Halloween Horror Nights Returns to Universal Orlando for its 22nd Year

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights is considered one of the best Halloween events in the country. The Orlando version will be turning 22 this year, and they have a bunch of new scares for guests to enjoy.

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As we mentioned earlier this month, Halloween Horror Nights highlights this year will include haunted houses/mazes themed to The Walking Dead and Silent Hill, as well as ones designed by Alice Cooper and Penn and Teller.

Last night at midnight, full details were released on the event’s Facebook page.

Besides the four new houses/mazes, one of the biggest pieces of news is that Universal has done away with the “scare zones.” According to the park:

“And we’ve got a completely reinvented street experience… They will find you and invade your personal space like never before. There will be no boundaries. The rules of the past will no longer apply. Roaming legions of menacing beasts, vampires, prisoners, warriors and more will inhabit every corner of the park. There is no escape.”

That means there are no safe areas in the park, anymore (except, hopefully, the bathrooms).

Other houses include Universal’s House of Horrors (full of Universal’s classic monsters of the Silver Screen), Gothic (gargoyles), and Dead End (a cursed mansion). Seven horror houses/mazes total.

Shows include Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure and 20 Penny Circus.

In addition to all of the horror, guests at HHNXXII will also be able to enjoy many of the regular rides and attractions at Universal Studios. This includes The Simpsons Ride, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy and Men in Black: Alien Attack.

 

Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event. Regular tickets and annual passes will not work. Single night tickets are $88.99 per person, per night.

However, if you want to make a whole day of it, Universal does offer a “Stay & Scream” ticket that combines a regular admission with a HHN admission. Depending on the day purchased, this combined ticket option will save you between $22 and $52 versus buying the two tickets separately. One benefit to this is that you get to stay in a sectioned off area INSIDE the park, so you have a chance to get front-of-line for one of the houses before the rest of the guests are let in.

If you are a Florida resident and/or an annual passholder, there are also discounts on tickets.

Planning to go more than once and want to do HHN in September? The Frequent Fear Pass starts at $81.99 per person and includes 15 nights of access on Sundays through Thursdays. That means you get 15 nights for less than the price of a single day pass. They also have the Rush of Fear Pass that gives access for every single event night for the first three weeks, for only $69.99 per person.

Universal Orlando will also be offering a HHN Express Pass add-on that will allow the user front-of-the line access once for all of the haunted houses and the regular rides/attractions that are operating during HHN. The price for this pass will range from $39.99 to $89.99.

It’s worth it to get a HHN Express Pass if you’re going on a weekend night or close to Halloween. During these times, the line wait to get into a haunted house can be as long as three hours. And you don’t want to spend all the money on admission to only be able to see two or three of the houses.

This year, Universal Orlando is offering several HHN tours that offer benefits like front-of-the-line access, reserved seating for “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure,” and behind the scenes access. Prices range from $55 per person to $1800 for a large private RIP group tour.

Halloween Horror Nights XXII starts on September 21, and runs the following dates:

  • September 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30
  • October 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 & 31

Gates open at 6:30pm each night. No costumes or masks are allowed.

HHN is not recommended for children

For more information, or to purchase tickets and passes, visit halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando, or call 1-888-HORROR-7 (467-7677).

[Photo and video courtesy of Universal Orlando]

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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