The nights are getting colder, and that means we are heading towards fall and the delights of Halloween. The Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights are a highlight of the season for many people. Head out to this Halloween spectacular and enjoy all the gore of Halloween with friends and family. It should be noted this is not a child-friendly event. If you have young children, you are better off going to one of the other theme park events such as Disney's Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween.
This event runs on select nights from September through to early November, so you have plenty of time to plan a visit for one or a few nights to this Halloween spectacular. The 2018 dates are:
The event generally runs from 6:30 in the evening to 1 in the morning.
This is always a very popular event, but the crowds do increase as it gets closer to Halloween. Unlike the majority of theme park events, Halloween Horror Nights are very popular with locals who will attend the event for multiple nights to experience everything. This means that Friday and Saturday night events tend to draw the biggest crowds. Try to attend on a Wednesday night for the lowest crowds and try to go a few weeks before Halloween.
The haunted houses are the biggest draw for this event. Construction of these houses starts months before Horror Nights open, and they take vast amounts of effort to produce. The lines for these houses can be very long, so you need to decide in advance which houses you want to see and have a plan in place. The best way to see as many houses as possible is to spend the day at Universal and go to one of the special holding areas in the park just before the event starts.
In 2018 there will be a record number of horror houses available in the park. Choose which of the ten you want to see and make them a priority. The confirmed houses for this year are:
This is a separately ticketed event, and you will only gain access to Horror Nights if you have purchased an event ticket. A day pass to Universal will not get you access to Horror Nights, and you should note that the park closes early on event days. There is a range of tickets for the event from VIP tickets with additional experiences to the basic entrance ticket.
The Scare Zones are the street experiences of Horror Nights, and they are separate from the houses. This year's scare zones are:
This year many additional experiences will add to your Horror Nights fun.
Each year the park decorates and re-themes a few of the rides to match in with Halloween Horror Nights. This year the rides that will have a horror theme are:
Get to the park early and head to one of Universal's restaurants for an early dinner before the event. Finnegan's bar is a popular option as it is close to a number of the scare houses. The atmosphere in the bar is particularly great on Horror Nights as people wait for the scaring to begin.