Universal Studios Hollywood 2023 Halloween Horror Nights Planning Guide

Celebrating Halloween at Universal Studios Hollywood is a much different experience than Halloween time at Disneyland. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal are hugely popular with tickets selling out every year.

If you're looking for a more traditional Halloween scare this season, heading to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal is your best bet with movie quality haunted houses featuring your favorite monsters and horror movies.

Keep reading for information on party event dates, costs, entertainment information, and tricks on navigating the crowds!

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Halloween Horror Nights 2023 Event DatesUniversal Halloween Horror Night

Halloween Horror Nights begin in the beginning of September and run on varying nights until early November. This year's event begins Sept. 2nd and runs through Oct. 31st. Your ticket cost will depend on which date you select for your visit with cheaper tickets being available earlier and later in the season. You also have the option of selecting passes to enjoy multiple nights of spooky fun.

You need to purchase tickets for both the Halloween Horror Nights and the Halloween Horror Nights Express passes directly through Universal Studios Hollywood. Tickets usually go on sale every year around August. If you purchase your ticket on Universal Studios Hollywood's website you can get early entry into the evening with your ticket so I recommend buying them in advance.

Even though we can't help with discounts on Halloween Horror Nights, we can help with discount tickets for regular park admission to Universal Studios Hollywood! Be sure to read our discount ticket guide here to make sure you're getting the best price for your day at Universal.

The 2023 dates haven't been released yet, you can view the 2022 events below to get an idea of what to expect. 

Here are the 2022 Halloween Horror Nights dates: 

September Dates
Sept. 2-4, 7-11, 15-18, 21-25, 28-30

October Dates
Oct. 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-31

Ticket Options and Pricing Information

You have a few options when it comes to experiencing Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.

The Halloween Horror Nights general admission is separate from regular park admission and if bought online in advance can get you into Universal by 6pm- if purchased at the gate you get in at 7PM. I recommend not purchasing a separate park admission ticket for the day unless you only have one day to spend at Universal and want to experience the regular day time rides and entertainment. The price of the regular ticket varies based on the date chosen and ranges from $72-102 per person.

The Halloween Horror Nights general admission After 2PM Day/Night pass allows you to enter Hollywood Studios at 2PM so it includes general admission to the park and same-day evening admission to Halloween Horror Nights. The price of the ticket varies based on the date chosen and ranges from $112-154 per person.

Guests also have the option of purchasing a ticket with Halloween Horror Nights Universal Express Pass. This is similar to the same Express Pass that is sold during regular park admission. Express Pass at Universal works similar to how FastPass does at Disneyland for an additional cost. Guests who purchase the Express Pass get to use a shorter and lower wait line for attractions and entertainment. The Express pass for Halloween Horror Nights is valid for the mazes, rides, and includes priority seating to some of the live shows offered. The price of the express ticket varies based on the date chosen and ranges from $179-289 per person in addition to your regular ticket. The unlimited Express Pass ranges from $219-$349.

Universal Studios Pass Members may purchase friends or family tickets at the same low price on select event nights.
• Discounts available for online purchase only. Discount may not be available for same day sales.
• Pass Members may purchase discounted After 2PM Day/Night Combo tickets for friends and family on select event nights. Please refer to the After 2PM Day/Night Combo section for price details. (Guests may not upgrade from previously purchased daytime tickets).
• Pass Members can purchase their discounted tickets at: UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/web/en/us/pass-members/pass-members-home

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Frequent Fear PassesHalloween Horror Night with Clown

The Frequent Fear Passes for Halloween Horror Nights allows guests to visit more than once and bundle their days to save money.

There are a few different options for the Frequent Fear Passes that allow guests to visit multiple times, or every event, throughout the season.

Frequent Fear Pass

  • $199 per person
  • Allows guests to pick any night for their first visit and revisit up to 27 times on select dates such as:
    • September: 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-30
    • October: 1-2, 6-7, 9, 13-14, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30-31

Ultimate Fear Pass

  • $329 per person
  • Guests can visit any night for first visit and attend every night of Halloween Horror Nights- up to 33 nights!
  • No blackout dates

Read more about Fear Passes and how to purchase on Universal's website here.

Tour Options for Halloween Horror NightsRIP Tour Halloween Horror Nights

Guests can also opt for a VIP walking experience called the R.I.P. Tour which includes:

  • • Exclusive Universal Backlot Halloween experience with a private VIP trolley transportation.
    • Universal Express UNLIMITED access to all houses and available rides.*
    • Gourmet dinner in the private VIP dining room (alcoholic beverages excluded).
    • Special interactive themed photo opportunities with a scareactor.
    • Reserved VIP seating at a live show (while on the tour with R.I.P. Tour Guide).
    • Complimentary valet Parking (one vehicle).
    • Special VIP entrance to Universal Studios Hollywood where you will receive your commemorative “R.I.P.” credentials and lanyard.
    • Book early since R.I.P. Tour tickets may sell out. (Pricing varies by date and tour selection, subject to availability). Event begins at 7 pm. R.I.P. Tour tickets include Early Event Admission to select houses beginning at 6 pm, subject to availability, cancellation, and change.
    • R.I.P. Tour tickets are for shared tours of parties up to 12 guests per tour. Private R.I.P. Tours are available for groups up to 12 guests and include an exclusive guide for the group. Please call 818-622-0251 to book a Private R.I.P. Tour.
    • *Express access is a separate line with a shorter wait time at each house/ride/attraction. (Does not apply to food and retail locations or shows.)

Similar to the daytime VIP tours at Universal each tour consists of up to 12 guests per tour. If you're looking to splurge on your Halloween Horror Nights experience, this is the best way to do it. The tour starts at $279 per person and requires separate event admission.

Dark Arts at Hogwarts

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be open during Halloween Horror Nights! For the first time, Death Eaters will be roaming Hosmeade looking to find followers to show loyalty to the Dark Lord.

NEW Terror Tram features Jordan Peele's Nope and UsHalloween Horror Nights

Each year Halloween Horror Nights features a newly themed Terror Tram which is essentially the Studio Tour tram that takes guests to a special scare zone area in the Backlot. The tram itself is part of the experience and takes about 30 minutes to ride.

Guests will be taken to the backlot and will exit the tram and experience “terror unleashed” featuring NEW horrors this year such as:

  • Hollywood Harry's Halloween- the iconic Psycho House & Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds 
  • A choreographed massacre at the Jupiter's Claim set from Nope and The Tethered from Us

The Terror Tram experience features all-new choreography by conceptual artist Madeline Hollander. This new experience begins Thursday, September 8th.

Terror Tram at Universal Studios Hollywood

Because of the use of the tram for the Terror Tram, the regular Studio Tour does not operate during Halloween Horror Nights.

Get a sneak peek at the Terror Tram below:

Halloween Horror Nights MazesImage result for stranger things universal maze

Mazes are the main form of entertainment for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. This is where you can expect many guests to go first thing upon entry. If you want to beat the lines, heading to the mazes open for early entry at 5pm is a great way to get a jump start on some of the most popular options offered.

2023 Halloween Horror Night Houses

The Horrors of Blumhouse

A NEW Haunted House Inspired by Blumhouse’s Freaky and Upcoming Supernatural Thriller The Black Phone begins September 8.

The Horrors of Blumhouse transports guests to alternate dimensions featuring The Grabber from the movie The Black Phone which released in summer. Guests will be trapped in his fun house where they will hear voices whispering how to escape but they will how to outrun his twisted magic. Also featured is the serial killer The Butcher from the the film Freaky who has switched bodies with a high school girl after being cursed by The La Dola Dagger, an ancient Aztec blade.

HalloweenHalloween: The evil, masked Michael Myers character wields a knife in a doorway.

Universal Monsters: Legends CollideIconic monster movie characters Dracula, The Wolf Man and The Mummy surrounded by hieroglyphics with the Universal Monsters: Legends Collide logo.

This haunted house will entangle guests in the middle of an epic battle between The Wolf Man, Dracula and The Mummy, together for the first time ever.

The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare

Guests can take a trip into the twisted mind of the award-winning artist The Weeknd as the experience a surreal living nightmare with grotesque characters and themes inspired by his music and films.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

This house will trap you in a funhouse filled with the clowns from the popular movie of murderous clowns. If you're afraid of clowns, you might want to avoid this haunted house!

La Llorona: The Weeping WomanLa Llorena Hollywood Horror Nights

This house features the legend of La Llorona who comes to life to terrorize the living as she mourns the children she murdered.

Scarecrow: The Reaping

The farmland's scarecrows who have remained mute witnesses will now be guardians of destruction and carry out Mother Nature's retribution against the homesteaders for their sins of the past.

Universal Horror Hotel

Guests must escape this hotel haunted by the original owner who was executed years ago for his horrific deeds or risk being a permanent resident.

Halloween Horror Nights EntertainmentAlbum cover image of Jabbawockeez

The main entertainment show at Halloween Horror Nights features Jabbawockeez for a live stage show. This show features amazing choreography, special effects, and Halloween humor. If you've purchased the ticket with the Universal Express Pass, you can get priority seating for this show.

If not, it's typically easier to get a good spot later in the night so you can spend the first half of your evening focusing on the popular mazes.

To get an idea of what this live entertainment group can do, watch this video here:

Halloween Horror Nights Scare ZonesHollywood Horror Nights

The scare zones are similar to the mazes but are smaller and in more contained areas of Universal. The scare zones are just as popular as the mazes and are must to complete once you've finished the mazes you're interested in.

  • “El Pueblo del Terror” is an extension of “La Llorona: The Weeping Woman” as the horror continues once guests exit the haunted house and discover there is no escaping the frightening legend along with other supernatural characters from Latin America’s most frightening myths.
  • “Sideshow Slaughterhouse” turns New York Street into a battle zone as the performers and workers from a seedy carnival sideshow are on a murderous rampage.
  • “Clownsawz” features a demonic troop of clowns who band together to terrorize guests with chainsaws as they enter the park.

Halloween Horror Night Treats and SouvenirsRelated image

You can expect to find an abundance of Horror Nights themed treats and souvenirs at Universal Studios Hollywood when you visit.

As for food, not all dining options will be available during Halloween Horror Nights since some areas are off limits to guests attending the event. Here are your choices for available dining during the event:

  • Hollywood and Dine
  • Plaza Grill
  • Starbucks Upper Lot
  • Mel's Diner
  • Krusty Burger
  • Cletus Chicken Shack
  • Luigi's Pizza
  • Moe's Tavern
  • Lard Lad's Donut
  • Panda Express
  • Jurassic Cafe
  • Studio Scoop
  • Bumblebee Man's Taco Truck

You can find Halloween themed treats like decorated doughnuts, Blood Bags with red drinks inside, zombie themed churros, Halloween cupcakes and cookies, and more. You will also find plenty of pop up carts in the upper and lower lots offering themed food for the event.

Halloween Horror Nights Frequently Asked QuestionsUniversal Maze with Jason

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and our answers to make sure you show up prepared.

What age range is best for Halloween Horror Nights?

I wouldn't recommend Halloween Horror Nights for anyone under the age of 13. But that's just a recommendation- your teenager may not be into horror and get terrified at some of the mazes. When experiencing the thrills at Halloween Horror Nights, it's common for scare actors to jump out at guests and if you don't think your teenager would enjoy that then you may not want to attend.

Halloween Horror Nights are popular with locals though ranging from teenager to adults so you can expect to see large crowds at these events. I personally would leave the smaller kids at home! Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

How can I beat the crowds?

Your best starting point for beating the crowds at Halloween Horror Nights is to purchase your ticket online from Universal in advance which will give you an early entry of 5pm- two hours prior to the official even starting time. Not all mazes are open at that time but the most popular ones tend to be allowing you to cross those off your list early.

We also recommend heading to the mazes first and saving some of the lower wait entertainment for later in the evening. If you're really worried about crowds, you can always buy the ticket with the Universal Express Pass to ensure lower wait times for your group.

Make sure you download the Universal Studios app so you can check current wait times for the mazes and scare zones during the event.

Which attractions are open during the event?

Not all Universal Studios Hollywood daytime attractions and areas are open during this event. These areas and rides will be closed to guests attending Halloween Horror Nights, even if they try to enter for early entry:

  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
  • Studio Tour
  • Regular shows/entertainment like Animal Actors, Waterworld, etc.

The attractions that are open for guests looking to get a break from the frightful activities are:

  • Transformers 3-D
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Jurassic World
  • The Simpsons Ride
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

If you don't want to miss out on the rides that aren't open during Halloween Horror Nights, you may want to consider purchasing a regular daytime ticket too.

What are the rules for attending Universal's Halloween Horror Nights? Can I wear a costume?

No masks, costumes, or items that resemble weapons are allowed. No face paint is allowed although guests can get spooky face paint done during the event.

There are also rules for the mazes that state guests cannot record, take flash photos, bring laser pens or food/water into the maze. Most mazes are wheelchair and ECV accessible, contact Universal for more information on access.

You are not allowed to touch or harm the actors or line jump during the event.

There is no-entry into the event so bring everything you need inside with you when you enter. This is especially important for guests to remember- no dipping out for a quick dinner on City Walk! You won't be allowed back in, no exceptions.

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