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Guide to Halloween Horror Nights 2021 - Haunted Houses, Dates, & More!

Halloween Horror Nights 2021

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Halloween Horror Nights 2021

Updated March 2021: At this time, Universal Orlando has not yet announced packages and tickets for Halloween Horror Nights 2021. Be sure to check back with us as we continue to update this page on the latest news and announcements for HHN 2021!

Halloween Horror Night lives on in 2021! Universal just made the official announcement that it will be bringing back Halloween Horror Nights 2021 for its 30th terrifying year! So we put together a guide of everything we can expect based on years past and everything we know until this point including a huge surprise for the first haunted house.

We do know leading up to last years Halloween Horror Nights event Universal had planned 10 amazingly new haunted houses and five complete scare zones throughout the park. It looks like they simply moved the Halloween Horror Nights 30th anniversary to this year, and they expect to bring back everything they had planned for last year!

Be sure to check back with us as we continue to update this blog with the latest 2021 Halloween Horror Nights news! We’ll even break down how you can get HHN 2021 early access and everything you need to know to avoid the large crowds in the parks. It’s important to note that a regular Universal Orlando theme park ticket will not grant you access to Halloween Horror Nights. With that being said we have our fingers crossed that guests can look forward to an amazing event in 2021.

We hope you find this post helpful, and if you are planning a trip to Universal Orlando this fall be sure to check out our other FREE vacation planning tools. Our goal at The Park Prodigy has always been to help you save time on your next vacation and find the cheapest Universal Orlando tickets! 

So if you’re ready for the complete Halloween Horror Nights 2021 guide, read on!

SPECIAL NOTE: If you’re looking for the best time to visit Universal Orlando this fall be sure to check out our Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar!

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What is Halloween Horror Nights 2021?

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SPECIAL PROMOTION: We are so excited to have Halloween Horror Nights back this year we are running a special on 2021 Halloween Horror Nights tickets.

For a limited time we will be giving our clients $5.00 off the purchase of all 2021 Halloween Horror Nights! That’s $5.00 per ticket! 

Simply email Mike@theparkprodigy.com OR fill out our contact form below! This will allow you to be notified as soon as the 2021 HHN tickets go on sale! You can then use this promotion to purchase tickets for any 2021 Halloween Horror Nights event!

Universal’s 2021 Halloween Horror Night brings the stories of the worlds most notorious creators of horror to life for a few hours each event night. While attending Halloween Horror Nights, you’ll get to see haunted houses from classic horror books and movies, as well as characters and homes from some current cult favorites (such as Netflix’s “Stranger Things”). And while the haunted houses and mazes are the big draw (and the main reason to investigate getting a Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood early entry ticket), there are also tons of other scary (i.e.: fun) things to do at Halloween Horror Nights. It’s guaranteed to be a jam-packed night.

Our Halloween Horror Nights review? We love it! It’s been rated one of the best Halloween events by many publications, and we tend to agree. Is Halloween Horror Nights scary? You tell us! For young children, this event may be too intense, so we would recommend a Halloween Horror Nights age limit of anyone over 13.

Whatever your reason to want to attend Halloween Horror Nights, you are going to want to be able to experience as much of it as possible during your visit. With so much going on (often 10 or more haunted houses, scare zones, special creeps (oops, we mean characters), unique foods,  and so much more! And while some people might use that as a good reason to attend several nights, if you only have one night to attend Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, we’re here to help you find the best way to get the most amount of quality time at the event.

2021 Halloween Horror Nights Dates

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Universal recently announced that the 2021 Halloween Horror Nights Dates will start on September 3rd, 2021 and run through October 31st 2021. Below are the exact HHN 2021 dates. 

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Dates Orlando: 

  • September 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30
  • October 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

The HHN event usually takes place on select weekdays and all weekends including Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It’s important to keep in mind that this event has become extremely popular among Florida locals and to meet that demand Universal increased event nights in recent years.

Related Article: Complete Guide to Early Park Admission at Universal Orlando 

Best Dates to Visit Universal Studios Orlando Halloween Horror Nights

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Best nights to go to Halloween Horror Nights:

  • September: 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 29

Based on what we know for Halloween horror nights so far, the best nights to visit tend to be weekdays during the first two weeks which will be between September 3rd – September 17th.

Moderately Crowded Nights for Halloween Horror Nights:

  • September 24, 25, 26, 30 
  • October 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 

Moderately crowded nights tend the be the weekdays leading up until Columbus day weekend in October which will be September 17th until October 8th.

Very Crowded Nights for Halloween Horror Nights:

  • October 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 

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HHN is a fan favorite of local Floridians and for this reason we tend to see the weekends become extremely crowded. We also expect HHN events held between October 8th until October 31st to be crowded as well.

Over all the least crowded days consistently fall during the first two weeks. Given the popularity of Halloween Horror nights, it can be challenging to find a slow night. However, Wednesdays and Thursdays will typically draw lower crowds. Most locals visit on Friday and Saturday nights, so one of the best Halloween Horror Nights tips is to avoid those nights. Guests can also take advantage of Halloween Horror Nights Early entry to get a head start on crowded nights!

If you’re in the process of planning your Universal Orlando vacation and are still unsure when is the best time to visit, check out our Halloween Horror Nights Crowd Calendar. With this Halloween Horror Night calendar, we break down crowd levels, daily ticket prices, and Halloween Horror Nights weather for each day.

What Time Does Halloween Horror Nights Open?

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So, now that we have reviewed dates, let’s answer this:

What time does Halloween Horror Nights start?

Halloween Horror Nights typically start at 6:30 PM.

What time does Halloween Horror Nights end?

Halloween Horror Nights typically end at 1:00 AM on select weekdays and 2:00 AM on weekends.

Entering Halloween Horror Nights

Universal takes the safety of its guests very seriously, and therefore it can take some time to get through security. For this reason, we always recommend getting to the park 30-45 minutes before the event begins. Universal does tend to open the gates early on most nights.

There are a few different ways to enter this special event but the most important thing to keep in mind is the security and new safety procedures. We are still waiting to see how the newest safety procedures will be implemented for this years event.

Here are the different options for guests entering HHN 2021: 

  • Guests spending the day at Universal Studios and purchasing a ticket for HHN that evening
  • Guests purchasing the Stay and Scream Ticket
  • Guests arriving at 6:30 for regular entry

Related Article: Complete Guide to Early Park Admission for Halloween Horror Nights

2021 Universal Halloween Horror Nights Tickets

SPECIAL PROMOTION: We are so excited to have Halloween Horror Nights back this year we are running a special on 2021 Halloween Horror Nights tickets.

For a limited time we will be giving our clients $5.00 off the purchase of all 2021 Halloween Horror Nights! That’s $5.00 per ticket! 

Simply email Mike@theparkprodigy.com OR fill out our contact form below! This will allow you to be notified as soon as the 2021 HHN tickets go on sale! You can then use this promotion to purchase tickets for any 2021 Halloween Horror Nights event!

Do You Need A Park Ticket For Halloween Horror Nights?

The short answer is yes. Halloween Horror Nights does require special Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights tickets for entry into the park after 6:30 p.m. A regular Universal Studios Ticket will NOT give you entry into Halloween Horror Nights. You do not have to purchase a regular Universal Studios admission ticket if you only plan on attending HHN.

We highly recommend you purchase your Halloween Horror nights tickets 2021 in advance so you can save time and money before getting to the park.

More on that below. Also, no outside drinks are permitted—although Halloween Horror Nights alcohol will be served at select locations during certain hours, subject to availability.

How Much Are VIP tickets for Halloween Horror Nights 2021?

While ticket prices have not been announced for the 2021 experience, visitors can experience the VIP treatment with the R.I.P. Tour, a first-class expert guided tour of Halloween Horror Nights. And with the Halloween Horror Nights Frequent Fear pass, you can get multiple visits for one great price with admission to all Sunday through Friday event nights.

Still need more info? Ask us how to buy Halloween Horror Nights tickets!

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Express Pass

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If you’re trying to hit every stop on the Halloween Horror Nights map, including all ten haunted houses, we highly recommend the Halloween Horror Nights express pass. Just like the regular Universal Express pass, guests will be able to skip the regular standby line and jump onto a shorter line. With this pass, you’ll find much more time in the night to peruse the event and get yourself all the Halloween Horror Nights food menu items and Halloween Horror Nights merch that have been haunting your dreams. *Due to the popularity of some haunted houses, your wait can still be over an hour, especially on the weekends.

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Your Halloween Horror Nights tickets fast pass will allow you to skip the lines on the regular rides and mazes that are open. The Halloween Horror Nights fast pass allows you entry to each haunted house, attraction, and maze one time per night.

Halloween Horror Nights Express Passes do sell out, especially on peak nights. We recommend purchasing your express pass ASAP. Ask us about a Halloween Horror Nights express pass discount and Halloween Horror Nights group tickets.

2021 Halloween Horror Nights Unlimited Express Pass

Guests will receive all of the benefits as the HHN Express pass, but they can experience all attractions as many times as they want. Universal released a very limited amount of these passes last year for each event night. You can only purchase these passes in person at the front gate in the park.

Our Halloween Horror Nights express pass review? Highly recommended, but given the increased Halloween Horror Nights wait times we don’t see the benefit of having an unlimited pass…unless you only have your heart set on one specific haunted house.

Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry: Scream Early Ticket

If you are trying to accomplish everything on the Universal Halloween Horror nights park map, arrive as early as you can. The easiest way to beat the long lines is to take advantage of the Scream Early Ticket—the best option for guests who don’t have an annual pass (Halloween Horror Nights annual pass discount, anyone?) and also do not want to purchase a full price one day ticket.

Guests will have the chance to enter the park between 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the day of their Halloween Horror Nights ticket.

Parking for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

Please note that free self-parking after 6:00 p.m. is not valid on Halloween Horror Nights event nights. Expect to pay the normal Universal Studios parking fee Halloween Horror Nights

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Guests who are staying at any of the Universal Studios hotels

will also have access to a VIP entrance gate. This gate is open to hotel guests until 8:00 p.m.

2021 Halloween Horror Nights Haunted Houses

Only one of the 2021 Halloween Horror Nights Houses has been released yet, however we can tell based on the Universal Orlando website that they plan to have 10 in total! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and check back soon!

HHN Haunted House #1: Beatle Juice

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It’s time to turn up the juice and see what shakes loose as the original film comes to life at the 2021 HHN event! Below are all of the details we know about the first HHN house in 2021 to be announced:

  • He’ll torment you as you wander checkerboard hallways and abandon you to your fate in the Lost Souls Room.
  • He’ll menace you through the model graveyard and join in the fun of Dante’s Inferno.
  • Be a part of the infamous dinner party scene and witness Beetlejuice’s chaotic wedding. It’s showtime!

What Rides Are Open During Halloween Horror Nights Orlando?

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If you’re reading this and wondering, “are rides open during Halloween Horror Nights?” Universal does keep a number of attractions open during each HHN event.

The list of rides open during 2021 Halloween Horror Nights includes:

  • Transformers: The Ride-3D
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • Men in Black Alien Attack
  • Fast & Furious – Supercharged
  • The Simpson Ride

Due to the popularity of the haunted houses, wait times are minimal for all of the daytime rides, so you’ll have more time to buy all that Halloween Horror Nights merchandise. Transformers, Harry Potter, and Fast & Furious do close early on most nights.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Vacation Packages

At this time, Universal Orlando has not yet announced packages and tickets for Halloween Horror Nights 2021. Be sure to check back with us as we continue to update this page on the latest news and announcements for HHN 2021!

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Halloween Horror Nights 2021 FAQ

Q: Does Islands of Adventure Stay Open During Halloween Horror Nights?

A: Yes, it stays open until normal closing time. HHN does not take place in Islands of Adventure.

Q: Is there early park admission to HHN 2021?

A: Yes, there are a few ways for guests to gain early entry to HHN. We suggest checking out our complete Halloween Horror Nights early access guide! 

When Is The Best Time To Visit Universal Orlando?

Our Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar is the best tool to help you get the most out of your time in the parks. We breakdown the park crowds, park hours of operation, ticket prices by day, and average temperature.

Are You Ready to Plan Your Next Universal Orlando Trip?

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