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Universal Studios: Halloween Horror Nights Haunted House Guide

Updated: Sep 24, 2021

The biggest draw of the event each year is the haunted houses. It takes months to construct these movie set-quality houses, and each one has a different theme. We probably don't have to tell you that lines can get very long for this event! If you want to make the most of your evening, you need to decide what is important to you. Do you want to just focus on houses? Would you like to see a few houses and the show? Would you just like to ride attractions since the wait times for them will be low?

Here is my guide to visiting Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights!

Get There Early

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. (If you're staying at one of the Universal Orlando Resort properties — Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal's Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal's Aventura Hotel or Universal's Endless Summer — take advantage of the priority entrance gate until 8 p.m. to get in more quickly.) In our experience, the gates begin to open for guests between 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

The very best way to do more at the event is to take advantage of Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry, also known as Stay and Scream. You'll need regular park admission and a Halloween Horror Nights ticket to do this, but many of you will already be spending the day in the parks, so why not take advantage? We've written a full post on how Halloween Horror Nights Early Entry works. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so you don't miss any helpful information when planning your trip to HHN.

Because of the number of houses and the popularity of the event, it is impossible to see them all in one night. We recommend choosing four or five must-do houses, and get those in first. Then, see if you have any time left after you’ve checked them off the list. Those of you who are staying in the park or arriving ahead of official opening could do five, six or perhaps even more houses. If you want to experience everything, either purchase a Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass (only sold through Universal), plan on visiting Halloween Horror Nights multiple nights or opt for a RIP Tour (only sold through Universal).

We do not yet have an official map for Halloween Horror Nights 2021. For now, know that the queues get quite long for the houses closest to the front gates. Waits for houses in the back of the park are shorter early in the evening but build throughout the night.

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy

Like we mentioned, planning these houses takes a lot of time — and back in October 2020, Universal gave a sneak peek of a house they planned to have as part of HHN 30! Puppet Theater: Captive Audience was ready to make its dark debut in 2020 before the event was canceled. In a special behind-the-scenes video, Universal gave us all an advance look at the scares to come. You can see the full video here. So far, Universal has yet to officially reconfirm this house. It's also unknown if the Revenge of the Tooth Fairy, which ran in a modified format last year, will also return. But stay tuned!


After debuting as an exclusive surprise during Halloween weekend in 2020, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, BEETLEJUICE is coming to haunt, taunt and send you screaming out of the Maitlands' home. Wander checkerboard hallways and succumb to your fate in the Lost Souls Room. Stroll through the model graveyard and let loose in Dante's Inferno. Crash a dinner party you'll never forget and witness the wedding of the century. The classic Tim Burton film is coming to life — more horrifying and Hell-arious than ever!

The Haunting of Hill House

Welcome to Hill House. Full of decaying remains, this aging mansion lives — even if all of its inhabitants are long dead. In this haunted house inspired by Netflix's "The Haunting of Hill House," each unsettling room and darkened hallway takes you deeper and deeper into your greatest fears. Encounter infamous ghosts, including the Tall Man, the Bent-Neck Lady, the Ghost in the Basement and more. Step foot in the dreaded Red Room where only the sound of your own screams awaits you. Walk in the footsteps of the Crain family as you either escape the estate's eternal stranglehold or succumb to the house's powerful forces, leaving you to wander the endless halls forever... alone.

Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives

As one of two houses that were open to daytime guests at Universal Studios Florida last year, Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives picks up where the 1935 classic film "The Bride of Frankenstein" left off. Enter the ruins of the tower that came crashing down over Frankenstein's monster and his bride and watch in horror as she attempts to bring him back to life by any means necessary. Get caught in a frenzied battle between the Bride of Frankenstein and the Brides of Dracula, who she imprisons and drains in hopes of reanimating her lost love. The Bride is honing her ungodly genius one harvested body part at a time. Be careful ... because she might just need one of yours.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

That horrific sound could only mean one thing. You're about to come face to face with Leatherface and his cannibalistic family. From the dilapidated gas station to that eerie, old farmhouse, you'll witness unimaginable horrors around every corner. Explore the familiar rooms of the Sawyer house where you'll be chased by cannibals with carving knives, meat cleavers, meat hooks and, of course, that roaring, lacerating, flesh-tearing chainsaw. It's time to experience the 1974 film for yourself, and hopefully, leave in one piece.

Halloween Horror Nights Icons: Captured

Enter the "Hell of Fame," a nightmarish menagerie of HHN icons from the past 30 years including the Caretaker, the Storyteller, Fear, the Director, Lady Luck, the Usher, Chance and the Clown Prince of Pain himself, Jack. Cross paths with their tormented victims, as well as their demonic super fans, as you make your way through this first-of-its-kind house of horrors. Who is truly the most horrific host? Dare to return time and again to see a new icon crowned supreme monster of ceremonies.

Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zones & Shows

Second to the houses, but central to the terror, are the street experiences, more commonly referred to as "scare zones." The scare zones are in various open areas of the park with their own sets, sounds and, yes, even scents. Expect to be terrified and harassed by creatures of the night. These scare actors come out of nowhere and have no illusions about respecting your personal space (although they are not allowed to touch you, and you are not allowed to touch them)!

Learn More

For many years running, Halloween Horror Nights Orlando has won Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award for Best Halloween Experience. To get you ready for the nation's premier scare event, we bring you everything we know about Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights. Book mark to keep reading to learn what you should expect and how to navigate this popular event!

If you interested in going to Universal Studios' HHN, contact David Shields at Are We There Yet - Travel Group and start planning TODAY!

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