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Second year to the Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights. The USS Halloween event is into it's third year running and the organizers have gotten the hang of what it takes to really "scare". In the month that led up to Halloween at the end of October, each night as darkness fell, Universal Studios Singapore transformed from a family friendly playground into a horror lair. Street lights were turned off, smoke machines produced endless fog, blood red and evil green lights beamed down from above and creepy horror noises crooked all around. The atmosphere bought a chill and you await to scream your lungs out!

This year, three vengeful sisters take centre stage – banished witches reincarnated and reunited as the Daughter of the Undead, the Maiden of the Opera and the Crone of the Forest – promising to unleash their reign of terror. The sisters set the stage for different scare zones and haunted houses but did nothing more than being glorified models for photo-taking.

Of cause we can't resist a group shot with the three sisters

Our Monster Mash Montage

This year there were 3 haunted houses and 3 scare zones, fully utilizing all the venues in the park.

First haunted house, and in my opinion, the best - Adrift

Adrift brought guests on board a haunted luxury cruiser. The ship went missing in 1910, but the spirits of passengers and crew lingered. As you entered the ship from the lower deck, you soon found yourself walking through the ENTIRE ship! The setup for this haunted house was extraordinary! We journeyed up from the boiler and engine rooms, to the distressing crew quarters, to the gloomy upper decks and to opulent cabins. It felt like walking through a sunken haunted Titantic. The set designers went the extra mile to put details to the leveling of the stage, with certain rooms on movable boards simulating the effect that you are truly on a ship.

The second haunted house - Songs of Death

Witness the Maiden of the Opera‘s vengeful control of her troupe at the Chinese Opera Academy.

At an outdoor theater, a Chinese opera singer performs alone, to non-living audiences. She occasionally clutches her heart, while blood flows from her left eye onto her snow-white face. She does not appear to be the true Maiden of the Opera. An old man standing by begs visitors not to stare at the performer and proceed to the safety of the Chinese Opera Academy building.

He lied.

The rest of the experience was a harrowing walk through the Academy’s dark corridors and disturbing rooms. Haunted by a bloody massacre, you’ll find out why – and how – the Maiden is the sole diva of the Opera, with no understudy. Ever.

This haunted house made good use of the mirror room effect. As I turned to check if Marianne and Steve was still following behind me, I lost the group of girls who made a left turn as I walked on ahead. Faced with mirrors I couldn't escape! The scares were intense; the atmosphere morbid. The Maiden’s Songs of Death were murderous strikes with a deep vengeance, as she turned herself more twisted and out of control after every scene cause "下一个就是你"!

The third haunted house - Possessions. House No. 13

We queued a long time for this house.

The pushy property agent spots guests walking from the distance and beckons them to come closer. She welcomes hopeful buyers into this distressed mansion – House No. 13 – with its occupants (both living and not) still haunting the plot.

In this disturbed home, everyday objects possesses an unseen curse, spreading malevolent forces far more evil than you’ve bargained for. You might just become imprisoned in the house just like its former residents.

No corner of House No. 13 is safe – in fact, some rooms morph into morbid scenes of destruction. Be careful of where you walk into, and no – you better not touch anything in the house.

The entire house has a suffocating atmosphere – metaphorically and in reality too. Progressively, the experience feels more invasive – walkways become more narrow and the possessions in the house start getting uncomfortably close. It’s also stuffy (and even very warm) in some of the scenes. I pity the scare actors cooped up as camouflage against walls or within objects in this ridiculously warm house, waiting to jump out to scare.

Getting to each haunted house require passing through 3 different scare zones, each with a unique theme.

Attack of the Vampires

Whittemore Cemetery is the main area of this scare zone, taking up the entire stretch of 5th Avenue. Vampires dressed in fine clothing pounced and attacked, as they hissed with their fangs! Apart from vampires, look out for Werewolves, Grave Diggers and the ever realistic Gargoyles whom at first looked like part of the props.

Vampires and the Living Dead

At the end of the street watch the 3D-mapped projection on the New York Library suddenly overrun with creatures, bleed and even break apart. Awesome stuff.

Convention of Curses

There will always be a zone dedicated to the weird than the scary.

At the 366th Annual Convention of Curses, practitioners of dark arts gathered at this annual convention event. Booths lined the Ancient Egyptian street with plenty of characters peddling their wares and skills. Watch out for little nick nacks such as funny posters and quirky items scattered around to provide the crowded convention feel.

The Poison Ivies and their Carnivorous Pitcher Plant

Marianne was offered a Spider!

Wizardry and Spells

Occasionally, all characters will leave their stalls and gather in front of the Obelisk stage for a quick mass dance number. Totally bizarre... totally fun.

Mickael Bellemene from France with his rings and top stunts

Here the characters interact with the guests as they pose for pictures and take an up close look at how brilliant the costumes and make-up are. Proud to say that my dude, Kenny was one of the make-up lead. I could so see his Aliens and Babylon 5 influences. Great job dude!

Forbidden Forest

The Forbidden Forest had by far the scariest characters. Perhaps because these Asian spirits are close to home. Controlled by the Crone of the Forest, this is a land of profane rituals and exotic dark arts. Apart from cursed villagers, beware of the Potianak, Orang Minyak and Pocong. Forbidden Forest takes advantage of the zone’s branching paths and corners – perfect for scare actors to plan their attack. The lighting here was minimal and mostly glowed from mystic fires. The perfect setting for a forest scare.

The Sci-Fi area was converted into a rest stop with performances from a stage band. Occasionally, creatures and aliens from Sci-Fi jumps out and dances with crowd. Definately a party atmosphere.

At the Pentages Theatres, a seasonal Monster Rock Show special showcased host, Beetlejuice, with new songs and dance presentations specially choreographed for Halloween. Ending the show with the classic Michael Jackson Thriller.

And when you get hungry... a blood dog and a Jello Vodka Lime Shot

Purchasing the Frequent Fear Pass also meant we could enter the park on 6 out of the 10 nights of the event. For $88, it allowed us to take our time and enjoy all the existing rides at the park, which included Transformers and The Mummy.

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The Halloween Gathering

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