Halloween at Universal Studios Japan

Updated June 10, 2019
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Arriving really early was very important for us. First, we didn’t have any tickets yet. So we quickly bought them once we got there, and queued up for the entrance. Second, we should immediately get inside the Wizarding World before it starts giving out timed-passes. Basically, they limit the people that can get inside and instead give out passes that has a time on when you can enter. That way, the Wizarding World never gets too crowded.

Me arriving at Hogwarts

Me arriving at Hogwarts

Wizarding World

So when they started letting people inside the park, we ran, together with many others to see Harry. Once we were at Hogwarts, we rushed for the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. I’ve read that the line for that ride gets really really long so we had to get there as early as possible. Since we were early, we only waited around 20 minutes before getting on. The ride was amazing! Technically, it’s a rollercoaster, but the car is a robotic arm that goes in all directions. It’s an indoor ride that mixes actual design props to video projections. I actually forgot what the story was about, but you, like, help Harry and the gang. You go around Hogwarts and fly and stuff. Then at the end they all line up to wave at you! My head hurt a bit after the ride but it was worth it! Hahaha

Hogwarts Castle at night

Hogwarts Castle at night

We stayed inside the Wizarding World for a few more hours. Watching shows from Hogwarts students, not winning a free wand at Ollivanders (twice), and even drinking a cup of Butterbeer! The vibe was worth staying there all day, but USJ isn’t just Harry, so we explored more of the park before lunchtime.

Butterbeer! This was the cheaper one with a disposable cup

Butterbeer! This was the cheaper one with a disposable cup

Not Wizarding World

Of course we didn’t miss all the usual Universal rides like Waterworld and Jurassic Park. And since it was October at that time, it’s Halloween Horror Nights! And honestly, Japanese people really know how to celebrate Halloween. From kids to grandparents, most of them are in costumes, usually themed with their friends. There are groups of dead nurses, goth Harajuku girls, zombie prisoners, even giant minions. It was a whole spectacle. USJ also added horror houses just for the event. We went on a maze-type attraction featuring cursed dolls. It was super scaryy!!!

The Flying Dinosaur roller coaster

The Flying Dinosaur roller coaster

Notable Attractions:

  • Hollywood Dream – The Ride
  • The Flying Dinosaur
  • Jaws
  • Backdraft
Wayne being dramatic

Wayne being dramatic

Halloween Horror Nights

They extended operating hours to accommodate for the main halloween event. All the lights around the park turned off. Zombies came out of nowhere and started chasing people around!!!! There were shows as well like fake park goers (actors) suddenly getting eaten by zombies. There also was a giant Chuckie squirting white liquid (milk?) to everyone. Overall, it was 1-2 hours of park-wide horror event. I highly highly suggest you go there on Halloween Horror Nights. Every cent of the park admission was worth it!!!

If you wanna read more about my first Japan trip, click here to see the itinerary and budget!

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