EVERYTHING We Know About Halloween Horror Nights 2024 at Universal Orlando

If you ask us, it’s NEVER too early to talk about all things spooky-ooky.

Who’s ready for Halloween Horror Nights?!

As you might already know, Halloween begins in August in the theme park world, and that’s only a few months away. So, we’re gearing up to hear all sorts of Halloween news as well as prepare ourselves for some haunts. One thing we’re particularly excited about is Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando.

We’re here to tell you ALL you need to know about this scary event. Put on your bravest face, and let’s go!

What is Halloween Horror Nights?

Universal Studios has been the headquarters for all things terrifying and downright spooky since Halloween Horror Nights started in 1991. After the park closes for regular guests, it is a special ticketed event that transforms into a park filled with nightmares and terrors to scare and delight from Wednesday-Sunday starting at 6:30PM until 2AM. A word of warning: Halloween Horror Nights is an intense event not suitable for all ages.

Dates and Tickets

Experience the ultimate scarefest at Universal Orlando Resort with Halloween Horror Nights, happening on select nights from August through November. In 2024, the spooktacular event begins on August 30th and continues thrilling guests until November 3rd, marking its earliest start and the longest season ever! With frights awaiting every Wednesday through Sunday, including Halloween night itself, brace yourself for an unforgettable journey into the macabre. As Halloween approaches, expect the crowds to intensify, adding to the eerie atmosphere of this frightfully fantastic event!


You can choose between four different ticket types, so let’s take a look at what each of them has to offer!

First, you can snag the Halloween Horror Nights Single-Night Ticket! This ticket allows you to select one night to attend the event and all it has to offer. These start at $82.99 per person.

Next, you can purchase the Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass. This is an add-on to the single-night ticket that allows you to skip the regular lines once at all of the haunted houses, and other participating rides and attractions. Prices start at $129.99. Remember, you need to purchase your single-night admission separately!

Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count

Do you want a look behind the scenes? Well, the Halloween Horror Nights R.I.P. Tour add-on may be for you. This add-on comes with a guided walking tour of the event so that you can get a more intimate look at the event, and it can be a super unique experience! It is pricey, though — starting at $359.99. You will need to purchase your single-night ticket to utilize this add-on.

If you want to see what the haunted houses are like during the day with the lights on, then the Halloween Horror Nights Behind-the-Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour might be for you. This ticket will give you the opportunity to see what things are like during the day before everyone comes out to play at night. You do not need a valid park admission to take part in this tour. You can choose between a 3-hour and 6-hour tour with this ticket. These start at $99.99.

Megan at Halloween Horror Nights

For those craving more thrills than just one night can offer, Universal Orlando typically offers multi-night tickets. However, it’s essential to note that in 2023, all multi-night tickets eventually sold out. These multi-night tickets come with various perks, granting access to different nights of the event:

  1. The Rush of Fear Pass: Provides entry to the first 18 event nights.
  2. The Frequent Fear Pass: Access to every Sunday through Thursday, plus the first weekend.
  3. The Frequent Fear Plus Pass: Includes entry every Sunday through Friday, plus the first and last Saturday.
  4. The Ultimate Frequent Fear Pass: Grants access to EVERY night of the event, along with complimentary regular parking after 5 p.m. on all event nights.

Houses and Scare Zones

While the houses for Halloween Horror Nights have not been confirmed, we can assume that we will see new houses this year. No matter the theme, this after-hours event normally has 10 haunted houses and five scare zones spread throughout the park.

YETI Campground Kills

Last year’s houses were Universal Monsters: Unmasked, Stranger Things 4, Bloodmoon: Dark Offerings, Dr. Oddfellow’s Twisted Origins, Yeti: Campground Kills, Dueling Dragons: Choose Thy Fate, The Last of Us, The Exorcist: Believer, Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count.

Dr. Oddfellow’s Twisted Origins

There have been rumors that a house based on Five Nights at Freddy’s will be joining the line-up of houses this year, as the movie was released last fall. This is all speculation and not confirmed. What we do know is that this year’s Halloween Horror Nights will feature 10 new houses.

The Exorcist

Scare Zones will also be returning this year. Think of these as haunted houses that are not contained inside. Instead, the Scare Zones are themed and feature TONS of characters walking around. It’s really fun if you love thrills.


Just like any special ticketed event, Halloween Horror Nights has food offerings that are only available during the event. Some of the food is based on the current year’s houses.

Twisted Tater

For example, last year, you could grab a bite to eat at Surfer Boy Pizza, based on the fictional pizza shop in Stranger Things 4. You could try the famous Surfer Boy Hawaiian Pizza or even the cheese and vegan options.

Stranger Things themed

Themed around the Last of Us, last year you could try the Left Behind Ravioli, which fits into the story of having to leave their lives behind in the Last of Us. This dish was mini cheese ravioli with marinara, truffle cream, garlic bread, and tempura fried enoki mushrooms and was served in a food ration tin can.

While menus for Halloween Horror Nights usually drop in August, it is safe to assume that the food offerings will change based on which houses will be part of the 2024 season. We are looking forward to this year’s themed eats!

Merchandise and Souvenirs

We are suckers for merchandise at theme parks, especially when it is for an after-hours event like Halloween Horror Nights.

New merch for 2024

We got a sneak peek at some of the merchandise that will be sold at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. The first collection is called “Where Horror Lives.” We saw the bright orange shirt for this collection, which features the phrase “Where Horror Lives.” There is also a black hat and tumbler with the same logo.

Closer look at the new merch for 2024

There may also be themed merchandise based around the houses. Last year, the Dueling Dragons: Choose Thy Fate shirt was extremely popular. Last year’s Stranger Things 4 merchandise featured T-shirts, mugs, and even a drawstring bag with Vecna on it.


Once the houses for 2024 are announced, we will start to get a better idea of what merchandise is offered.

SPECULATION: Will Halloween Horror Nights come to Epic Universe?

While no one can definitely say whether Halloween Horror Night will be coming to Epic Universe – though we do have some educated guesses to share below – there’s no doubt that the new park would have the PERFECT land for it: Dark Universe.

Dark Universe Portal – Universal

Arguably one of the most anticipated of Epic Universe’s “portals”, Dark Universe is going to give die-hard Universal fans something they’ve been craving for decades: A fully immersive land dedicated to the Universal Monsters like Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Wolf Man.


Dark Universe is said to include Monsters Unchained: The Frankenstein Experiment, a massive dark ride that will include encounters with “Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, and a new character named Dr. Victoria Frankenstein” according to Universal. In addition, the land is also set to feature a second attraction, Curse of the Werewolf, a spinning family coaster, as well as heavily themed shopping and dining. Most notably, The Burning Blade Tavern, a highly anticipated dining location whose name is reminiscent of a famous scene from Universal’s version of Frankenstein.


Everything about Dark Universe makes it seem like the perfect location for Universal to go all out with Halloween decor and seasonal additions all focused on the classic stable of monster characters, and we do believe that’s likely to happen. However, back to our aforementioned educated guess, it seems unlikely that Halloween Horror Nights will come over to Epic Universe in full.

“It’s alive! It’s alive!” is incribed on the portal to Dark Universe at Universal Epic Universe. ©Universal

Whew. Okay. That’s about everything we know so far! We’ll be sure to keep you updated with more news as we have it as well as specifics when those are released. Make sure to follow along so that you never miss a thing!

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