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What Time Does Halloween Horror Nights Start? | Early Arrival Secret

Knowing when Halloween Horror Nights starts every night can help ensure you have as much time as possible to enjoy the event!

However, Halloween Horror Nights can sometimes start a bit earlier than the advertised start time, which this Halloween Horror Nights Operating Hours Guide will dive into!

Questions We'll Answer About Halloween Horror Night's Operating Hours:

  • What Time Does Halloween Horror Nights Start?
  • How Can You Make The Most Of Your Time At Halloween Horror Nights?

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What Time Does Halloween Horror Nights Start?

Halloween Horror Nights starts each night at 6:30PM, but you should definitely consider showing up quite a bit earlier.

While 6:30PM is the advertised start time, the event is known to actually start allowing guests through the gates early.

Previous Halloween Horror Night years have seen the gates opening nearly 30 minutes early on some occassions so it does pay to show up earlier and take advantage of these extra 30 minutes!

Spooky atmosphere at Halloween Horror Nights

You'll also likely see shorter waits at many of the haunted houses since many guests will show up closer to the officially posted 6:30PM start time. 

It's quite common for Halloween Horror Nights to start earlier than advertised, but remember this far from a gurantee.

Universal will open Halloween Horror Nights to guests when ready which can vary from night-to-night!

Two women getting scared at Halloween Horror Nights

How Can You Make The Most Of Your Time At Halloween Horror Nights?

With only a limited time to enjoy Halloween Horror Nights we're offering you some of our best time (and money) saving tips to make the most of your HHN visit!

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS ONLINE: Don't wait to purchase your tickets at the front gate of Universal Studios as you'll spend valuable time waiting in often lengthy lines. Purchase your tickets for Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando or Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood in advance online. 

ARRIVE EARLY: As mentioned earlier in the article, Universal often begins allowing people into the park early to prevent massive lines from building outside their gates. Regardless, arriving early will help you beat any sort of lines that form to enter the park.

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CONSIDER EXPRESS PASS: Wait times for the most popular haunted mazes can easily stretch for two hours or more on some of the busiest nights.

If you're willing to spend some extra cash then Express Pass is the way to go as you'll wait a fraction of the time you would in the general lines.

START FROM THE BACK: When Halloween Horror Nights officially begins each night most people run straight to the first haunted maze they can find. We recommend being patient and starting with the mazes towards the back of the park.

As the night goes on, the mazes towards the front of the park will get less popular as people move deeper into Universal Studios.

CONSIDER WEEKDAYS: If your schedule is flexible then definitely consider going to Halloween Horror Nights on a weekday. Even though the event typically ends an hour earlier, the smaller crowds and lower wait times may give you the opportunity to do more in less time! 



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