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Universal Studios Orlando Halloween Horror Nights (HHN30) 2021

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Halloween Horror Nights [© 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved]

Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) at Universal Orlando is consistently voted “Best Halloween Event” by Amusement Today in their Golden Ticket award. This event is not recommended for children under the age of 13 and costumes and masks are not allowed.

In 2020 Universal took the decision to cancel the event as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Halloween Horror Nights returns in 2021 and celebrates 30 years with the new tagline “Never Go Alone”.

It runs at Universal Studios (not Islands of Adventure) for 42 nights between September 3 and October 31. Sometimes Universal add additional dates. Event night dates are:

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

Over the last few years, the number of Halloween Horror Nights has increased year on year with 30 nights in 2015, 33 in 2016, 34 in 2017 and 2018 and then 41 in 2019.

Halloween Horror Night dates for 2021

Halloween Horror Night calendar for 2021

Regular park visitors must exit the park by 5 p.m. and the Halloween attraction opens each night at 6:30 p.m. Closing times vary between 1 a.m. in September and 2 a.m. in October.

It is a separately ticketed event and is not included with regular admission. Note that the normal free parking after 6 p.m. is not available on Halloween Horror Nights.

New for 2021 is a Halloween Horror Nights Scream Early upgrade that allows you to enter the park between 3 and 5 p.m.

If you are already in the park prior to 5 p.m. then you can take advantage of Universal’s “Stay and Scream” arrangement. There are holding locations at Springfield and Central Park where you can wait until around 6 p.m. when you can head for the haunted houses giving you a head start on guests arriving at the main gates.

Special themed ultra-realistic “house” mazes and scare zones “streets” are set up to frighten the guests along with live entertainment. Universal recruit thousands of extra staff called “scare actors” who dress up as mutants, monsters and zombies to roam the darkened streets.

The houses are indoor sets often recreating scenes from horror movies whereas the scare zones and street experiences are outside spaces connecting different areas of the park (and hence easier to escape from if you find the experience too intense).

Halloween Horror Nights is in marked contrast to family-friendly Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Legoland Halloween celebrations and is not for the faint hearted. If you are an ardent fan of horror movies you will probably “enjoy” it, if that is the right word?

Some children may find some of the attractions too intense. Note that there are no children’s ticket prices and like all “adult” Halloween theme park events, no costumes or masks are allowed. If you arrive in a costume or mask you will be turned away at the gate.

Universal gradually releases information about their Halloween Horror Nights over a period of several months, usually starting in June.

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Rides

Some of Universal Studios other attractions remain open during Halloween Horror Nights including:

  • Transformers: The Ride-3D
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Men in Black Alien Attack
  • Fast & Furious: Supercharged
  • The Simpsons Ride
  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • Diagon Alley

The normal daytime Express Passes and those given to Universal Resort Hotel guests are not valid during Halloween Horror Nights. You need a separate Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass to give you front of line access to the houses and scare zones.

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Houses and Scare Zones

Each year Universal introduces new haunted house mazes and street scare zones and 2021 will have ten houses, five scare zones and two live shows.

Three of the houses this year are based on houses planned for 2020; namely Beetlejuice, Revenge of the Tooth Fairy and Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives.

The ten houses for 2021 include:

  • Beetlejuice — based on the film, experience scenes from the film but watch out for the Bio-Exorcist
  • The Haunting of Hill House — from the Netflix series with scenes including the Red Room and the Hall of Statues
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre — from the 1974 film of the same name, you must explore the Sawyer home and escape from Leatherface (previously appeared in 2016)
  • Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives — follows on from the 1935 “The Bride of Frankenstein” film as the bride tries to revive Frankenstein in the lab
  • Halloween Horror Nights Icons: Captured — come face to face with some of HHN’s most feared characters; The Caretaker, The Director, The Usher, The Storyteller, Jack the Clown and his assistant Chance
  • Welcome to SCarey: Horror in the Heartland — welcome to Carey, Ohio inhabited by vampires creatures and butchers
  • Case Files Unearthed: Legendary Truth — join a private eye investigating the supernatural
  • The Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin — break free from the immovable vines of the Pumpkin Lord and avoid being sacrificed
  • Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience — avoid being turned into a human puppet
  • Revenge of the Tooth Fairy — see what happens to children who do not give their teeth to the tooth fairy at the old Victorian manor house

There are the five Scare Zones/Street areas in 2021:

  • Crypt TV — a dark universe inhabited by monsters including The Look-See, Harclaw and Miss Annity
  • 30 Years 30 Fears — monsters from the last 30 years of Halloween Horror Nights return
  • Seek and Destroy — avoid being turned into fuel when an alien cyber army take over New York
  • Gorewood Forest — the Terra Queen is back
  • Lights Camera Hacktion: Eddies Revenge — meet Jack the Clown’s brother with his chainsaw

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Shows

Universal has announced that there will be two live shows in 2021:

  • Marathon of Mayhem: Carnage Factory — a fountain projection show set in the Universal Studios’ Lagoon featuring Universal Monsters, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Haunting of Hill House and more
  • Halloween Nightmare Fuel — featuring fire, pyrotechnics and aerial performers

In previous years, Halloween Horror Nights had traditionally run two shows; “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” which parodied scenes from TV, the movies and pop music and in 2016 there was a new show called “Academy of Villains: House of Fear”.

For 2017 Academy of Villains returned with a new production called “Academy of Villains: Afterlife” but Universal announced that after 26 years, 2017 would be the last year for Bill & Ted as they presented “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure 2017: The Farewell Tour”.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure brought together Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan from the original film from 1989 for one last time.

New for 2019 was a new fountain projection Lagoon show called “Halloween Marathon of Mayhem” featuring iconic scenes from some of the top horror films and TV shows including Ghostbusters, Universal Monsters, Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Netflix’s Stranger Things. Show times are at 10 p.m. 11 p.m. and midnight.

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Scareactor Dining Experience

Also new from 2016 was the Halloween Horror Nights Scareactor Dining Experience at the Classic Monsters Café. You could enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat themed dinner buffet from 5 p.m. plus photo opportunities with Halloween scareactors.

Price was $49.99 per person plus tax on select nights and reservations were required. No details have been released yet regarding 2021.

You can still get your fix of Halloween themed food and drinks at various locations in the park, for example Twisted Frank, Frankenstein Cupcake, Bride Wedding Cake, Bourbon Donut Beef Sliders and many more.

The Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store has a range of cakes including jar cakes and you will find other delights at the Revenge of the Tooth Fairy kiosk, Wicked Growth: Realm of the Pumpkin kiosk, Jacks Place and Carnival Courtyard, Twisted Tater, Kidzone Pizza Company, Classic Monster Café and various tents and carts. Don’t forget Voodoo Donuts in CityWalk is offering a Bride of Frankenstein cake and Dracula’s Kiss donut.

Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store

Now in its sixth year, the Tribute Store is a combination of Halloween themed walk-through attraction, quick service eatery and retail gift store.

It first opened in 2015 as part of the 25th celebrations of Halloween Horror Nights bringing together props and memorabilia from past years. It was located in the soon to shut gift store of the Twister… Ride It Out attraction.

It returned the following year but this time in the Macy’s shop façade next to the Revenge of the Mummy roller coaster and has been there ever since. Instead of looking to the past it started to showcase the current houses with props and merchandise inspired by the associated films and TV series.

The store grew in 2019 with the addition of a third room and then a fourth in 2020.

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Ticket Prices

This is a separately ticketed event. Weekend tickets tend to sell out first so it pays to purchase your tickets in advance rather than just turn up at the gate particularly if you are planning on going on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night.

It is always cheaper to buy in advance online. There are no child ticket prices as it is not recommended to children under the age of 13.

If you were visiting the park during the daytime then you used to be able to buy an “Add-On” upgrade ticket which gave you Halloween Horror Nights admission on top of your regular daytime admission but this offer seems to have been dropped. Prices vary depending upon the day of the week with Saturday night being the most expensive. You did not have to use your Halloween Horror Nights ticket on the same day as your daytime admission.

If you are planning on making more than one visit then you could buy a variety of Frequent Fear Passes which give you access on multiple dates.

The “Rush of Fear” is the cheapest option and gives you up to 16 nights during the first 3 weeks. The ultimate ticket is the “Ultimate Frequent Fear Plus" which gives you every single night.

Halloween Horror Night Express passes are also available. An Express Pass allows you to bypass the line once on each haunted house and ride/attraction. You can also get a combined Fear Pass and Express Pass.

Florida residents can often get a discount on a single night admission and Annual Passholders can also get discounts depending upon the day of the week.

Unless stated otherwise, all Halloween Horror Night upgrades also require a regular Halloween Horror Nights admission ticket.

Halloween Horror Nights Single Admission Ticket Adult
Standard single evening admission to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.
Online only.
from $70.99 to $97.99
plus tax
Halloween Horror Nights Scream Early Adult
Early park admission between 3 and 5 p.m.
Separate Halloween Horror Nights admission for the same day is required and not included.
$30.00
Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass
Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass allows you to bypass the regular lines at the haunted houses and participating rides and attractions (one visit per house, ride or attraction).
Prices vary by date.
from $89.99 to $169.99
plus tax
Halloween Horror Nights Rush of Fear Access Pass Adult
Visit Halloween Horror Nights multiple times during first three weeks (first 16 nights).
Valid on select nights only between September 3 and 26. Gate price $149.99.
$129.99
plus tax
Halloween Horror Nights Rush of Fear Access Pass including Express Pass Adult
Visit Halloween Horror Nights multiple times during first three weeks (first 16 nights) and bypass the regular lines at the haunted houses and participating rides and attractions (one visit per house, ride or attraction).
Valid on select nights only between September 3 and 26. Gate price $419.99.
$399.99
plus tax

The Rush of Fear Access Passes can be upgraded to an Ultimate Frequent Fear Plus Access Pass on or before September 29.

Halloween Horror Nights Frequent Fear Access Pass Adult
Visit Halloween Horror Nights every Sunday through Thursday plus first weekend (26 nights).
Valid on select nights only (excludes Friday and Saturday nights). Gate price $179.99.
$159.99
plus tax
Halloween Horror Nights Frequent Fear Access Pass including Express Pass Adult
Visit Halloween Horror Nights every Sunday, through Thursday plus first weekend (26 nights) and bypass the regular lines at the haunted houses and participating rides and attractions (one visit per house, ride or attraction).
Valid on select nights only (excludes Friday and Saturday nights). Gate price $479.99.
$459.99
plus tax
Halloween Horror Nights Frequent Fear Plus Access Pass Adult
Visit Halloween Horror Nights every Sunday through Friday plus the first and last Saturday (35 nights).
Valid on select nights only (excludes some Saturdays). Gate price $209.99.
$189.99
plus tax
Halloween Horror Nights Frequent Fear Plus Access Pass including Express Pass Adult
Visit Halloween Horror Nights every Sunday through Friday plus the first and last Saturday (35 nights) and bypass the regular lines at the haunted houses and participating rides and attractions (one visit per house, ride or attraction).
Valid on select nights only (excludes some Saturdays). Gate price $549.99.
$529.99
plus tax
Halloween Horror Nights Ultimate Frequent Fear Plus Access Pass Adult
Visit Halloween Horror Nights on any night and get complimentary regular parking after 5 p.m.
Valid on all 42 Halloween Horror Nights. Gate price $304.99.
$284.99
plus tax
Halloween Horror Nights Ultimate Frequent Fear Plus Access Pass including Express Pass Adult
Visit Halloween Horror Nights any night and bypass the regular lines at the haunted houses and participating rides and attractions (one visit per house, ride or attraction).
Valid on all 42 Halloween Horror Nights. Gate price $749.99.
$729.99
plus tax
Halloween Horror Nights Behind-the-Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tour Adult
Daytime VIP walking tour of three or six of the haunted houses with the lights on. Tour lasts 2 1/2 to 3 hours for the three house tour and 5 to 6 hours for the six house tour.
Prices vary by date. Theme park and/or Halloween Horror Nights admission tickets are not required.
from $79.99 (3 houses)
$129.99 (6 houses)
plus tax
Halloween Horror Nights R.I.P. Tour Adult
Guided VIP walking tour of Halloween Horror Nights with front-of-line entry to haunted houses. Includes complimentary valet parking, pre-tour reception at Café La Bamba, access to exclusive cash bar locations, reserved seating at select shows and Universal Express Unlimited ride access.
Prices vary by date. Individual parties of up to 6 guests. Private tours also available and required if more than 6 in the party.
from $229.99
plus tax

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 R.I.P. Tours

Universal normally offer VIP tours but for Halloween Horror Nights they had separate R.I.P tours, both private and non-private. R.I.P tours typically take around four hours.

The Non-private Tours include exclusive entrance to Universal Studios Florida, complimentary standard valet parking subject to availability, access to the R.I.P Lounge at Cafe La Bamba with light appetisers and desserts, priority VIP entry to R.I.P Tour haunted houses (one entry per house with the tour guide), reserved seating at selected shows and Universal Express Unlimited™ ride access to all available regular park attractions (excluding haunted houses) at the end of the tour. There are also special cash bars available.

Prices start at $2299.99 per person but do not include regular HHN admission tickets. Parties of 7 or more must book a private tour.

The Private Tours are for groups of up to 12 people and include all the same benefits plus the ability to customise your tour. Prices start at $1,599 per group and again do not include regular HHN admission tickets.

There is also a “behind the scenes” tour.

The Behind-the-Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tours take place during the day (morning or afternoon, before the HHN event starts) and give you an overview of the whole event plus a “lights-on” look at either three or six of the haunted houses. Prices for three houses are from $79.99 plus tax in addition to the regular park admission. The six house tour costs from $129.99 plus tax.

Duration is at least two and half hours or five to six hours respectively.

This “upgrade” is during the daytime and actually does not require a regular Universal Studios or a Halloween Horror Nights admission ticket.

Premier and Preferred Annual Passholders can get savings on admission tickets and Frequent Fear passes.

Universal also offers a special “Gory Getaway” packages at both their own on-site resort hotels and partner hotels.

Halloween Horror Nights Past Years

Halloween Horror Nights was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but Universal decided to open three of the planned houses for a limited time during normal daytime admission:

  • Beetlejuice
  • Bride of Frankenstein Lives
  • Revenge of the Tooth Fairy

They also opened a large tribute store.

The ten houses for 2019 included:

  • Stranger Things — based on seasons 2 and 3 of the hit Netflix series, featuring Chief Hopper’s cabin and the Starcourt Mall with snarling Demodogs
  • Nightingales: Blood Pit — witness the gladiatorial games in Ancient Rome but beware of the Nightingales
  • Universal Monsters — face-off against some of the world’s worst monsters including Dracula, Wolfman, Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Mummy
  • Depths of Fear — underwater adventure as you try to escape infected miners and acidic Mouthbrooders
  • Yeti: Terror of the Yukon — enter a logging camp and follow the trail of death and destruction into a labyrinth of caves
  • Ghostbusters — relive the original Sony Pictures’s Ghostbusters 1984 film in the New York Public Library and the Temple of Gozer and come face-to-face with Slimer, Gozer the Gozerian and Stay-Putt Marshmallow Man
  • Killer Clowns from Outer Space — try to evade capture by baby Klowns, Boco and Klownzilla and you walk through the Klowns’ circus-tent spaceship and the cotton candy store room
  • Us — Jordan Peele’s Universal Pictures horror film with the Wilson family beach house, Santa Cruz Pier and dark tunnels where you will meet you own worst enemy
  • Graveyard Games — wander through the Ascension Parish Cemetery and confront ghosts who will try to drag you into the graves
  • House of 1000 Corpses — based on Rob Zombie’s classic film featuring the Firefly family, Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen, Fishboy and the Legend of Doctor Satan

The ten houses for 2018 were:

  • Stranger Things — based on season 1 of the hit Netflix series (now in its second season) and face the demogorgon
  • Dead Exposure: Patient Zero — set in Paris in 1982 with swarms of flesh-eating undead zombies
  • Trick ‘r Treat: Parade Warehouse — based on the Legendary Pictures cult movie featuring Sam
  • Slaughter Sinema — 1980’s B movie monsters including alien cannibals, werewolf bikers, beastly babies set in a drive-in movie theatre
  • Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces — a house of horrors set in a decaying amusement park
  • Seeds of Extinction — hungry flesh eaters hide in wild and lush greenery
  • Poltergeist — based on the 1982 film by Steven Spielberg
  • The Horrors of Blumhouse — featuring scenes from “Happy Death Day” and “The First Purge”
  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers — based on the 1988 film, Michael Myers is searching for his niece
  • Scary Tales: Deadly Ever After — demented fairytales with the Wicked Witch of the West

The nine houses in 2017 were:

  • American Horror Story — returns for a second year and features Season 2: Asylum, Season 3: Coven and Season 6: Roanoke
  • The Shining — featuring Room 237 at the Overlook Hotel
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead — based on the TV series 1 and 2
  • SAW: The Games of Jigsaw — be part of a “trap” featured in the new film
  • The Horrors of Blumhouse — combining houses from Sinister, Insidious and The Purge
  • Dead Waters — inspired by the 2014 scare zone Bayou of Blood, it includes a voodoo queen, a sunken riverboat and skeletal remains
  • The Fallen — infested with flying, jumping and crawling creatures
  • The Hive — 1980 horror movie style with vampires
  • Scarecrow: The Reaping — an abandoned farmhouse in Nebraska

In 2016, Universal again had nine houses:

  • Texas Chain Saw Massacre: Blood Brothers — based on the original film featuring Leatherface
  • The Exorcist — based on the film of the same name
  • The Walking Dead — back for the fifth consecutive year featuring scenes from all six series including Woodbury, the Terminus, the Prison and Alexandria
  • Halloween: Hell Comes To Haddonfield — Michael Myers is alive
  • Krampus — St. Nicolas’s evil counterpart and his Dark Minions
  • American Horror Story — enter the Murder House, Freak Show and Hotel if you dare
  • Lunatics Playground 3D - You Won’t Stand A Chance — a 3D playground featuring Jack’s sidekick Chance
  • Ghost Town - The Curse of Lightning Gulch — a treacherous wild west nightmare with thunder and lightning
  • Tomb of the Ancients — an ancient evil is unearthed

In 2015, Universal had nine houses:

  • Insidious – based on the three Insidious films including the latest Insidious: Chapter 3
  • Freddy vs. Jason – meet Freddy Krueger from “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and Jason Voorhees from “Friday the 13th”
  • AMC’s The Walking Dead: The Living and the Dead – featuring scenes from Season 5, the burnt ashes of Terminus, the flooded food pantry basement and the darkened churchyard
  • An American Werewolf in London – the 1981 horror classic returns (last appeared in 2013)
  • The Purge
  • Jack Presents: 25 Years of Monsters and Mayhem – relive the last 25 years of Jack the Clown
  • RUN: Blood, Sweat and Fears – a brutal assassin TV show
  • Asylum in Wonderland 3D – a new Scary Tales episode
  • Body Collectors: Recollections – inside the Shadybrook Asylum

In 2014, Universal had eight houses:

  • Halloween – John Carpenter’s classic 1978 film comes to life
  • The Walking Dead: End of the Line – based on Season 4 of the TV series and returning for a third year. The house includes the cell block, Big Spot supermarket and the Terminus
  • AVP: Alien vs. Predator – witness the savage battle between two alien species
  • From Dusk Till Dawn – based upon the first series of the TV spin-off of the original film. Takes place in the biker bar
  • Dracula Untold - Reign of Blood – the story of Vlad the Impaler
  • Dollhouse of the Damned – try to survive the malicious dolls
  • Giggles & Gore Inc. – tour an abandoned factory populated by evil clowns
  • Roanoke - Cannibal Colony – visit an ancient Virginia colony with a terrible past

In 2013, Universal created eight houses:

  • Cabin in the Woods, based on the recent horror film of the same name
  • Evil Dead, again based on the recent horror film
  • Afterlife: Death’s Vengeance 3D
  • An American Werewolf in London, based on the 1981 classic with scenes including the Slaughtered Lamb pub, Piccadilly Circus and werewolves
  • Havoc2: Derailed on a speeding train
  • Urban Legends: La Llorona featuring a woman who drowned her children
  • The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven based on Season 3 of the TV series and returns for a second year. Includes the town of Woodbury, the prison and walkers/zombies.
  • Resident Evil: Escape from Raccoon City put you inside the video game and features Lickers, Hunters and Nemesis

A first for 2013 was the idea of theming all the scare zones on just one concept, The Walking Dead: The Undead Streets.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure returned along with the “Rocky Horror Picture Show - A Tribute” after a gap of several years.

For 2012, Universal built seven houses:

  • AMC’s The Walking Dead - Dead Inside, based on the TV series of the same name
  • Welcome to Silent Hill, based on the video game
  • Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare, a maze featuring Steven who appears in many of Alice Coopers songs
  • Penn & Teller Newkd Vegas, a maze set in a nuked toxic Las Vegas
  • Universal’s House of Horrors, black and white original horror
  • Gothic, stone gargoyles come to life at The Catedral de Caementum Animus
  • Dead End, the curse at the old Hartford Mansion in Carey, Ohio

The two shows in 2012 were Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure and The 20 Penny Circus.

The Repository

A new introduction for 2016 was the Repository, a first-of-its-kind immersive psychological experience. It only ran for only one year.

The Repository building was a centuries old warehouse housing mysterious artefacts that were being tested using advanced supernatural and paranormal devices using live actors and virtual reality.

It was a separately ticketed event and reservations were required. Prices were $49.99 plus tax.

Halloween Horror Nights History

Halloween Horror Nights started in 1991 as Fright Nights before being renamed to Halloween Horror Nights the following year. Today the event is celebrated at Universal Orlando, Hollywood in California, Singapore and Japan.

In 2010, Universal Studios celebrated the 20th year of bringing the deepest and darkest nightmares to life with XX: Twenty Years of Fear and for 2011 Halloween Horror Nights 21 you got to meet Lady Luck.

For 2012, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights 22 introduced new houses including AMC’s critically acclaimed TV series “The Walking Dead” and the video game franchise “Silent Hill”, all over 24 nights.

In 2013, The Walking Dead returned for a second time over 27 nights. The tag line was “What EVIL Has Taken ROOT?”.

In an unprecedented move, The Walking Dead also appeared in 2014 and then again in 2015 and 2016.

In 2020 Universal had to cancel their Halloween Horror Nights due to the pandemic. It was to have celebrated 30 years with the tagline “30 Years…30 Fears”.

See Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights (external site) for further details.

Halloween Horror Nights was cancelled in July 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic but in September a reduced attraction, the Halloween Seasonal Experience was offered to daytime visitors as part of the regular admission.

Two of the houses originally planned for HHN 2020 were opened in sound stages at Universal Studios Florida as a socially distanced walkthrough attraction. Both were valid for Universal Express and Universal Express Unlimited passes and as they were open during the day, you did not need a special Halloween Horror Nights ticket to gain admission.

Halloween Seasonal Experience 2020 Houses

The two houses were:

  • Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives — a sequel to last year’s Universal Monsters house
  • Revenge of the Tooth Fairy — set in an old manor house with goblin like tooth fairies

On October 31, a third house opened themed on Beetlejuice

The biggest difference from previous years is that to adhere to social distancing guidelines, guests were only allowed to enter in family groups rather than one continuous line. Team members were located throughout the maze to ensure groups were kept apart and plexiglass screens ensured adequate distancing from the scare actors.

Note that the houses were not recommended for children under the age of 13.

Depending upon capacity, the three houses used the Virtual Line Experience system to book a time slot.

Halloween Seasonal Experience 2020 Trick-or-Treat

For the first time ever, Universal brought a little Halloween cheer to Universal’s Islands of Adventure with weekend children’s trick-or-treating at a number of stores with Islands of Adventure Trading Company and Port of Entry Christmas Shoppe at Port of Entry, Comic Book Shop and Marvel Alterniverse Store at Marvel Super Hero Island, Gasoline Alley and Toon Extra at Toon Lagoon, Dinostore at Jurassic Park, Treasures of Poseidon at The Lost Continent, Cats, Hats, & Things and Mulberry Street Store at Seuss Landing.

To take part, children had to be 12 or under and look out for the pumpkin stickers to help find their way. Kids could dress up and one free treat bag was provided but each child had to be accompanied by an adult.

Adults could also dress up in family-friendly Halloween costumes but could wear costume masks, only the normal medical style masks. Full costume guidelines could be found at the Universal Fall 2020 Costume Guidelines web page.

Halloween Seasonal Experience 2020 Scarecrow Stalk

Also new for the revised 2020 HHN was a scavenger hunt, the Scarecrow Stalk, in Universal Studios Florida which operated from September 18 to November 1.

Scattered through the park were 13 scarecrows or skeletons. Anyone could pick up a free map and get it stamped at each location. When you had finished you could collect a trick-or-treat sampler bag at either Studio Sweets in Production Central or the San Francisco Candy Factory in San Francisco.

Prior to the announcement of the Halloween Seasonal Experience, Universal opened their heavily themed Tribute Store near to Revenge of the Mummy, selling a range of Halloween inspired merchandise.

You could even pick up some Halloween goodies at a kiosk in CityWalk near to Voodoo Doughnut.

If you were after Halloween inspired food then you would be pleased to know that Café La Bamba had been themed as a Skeleton Bar with a spooky walkthrough. There were also two food trucks serving food and drinks, one near the Tribute Store and the other near Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon.

In an unprecedented move, Universal already announced the first house for HHN 2021; called Puppet Theatre: Captive Audience.