Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights Planning Guide

During Halloween Horror Nights, the streets of Universal Studios Hollywood come alive with hordes of deranged beings. At this gruesome event, you can explore terrifying haunted houses, zones of monsters and maniacs, experience many of the park’s most exciting rides and attractions, and more.

2018 Dates:

  • 7 pm-1 am: September 16, 20, 26; November 1, 2
  • 7 pm-2 am: September 14, 15, 21, 22, 27-30; October 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28, 31; November 3
  • Quiet: September 14, 20, 26, 27; October 4; November 1
  • Moderate: September 16, 21, 23, 28, 30; October 7, 11, 18, 25, 31; November 2, 3
  • Busy: September 15, 22, 29; October 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28

NOTE: These crowd levels are based on predictions; they are not guaranteed to be accurate. Crowd predictions are more likely to be precise as the date approaches. These crowd levels only apply to Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights.

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Event Information

1. Stranger Things
Go deep inside the haunting world of Stranger Things, and face the Demogorgon for yourself.

Experience details: This is a walkthrough experience that contains sudden scares.

2. Trick ‘r Treat
Based on the Trick ‘r Treat film, you’ll have to play by Sam’s rules or pay the ultimate price.

Experience details: This is a walkthrough experience that contains sudden scares.

3. The First Purge
Try to survive the New Founding Fathers of America’s experiment. Will you make it through the night?

Experience details: This is a walkthrough experience that contains sudden scares.

4. Poltergeist
Restless spirits have overrun the infamous house atop a cemetery, and they’re drawn to your light. You’ll be lured into a place between life and death, but don’t get lost in the light.

Experience details: This is a walkthrough experience that contains sudden scares.

5. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
Michael Myers has escaped the sanitarium, and he’s out for more kills. He’ll be moving in for a kill wherever you turn.

Experience details: This is a walkthrough experience that contains sudden scares.

6. The Horrors of Blumhouse
Come face-to-face with the most iconic and unnerving moments from Truth or Dare and Unfriended. Your goal is to live to see tomorrow.

Experience details: This is a walkthrough experience that contains sudden scares.

7. Universal Monsters
Experience a terrifying modern rendition of the legendary Universal monsters.

Experience details: This is a walkthrough experience that contains sudden scares.

8. Terror Tram: Hollywood Harry’s Dreadtime Storiez
Get transported into a nightmare of carnage that pits you against unspeakable horrors. You’ll journey through five bedtime stories, attempt to survive chainsaw-wielding monsters, and more.

Experience details: This is a horror-themed tour ride.

9. Jabbawockeez
Enjoy a live action dance performance with mind-bending routines and acts.

Experience details: This is a live action show.

1. Monster Masquerade
Step into the fog-enshrouded streets of old Paris and enter a macabre monster masquerade ball.

2. Trick ‘r Treat
The characters from Trick ‘r Treat have descended on the small Midwestern town of Warren Ohio during their annual Halloween celebrations.

3. Hell’s Harvest
Enter a pagan harvest festival where the streets are filled with strange bewitched dolls, brought to life by dark magic.

4. Toxxic Tunnel
An industrial accident has caused noxious vapors to be released, transforming the emergency workers into radioactive monsters.

5. Holidayz in Hell
Take a terrifying trip through psychotic seasonal celebrations filled with creepy Cupids, lecherous Leprechauns, and evil Easter bunnies.

1. The Walking Dead Attraction
Enter the post-apocalyptic world of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and follow in the footsteps of the human survivors as you battle your way through nightmarish iconic landscapes.

Attraction details: This is a walkthrough experience that contains sudden scares.
Recommended audience: Preteens and older
Our overview: The Walking Dead Attraction keeps the spirit of Halloween Horror Nights at the park year-round. Walking Dead fans and those who love haunted house experiences will enjoy this attraction and appreciate its attention to detail and sudden scares

2. The Simpsons Ride
Crash, soar, and swoop your way through Krustyland and Springfield with the Simpsons family.

Attraction details: This is a simulator ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches; guests between 40 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families
Our overview: The Simpsons Ride can best be described as pleasing and amusing. It’s not intense but it does simulate some jarring movements. The great attention to detail throughout the ride scenes makes for an enjoyable experience.

3. Revenge of the Mummy — The Ride
Plunge into total darkness and face fireballs, scarab beetles, and an army of warrior mummies.

Attraction details: This is a high-speed roller coaster ride.
Height requirement: At least 48 inches
Recommended audience: Teens
Our overview: What’s great about this coaster is that it has enticing sets and provides a thrilling experience. The entire ride takes place in a dark environment and includes effects like fog and fire; it’s a one-of-a-kind roller coaster.

4. Transformers: The Ride—3D
Fight alongside Optimus Prime and the Autobots to protect the Allspark and save Earth.

Attraction details: This is a 3-D motion base ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches; guests between 40 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Everyone
Our overview: This ride brings the Transformers characters to life with larger than life animation. You are completely immersed in the storyline through the use of simulation, practical effects, and more. Universal did a phenomenal job at combining so many different techniques into one ride.