10 Must-Dos at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights

It's Universal Orlando's biggest and scariest Halloween Horror Nights yet, with new scare zones, a nighttime show and haunted houses inspired by iconic movies and popular shows such as Stranger Things.

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October 18, 2018

Photo By: Universal Studios Orlando

Photo By: Universal Studios Orlando

Photo By: Universal Studios Orlando

Photo By: Universal Studios Orlando

Photo By: Universal Studios Orlando

Photo By: Universal Studios Orlando

Photo By: Universal Studios Orlando

Photo By: Universal Studios Orlando

Photo By: Universal Studios Orlando

Photo By: Universal Studios Orlando

Brave Scary Movies IRL

Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights takes fear to the max. This year, the 80s return with 10 themed haunted houses that bring popular movies to life such as Ghostbusters, Us, House of 1,000 Corpses and more. Relive some of your favorite and most-terrifying movie moments.

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Visit the Upside Down

Inspired by the hit Netflix show, guests can walk through a brand-new, Stranger Things-inspired haunted house with scenes from Hawkins in the Upside Down, Chief Hopper's cabin and the Starcourt Mall.

Go Behind the Scenes

If you want to see what it takes to create this massive event every year, check out the "Behind-the-Screams: Unmasking the Horror" tour. This unique, daytime tour is also a great option if you love Halloween and design but don’t like to be scared. You can tour the Stranger Things haunted house without worrying about the Upside Down.

Walk Through a Haunted Junkyard

"Carnival Graveyard: Rust in Pieces" may not have the fandom of Stranger Things but it has the creep factor. This original haunted house takes place in a junkyard where an old carnival was left to rot. Be on the lookout for spooky carnival performers as you wander through the haunted ruins.

Rock Out With Vampires

In addition to haunted houses, there are five "scare zones," each with a unique theme. Make time for "Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve" if only to see your favorite '80s icons with a creepy, vampire twist.

Watch the New Show

In addition to haunted houses and scare zones, Halloween Horror Nights has a live show that is a must. Part dance, part acrobatics, "Academy of Villains: Cyberpunk" features a new story this year about humans versus technology.

Breeze Through Ride Lines

While the haunted houses get all the hype, several rides are open during Halloween Horror Nights. You can enjoy favorite rides, such as Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy and even Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, with little to no wait.

Try the Pizza Fries

Take a break from all the scares with limited-time snacks created just for Halloween Horror Nights. The fan-favorite Pizza Fries is back and an absolute must. You can find it at KidZone Pizza Company or Louie’s Italian Restaurant.

Instagram Spooky Treats

Got a sweet tooth? Get a taste of the Starcourt Mall with a variety of dishes inspired by iconic mall dining a la Stranger Things such as this triple stack with candy from season two. There’s also a non-alcoholic, frozen Syrup & Waffles drink with tiny waffle pieces on top. If waffles aren’t your thing, the pumpkin mini donuts are a must.

Try the Signature Cocktails

If you need some liquid courage, try one of the signature cocktails created just for the event. The Totally L.I.T. is a Long Island iced tea and the Wicked Rad Punch is lemonade with berry vodka. You can also ask for a Gnarly Twist which is both cocktails combined.