Domains of dread

Domains of dread

Disneyland and Ocean Park await you with scary new Halloween attractions

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Actors in full monster outfits, eerie atmospheres and spooky special effects will scare you out of your wits at Halloween-themed features at Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park.
Actors in full monster outfits, eerie atmospheres and spooky special effects will scare you out of your wits at Halloween-themed features at Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park.
Photo: Hong Kong Disneyland
The dark side emerges when the night comes. And come October the dark powers will once again haunt Hong Kong Disneyland - day and night.

We mean the park's Haunted Halloween show, whose theme this year will feature a war between bloodsuckers and were-beings. So tie your bootlaces in case you need to run and bring your crucifix to scare vampires away.

At night from Thursday to Sunday between October 4 and 31, the theme park will welcome thrill seekers with its Main Street, USA - Clash of Evil, a showdown between the forces of evil and, well, more evil. Against the backdrop of stunning special effects, of course.

On entering the park, you can warm up by downloading the Choose Your Dark Side Challenge app. This GPS-embedded app will come in handy as you go about exploring the premises in search of almost 300 "evil emblems" - vampires and were-wolves lurking in the shadows. Collect 50,000 points and you're in for a treat: you can meet "a Recruitment Leader of the dark side" and enter a lucky draw.

Then there will be the rides. Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy will feature a Halloween-themed edition of the famous indoor rollercoaster.


Be quiet or else. Photo: Hong Kong Disneyland

The brand-new Graves Academy haunted house is another must-see with its spooky classrooms, corridors, and gyms. Scream and scramble! Scramble and scream!

At the popular Revenge of the Headless Horseman haunted house in Adventureland, you can scream and scramble again.

To wind down after all the spine-tingling scares, head to the Party Zone at Tomorrowland. At night between October 4 and 7, the girl band BLUSH will perform.

Don't miss the Trick or Treat Spooktacular for a Halloween-style photo shoot and some candies.



Photo: Jonathan Wong/SCMP

Not to be outdone, Ocean Park, too, will bring us yet another year of screaming Halloween fun.

The park's Halloween Bash, open from September 21, will feature haunted houses and shows.

One of the highlights this year will be the 5D Journey to the Underworld. The ride has been inspired by the old Chinese belief in hell and reincarnation.

And as if fully dressed-up actors weren't scary enough, this haunted house will send shivers down your spine through ghastly 3D animation and special aromatic effects.

Once you enter the door you'll see an altar decorated with joss sticks and a photo of a recently departed faceless person. Welcome to your own funeral.

And that's just for starters. Scarier things come when you venture to Chinese hell with its 18 levels, each level with an unsettling punishment. Meet the beastly Ox Head and Horse Face, the two loyal guards of Yama, the Hindu god of death.

Cue the howls and shrieks of sinners as they are torn into pieces bit by bit. It's lucky you're not one of them!

For this year's bash, Ocean Park has eight haunted houses from a Western-style skeleton-infested castle to a good old Hong Kong-style haunted cinema.


Photo: Reuters

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