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Insider’s guide to HHN 2019’s exclusive food and drinks

Halloween Horror Nights 2019

Surviving all the haunted houses, hitting all the scare zones, and catching all the stage shows over the course of the night can sure work up quite the appetite – and, on the other side of the gastronomical divide, Halloween Horror Nights has a long and well-entrenched history of mixing booze with its scares. In order to satiate both your stomach and your thirst, Universal has a wide assembly of tents, bars, and concoctions, some of which are just as exclusive and ever-changing as the mazes and zones themselves are.

Not only has interest in these tasty delights been increasing over the past few years, Universal itself has been keen to simultaneously expand and contract its culinary offerings. It’s a lot to keep track of, and since you’re already preoccupied with looking up Horror Nights’s latest attractions and memorizing the best touring plan, we’ve decided to take care of everything for you.

So sit back and relax – until you’re chased around Universal Studios Florida by Killer Klowns and yetis, that is.

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October 1, 2019

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Halloween Horror Nights 2019 – the drinks

Let’s face it – just as the houses are the heart of Halloween Horror Nights’s horror attractions, drinks are the heart of its culinary lineup. They’re the items that everyone clamors after, the fuel that propels many an otherwise-nervous guest through the night’s thrills and chills.

They were also, in the case of the 2017 event, the cause of much controversy, as Universal made an attempt to tamp down a bit on HHN’s free flow of alcohol. Don’t worry, though – it seems like for this year, things are continuing to move back to normal, if only a little.

Let’s go over everything step by step, from what, exactly, is offered at Horror Nights 2019 to where you can find it.

HHN 2019’s mixed drinks

What is a mixed drink? A beverage in which two or more ingredients are mixed together – simple as that. (No, a mixed drink doesn’t have to be alcoholic in nature, although most of the famous ones are exactly that.)

Universal has a wide range of this trusty favorite, and they can be broken down into two clear-cut categories: the HHN event drinks (or, sometimes, signature drinks) are special concoctions that are exclusive to the annual event and which always change from year to year; everything else is, well, everything else – you can ask the bartenders to make whatever your little horror heart desires, whether that be a screwdriver or a Long Island iced tea.

Event drinks

The four event drinks at Halloween Horror Nights 2019
The four event drinks at Halloween Horror Nights 2019

There are four Halloween Horror Nights event drinks for 2019, each inspired by ’80s beverages:

  • The Saturn – Hayman’s London Dry Gin, Velvet Fallernum liqueur, passion fruit puree, sour mix.
  • Vampire’s Curse – Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, fruit punch, sour mix.
  • The Twilight Galaxy – Corazon Blanco Tequila, Mr. Boston Watermelon Schnapps, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine.
  • Blood Pit – St. Augustine Vodka, Finest Call Blood Orange Sour, Bols Peach Schnapps, orange juice.

These can be found at any of the several drink tents or stands that have been set up all over Universal Studios Florida, and they cost $13.99 (a price which includes a 20-ounce souvenir cup) for your first pour and $9.99 for every refill. (Be advised that some attendees routinely believe that the alcoholic content is pretty low in these event drinks, at least in comparison to their price tags.)

And just a note for all those HHN collectors out there: for the first time ever, the limited-quantity souvenir cups will release in a staggered fashion, “with a new one becoming available on a weekly basis,” according to Universal.

Other mixed drinks, beers, and wine

This year, Universal will be serving up several ’80s-inspired cocktails, including the Blood Pit-Fuzzy Navel and Vampire’s Curse.

Additionally, as in every year, each drink tent will serve a full assortment of beer and wine, whose prices start at $8.99 and $8.49, respectively. Draft beer, meanwhile, comes in a couple of different price points: a beer in a basic cup begins at $9.99, in a 20-ounce souvenir cup starts at $13.29, and souvenir refills begin at $9.99.

What’s that – you need to know which beers, exactly, are on hand? No problem:

  • Angry Orchard Hard Cider
  • Corona Extra
  • Dogfish Head Flesh and Blood IPA
  • Goose Island IPA
  • Jai Lai IPA
  • Miami Weiss
  • Original Sin Hard Cider
  • Pacifico Clara
  • Sam Adams Oktoberfest
  • Sapporo
  • Shipyard Pumpkinhead
  • Terraria

Just please be aware that different locations may have different selections of beers.

HHN 2019’s frozen drinks

Candy Corn frozen drink at Halloween Horror Nights 2019
Candy Corn frozen drink at Halloween Horror Nights 2019

For the past two years, Universal has added an extra layer of exclusive liquid refreshments to Horror Nights: the frozen beverage. Not only does the practice continue for this year, but the very same two concoctions from 2018 return:

  • Syrup & Waffles – a delicious blend of flavors that even has tiny waffles on top (in honor of Eleven from Stranger Things).
  • Candy Corn – the bottom layer is toasted marshmallow, the middle is the traditional candy corn flavor, and the top is whipped cream with sprinkles.

Both of these “specialty frozen beverages” cost $4.99 and are available at two locations: the Gramercy Popcorn stand and Production Central Veranda, which is the take-out window of Cafe La Bamba.

HHN 2019’s Jell-O shots

It used to be that Jell-O shots were synonymous with Halloween Horror Nights – “shot girls” would endlessly prowl the premises, and the haunted houses’ longer queues would feature carts that had “trees” hanging with the specialty drinks. Just as it has been for the past two years, however, these iconic items continue to be MIA – which means that those trees are again decorated with popcorn instead of alcohol.

 

Halloween Horror Nights 2019 – the food

Just because Halloween Horror Nights’s food offerings tend to be overshadowed by their liquid counterparts, don’t think for one second that they’re any less noteworthy – or tasty.

Much like the drink tents, you can find a number of these dishes (some of which are similarly exclusive to HHN) at specially-erected locations all throughout Universal Studios Florida. Just don’t expect to come across as many of the food stands as the beverage ones – as has been the case for the past few years, many of the plates have been moved indoors to the regularly-operating restaurants.

Before we dive into what culinary options there are for Horror Nights 2019, please be aware of this super-important note: most of these items are exclusive to just one location, so if you have your eye (or is that your tummy?) on one of them in specific, you’ll have to make a special stop.

HHN 2019’s food offerings

Ghostbusters Ghost Trap Popcorn
Ghostbusters Ghost Trap Popcorn

Looking to continue the trend that was started last year, Stranger Things seems to have an outsize influence on many of HHN 2019’s dishes; there’s the Starcourt Mall Food Court, for example, which is a series of tents located outside of Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe and Finnegan’s Bar & Grill that are dedicated to the different restaurants spotted in the background of this past summer’s Stranger Things 3. Be on the lookout for Imperial Panda (whose specialty is Chinese food), Ole Amigo (Mexican), and Hawkins’ Heroes (subs).

But not everything, of course, is Netflix-informed; the now-legendary Pizza Fries, which immediately became an annual staple upon their introduction in 2017, are back, and the brand-new S’mores Fries are also looking to make a major splash on the horror culinary scene.

  • 3 Meat Hero ($13.49) – turkey, roast beef, ham, provolone, lettuce, and tomato. Topped with our Hawkins special sauce and served on a hoagie roll, with rosemary kettle chips on the side. Available at Starcourt Mall Food Court.
  • Bao Bun ($10.99) – orange chicken bao bun, served with fried wonton chips. Available at Starcourt Mall Food Court.
  • Bento Box ($11.99) – served with an orange chicken bao bun, Szechuan beef pot stickers, fried wonton chips, and ginger soy dipping sauce. Available at Starcourt Mall Food Court.
  • Chocolate-dipped Bacon on a Stick ($7.99) – available at Starcourt Mall Food Court.
  • Ghostbusters Ghost Trap Popcorn – a popcorn bucket filled with “Slimer-green” popcorn and inspired by the Ghostbusters’ containment unit. Available at popcorn carts throughout the park.
  • Grilled Street Corn ($5.49) – garlic chipotle crema, chili spice, cotija cheese, and fresh lime. Available at Starcourt Mall Food Court.
  • Merrill’s Mini Pumpkin Doughnuts ($8.99) – 11 (of course!) pumpkin patch mini-donuts on a bed of Oreo crumbles, topped with a green frosting drizzle (and inspired by Stranger Things 2). Available at Starcourt Mall Food Court.
  • Dipping sauces ($.99) – strawberry, chocolate, or caramel (for the mini-donuts). Available at Starcourt Mall Food Court.
  • Nachos Queso Fundido ($9.99) – chorizo and serrano white cheese sauce, crunchy tortilla chips, fresh jalapenos, tomato salsa, and cilantro. Available at Starcourt Mall Food Court.
  • Pizza Fries – pizza sauce on the bottom, fries in the middle, and mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and sausage on top. Available at KidZone Pizza Company.
  • Pot Stickers ($10.99) – Szechuan beef pot stickers, served with freid wonton chips and ginger soy dipping sauce. Available at Starcourt Mall Food Court.
  • S’mores Fries – a “killer combination” of sweet potato fries, marshmallows, chocolate chips, and Graham Cracker crumbs. Available at KidZone Pizza Company.
  • Triple Decker Extravaganza – returning from 2018, this is a stack of waffles, whipped cream, and candy (featured in Stranger Things 2). Available at San Francisco Bakery.
  • Twinkie ($5.99) – in honor of Zombieland, Twinkies have been added to HHN’s food proceedings. There’s nothing special about them, however – besides their exorbitant price tag. Available at a cart in front of Auntie Anne’s.
  • Twisted Tater ($7.99) – choice of sour cream and chive, garlic parmesan, seasoned salt, or salt and vinegar. Available near the entrance to Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone.
  • Veggie Hero ($13.49) – roasted portobello, squash, zucchini, carrot, roasted pepper veganaise. Served on a hoagie roll, with rosemary kettle chips on the side. Available at Starcourt Mall Food Court.

(For pictures of most of these items, be sure to scope our photo gallery at the bottom of the page.)

So, what restaurants are open during Halloween Horror Nights 2019?

Although some of these venues change their menus to reflect a different – and, in some cases, exclusive – lineup, basically every single one of Universal Studios Florida’s eateries are open during Halloween Horror Nights. There is one glaring exception here, and it should come as no surprise to those who are used to hearing about writer JK Rowling’s tight-fisted control over her property: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley’s The Leaky Cauldron remains closed during the event.

Bonus: out-of-park options

The Stranger Things Run and Waffle Doughnuts
The Stranger Things Run and Waffle Doughnuts

Just because you leave Universal Studios Florida doesn’t mean that you also have to leave the horror behind – a couple of out-of-park locations are getting in on the Halloween Horror Nights action, helping to extend your scary immersion (to one degree or another).

Voodoo Doughnut

Voodoo Doughnut over in CityWalk is currently offering a whopping three special-edition HHN doughnuts this year:

  • Stranger Things Waffle Doughnut ($3.75) – a yeast shell filled with maple Bavarian cream and topped with maple frosting and a waffle.
  • Stranger Things Run Doughnut ($3.75) – a yeast shell filled with maple Bavarian cream and topped with vanilla frosting and M&M’s.
  • Vampire Doughnut ($3.75) – a yeast bar filled with Oreo Bavarian cream and topped with vanilla frosting.

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen is also getting in on the action for the very first time! Prepare to indulge in Jacque-O-Lantern, a cinnamon- and pumpkin-flavored shake.

Bayliner Diner

Cabana Bay Beach Resort‘s main eatery, Bayliner Diner, may not be serving up specially-themed goodies like Voodoo is, but it’s nonetheless providing a much-needed service: it’ll stay open until one hour after Halloween Horror Nights ends (meaning either 2:00 or 3:00 am, depending upon the date) and will sell such grab-and-go items as pizza, sandwiches, chips, beer and wine, and, but of course, candy. Consider it the perfect post-event snack-fest.

 

Halloween Horror Nights 2019 – food and drink photo gallery

That’s all we got for our Halloween Horror Nights 2019 guide to food and drinks. Please keep in mind this is only one page in our HHN insider’s guide – for the most effective planning, please be sure to read through all of our pages, which you can access at any time using the navigation links at the top and bottom.

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Halloween Horror Nights 2019