Halloween Horror Nights: Universal’s Premiere Halloween Event

Halloween Horror Nights: Universal’s Premiere Halloween Event


Halloween Horror Nights: Universal’s Premiere Halloween Event

This article is your complete guide to the 2024 Halloween Horror Night event! As Universal Orlando’s most popular event, we know that Halloween Horror Nights 2024 will be the most epic yet, as it is celebrating its 33rd year scaring Universal guests! So we put together a guide of everything we can expect based on years past and everything we know until this point! So, keep reading if you want to know more about this ticketed Universal Halloween event!

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So if you’re ready for the complete Halloween Horror Nights 2024 guide, read on!

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What is Halloween Horror Nights?


Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights brings the stories of the world’s most notorious creators of horror to life for a few hours each event night. While attending, you’ll see haunted houses from classic horror books and movies, as well as characters and homes from some current cult favorites (such as “Chucky”). And while the haunted houses and mazes are the big draw (and the main reason to investigate getting a Halloween Horror Nights early entry ticket), there are also tons of other scary (i.e.: fun) things to do at HHN 2024. It’s guaranteed to be a jam-packed night.

Highlights of Halloween Horror Nights:

  • Haunted Houses: The highlight attraction with houses themed after TV, movies and music, and more (Stranger Things, Halloween, Classic Monsters, etc)
  • Scare Zones: Interactive areas throughout the park with themed scares and actors engaging with guests.
  • Live Entertainment: Includes shows with special effects, musical performances, and stunt acts, all with a Halloween twist.
  • Short Wait Time for Rides: Select rides open during HHN, some with shorter wait times or special Halloween effects.
  • Themed Food & Beverages: Special Halloween-inspired snacks, desserts, and drinks available throughout the park.
  • Exclusive Merchandise: Event-specific apparel, accessories, and collectibles for memorable souvenirs.
  • Special Experiences: Behind-the-scenes tours and VIP packages offering front-of-the-line access and more.
  • Spooky Decor: The entire park is transformed with spooky decorations, lighting, and music to immerse guests in Halloween.

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What are the 2024 Halloween Horror Nights Dates?

New for 2024, Halloween Horror Nights will begin in August! HHN 2024 will run from August 30, 2024 to November 3, 2024, on select nights.

*The HHN event takes place on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the week 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.

What Time Does Halloween Horror Nights Start?

  • Start Time: Halloween Horror Nights typically begins at 6:30 PM, with options to get in early.
  • End Time: The event usually ends at around 1:00 AM on select weekdays and extends until 2:00 AM on weekends.
  • Final Date: The event season officially ends on November 3rd, after the park closes. In previous years, Halloween night was the last night of HHN, but the season was extended last year.

Guests already in Universal Studios Florida during the day may be held in specific areas before the event starts.

Related Page: Halloween Horror Nights Vacation Package Deals

What are the Best Dates to Visit Universal Studios Orlando Halloween Horror Nights?


The Orlando Halloween Horror Nights are some of the biggest events to happen in Central Florida. That means, it can get extremely busy if you go on the wrong days. If you’ve wanted to go on less crowded days for Horror Nights 2024, we would suggest going earlier rather than later.

What are the best nights to go to Halloween Horror Nights?

  • September: 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 25, 26, 27, 29

Based on what we know about 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 1, 10, 21, 28 
  • October 4, 5, 11, 18, 25
  • November 1, 2, 3

Moderately crowded nights tend to be the weekdays leading up until Columbus Day weekend in October which will be September 16th until October 8th.

Very Crowded Nights for Halloween Horror Nights:

  • August 30, 31
  • October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31 

Over all the least crowded HHN 2024 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 Night weather for each day.

Related Article: Guide to Early Park Entry at Halloween Horror Nights 

What are the 2024 Halloween Horror Nights Haunted Houses?


*The 2024 Halloween Horror Nights Houses have not been announced yet.

Typically, Halloween Horror Nights Houses are announced slowly throughout the year to tease guests about what’s to come. Be sure to check back here for updates when haunted houses are announced!

What are the Halloween Horror Nights houses?

While the 2024 HHN Houses have not been announced, here are the houses from last year so you can get an idea of what to expect.

  • Chucky
  • The Last of Us
  • Stranger Things 4
  • The Exorcist: Believer
  • Universal Monsters: Unmasked
  • Yeti: Campground Kills
  • Bloodmoon: Dark Offerings
  • The Darkest Deal
  • Dueling Dragons: Choose Thy Fate
  • Dr. Oddfellow: Twisted Origins

Related post: Guide to Early Admission to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando

What are the Halloween Horror Nights Shows?


*Universal has not announced the official 2024 HHN night shows, but we anticipate they will be the same or similar to last year.

If you’re visiting the 2024 Halloween Horror Nights celebration, you might be looking for things other than just the haunted houses. Halloween Horror Nights Nightmare Fuel show is performed each night and you can expect them to scare your socks off! The Halloween Horror Nights shows highlight the spooky entertainment that is perfect for those who want to experience the horror, but maybe not get chased or scared inside of the houses.

What are the Halloween Horror Nights shows?

  • Halloween Nightmare Fuel Wildfire – Enjoy pyro and aerial performers that put on truly a terrifying act with electronica music in the background

*These shows are anticipated to return in 2024 due to the popularity of the event in previous years*

What are the Universal Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zones?

*HHN ScareZones for 2024 have not been announced yet

While going around the Universal Studios grounds, you might run into the Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zones. These are FIVE zones specifically designed to ramp up the stalking from the scare actors to frighten you. These HHN Scare Zones all have themes with different creatures, ghouls, and psychos to scare you all night long! Below is a list of scare zone themes from last year so you can get an idea of what to expect in 2024.

  1. Dr. Oddfellow’s Collection of Horror: This scare zone is part of Dr. Oddfellow’s menacing menagerie of twisted oddities. The price for entering is steep: the cost of your soul to feed his immortal power.
  2. Dark Zodiac: This scare zone is another part of Dr. Oddfellow’s collection. It’s unclear what horrors await in this zone, but it’s sure to be connected to the dark side of the zodiac.
  3. Jungle of Doom: Expedition Horror: This scare zone takes you into a jungle filled with unknown horrors. It’s another part of Dr. Oddfellow’s collection, and it’s sure to be a thrilling experience.
  4. Vamp ’69: Summer of Blood: This scare zone takes you back to the summer of ’69 but with a horrifying twist. Vampires are on the loose, and it’s part of Dr. Oddfellow’s collection.
  5. Shipyard 32: Horrors Unhinged: This scare zone takes you to a shipyard where horrors are unhinged. It’s the final part of Dr. Oddfellow’s collection, and it’s sure to be a terrifying experience.

What is the Universal Orlando tribute store for Halloween Horror Nights 2024?

*Tribute Store Details for 2024 have not been released yet

The Tribute Store has become a tradition over the years, offering a highly themed shopping environment for both new and diehard fans. The team behind these stores emphasizes great attention to detail, creating an experience many guests enjoy. From nods to previous years and even some inside jokes, this specialty-themed shopping experience has become somewhat of an event icon itself.

The Tribute Store has also grown even bigger than just Halloween Horror Nights, changing themes and merchandise each season throughout the year. It continues to grow in popularity with visitors to the park, with many guests coming just to see the new theme each season.

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What Rides Are Open During Halloween Horror Nights Orlando?


  • 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 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.

Another popular question is, which roller coasters are open during Halloween Horror Nights? And, Universal will keep Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy, and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts open during all HHN events.

Related post: The Ultimate Guide to Universal Orlando Rides

2024 Universal Halloween Horror Nights Tickets

Guests can shop for the latest HHN discount tickets at theparkprodigy.com! This is our favorite event of the year and love having discounted Halloween Horror Night tickets for our readers.

However if you need some additional information be sure to keep reading!

How much are Halloween Horror Nights tickets for 2024?

Tickets for the 2024 HHN will vary from $82.99 up to $122.99.

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 2024 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?

Be sure to reach out to us for the most recent VIP tour ticket prices. 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.

How to Buy Halloween Horror Nights tickets?

Guests can shop for the latest Halloween Horror Nights discount tickets on HHN product page. We also find it helpful to figure out if you would like to visit during your already planned vacation or plan a specific trip around a HHN event. Planning around a specific event will give you more flexibility if the most important thing for your group is avoiding large crowds and long wait times.

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Can You Use Express Pass at Halloween Horror Nights?

Yes, the Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass allows you to bypass the regular standby lines for all haunted houses, attractions, and mazes, offering a faster way to experience the scares. This pass is similar to the regular Universal Express Pass but specifically tailored for Halloween Horror Nights, enabling more efficient navigation through the event’s offerings.

  • Benefits: Skip regular lines for each haunted house, attraction, and maze once per night.
  • Popularity Warning: Waits can still exceed an hour for some houses on busy nights, despite the Express Pass.
  • Availability: Express Passes often sell out on peak nights. Purchasing in advance is recommended.

Halloween Horror Nights Unlimited Express Pass

For those who wish to repeat attractions, the Unlimited Express Pass offers endless access to all experiences. Note that these passes are limited and must be purchased in person at the park.

Scream Early Ticket

To maximize your evening, consider the Scream Early Ticket, allowing entry between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the day of your event ticket. It’s an excellent choice for guests without an annual pass and those looking to start their scares before the official event start time.

Purchasing an Express Pass or taking advantage of the Scream Early Ticket can significantly enhance your Halloween Horror Nights experience, minimizing wait times and maximizing frights.

Related post: How to Get the Universal Express Pass For Free

Halloween Horror Nights 2024 FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How old do you have to be to go to Halloween Horror nights?

A: Although there is no official age limit this event may be too intense for young children, so we would recommend a Halloween Horror Nights age limit of anyone over 13.

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 2024?

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!

Q: How much are Halloween Horror Nights tickets?

A: Tickets for Halloween Horror Nights 2024 start at $82.99 per person plus tax.

Q: Are the rides open during Halloween Horror Nights?

A: Yes, there are rides open during Halloween Horror Nights which usually have low waits. Most guests are waiting in line to experience the haunted houses, so it’s a perfect time to ride on of the Universal Studios Florida attractions.

Q: Is HHN in Islands of Adventure?

A: No, HHN 2024 is not in Islands of Adventure, it is hosted in Universal Studios Florida. Islands of Adventure parked closes during Halloween Horror Nights, but can still enjoy CityWalk if they aren’t going to Halloween Horror Nights.

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?

If you’re ready to plan your trip to Universal Studios, be sure to check out our Universal Orlando Tickets! All guests who purchase their multi-day tickets from The Park Prodigy will get Early Park Admission to Universal Orlando! This could save you a ton of time in the parks and avoid buying express passes!

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Michael Belmont

Michael Belmont is the owner at Theparkprodigy.com, an authorized Disney and Universal travel agent. He specializes in Disney and Universal theme park tickets and vacation packages, as well as daily park plans to help optimize vacation time. Michael and The Park Prodigy have been featured on ABC’s Florida affiliate, WTFV, as well as over 10 Disney focused blogs. As owner, Michael manages The Park Prodigy blog and social media, a Disney themed podcast, and a Disney and Universal focused YouTube channel. Prior to starting The Park Prodigy, Michael was a long time Disney and Universal enthusiast, frequent visitor of the parks, and even served as a Walt Disney World Cast Member in Orlando, Florida!