I spent $200 on food and drink at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. Here are 12 seasonal items that I would order again.

I have been visiting Universal Orlando since it opened.Carly Caramanna

  • Halloween Horror Nights is a seasonal event at Universal Orlando which has been in operation for 31 years.

  • Food and drinks have become a cornerstone of the event, with more than 75 specialty items this year.

  • I’ve spent $200 trying everything from pepperoni pizza skulls to churro dogs to see what’s worth it.

The pepperoni pizza skull was fun and delicious.

hand holding bowl with skull shaped pizza from halloween horror nights

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights Pepperoni Pizza Skull.Carly Caramanna

One of the highlights of my visit, the pizza-pepperoni skull ($7.49), was thematically pleasing and delicious.

The skull shaped pastry was very fresh and stuffed with a generous portion of cheese and pepperoni bits. It was baked until golden brown and placed in a bowl of hot marinara sauce.

It reminded me of an elevated adult version of a Hot Pocket in the best possible way. Overall it was very tasty and made for sharing.

Pumpkin Cookie Dough Ball is the perfect size for a small treat.

hand holding a container with a ball of cookie dough in the shape of a pumpkin

A scoop of pumpkin cookie dough from Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.Carly Caramanna

Sometimes too much of a good thing is a bad thing, but pumpkin cookie dough ball ($4.50) does not fall into this trap.

The two-bite treat had just the right amount of sweetness (ideal for me) and was also beautifully artful in its presentation.

The Pumpkin Ginger Punch was one of the best cocktails of my visits.

pumpkin gingerbread cocktail in a halloween horror nights signature glass

Pumpkin Ginger Punch from Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.Carly Caramanna

The Pumpkin-Gingersnap Punch ($15.49) is a tiki-style cocktail with a touch of autumnal inspiration and sweet, spicy and salty notes.

Myer Dark Rum is combined with pumpkin puree, ginger and cinnamon syrup, squeezed lemon juice, orange juice and chilli bitters.

It was perfectly balanced, with a strong liquor flavor complementing the juices and spices.

The freshly ground princess was very inventive.

hand holding packet of freshly ground princess treats from halloween horror nights

Fresh princess from Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.Carly Caramanna

The cleverly named Freshly Ground Princess ($6.49) was basically a freshly made marshmallow treat.

It was subtly sweetened with raspberry jam, which added to its lively appearance.

The butcher’s packaging alone is worth a purchase. Plus, if you’re a fan of the classic treat, this was well executed and didn’t disappoint.

I was pleasantly surprised by the churro dog on a stick.

display of churro dogs on sticks on halloween horror nights

Churro dogs from Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.Carly Caramanna

The Churro Dog on a Stick ($8.99) combined two beloved theme park snacks: churros and corn dogs.

Somehow the combination worked really well, with the sweet cinnamon sugar adding a layer of flavor to the salty hot dog.

It was cooked well and had just the right amount of batter.

The Lil’ Boo Pumpkin Spice Bread was full of flavor.

tray of steamed buns on halloween horror nights

Universal Halloween Horror Nights Squash Buns.Carly Caramanna

The Pumpkin Spice Bao Style Bread ($6.49) was a unique combination of flavors and made the perfect portable theme park snack.

The treat is named after the event’s unofficial mascot, Lil’ Boo, an adorable, googly-eyed pumpkin.

The bun itself had a soft and fluffy texture, with a bright orange outer fit for the holidays.

There was also the right amount of butternut squash fillingand the spices brought a delicious warmth.

The Burning Skull is one of the event’s many signature cocktails.

burning skull cocktail with popsicle on top on halloween horror nights

Burning Skull Cocktail from Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.Carly Caramanna

The Burning Skull Cocktail ($15.49) featured a tantalizing combination of tequila, Gran Gala liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup, mango nectar, pineapple juice, spicy bitters, jalapeño and basil concentrate.

To make it even better, it’s topped with a Tajin coated frozen ice cream.

The sweetness of the drink was cut perfectly with a bit of heat and a generous helping of alcohol. I also loved the bright skull mug it comes in.

Fried pizzas come back year after year.

Container of pizza fries at Halloween Horror Nights

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights Pizza Fries.Carly Caramanna

A staple at Halloween Horror Nights for many years, pizza fries ($10.99) are classic fries topped with sausage, pepperoni, marinara sauce and cheese.

There’s nothing earth-shattering about them, but they’re delicious, generously proportioned, and perfect for less adventurous eaters.

I was impressed that Universal now offers a vegan version ($10.99) also for those with dietary restrictions.

The burnt offering mac and cheese bowl was filling and tasty.

burnt bowl offering mac and cheese with a meat stick on top on halloween horror nights

Mac and cheese as a burnt offering from Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.Carly Caramanna

The basis of sharing macaroni and cheese platter ($8.49) featured creamy white cheddar macaroni with chunky shells.

For a twist on the classic, it was topped with a char-siu pork skewer. The meat was very tender and cooked to a perfect temperature.

This dish was super impressive, especially since it was prepared and served from a food truck.

The flavors and textures of the popcorn custard were super interesting.

bowl of custard flavored popcorn on halloween horror nights

Stovetop Popcorn Custard Cream from Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.Carly Caramanna

Described as popcorn infused with custard and topped with blood-splattered popcorn, the killer popcorn flan ($6.99) was a total surprise to me.

I didn’t expect the flavors and textures to work so well together, but they did.

The dense yet creamy custard added a subtle sweetness to the crunchy, salty popcorn.

Twisted fiery taters are not for the faint of heart.

spiral potato on stick at halloween horror night

Fiery twisted tater of Universal’s Halloween horror nights.Carly Caramanna

Twisted taters ($9.99) are another Halloween Horror Nights signature dish. The spiral fried potatoes are thinly sliced ​​and skewered.

The single “hot” version was topped with cottage cheese sauce and sprinkled with smashed hot cheese puffs and ghost pepper seasoning.

The potato itself is delicious, but kicked it up a notch by the spicy ghost pepper seasoning.

The name may be a stretch, but the petrified rat tails were one of the biggest surprises of my trip.

container lined with fake newspapers and filled with "petrified rat tails"  to halloween horror nights

Petrified Rat Tails from Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.Carly Caramanna

Petrified Rat Tails ($9.99) are made with funnel fries coated in Florida Bay seasoning and topped with creamy crab dip and sliced ​​green onions.

The crispy fries are fried and offer a touch of sweetness to balance the savory richness of the crab dip.

It’s a hearty dish with an unexpected layering of sweet and savory flavors.

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