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Halloween Horror Nights 2022 at Universal Orlando Resort – Complete Insider’s Guide

Ready for 10 terrifying haunted houses, 5 sinister scare zones, and 2 outrageous live shows? Halloween Horror Nights 2022 will run on select nights from September 2 through October 31, 2022.

Halloween Horror Nights 2022

It’s never too early to start panicking for the nation’s premier Halloween event: Halloween Horror Nights 2022. On these pages, you will find all the information and insider secrets you need to survive the terror – as well as our very best expert advice on how to save time and money as you face your worst fears.

Orlando Informer is proud to provide our readers with the world’s most popular guide to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights event. Just like the entire OI Universal Center, our information is comprehensive, obsessively updated, and completely free. We hope you will use all the wisdom we’ve gained over the years to make sure your family’s HHN trip is one night you will never want to forget!

Once you’ve read through our complete overview of Horror Nights, use the navigation links at the top or bottom of the page to learn so, so much more.

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Halloween Horror Nights 2022 – overview and explanation

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 opening night

Think you have what it takes to survive the biggest names in horror and venture through original, twisted nightmares?

Now in its 31st terrifying event year, Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights puts you right into some of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history. During the day, you can experience the fun and excitement of Universal Orlando’s two amazing theme parks (and water park!). But on select nights from September 2 through October 31, 2022, the streets of Universal Studios Florida come alive with hordes of horrifying mutants, monsters, and maniacs. That’s right – all throughout the night, you’ll be completely immersed in the worlds of The Weeknd, Universal Monsters, and Michael Myers’ Halloween.

With 30 years of experience to draw from, nobody creates a more nightmarish Halloween event than Universal, filled with truly original scares and authentic horror-movie moments. You can explore frightening haunted houses, each remarkably themed and detailed by Universal’s designers and special-effects wizards. You’ll make your way through multiple scare zones, where gory and grotesque creatures lurk around every turn. If you need a break from the scares, enjoy spectacular live shows. And you can experience many of the park’s most exciting rides and attractions.

Halloween Horror Nights is an 11-time winner of Amusement Today’s “Best Halloween Event” Golden Ticket award. Tony Timpone, editor of Fangoria magazine, said, “After visiting scream parks all across the US for the last 20 years, I can easily say that Universal’s is the best in the business… Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween experience.” And the 31st edition of this must-see event promises to bring to life the ultimate in scares past, present, and future.

What are this year’s Halloween Horror Nights dates?

Halloween Horror Nights 2022 runs from Friday, September 2 through Monday, October 31. That’s a grand total of 43 event nights, making it the most ever – and there’s always the possibility that Universal tacks on even more dates, which they have done in both 2018 and 2019. Remember, you can secure discounted single-night tickets from us!

Here’s what the full breakdown of 2022 Halloween Horror Nights dates looks like:

Sept. 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30
Oct. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

Hours for 2022 have yet to be released. However, the event start time has been confirmed to be 6:30 pm. In the past, the end time has varied between 1 am and 2 am.

Do I need a separate ticket for Halloween Horror Nights?

Yes! Halloween Horror Nights is a separately-ticketed event, which means, one way or another, you need to pay for admission. Please know that purchasing a ticket to visit Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure during the day does not get you into Horror Nights automatically – the opposite of other popular Universal annual events, such as Mardi Gras.

Conversely, keep in mind that purchasing admission for HHN does not get you into the parks during the day.

If you plan on attending this event, we highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance. It would be heartbreaking to arrive at Universal Orlando while getting psyched for the night to start, but then tickets are sold out. Tickets purchased online can be printed at home, so you’ll be able to walk directly to the turnstiles.

How busy will Halloween Horror Nights 2022 be on ____ night?

Since this is the most common question we receive, we wanted to answer it right away. Here are what we think will be some of the best nights to visit Halloween Horror Nights:

Sept. 4, 7, 8, 11, 15, 18, 21, 22, 28, 29
Oct. 5, 12, 19, 31

Here are what we think will be some of the busiest nights to visit Halloween Horror Nights:

Sept. 16, 23, 30
Oct. 1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29

To put it more generally, like any theme-park event, Saturdays are the busiest. That means, on the other hand, Wednesdays and the first two weeks tend to be some of the least-crowded nights.

Will there be early access to Halloween Horror Nights?

If you have the opportunity, be certain to take advantage of early access to Halloween Horror Nights when offered. Throughout the entire event, it is typically available to any guest who has daytime admission to Universal Studios Florida and can get inside the turnstiles before 5:00 pm. See our full guide to early access for everything you need to know on this front.

What if you can’t get early access? We suggest getting to the event early – line up at the front gates at least an hour before opening (especially on a weekend night). It may still be light out and the atmosphere may not have fully kicked in, but if you want to see the houses with the shortest possible wait, getting there early is your best option.

If you arrive to the event later than expected, there is still some hope for short lines. Many of those early birds start getting tired and leave the park well before the event ends, so you’ll start to see the wait times drop down the later it gets (keep in mind that, on many dates, Halloween Horror Nights is open until 2:00 am). While this option may not be as ideal as using HHN early access, it’s better than planning on arriving at 8:00 pm and leaving by 11:00 pm.

Will Diagon Alley be open during Halloween Horror Nights 2022 event nights?

We think it will, yes, although we always need to wait on official confirmation from Universal, of course. But for the past six events, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley has been accessible to guests during the scare fest, allowing visitors to ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts and check out all of the various wizarding shops. Just don’t expect the area to have any decorations – or seasonal alterations of any kind – up, whether it’s open or not. Also, note that Gringotts does close early.

What is the Halloween Horror Nights 2022 theme?

A theme for this year’s event has not yet been announced. Last year’s theme revolved around longtime HHN icon Jack the Clown.

How many haunted houses and scare zones will there be?

For the fourth time in a row, there is going to be an absolutely mammoth 10 haunted houses – the biggest lineup in Horror Nights’ entire existence. Universal has also confirmed a grand total of five scare zones and two live shows, which has been the standard number of each for the past few years. Keep scrolling for details on each of those elements.

What are Halloween Horror Nights 2022’s haunted houses?

The Weeknd at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2022

Although there are shows, scare zones, and plenty of terrifying activities as part of Halloween Horror Nights, the haunted houses are the primary attractions for the event.

HHN haunts are best described as “movie-set quality” recreations of fantastic and fearsome locations. Sometimes referred to as mazes, each house is indoors, often set up in the unused queue area of a daytime attraction or one of the Universal soundstages. These haunts rely on every effect you can imagine to scare you, including hideous creatures, blood-curdling sound effects, loud music, tight passages, strobe lights, air bursts, mirror effects, and, of course, very elaborate – and, in many cases, very gruesome – props and set decoration. In general, guests are sent through the houses in a steady flow (sort of like a conga line, versus being “pulsed” through in small groups), and, once inside, each maze is typically a three-to-four-minute experience.

Throughout much of the event’s history, the haunted houses’ themes have been original creations. However, in more recent years, Universal has started basing more and more of its Halloween mazes on third-party licenses (often referred to by fans as intellectual properties, or IPs), such as AMC’s The Walking Dead or, more recently, Netflix’s Stranger Things. So far, this year’s lineup sports four IPs.

The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare

Journey into the mind of The Weeknd and immerse yourself into the creative inspiration for his first album, After Hours. This house will be divided into three sections – a club, hotel, and metro tunnel. You’ll be surrounded by familiar scenes from previous music videos while a soundtrack of six The Weeknd songs is the set to your adventure. Featured songs include “In Your Eyes,” “Heartless,” “Blinding Lights,” “Save Your Tears” (solo version), and “Too Late.”

Read our full analysis here.

Blumhouse Halloween Horror Nights key art
Blumhouse at Halloween Horror Nights 2022

The Horrors of Blumhouse

The Horrors of Blumhouse takes inspiration from the classic Blumhouse productions slasher films – The Black Phone and Freaky. Your heart will be racing as you run from the Blissfield Butcher and attempt your escape from The Grabber.

Read our full analysis here.

Universal Monsters Legends Collide Key Art
Universal Monsters Legends Collide at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 2022

Universal Monsters: Legends Collide

Within Universal Monsters: Legends Collide, visitors are caught in the center of Dracula, The Mummy, and The Wolf Man as they fight one another for the amulet that will free them from their curse. The battle will unfold around you as a victor emerges from the fight and escapes their frightful fate.

Read our full analysis here.

Halloween key art at Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Halloween at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 2022

Halloween

Michael Myers returns to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights for the first time since 2018. Travel back to 1978 where it all began with the classic story of Halloween. Michael Myers has begun his hunt and it is a race to escape his grasp. You never know where he may be while you travel through iconic scenes from the film.

Read our full analysis here.

What are Halloween Horror Nights 2022’s scare zones?

Stopping you mid-breath as you walk between attractions, scare zones are essentially outdoor haunted houses set up in open areas around Universal Studios Florida (for example, in the street area of New York, right in front of Revenge of the Mummy). The decorations and effects are usually not quite as elaborate as the houses. However, there are still many tricks employed to get screams out of guests – and the “oversized” aspects of some zones, allowed by their position outdoors, often make them as thrilling as the average haunt. This is particularly true for the ghastly part of you that likes to watch other people scream their heads off!

None of the zones for 2022 have been announced just yet, however you can find the zones for 2021 below:

30 Years 30 Fears (Avenue of the Stars, Production Central) – this little scare zone tends to operate more as a photo-op than an area filled with frights, mostly due to its location right at the front of Universal Studios Florida, and it seems like 2021 will be no different. But the theming for this year definitely sounds promising, celebrating the big anniversary; look for lots of candles and a big neon Halloween Horror Nights sign to mark the occasion.

Gorewood Forest (Central Park) – in another big reference to HHN’s past mythology, the Terra Queen is returning from her inaugural 2005 showing (just as the mythology foretold she would, 15 years later!). The land of Terra Cruentus is returning, as is the continuous Rituale de Blud, which the queen presides over in order to keep up the harvest of the sweet blood berries.

Crypt TV (San Francisco) – if you’re not familiar with Crypt TV, you will be now. Officially launched in April 2015, and with Eli Roth as a co-founder and Jason Blum as a backer, the company produces short horror videos, primarily for mobile devices, with the goal of creating its own Monsters Universe. Now, guests will be able to make their way past these scary denizens on the streets of the San Francisco backlot.

Seek and Destroy (New York) – The Controller (an alien overlord) is in search of a fuel source – conveniently, he can make fuel from humans. Nowhere is safe, and you’d better move!

Lights, Camera, Hacktion: Eddie’s Revenge (Hollywood) – a studio is in the process of filming a movie about Halloween Horror Nights. On the hot set, HHN Icon Eddie Schmidt and his chainsaw deliver a sequel to the 2009 scare zone of the same name and crash the production. In the process, he brings with him other HHN characters to wreak havoc and chaos.

What are Halloween Horror Nights 2022’s live stage shows?

Halloween Horror Nights features unique and outrageous shows each year, typically the only time that attendees are allowed to sit back and relax. The headlining attraction here used to be Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure, but after an unbelievable 27-year run, Universal pulled the plug on the production in 2017 (you can read our full accounting of the reasons why, as well as a full-on retrospective of the show, in our in-depth feature).

None of the shows for 2022 have been announced just yet, however you can find the shows for 2021 below:

Halloween Nightmare Fuel

Details on this show are limited, but we know that this live show will delve into Halloween Horror Nights mythology and incorporate “nocturnal creatures, aerialists of the night, and frightful fire performers” featuring rock, metal, and electronica music.

Marathon of Mayhem: Carnage Factory

Marathon of Mayhem: Carnage Factory promises to deliver a stunning lagoon show at Universal Studios Florida. In keeping with the general structure of lagoon shows, Marathon of Mayhem should act as a technological masterpiece, incorporating sound and stage elements that go beyond guest expectation.

What are Halloween Horror Nights 2022’s bonus experiences at the hotels?

Over the past few years, Universal has been experimenting more and more with inserting exclusive tie-in experiences into its various hotels, and 2022 is no different.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Just as before, most of the action can be found at Cabana Bay Beach Resort, where two different elements will be at play:

  • Universal Monsters Gallery of Legends – While you enjoy your stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, pose for photos in sets inspired by The Wolf Man, The Mummy, and Dracula. Please note that this experience is exclusive to guests staying at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel.
  • Spooky Swizzle Lounge – This will be the special Halloween makeover for Swizzle Lounge (the hotel’s lobby bar), which in the past has included exclusive Horror Nights-themed libations and snacks, along with a collection of costumes and props from throughout the event’s run.

What about the other Universal Orlando hotels?

If you’re staying at one of the other seven Universal Orlando resorts, worry not! In the past, all Universal Orlando Resort hotel guests have had special access to a dedicated entry gate for Halloween Horror Nights over at Universal Studios Florida. This has yet to be confirmed for 2022.

BONUS: Regular daytime attractions

During Halloween Horror Nights, there are quite a few of the regular attractions running – and since they take a backseat to the horror thrills and chills, they are often walk-ons. While the exact list has not been confirmed for 2022, here is what the list has been in the past:

(And, even better still, if you purchase an HHN Express Pass, it works on the rides in addition to the haunted houses.)

Halloween Horror Nights 2022 – Tribute Store

Early construction for the 2021 Tribute Store

This is the seventh year of the fan-favorite Tribute Store. It’s hard to imagine Halloween Horror Nights without it, as the Tribute Store now essentially serves as its own experience and attraction. We know that the Summer Tribute Store will close on August 7 to prepare for the HHN Tribute Store. However, an exact opening date has yet to be announced.

Last year on August 26, the Tribute Store opened to Team Members and Annual Passholders, and the lines and crowds were a testament to just how eager HHN fans were for this iconic element to return. It started off back in 2015 (comparatively modestly), originally taking up residence in Aftermath, the gift shop attached to the now-retired Twister… Ride It Out attraction (which is today Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon). It was from its very first day a collection of all Halloween Horror Nights merch, but this original iteration was limited by the retail space it was temporarily borrowing; it came across as a Twister-dedicated store that was momentarily possessed by the spirit of Halloween. Even still, Tribute more than earned its name by also collecting a fairly large swath of props, both big and small, from events past, ranging from pieces that were mounted on the wall (say, Resident Evil’s dog puppets from just two years earlier) to larger items that took up space out on the floor (like the Terra Queen’s chopper from 2005).

Crowds gather in the opening hours of the 2021 Tribute Store

It didn’t take long for the Tribute Store to evolve. Starting the very next year, in 2016, it took up residence in its now-customary home, in the Macy’s façade right next to Revenge of the Mummy, occupying two rooms that were designed specifically for the purpose. Initially, Universal would take its roster of various intellectual properties that formed most of that year’s haunted houses and divide them more-or-less evenly among these two rooms, but the arrival of Stranger Things in 2018 changed things up (just as the franchise did with practically everything else HHN). For the next couple of years, at least one room would be specifically dedicated to just one IP, with 2019 adding another variation to the mix by introducing a third themed area (the Tribute Store that year consisted of Ghostbusters-, Stranger Things-, and Universal Monsters-themed spaces). Now in its established four-room layout, 2021 seemed to break tradition with all the rooms in the Tribute Store designed in original theming, therefore excluding IPs.

The infamous HHN Bear has his own Twitter handle – and his own spot in the 2021 Tribute Store

The exterior of the 2021 Tribute Store featured a prominent, classic haunted house design that exceeds previous facades in terms of detail and depth. A stained glass window, faux porch, and scalloped roof tiles are all elements that help create an ominous feeling before entering the store. In fact, compared to Tribute Stores of the past, this one felt much more like you are walking into one of the haunted houses than into a retail experience.

HHN Tribute Store 2021 – photo gallery

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Halloween Horror Nights 2022 – merchandise

Merchandise in Universal's Islands of Adventure for Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Merchandise for Halloween Horror Nights 2022

House-specific merchandise

As each intellectual property house has been announced for Halloween Horror Nights, a related shirt and/or ornament has been released. The one exception to this has been The Weeknd, for which no merchandise has been released at this time.

Lil’ Boo

He’s back, and he’s everywhere. After fans found the loveable pumpkin and named him in 2021, Lil’ Boo has returned with his own collection of merchandise. Options include hats, earrings, buttons, leggings, signage, and more.

Halloween Horror Nights 2022 – FAQ

We’ve collected the most-talked-about topics and questions related to Universal’s popular annual event and deposited them all here for your horror education.

If, for whatever reason, you still can’t find the answers you’re looking for, we strongly recommend that you ask all of your questions in our OI Community Facebook group – with over 150,000 members, you’re going to find all sorts of expertise floating around in there.

Can kids attend Halloween Horror Nights?

This event is not Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Walt Disney World Resort’s annual kid-friendly Halloween bash, set at Universal Orlando; there is no trick-or-treating, and there are no characters dressed up in approachable outfits.

The single purpose of Halloween Horror Nights is to scare you – and, as such, Universal strongly advises that children under the age of 13 do not attend. We tell people that HHN is like a horror movie brought to life – if you like horror movies, you will love Horror Nights; if you don’t like them, you may not like this event.

Just for clarification, the “children under the age of 13″ statement is a guideline, not a policy, so you can bring your kids to HHN, and Universal will not ask for proof of age. However, be aware that if anyone in your party does not like the event and needs to leave early, Universal has the right not to refund used tickets or change the valid date. Since at least one adult will need to leave with an unhappy child, this could prove to be an expensive gamble.

Universal Orlando Halloween Events for Kids

The section above usually leads parents directly to this question: so what can I do with my kids during Halloween at Universal Orlando?

For better or for worse, Universal really puts all of its energy into Halloween Horror Nights. The “for worse” part means the resort isn’t organizing anything for kids this year – at least, not in the size and scope of Horror Nights.

If you have young kids who want to celebrate the holiday, plan on taking them to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or SeaWorld’s Spooktacular. Personally, we recommend SeaWorld – its Halloween event is included with regular admission, and it’s a great experience, too.

Is Halloween Horror Nights too scary?

Are you not a horror fan, generally, but are still maybe, possibly interested in heading to the event? It turns out you should be – there’s more than enough to do here to warrant at least a one-night visit. We explore this possibility in-depth in our HHN guide for non-horror fans.

Will my kids get scared visiting Universal Studios Florida during the day?

This is the other popular question asked by parents with young kids. Because many of the decorations for Halloween Horror Nights are elaborate and large, it’s not possible for Universal to remove everything HHN-related during the regular daytime hours. This means, when touring Universal Studios Florida in September and October, you’ll occasionally come across stuff that looks like this:

Halloween Horror Nights 2021
Halloween Horror Nights 2016
Street decorations from Halloween Horror Nights 2016

The good news is that Universal doesn’t do a single thing during the day like it does during Halloween Horror Nights – not one scareactor, not one siren effect blaring, no sudden air bursts, nothing. So, aside from the oversized props spaced out in a few spots around the park, there is absolutely nothing to fear visiting Universal Studios Florida during the day. Honestly, most of the HHN props look more silly than scary in the bright sunlight.

Think the props will be distracting? Remind your friends that you’re visiting a working movie production studio, so everyone should expect to see miscellaneous props set out around the park!

Do I have to pay for parking at Halloween Horror Nights?

Throughout most of the year, Universal usually offers free parking after 6:00 pm. However, during Halloween Horror Nights, plan on paying full price – $27 for regular self-parking and $60 for preferred self-parking – until at least 10:00 pm. Also, for Premier passholders, remember that the complimentary valet parking benefit is not available during HHN (you can read more in our complete insider’s guide to annual passes).

This is a good place to remind our readers that overnight parking is not allowed at Universal’s main parking garages. If you think you might need to do this, just plan a budget and get a room with Universal at either Cabana Bay Beach Resort or Endless Summer Resort for the night.

What if it rains during Halloween Horror Nights?

While Florida is called “The Sunshine State,” we see still see plenty of rain during the events duration in September and October. Definitely check the forecast before arriving at Halloween Horror Nights and consider bringing extra layers of clothing, as well as rain ponchos. Not only will this help you stay warm and dry, extra layers can also provide a psychological barrier between you and the roaming demon hordes.

Should you attend on a sunny evening, we suggest bringing a pair of sunglasses to wear while waiting in line to make the transition from the outdoor light to the haunts’ lack-of-light easier to adjust to.

Additionally, lockers are available for rent – see our complete guide to rental and ride lockers for more information.

If you happen to forget a light jacket or sweatshirt, don’t worry – Universal has plenty of Horror Nights apparel they can’t wait for you to buy.  Just be ready to pay around $60 for heavier clothing items, like hoodies.

Does Halloween Horror Nights take place at Universal’s Islands of Adventure?

For the most part, no, Islands of Adventure doesn’t have much, if anything, to do with Halloween – in fact, in most respects, you’d be hard-pressed to tell that the holiday was even going on.

There’s one key exception, however, and it’s a doozy: starting in 2019, a new seasonal projection-mapping show came to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade. Called Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle, it’s a celebration of all things dark and dangerous in Harry’s wondrous world, but the best part for Harry Potter and Halloween fans alike is the occasional preshow, which revolves around Death Eaters prowling the streets of Hogsmeade Village. While still not technically holiday-related, it’s nonetheless fun and just a tad on the spooky side.

All Hallows Eve Boutique is a Halloween-themed, seasonal gift shop in Lost Continent. You’ll be able to find Halloween Horror Nights merchandise and other seasonal goodies.

Want to learn more about Halloween Horror Nights?

That’s good because we have so much more to share. Follow the links at the bottom of this page to view our expert advice regarding admission, Express Passes, first-time visitor planning, and more.

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