It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Halloween

Hannah Lee, Staff reporter

Halloween Horror Nights

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights is one of the most frightening events of the year. The haunted houses and scare zones are proven to scare even the least fearful people. The new themed houses and zones are new and better than ever. A few of the many featured the new hit horror movie The Black Phone and Grammy award winning artist The Weeknd. Hogsmeade in Harry Potter World will feature various villains from the books/movies. It is sure to be a thrilling night. 

 Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights is one of the most anticipated horror experiences during the holiday. It is open on select nights through September 2 – October 31 from 6:30 to 2 A.M. This year, Universal is hosting 10 haunted houses consisting of some of the classic killers such as Michael Myers and some of the newer films/people such as The Black Phone and The Weeknd. There are 5 scare zones around the park that are sure to make you jump. Rides located in Universal Studios will be open to ride if you need a break from the scares this event will bring. You can purchase tickets at for $90.99 for basic tickets and $129.99 for an express pass.  

This event only takes place in Universal Studios, not in Islands of Adventure. Although Islands of Adventure is not hosting Halloween Horror nights, it still has spooky decorations and events going on during normal theme park hours. Universal Studios is open from 8 A.M – 5 P.M because of horror nights, but Islands of Adventure is open from 9 A.M – 8 P.M. If you are visiting the islands, stay until closing to see the Hogwarts castle light up and dementors come out. The show usually starts at around 7:15. Halloween Horror Nights is one of the most thrilling scare events of the year, so be sure to join in on the fun! 



Busch Garden’s Howl-O-Scream is another option for a fun-filled night. This event is closer in distance and a cheaper alternative, but still just as fun as the rest. Some might say scarier! Busch Gardens’ newest haunted house Stranglewood Estate and many of their other revamped and returning houses are certainly frightening. Make sure to hop on a few rides since they will be open during the event. You don’t want to miss this! 

Howl-O-Scream is open on select nights through September 9th – October 31st. You can buy tickets online at with prices starting at $44.99 for a basic ticket. The event starts at 7 P.M and ends at 1 A.M. There are 7 scare zones and 5 haunted houses. The scare zones this year will be featuring the newest zones called Ravens Mill and Beyond the Veil. The thrilling characters and stories you will endure from these haunted houses and zones are certain to terrify you. If you’re looking for a good thrill, Howl-O-Scream is the place for you.