Halloween at Universal Hollywood Experience

People walking in maze at HHN Hollywood
Last updated Jun 15, 2024
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Halloween Universal Hollywood Flashback

Experience HHN at Universal Studios

Halloween Hollywood

Each year, Halloween widens its reach here, in Australia, compared to the past.

I will always remember the Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) at Universal Studios in Hollywood and Orlando in 2014.

Since then, you can also find it held in Singapore and Japan.

You need a ticket specifically for an HHN when they are released each year.

I ventured out and did one night each at Hollywood and Orlando in 2014. I screamed and laughed so much.

For this post, I traveled at my own expense.

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

The night in Hollywood

As you can see the night is dark with coloured lights. So, it's a good idea to take a map or download the app on your phone because you can use Universal's free Wi-Fi at the park and Universal Citywalk.

Organize a designated meetup spot in case you become separated from anyone in your group.

I booked a Sunday night. Because a few days before, my daughter and I had been through the park and backlot during the day. I knew our way around and was prepared for the nighttime event. It also meant I had been on some rides, and knew our favorite rides. And, my daughter and I knew the rides that she and II wanted to do again. That meant my daughter and I could focus on the haunted houses, the terror train, and the scare zones.

When my daughter and I lined up to enter the studios, many people were going to enter the gates all at the same time. So, my daughter and I headed toward the backlot of the park and worked back from there.

Buy some water and snacks to take with you before going to the terror train and backlots. Because my daughter and I rode on the terror train and then walked through the backlot. So, it was a while before the two of us were back at the front of the park again, Check the details to see if they are still doing the terror train.

Tip: Read the rules before you go.

Back then when my daughter and I visited, Harry Potter was being built. And Fast & Furious supercharged ride was planned to be built.

Night View at Universal Studios Hollywood

The picture I created at HHN at night

The Buildings at HHN Hollywood

The buildings were lit up with colored lights and spotlights.

Building at HHN Hollywood

Picture I created at HHN of the buildings

The Lights at HHN Hollywood

The lights shone brightly in different colors and white.


Halloween Buildings at Universal Studios Hollywood

The picture I created at HHN of the lights

The Shadows at HHN Hollywood

The shadows on the ground created a spooky kind of atmosphere to the vibe.

Around this area and the buildings was The Walking Dead maze.

Shadows HHN Hollywood

A picture I created at HHN of the shadows

The Purge Scare Zone

In this zone were bright lights and white spotlights that moved positions regularly.

The other scare zone was the Mask-a-Raid which was set in France before the Revolutionary War as a masquerade ball.

People walking in maze at HHN Hollywood

Picture I created at HHN of the Purge Scare Zone

The Haunted Houses in 2014

In 2014, the haunted houses I experienced were Clowns 3D and Slash music, From Dusk Till Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, Dracula Untold: Face Off, Reign of Blood, and AVP: Alien vs Predator

Universal Studios Hollywood ~ Best For VIP Tour Experience

My daughter and I visited Universal Studios in Hollywood on a VIP Tour.  I had booked the tour for a few days before the separately ticketed event, HHN, which I booked for a Sunday night.

Back then, Harry Potter was being built, and Fast & Furious supercharged ride was planned to be built.

Join a guided VIP tour of Universal Studios Hollywood where you can skip the lines at participating rides, ride a trolley and tour the movie sets, and have a breakfast buffet and gourmet lunch. Experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Fast & Furious Supercharged.

Get Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Tour Details

Spend 1 or 2 at Universal Studios Hollywood of rides, and shows, and participate in a tour of the movie studio. And, visit Citywalk. Get Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket Details


Where to Stay Universal Hollywood

Sheraton Universal, Universal City ~ Best Choice For Close To Universal Studios Hollywood & Universal Citywalk & Shuttle

I decided to stay at a hotel close to Universal Studios Hollywood with my daughter. So, I picked the Sheraton Universal. It's on Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City.

What I liked was it included a shuttle I caught outside the front of the hotel that took me to and from Universal Studios and Universal Citywalk for free. The shuttle also went down to the bottom of the hill. I found it was a short walk to the subway and bus terminal.

I could also walk up and down the hill, even though it was a steep incline because it was less than 300 meters down to the subway. And, there was a supermarket down the hill on the other side of the freeway where I could walk to get some supplies.

On the subway, I could go into Hollywood and see the sights in Hollywood. And, catch buses to other destinations of interest.

The Sheraton Universal is now a travel-sustainable property.

Get details Sheraton Universal


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Have you experienced a Halloween Horror Night in Hollywood? Or in Orlando, Singapore, or Japan? Share your thoughts with me!

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  1. Woah! Those places look intense! My Dad and brother always used to pick out a haunted house to go to on Halloween! I think they would have loved those locations!

    • Sounds like they would have loved the experience, Brianna

  2. I love Halloween. This sounds like fun.

    • It sure is a different experience, Ashley

  3. Fun! We visited Universal for Halloween years ago before kids and it was so much fun! The last few years it’s been more of a Disney Halloween – still fun, just not at all scary.

    • I find HHNs fun and scary too. Where I live, there’s not really something like that here.

      • Halloween is our second favorite holiday! We like to go all out!

        • Cool, sounds like fun, Courtney

  4. Clowns with chainsaws? Oh, heck no! I would have been petrified! I’m glad it was all in fun for Halloween.

    • Yes, they were, Shirley. I ran away from the clowns.

  5. That’s great! We don’t have much around here because we are so close to Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando.

    • That’s cool, Lauren. After the experience, I can see why.

  6. Thankgooned for the boat ride home. My feet would have been sore too.

    • Yes, Missy. The boat was a welcome sight.

  7. Beautiful images!

    • Thank you Lisa

  8. I loved Harry Potter World when my family visited not at Halloween, so I bet it was even more magical in October.

    • Sounds like you enjoyed Harry Potter as much as I did, Jordan. It was cool to sit & wait for HHN at the end of the day and drink Butterbeer.

  9. This is crazy! Very cool.

    • It’s an unique experience. Thank you , Taci.

  10. Huge fan of Harry Potter I would love to check it out during Halloween

    • Universal’s parks at Orlando are cool. When I was there, the HHN part wasn’t in the Harry Potter area, Adrian.

  11. I never really got into haunted houses, but maybe I haven’t been to the right ones! Cool artwork!

    • Thank you, Lori. They are an unique experience.

  12. Cool images! Halloween looks like a fun time to visit!

    • Yes, it was lots of fun, kmf

  13. Our son did horror nights at Universal Hollywood and Loved it…also did Knotts Scary Farm. Those themed nights are great fun for sure

    • Cool. It’s a unique experience.

  14. Cool pictures! I’ve never been to Orlando during a holiday. I’d love to, someday. Since I’m a teacher, I may have to wait until I retire before I can make it for Halloween. It looks so fun!

    • Thank you Stacey. That makes it hard to visit then. Hope you do get there one day.

  15. I HATE being scared! I’ll stick with a more cheerful Halloween maybe Disney? HA! Great images!

    • It’s not for everyone. My daughter and I wanted to go to the Disney one, too.

  16. I’m not into the scary side of Halloween so I go for more of the fun side. I would, however, love to go to Disney for Halloween.

    • I wanted to go to the Disney one too.

  17. Lol! I lived in Orlando and loved HHNO every year. Scared the pee out of me ?

    • That would have been cool. I was scared & laughed too.

  18. I’ve never been a fan of Halloween but my kids just love the dressing up part.

    • it’s cool that your kids like to dress up.

  19. I love what you have done with the pics!

    • Thank you Amanda

  20. We love Halloween Horror Nights!! We’ve been going for the RIP Tour for about 6 years now for a work event!! You are right, scary and funny!!

    • That’s cool Julie


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