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Halloween 2011 at Ocean Park Hong Kong

With the celebration of Halloween becoming more popular across China, an increasing number of visitors from mainland China are making a pilgrimage to Ocean Park for an authentic taste of Halloween. 

Ocean Park Hong Kong announced the “Republic of Halloween,” the 11th annual Ocean Park Halloween Bash. The new republic comes complete with inauguation ceremony, national anthem and national flag, presided over by park chairman Dr. Allan Zeman as emperor.

Dr. Zeman said, “The establishment of the Republic of Halloween will help us spread Hong Kong’s unique Halloween culture, engendered by Ocean Park, to all corners of the world. This year, we are introducing for the first time ever a locally-developed 3D technology in our Nightmare in 3D to plunge guests into a world where reality and illusion cannot be distinguished. We have also created a solo haunted journey in Fear Factory, where each guest would have to escape from a booby-trapped coffin factory alone.”

Dr. Zeman added, “We will also put on a Carnival for the Damned at Aqua City. The show will include the first-ever haunted spectacular on a water-screen. In addition, guests will have a chance to encounter 444 ghosts and ghouls, including Lady Gwai Gwai, a superstar in the underworld. We will also spread Halloween culture outside the Park to all of Hong Kong through a ghost car parde, haunted commercials, ghastly gifts, a macabre embassy and more. Kids visiting Ocean Park in the daytime can share in the Halloween spirit at Creepy Treats for Kids.”

Fear and trembling in the Republic of Halloween begin at the Waterfront. Joining the world-wide craze for 3D cinema, Ocean Park will take the experience outside of theatres with Nightmare in 3D. Guests will be plunged into a nightmare with images of horror and ghosts leaping towards them. Once awakened, guests will need to gather their wits to make it through Fear Factory, a solo haunted journey filled with tricks and traps.

When night falls, the Lagoon in Aqua City will be turned into what appears to be a pool of blood and the 360° water screen will play host to the first-ever Carnival for the Damned. Giant bizarre puppets and a ghoulish procession will come together for a party from the nether-regions. After enjoying the frightful frenzy, guests will be able to tour Macabre Studio, where they can revisit scenes from classic horror movies.

With the celebration of Halloween becoming more popular across China, an increasing number of visitors from mainland China are making a pilgrimage to Ocean Park for an authentic taste of Halloween. Therefore, Ocean Park has created Torture Chamber of the Dragon Empress, which features many eerie elements familiar to all Chinese people. An evil empress will burst out of her coffin to brandish notorious torture devices. Guests who manage to escape the Chamber can visit the Psychic Club to learn about their future from a fortuneteller who dispenses his wisdom in rap; they can also dance away their fears at Nightmare Prelude, Fury of Lights, Satire from the Other Side or Forbidden Dances.

Terror will also reign on the Summit during Ocean Park Halloween Bash. Zombies will be eager to engage guests in a laser tag game at Zombie Mayhem, a military camp setting with various interactive elements and zombies carrying their own laser tag guns. Lady Gwai Gwai, who rose to fame last year, will take to the stage with fright bands in Freaky Party of Halloween Republic, a spooky variety show that features hair-raising aerial stunts guaranteed to please the crowd.

At the Bloody Workshop, a deranged artist will use blood to paint on carcasses to create works for his exhibition, while paper dolls usually burned as offerings will band together and take revenge on humans at the Paper Doll Paradise.

Since legends have it that the final bus ride of the day is reserved for denizens of the spiritual world, guests visiting The Last Bus will learn about the nightmarish tales behind some of the most blood-curdling lore in Hong Kong. Those thirsting for yet more screams would do well to take in the various shows on offer at the Summit, including: Asylum Breakout, Haunted City Tales, The Cocoon Party, Dance of Paper Offerings and Lady Lucifer’s Revue. They can also strut their scary stuff at the Demon Street of Dance Competition and the Wicked Image Design Contest.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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