Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2023 Touring Plan

Touring plans make it easy for you to get the most out of your trip by outlining the order you should visit houses and shows, allowing you to enjoy the top experiences at the event.

This touring plan was created for those visiting Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights event for a single night; however, those attending the event for a longer period may still take advantage of this plan. This touring plan assumes that you are attending the event from starting time and staying until the event ends. Although this plan is specifically designed for those without a Halloween Horror Nights Universal Express pass, which allows you to skip the regular lines at all houses, it may still be used by such visitors.

Prior to visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, we recommend that you download the official Universal Studios Hollywood app on the App Store or the Google Play Store. The app provides wait times, showtimes, a resort-wide map, and more.

Entering the Event

We recommend getting to the park turnstiles by at least 5:00 PM. You won’t be permitted into the park yet, but you’ll be closer to the entry, allowing you to get a head start on other guests. Keep in mind that it may take up to an hour and a half to arrive at the front gates from the parking booth. However, if you’re visiting Universal Studios Hollywood during the daytime on the same day you’re attending Halloween Horror Nights or if you purchased a ticket that provides early access to the event, which is highly recommended, it is not necessary to wait at the turnstiles for the event to officially begin. You can enter at whatever time your ticket allows and experience select haunted houses before guests at the turnstiles. You should download the official Universal Studios Hollywood app to help locate the event’s houses and entertainment, view showtimes, and more.

Evil Dead Rise movie
Image: Warner Bros.

Experiences to Visit

We’ve compiled an ordered list of houses you should visit at the event. You should visit the experiences in this order to get the most out of your night; however, you may be required to slightly adjust this order due to scheduled showtimes and closings for select experiences.

The Last of Us

Summary: The gritty world of Naughty Dog's video game comes to life. Make your way through an abandoned Pittsburgh and attempt to survive Clickers, Hunters, and more.

Attraction type: Enclosed walk-through experience containing sudden scares

Stranger Things 4

Summary: Come face-to-face with otherworldly creatures like demobats and even Vecna himself as you traverse through iconic scenes from Stranger Things 4, confronting your own deepest fears. Try to escape Vecna's wrath and save mankind from his deadly curse.

Attraction type: Enclosed walk-through experience containing sudden scares

The Exorcist: Believer

Summary: Two missing girls have been found, but they have no recollection of what happened to them. Wherever they went, the ultimate evil returned with them. Anyone who comes in contact with them is at risk of losing their soul. Enter the terrifying scenes from the new Blumhouse film.

Attraction type: Enclosed walk-through experience containing sudden scares

Holidayz in Hell

Summary: Prepare for a twisted journey through your favorite holidays as they take a dark turn like never before. From the festive cheer of New Year's Eve to the heartwarming traditions of Thanksgiving, these beloved occasions will be transformed into a nightmarish descent into terror.

Attraction type: Enclosed walk-through experience containing sudden scares

Terror Tram…The Exterminatorz

This attraction closes prior to the event end time. Ensure to arrive before the last tram departure.

Summary: Take a ride on the tram to the world-famous Universal backlot, where you'll be caught in the middle of an insect uprising led by the cunning Larry Larva. His aim is to wipe out humans, and he has enlisted bug-headed exterminators to help him achieve it. As you scuttle away from the many-legged terrors, you'll complete your trek strolling through the Jupiter's Claim set from the film Nope, where you'll encounter The Tethered from Us in a crossover experience from two of Jordan Peele's blockbusters.

Attraction type: Brief ride & outdoor walk-through experience featuring roaming characters

Universal Monsters: Unmasked

Summary: Descend deep into the Paris Catacombs, where you'll face a new horde of monsters, including the Phantom of the Opera, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Invisible Man, and Dr. Jekyll and his deranged alternate personality Mr. Hyde.

Attraction type: Enclosed walk-through experience containing sudden scares

Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count

Summary: Chucky, the serial killer doll, has hijacked his own haunted house with all kinds of bloody hijinks, turning it into a living slaughterhouse. You must try to survive his ultimate kill count.

Attraction type: Enclosed walk-through experience containing sudden scares

Evil Dead Rise

Summary: An age-old curse emerges in a Los Angeles apartment building. The ominous Book of the Dead holds the key to unleashing unimaginable horrors upon you. Brace yourself, for the forces of evil have found their way back home.

Attraction type: Enclosed walk-through experience containing sudden scares

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The Purge: Dangerous Waters show at Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights

Visit When Available

This section features experiences that you may choose to visit either when you are nearby or have available time.

The Purge: Dangerous Waters

This attraction has scheduled showtimes. Plan accordingly and arrive early.

Summary: A politician seeks refuge on an island to evade The Purge, a destructive event where all acts of crime are sanctioned for a night. However, their sanctuary is soon discovered by The Purgers, triggering an electrifying EDM showdown as they battle for their lives.

Attraction type: Live-action show

Blumhouse: Behind the Screams

Summary: Experience the thrill of a behind-the-scenes look at some of your favorite and upcoming Blumhouse films.

Attraction type: Behind-the-scenes experience

The Purge scare zone at Halloween Horror Nights

Themed Environments

The event features numerous scare zones with roaming monsters that you’ll come across when venturing to each house and show. Although the houses are the main highlight of the event, we recommend spending time in the scare zones to complete the Halloween Horror Nights experience.

Ghostz

Summary: The moment you step into the event, a legion of horrifying ghostz, drenched in blood and brandishing chainsaws, will descend upon you, flaunting sinister grins. These menacing specters will relentlessly pursue and terrify you, leaving an enduring imprint on your memory.

Attraction type: Outdoor walk-through experience featuring roaming characters

Toyz

Summary: A deranged toymaker is harnessing dark magic to animate malevolent toys, including a porcelain doll, teddy bear, nutcracker, and ballerina. Consequently, you find yourself pursued by these wicked toyz.

Attraction type: Outdoor walk-through experience featuring roaming characters

El Terror De Las Momias

Summary: Villagers discovered an ancient army of mummies. Now, you find yourself as the unfortunate target of their wrath. These cursed beings are relentless in their pursuit, making your escape a daunting task. But even if you manage to escape, you won't get away from Muerte and the Goddess of Death.

Attraction type: Outdoor walk-through experience featuring roaming characters

For full information about Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights experiences, click here.

TIPS: (1) We advise that you eat a meal before attending the event so that you don’t take too much time out of your night. If you must, grab a snack at the various concession stands in the park. (2) If you plan to attend Halloween Horror Nights on the same day you visit Universal Studios Hollywood during the daytime or if you have a ticket that provides early access to the event, which is highly recommended, you can take advantage of early access to select haunted houses, allowing you to experience more houses throughout the night. (3) Although the haunted houses are the highlight of Halloween Horror Nights, you don’t necessarily want to rush your way to every house or show. Take time to enjoy the various scare zones located throughout the park.

NOTE: It is not guaranteed that you’ll experience all of the haunted houses and entertainment at Halloween Horror Nights by following this touring plan. We recommend skipping any house or show you may not be interested in.

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS UNIVERSAL EXPRESS VISITORS: Although you can skip the regular lines at the houses, greatly reducing your wait times, we still highly recommend following this touring plan. This touring plan is designed to reduce your time in line, even if you’re using an Express pass. The Express lines may have significantly shorter wait times than the regular lines, but following this plan will still help minimize the time you spend in lines. It should be noted that unless you purchase an Express Unlimited pass, you are only permitted to use the Express pass once per house. Due to this, we suggest using the regular line if the posted wait time is below 30 minutes and you are interested in revisiting the house. You can then use the Express line afterward when the regular line has a longer wait time.

GUESTS VISITING MULTIPLE NIGHTS: If you’re attending the event for more than one (1) night, we recommend sticking to this touring plan for the first night to ensure you visit the top experiences. The next time you attend the event, you can revisit the houses you enjoyed most, experience the houses you may have missed, visit the available attractions and entertainment, and enjoy the various scare zones at a slower pace.