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  • Writer's pictureMarissa Benson

Tips & Tricks to Conquer HHN

Universal's Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) is a thrilling event that promises heart-pounding scares and unforgettable experiences. With so much to see and do, planning is key to make the most of your visit. In this blog, I'll share expert tips and tricks to help you navigate HHN like a pro and ensure you don't miss out on any of the spine-chilling attractions.

Purchase Tickets in Advance

First things first, secure your tickets in advance. This not only guarantees your entry but also often comes with early access options or bundled packages that can enhance your HHN experience.


Arrive Early

Getting to the event early can make a significant difference in your experience. The first few hours tend to be less crowded, allowing you to hit popular attractions with shorter wait times. If you are already in Universal Studios, utilize the Stay & Scream pass and stay in a holding area. We found that houses started opening as early as 5:30, but the park does not open until 6:30.


Plan Your Priorities

Study the map and identify your must-see haunted houses and scare zones. Prioritize these and tackle them first. Consider the locations of the attractions to plan an efficient route.


Consider Express Passes

If you want to maximize your time and minimize wait times, consider investing in Express Passes. These provide priority access to select haunted houses and rides, allowing you to see more in less time. If you are going on a busy night, or only have 1-2 nights to see everything, I highly suggest the express pass!


Download the Official HHN App

The HHN app is a valuable tool for planning your visit. It provides real-time information on wait times, show schedules, and a map of the event. It's a handy companion to keep you updated throughout the night.


Stay Hydrated and Take Breaks

HHN can be physically and mentally intense, so be sure to stay hydrated. Take advantage of rest areas, grab a snack, and find a quiet spot to recharge when needed.


Engage with Scare Actors

The scare actors are an integral part of the experience. Interacting with them can enhance your immersion and even lead to unique and unexpected scares. Don't be afraid to engage in the terrifying fun, take photos with the actors in the scare zones, and take your time walking through these zones.


Utilize Single Rider Lines

Some attractions offer single rider lines, which can drastically reduce your wait time. If you're comfortable riding separately from your group, this is a fantastic option.


Bring Drink in the Queue Line

Sometimes the queue lines can have a wait of 60 + minutes. It can be hot and its easy to get thirsty. Bring a drink & snack if you have a long wait time.


Check the Weather

There is nothing worse then being stuck in the middle of a line, outdoors and the rain starts. There is no cover and nowhere to go. Check the weather before you go, and bring a poncho or umbrella.


Explore the Shows

While the haunted houses are the main draw, don't overlook the live shows. They provide a different kind of entertainment and can offer a welcome break from the scares. Nightmare Fuel is a wild acrobatic show with fire & dancing. Don't miss it!


Stay Updated on Social Media

Follow HHN's official social media accounts for real-time updates, special announcements, and insider tips. This can be particularly helpful for any last-minute changes or surprises.


With careful planning and strategic execution, you can experience the full spectrum of terror that Universal's Halloween Horror Nights has to offer. Whether you're a seasoned HHN veteran or a first-timer, these tips and tricks will ensure you make the most of your visit. Embrace the scares, engage with the immersive experiences, and leave with memories that will haunt you for years to come. Happy haunting!




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