Looks like we’re kicking off the Hungry Ghost Festival proper with new details of what’s probably the most anticipated annual scare fest in Singapore.
Don’t be spooked, but the ninth edition of Halloween Horror Nights is set to return to Universal Studios Singapore in September, bringing with it supernatural entities like the toyol (an undead infant in Southeast Asian folklore) and possessed dolls, as well as a never-before-seen death metal procession. (But let’s hope nobody pulls a Watain on this one.)
Visitors can join a head-banging frenzy at the Death Fest show, where a fictitious band known as Death Trap will rock out some “savage sounds”, according to Resorts World Sentosa.
On selected nights, the band will lead a morbid metal procession around the park with specially designed floats and electrifying acts, culminating in a hardcore music festival complete with pyrotechnics. But hey, if you’re not into scary metalheads, you can catch creepy comedians at the Skin & Bones show or watch an ordinary fun fair transform into a macabre playground at the Halloween Carnival.
Those with a higher tolerance for blood-curdling antics can continue on the freaky journey by scaring yourself shitless at five haunted houses, including one created by the directors of Thai horror flicks Shutter and 4bia.
Called the Curse of the Naga, visitors to this haunted house will be “transported” to the streets of Bangkok before arriving at an eerie village that has been cast under the spell of a snake spirit. To check out this space in the day or go on a behind-the-scenes tour, you’ll have to pay a top-up fee in addition to the admission ticket.
At The Chalet Haunting haunted house, you might catch a glimpse of that mischievous toyol while you and your bravest friends “investigate” the disappearance of teenagers in a house apparently filled with “the most extensive” collection of Southeast Asian ghosts.
To make the most of your fright night, keep up the courageous front and face sinister clowns, eerie dolls, claustrophobic spaces and even a “prison” at the Twisted Clown University, Spirit Dolls, and Hell Block 9 haunted houses, respectively.
Halloween Horror Nights 9 is on at selected nights from Sept 27-Oct 31 at Universal Studios Singapore.
Early bird tickets from now to Sept 1: $55-$65; regular tickets $60-$70.