Closing Thoughts On Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Closing Thoughts On Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Closing Thoughts On Halloween Horror Nights 2018

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Once again, we are truly honored to have had such a successful Halloween Horror Nights. This year’s event has gone down in our record books as the hottest and most haunted houses we’ve ever created!

We thank all of our scareactors, technicians, production support, Team Members, fans, and families (for putting up with our crazy schedules) for a great Halloween Horror Nights 2018.

Here are some closing thoughts from the creative minds behind this year’s Halloween Horror Nights…

Show Director, Charles Gray

Poltergeist at Halloween Horror Nights 2018

On the final night of the event, I like to say my goodbyes to not only cast and crew, but to the sounds of the event. I can see visuals anytime on social media or hanging on the walls of our Art & Design offices. But year after year, the audio tracks of Halloween Horror Nights have become a special memory for me.

  • I want the environmental sounds from Seeds of Extinction and the score from Carnival Graveyard to remain in my head.
  • I will walk through the haunted houses on the final night and absorb my favorite scares.
  • I will smile when I walk through Slaughter Sinema and hear a crazed kid scream, “I’ll eat your guts for dinner!”
  • I will snicker when I hear Loomis yell, “No!  No!  No!” into the night air.
  • Hearing, “They’re heeeere” that final time will induce some melancholy and a sense of pride.

I am so proud of what the entire team has accomplished this year. That pride extends from the tech teams to the scareactors. Everyone should be proud of the heart and soul they poured into this twenty-eighth year of Halloween Horror Nights. 2019 is already shaping up to be a year of surprises. See you next year.

Show Director, Blake Braswell

Killer Klowns from Outer Space at Halloween Horror Nights 2018

The end of another Halloween Horror Nights has come. And as it fades away into the fog, I know this terror-filled beast will linger long in my heart. What this talented team of creators, designers, technicians and scareactors brought to life were some of the very first horror stories I experienced as a child.

I couldn’t be more proud to have played a part in this year’s event. I hate to see it go, but the tendrils of next year have already crept into our view, and I am thrilled for the screams yet to come.

 Show Director, Patrick Braillard

Stranger Things at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 2018

 We are about to close the gates on another incarnation of Halloween Horror Nights. Soon the haunted houses and scare zones that you knew this year will disappear, making way for new experiences next year.

The beast that is Halloween Horror Nights is never satisfied with the status quo. It is always evolving, always changing. Sometimes that change is seen as growth—can you say 10 houses?! Sometimes it means welcoming a group of maniacs inside—Academy of Villains, can you feel me?!

But in all of that growth and change, there are things that remain as steady today as they were during our very first event—the passion. The passion of the teams that develop, operate, and manage the event (truly the best in the world). The passion of the scareactors, who are the lifeblood of the event. And of course, the passion of the incredible fans who devote their time and energy to the promotion of all things Halloween Horror Nights (sometimes that involves tattoos…).

We’re already in the pit, working on 2019…and we cannot wait to scare you then too…passionately.

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Celebrate #StrangerThingsDay with an Exclusive Experience at Universal Studios Florida

Celebrate #StrangerThingsDay with an Exclusive Experience at Universal Studios Florida

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Hold your breath, mouth-breathers. You’re invited to join the search party for Will Byers. For the first time ever, you can take on a fully fear-filled-house from Halloween Horror Nights, the World’s Premier Halloween Event, during the day at Universal Studios Florida.

On Tuesday, November 6, the day that Will disappeared, from 11am – 7pm, all Universal Studios Florida guests will have the opportunity to walk through the Stranger Things haunted house from Halloween Horror Nights one last time in celebration of #StrangerThingsDay. The full house experience, as well as select food and specialty beverage options at Benny’s Burger Tent, San Fran Pastry and Boulangerie will be open to guests with valid park admission for Universal Studios Florida and Annual and Seasonal Passholders. And as an added bonus, Passholders will get access to the express queue line for the house.

Step into the shoes of Mike, Dustin, and Lucas as you venture into The Upside Down with the help of Eleven to rescue Will from the clutches of the Demogorgon. But first, here’s a couple important details to know before you go.

  • House will only be open on Nov. 6 from 11am-7pm
  • Must have a valid park ticket for Universal Studios Florida OR an Annual or Seasonal Pass
  • No other Halloween Horror Nights houses, scare zones or shows will be open during this date
  • Dates, times and entertainment are subject to change and availability
  • As always, no costumes or masks allowed
  • Experience may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13

Stranger Things Day Flyer

Purchase or renew an Annual Pass now with up to six months FREE, or get park tickets.

So grab your crew and meet us at Universal Studios Florida to celebrate Stranger Things Day.

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Celebrate #StrangerThingsDay with an Exclusive Experience at Universal Studios Florida


Fans Are Screaming About Halloween Horror Nights

Fans Are Screaming About Halloween Horror Nights

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Of course we tell you that Halloween Horror Nights is amazing. I mean, we are a little biased—we love our annual tribute to terror. The terrifying houses featuring fan-favorite stories. The scare zones you either want to race through in fear or linger in for hours. And the dance monsters known as Academy of Villains.

It’s quite the event, if we do say so ourselves.

But, if you won’t take our word for it, hear what actual Halloween Horror Nights fans have to save. Then maybe you’ll have the courage to face the true fear that comes from within.

Tickets are still available for selects nights, including a new night just added, October 30. Some nights have been selling out, so don’t wait.

WARNING: Event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or masks allowed.
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QUIZ: Are You a True Halloween Horror Nights Fan?

QUIZ: Are You a True Halloween Horror Nights Fan?

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I first attended Halloween Horror Nights 10 years ago. The second I stepped foot into my very first haunted house—Reflections of Fear—I (as terrified as I was) fell deeply and madly in love with this event. So much so that when the park closes on the very last day of the event, I’m already counting down the days until it starts again.

Are you a Halloween Horror Nights fan like me? Take this quiz to find out.

Are You a True Halloween Horror Nights Fan?

Your answer:

Correct answer:

Did we miss any ways you know you’re a Halloween Horror Nights fan? Tell us in the comments. There’s still time to come to this year’s event. Get your tickets here.

WARNING: Event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or masks allowed.
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Look Out For These Easter Eggs at Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Look Out For These Easter Eggs at Halloween Horror Nights 2018

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Halloween Horror Nights 2018 is full of terrifying scareactors, haunted houses, scare zones and – most importantly – screams. But one thing you might not know about Halloween Horror Nights is that it’s full of hidden Easter eggs!

As you walk through the entire event, you’ll find Easter eggs created by our Entertainment team, who put their hearts and souls – not literally – into every aspect of the event. From homages to past events to secret facts about our team, each haunted house and scare zone has its own little treats (and tricks) hidden inside.

And we wanted to share some of them with you.

  • In the Stranger Things haunted house, the wallpaper and bedsheets in Will Byers’ bedroom are replicas to Netflix’s show
  • The heights of Will and Johnathan Byers are marked on the door frame in the kitchen of the Stranger Things haunted house

Hidden Easter Egg in Stranger Things

  • Good Harvest Daycare in Seeds of Extinction is based on the Good Harvest ‘Orfanage’ haunted house from 2010
  • Ultra-Violent Comics, a comic created for Halloween Horror Nights, line a shelf at the entrance to Seeds of Extinction. Each cover is based on a haunted house or character from past events

Hidden Easter Egg in Seeds of Extinction

  • Filipa Moniz Flowers in Seeds of Extinction is based on the lost ship featured in The Forsaken haunted house from 2011
  • There is a raven in Twisted Tradition representing Edgar Allan Poe, who is Show Director Blake Braswell’s favorite poet
  • The infamous and fan-favorite Halloween Horror Nights bear makes a terrifying appearance in ScaryTales: Deadly Ever After
  • The Carey Drive-In at Slaughter Sinema and the Township of Carey sign in Twisted Tradition are a reference to Manager of Entertainment Lora Sauls’ hometown of Carey, Ohio

Hidden Easter Eggs in Twisted Tradition

  • Show Director Charles Gray is featured in the trailer videos outside of Slaughter Sinema
  • In Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces, there is an original song composed by Charles Gray, Show Director, and Anthony Smith, Audio Designer
  • There is an ice cream cart from Vamp 55, a scare zone from 2016, in Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces

Hidden Easter Egg in Carnival Graveyard

Now, head on over to Halloween Horror Nights 2018 at Universal Studios Florida and start hunting for some Easter eggs. And, make sure to share the Easter eggs you discover using #HHN28 on social media.

Halloween Horror Nights runs now through Nov. 3 on select nights. Click here for tickets to this year’s event.

WARNING: Event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or masks allowed.
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Taking a Bite Out of “Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve”

Taking a Bite Out of “Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve”

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Last year was my thirteenth consecutive year experiencing the world’s premiere Halloween event, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. I will never forget the experience last year of turning into a scareactor and being set loose in The Hive haunted house. It was the end of a lifelong dream of participating in the event.

This year, Halloween Horror Nights is bigger than ever, with 10 houses, five scare zones, and another incredible show by Academy of Villains. Naturally, I wanted to try my hand at scaring in a house again, but there was one scare zone that really grabbed my attention…Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve!

I’m a child of the 80s and was always fascinated with the great vampire films of that time. Relive the dark fun of those films AND celebrate New Year’s Eve? Count me in! I had to step out of the haunted houses…and into the streets.

When I heard that I would be receiving the first class makeup treatment, including prosthetics, I was hoping that Eric Garcia—former Face-Off contestant and Universal Orlando makeup artist—would be performing the application. Fortunately, when I arrived on set, he was ready to transform me once again into a vampire, straight out of the 80s!

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I was surprised at how different the approach of scaring on the streets was than scaring in a haunted house. The amazing entertainment folks really took their time explaining to me what to do, what not to do, and how important the guest’s safety and overall experience is. Their attention to detail and concern for the scareactor’s well being is super impressive and was very much appreciated. After the instruction and introduction to those I was working with, it was time to hit the streets!

As I approached the scare zone, the familiar smell of fog filled my nose and the screams of unassuming victims pierced my ears, causing my adrenaline to pump and my excitement to build to epic proportions! I was going to be a scare zone scareactor, and I had never been happier to be walking the streets of Halloween Horror Nights.

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Once I stepped onto the scene, I became that 80s vampire, snarling and showing my fangs to those walking by. I took pride and joy in hiding in the rolling fog, only to jump out seconds later, making guests scream and run for their lives. It was incredible to interact with my fellow vamps, pointing out our next set of victims and commending each other for a scare well done. THIS was the ultimate Halloween Horror Nights experience and I wished it could last forever.

Being a member of The Hive last year was a dream come true, and becoming a scareactor was the ultimate high for a lifelong horror fan. But the freedom of the streets was absolutely liberating! Vamp 85 could be my favorite scare zone of all time, combining all of those elements that kept me hooked on horror as a kid. But being a vampire in Vamp 85 is definitely my favorite Halloween Horror Nights experience of all time!

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Taking a Bite Out of “Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve”


Turn Your Wardrobe Upside Down With This Stranger Things Merchandise

Turn Your Wardrobe Upside Down With This Stranger Things Merchandise

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Halloween Horror Nights has been taken over by Stranger Things with an all-new haunted house based off of Season 1, themed food and beverages inspired by the show, and exclusive event merchandise.

After facing off with the demogorgon and surviving (hopefully), you’ll want to show off your Stranger Things pride. Get your shopping list ready – here’s a complete guide to the Stranger Things merchandise you can find at Halloween Horror Nights.

Travel Mugs, Coffee Mugs, All the Mugs!

Stranger Things Merchandise - Travel Mug and Coffee Mug

Mornings are for coffee and contemplation, so make sure you have the perfect mug to help wake you up.

T-Shirts and Hoodies

Stranger Things Sweatshirt - Halloween Horror Nights 2018

We’ve got the t-shirts or hoodies to wear as you’re binge watching both seasons.

Key Chains and Collectible Pins

Stranger Things Pin

Grab one of these to add some Stranger Things flair to your wardrobe, car keys or even your desk at work.

Accessorize – Phone Cases, Lanyards, Backpacks, Hats

Stranger Things Merchandise - Phone Case

You’ll want to be prepared in the Upside Down. Get all the necessary accessories like a backpack, lanyard, protective phone case and more.

Home Goods – Notebooks, Posters, Magnets

Prove you’re the ultimate fan by decorating your house with a piece of artwork or notebook.

And don’t forget about the event design merchandise. This year’s design features a round up of all the iconic characters from the TV shows and movies you can experience as haunted houses at the event, including Stranger Things. This design comes on t-shirts, hoodies, posters, travel mugs and more.

You can find all of this merch at the Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store located next to Revenge of the Mummy in Universal Studios Florida. Select items can also be found in the Universal Studios Store and merch carts throughout the park.

Are you dying to have the merch now? Select items are now available for purchase on our online merch store.

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Turn Your Wardrobe Upside Down With This Stranger Things Merchandise


Fans Face Their Fears at #HHNCHALLENGE Social Media Meet-Up

Fans Face Their Fears at #HHNCHALLENGE Social Media Meet-Up

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Every year, fans of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights eagerly anticipate the announcement of the annual social media meet-up. Past years have included themed parties, scavenger hunts, and elaborate competitions. This year, we wanted to find a way to allow our fans to be the stars of our their own story, so we issued a challenge.

Twenty-five lucky winners were selected at random and invited to star in a haunted house walk-through video that would capture the frightened (and oftentimes hilarious) reactions of them and their guest. While they waited to film their video, they got to hang out in a Halloween decorated VIP Lounge filled with 80s themed games and food. In addition, they also got to be among the first to take a lights-on tour of the Stranger Things haunted house.

Each fan received a ticket to Halloween Horror Nights 2018, the uncut version of their own video to share with friends and family on social media, and the best of the best moments were captured in a supercut edition titled Fans Vs Halloween Horror Nights.

They laughed, they screamed, they attempted to laugh and scream simultaneously, but in the end they had a great time. Watch and enjoy!

Don’t miss out on events like this. Follow us on our social media channels and the blog for your chance to attend a future meet-up.

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Fans Face Their Fears at #HHNCHALLENGE Social Media Meet-Up


Halloween Horror Nights: Stranger Things Preparation Guide

Halloween Horror Nights: Stranger Things Preparation Guide

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For the past two years, we’ve watched our favorite residents of Hawkins, Indiana conquer bullies, first love, and demons beyond their wildest nightmares. It’s your turn to battle the monsters that lurk in the Upside Down in Netflix’s Stranger Things haunted house at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.

To prepare yourself for what you’ll experience, here are a few iconic scenes to get you hyped to visit.

The Disappearance of Will Byers

First Look at Stranger Things at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

Will Byers’ life changed forever the night he encountered the Demogorgon on his bike ride home from Mike’s house.

You’ll experience the same terror Will felt as he was being hunted by the monster. Alone. In his house. In the shed. At night.

Communicating With Christmas Lights

Stranger Things Haunted House at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

With Joyce left to her own devices, she tries a rather…unconventional method to communicate with her lost son. Joyce hangs Christmas lights above the alphabet written on the patterned wall of her living room and desperately asks Will what she should do…

Your trip into the world of Stranger Things wouldn’t be complete without this famous scene. As the lights flash and flicker, you’ll feel the same anticipation and dread that Joyce did. It’s only a matter of time before it all breaks loose and two dimensions collide…

The Upside Down

First Look at Stranger Things at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

With everyone finally on the same page—and Eleven having confirmed that Will’s alive—Hopper and Joyce team up to save the boy. They travel to the Upside Down and find Will alive, but in terrible peril.

Now it’s your turn to enter this alternate dimension. You’ll make your way through spores-filled hellscapes and fight your way past invasive vines. You won’t know who—or what—you might encounter.

Back in Hawkins, a climactic battle ensues. Does Eleven wield enough power to take out the Demogorgon once and for all? Who will survive the harrowing confrontation? Get ready to relive your favorite scenes from the first season of Stranger Things!

Demogorgon from Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Are you brave enough to face the unknown terrors of Hawkins and the Upside Down? Gather your best friends and click here to purchase your tickets to Halloween Horror Nights 2018. This year’s event features more haunted houses than ever and runs on selects nights now – Nov. 3.

WARNING: Event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or masks allowed.
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Thoughts from the Twisted Minds Behind Halloween Horror Nights on Opening Night

Thoughts from the Twisted Minds Behind Halloween Horror Nights on Opening Night

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Today is the day we’ve been working toward for over a year. Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018 begins tonight.

As a group, the Creative Development team has been a part of Halloween Horror Nights for more than 20 years. Being a part of the event has made each of us share special memories from past events, as well as look forward to the future of the event.

Our motto is to “Create, Collaborate, and Communicate.” And we get to do this every day with a wonderful team of the most talented technicians, designers, costumers, make-up artists, production crew, and scareactors, in the business.

Here are some reflections from the creative minds behind this year’s Halloween Horror Nights…

Show Director, Charles Gray

Halloween Horror Nights is a piece of art. It’s like a collection of once beautiful images and stories deconstructed and reformed into a horrific mosaic. One by one throughout the year we have placed each piece in a frame to be viewed opening night. As you, our guests and fans, walk into the event tonight, I will be excited to see your reactions.

Carnival Graveyard - Halloween Horror Nights 2018

It’s not one person who puts it together, but a collaborative effort filled with some amazing craftsmanship and care. This year will never happen again. This will be the only time we see these scare zones and haunted houses. Those who visit are part of an exclusive club. So let’s open the gates and let the creatures loose. This year will be intense in laughter and screams. If you hear chuckling in the shadows, it may be me enjoying the event as much as you are.

Show Director, Blake Braswell

When I think of how I first fell in love with horror, my mind is immediately filled with images of video rental stores. I would stalk the horror aisles, and the cover art of each film would tantalize my imagination as I wondered what terrors lurked within. I am so proud to be a part of Halloween Horror Nights 2018 as I get the opportunity to bring some of those very films to life in our scare zones.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space Scare Zone 2 - Halloween Horror Nights 2018

I remember snatching up the cassettes of Chucky films and Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s (MGM) Killer Klowns from Outer Space—and now I get to use these very stories to scare our guests in the streets. That kid that went home buzzing with excitement over the new horror film he had just rented is grinning ear to ear.

Show Director, Patrick Braillard

The gates are about to open, which is great because we can’t contain our excitement about everyone experiencing this year’s event. Every Team Member here at Universal Orlando Resort (as well as our sister parks in Hollywood, Osaka, and Singapore) work collectively for weeks, months, and yes, sometimes even years, developing experiences worthy of the Halloween Horror Nights title.

Stranger Things - Halloween Horror Nights 2018

With a huge legacy of horror to live up to, this is no small task. But with those combined efforts we will continue to give you more of what you want—ghost stories, gallons of blood, pizza fries and screams…just not in that order. So enjoy!

From the Whole Team

We’re already working on Halloween Horror Nights 2019, and it’s going to be another amazing year.

Happy Halloween!

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Thoughts from the Twisted Minds Behind Halloween Horror Nights on Opening Night


Tips to Experience Halloween Horror Nights Like a Pro

Tips to Experience Halloween Horror Nights Like a Pro

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Since I’ve been attending Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights for nearly two decades now (and I don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon), I wanted to share some tips to help you get the most out of your visit this year.

I remember the first time I experienced the event (circa. 2001). The scares, the haunted houses, the adrenaline rush—it was unlike anything I had ever experienced. It’s so fun and terrifying at the same time. I quickly became addicted and haven’t missed a year since.

These tips have helped me and my friends a TON. I hope they’ll do the same for you.

BEFORE YOU GO…

1. Have a Game Plan

Universal's Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zone

There’s a lot to see and do at Halloween Horror Nights, so it helps to plan ahead. What are the haunted houses you really want to experience? Which scare zones must you hit? Which attractions do you want to ride to take a break from the screams? Check out the event map, talk it out with your friends and come up with a list of the must-dos.

2. Make Sure You’re Well Rested

Halloween Horror Nights kicks off at 6:30p on event nights and closes in the wee hours of the morning. You don’t want your fatigue to be the reason you head home early! Take a nice afternoon nap, grab a coffee, or whatever it takes to help you feel rejuvenated for the event.

3. Dress Comfortably (And Check Your Footwear)

GIF Wear Comfortable Shoes at Halloween Horror Nights

I can’t stress this enough. Remember, Halloween Horror Nights is a very intense event, and we all react differently to being scared (some run, some crouch, some freeze and some flail). Make sure you’re dressed appropriately for whatever your coping mechanism may be.

And wear comfortable shoes. The only thing worse than being stalked by a horrifying chainsaw clown is trying to escape them in a pair of shoes you regret wearing.

4. Be Mindful of Your Hair Style

GIF Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights Tips

This may seem kind of random, but this ties to tip #3. You’re going to be pretty active during your visit, so make sure you’re rocking a hair style that works for you in the horror environment. Sometimes, I wear my hair away from my face so I can see everything that’s happening (and it keeps me cooler).

5. Try to Carry as Little as Possible

If you can, try to carry only the essentials with you during your visit, like your car keys, wallets, diaper (if you’re really that scared). You won’t want to lug a huge bag around all night. This will also help you move a little quicker through the Security line.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE…

6. Take a Picture of Where You Parked

Because your memory is going to be jam-packed with all of the frights you experienced—and it’s really important to find your car at the end of the night.

7. Visit the Park During the Day

If you visit Universal Studios Florida during the day and have an admission ticket for Halloween Horror Nights that evening, you’ll have a huge advantage over guests who are only attending the event. When the park closes for daytime operation and begins the switchover to Halloween Horror Nights, you’ll actually be held in a designated area in park until the event opens. Then, once it starts, you’ll be released into the event – so you’re already in park while others are just starting to enter the front gate. This will help you get to those haunted houses a little bit quicker.

8. Arrive Early

Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

If you choose not to visit the park during the day, I highly recommend you arrive early. Give yourself time to park, go through Security and venture through Universal CityWalk to Universal Studios. You can knock out some of the haunted houses pretty quickly if you’re one of the first inside the event.

9. Go Against the Grain

Halloween Horror Nights is sensory overload and often times, guests stop at the first haunted house or scare zone they see. Don’t be afraid to do the opposite. Once you get into the park, consider going straight to the back and to the furthest house. There’s a good chance that the wait times are going to be shorter.

10. Enjoy the Scare Zones

GIF Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zone

A lot of people rush through the scare zones – and I get it. You’re being stalked by scareactors and you’re just trying to make it to the other side. But try to find a spot where you can just watch the action in the streets. Sometimes, there are special show moments in the scare zones that you may miss if you just rush through. Plus, it’s SO entertaining to watch other folks get scared.

11. Take Time to Ride the Rides

People come to Halloween Horror Nights for the scares…but make sure you take a moment to experience some of the attractions as well. The wait times are often shorter during the event than they are during the day. Plus, the rides will provide you a nice break from the screams.

12. Keep Your Eyes Peeled

Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights Scareactor

Remember how I was talking about coping mechanisms earlier? Well, one I see pretty often is people covering their eyes. If you can, try not to do this. There are a ton of details and easter eggs you’ll miss if you aren’t looking. Trust me – no matter how scared you are, try (your best) to keep your eyes open. Besides, who wouldn’t WANT to get a good look at the scareactors that are preying upon them? Okay, maybe not…

13. Stay Hydrated and Grab Food

You’re going to scream…a lot! And screaming takes a ton of energy. Make sure you drink water (or whatever your beverage of choice is…I won’t judge!) throughout the night to stay hydrated. And grab food—you don’t want to be hangry. You can either grab dinner prior to your visit or take advantage of all of the eateries in the park. To really amp up your night, consider a Scareactor Dining experience.

14. Play a Game While You’re Waiting in the Queues

GIF TERROR Trivia on The Universal Orlando Resort App

One way to make time go by a little faster while you’re waiting in a queue is to play a mobile game. Check out our new TERROR TRIVIA game in The Official Universal Orlando Resort App. You can test your knowledge on this year’s haunted houses and all things Halloween Horror Nights.

15. Take Photos

Tips on Experiencing Halloween Horror Nights Like a Pro

If you didn’t post about it, did it really happen? Make sure to capture the moments and take selfies and photos throughout the event. The visuals help when you’re recounting your experience with your friends. And they make great profile pics. Make sure you tag us with #HHN28!

And for all my first timers out there, here’s a recap of tips specifically for you!

There you have it, some of my top tips to get the most out of your Halloween Horror Nights visit. Any tips you would add? Let me know in the comments below.

If you haven’t already, choose an event night Sept. 14 – Nov. 3. Grab your tickets and I’ll see you out there!

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You Need to Try These New Bites and Drinks at Halloween Horror Nights

You Need to Try These New Bites and Drinks at Halloween Horror Nights

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Haunted houses and scare zones aren’t the only new things coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2018. This year, there will be new bites and drinks, including dishes and sips inspired by Netflix’s supernatural thriller, “Stranger Things”. And yes, I have tried them all – every waffle, cupcake and donut.

Let’s go straight for the good stuff – WAFFLES! There are five waffle dishes to choose from:

Strawberry Shortcake

Location: San Francisco Bakery

Strawberry Shortcake - Halloween Horror Nights 2018

My personal fave—two waffles, fresh strawberries, strawberry sauce and whipped cream.

Bananas Foster

Location: San Francisco Bakery

Bananas Foster - Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Two waffles with banana cream cheese and hazelnut spread, topped with raisins, walnuts, whipped cream and a bananas foster sauce.

Triple Decker Extravaganza

Location: San Francisco Bakery

Triple Decker Extravaganza - Halloween Horror Nights 2018

If you’re a fan of “Stranger Things,” you’ll recognize this inspired creation. Up your Instagram game with this triple-decker featuring three waffles filled with layers of whipped cream, chocolate, peanut butter morsels and jelly beans.

Fudge Dipped Waffle on a Stick

Location: Benny’s Burgers, New York Area

Fudge Dipped Waffle on a Stick - Halloween Horror Nights 2018

A great snack to enjoy as you’re trying to escape the clutches of monstrous fiends. You can top yours with peanuts or sprinkles.

Waffle Ice Cream Pocket Sundae

Location: Louie’s Gelato Window 

Waffle Ice Cream Pocket Sundae - Halloween Horror Nights 2018

It’s the ultimate ice cream sandwich with 2 chocolate chip waffles and stuffed with strawberry ice cream. Top it off with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, sprinkles, chopped peanuts, and of course, a cherry!

One of my favorite new eats this year is the Christmas Tree Light Cupcakes. Not only because they taste delicious, but also because they’ll make all your followers on Instagram green with envy. Can you guess which iconic scene from “Stranger Things” these were inspired by?

Christmas Tree Light Cupcakes - Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Finishing up the sweets lineup, 11 Mini Donuts (can you guess why 11?) covered in drizzles of red frosting. Choose from powdered sugar or cinnamon donuts and get ready to devour these tasty bites.

11 Mini Donuts - Halloween Horror Nights 2018

If you’re craving something savory, fuel up for the fear by stopping at Benny’s Burgers, named after the diner in season one of “Stranger Things,” in the New York area of the park. Here you’ll find cheeseburgers, hamburgers and chicken sandwiches, all served with a side of tasty fries.

You can also find the return of the Fiery Onion Ring Burger at Mel’s Drive-In, the Chili Garlic Chicken Sandwich at Richter’s in San Francisco, and yes, Pizza Fries at KidZone Pizza Company.

You’re going to need a refreshing drink to wash down all that food. This year, you can choose from three new Halloween Horror Nights signature drinks, which come in our uniquely designed souvenir cup (which blinks!) with the twisty straw.

  • Totally L.I.T. (Long Island Iced Tea) – Vodka, tequila, gin, rum with triple sec, lime, sour and Coca-Cola
  • Wicked Rad Punch – Blueberry vodka, raspberry vodka, triple sec, lemonade and grenadine
  • Gnarly Twist – A perfect sweet and sour combo of both the Wicked Rad Punch and Totally L.I.T.

You can find these items at the event drink tents set up throughout the streets of Universal Studios Florida. You’ll also find a wide variety of beer and wine at the drink tents this year, and can visit the full bars like Chez Alcatraz and Finnegan’s for your mixed drinks.

There are also two new non-alcoholic frozen beverages that you’ll find in the New York area at the Gramercy Popcorn stand and the food and drink stand near the front entrance of Universal Studios.

First is the Syrup & Waffles, which was inspired by “Stranger Things.” It’s a delicious blend of flavors that even has tiny waffles on top.

Syrup & Waffles - Halloween Horror Nights 2018

And it wouldn’t be Halloween without some Candy Corn. The bottom layer is toasted marshmallow; the middle is your traditional candy corn flavor; and the top is whipped cream with sprinkles.

Candy Corn - Halloween Horror Nights 2018

The great thing about these beverages is they’re available during the day at Universal Studios Florida. There are also going to be new Coke Freestyle flavors available, as well as a variety of mugs including the all-new Frequent Fear mug.

But wait, there’s more! Swing by Voodoo Doughnut in Universal CityWalk to grab the new Halloween Horror Nights Tombstone doughnut.

Halloween Horror Nights Tombstone Voodoo Dougnnut

It’s a yeast-raised doughnut with raspberry Bavarian cream, cookie crumble dirt and green grass sprinkles. Annual Passholders can purchase the doughnut first with a valid ID from Sept. 10-13. AP discounts will apply.

What are you looking forward to devouring at this year’s event? Share with me in the comments below and grab your tickets now. Halloween Horror Nights will run for a record-breaking 36 select nights from September 14 to November 3.

WARNING: Event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 13. No costumes or masks allowed.
 Must be 21 years and older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages.
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You Need to Try These New Bites and Drinks at Halloween Horror Nights


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