When Halloween season rolls around, you can’t escape the avalanche of group activities that your friends tag you on Facebook with.
Now, if you’re afraid of even the slightest things, like me, you find yourself dragging your feet, like it’s Monday morning during a school week, into Resorts World Sentosa (Halloween Horror Nights 7) for a night of fun. How are you going to survive a night of scares?
As resident scaredy cat here at Hype & Stuff, I will give you my best tips. My credentials include watching the whole Conjuring series (albeit with my eyes closed) and tearing holes in my friends’ clothes with my death grip during the first Paranormal Activity.
Rally Your Squad
We needed a game plan to conquer the next few hours and strategy is key, so let’s break it down.
This year’s Halloween Horror Nights 7 has five haunted houses, two scares zones and two killer shows. All of them are ruled by a certain Sinister. The seven Sinisters are living, breathing reincarnations of a reimagined biblical sin. Don’t come face to face with them alone at all costs! Think of them like bosses on the last level of a video game.
What’s the plan here? Strength in numbers. Rally your friends around so it’s much easier to appear stronger than you are! The scare actors prey on the weak and feeble; appear the opposite and they will steer clear like drivers seeing an actual ghost.
Keep in mind that these guys are just trying to get a scream out of you. They can’t actually touch you no matter how come close they come to you. After all, they aren’t really out there trying to inflict harm, just teetering the fine line, making you think they actually might!
Take A Breather At Safe Zones
Always improving based on feedback from previous iterations, the folks responsible for the yearly spook fest have taken our plights into consideration and created a more inclusive event that caters to all forms of entertainment.
Scare Zones were designed to offer a less terrifying experience, removing the claustrophobic corridors of the haunted houses. They are more spacious and you can get a heave a sigh of relief with ease here.
Sure, there are your jump scares around the corner but if you stick close to one another, you’ll probably never see them. The Scare Zones reside in the New York and Jurassic Park areas in the theme park.
If that wasn’t enough, toss yourself into a line for the first-ever Zombie Laser Tag, where you are tasked with completing a mission amongst a horde of brain-hungry zombies. The scare actors aren’t allowed to follow you there and they are usually restricted to their own zones.
Get Into A Formation
If you followed all my steps and still find yourself at the front of the line of one of the five haunted houses, I suggest striking a deal with your friends. Get in the middle of your formation, having the brave souls mine through the surprise elements first.
If you’re up in ears in fear and need help, there are theme park attendants stationed throughout the haunted houses to assist you if necessary. Don’t worry, they are in uniforms and clear of any special effects make up.
If your worst nightmares include reality distorting scenarios and mind-bending experiences, you might want to stay clear of the Death Mall, a locally-themed haunted house that tells a story of a collapsed mall and all the victims’ souls that still linger there.
Science can be pretty creepy too (cue flashbacks of taking Pure Sciences for O’s) – Inside The Mind is a haunted house that touches the dark side of mental illness and is definitely one of the fresher takes on this year’s HHN.
I feel like I’m pushing my fellow brethren off a cliff as I’m writing this but there you have it, the guide to surviving Universal Studios: Halloween Horror Nights 7.
If you have your hands tied and find yourself shivering at the prospect of surviving six excruciating hours of scares, take comfort in the fact that in a few weeks, you’ll have another whole year to prepare!
Dates & Times: 7.30pm – 12.30am (Event Dates: 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 October 2017), 7.30pm – 1.30am (Event Dates: 7, 14, 21, 28 October 2017)
Prices: Starts From S$68