9 things to know before attending this year’s Halloween Horror Nights

ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s the most wonderful and scariest time of the year!


Halloween Horror Nights has returned to Universal Studios, unleashing nearly two months of terror on Central Florida for its 31st year.

See photos from this year’s event in the gallery below:

The mega-popular event brings people from all over to the theme park looking for a good Halloween scare.

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Heading there this weekend? Here are 9 things to know first.

  • Halloween Horror Nights runs select nights from Friday through Halloween, from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., inside Universal Studios.
  • Single-night tickets are still available for almost every night as of now, except for the opening night Friday and Sunday. Single-night tickets, Multi-night passes, fast passes and more can be purchased here.
  • Those brave enough can wind their way through 10 haunted houses this year. Of these, four are based on existing properties: The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare, “Halloween,” The Horrors of Blumhouse featuring “Freaky” and “The Black Phone,” and Universal Monsters: Legends Collide. The rest of the housed are originals: Sprits of the Coven, Bugs: Eaten Alive, Fiesta de Chupacabras, Hellblock Horror, Dead Man’s Pier: Winter’s Wake, and Descendants of Destruction.

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  • To get to the haunted houses, you may have to pass through some of this year’s five scare zones set up throughout the park: Horrors of Halloween, Scarecrow: Cursed Soil, Sweet Revenge, Graveyard: Deadly Unrest and Conjure the Dark.
  • Make sure to take in the outrageous shows between the scares. This year’s shows are “Halloween Nightmare Fuel Wildfire,” a follow-up to last year’s hit show, and “Ghoulish! A Halloween Tale” on Universal Studios’ lagoon.
  • If frightful fun makes you work up an appetite, there will be plenty of specialty themed food to enjoy across Halloween Horror Nights. Read more about this year’s food offerings here.

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  • If your idea of terror is more along the lines of roller coasters, don’t worry: several Universal Studios attractions will also be open during Halloween Horror Nights.
  • You can also take the scares home with you with special Halloween Horror Nights merchandise. Click here to browse.
  • Those coming out of town, or locals who want to stay closer to the scares, can take advantage of Halloween Horror Nights hotel and ticket packages. Click here for more information.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.