Halloween Horror Nights Return to Universal Studios

One of the most terrifying and beloved events returns to Studio City’s Universal Studios this September: Halloween Horror Nights. Think: Your favorite and most feared horror movies brought to life via mazes and immersive experiences. Yep, it’s as scary as it sounds. Horror lovers, keep reading…if you dare.


What is Halloween Horror Nights?

On select nights from Sept 13 – Nov 3, Universal Studios transforms into a world filled with screams, monsters, gore and everything else nightmares are made of. Visitors have the chance to experience some of the most haunting moments in film and television history through 10 (new this year) spine-chilling mazes. This year, Universal also has five new scare zones, populated with terrifying creatures awaiting your arrival. Halloween Horror Nights are open select nights (mainly weekends) from 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. Here is the calendar of available dates. General admission to Halloween Horror Nights ranges from $67 to $102.


Can I See the Mayhem Earlier?

We’re glad you asked! Universal Studios is actually hosting its annual Fan Preview Night on Thursday, Sept 12 from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. If you’re extra eager to see this year’s setup, grab tickets for $69 to Fan Preview Night. What’s the point? You’ll be among the first to encounter the 10 mazes, inspired by popular horror shows and movies. Preview Night-goers also have exclusive access to themed photo opportunities with the scareactors and specially themed food and drink for purchase.


Grab Your Leg Warmers

Visit Halloween Horror Nights on a Thursday for a special Throwback Thursday experience. On Thursday nights only, Universal pays homage to the ‘80s with features of ‘80s horror films and music. Scareactors and live bands will provide the entertainment for the night. Costumes are encouraged.



Here’s a couple tidbits worth knowing before you arrive to Halloween Horror Nights:

  • Purchase tickets ahead of time online, they usually sell out fast
  • Download the Universal Studios Hollywood app for wait times and show times (this is great even if you’re not going to Halloween Horror Nights)
  • Purchase the R.I.P. Tour or express tickets for quicker access to each maze and show
  • Treat the scareactors nicely


Hotels Near Universal Studios Hollywood

If you’re visiting Halloween Horror Nights with some brave souls in your family, make sure to find a family-friendly hotel to stay in afterwards! Studio City Court Yard is a great choice for families,  conveniently located near Universal Studios and other Studio City attractions. Or, if you’re searching for a hotel that’s a little more historic, choose Sportsmen’s Lodge. Known for its many iconic guests and historic Hollywood glamour, a stay at Sportsmen’s is the perfect place to relax after a frightful night at Hollywood Horror Nights.


Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the fright of a lifetime! Live inside some of your favorite horror movies and shows at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.




Studio City Court Yard
With its comfortable furnishings and close location to Hollywood attractions, this hotel makes a great budget-friendly choice for traveling families. 12933 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604.

Sportsmens Lodge
With the soul of iconic Hollywood and aesthetic of modern Los Angeles, this historic hotel is just minutes from the best attractions of San Fernando Valley. 12825 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. 818.769.4700