Ah, it’s that time of the year again where Universal Studios Singapore transforms into a more sinister place for the Halloween month. It may be their sixth time doing this, but USS still manages to find new ways to scare the crap out of us with Halloween Horror Nights 6. This year’s headlining act is Lady Death, who can be spotted during the Day of the Dead-inspired procession, and she has awoken the dead and unleashed the horror within with five haunted houses and two scare zones. Here’s what you can expect from the spook fest, as told by features writer Sophie (a Halloween Horror Nights virgin) and fashion stylist/writer Cheryl (a three-year Halloween Horror Nights veteran).
Haunted House 1: Hawker Centre Massacre
A bout of radioactive food poisoning turns a hawker centre into a zombie apocalypse scene.
There will be loads of hysterical screaming from the “infected” scare actors, and they like to crawl out of nooks and crannies so watch out for that!
This hits a little too close to home. BRB we’re gonna be avoiding hawker centres for a while.
Haunted House 2: Bodies of Work
Fans of gore would love this haunted house, which belongs to deranged artist Damien Shipman. Apparently he likes to collect and exhibit body parts. *shudder*
It was a little reminiscent of the Saw franchise…
If you’re a scaredy cat like I am, DO NOT LET THE SCARE ACTORS KNOW YOUR WEAKNESS. THIS IS IMPORTANT. I got freaked out when a scare actor jumped out from behind a wall, and the next thing I know, he’s stealthily following behind me, trying to scare me at every opportunity. He got me three times in a row. I am ashamed to admit that my legs gave way. I might have also teared a little.
Haunted House 3: Old Changi Hospital
We’re all familiar with Old Changi Hospital, which apparently has been ranked as one of the top 10 most haunted places in the world. This is the haunted house that we were looking forward to the most!
NOPE. WE OUT.
Haunted House 4: Hu Li’s Inn
The name of this haunted house is a pun off the word “vixen” in Mandarin, so instead of ghosts or macabre characters, you’ll see a lot of chio bus… that is, until they reveal their true demonic form.
This is set in Old Shanghai, and the victims of Hu Li’s Inn are clueless men seduced by their tight cheongsams.
We were very impressed with how decadent the sets and costumes were! 10/10 experience. The room of mirrors was pretty fun as well.
Haunted House 5: Salem Witch House
Loved American Horror Story? Then don’t miss the Salem Witch House, where some modern-day witchcraft practitioners have accidentally unleashed the vengeful witches there.
We don’t want to spoil the surprise inside, which we really enjoyed…
…but needless to say, it exceeded all expectations! Even haunted house veteran Cheryl was immensely impressed. DON’T SKIP THIS HOUSE OR YOU WILL REGRET IT.
Scare Zone 1: Suicide Forest
Modeled after the infamous Suicide Forest in Japan, the Jurassic World area transformed into a pretty convincing site for this scare zone after dark.
Remember to look up! Also, this is a great area to take selfies with the scare actors heheheh.
Scare Zone 2: March of the Dead
This ranks pretty low on the scare scale, but the costumes and the parade – which are modeled after the Mexican celebration, Day of the Dead – are a treat for our eyes. Again, be sure to take selfies!
Halloween Horror Nights 6 is happening on select nights from Sep 30 to Oct 31. For more information, visit www.halloweenhorrornights.com.sg.
Images: Universal Studios Singapore
Text: Sophie Hong