Let the screams be­gin

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SOUTH- East Asia’s award- win­ning Hal­loween event in Sin­ga­pore re­turns with new lo­cal and Western scare acts, record num­ber of haunted houses, first- ever pro­ces­sion of the dead, hair- rais­ing live shows, and thrilling rides and at­trac­tions – as Univer­sal Stu­dios Sin­ga­pore at Re­sorts World Sen­tosa un­leashes its scari­est Hal­loween Horror Nights ever.

De­buted in 2011, this sixth edi­tion will see the theme park en­gulfed in hordes of su­per­nat­u­ral crea­tures from Sin­ga­pore- in­spired haunt­ings to Western hor­rors, show­cas­ing a record num­ber of haunted houses and pre­sent­ing the first- ever the­atri­cal pro­ces­sion in­spired by the Day of the Dead.

Ruled by the malev­o­lent Lady Death who awakens the dead and un­rav­els the dark­ness within, Hal­loween Horror Nights 6 will fea­ture five ter­ri­fy­ing haunted houses, two hor­ri­fy­ing scare zones where denizens of the dark rule the night and two spec­tac­u­lar live shows.

Be­gin­ning Sept 30, the event runs for 16 se­lect nights across five week­ends.

Re­sorts World Sen­tosa’s Se­nior Vi­cepres­i­dent of At­trac­tions Ja­son Horkin said:

“The sixth edi­tion of our award- win­ning Hal­loween Horror Nights at Univer­sal Stu­dios Sin­ga­pore will un­leash the dark­est night­mares that will res­onate with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors alike.”

Horkin said horror, with a dis­tinc­tively Sin­ga­porean flavour, has been a big hit with fans in pre­vi­ous edi­tions.

“We are do­ing it again this year with two iconic lo­cal places – the derelict Old Changi Hospi­tal and a mas­sacre at our ev­ery­day hawker cen­tre.”

Fans can ex­pect a big­ger, bet­ter and scarier edi­tion this year, with a record num­ber of haunted houses and the first- ever the­atri­cal pro­ces­sion.

Head­lin­ing the haunted houses is the in­fa­mous Old Changi Hospi­tal, which puts Sin­ga­pore on the map as one of the most haunted places in the world.

Vis­i­tors who dare en­ter will chance upon venge­ful ghosts from Sin­ga­pore’s blood­i­est his­tory – from pa­tients who do not know they are dead to the Pon­tianak, a fe­male Malay vam­pire that wan­ders the hall­ways.

May­hem breaks loose at the Hawker Cen­tre Mas­sacre where a meal turns into a ban­quet of horror as vic­tims of ra­dioac­tive food poi­son­ing trans­form into sav­age, flesh- eat­ing crea­tures.

Those dy­ing for more scares and screams can step in­side Hu Li’s Inn, set in colour­ful Old Shang­hai where de­monic shape shifters will claim souls by deadly se­duc­tion.

Fans will trem­ble at the cen­turies- old wrath of the venge­ful DeFeo Witches, awak­ened by mod­ern- day witch­craft en­thu­si­asts prac­tis­ing rit­u­als in the Salem Witch House.

Artist Damien Ship­man will take fans on a heinous trip down mem­ory lane as he un­veils his con­tro­ver­sial ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled Bod­ies of Work.

Dis­played in a macabre fash­ion, his twisted mem­o­ries are played out in this hor­rific homage to his fam­ily who per­ished trag­i­cally in a fire. Those look­ing for a skin- crawl­ing ex­pe­ri­ence can en­ter the for­bid­den grounds of Sui­cide For­est, one of the scare zones filled with des­per­ate cries and a sin­is­ter pres­ence that lures un­sus­pect­ing vic­tims to their deaths.

Fans can also join the first- ever car­ni­val pro­ces­sion in a zone lined with deadly de­scen­dants, ex­humed coffins and larger- than- life skele­tons, all led by the omi­nous Lady Death.

The pro­ces­sion cul­mi­nates in an ac­tion- packed live show that cel­e­brates the de­ceased in the haunt­ing March of the Dead.

Back by pop­u­lar de­mand, Jack the Clown will steal the show once again in Jack’s Re­cur­ring Nightmare Cir­cus at Pan­tages Hol­ly­wood Theater.

To­gether with his de­ranged dis­ci­ples, he will hunt for killer acts from a live cast­ing call fea­tur­ing world- class aeri­al­ists, ac­ro­bats, con­tor­tion­ists and other freaky friends.

Vis­i­tors can ex­pe­ri­ence the thrills and scares from 7.30pm on 16 se­lect nights across five week­ends start­ing Sept 30.

Stan­dard tick­ets on event nights cost S$ 65 ( RM193.97) and S$ 69 ( RM205.91).

Fans who are “dy­ing” to re­live the scares can pur­chase the Fre­quent Fear Pass for un­lim­ited visits to all 16 event nights.

Those who sign up for the Be­hind The Screams tour can en­joy ex­clu­sive sneak peeks into what goes on be­hind the scenes be­fore show­time.

This tour is avail­able on se­lect nights with lim­ited spots, and only for vis­i­tors who have signed up for an RIP tour or day­time VIP tour at Univer­sal Stu­dios Sin­ga­pore.

In ad­di­tion to the scare acts, fans can con­tinue to ex­pe­ri­ence many of the park’s ex­cit­ing rides and at­trac­tions.

These in­clude Bat­tlestar Galac­tica: Hu­man vs Cy­lon, Trans­form­ers The Ride: The Ul­ti­mate 3D Bat­tle, Re­venge of the Mummy and more.

The full line- up of haunted houses and de­tails of the scare zones will be un­veiled over the next few weeks at www. hal­loween­hor­rornights. com. sg.

Old Changi hospi­tal

Lady Death

hu Li’s Inn

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