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Halloween Horror Nights 2019 Guide - Trick, Treat or Terror?

Published on September 5, 2019 by SarahE

Halloween Horror Nights 2019 at Universal Studios is one of the Hottest Events in the Halloween Calendar.

The event runs for a record-breaking 41 select nights from September 6th to November 2nd 2019.

With almost 3 decades of terror under their belts, nobody hits the scare scale like Universal. Halloween Horror Nights 2019 are set to be the scariest ever.

Scream your way through the terrifying Haunted Houses, or run the gauntlet through Scare Zones. The streets swarm with menacing demons, monsters and maniacs doing their baddest best to make your night a nightmare to remember.

If you're looking for cutesy costumes, trick or treating and light-hearted spooky fun, then head over to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party or SeaWorld Spooktacular.

Pretty pumpkins and singing skeletons are not on the agenda at HHN29.

Halloween Horror Nights 2019 Dates:

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

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2019 Halloween Horror Nights Haunted Houses

If you haven't visited Halloween Horror Nights before, you're in for a terrifying treat.  Halloween Horror Nights 2019 features ten elaborately themed haunted houses based on everything from the biggest names in horror and cinematic greats to crazed cult favorites and original abominations.

Each haunted house, often referred to as mazes, is set in its own building. You'll make your way through a series of heavily themed corridors, rooms and walkways. Scare-actors lurk in every shadow filled nook and cranny. Their sole job is to scare the bejeezus out of you.

As well as scare-actors, there's a high degree of jaw-dropping special effects, atmospheric sound and lighting. Plus a whole host of blood curdling creatures and over the top props to create a fully immersive experience.

Here's an overview of each haunted house:

Stranger Things

Hold on to your britches as your world turns Upside Down when you visit Hawkins. Fans of the Netflix hit series, Stranger Things, will recognize features from series 2 and 3.

Universal Monsters

Universal Monsters will come to life in an all-new terrifying maze. The new haunted house is inspired by Universal’s original cinematic monsters and the movie studio that invented the horror films. Terrifying experiences will waken some of the most frightening and legendary monsters in horror history.

Visitors to #HHN29 will be hunted by every single grisly monster from the anthology, including Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein. Each sinister environment will bleed from one to the next:
😱 Face bloody terrors in Dracula’s castle and flee from what is behind the cryptic howls of the grim forest.
😱 Run from the horrifying manmade monster within Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory.
😱 Fall prey to an ancient Egyptian curse as you are pursued by the evil Mummy.
😱 Escape the mysterious Creature lurking in the Black Lagoon.

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Nightingales: Blood Pit

Nightingales: Blood Pit is set in Ancient Rome. You'll be thrust into a gladiator arena as bloodthirsty nightingales begin to feed on the dead and dying.
Just a walk in the park then 😱😱😱😱

Nightingales are a grisly race of creatures that have been here since the dawn of time. As ravenous nightingales notice fresh blood amongst them, you'll have to try to survive alongside gladiators.Halloween Horror Nights 2019 Nightingales Blood Pit

Depths of Fear

In an all-new original story created by the twisted minds of Universal’s Entertainment team, you'll be transported to a deep-sea mining company that has been infested by the parasitic “Mouthbrooders,” who spew their acidic flesh-eating eggs upon unsuspecting humans, turning them into crazed hosts.

As the infected are driven to madness, guests will try to escape, but as pressure begins to build, implosion awaits – will they make it out alive or fall deep into their watery graves?

Halloween Horror Nights 2019 Depths of Fear

Yeti: Terror of the Yukon

You'll be heading to an isolated logging camp in a remote part of Canada that’s all but uninhabitable.

As you venture through the camp, you'll quickly discover you are not alone. You must flee from a tribe of Yeti, beasts as brutal as the winter.

If the cold doesn’t get you, the Yeti will…

Halloween Horror Nights 2019: Yeti Terror of the Yukon

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Ghostbusters is joining the Halloween Horror Nights line-up for the first time ever. Memorable scenes, characters and supernatural spirits from the iconic films come to life in this immersive maze.

Follow in the footsteps of the Ghostbusters as you venture through artfully recreated scenes from the film. See the firehouse, New York Public Library and Temple of Gozer. All the while an army of ghoulish spirits, hideous specters and ectoplasm-dripping phantasms attack from every corner.

You'll come face-to-face with an array of paranormal creatures, from the voracious Slimer to the all-powerful Gozer the Gozerian and in its ultimate destructor form – the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Killer Klowns From Outer Space

1980s cult film favorite, the “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” is coming to Universal Orlando Horror Nights.

The sweet smell of cotton candy and ice-cream will lure you to the sleepy small town of Crescent Cove. But you'll find yourself in an otherworldly circus tent where you’ll come face-to-face with the crazed klowns. Witness diabolical klowns making cotton candy cocoons from unsuspecting victims. Are you the next gooey snack?

From one shrieking klown to the next, the maze leads you through the doomed community of Crescent Cove to an eerie amusement park closed for the season. Trapped in a terrifying funhouse full of killer klowns, there’s no stopping this twisted three-ring circus.


Follow in the footsteps of Adelaide Wilson as she innocently ventures through a mirror funhouse at the Santa Cruz boardwalk. She has a fateful and traumatic encounter with her tethered doppelgänger, an event that will forever alter both of their lives.

The harrowing experience transitions to present day, thrusting you into the chaos of “The Tethered” uprising. They emerge from tunnels to murder their privileged doubles in a nationwide coordinated act of rebellion.

Graveyard Games

Graveyard Games will transport you right into the heart of a haunted cemetery in the dead of night. You'll encounter vengeful spirits who have been awakened from their graves. Ghastly apparitions will rise from tombstones, ready to torment any soul who so foolishly disturbs them. Halloween Horror Nights 2019 Graveyard Games

But the graveyard is not meant for the living…and you'll soon realize that no one gets out alive.

House of 1000 Corpses

Take a relentless tour through multi-platinum recording artist and filmmaker Rob Zombie’s twisted 2003 cult classic horror film “House of 1000 Corpses”.

You'll venture to the chaotic home of the Firefly family, a sadistic clan of psychotic killers, where the psychosis deepens and the depraved thrive. It is a chilling journey into the netherworld of terror.

Weave your way through a cavernous network of dark tunnels within the bowels of the house. Legions of tortured creatures shuffle about as Dr. Satan continues his twisted medical practice, eagerly awaiting a new installment of victims.

Scare Zones for Halloween Horror Nights

Think the haunted houses are scary? Strolling the streets isn't a walk in the park either. Scare Zones are set up at various locations between the haunted houses. As you make your way from house to house, you'll need to navigate five scare zones filled with bloodthirsty zombies, otherworldly beings and chainsaw-wielding slashers stalking your every move.

2019 Scare Zones:


Location: On Avenue of the Stars

The first Scare Zone that will hit you as you arrive is a sinister 80s-inspired arcade. Fear levels will be up as you try to flee a band of neon slashers, highlighted in black lights, with chainsaws. You only get one life.

Zombieland: Double Tap:

Location: Streets of New York

The last thing you'll want to be is a midnight snack for this bunch of blood thirsty zombies.

Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe

Location: Streets of San Francisco

Inspired by the heavy metal horror music of Rob Zombie, you'll find yourself surrounded by otherworldly beings, brutal maniacs and menacing machines. To add to the mayhem, they will be screaming along to Zombie’s haunting lyrics.

Vikings Undead

Location: Central Park

Brutal, horn-helmeted warriors have risen from the grave to take control of Central Park. Skeletal fighters and draugr have channeled their vindictive rage into an endless onslaught of gore. Will you be a victim?

Vanity Ball:

Location: Streets of Hollywood

You will quickly discover beauty is pain as you watch artists turn willing participants into horrific living works of art.

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Live Shows for Halloween Horror Nights 

As well as Scare Zones and Haunted Houses, Halloween Horror Nights also feature live shows. The 2019 season sees the return of Academy of Villains, along with a brand new lagoon show.

Halloween Marathon of Mayhem

Screams will come to life in a whole new way with the debut of this brand new nighttime lagoon show.

Halloween Marathon of Mayhem will bring to life terrifying moments inspired by some of the Halloween classics over the Universal Studios Florida lagoon.

Halloween Horror Nights 2019 Marathon of Mayhem


The lagoon will light up with giant water screens highlighting iconic horror scenes.You'll witness a twisted take on Stranger Things, Ghostbusters, Universal Monsters and Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

Over 100 fountains will accent the themes, along with awesome special effects, pounding electro music, lasers and more. The all-new experience will create a larger-than-life mix tape that you won’t want to miss.

Halloween Marathon of Mayhem Showtimes:
The show will be held 3 times a night on every Halloween Horror Night.
Showtimes are 10pm, 11pm and 12am.

Academy of Villains - Altered States

With a wicked mix of dance, acrobatics and theatrics, Academy of Villains is back with an all-new performance in the Fear Factor Live venue. This is a brand new show that will debut for the first time ever at Halloween Horror Nights. Stay tuned – additional information about the new show will be revealed soon.

Here's the 2018 show to give you a taste:

Terror Trivia

If you're hanging around waiting in line, pass the time with Terror Trivia on the Universal Orlando app. See if you are the ultimate HHN Fan by completing 11 levels. Each level is packed with questions about the current Halloween Horror Nights and events from the past. You can unlock achievements along the way.

What You Need to Know About Halloween Horror Nights 2019:


Nothing about the Halloween Horror Nights are geared up for kids. We've seen kids at past events, so it's really down to parents to make the decision, but it's definitely an older teen and adult event. Not only is the scare factor pretty high, but alcohol is sold throughout the park too.
Universal warn:

We strongly urge parents with children under the age of 13 to reconsider visiting this event with their children. They will be exposed to extremely adult material.

Take the kids to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party or SeaWorlds Spooktacular.


We can't express (no pun intended!) how popular these events are. The Express Passes are essential on peak nights. Yes, it makes it a high-priced night out, but your experience will be hugely diminished without an Express Pass on many nights.

We made the mistake of not getting an Express Pass a few years ago and the lines were 2 to 3 hours for the popular haunted houses. We missed out on a LOT that visit. Express Passes for peak nights will sell out.

Note: Express Passes that come complimentary with select Universal hotel stays are NOT valid for Halloween Horror Nights.

3) Consider an Upgrade

By far our best experience was the RIP Tour. We loved it! If your budget allows, splurge for this if you want to see EVERYTHING with minimal fuss and zero lines. But this upgrade doesn't come cheap, starting at $199.99 (inc tax) per person PLUS event ticket. It's all down to personal choice and budget.

Premier and Preferred Annual Passholders get 10% off and Power Annual Passholders get 5% off, on select event nights.

RIP Tour scareactor meet and greet

Our new BFF was a little on the crazy side

We hope you survive to tell the tale of your Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando. Don't scream too loud now!

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