How To Upgrade Your Halloween Horror Nights Experience
In my opinion, Halloween Horror Nights is the best part of Universal Orlando Resort (still without the clowns—I can really do without the clowns). As I’ve said before, it’s the reason I wanted to work here, and the reason that I haven’t missed a single event in the past 13 years.
As part of my job, I get to develop and support some of the cool bonus experiences you can add on to your Halloween Horror Nights that really amp it up.
Unmasking the Horror Tour
As a true Halloween Horror Nights fan, I love the Unmasking the Horror Tour which includes:
- Daytime, lights-on tour of 3-6 of the houses (depending on if you do a single or combination tour) where you get a behind-the-scenes look into how the Art & Design team transforms the biggest names in horror into the event’s haunted houses
- These tours are SCAREACTOR FREE—no scares, no monsters, just pure appreciation of the year-long effort that goes in to creating these incredibly detailed houses. You’re welcome, HHN-is-too-scary crowd.
- Guests can take pictures on the tour. This is social media gold for the month of October (take THAT, pumpkin carvers!)
Did you know that this year is the second appearance of Lightning Gulch in the “Ghost Town: The Curse of Lightning Gulch”? It first appeared in Halloween Horror Nights 14 and, that year, we learned that, “strangled by gold fever, the violent town of Lightning Gulch disappeared in a fierce thunderstorm” and were introduced to its ghostly inhabitants. This is the kind of fun insider information you can get on this tour.
Halloween Horror Nights Scareactor Dining Experience
Halloween Horror Nights Scareactor Dining returns for its second year. It includes an all-you-care-to-eat-buffet (four words: carving station and pie) and the opportunity for photos with Scareactors from this year’s event, including Chance herself!
Since the event is at night, and the Scareactors are doing what they do best during the event—terrifying innocent bystanders—the opportunity to meet and get pictures with them in a well-lit restaurant is too good to pass up.
Halloween Horror Nights Express
One thing any regular attendee already knows is that this event is REALLY popular. To maximize your time, you can get an Halloween Horror Nights Express Pass to skip the regular lines at the houses AND participating rides and attractions. That “whoosh” sound is you flying through your night.
Now. If you’re looking for the ultimate experience, I’d recommend the “blood-red carpet treatment”—And that means an R.I.P. Tour. Some of the perks include:
- Priority VIP entry into all of the haunted houses (this, for me, always excludes all clown-related houses but it’s okay to sit one out and talk to the Tour Guide about where other clowns might be lurking. In case you’re wondering, they won’t give you their light-up sword for protection even if you ask nicely).
- Commemorative Halloween Horror Nights lanyard and credential (it GLOWS IN THE DARK, you guys)
- Pre-tour reception including appetizers and a cash bar
- Reserved seating at Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure
At the end of the night—after hours of scares and actively avoiding Chance (is that just me?)—the valet parking benefit that’s included makes the R.I.P. Tour the best decision you can ever make. Ever.
Top off your night with The Repository – Universal Orlando’s cutting-edge, terrifying virtual reality experience at Halloween Horror Nights.
Your biggest fears will be tested as you embark on a spine-chilling journey that combines virtual reality technology with immersive real-life storytelling. You’ll encounter real-life characters in highly themed physical environments, while working together in teams of four to uncover a paranormal mystery told through the use of the cutting-edge technology.
The Repository is available during all Halloween Horror Nights events, beginning Sept. 29 and running through Oct. 31. Trust me when I say, you won’t want to miss out on this one.
The cool thing about these products, like Halloween Horror Nights itself, is that the design team’s creativity ensures the add-on experiences include new content and are different every year. (Unlike my adverse reaction to clowns, which is intensely consistent. Have you picked up on that yet?)
So, when you grab your Halloween Horror Nights ticket, check out the Upgrades. Now, if I could just find the “Remove all clowns” option…