Halloween Horror Nights (Hollywood) Strategy Guide (2023)

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Every year Halloween Horror Nights seems to get bigger and bigger, and so do the crowds.
Below you will find some of our tips for making the most out of your Halloween Horror Nights experience.

Some do's and don'ts and most importantly, what should be your "plan of attack" for the night.

You can also check out the HHN site for more information on tickets, hours, etc.

  • GET A FRONT OF THE LINE PASS!!! We can't stress this enough. If your budget can swing it this is truly the best way to have an enjoyable and relaxing night at the event. Click here for Front of the Line Pass info and prices.Front of the Line passes sell out so your best bet is to get them online. (We are already hearing that Front of the Line Passes are sold out some nights, so if you want them, better do it quick!!!)
  • DON'T GO ON A FRIDAY OR SATURDAY NIGHT!!! If you cannot swing the cost of the Front of the Line Pass then you should try to go on a slower night.
  • DON'T BE LATE!!!You are paying a LOT of $$ to go to HHN. Don't show up at 9:00pm and expect to do everything or expect there to be no lines. The event starts at 7:00pm, you should be lined up by 6:00pm AT THE LATEST. Earlier on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • IGNORE THE RIDES!!!(Unless you have a Front of the Line Pass). You are there for Halloween Horror Nights. You can come back on most days and ride Despicable Me, The Simpsons or Transformers: 3D all you want. Especially if you have an Annual Pass. Ride lines are typically longer during HHN than they are during the day. If you have visitors from out of town, consider the Day/Night combo pass so you can ride during the day and get scared at night.
  • WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES!!! This should pretty much be a no brainer but you'd be surprised. You will be walking on trails on the Terror Tram. You will be taking escalators up and down to the lower lot. Do yourself a favor and be comfortable.

If you MUST go on a Friday or Saturday and you can't do the Front of the Line Pass, hopefully the tips below will help you out a bit.

Annual Passholders: The AP page to buy tickets ishere. You can save Up to $30. Plus, with First Stab enjoy the day and get first access to the Walking Dead,From Dusk till Dawn, or AVP Maze!

Basically with First Stab, as long as you are inside the park prior to 5pm you can wait in a special queue on the lower lot and get walked back to the three Metro Set mazes (Walking Dead, Alien vs Predator and From Dusk Til Dawn). This allows you to get through those three mazes in the time that it would take regular guests to get down to that area.

Maze Order

Metro Set Mazes:

Most people assume that you should head to the Terror Tram first. And if you don't show up when the event starts then this is probably your best bet. But if you have followed the instructions above and are at the event at opening, first thing you should do is head down to the Lower Lot and walk to the Metro Set mazes (The Walking Dead, Alien vs Predator and From Dusk Til Dawn).

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From what we've heard from employee preview night, AvP is a definite repeat maze. Utilizing this strategy should allow you to get through all of these mazes once and perhaps a second go on AvP prior to most of the crowds showing up.

Front of the Line tip:When the event opens, go through these mazes once with the General Public and use your FOTL pass later in the evening when it's busier. If you don't want to walk all the way back to the Metro sets later in the night, go through them once with the GP and then use your FOTL privilege right after to get two trips through each maze.

Lower Lot Mazes:

Once you have completed the Metro Set mazes and made your walk back to the Lower Lot, you should then do American Werewolf In London and Clowns: 3D Music By Slash.

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Front of the Line tip: Same rules apply. If the lines are not long, go through once with the General Public and then use your FOTL pass later in the evening. Getting back down to the lower lot mazes is much easier than walking back to the Metro Set mazes.

If you don't have a Front of the Line Pass, don't be tempted by "Jurassic Park: In The Dark". It's just "Jurassic Park: At Night". But if it's hot and there isn't a line, by all means go for it.

Depending on the night, you may have a bit of a wait if you don't have a Front of the Line pass, so be sure to use the restroom and get a snack/drink before getting in line. Even if the line seems long it's always moving unlike maze lines.

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Front of the Line tip: If it's an unexpectedly slow night and there isn't much of a line, feel free to go in with the GP and go again with your FOTL pass. But more likely than not you are only going to be able to do one trip on the Terror Tram.

You are probably going to need to rest by now, feel free to stop by Mel's or Gru's and get a snack, a meal, etc. Sit around Mask-A-Raid, Dark Christmas or The Purge and watch the talent in action.

Upper Lot Mazes:

If you've followed the strategy at this point you'll only have two mazes left and plenty of time to do them. We've heard that Dracula: Untold is a surprise hit maze (at least from Employee Preview night) so you may want to leave time to do this one twice.

Also remember that Face Off: In The Flesh will be your last chance EVER to walk through House of Horrors, so if you usually skip this maze, you may want to take the time to do it.

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Once you have completed all the mazes you can hang around the scare zones and watch the talent, check the wait board to see if there are any short maze or ride lines or if you have a Front of the Line Pass use up any trips you haven't already.

Do some shopping, grab a t-shirt, watch the fire in The Purge and drive home safely.

We hope you enjoyed this strategy guide. If you have any additional tips be sure to share them below and we'll add them to the article. After you've gone to the event be sure to post and let us know if this strategy worked for you or if any tweaks need to be made.

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FAQs

How do you prepare for Horror Nights? ›

How do I survive Halloween Horror Nights?
  1. Seek out spoilers. See what other people have posted about Halloween Horror Nights to prepare yourself for what's ahead.
  2. Go early. The sun is still out when the gates open. ...
  3. Know where to go. ...
  4. Stick to sidewalks. ...
  5. Stay alert. ...
  6. Don't look scared. ...
  7. Wear earplugs. ...
  8. Skip haunted houses.
7 Sept 2022

Can they touch you at Halloween Horror Nights? ›

There are a few other goodies out there, including a Jabbawockeez show and some of the regular park attractions. When you first enter the park, you're going to be accosted by scare actors dressed in all sorts of horrifying costumes. No, they can't touch you, but they can get awfully close.

Can you go to Harry Potter during Halloween Horror Nights? ›

The two rides — Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff — are also open during the special ticketed event, so you can go on them when you're not battling Death Eaters, drinking in Hog's Head Inn, or getting scared in one of the many haunted houses.

What time does Horror Nights start at Universal Studios Hollywood? ›

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood is the scariest night of the season in Los Angeles — but it's also the fastest. The event officially kicks off at 7 p.m. and lasts until 1 or 2 a.m. on select nights in September and October.

What is the best time to go to Halloween Horror Nights? ›

Since the houses are what most people come for — and see the highest waits! — they are our first priority. We recommend getting to the park at least 45 minutes ahead of the official opening at 6:30 p.m. to make the most of your time. Typically, Universal opens the gates earlier than the official starting time.

How can I be less scared in a haunted house? ›

I turned to them for some tips on how to survive Halloween Horror Nights — and other haunted houses.
  1. Walk confidently through haunted houses and other scare zones.
  2. Take a daytime tour of the haunted houses.
  3. Wear earplugs.
  4. Try a dose of liquid courage.
  5. Do something else to get a break from being scared.
11 Oct 2021

Is Harry Potter open during Horror Nights? ›

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be open during Halloween Horror Nights and, for the first time ever, Death Eaters, a group of Voldemort's most devoted followers, will roam Hogsmeade village looking to recruit guests to the Dark Lord's cause.

Can you ride rides during Halloween Horror Nights? ›

Some rides and attractions will remain open for the nighttime Halloween Horror Nights experience, such as including Jurassic World – The Ride, Revenge of the Mummy, The Ride, Transformer: The Ride-3D, and more. Some rides are NOT open during the event.

What time does Universal Hollywood Horror Nights end? ›

You can get a jump start on the fear … oops, we mean fun! The event usually begins at 7 p.m. and ends at either 1 a.m. or 2 a.m., depending on the night.

How long are lines at Halloween Horror Nights? ›

On peak HHN nights, queues for the haunted houses will approach 3 hours, and even on the slowest nights they will hit 60 minutes. HHN Express passes reduce that wait to between 25% and 33% of what it would otherwise be, which can make the difference between experiencing 2 or 3 houses in a night, or visiting 7 or more.

Does Diagon Alley stay open during Halloween Horror Nights? ›

Is Harry Potter World open during Halloween Horror Nights? Diagon Alley, the part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Florida, is open during the event, as is the Escape from Gringotts Ride.

What rides are open during Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood? ›

The announcement says that select attractions are still open throughout the run of the event. That includes Jurassic World—The Ride, Transformers: The Ride-3D, Revenge of the Mummy—The Ride, and The Simpsons Ride. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and its rides are also open during Halloween Horror Nights.

Is there alcohol at Horror Nights? ›

Bring your appetite because many of the theme park's restaurants will be offering great food at reduced prices. Q: Is there alcohol in the event: A. No, alcohol will not be served nor permitted at Universal Studios Hollywood during Halloween Horror Nights.

How many mazes are there in Horror Nights? ›

I was invited to attend the opening night of Halloween Horror Nights, and once again… it delivered the nightmarish and fun scares that I was looking for! There were nine mazes this year, and I went ahead and ranked them for you below from best to worst.

How much are Halloween Horror Nights Fast Passes? ›

Universal Express Pass is now on sale online and through travel agents starting at $89.99 per person plus tax (a $20 increase over 2021). Express Pass grants guests one priority entry per house and attraction at the event. Valid admission is still required for the event.

Is Hollywood Horror nights packed? ›

In fact, the event tends to be more crowded than Knott's Scary Farm and Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland. Even still, Halloween Horror Nights doesn't have to be a miserably crowded experience. If you go on the right night, it's still possible to enjoy manageable crowds and shorter lines.

How many haunted houses are at Halloween Horror Nights? ›

There are 10 different haunted houses, five scare zones (including one featuring the Pumpkin Lord and his evil minions), a pair of live performances, and a scary-good menu of horror-themed snacks and drinks.

What is the rush of fear pass? ›

The Rush of Fear Pass entitles one (1) guest admission to all of the following 2022 Halloween Horror Nights event nights: September 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25. The Rush of Fear pass may be upgraded to an Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass only, on or before September 25, 2022.

How should I dress for a haunted house? ›

Your waiting area may not be covered. You should never wear high heels, open-toed shoes or sandals to a haunted house. If it's going to be cold, dress in layers (don't forget hat, gloves and scarves) and consider bringing hand and feet warmers if you're really concerned about cold temperatures.

How can I be a good scare actor? ›

It requires professionalism, enthusiasm, and awareness. While there are always a variety of roles available, ideal Scare Actors are outgoing individuals who show up on-time ready to go, can think quickly on their feet (and in character), and handle the physically demanding environment inside the attractions.

What does Phasmophobia mean? ›

Phasmophobia, or the fear of ghosts, can be complicated to diagnose. Many people experience a certain thrill of anxiety when telling ghost stories or watching movies that feature ghosts and other supernatural entities.

Can you bring a vape into Universal Studios Hollywood? ›

At this time, the Park's designated smoking area is closed and tobacco smoking is not permitted in the Park. Please note that e-cigarettes and vaporizers are treated the same as tobacco. Additionally, marijuana is prohibited.

Can a 10 year old go to Halloween Horror Nights? ›

7. Only You Know Your Child. As we've covered, although the recommendation from Universal is to not bring a child into the event if they are under the age of 13, we've seen plenty of children at the event a lot younger and having a blast.

What are the dates for Halloween Horror Nights 2022? ›

Halloween Horror Nights runs on select nights starting September 8 through October 31, 2022. We will be back to the event to update this article with more photos, videos, and thoughts about the mazes from this year. So be sure to back on MiceChat.com for more information about Halloween Horror Nights 2022!

Why does Universal close so early? ›

Universal has chosen to close early during off season; if they didn't they would be out of business because their expenses would exceed their income in off peak months.

How old do you have to be for Halloween Horror Nights? ›

The single purpose of Halloween Horror Nights is to scare you – and, as such, Universal strongly advises that children under the age of 13 do not attend.

Can I upgrade my Horror Nights ticket? ›

You can buy an HHN ticket separately for $105 or as an upgrade to a regular park admission and use it the same day or another day - the lowest upgrade is $55. Check out the Halloween Horror Nights website.

Is Halloween Horror Nights at Islands of Adventure? ›

Halloween Horror Nights moved to Universal's Islands of Adventure in 2002. The Caretaker was not the original icon for Halloween Horror Nights 12 in 2002. Cindy (sometimes spelled "Sindy"), the daughter of mortuary owner Paul Bearer, was originally the icon of the event.

Does Universal Hollywood do Halloween? ›

Summon your scream squad to Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights with 8 haunted houses, the Terror Tram, scare zones, a live show and exhilarating attractions.

What is the capacity of Universal Studios Orlando? ›

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Location:Orlando
Type:Theme Park
Brand:Universal Studios
Year Built:1990
Capacity:27,000
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Does Universal Orlando close early for Halloween Horror Nights? ›

Around 4:45 pm, with Universal Studios Florida closing at 5:00 pm on Halloween Horror Nights event nights, regular daytime guests are asked to leave the park.

Do you need a park ticket for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween? ›

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a ticketed after-hours event. If you're tacking it onto a Walt Disney World vacation, know that you'll need to buy a separate ticket for the party (in addition to regular park admission) during your trip.

Can you take a baby to Halloween Horror Nights? ›

Located directly on the website, Universal Orlando does not recommend Halloween Horror Nights for children under the age of 13. However, from attending the event, that does not stop parents from talking younger children.

Can little kids go to Halloween Horror Nights? ›

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.

Are kids allowed at Halloween Horror Nights? ›

It's not recommended for kids under 13 — too scary! WHAT TO WEAR: Masks and costumes are not allowed at HHN. Remember, you're there to be scared, not to scare.

How long has Horror Nights been around? ›

Although a Halloween event was held at the park in 1986, Halloween Horror Nights didn't appear there until 1992. Including that year, it has been presented eight times.

Who created Hhn? ›

Lora Sauls and Charles Gray are two of the people behind Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights. The annual 42-night event takes place around Halloween and includes 10 haunted houses. For Sauls, Gray, and the team, Halloween never ends. They're already working on next year's event.

Is the RIP tour worth it? ›

Universal calls it a “non-private RIP tour” (they also run a private option with a four-figure price tag). In the end, it was totally worth the money. If you do the math, a few multi-hour waits means that you're going to need a few nights to see all of the houses.

Do Hhn passes sell out? ›

Yes, most weekends do sell out. You cant use the Universal line hopper for HHN, all tikts are seperate. But if you are going on a weekend you are better off getting it as you will probably see very few houses without it.

Do Florida residents get discount for Halloween Horror Nights? ›

HHN Express Passes vary in price, ranging from $119.99, plus tax, per person to $209.99, plus tax, per person. Unfortunately, there are no discounts for Florida residents, annual passholders, or anyone else.

Are kids allowed to go to Halloween Horror Nights? ›

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.

Is the weeknd performing at Horror nights? ›

The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare at Halloween Horror Nights 2022 at Universal Studios Hollywood - YouTube.

Can you ride rides during Halloween Horror Nights? ›

Some rides and attractions will remain open for the nighttime Halloween Horror Nights experience, such as including Jurassic World – The Ride, Revenge of the Mummy, The Ride, Transformer: The Ride-3D, and more. Some rides are NOT open during the event.

What time does Universal Hollywood Horror Nights end? ›

You can get a jump start on the fear … oops, we mean fun! The event usually begins at 7 p.m. and ends at either 1 a.m. or 2 a.m., depending on the night.

How many mazes are there in Horror Nights? ›

I was invited to attend the opening night of Halloween Horror Nights, and once again… it delivered the nightmarish and fun scares that I was looking for! There were nine mazes this year, and I went ahead and ranked them for you below from best to worst.

What is the weeknd doing at Halloween Horror Nights? ›

It's a haunted house inspired by several tracks from his similarly titled record-breaking album and it features at Universal Studios in Los Angeles and Orlando. I was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the LA installation ahead of Halloween Horror Nights kicking off on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

Is the weeknd going to be at Universal Studios? ›

The Weeknd's Halloween Horror Nights Experience Is Officially Open At Universal Studios. Angelenos might be begging to "Escape From L.A." after this experience!

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