Ocean Park Halloween Fest
Of all the haunt events I've tried in the last few weeks, Ocean Park had by far the most variety on offer. At one end you have the family-friendly trick-or-treat maze and Ghostbusters "shooting dark walkthrough." At the other is 16+, which was basically themed to a sex dungeon. So, something for everyone!
Ocean Park's Halloween event is included in regular park admission, and it's incredibly popular. During the day it wasn't too crowded but the park was heaving once it got dark, with two-hour plus waits the norm for most of the mazes. Only having the one night there, we'd purchased the front-of-line ticket, and it was well worth it! The general quality of the mazes was pretty good, with plenty of entertainment around the park to add to the party.
It's a ten minute cable car ride from the front of the park to the top. Ocean Park is massive, and one of the most picturesque parks anywhere!
Let's start with Sugary Spook Village, one of the more kid-friendly attractions.
Set in one of the gardeny parts of the park, it's a walkthrough where you are rewarded with snacks and stickers. Hooray!
It's quite a hike to get your free sugar hit.
Most of the mazes were original concepts, aside from the Ghostbusters area. The Ghostbusters Academy was essentially a shooting darkride, except without the ride part. You had two minutes to shoot as many ghosts as possible. The best part of this was the preshow rooms, which featured a lot of props and fan service from the films.
They were even pushing Ghostbusters in the restaurant. This is eight dollars of "themed drink".
Legendary Palace is an interesting one - it changed from a family-type maze in the day, to something more sinister at night. The premise was a castle filled with spooky stuff, the main difference at night being less lighting and more scare actors. I remember there being a lot of obstacles in this one, notably an extended "crouching under" section.
The daytime version of this featured augmented reality using a smartphone app - you downloaded the app, and when you found these symbols in the maze, you'd see animations on your phone. A little gimmicky for my taste but the punters seemed to enjoy it.
Project Deathway (get it?) is the headline show. We decided to catch an early performance.
VIP pass had us in some great seats!
Then the fire alarm was pulled and the show was cancelled. Crap.
So there are two ways to get from the front of Ocean Park to the top. A funicular through the mountain, or the cable car. If the funicular breaks, it's a Saturday during Halloween, and most of your mazes are up the top, the cable car gets some pretty insane waits. Another tick for the VIP pass!
Club Blood was the first proper haunt of the night, a nightclub with a vampire problem. Very gory, but apart from a few interesting projection effects this one was definitely middle-of-the-road.
Stay Puft = great photo op!
Ghostbusters Live! sounds like it would be a show. It is, in fact, a haunt maze. It was clear that a lot of money had been spent on this one, which was mostly a retelling of this year's Ghostbusters film. It was more funny than scary, but I liked it.
On the whole Ocean Park's haunt didn't take itself too seriously, which was quite appealing. Cheesy but fun!
Ocean Park is huge! Some of the mazes were about a twenty minute (themed) walk from each other.
I believe Mortuary Lane was supposed to be a scare zone
There weren't any scare actors here, so it was mostly just fog and things to trip over in the fog.
School of Shadows was your typical "school gone wrong" maze. It was decent, though not particularly memorable.
The next maze, however, was very, very memorable.
It was quite popular, fortunately there were some roving, uh, "characters" to keep us amused. You won't see this at Disney!
In 16+ the first thing you do is put on a mask and enter what is essentially a sex dungeon. From there it just kept getting weirder and featured every S&M trope known to man. I certainly can't see this kind of haunt ever appearing in the US or Australia (and certainly not in Singapore!), but it was definitely fun!
A fire performer kept the waiting masses entertained.
At the end of the night we headed back to Project Deathway.
It was all in Cantonese, from what I could tell the plot was something to do with the fashion king (dude in the middle) and his two assistants putting on a show.
There were a lot of big production numbers in this, I can't speak to how it measures up on the fashion front but the rest was generally excellent.
So lots of dancing...
The bendy poles from Mad Max...
Ending with fireworks and a trapeze artist! Ocean Park's Halloween Fest is definitely one of the more unique offerings out there, we had a great time!