Of ghoulies and ghosties

World September 21, 2017 16:27

By The Nation

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The Ocean Park Halloween Fest 2017 has been officially launched in Hong Kong and this year is bigger and better than ever as its celebrates the Park’s 40th anniversary.

There are 10 Halloween attractions and 11 unique experiences, including the first Saw-themed attraction in Asia, which brings to life Lionsgate’s blockbuster “Saw” films, one of the highest grossing horror franchises of all time.

“As the pioneer in bringing the Halloween festivity into a theme park environment, we began with only one haunted attraction in our first year. Today, it is the largest of its kind in Asia, and we are thrilled to partner with Lionsgate this year to create Asia’s first Saw-themed attraction, which resonates with our commitment to bringing the best Halloween experiences to the region,” said Lau Ming-wai, the Park’s deputy chairman.

The “Saw” attractions features the reverse bear trap, the twisted razor wire maze, and more fatal snares, all awaiting to evoke psychological terrors for guests. The Jigsaw Killer has laid out his infamous traps for guests to experience firsthand, including a preview from the long-awaited eighth instalment, “Jigsaw”, which is scheduled to open in theatres on October 26.

This year's transforming attraction offers guests two unique Halloween experiences in Latin American style. In daytime, guests are invited to a jubilant party hosted at Festival of Souls presented by Yahoo! Hong Kong, where dead spirits dress up in colourful UV costumes and put on skull masks for their celebration. By donning a pair of 3D glasses, guests can check out the attraction’s festive decorations and stunning patterns in detail, including the Mexican village and church, while taking plenty of photos with the singing and dancing spirits. However, guests should be aware that the spirits will turn hellish as soon as the sun goes down at 5.30pm during the Night of the Dead. Enraged spirits will spring out of the haunted cemetery in search of live human flesh. Guests will also be trapped by illusion hallway, a mirror maze and even a sinister banquet.

Ocean Park Halloween Fest has prepared light-hearted Halloween surprises for family guests. At Whiskers Harbour’s Whiskers & Friends Halloween Party, the Park’s beloved mascots will show up in their brand-new Halloween costumes. Kids can also join a creative mask-making workshop to boost their Halloween look and take photos with all seven of the cute mascots at this fun-filled party. Elsewhere Spooky Candy Factory, the largest outdoor trick-or-treat trail in Hong Kong is returning again for guests to play mini games and win Chupa Chups, Mentos and Tim Tam chocolate biscuits. These two family-friendly attractions will be available daily from October 5 to 31.

The general public can experience the attractions and shows at Halloween Fest during the same period from 11am to 11pm.

“Peak Days” will be introduced for Halloween. Guests will need Halloween Fest tickets to enter haunted attractions and watch Hell’s Grand Finale on October 21, 22, 28 and 29. Tickets valid from October 5 to 31 and are available for sale on the Ocean Park website starting today and guests can enjoy a 5-per-cent discount for purchasing tickets online.

Find out more at www.OceanPark.com.hk.