Tried & tested: Halloween haunted houses

Say hell-uh-oh to the scariest time of the year. We brave Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios’ mega gore-fest, and live to tell the tale

HELL HOUSE
HELL HOUSE
15 Oct 2015

HELL HOUSE

SCARE-O-METER: 8/10

The terror begins when you snake through the rows of life-sized paper servants welcoming you to the effigy house as Chinese funeral music wails in the background. Kinda cool, in a creepy way. The gates of hell are open and wandering wayang performers, Chinese vampires and, er, other creatures have been let loose. Don’t be surprised if it gets hot and smoky in here. Paper offerings are meant to be burned to accompany the dead to the afterlife. And you thought it was just the haze.

THE SCARIEST BIT: Weaving through a narrow tunnel of hands and decapitated heads. Not fun.

 

SILOSO GATEWAY BLK 50
SILOSO GATEWAY BLK 50
15 Oct 2015

SILOSO GATEWAY BLK 50

SCARE-METER: 7/10

An old-school block of flats that looks like it’s in major need of upgrading has been plagued by a deadly zombie virus. Everyone’s been turned into the walking dead, including the parking attendant (yay?). SWAT team members bark instructions to help you escape this zombie apocalypse, but it’s of little use.

THE SCARIEST BIT: Heartless heartlanders maiming and feasting on their family members... or their family’s member (“Everything also can eat,” a bloodied undead uncle drawls as he dives down at his dead son’s, er, bits). Um, was over-enthu uncle going off-script and improvising?
 

TUNNEL PEOPLE
TUNNEL PEOPLE
15 Oct 2015

TUNNEL PEOPLE

SCARE-METER: 4/10

A rank and dank underground tunnel filled with corpses, rats, and mutant mole people. So, we’re guessing we’re not in the CTE?

THE SCARIEST BIT: Though it’s hyped as HHN’s first-ever dark house — “It’s so dark inside, you won’t even be able to see your fingers…” whisper-warns our guide — visibility didn’t seem any different from the other houses, which was a real downer. The overpowering and rancid smell (Eau de Puke?) that lingered throughout the house sure was realistic but what was scariest, at least to the girls in our group, were the, um, fake rats.
 

TRUE SINGAPORE GHOST STORIES: THE MRT
TRUE SINGAPORE GHOST STORIES: THE MRT
15 Oct 2015

TRUE SINGAPORE GHOST STORIES: THE MRT

SCARE-METER: 10/10

We’ve all heard of paranormal sightings on the train and now they’ve come to life. This collaboration between HHN and True Singapore Ghost Stories author Russell Lee (you enter the house by pushing through giant pages of the book) takes us on a walk through an underground MRT station haunted by pontianaks and toyols. Why? ’Cos it was built on a former Malay burial site lah. Didn’t you read the book as a kid?

THE SCARIEST BIT: We nearly peed our pants when the toyol, a green goblin-like figure, popped up right next to us screaming. We shan’t tell you where to expect him but brace yourself, or close your eyes, when you see banana leaves.

Halloween Horror Nights is at Universal Studios Singapore from Oct 2 to 31 (selected nights). General admission is $68. For tickets and more info, go to http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com.sg. Freak out!

Handy survival tips to make the most of the macabre experience.

1. Don’t miss the three scare zones where extraterrestrial monsters, bloodbaths and hungry ghosts await.

2. Too much carnage for your weak heart to handle? Head to the B.C Beast Club, a “chill-out zone where live music performances and pop-up stalls will help calm your mind.

3. The park’s rides are still in operation so you can scare yourself silly in other ways.

4. No costumes allowed — unless you’re dressing up as a terrified human. 

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