Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort

Select Nights – September 14 – November 3, 2018

2018 Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights, the nation’s premier Halloween event, puts you right into some of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history. On select nights from September 14 through November 3, 2018, the streets of Universal Studios Florida theme park come alive with hordes of horrifying mutants, monsters and maniacs. With over 25 years of experience to draw from, nobody creates a more nightmarish Halloween event filled with truly original scares and authentic horror movie moments. Each night of Halloween Horror Nights, you can explore terrifying haunted houses, make your way through multiple scare zones where creatures lurk around every turn, enjoy outrageous live shows, and experience many of the park’s most exciting rides and attractions.

This year marks the 28th year for the event and there will be 34 nights that Halloween Horror Nights will be held. Dates for 2018 are:

14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31

1, 2, 3

Please keep in mind due to the intense nature of this event, it is not recommended for children under the age of 13.

Additional information for 2018 will be added as released. Stay tuned for more information.

Tickets Stay & Scream Video Attractions  Dining  Tips

2018 Ticket Options

In order to experience this event, guests must purchase separate Halloween Horror Night ticket media.

General Admission

There are four different options that can be purchased that relate to Halloween Horror Nights. Gusts can purchase the General Admission ticket, where you choose which date you would like to experience the horrifying fun. General Admission Flex Tickets start at $77.99 and range to $85.99.

Buy a Night, Get A Second Night Free
For a limited time, Guests can purchase tickets for Halloween Horror Nights and will be able to get double the scares buy buying one night and getting a second night for free. This is the first time this offer is available. (Both nights must be Sunday-Friday).

Halloween Horror Night Flex Tickets

Halloween Horror Nights Flex Tickets let you decide when you’ll dare to experience the most frightening Halloween event ever. Come any one event night from Sunday through Friday or any one event night from Sunday through Saturday.

Halloween Horror Nights Flex Tickets: Sunday – Friday
The most convenient way to experience this Halloween event is with a Halloween Horror Nights Flex Ticket. The Sunday through Friday option allows you to choose from any one of 26 nights.

Halloween Horror Nights Flex Tickets: Sunday – Saturday
With a Halloween Horror Nights Sunday – Saturday Flex Ticket, this option allows you to choose from any one of 34 nights.

Halloween Horror Night Frequent Fear Pass

For those who would like to experience Halloween Horror Nights on multiple evenings, you can purchase the Frequent Fear Pass.

Rush of Fear
Come back every event night during the first 10 nights of Halloween Horror Nights. Advance price – $91.99

Rush of Fear + Express
Take on the terror the first 10 nights of Halloween Horror Nights. When you include Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass with your Rush of Fear Pass, you’ll be able to bypass the regular lines one time at all the haunted houses, plus at participating rides and attractions. Advance price – $299.99

Frequent Fear
Get up to 21 nights of fear. EVERY Sunday–Thursday event night, the first Friday and Saturday, plus the last Friday. Advance price – $102.99

Frequent Fear + Express
Get up to 21 nights of fear. EVERY Sunday–Thursday event night, the first Friday and Saturday, plus the last Friday. When you include Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass with your Rush of Fear Pass, you’ll be able to bypass the regular lines one time at all the haunted houses, plus at participating rides and attractions. Advance price – $339.99

Frequent Fear Plus
Get up to 28 nights for one low price. Experience EVERY Sunday–Friday event night, plus the first and last Saturday. Advance price – $118.99

Frequent Fear Plus + Express
Get up to 28 nights for one low price. Experience EVERY Sunday–Friday event night, plus the first and last Saturday. When you include Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass with your Rush of Fear Pass, you’ll be able to bypass the regular lines one time at all the haunted houses, plus at participating rides and attractions. Advance price – $399.99

Ultimate Frequent Fear
Attend ALL event nights with the Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass. Advance price – $199.99

Ultimate Frequent Fear + Express
Attend ALL event nights with the Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass. When you include Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass with your Rush of Fear Pass, you’ll be able to bypass the regular lines one time at all the haunted houses, plus at participating rides and attractions. Advance price – $599.99

Vacation Packages

Guests wishing to enjoy a full Halloween Horror Nights experience can choose to purchase both tickets to the spooky fun, as well as their on-site hotel stay. Vacation packages provide Guests with on-site hotel accommodations, Park-to-Park daytime admission to theme parks, admission to Halloween Horror Nights. and more. Packages start at only $215 per adult, per night, tax inclusive.

Vacation Package Includes:

  • 3-Night Hotel Accommodations
  • 2 Park, 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • 1-Night Admission to Halloween Horror Nights (Sunday–Friday)
  • Early Park Admission – one hour before the theme park opens to one Universal Orlando theme park
  • Access to select live entertainment venues at CityWalk

More Options

Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass

In addition, due to the popularity of Halloween Horror Nights, (the haunted houses can quickly shoot up to having 1 to 2 hour waits) one of the best suggestions for those wishing to participate in the fun is to purchase the Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass. This pass allows you to cut past the regular lines at all the haunted houses, as well as at participating rides and attractions. Do be aware that only a limited number of these Express Passes are sold each night.

Halloween Horror Nights VIP Experiences

There are many Halloween Horror Nights VIP Experiences you can partake in. Guests can choose to participate in the R.I.P. VIP Tours where they can receive in-depth behind-the-scenes tour of some of Horror Nights’ most intriguing houses.  During the Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tours get a daytime, lights-on, chilling look into how Universal Orlando’s Art & Design team transforms the biggest names in horror into haunted houses.

Stay and Scream

Will you be spending the day at Universal Studios Florida, but spending the evening at Halloween Horror Nights? Consider participating in the Stay and Scream option! The park closes to daytime guests at 5:00 p.m. on Halloween Horror Nights nights, but if you have a ticket from that evening’s event, you are allowed to remain inside the park in a designated “Stay and Scream” holding area. By staying in the park in the “Stay and Scream” area, Guests will be able to have a jump on the general public and are typically able to experience at least one or two houses before the masses begin to really hit the houses. Anyone can access this opportunity if they have any valid daytime park ticket, including annual passholders.

Tip: You’ll want to make sure you’re in the par before 4:30 p.m. to avoid the massive arriving Halloween Horror Nights crowd.

Stay and Scream locations are:

  • The Springfield section near Fast Food Boulevard features priority access to the first two haunted houses that open each evening. Guests are allowed into the two houses with entrances there between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. Guests are released from the area at 6:00 p.m., and can be the first to queue for the house nearest to Men In Black.
  • The New York area holding area includes Finnegan’s bar, which offers a full liquor bar and table service food. (Reservations are necessary and almost impossible to obtain. However, you can traditionally “walk up” to the bar and order a drink, with a substantial wait.) Guests who stay here are released around 5:45 p.m. and can enter the houses near Rip Ride Rockit and Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.
  • A small overflow holding area is located in Hollywood near the near the Hello Kitty store. There is no food or beverage available here, but you do get early access to the sound stages.

Video Overview


2018 Haunted Houses

Each year, Halloween Horror Nights features multiple haunted houses. Many are themed after horror intellectual properties. Previous experiences include The Walking Dead, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Purge, American Horror Story, and Insidious.

In addition, each year, the creative and demented minds of Universal Creative include unique creations that are designed to frighten. Last year saw Ghost Town, Tomb of the Ancients, and A Chance in Hell.

This year, there will be 9 houses in all for 2018. Check back in for more information on 2018 haunted houses as its released. 

Stranger Things

Things are about to get stranger. Universal will be working closely with Netflix to bring this popular series to life. This house will spotlight the first season of the hit show and will recreate some of the show’s most iconic scenes. You’ll faithfully follow the story line, starting off on Mirkwood and then quickly moving to inside Hawkins National Laboratory where things have gone terribly, terribly wrong. From there you will experience all the most memorable moments and environments from the show while being hunted at every turn by the Demogorgon. And of course, you’ll step into the mysterious darkness of the Upside Down more than once.

Dead Exposure: Patient Zero

Enjoy this brand new house that lives within a world of a fan-favorite from the past: Dead Exposure: Patient Zero. The original Dead Exposure house was asily one of the most terrifying houses ever as Guests entered complete darkness with only bright flashes revealing the zombie horde surrounding you.

This time, Guests will be dropped in the middle of Paris in 1982. The city of lights has gone dark as chaos spreads, unchecked and hordes of vicious, flesh-eating undead are swarming the streets. The military is forcing those not affected into quarantine and a vaccination is being given. It’s the only chance to ward off the sickness but there are major side effects… blindness. During the house,you will be lost in the darkness as the undead hunt you. You don’t have to remember the original house, to understand this single truth: They will find you.

Trick ‘r Treat

Last year was the first time Sam and his fellow trick-or-treaters came to Halloween Horror Nights in a terrifying scare zone. So, this year, Universal is bringing back Trick ‘r Treat in an all-new house experience. Guests will be thrown head first into the world of this cult Halloween film. These guardians of Halloween will teach you the traditions of the holiday as you find out first hand the consequences of breaking those rules. With monsters around every turn, you need to pay attention…or suffer the ultimate fate. And then there’s Sam who keeps a watchful eye over it all. He may look cute on the outside but you don’t want to get on his bad side… or the receiving end of his lollipop.

2018 Scare Zones

Scare zones for this years Halloween Horror Nights have not been released. Be sure to check back in for additional information as it is released. The scares are all around during Halloween Horror Nights and that couldn’t be more true in the various Scare Zones located throughout the park. Terror is lurking behind ever corner to jump out and scare you courtesy of scare actors. Whether you’re just walking through or watching others get the snot scared out of them, the Scare Zones can’t be missed! The following are just a few of the scare zones from 2017.

Trick ‘r Treat
The Trick ‘r Treat scare zone will be found in the Central Park area and is inspired by the film Trick ‘r Treat. Here, Sam will make sure we follow the rules of Halloween. In this zone, you’ll have the opportunity to come face-to-face with several characters from the film, and learn for yourself what happens when you don’t follow the rules.

The Purge
In the New York streets, you’ll find The Purge scare zone. This time, Guests will experience a Purge night might play out in the streets of Universal. Some fan favorites will return, such as the auction and a very polite gentleman, but new surprises are also in store, like how do you clean up all the mayhem on the streets during a Purge night? Visit the clean-crew up crew with their trusty wood chipper to find out. Just don’t get too close…

Altars of Horror
Near the front gate, on Avenue of the Stars, will be the Altars of Horror scare zone. In this zone, Guests will find some of the larger than life characters featured in this year’s houses, and letting them have their own scare zone.


2017 Live Shows


The terror continues with live shows during Halloween Horror Nights.

Academy of Villains: Afterlife
This group of powerhouse artists will make you bear witness to what happens after we leave this life. They’re going to give you one mind-blowing and shocking dance performance that will escort you from this world to the great beyond.

Universal Orlando Attractions

During Halloween Horror Nights, it’s not only about the frights. Sometimes you need a breather. Many of Universal Studios Florida’s popular attractions are opening throughout the evening to enjoy. Attractions that will be open for Guests include:


Each year during Halloween Horror Nights, there are special food and beverage options specific to the event. Items include mini doughnuts on a stick, chili garlic chicken sandwich, onion ring burger, fresh calzones, pizza fries, and more. Here’s some of the special offerings and where you can find some of them, but be on the lookout for more great treats throughout the event.

  • Pizza Fries:  French fries topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni and sausage, baked like a pizza – KidZone Pizza Company
  • Twisted Taters: It’s not your everyday potato chip – but a twisted version twirled around a stick and fried. Flavored seasonings include Sour Cream & Chive, Garlic Butter, Seasoned Salt or Salt & Vinegar
  • Mini Donuts and Salted Bavarian Pretzels: Fried mini doughnuts, sprinkled with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar and salted Bavarian pretzels
  • “Fiery Onion Ring” Burger: Spicy jack-pepper cheese and a dash of hot sauce – Mel’s Die-In
  • Chili Garlic Chicken Sandwich: Grilled chicken breast, seasoned to spicy perfection with pepper jack cheese, spicy chili sauce and served with a side of fries – Richter’s Burger Co.


For those 21 and up, there are three new signature alcoholic beverages to choose from. The signature beverages are available only in select locations. There will also be expanded beer and wine throughout the event. Signature drinks include:

  • Liquid Fear: a Vodka cocktail with cranberry juice and lemonade
  • Liquid Courage: a tangerine rum cocktail with orange juice and sprite
  • Midnight Madness: made of 50% Liquid Courage, 50% Liquid Fear, 100% Midnight Madness

Non-alcoholic option are also available in frozen form. They include Candy Corn, Pumpkin Spice or Smores.

Halloween Horror Nights Scareactor Dining Experience

Also, you can have the opportunity to fuel up for the fear with the Halloween Horror Nights Scareactor Dining Experience which occurs every event night at Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe. Enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat themed dinner buffet with a special menu and a digital download of one photo taken during the dining experience. Plus, you might run into some of this year’s most popular scareactors.

To check-in for the Scareactor Dining Experience, Guests should head over to the Blue Man Group entrance before the scheduled check-in time in order to be escorted into Universal Studios Florida.

The cost is $49.95 per person, plus tax. To reserve your seating call 407-224-7840.

TheMouseForLess Tips

MickeyArrive early. Due to the massive popularity of the event, the earlier you arrive, the more you will have the opportunity to experience the thrills and chills!

MickeyHalloween Horror Nights has a pretty active social media presence. Make sure to follow along for all the latest details and while you’re there, make sure to use the hashtag #HHN28

Mickey Looking for a break from the scares? Diagon Alley is open to Guests and doesn’t feature any Halloween Horror Nights overlays.

MickeyNo masks or costumes will be allowed.

MickeyLooking for the wait times of each of the haunted houses? Get real-time wait times with Universal Orlando Resort’s app. For those that don’t have the app downloaded, there will be in-park wait time boards found throughout the park.

MickeyUniversal CityWalk is a great place to grab dinner and drinks before the event begins.

MickeyFor more information about Halloween Horror Nights, visit their event website.

Comments are closed.

  • Have you thought about a Disney Cruise? When you book with The Magic for Less Travel, you get the best price available AND a great shipboard credit too! Receive up to 5% of your cruise price in shipboard credit only from The Magic for Less Travel when you book any new Disney Cruise Line® Sailing. Use your credits for shopping, shore excursions, spa treatments and more. Learn More or Request a free no-obligation vacation quote from the agents at The Magic for Less Travel