Tips for Visiting Halloween Horror Nights Universal Orlando

Great news for all the Halloween lovers out there: it’s finally the time of year to indulge in spooky activities and see just how much of a scare you can handle. And the ultimate test of wit and tolerance is none other than the highly sought-after Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando.

Brace yourselves, as the theme park comes alive with hordes of horrifying mutants, monsters and maniacs. With 25 years of experience to draw from, nobody creates a more nightmarish Halloween event filled with truly original scares and authentic horror movie moments. 

Use these helpful tips to get the most out of your Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) experience – if you dare!

Arrive early.

Wait times are a serious consideration to make when planning your visit, so plan to arrive earlier in the day. Once darkness falls, lines will be long, and you won’t get a great view of the grounds and attractions. Get there early to scope out the things you want to see, and get in line. 

For your planning purposes, keep an eye on the boards throughout the park displaying estimated wait times. View locations here.

Avoid Halloween night.

Unless you’re a die-hard horror fan, we suggest choosing another date to visit the park either before or after Halloween. On Halloween night, lines and wait times at the park are known to last upwards of 3 hours, which may hinder your overall experience. Go earlier in the season for slightly smaller crowds – and don’t worry, the Halloween spirit will still be alive and well even if you visit on a day other than Halloween.

Plan in advance.

As HHN is a separately ticketed event, take advantage of online ticket sales, allowing you to pay admission fees in advance of arriving at the park (hopefully saving a little bit of time). There are multiple ticketing options, from a Halloween Horror Nights add-on ticket to your regular daytime pass, Express Passes letting you bypass regular lines at all haunted houses, and the Frequent Fear Pass, offering multiple nights of terror for one price.

Additionally, be sure to bring along extra cash for parking, and expect to pay full price for this.

Don’t dress up!

Visitors should be aware that masks and costumes are not permitted in the park. There will be plenty of these to see at the attractions – just don’t bring your own!

Plot your route.

With a little planning, getting into and navigating the park itself can be a breeze. Expect to run into traffic getting into the park. You’ll likely have a little bit of wait-time, especially for parking.

To be as efficient as possible in the park, take a look at the park map ahead of time to get an idea of your must-see attractions, and where they’re located in the park.

Keep in mind…

Be advised that although there aren’t formal restrictions on visitor age, the event may be too intense for children and is more appropriate for an adult audience. It is not recommended for children under the age of 13.

Halloween Horror Nights is always a blast. Do your research ahead of time to make sure you get the most out of your HHN experience as possible. And when you’re ready to call it a night, make your way over to your home-away-from-home here at InTown Suites Orlando, where we have multiple extended stay property options available to choose from. We look forward to seeing you!

Visiting New Orleans in October

October may not be what most people think of as the prime time to visit New Orleans, but with the autumn comes a welcomed reprieve from the usual New Orleans heat, resulting in pleasant temperatures perfect for exploring and adventuring in the city.

Looking for things to see and do in New Orleans this month? Look no further!


Serving up three weekends full of German food, music, and – of course – German beer, Oktoberfest in New Orleans shouldn’t be missed. Beer enthusiasts will enjoy a lineup of impressive brews, including well-known Becks and Spaten, as well as less common varieties like Köstritzer’s Köstritzer gibt Momenten Seele – a centuries old black beer, known for its unique taste and slightly sparkling character.

New Orleans Film Festival.

With a history spanning almost 30 years, the New Orleans Film Festival is one of the most reputable in the country. The festival screens several hundred films and in recent years has welcomed over 25,000 guests, including Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar nominees Patricia Clarkson, Alfre Woodard, and Steve McQueen, and Golden Globe nominees Faith Ford and Sarah Paulson.

Bike & Walking tours.

With comfortable temperatures, and fewer tourists milling about, there really isn’t a better time to hop on two wheels, or lace up the walking shoes for an educational jaunt through the city. Marvel at ancient architecture, discover culturally important landmarks, and learn something about the history of New Orleans. Try tour providers like Buzz Nola Bike Tours, FreeWheelin’ Bike Tours, or check out Frommer’s Walking Tours guide for more information.

Saenger Theatre.

On the National Register of Historic Places, the Saenger Theatre is a stunning place to visit – and on an evening in October, it’s the perfect time to tuck in and enjoy a show. Take your pick from childhood and seasonal favorites, live musical performances, and more, like Josh Groban, Cinderella, So You Think You Can Dance, and much more! 

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival.

Home of the Blues, New Orleans offers up this perfectly paired festival each year, showcasing two stages of live entertainment, and of course, lots of barbecued goodies to eat. Find the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival – a free event – in New Orleans’ Lafayette Square.

Cooking Classes.

While you’re here, you must indulge in authentic Creole and Cajun style cuisine – and what better way to do just that than join in a local cooking class? Try the Mardis Gras School of Cooking for classes with Chef Richard Bond, or one of the many cooking classes available at the New Orleans School of Cooking. You’ll be happy you did!

Looking to explore New Orleans and the surrounding area this autumn? Find cost-effective accommodation options from InTown Suites in New Orleans Metro, in Harvey and Metairie.