Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights Ends… But How Was It?


Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights is a wrap. And this year’s event broke records, thanks in no small part to the addition of Stranger Things.

The Kingdom Insider was there on October 24, and we can testify that this year’s event was, well, killer.

While there was plenty of spooky (and shocking) horror to go around, the real draw this year was the Stranger Things house. While we couldn’t film inside of it (which I was incredibly bummed about) we can tell you that it was a show stopper and worth the nearly two hour wait.

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My advice for Halloween Horror Nights 2019? Do yourself a huge favor and buy the Express Pass. From our own experience, it’s really the only way to make sure you can experience all of the houses in one night.

However, even if you don’t want to wait in line for the houses, most of the rides at Halloween Horror Nights were a walk-on. For this reason alone it’s worth the price of admission.

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If you missed the Stranger Things house, don’t worry!

If you missed out on seeing the Stranger Things house for yourself this year, don’t worry! Stranger Things Day is coming on November 6, and it will give Guests one last chance to experience the house this year.

Overall, Halloween Horror Nights is a must-do Orlando event and it should be experienced at least once (provided you’re over 13, that is!) We’re looking forward to what they come up with next year.

The official Universal Orlando blog posted an article earlier today talking as a wrap up for this year’s event. Here’s what they had to say…

Closing Thoughts On Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Once again, we are truly honored to have had such a successful Halloween Horror Nights. This year’s event has gone down in our record books as the hottest and most haunted houses we’ve ever created!

We thank all of our scareactors, technicians, production support, Team Members, fans, and families (for putting up with our crazy schedules) for a great Halloween Horror Nights 2018.

Here are some closing thoughts from the creative minds behind this year’s Halloween Horror Nights…

Show Director, Charles Gray

Poltergeist at Halloween Horror Nights 2018

On the final night of the event, I like to say my goodbyes to not only cast and crew, but to the sounds of the event. I can see visuals anytime on social media or hanging on the walls of our Art & Design offices. But year after year, the audio tracks of Halloween Horror Nights have become a special memory for me.

  • I want the environmental sounds from Seeds of Extinction and the score from Carnival Graveyard to remain in my head.
  • I will walk through the haunted houses on the final night and absorb my favorite scares.
  • I will smile when I walk through Slaughter Sinema and hear a crazed kid scream, “I’ll eat your guts for dinner!”
  • I will snicker when I hear Loomis yell, “No!  No!  No!” into the night air.
  • Hearing, “They’re heeeere” that final time will induce some melancholy and a sense of pride.

I am so proud of what the entire team has accomplished this year. That pride extends from the tech teams to the scareactors. Everyone should be proud of the heart and soul they poured into this twenty-eighth year of Halloween Horror Nights. 2019 is already shaping up to be a year of surprises. See you next year.

Show Director, Blake Braswell

Killer Klowns from Outer Space at Halloween Horror Nights 2018

The end of another Halloween Horror Nights has come. And as it fades away into the fog, I know this terror-filled beast will linger long in my heart. What this talented team of creators, designers, technicians and scareactors brought to life were some of the very first horror stories I experienced as a child.

I couldn’t be more proud to have played a part in this year’s event. I hate to see it go, but the tendrils of next year have already crept into our view, and I am thrilled for the screams yet to come.

 Show Director, Patrick Braillard

Stranger Things at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 2018

 We are about to close the gates on another incarnation of Halloween Horror Nights. Soon the haunted houses and scare zones that you knew this year will disappear, making way for new experiences next year.

The beast that is Halloween Horror Nights is never satisfied with the status quo. It is always evolving, always changing. Sometimes that change is seen as growth—can you say 10 houses?! Sometimes it means welcoming a group of maniacs inside—Academy of Villains, can you feel me?!

But in all of that growth and change, there are things that remain as steady today as they were during our very first event—the passion. The passion of the teams that develop, operate, and manage the event (truly the best in the world). The passion of the scareactors, who are the lifeblood of the event. And of course, the passion of the incredible fans who devote their time and energy to the promotion of all things Halloween Horror Nights (sometimes that involves tattoos…).

We’re already in the pit, working on 2019…and we cannot wait to scare you then too…passionately.

We’ll definitely be there in 2019! Stay tuned to The Kingdom Insider for more information on what Universal will be scaring up next year.

This content was originally published on on the official Universal Orlando Resort BlogThe Kingdom Insider takes no responsibility for errors in syndicated content.

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