Halloween Horror Nights Food

Can you believe I’ve never been to Halloween Horror Nights? It’s kinda strange since if you know anything about Marcela and me, it’s that we love horror films and dark culture.

So yeah, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando returns from September 2nd through October 31st. This year’s extravaganza features new food and drinks.

The first one that caught my attention, not only because of its name but also because it looks right up my alley, is the Maggot-covered Cheese Dog. I’m wondering how many folks will not order it since maggot is in the name.

Maggot covered Cheese Dog from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Maggot-covered Cheese Dog (inspired by “Bugs: Eaten Alive” original haunted house): A Korean-style hot dog with fresh mozzarella, rolled in puffed rice, topped with gochujang drizzle and black sesame seeds

A close second to the maggots dish is the Mac ‘N Cheese Bowls:

  • Sacrificial Remains Mac ‘N Cheese BowlChili mac ‘n cheese bowl, with chorizo sausage fingers
  • Burnt Offering Mac ‘N Cheese BowlWhite cheddar mac ‘n cheese bowl, topped with a char siu pork skewer

I’m sold on both of those.

Mac 'N Cheese Bowls from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Mac ‘N Cheese Bowls

Before you check out all the food pictures, here’s a great video hyping this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, not that it needs any hyping!

Halloween Horror Nights Food 2022

Major Sweets Ice Cream Sandwich from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Major Sweets Ice Cream Sandwich (inspired by “Sweet Revenge” scare zone): Candy-corn sugar cookies filled with sweet corn ice cream (vegetarian)
Lil' Boo's Spicy Pumpkin Bun from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Lil’ Boo’s Spicy Pumpkin Bun (inspired by “Horrors of Halloween” scare zone): A steamed bun filled with spicy butternut squash influenced by the beloved Halloween Horror Nights character (vegetarian)
Garlic Philly Cheese “Stake” from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Garlic Philly Cheese “Stake”Tender shaved beef served on a black hoagie slider roll with caramelized onions, peppers, sautéed mushrooms, muenster cheese sauce, and roasted garlic aioli
Burning Skull from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Burning SkullIncludes tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, mango nectar, pineapple juice, smoked chili bitters, jalapeno, and basil concentrate, shaken and served in a light-up molded skull cup
Día de los Muertos themed from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Día de los Muertos: Includes offerings inspired by Latin flavors
Tamales Día de los Muertos from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Tamales Día de los Muertos: (gluten-free) – pork tamales topped with red mole sauce and cotija cheese
Roasted Sweet Potato & Mushroom Street Tacos from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Roasted Sweet Potato & Mushroom Street Tacos: (vegan and gluten-free) – roasted sweet potato and mushroom tacos topped with onions, vegan crumbled cheese, and cilantro; also served with birria consommé
Churro Dog from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Churro Dog
Fried Zombie Brains from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Fried Zombie BrainsFried cauliflower florets tossed in spicy gochujang sauce and garnished with toasted sesame seeds and scallions (vegan)
Petrified Rat Tails from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Petrified Rat TailsFunnel fries with creamy crab dip, sliced scallions, and seasoned with herbs and spices
Tombstone Red Velvet Cake Pop from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Tombstone Red Velvet Cake PopA red velvet cake pop coated in buttercream on a bed of crushed chocolate cookie crumbs and garnished with white chocolate bones (vegetarian), pic courtesy of Orlando Informer
Pizza Skull from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Pizza Skull: Pepperoni and cheese stuffed skulls served with a marinara dipping sauce
Fiery Twisted Tater with Queso from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Fiery Twisted Tater with Queso: (vegetarian) complete with white cheese sauce and sprinkled with flaming hot crunchy cheese puffs, and ghost pepper seasoning
Black Magic Milkshake from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Black Magic Milkshake: (gluten-free) pumpkin dulce de leche ice cream with a hazelnut-and-tombstone-sprinkled rim–topped with a cauldron filled with gummy “severed body parts” over whipped flames
Killer Stove Top Popcorn Custard from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Killer Stove Top Popcorn Custard: Popcorn-infused custard, topped with blood-splattered kettle corn
Haunted Horseshoe from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Haunted Horseshoe: Open-faced burger, on garlic Texas toast, with jalapeno bacon, spicy candied pork belly, crinkle-cut fries, and cheddar cheese sauce
Africa Lentil & Potato   Sambusa Coffin from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Africa Lentil & Potato Sambusa Coffin: Mixture of African lentils, carrots, onion, garlic, and potato sambusa tossed in an Ethiopian spice blend and entombed in a light and flaky vegan pie dough coffin
Spicy Fried Chicken from Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Spicy Fried Chicken: Crispy fried chicken thigh pieces, peanuts, and crunchy chili rings tossed in a spicy gochujang sauce and topped with toasted sesame seeds and scallions

All pictures courtesy of Universal Studios unless noted otherwise.

Halloween Horror Nights Press Release


Get a Taste of the World’s Premier Halloween Event with Uniquely Themed Food, Beverage,s and Treats within Halloween Horror Nights and Select Locations at Universal CityWalk and Universal’s Hotels 

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 30, 2022) – Universal Orlando Resort cooks up a “killer” menu this fall featuring more than 75 items inspired by the season and the macabre lineup of terror guests will brave at Halloween Horror Nights 2022. From themed food and beverage locations within the event filled with new treats and fan favorites (pizza fries, anyone?) to tasty offerings with a horrifying twist at select CityWalk locations and Universal hotels, guests can fuel up for the fear with frighteningly good fare across the entire destination beginning September 2 through October 31.

This year’s delectable menu was created by Universal Orlando’s award-winning executive chefs and culinary team and delivers the most expansive selection in Halloween Horror Nights history. As they navigate the world’s premier Halloween event, guests can satiate their appetite for fright with elevated, Halloween-inspired cuisine along with specialty items themed after the terrifying experiences invading this year’s event. Highlights include the “Save Your Tears” signature cocktail inspired by “The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare,” the “Maggot Covered Cheese Dog” inspired by the “Bugs: Eaten Alive” original haunted house, and Halloween Horror Nights staples like Pizza Fries, Twisted Taters and more.

The Menacing Menu of Halloween Horror Nights 2022

While taking a break from the scares, guests can savor delicious delights that include the annual “must-eats,” new items inspired by this year’s sinister lineup, and appetizing, photo-worthy dishes created exclusively for the event. This year’s selection also includes a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options – so there’s something for every palate.

Themed Treats at Universal CityWalk and Universal Orlando’s Hotels

The taste of Halloween Horror Nights will bleed into select venues at Universal CityWalk and Universal’s hotels, which will also feature menu selections inspired by the season. At Universal CityWalk, guests can indulge in the new Black Magic Milkshake (gluten-free) at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, featuring pumpkin dulce de leche ice cream with a hazelnut-and-tombstone-sprinkled rim–topped with a cauldron filled with gummy “severed body parts” over whipped flames. Also, the Red Coconut Club will transform into the Dead Coconut Club this fall as it dons a new theme and menu highlighting the Universal Monsters.  

Plus, all eight Universal hotels will offer Universal Monsters-themed drinks, including The Mummy (vodka, blueberry-flavored energy drink, blue Caribbean liqueur, simple syrup, and lemon juice), The Wolf Man (whiskey, black raspberry-flavored liquor, and pineapple juice), and Dracula (tequila and Bloody Mary mix garnished with olives and celery). And for the first time ever, the Sunset Lounge at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites will become a Halloween paradise featuring a unique mix of décor that blends traditional Halloween and tropical beach items.

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights begins this Friday, September 2, and runs select nights through Monday, October 31 – unleashing ten movie-quality haunted houses inspired by everything from pop culture and cinematic greats to unfathomable original abominations, five scare zones filled with hordes of gruesome creatures, and two outrageous live shows that will showcase compelling performances. Guests can also stock up on a variety of new merchandise to commemorate the scares they faced at Halloween Horror Nights – including apparel, hats, backpacks, collectibles, and more themed after this year’s collection of horror – and enjoy Universal Studios’ most exhilarating attractions.

All tickets for Halloween Horror Nights are on sale now. Due to popular demand, event nights are expected to sell out, and tickets should be purchased in advance. Those looking for more room to escape the horrors of the event are encouraged to visit on weeknights or in early September. Guests can also take advantage of scary good rates on hotels and vacation packages to enjoy Halloween Horror Nights and limited-time Halloween experiences at Universal’s hotels. For more information about all the experiences available at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, visit www.universalorlando.com/halloween.

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