 2022

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

On select nights at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida September 2 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. and go through 2am every Wednesday - Sunday, except September 14 + Halloween night - a first for Universal Studios Orlando!

Here are the dates for Halloween Horror Nights 2022 at Universal Studios in Florida:

Sept. 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30

Oct. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

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. TIP: the best nights to go are weekday evenings with the most popular being Friday & Saturday nights. 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

Last week, Universal Orlando announced all of the houses for Halloween Horror Nights 2022!

Spirits of the Coven

Travel back to the 20's and be lured by a a coven of beautiful flapper witches into their 1920s speakeasy, but be prepared as they reveal their haggish true form and turn your scream squad into a witch’s brew. They’ll be cackling; you’ll be screaming.

Bugs: Eaten Alive

While touring a 1950s home of the future, you’ll be surrounded by the slime of bugs everywhere as hordes of many-legged terrors descend upon you and your scream squad. You’ll be dropping like flies.

Fiesta de Chupacabras

Visit a Latin American village where the legend of the creature Chupacabras is celebrated with a colorful fiesta. And the streets are lined with the crimson blood of tourists like you and your amigos.

Hellblock Horror

Enter a prison whose savage inmates are monstrous creatures. If they break free from their cells, it’s a death sentence for everyone.

Dead Man's Pier: Winter's Wake

In a New England fishing village, undead fishermen emerge from the waves to seek their revenge. You and your scream squad may have escaped their hooks in the scare zone. Now they’ll reel you in and drag you under.

Descendants of Destruction

Careful not to leave any of your scream squad behind as you descend the subway tunnels of a deserted New York. Lurking in the dark are hungry mutants looking to feast on the last remnants of humanity.

The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare

Enter the mind of The Weeknd as his new album, After Hours, comes to life with visuals from accompanying music videos reimagined into a haunted house. You never know what you may see from the mind of The Weeknd... A slasher carving a smile at an otherworldly rave. Bandaged maniacs performing extreme plastic surgery. A grotesque mannequin masquerade. His nightmare is now yours.

The Horrors of Blumhouse

Step inside a new double feature of Blumhouse horror inspired by the new supernatural thriller, "The Black Phone," and horror-comedy, "Freaky." In this haunted house, you'll outrun TWO serial killers: The Grabber, a demented magician, and The Butcher, who has switched bodies with a teenage girl. Escape from the dark basement of The Grabber before you become his latest victim!


Where it all began... Based on John Carpenter's 1978 slasher classic, visit Haddonfield, Illinois, where Michael Myers is about to don his mask and embark on his first brutal spree.

Universal Monsters: Legends Collide

If you thought one Universal Monster was scary, how about three? Better summon your scream squad, ‘cause you’re about to get caught in the middle of an epic battle between The Wolf Man, Dracula and The Mummy, together for the first time ever. Their mission: To find the amulet that will break their curse. And they’ll destroy anyone who gets in their way.


  • Start with the haunted houses in the back: Haunted houses in the front get crowded first!

  • Watch the movies: Before heading to the park, watch the flicks and television shows that inspired the haunted houses at Halloween Horror Nights

  • Look for the details: Each house is meticulously designed with plenty of Easter eggs and references to the movie/show that the house is themed around... for example: the haunted attic at the Beetlejuice House, the Red Room at the Haunting of Hill House, and Leatherface, of course!

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...

  • Horrors of Halloween - the Pumpkin Lord makes his welcomed return. Navigate the vines and pay your respects to "His Gourdliness."

  • Sweet Revenge - Major Sweets will have you in a sugar coma with this Halloween carnival gone wrong. Major Sweets Candy Co. is at the root of this dark turn of events, supplying the local children with candy that has sparked a transformation into cold-blooded killers.

  • Graveyard: Deadly Unrest - Explore the darker side of Tinseltown through this gothic-styled cemetery with large mausoleums and daunting archways.

  • Conjure the Dark - A stage for sacrifices is the focus of this scare zone as you explore runes, enchantments, and rockwork.

Shows & Entertainment

Every year are two different shows for you to sit back and take a break from the terror. This year's live entertainment includes the Ghoulish! A Halloween Tale and Halloween Nightmare Fuel Wildfire. Ghoulish! A Halloween Tale brings spirits to life with water and projections. Halloween Nightmare Fuel Wildlife is an old favorite returning this year for HHN 30 and features creatures, aerialists, and fire performers.

TIP: Download the Universal Orlando Resort mobile app for show times!

Scary Food & Drinks

Every year, Halloween Horror Nights cooks up a "killer" menu with more than 75 items inspired by the spooky season. The menu is created by award-winning executive chefs and culinary team with a combination between something delicious yet Halloween-inspired!

"Highlights include the “Save Your Tears” signature cocktail inspired by “The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare,” the “Maggot Covered Cheese Dog” inspired by the “Bugs: Eaten Alive” original haunted house and Halloween Horror Nights staples like Pizza Fries, Twisted Taters and more."

"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 (both new and old favorites):

  • Twisted Taters: traditional and specialty flavors including ghost pepper and blood 'n' guts with chili and roasted red pepper queso

  • Frankenstein Cupcake

  • S'mores Fries: sweet potato fries with marshmallow, chocolate chips & graham cracker crumbs

  • “Carni”vore Smoked Wings: BBQ spice-rubbed and smoked for 3 hours

  • Jalapeño Bacon Grilled Cheese: bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapeño poppers with cheddar cheese on countryloaf

  • and more

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:

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Lanyard for each family member

  • Umbrella / poncho

  • Your favorite horror movie or villain t-shirt

Visit the Tribute Store

The Tribute Store return for its 7th year, serving essentially as its own experience and attractions. For the first time ever, the Tribute Store will be themed after the featured scare zones at this year's Halloween Horror Nights. Grab your goodies as you shop exclusive merchandise for HHN 2022. 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.

This week, Universal Orlando shared that opening night was sold out. Don't delay, if you're thinking about heading down this Fall - now is the time to book. 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 us!


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