Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!
What about you? Do you love it to?
Well, if you love Halloween, you need to go to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.
It's seriously so much fun.
The problem with Halloween Horror nights is that there's so much to do in so little time.
So, today, I'm going to give you my tips for seeing all 9 (or 10) houses in ONE night (without purchasing fast passes)!
Yes, it can be done!
This is definitely an intense event.
If you don't like watching scary movies or going to the local haunted houses, you might want to skip this event.
However, if you love a good scary movie, Universal Studios does a phenomenal job bringing your favorite horror movies to life!
The theme park employs people to dress up according to the house and scare zones they are assigned to. Their main objective is to scare you. And--oh my goodness--they are really good at their jobs!
There are few safe zones in the park, but most of it is a purely terrifying!
So, if you go, you have to want to be scared!
Also, as this is an intense event, if you have any medical conditions that might be exacerbated by an event like this, you might not want to go. They have many warnings at the entrance to all houses. Read more information about accommodations here.
Please check out Universal Studio's website to learn more about ticket pricing and event dates!
10 Tips to Help You See All the Haunted Houses
1. Pick a Less Busy Date to Go
Try to pick a date that works well for you but also isn't the busiest.
Saturday is the most expensive day to go. It is also the busiest.
Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are the cheapest days to go. They are also less busy.
Fridays are busy, but if you manage your time well you can still get through most, if not all, of the haunted houses.
We always have gone on a Thursday or a Friday night. It simply depends on our schedules for the year.
I would recommend visiting the park on a night that it is open until 2 am. This gives you an extra hour to explore the scare zones and visit the houses.
Also, I will say that I have heard that the event is much less busy during the first couple weeks it opens. I don't know this for a fact since I tend to go in the middle of October, but I have heard this from friends.
2. Choose Which Houses You Absolutely Can't Miss Before You Enter the Park
Talk with your friends and figure out which haunted houses you guys absolutely can't miss!
Sometimes, when it comes down to it, you have to choose a house or two to miss out on.
It'll be a lot easier to prioritize the haunted houses if you know all of the must-visits before you even walk into the park.
3. Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Get to the Theme Park!
Give yourself more time than you think you'll need.
If it's going to take you 3 hours to drive there, make sure you give yourself more time than that for traffic!
We (my friends and I) live about 2.5 hours away, and we like to leave about 5 hours before the event starts because of the horrible Orlando traffic. This also gives us time to eat before the event starts.
4. Make Sure Your in Line to Get in the Park before the Event Starts
You are going to wait in line to get in, so make sure you get in line before the event's start time.
I promise that you won't stand around waiting forever.
If you get in line 30 minutes before the gates "open," they're not going to make you wait.
They're going to let you right in.
There will likely already be a line to get in, but it should move pretty quickly. If everyone is lined up in the middle of the gates, which they usually are, check to the left and right of the crowd because there are usually shorter lines.
And, since you're there before the event technically even starts, you are there before thousands of people, giving you the unique opportunity to jump in short lines for a couple of houses before the park starts to fill up.
5. Eat Before Entering the Park
We usually eat at City Walk before we get in line to enter the park.
This means that once we enter the park we are all business!
Eventually we make stops for drinks and snacks, but leaving the 1st hour of the event open for haunted houses really helps.
We usually can get through two or three in the first hour!
6. Once You Enter the Park, Get in a Short Haunted House Line
You can go about this one of two ways.
You can jump in line at the very first haunted house (by the Minions ride) or the second one (by the stage).
Both of these are usually houses for pretty well-known movies/shows. So, they will likely be popular throughout the night, making both good choices for your first house.
Or, you can make you way to the back of the park, and start at one of the popular ones back there.
Personally, I save the most popular haunted house for the end of the night. I'll talk more about this later.
Check you Universal Studios App for wait times and line locations!
Don't spend 10 minutes looking, just find one close and short and jump in line!
7. Keep Jumping in the Shortest Lines
Use your Universal Studios app to find the shortest lines.
You'll be bouncing around to all ends of the park, but this will give you time to enjoy some drinks and scare zones!
Sometimes, the more popular houses will just have long wait times, but if you're not there on a Saturday, you generally don't have to wait longer than an hour for anything!
Last year, we managed our time well, and I believe the longest we waited was 45 minutes!
Granted, this doesn't happen every year we go, but it's certainly our goal!
8. Stop to Smell the Roses
This sounds counterproductive, but it's important!
I know that you're all business.
I usually am too.
But, here's the thing: you want to enjoy yourself!
So, slow down every now and again while you're there.
Don't just power walk through the scare zones, enjoy them!
Also, you should take pictures with the monsters in the scare zones! (Yes, you can do that.)
These will make great mementos that you can hang onto.
9. Get Drinks in Line
If you like bottled beer and jello shots, you can skip the concession line and just get your alcohol while you wait for the houses!
If you do want a mixed drink or draft beer, you will have to wait in line at a concession stand.
Just make sure that your group is ordering drinks at the same time.
One year, we kept stopping for one person to get a drink only to have someone else want to stop for a drink shortly after. What a waste of time!
10. Do the Most Popular House Last
This is the best piece of advice I can give you!
I cannot tell you how much time this has saved us each year!
There is always an incredibly popular house. This house's line doesn't usually go below 1.5 hours and can surge to well over a 2 hours!
Save this one for last!
As long as you jump in line 15 minutes before the park closes, they have to let you go through the line! Just make sure not to cut it too close, give yourself a few extra minutes to walk (or run) there!
We use these strategies every year, and we usually get to see 8-9 houses, all of the scare zones, and at least one ride!
This year is the first year there will be 10 haunted houses! So, we'll have to manage our time well in order to see them all in one night.
I hope these tips help you guys get the most out of your trip to Halloween Horror Nights!
Are you planning on going to Halloween Horror Nights this year ?!
If so, let me know which house you are most excited about seeing in comments below!
Until next time,