Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore
Ever since 2011, I'm no longer content with just a dress up costume party during Halloween... I gotta get my fix of freaky at Universal Studios.
For 5 hours, you get to run amok with all the scary creatures of the night.
My first encounter with halloween "theme park style", was in California's Knott's Berry Farm back in 2005. I thought it was a super cool concept, so there was reason to rejoice when Universal Studios Singapore started their own too!
For their second run this year, I almost didn't make it, but fortunately managed to go with a friend on the last night of 28th (even though my energy was rather sapped from the night before, running around Gotham City as my alter ego Catwoman)
"Hello? You don't belong here. You need to get, at least 10 times fairer first"
Entering the park, the first scare zone was House of Dolls. We're not talking about Barbie here btw, more like Chucky.
"No madam, no I'm not about to steal your baby. Your baby's very cute but... he's not exactly my type..."
My friend exclaimed, " This one really reminds me of that blogger!"
Photo op: Be a dead doll with the evil Puppet Master
Turning right after that, I entered into the next scare zone, Total Lockdown. This is apocalyptic New York City, ravaged by an unknown biohazard killer disease. It's all doomsday blood, chaos and anarchy. The military fiercely order you around; crash and burn vehicles all around; disfigured, infected, injured creeps are everywhere ready to pounce on you. It was also here whereby I encountered what was probably the most terrifying thing that night - a bunch of young girls shrieking and screaming piercingly every five seconds along the way. Seriously, they were more shocking than the actors, Universal Studios would do good to hire them next year.
The virus is somehow turning me into the Incredible Hulk
The final scare zone was Bizarre Bazaar. Here I found myself in a nightmarish ancient civilization of macabre tribal rituals, torture, strange evil animals and *gasp* cannibalism?
Entrance to "Revenge of the Mummy" ride in the Bizarre Bazaar zone.
One of the additional perks of Halloween Horror Nights is all frightees get to go on the rides!
Battle Star Galatica. The best rollercoaster in the park.
A different kind of hair-raising experience at night.
Recognize the sign behind me...?
Transformers - the most incredible 3D experience.
It's very realistic, and super exciting. Plus how awesome is it to see Optimus Prime and Bumble Bee before your eyes! You feel like you're Shia / Megan in the action-packed movie :) Most definitely a must-try at Universal Studios Singapore.
These few rides are my favorites. The rest are more mellow, kiddy types, which the faint-hearted might prefer.
The major attractions at Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios are the haunted houses. This year, there were 3, each with a different theme - Death Alley, Dungeon of Damnation, and Insanitarium.
If you're tired and your bones are rattled from all the scares and shocks, take a break and catch a musical.
Sort of like the Rocky Horror show!
This ghoulish store assistant stood at the glass entrance the whole time, just creepily waving... and smiling, and waving.. and smiling... reminds me of those Japanese fortune cats don't you think? Hilarious :)
Vengeful female Chinese ghosts often appear in red... :)
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore is a frightfully fun time! The production value, props and actors are first-rate; the amount of effort put into it is applaudable. I highly recommend you to go especially if you haven't yet already!
1) Wear flats. There's going to be a lot of walking around and there's a high chance you'll trip over yourself when that zombie comes up from behind and goes "boo!"
2) Spend the extra money to get an express pass, so you can skip the long lines. Unless you have strong legs and tons of time to kill standing around, it will be worth it.
3) Bring cash for the F&B carts, and a small umbrella in case it rains.
That leads me to the question.... why do we pay to scare ourselves?
I suppose experiencing horror, yet knowing you will make it out safe in the end, is a form of catharsis, a release. Fear, thrill, repulsion, fascination... all these are the intense emotions during such encounters, and when you get through it all, there is a sense of gratification, of mastery over a challenge... and the heart-pumping feeling that you are more alive than ever.
Be ready to face your demons next year! x