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Halloween Horror Nights 2021 at Universal Orlando Resort – Complete Insider’s Guide

Halloween Horror Nights 2021

It’s never too early to start panicking for the nation’s premier Halloween event: Halloween Horror Nights 2021 – especially considering that 2020’s outing was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 fans with the world’s most popular unofficial 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!

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Halloween Horror Nights 2021 – overview and explanation

HHN 30 “Trapped” Promotional Video

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

Now in its landmark 30th terrifying event year, Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights, the nation’s premier annual Halloween event, puts you right into some of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history. (Note: 2020 was originally supposed to be the big anniversary celebration, but this was pushed back to 2021 when that year’s event was cut.) 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 3 through October 31, 2021, 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 biggest names in horror.

With 29 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 terrifying 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. You’ll roar with laughter at outrageous live shows. And you can experience many of the park’s most exciting rides and attractions, to boot.

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 30th edition of this must-see event promises to bring to life the ultimate in scares past, present, and future.

What are the dates of this year’s event?

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 runs from Friday, September 3 to Saturday, October 31. That’s a grand total of 42 event nights, which ties it with 2019 for the most ever – and there’s always the possibility that Universal tacks on even more dates, which it’s done in both ’18 and ’19.

Here’s what the full breakdown of the dates looks like:

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

Here are the hours for each night:

Sept. 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30
6:30 pm – 1 am

Sept. 3, 4, + Oct. 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
6:30 pm – 2 am

So, how busy will Halloween Horror Nights 2021 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. 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30

Oct. 3, 6, 7, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28, 31

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

What about COVID-19 safety precautions?

Universal has, so far, acknowledged that there will be some kind of health precautions put into place for Horror Nights this year, but the company hasn’t revealed just what, exactly, those will be – it will “continue to monitor the environment,” it says, and that “specific details […] will be revealed closer to the event’s debut.”

You can see what the current safety regulations are at Universal Orlando Resort in our pandemic guide.

What about 2020’s proceedings?

Although Halloween Horror Nights 2020 was cancelled, Universal still managed to put on a smaller, streamlined, daytime-only mini-event that included (ultimately) three haunted houses that were originally designed for that year’s intended HHN. In addition, it featured a few brand-new elements that many might like to see return for 2021, such as trick-or-treating for the kids and a Scarecrow Stalk treasure trail for the whole family.

While we simply don’t know just yet whether any of these will show up once again, we can point you in the direction of our archived 2020 page to get the full rundown on what transpired during Universal’s most unusual Halloween yet.

Will Diagon Alley be open during Halloween Horror Nights 2021 event nights?

We think it will, yes, although we always need to wait on official confirmation from Universal, of course. But for the past five 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.

What is the Halloween Horror Nights 2021 theme?

For this giant anniversary year, Universal is going with the theme of, “Never go alone.”

And though not a theme, how about something of a visual motif? Jack the Clown, the event’s first original icon (that means, essentially, headlining character), is coming back for the first time in six years to help celebrate the big Horror Nights birthday.

How many haunted houses and scare zones will there be?

For the third time in a row, there is going to be an absolutely mammoth 10 haunted houses – the biggest lineup in Horror Nights’s entire existence. Universal had also confirmed a grand total of five scare zones and two live stage 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 2021’s haunted houses?

Beetlejuice haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights 2021
Beetlejuice at Halloween Horror Nights 2021

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 the pants off 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. This year’s lineup sports four IPs and six original houses.

Here are the 2021 Halloween Horror Nights houses, listed in order of confirmation:

Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience concept art - Halloween Horror Nights 2021
Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience concept art – Halloween Horror Nights 2021

Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience

Built for the cancelled event in 2020 but never utilized, Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience returns for this year, ushering guests into the Grandeur Theater, which has been sealed off from the outside world thanks to a massive earthquake that has struck turn-of-the-20th-century San Francisco. The inhabitants that have been trapped inside have gone crazy, turning on their would-be audience members and butchering and mutilating them – even going so far as to transform them into puppets themselves. Universal’s designers have used the words “creepy” and “gory” to describe this one, and it fully sounds like it’ll fit the part.

Read our full analysis here.

Beetlejuice haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights 2021
Beetlejuice haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights 2021

Beetlejuice

Universal is remaking the cult 1988 film into haunted-house form, hitting all the classic scenes along the way – the model graveyard, the zany corridors of the afterlife, Beetlejuice’s wedding to Lydia Deetz, and, of course, that infamous dinner-party scene. If all this sounds familiar, that’s because most of the same material was realized at 2020’s Tribute Store – and as a maze for that year, which was only open for just one weekend and which looks to be returning in full for this fall.

Read our full analysis here.

The Haunting of Hill House poster
“The Haunting of Hill House” poster

Haunting of Hill House

Based on one of the most critically acclaimed franchises in recent times, The Haunting of Hill House maze promises to bring modern horror to Halloween Horror Nights. The Netflix series launched in October 2018, inspired by the 1959 Shirley Jackson novel of the same name. The series follows the Crain family and is structured by jumping through moments in family members lives between 1992 and 2018. In a beautifully crafted narrative, the story shows the family moving into Hill House, flipping it, and facing the ramifications of those decisions.

Read our full analysis here.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is announced for Universal Studios Florida Halloween Horror Nights 2021

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

It’s one of the biggest names in horror, and it’s here for HHN 30. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was released in 1974 and paved the way for a wave of iconic slasher films that have inspired generations of film – and Horror Nights – lovers ever since. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre maze will be the third iteration of this franchise at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida, and promises to bring legendary moments (like the dinner scene) to life.

Read our full analysis here.

“Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein LIves” maze at Halloween Horror NIghts 2021 at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives

One of the few good things to come out of the pandemic, Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives, lives a second life in its return to Halloween Horror Nights. This maze entertained guests during the 2020 HHN season, and was so well-received that it earned another round for 2021. This year, thrill seekers can experience the wrath of Bride of Frankenstein as she attempts to bring her beloved back to life.

Read our full analysis here.

HHN Icons: Captured

Your favorite Horror Nights Icons band together in one terrifying maze – The Caretaker, The Director, The Usher, The Storyteller, Jack the Clown, and Chance are all together in this all-new, original house. Guests will have to evade the terrors that pursue them, escaping such traps as The Storyteller’s bed of nails and The Caretaker’s mortuary.

Read our full analysis here.

The Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin

A haunted house, a creepy cemetery, and haunted forest all await in The Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin. In this maze, guests will have to do their best to escape the Pumpkin Lord, who reverses the notion of a fall harvest. While we are out collecting and carving pumpkins, the Pumpkin Lord is ready to harvest humans who are foolish enough to enter his house.

Read our full analysis here.

SCarey: Horror in the Heartland

This year is all about celebrating the dynasty that HHN has created, and Carey, Ohio is a foundational part of that dynasty. Although based on a real town, Carey has long served as the fictional place that informs much of Halloween Horror Night’s mythology, and this house will bring together all the most terrifying elements of Carey scare zones and mazes from past years.

Read our full analysis here.

Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth

Harkening back to Halloween Horror Night’s origin story, Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth brings back an icon. Boris Shuster is on the case. Shuster is the leader of Legendary Truth: The Collective, an organization that studies the evil that circulates through Halloween Horror Nights. He has more to do with things than even he is willing to admit, and the only way to find out the full story is to go into the house. Let’s just hope you come out!

Read our full analysis here.

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy

Revenge of the Tooth Fairy joins Beetlejuice and Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives in the line-up of houses returning from 2020’s limited daytime showings. Praised as being the scariest house from last year, Tooth Fairy combines a number of traditional jump scares with the high-quality production value HHN is known for. In this house, you won’t find beautiful fairies flying around, leaving money under pillows for children. Instead, these “fairies” will be chasing guests down in an attempt to extract their teeth.

Read our full analysis here.

What are Halloween Horror Nights 2021’s Jack Attacks?

Jack Attacks at Halloween Horror Nights 2021
Jack Attacks at Halloween Horror Nights 2021

For the first time ever, Universal has added a whole new category to its roster of attractions, right alongside the likes of haunted houses and scare zones: Jack Attacks, which are meant to highlight Jack the Clown’s grand re-introduction on the annual-event stage. Here’s how the company itself describes it:

Jack’s return to Halloween Horror Nights 2021 will be fraught with terror and fear as the grisly circus clown invades every corner of this year’s event with unsuspecting “Jack Attacks” that will send guests running for their lives.

And it really does seem like Universal means “every corner,” with promised appearances in at least one maze and, it would seem, at least one scare zone. And with a barrage of references to his emerging from “the shadows when you least expect” and from “places guests would least expect,” there may even be the possibility of the dreaded clown having a wandering-around-Universal Studios Florida aspect (or, at least, the usage of pre-recorded appearances, which could explain how his “maniacal laughter and infamous quips echo everywhere”). There are several more confirmations and/or revelations to be made in this regard, and we’re excited to see what, exactly, they will be.

Here’s one last thing that we know for certain right now, however – all of Jack’s many appearances across HHN 2021 will incorporate all of his various looks from throughout his two-decade run at the event. This includes his three different incarnations: clown (which dates back to 2000, of course), ringmaster (2007), and rock star (2015).

What are Halloween Horror Nights 2021’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 mazes’, but 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!

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 2021’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, relax, and laugh ‘til their bellies hurt.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).

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 2021’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 2021 is no different – in fact, if anything, it seems like the company is doubling down on this expanded approach for Halloween Horror Nights’s 30th anniversary year.

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:

  • Jack’d Up – this experience will celebrate all things Jack the Clown by allowing you to “take a mind-trip through the chaotic Carnival of Carnage,” the traveling circus that Jack has claimed as his own. You can pose for photos in environments borrowed from the icon’s past (mis)adventures at HHN, including a human-sized blender – but, perhaps, the most tantalizing part of Jack’d Up is the chance to “undergo a maniacal transformation.”
  • Horror Icons Bar – this will be the special Halloween makeover for Swizzle Lounge (the hotel’s lobby bar), which will include exclusive Horror Nights icon-themed libations and snacks, along with a collection of costumes and props from throughout the event’s run.

(Please note that only those guests staying at a Universal Orlando hotel are eligible to enter Jack’d Up, and that its hours are from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm, September 3 to October 31.)

What about the other Universal Orlando hotels?

If you’re staying at one of the other seven Universal Orlando resorts, worry not! You will have special access to a dedicated entry gate for Halloween Horror Nights over at Universal Studios Florida.

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:

(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 2021 – 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. 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 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 seems 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 Tribute Store features 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 feels much more like you are walking into one of the haunted houses than into a retail experience.

The foyer establishes the idea that this is a haunted house — a Victorian-style upholstered love seat and a litany of black-and-white portraits make you feel like you’ve stumbled back in time. As you turn the corner into the first room, this sensation is cemented, and with a few well-learned tricks, Universal makes you feel like you are stepping into a much larger space than you actually are. A faux staircase and two chandeliers beckon you through this first room, where you’ll have to walk around a statue of the beloved HHN Bear as you browse the merchandise and search for easter eggs. The walls are covered in old-looking portraits, weathered mirrors, and other miscellaneous pieces that almost have you asking: “Is anyone home?”

The second room is a beautifully re-created library, complete with deep dark woods, grandfather clocks, and a prominent fireplace that serves as a shrine-like element for the original Horror Nights icon, Jack the Clown. In fact, all of the icons are featured in this room, each with a bust and a painted portrait of their likeness. Smaller items can be purchased here, like mugs, pins, socks, and a few shirts, as the primary function of this space seems to be the design and detail. This room also has a fake second-floor landing that adds texture and dimension not usually found in the Tribute Store.

Familiar faces line the hallway of the 2021 Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store

Fans will know that at this point, you have to walk down a hallway to get to the last two rooms. The hallway usually has fun easter eggs for guests to decipher (for example, facsimiles of original maps of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast were created for the hallway in the 2021 Mardi Gras Tribute Store). This year, folks had the option to purchase a portrait to be placed in this hallway. We see some familiar faces…do you?

The third room of the Tribute Store shifts tone a little bit — you are officially out of the haunted house, and have maybe unwittingly stumbled outside. Trees and shrubbery are heavy design elements in this room, and you realize that the abandoned train car in the yard isn’t just any old thing — it’s a train car for the Shadybrook Home for the Criminally Insane. The smallest of all four spaces, this third room provides one last chance to grab your HHN merchandise.

That’s because the fourth room is all about the food. This year, you can grab popcorn and fudge from Saddle Snacks, or cupcakes and candied apples at Carriage House Confectionery. This is also where you need to go if you have your eye on one of those mason jars featuring Jack the Clown or Chance. Head over to our food and drink guide for a complete list of treats, where to find them, and how much they will cost you.

HHN Tribute Store 2021 – photo gallery

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Halloween Horror Nights 2021 – merchandise

All Hallows Eve Boutique provides a one-stop shop for Halloween lovers.

Beetlejuice

The ghost with the most merchandise is… Betelgeuse! His likeness can be found on shirts, mugs, drink ware, popcorn, hats, and more across Universal Orlando Resort. Our favorite spot to to shop is the newly opened All Hallows Eve Boutique in The Lost Continent at Islands of Adventure.

Jack the Clown

He’s back, and he’s everywhere. You can find merchandise with Jack (and the rest of the Icons) all throughout the park. T-shirts commemorating the return of iconic Halloween Horror Nights host were released this summer. The t-shirts feature a small, classic-looking “Halloween Horror Nights 2021” graphic in the corner of the front of the shirt. A large slash (with Jack’s eyes peeking through) takes up most of the back of the shirt, with the words “I’M BACK!” and a large “Halloween Horror Nights 2021” graphic taking up the rest of the space.

Haunting of Hill House

As the maze itself was being announced, team members at Five and Dime switched out the “Jack’s Back” t-shirts (described above) for Haunting of Hill House preview merchandise. These t-shirts feature a large graphic on the front of the shirt, with “The Bowler Hat Man” from the Netflix series placed prominently in the center.

The first round of these HHN jackets (pictured here at All Hallows Eve Boutique) sold out in one weekend!

Universal Monsters: Bride of Frankenstein Lives!

Appropriately, shirts for Universal Monsters: Bride of Frankenstein Lives! were put on display at Five and Dime immediately following the announcement of the house. The design for these shirts is in the classic horror motif that gives context to the Bride and her origin story. The front of the shirt looks like an old-Hollywood movie poster that will certainly appeal to vintage lovers and classic horror movie connoisseurs. These shirts are currently available at Five and Dime.

Although not technically Bride of Frankenstein, some very cool merchandise featuring Frankenstein himself emerged in the form of the Artist Signature Series. A poster and a shirt with a colorful but classic overlay are sure to catch the eye of any horror-lover. The iconic line: “IT’S ALIVE” is featured prominently on both items. Right now, the shirt is available in All Hallows Eve Boutique, and the poster is available online.

HHN Icons comes to the Five and Dime

HHN Icons: Captured

In keeping with the large-scale excitement for this all-new house, a slew of merchandise was released following the announcement. (One shirt won’t do!) Shirts, Icons collectable glasses, socks, commemorative pins, and saw blade wall decor were all released to honor the Icons house. These items (and more HHN merch) are available at the Five and Dime in Universal Studios Florida and at the newly-opened Tribute Store.

Miscellaneous Merchandise

If nothing you’ve seen so far is to your liking, have no fear! There are still other merchandise options for you to choose from. One of our favorites in this category is the Scarezones t-shirt, which depicts – you guessed it – all five scare zones in a comic-book-like design. A Chucky shirt is also available in a women’s cut, featuring a simple design with “CHUCKY” in large, sparkling letters on a black top.

If apparel isn’t really your thing, there are also a number of collectible BendyFigs of Universal Monsters – Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bride of Frankenstein, and Dracula are all currently listed. A “Mystery Vinyl Figure” Studio Screamer is also available for purchase. The most unique item online (as far as we’re concerned) is a Halloween Horror Nights Midnight Syndicate Vinyl Album. All of the items listed in this section can be found directly on Universal’s website. We’ll let you know when we see them in person!

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 – 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 100,000 members, you’re going to find all sorts of expertise floating around in there.

What Halloween Horror Nights is not

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 cutsey 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’ll probably hate the event. It’s that simple.

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.

What if I’m not a horror fan?

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 (and the first weekend of November), 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!

Is there any Halloween Horror Nights at 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.

I wanna 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.

If you just want to get more of a “feel” for the event, check out our HHN 2013 video playlist on YouTube – you can experience the atmosphere of the event and see exactly what the scare zones looked like from that year.

Do you have a question about the information on this page, would like to provide feedback, or did you spot an inaccuracy? Please let us know by posting in our Orlando Informer Community on Facebook.
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