Universal Studios Japan Halloween 2018 Guide

Universal Studios Japan Halloween 2018 Lineup Revealed - New Era of Halloween

Universal Studios Japan brings wholesome to gruesome at their unique Universal Surprise Halloween event. Get all the info you need in this complete event guide!

Universal Surprise Halloween 2018 Lineup

This year, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) will redefine their popular Halloween event with all-new adventures and the return of fan favourites. Billed as the “New Era of Halloween”, Universal Surprise Halloween is split into three distinct experiences, offering spooky fun for all guests.


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Otona Halloween (NEW) | Halloween Horror Nights Japan | Family-Friendly Halloween
Event, Ticketing and Express Pass Info | USJ Halloween Tips & Tricks

When it comes to Halloween, Universal Studios Japan stands out from the other Universal parks in a few ways:

  • Halloween event is available every day from 7 Sept to 4 Nov 2018 (scary attractions start 8 Sept)
  • The seasonal programming spans the entire day, with halloween attractions opening progressively throughout the day.
  • The park doesn’t close and sweep guests out in the evening.
  • With the exception of special experiences that are separately charged, halloween attractions are included with park admission.
  • Guests are allowed to dress up in costumes and wear masks, as long as they abide to the park’s rules.

Note: This is a very long post because it is a complete trip planning guide for USJ Universal Surprise Halloween 2018. Take your time to discover the three kinds of Halloween in USJ!

Haunted house-style attractions in USJ are referred as horror mazes. I will use that term here for consistency.


Otona Halloween (Halloween for Adults)

Dress up for 大人ハロウィーン (Otona Halloween), an all-new sophisticated and dramatic Halloween experience catering to adult park guests.

Universal Studios Japan Halloween 2018 Lineup Revealed – Otona Halloween - Hotel Albert Key Visual

Hotel Albert

‘Completely Immersive’ Horror Maze attraction | Horror Level: Unknown
An additional ticket is required to experience this attraction.

Become part of a murder mystery as you explore the glamourous Hotel Albert and uncover its dark secrets. Guests will be roleplaying as characters and interacting with the performers as part of the experience.

Universal Studios Japan Halloween 2018 Lineup Revealed – Otona Halloween - Hotel Albert Horror Maza

If you dare to explore Hotel Albert, you will spend some 80 minutes to experience the elaborate narrative within a 4-storey complex (Stage 18).

Important Note: This attraction is rated R15 – for ages 15 and above only. As part of the experience, there are scenes where performers will touch guests. To fully enjoy this experience, guests should be able to understand and converse in Japanese.

Waiver/ Pledge: Guests will need to sign a “pledge” document to enter this attraction. The pledge comprises an agreement to abide by the attraction’s rules, including non-disclosure of the attraction’s content. Guests with conditions that may be aggravated by effects (including Fog/Smoke, Strobe lights, Water, Loud sounds, darkness, odours, and physical contact) – are advised not to participate for their safety. Please note that the park does not offer refunds, so only buy tickets if you are well and able to experience this attraction.

Hotel Albert: Lounge and Photo Spot
Chill out at Hotel Albert’s Lounge and get your fashionable looks captured at this exclusive photo spot. A VIP section is available for guests who have participated in the Hotel Albert horror maze.

For other guests, an additional ticket is required to access the lounge.

Silence in the Ghost Ship

‘Silent’ Horror Maze attraction | Horror Level: 4
An ‘entry ticket’ is required to experience this attraction.

Silence is essential to avoid being hunted by the ghosts that lurk this haunted ship. Hold back your screams and remain calm as you explore and hopefully escape this mysterious vessel – and survive all 30 minutes of it. Think of it as ‘A Quiet Place’ on a ship.

‘Entry ticket’ is required to experience this horror maze. Tickets will be distributed at the Battery Park (the small park beside the park’s lagoon, across from Mel’s Drive-In). If tickets have run out, guests will need to purchase Universal Express Pass (if still available) to experience this attraction.

This horror maze will share the same building as Hotel Albert. Particularly, the same area housed the famous TRAUMA 3 horror maze last year. There is so much space that TRAUMA 3’s final scene, the maze-like corridors out of the prison lab, felt much larger than most haunted houses in Singapore.

Universal Studios Japan Halloween 2018 Lineup Revealed – Otona Halloween - Silence In The Ghost Ship Horror Maze and Blood Legend key visual
Silence in the Ghost Ship and Blood Legend

Blood Legend

Horror Theater Show | Horror Level: 3

Catch this “mesmerisingly beautiful” show about vampires which takes place in the legendary lair of one.

This 10-minute show uses 4-D theater effects and thus should be showing inside the park’s CINEMA 4-D attraction in the Hollywood zone.


Halloween Horror Nights (Zekkyo Halloween)

The Halloween Horror Nights that we’re all familiar with, screaming loud and all, is called 絶叫ハロウィーン (Zekkyo Halloween) in Japan.

Universal Studios Japan Halloween 2018 Lineup Revealed – Halloween Horror Nights - Zekkyo Halloween key visual

Insidious – The Last Key

Horror Maze attraction | Horror Level: 5

Premiering in Japan is the Insidious: The Last Key horror maze, based on the film released earlier this year. It will be built at the Palace Theater soundstage – the same space where two houses were staged in 2017. So you can expect either larger scenes or a longer experience for Japan’s Insidious maze.

An entry ticket is needed for this attraction, which will be distributed at Stage 14 (USJ Annual Pass Center, across the street from Mel’s Drive-In) from when the park opens, until tickets run out. Thereafter, the only other way is to buy Express passes. Learn how Japan’s HHN timed entry tickets and express passes work in my 2017 event coverage.

Universal Studios Japan Halloween 2018 Lineup Revealed – Halloween Horror Nights - Insidious: The Last Key and Cult of Chucky Horror Maze
Insidious: The Last Key and Cult of Chucky

Cult of Chucky

Horror Maze attraction | Horror Level: 5

Chucky is back in Japan for the fifth time, and last year’s Cult of Chucky is making a comeback. Return to Harrogate Hospital (now at its new home in Stage 33) where countless Good Guy dolls have completely taken over the wards. Read about the 2017 Cult of Chucky horror maze here.

The Survival – Deadman’s Forest 2

‘Mission-based’ Outdoor Horror Maze attraction | Horror Level: 4

Universal Studios Japan Halloween 2018 Lineup Revealed – Halloween Horror Nights - The Survival - Deadman's Forest 2 Outdoor Horror Maze

In this outdoor horror maze, only the strong, decisive, wise (and lucky) will complete their mission and survive! This year, USJ will be adding some giant mutated monsters for you to scoot away from. Looks like the one from 2017’s TRAUMA 3’s epic finale escaped here. Catch a glimpse of the original Deadman’s Forest (2017) here.

SADAKO

Horror Theater Show | Horror Level: 3

Witness the curse of SADAKO (from リング The Ring) as she haunts the Terminator 2:3-D theater!

Street Zombies

Park-wide scare zone | Horror Level: 3

Mind-boggling varieties of zombies will prowl the streets in many areas of the park. Beware of zombies lurking in Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Amity Village. Only these areas are safe: A section of Hollywood zone (leading to the park exit), Minion Park, Universal Wonderland and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Universal Studios Japan - Halloween Horror Nights 2017 / Street Zombie scare zone


Family-Friendly Halloween (Kowa Kawa Halloween)

And here comes the family-friendly こわかわハロウィーン (Kowa Kawa Halloween) That’s a word blend of “Kowai” and “Kawaii”, which basically means this particular Halloween is “not-so-scary and way-too-cutesy”. As USJ has age restrictions for certain horror attractions, this is an option for young families to take part in Halloween festivities.

Universal Studios Japan Halloween 2018 Lineup Revealed – Family Friendly Kowa Kawa Halloween

Expand to read more about Kowa Kawa Halloween

Festa de Parade

This Mardi Gras-inspired Halloween parade is returning again with upgrades! You can even be in the heart of the bustling celebrations with a Special Area Ticket for a ‘360-degree’ surround party zone with the Halloween Franken-Minions. This special party area is held at the GRAMERCY PARK (New York zone).

Universal Studios Japan - Universal Surprise Halloween / Festa de Parade

Please note that this parade is very over-the-top and if you are not used to USJ’s excessively dramatic shows, it can be an overwhelming experience. There are constant sprays of confetti, bubbles, foam and ribbons. If you can’t get enough of that then the Special Area promises even more of that.

Cute Character Greeting Shows

Universal Studios Japan - Universal Surprise Halloween / Cookie Monster greeting

Two greeting shows will be held in the park: Minions Hacha-Mecha Greeting at Minion Park, and the Wonderland Happy Greeting ~Halloween version~ at Universal Wonderland.

Happy Trick or Treat

Universal Studios Japan - Universal Surprise Halloween / Trick or Treat event

Young children can enjoy candy-grabbing frenzy in the Happy Trick or Treat pop-up event. Each kid will be given one bag and their parents/guardians may only observe from a viewing area. Here are some of the rules from the 2017 event:

Universal Studios Japan - Universal Surprise Halloween / Trick or Treat event rules

Free Candy around the park

If you see park staff members wearing pumpkin-shaped slingbags (or leather satchels with a Pumpkin charm at Hogsmeade in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter), you can say “Trick or Treat” to get free candy.

Universal Wonderland ~Kowa Kawa Halloween~

Universal Wonderland, the family-friendly zone where Hello Kitty, Sesame Street and Snoopy characters inhabit, will become a Kowa Kawa Halloween area safe from the horrors brewing in other parts of the park.

In the evening, be charmed by the all-new Halloween Lights, where the entire area will be made even more adorable with cute lights.


Event, Ticketing and Express Pass Info

For this section, the Japanese names of the various ticket types and bundles are included for your reference.

Universal Studios Japan - Halloween Horror Nights / Street Zombie Scare zones

Universal Surprise Halloween 2018 Event Dates

The three Halloween events at Universal Studios Japan start from the second weekend of September, and will be available every day till 4 November 2018.

Dates Halloween Event
7 Sept – 4 Nov 2018 Family-Friendly Halloween (Kowa Kawa Halloween)
8 Sept – 4 Nov 2018 Halloween for Adults (Otona Halloween)
Halloween Horror Nights (Zekkyo Halloween)

Tickets

Park Admission

To experience Universal Surprise Halloween 2018, you will need an admission ticket (Studio Pass) to enter Universal Studios Japan. A variety of 1-day, 2-day and 1.5-day passes are available, and you can buy them early via Klook Travel as well.

Halloween Attractions requiring special tickets

While many of the park’s seasonal attractions are included in park admission, the following attractions require special entry tickets to enter.

Attraction Ticket needed How to get ticket
Hotel Albert
Immersive Horror Maze
Hotel Albert: Full Experience Pass
Requires additional purchase, see price below
Hotel Albert Lounge & Photo Spot Hotel Albert: Full Experience Pass

Otona Halloween Set ~PREMIUM~
Requires additional purchase of either pass, see prices below
Silence in the Ghost Ship
‘Silent’ Horror Maze
Entry Ticket
Collect at Battery Park (across Mel’s Drive-In)
Insidious: The Last Key
Horror Maze
Entry Ticket
Collect at Stage 14 (USJ Annual Pass Center)

As an alternative, you can purchase Express Passes for the Silence in the Ghost Ship and Insidious: The Last Key, which works as entry tickets while significantly cutting waiting time.

USJ Halloween Express Pass and Special Tickets Info

USJ Halloween Express Passes shorten waiting time to participating attraction – one-time access to the participating attraction per pass. For horror mazes requiring special entry ticket, the Express Pass works as an entry ticket while cutting your wait time.

Note: Express Passes have designated timeslots for use at the attractions. Depending on where you buy them (e.g. at USJ’s official website), you may be able to choose the timeslots. When purchasing express passes for a group, you should buy them all together, otherwise the timings may not match up.

If you are purchasing different kinds of express passes, be aware that timings may clash and you may miss some attractions. Also, all prices indicated below are starting prices as the passes are more expensive on days where higher park attendance is expected.

You can use this link (Japanese only) to check the current stock levels of the various express passes .

Express Pass Type Included Attractions and Entry Passes Price from
(tax included)
Hotel Albert: Full Experience Pass
• Hotel Albert
• VIP Access at Hotel Albert Lounge & Photo Spot
• One free cocktail at the lounge
¥5,480 (~S$68)
Otona Halloween Set ~PREMIUM~
• Silence in the Ghost Ship
• Blood Legend
• Access to Hotel Albert Lounge & Photo Spot
• One free cocktail at the lounge
¥4,080 (~S$51)
Otona Halloween Set ~STANDARD~
• Silence in the Ghost Ship
• Blood Legend
¥3,080 (~S$38)
Halloween Horror Nights (Zekkyo) Set
• Insidious: The Last Key
• Cult of Chucky
• The Survival – Deadman’s Forest 2
• SADAKO
¥4,390 (~S$54)
“Full Enjoyment” Halloween Set
• Silence in the Ghost Ship
• Cult of Chucky
• The Survival – Deadman’s Forest 2

• Festa de Parade Special Area access
¥5,450 (~S$67)
Festa de Parade Special Area Ticket
• Access to the special parade area (minion party) in the GRAMERCY PARK ¥1,200 (~S$15)

USJ Halloween Express Pass for all horror mazes and shows

To experience all the scary USJ Halloween Attractions with Express Pass, you will need to buy these:

• Hotel Albert: Full Experience Pass (ホテル・アルバート完全体験パス)
• Otona Halloween Set ~STANDARD~ (大人ハロウィーンセット ~スタンダード~)
• Halloween Horror Nights (Zekkyo) Set (恐怖絶叫ハロウィーンセット)

The total cost of this bundle is at least ¥12,950 (~S$160). One potential problem is ensuring the express passes do not have overlapping timeslots. To avoid this, I would suggest buying express passes at the park (if available) or the park’s official website where you can select from available timeslots.


USJ “Kowa Kawa” Halloween Set with Restaurant Express Pass

These packages cater for young families. Cut the wait time to selected restaurants with these “A Full Day of Kowa Kawa” bundles. You will be given designated express lane timeslots for your chosen restaurant and the Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attraction. The sets do not include any food and drinks.

Click to expand for Kowa Kawa Restaurant Express Pass details

Please note that these are actually separate sets and you will need to pick the restaurant (the sets are named after the restaurant bundled) when you purchase the passes.

Set Name Included Attractions Price from
(tax included)
“A Full Day of Kowa Kawa” Set ~SAIDO~


“A Full Day of Kowa Kawa” Set ~Parkside Grille~
• Restaurant Express Pass to Either SAIDO, Parkside Grille, or Studio Stars Restaurant

• Festa de Parade Special Area Ticket
• Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
• Terminator 2:3-D

Either one of these attractions:
• Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man 4K3D
• Jurassic Park – The Ride

¥8,000 (~S$99)


USJ Halloween Tips and Tricks

Universal Studios Japan - Halloween Horror Nights / Palace Theater horror mazes
Insidious: The Last Key will be held in the ‘Palace Theater’ building

Get Horror Maze entry tickets first

Be at the park in the morning and make your way to the entry ticket distribution point for both Silence in the Ghost Ship and Insidious: The Last Key horror mazes to collect entry tickets. They’re both within minutes from one another. Depending on the situation, you may be able to revisit and queue again for more tickets like in 2017. Just don’t be too obvious about this!

As Silence in the Ghost Ship is a much longer (and likely larger) experience, you may want to prioritise that.

USJ Halloween attraction name translations & opening hours

Need help understanding park maps, announcements and Express Passes? Refer to the list below!

Also, Halloween attractions open progressively. Don’t be alarmed when you see that certain attractions have mysteriously opened.

Attraction Opens from
Cult of Chucky
カルト・オブ・チャッキー ~チャッキーの狂気病棟~
10:00AM
The Survival – Deadman’s Forest 2
ザ・サバイバル ~デッドマンズ・フォレスト 2~
10:00AM
Hotel Albert
ホテル・アルバート
12:00PM
Silence in the Ghost Ship
サイレンス・イン・ザ・ゴーストシップ
12:00PM
Insidious: The Last Key
インシディアス ~ザ・ラスト・キー~
12:00PM
Street Zombies
ストリート・ゾンビ
~6:00PM
Blood Legend
ブラッド・レジェンド
6:00PM
SADAKO
貞子 ~呪われたアトラクション~
6:00PM

Age Restricted Attractions

Due to thematic and extreme content, the following Halloween attractions under the ‘Otona’ and ‘Zekkyo’ Halloween lineup have age restrictions.

Expand to see list of attractions and minimum age to enter
Attraction Attraction Type Minimum Age
Hotel Albert
‘Immersive’ Horror Maze
Horror Level: Unknown
15
Hotel Albert Lounge & Photo Spot
Hotel Lounge
Horror Level: N/A
16
Silence in the Ghost Ship
‘Silent’ Horror Maze
Horror Level: 4
12
Blood Legend
Horror Theater Show
Horror Level: 3
12^
Insidious: The Last Key
Horror Maze
Horror Level: 5
12
Cult of Chucky
Horror Maze
Horror Level: 5
12
The Survival – Deadman’s Forest 2
Outdoor Horror Maze
Horror Level: 5
12
SADAKO
Horror Theater Show
Horror Level: 3
12^

For these attractions with 12^, children ages 7-11 may enter the attraction if they are accompanied with an adult.


Dressing up for Halloween at USJ

Universal Studios Japan - Halloween Horror Nights / Dressing Up

Guests are allowed to wear costumes and masks in the park, as long as they abide by the park’s rules. In general, weapon-like objects of all kinds (and of course, actual weapons) are strictly not allowed in the park. Carts, luggage and other bulky items should also not be brought in. In addition, offensive/ obscene clothing are not allowed.

The park may request accessories and parts of outfits to be removed at any area of the park and its attractions for safety reasons. This means scary costumes/masks are not be allowed at Universal Wonderland, an themed area for families.

Lastly, guests are not allowed to impersonate as park crew and entertainers (scare actors).


USJ event visuals © Universal Studios.
This article is for general information purposes only and is correct at time of publication. Information is derived from Universal Studios Japan’s official website and independent research conducted by Dejiki.com


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3 Responses to Universal Studios Japan Halloween 2018 Guide

  1. Davis July 27, 2018 at 7:14 pm #

    Hi Nicholas

    Thanks for the wonderful guide! I’m super hype for the event!

    I need some advice. They haven’t start selling the Express Pass for the first day of HHN and I can only be there on that day. Any idea if there are actually Express Passes to be sold for the first day?

    Thank you.

    • Dejiki July 27, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

      Hi Davis,

      Glad that you found my guide useful!

      At the moment, Express Passes for the first week of HHN are not available pre-sales online, they are only available from 14 Sept onwards – and you can only purchase KowaKawa Dining Express, Hotel Albert Experience Pass, and the Festa de Parade Special Area ticket for 8 to 13 Sept.

      In my past trips, I was able to purchase some Express Passes that were marked as “Sold Out” online at the park gate on the day itself, but not the day before – the ticketing staff said they’re really sold out! It seems that they would only release some passes for sale on same-day basis, subject to the park crowd conditions.

  2. David August 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm #

    Hi,

    Thanks for your detailed overview of the expresses passes for HHN 2018.
    This will be our first visit to USJ and we wanted to make sure we got everything covered as we only have one day.
    The express passes only seem to be on sale up until 1st November and we aim to visit on 2nd – any reason why?
    We planned to get regular express pass for the rides, if you buy HHN express does it include the rides as well?
    Also, will they go on sale on the English website or can you only get them via the Japanese site?
    Thank you 🙂

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