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Park of Horror

Published on 26th October 2015

Spooky makeup, insane wigs, ragged costumes can only mean one thing; it’s finally that time of the year again! Yes, Halloween is just around the corner and what better way there is to celebrate this years-old holiday than surround yourself with back-to-life walking ghouls and eerie haunted houses, right here in one of Hong Kong’s favorite theme parks.

Ocean Park has had an annual tradition of revamping its premises with the perfect Halloween attractions and this year is no exception. With this year’s 6 haunted houses, also known as the “Extreme Screams”, visitors are sure to have quite an experience truly filled with extreme screams.  Fans of the highly successful and renowned show, The Walking Dead may lose their cool to find out that one of the ghostly shacks is based completely on the show, with characters popping out in front of you to give you jump scares and reference lines written on the walls and played on loudspeakers. “My friends ended up scaring the people who were trying to scare us,” humorously said Shreya Lunawat, an 18 year old student who had visited the park with 8 of her friends. This was her first time pre-celebrating this magnificent fiesta and it sure did live up to her expectations. But if you want to level up the game and go for something you have never come across before, H15 is the perfect scare location for you. Laying down on and strapped to a stretcher and being pushed around the mental asylum on your own, you will be able to get a taste of your last breaths and your own funeral.

The fun and thrill don’t stop at the artificial cottages filled with zombies and spooks. As you wander around the streets of the enormous park, you will surely run into parades, shows and personas every now and then. “I really love the atmosphere at the park during the month!” said Chan Wing-Tung, Tiffany, an 18-year-old student. “I’m too scared for rides though.” One of the highlight shows for those who do not fancy sky high attractions is Hellympics, whose name is pretty self-explanatory by its title. Devils and ghosts compete against each other in sports games to win the ultimate prizes, performing jaw-dropping stunts throughout the process. Should your heart desire to unleash the inner child in you while still staying under the festive vibe, Toxic Challenge is another spot you must check off in your list. Run around and overcome obstacles in this timed 40-metre inflatable course to put yourself under the excitement of a chase. Besides, you are sure to get a good laugh or two witnessing your friends tumble and roll around frantically!

To get the most out of this special season while being cost-effective, there a few “strategies” you may want to consider. First, try to schedule your trip on a Friday or the weekend, as you will get a special student discount from the original price of HKD 345 to HKD 276. Just don’t forget to bring along your student! Another helpful “tactic” would be to finish going into all the haunted houses during the daytime while they’re still almost empty. When visitors start to flock in during the after-school period, the lines for these attractions will be miles long and you can use this opportunity to enjoy the regular rides whose waiting times will be shortened to a great deal. This way, you get the best of both worlds with the least number of hours wasted on queuing up.

Halloween can turn out to be your favorite holiday if you submerge yourself into its strange yet adrenaline-charged nature.  Grab the reading week opportunity and let yourself loose this