Beware of the Upside Down, the Poltergeist and revenge of Michael Myers (Photo: Universal Orlando)

Each year, Universal Orlando dares you to see if you have what it takes to spend a night walking amongst the undead, monsters and freaks during Halloween Horror Nights. This year is no different. As the Orlando theme park gears up for the start of Halloween Horror Nights 2018, here are some tips on how to survive your night.

Go on the right date
Halloween Horror Nights runs September 14 through November 3, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. The closer you get to Halloween, the more crowded the event gets. The best day to go to HHN is on a Wednesday. The most recommended days to attend are:
September: 15, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26
October: 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18
November: 1

Arrive early
Arrive at least 45 minutes BEFORE the gates open. This ensures you are one of the first people in, allowing you to hit up some of the haunted houses with minimal wait times. Plus, Universal often opens the gates before the 6:30 start time so if you are there before then you will easily get through a haunted house before people even start to show up.

Get Early Access
There are a few ways to get early access to Halloween Horror Nights. First, you can stay at Universal’s new Cabana Bay Beach Resort and gain early entry into Universal Orlando, which in turn allows you to stick around for HHN (with a ticket of course). Even if you don’t stay on-site, you can still gain early access to HHN by purchasing both a Universal Orlando and Halloween Horror Nights ticket. Why not spend the day riding Universal’s rides, and then stick around for some scares at night? When you do, you won’t have to leave the park when everybody else does. Instead you’ll be right there when the horror is ready for you.

Have a Game Plan
Ok, so you arrived early. You got into the park before time. Now what? The biggest draw to Halloween Horror Nights are the haunted houses; and rightfully so. These bad boys take months to create and are usually chalk full of terrifying detail. Because there are so many, it’s likely you won’t get to experience them all in one night. We suggest prioritizing what you want to see. The same goes for scare zones. Route your path and you’ll be happy (err, scared) you did.

Eat Before or Early
Grab dinner at CityWalk before you even enter the gates. If you do decide to eat while there make sure you do it early. When everybody else gets hungry you can take advantage of shorter lines.