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Five Scary Good Reasons to Stay at a Universal Orlando Hotel During Halloween Horror Nights 

October 6, 2022
Mummy Universal Orlando Hotel

So, I have an upfront confession I need to make right here: Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort is a big deal for me. You know the types of experiences in your life that you look forward to the entire year and then when it comes, you feel the happiest you can possibly feel? Right. You’re envisioning it? That’s Halloween Horror Nights for me. 

From the chilling atmosphere and fog that hazes over you when you walk into the entryway of Universal Studios Florida, to the beautifully designed, yet equally terrifying haunted houses, to the food. Gosh, the food. Love those Pizza Fries. There’s nothing else in this universe (see what I did there) that compares to a night of HHN memories. It’s tradition — and the only place where I can cry from laughter and maybe a little bit from fear in the same night. 

For me, though, there’s one experience that helps make my annual HHN tradition that much better. Because my family of five and I brave HHN together every year, we’ve found that the best way to make the most of our HHN experience is by staying at a Universal Orlando hotel. Nothing beats coming back from frights after midnight and being so close to my home away from home. 

If you have not experienced this yet, let me tell you: This is a MUST-DO. Right off the bat (my favorite spooky animal) and included with your stay you get…

  • Easy transportation. You will get to and from your hotel to HHN in what feels like minutes. 
  • Perfect for your HHN party. The 2-Bedroom Suites at Endless Summer Resort accommodated my squad of six comfortably and are super affordable. 
  • Incredibly fun and immersive HHN offerings (more on that in a second, so I guess you’ll have to keep reading) 

Have I convinced you yet? Because it doesn’t stop there. Here are five reasons why staying at a Universal Orlando hotel during HHN is the perfect way to experience the event: 

Scream Earlier with a Priority Entrance to Halloween Horror Nights

Scareactor at Universal Orlando

Let’s read that again, shall we? By staying at a Universal Orlando hotel on an HHN event night, you get access to a priority entrance only for hotel guests with a show of your room key. This exclusive entrance for guests of any Universal Orlando hotel puts you directly into the mayhem of haunted houses and right into the scares. Sign. Me. Up. Now. 

Pose for Killer Photos with Your Favorite Monsters at Universal Monsters Gallery of Legends

Selfie at Universal Hotel

Talk about legendary. This year at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, you can enjoy the ultimate photo experience with Universal Monsters Gallery of Legends. 

Capture unforgettable moments of you and your scream squad howling like The Wolf Man, baring your fangs like Dracula, and getting wrapped up like The Mummy as you take selfies in the gallery of horror-themed vignettes. Each iconic Universal Monster has their own section of the experience with multiple backdrops for creating must-have HHN photos

All hotel guests are welcomed with a room key to this complimentary experience… if they dare.

Vibe at Halloween Horror Nights Themed Lounges… with Lil’ Boo!

Swizzle Lounge at Cabana Bay

You know what I love? A great hotel lobby lounge. You know what I love even more? A hotel lobby lounge decorated for HHN… WITH LIL’ BOO! At Cabana Bay Beach Resort, the Spooky Swizzle Lounge is themed to a pumpkin takeover with everyone’s favorite pumpkin – Lil’ Boo – front and center. You are not going to want to miss this – this place looks like the Pumpkin Lord’s lair

And for the first time, at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, its Sunset Lounge will have Halloween-themed decor and offer the perfect mix of a fall and tropical-themed atmosphere.

These two wicked lounges are the perfect place for a pre-HHN delight. 

Try Specialty Drinks Inspired by Your Favorite Universal Monsters

Monster Drinks at Swizzle Lounge

If you can’t get enough of Universal Monsters, you’re in luck! This year, dining venues at all eight Universal Orlando hotels are offering three specialty drinks that celebrate Universal Monsters

Take a look at these exciting elixirs:

The Mummy (Vodka, Blueberry Red Bull and Lemon Juice)

The Wolf Man (Whiskey, Raspberry Bols and Pineapple Juice)

Dracula (Tequila, Bloody Mary Mix, Olives and Celery)

These drinks are the perfect formula for HHN fun! Now… who’s ready for the Universal Monsters Legends Collide haunted house?

Enjoy the Late-Night Bites after Frights

Raspberry Dessert at Universal

I think we can all admit this: when we get back from a night of HHN, the hunger (or hanger for some of us) is real. 

All eight hotels offer late-bite food options for one hour after HHN concludes on event nights. And if you’re staying at a Premier or Preferred hotel, take a close look at the Star Service menu. You’ll see some fun Halloween-themed menu items. 

As you probably already know, Halloween season at Universal Orlando is unlike anywhere else in the world. Across the entire destination, Halloween can be experienced in an immersive and unique way you can only find at Universal Orlando. By staying at a Universal hotel during HHN, your experience becomes seamless and adds to the fun. With so many different room options and hotels, there’s an option for every style and budget. Click here to book a stay at one of Universal Orlando’s eight hotels. 

See you in the fog! 

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