Halloween Horror Nights One Night
Can’t make it to Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) at Universal Studios this year for more than one night but still want to see everything? Today, we’ve got three different ways for you to see everything in one night – along with a few extra tips.
Strategy #1: Arrive by 5 pm and Use the Holding Areas
If you purchase a Scream Early ticket, have daytime admission, or are an Annual Passholder, you can take advantage of the holding areas and get into line before general gate admission begins. Read more about these holding areas
Here is the plan the Unofficial Universal Team most often uses:
Start in the Springfield, USA holding area. Since this holding area releases between 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm, you can complete two houses before the gates open. At 6:30 pm, complete the other house in the back section of the park.
For 2019, this is House of 1000 Corpses and Depths of Fear. At 6:30 pm, Nightingales: Blood Pit opens and you’ll be one of the first in line.
After completing the third house, head towards the E.T. Adventure and complete both the houses in this area.
For 2019, this is Universal Monsters and Graveyard Games. At this point, you’ve done 5 houses.
Next, head towards the Today Cafe and complete the house that is inside the Shrek building. On your way, you’ll pass through two scare zones.
For 2019, the scare zones are Vikings Undead and Vanity Ball. The house is Killer Klowns from Outer Space.
Now, head towards Jimmy Fallon and complete the house inside. You’ll pass through another scare zone.
For 2019, this is Yeti: Terror in the Yukon. And, the scare zone is Zombieland Double Tap.
When exiting this house, immediately turn left and head into the queue for the house next door.
For 2019, this is Jordan Peele’s Us.
At this point, you’ve done all but two houses – the two most popular. Tackle one or the other right before the Express Passes go on sale for 50% off. On event nights that are open until 1am, this is 10 pm, or 2 am, this is 11 pm.
For 2019, the two most popular houses are Ghostbusters and Stranger Things. The Unofficial Team usually goes to Ghostbusters first.
Now, head towards the Fear Factor Stage and pass through the fourth scare zone.
For 2019, this scare zone is Rob Zombie’s HellBilly Deluxe.
At this point, you’ll head back to complete the other headlining house, either Ghostbusters or Stranger Things.
As you exit the event at the end of the night, you’ll pass through the final scare zone.
For 2019, this is Anarch-Cade.
Feel free to stop along the way and indulge in food, drinks, shows, and shopping in the Tribute Store. For a complete list of everything at HHN in 2019
Strategy #2: Buy an Express Pass
An Express Pass to Halloween Horror Nights works the same way as a daytime Express Pass. It is an additional cost on top of your HHN ticket, but it gives you access to shorter lines at the houses. The Express Pass guarantees the wait will be half of the standby line wait time. For example, if the Stranger Things house has a wait of 120 minutes, someone with the Express Pass would expect to wait for 60 minutes. In practice, the Express Line is often much shorter than half of the standby line wait time.
Express Passes can be purchased online ahead of time, in person at the event, or halfway through the event for 50% off. The cost of Express Passes varies depending on the projected attendance of the evening. Some HHN fans like to do as many houses as possible then use a 50% off Express Pass to finish the most popular ones.
Strategy #3: Do a RIP Tour
A RIP Tour is an additional cost on top of the Halloween Horror Nights ticket. RIP Tour participants are led by a Universal VIP Tour Guide to the front of each house line and are given insider facts and trivia about the event, houses, and scare zones. After the tour concludes, RIP Tour participants receive an Express Pass for the remainder of the night.