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Ocean Park to Make Halloween Fest 2016 Truly Unforgettable with Collective Memories, Star Power and Cutting-Edge Technology

2016-09-06

Ocean Park Halloween Fest 2016, one of the city’s most popular annual events, will soon open its doors to offer its most terrifying and hilarious Halloween experience to date. This year’s celebration will comprise a slew of immersive, and first-time attractions and elements, for Halloween-horror aficionados and Halloween-fun lovers of all ages.
 
Park-Wide Offering to Immerse Guests in Hollywood Experience
As a tribute to one of the spookiest and most hilarious films in Hollywood history, the multi-layered and highly-immersive attraction, Ghostbusters Live! presented by Yahoo! Hong Kong*, will let guests step into the shoes of a Ghostbuster and experience the heart-pounding fear of facing off with evil ghosts; while also diving head-first into the hilarious fun of their extensive world.
 
Offering two completely different experiences, guests will begin their exciting Ghostbusters journey by touring perfectly replicated, iconic scenes from the brand-new Ghostbusters movie. Sets will include: the Ghostbusters’ shabby headquarters at the Chinese Restaurant, where guests will find the ‘office phone’ that Kevin ‘couldn’t answer’ floating in the fish tank; as well as Rowan’s lair where guests can study the giant portal generator that Rowan used to create the vortex that broke the barrier between the world of the living and the ghost world. Guests can even meet the iconic and lovable character, Slimer, on the streets of ‘New York’.
 
Guests looking for some light-hearted and interactive fun can head to Ghostbusters Academy, where they can roam the Ghostbusters’ secret lab and facilities at the fire station, and snap some ultra-fun and memorable pictures. While exploring, guests can get detailed explanations of the equipment and enjoy hands-on activities – from playing with samples of ectoplasmic goo (Slimer’s saliva), to hitting the firing range to blast evil spirits, who will pop up from behind gravestones, in doorways and everywhere guests look. And to make this ghost ‘busting’ experience even more unforgettable,
Ocean Park invited a crew of uber-talented artists to specially design and hand-paint the ghosts, who will show their true colours under UV lights. After neutralising all the ghosts and storing them safely in the Containment Unit, guests will receive a special badge featuring the Ghostbusters logo.
 
Eva Au Yeung, Ocean Park’s Events & Entertainment Director, said, “This year, we have further enhanced the Park’s overall atmosphere by extending the themes of the haunted houses to their surrounding areas, and Ghostbusters Live! is a great example of this. Everywhere guests go on
Thrill Mountain, which will be completely decked-out Ghostbusters-style, they will be immersed in Ghostbusters-themed fun. This will not only be a great location to snap some spooky photos with a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, or the giant Rowan who will be crawling out of the ground, guests can also enjoy the spooky decorations, such as ectoplasmic goo, and Ghostbusters-themed, mouth-watering snacks on offer at the Clown Corner Food Kiosk. Both Ghostbusters fans and Halloween-fun lovers will have a blast as they experience a truly comprehensive Ghostbusters experience.”
 
The Best of Popular Culture, Loads of Scary Fun for Young Asian Guests
At Club Blood presented by Blue Girl Beer, Immortal Lord of Vampires, played by Asian idol
Danson Tang, invites guests and fans to dance the night away at his deadly rave party. Unlike traditional haunted houses, this glittering dance hall will be sleek and modern, and will feature cool technology such as 3D imaging and lasers; however, deep inside, this seemingly trendy attraction will be just as depraved and terrifying.
 
“I’m honoured and excited to be part of Ocean Park Halloween Fest 2016, Asia’s largest Halloween celebration, and I’m delighted to ‘meet’ with my fans in Hong Kong. What makes this haunted attraction so special is that it re-invents what is considered the standard for scare attractions. To prepare for Club Blood, I’ve been practicing my Cantonese very hard in hopes that guests will be further immersed in this haunted attraction. This Halloween, guests should prepare themselves for a heart-pounding rave party and to scream like never before!” said Danson Tang.
 
As guests pass though the glaring-white, neon-light lit doorway, they will find themselves on a dazzling dance floor where they will be greeted by a 3D-mapped projection of Danson Tang. As guests join the dancing, they will be surrounded by hypnotic music, as well as flashing, multi-coloured laser beams that will fire in sync with the tunes. However, the atmosphere will change drastically as guests delve into the heart of the mansion, where they will be greeted by motionless bodies, bloody meat hooks hanging from the ceiling and rows of coffins housing sleeping vampires. Completing this attraction will be the exclusive secret room at Club Blood, for Premium Tickets holders and SkeleFun VIP Tour participants, where Danson Tang will seduce them with sweet talk!
 
Joel Brett Talacko, Halloween Show Director, said, “This year we tailored-made each and every haunted attraction, paying attention to the smallest detail and decorations in order to offer guests 10 distinct experiences. A good example of this is Club Blood, one of our most unique haunted attractions this year. We’ve combined two popular elements, star power through Asian idol
Danson Tang, and cutting-edge technology, to create an attraction that will appeal to young guests from all around Asia, by immersing them in an intense, edge-of-your-seat party.”
 
Live Terrifying Collective Memories at the Creepy Abandoned School
A classic, walk-through scare attraction, School of Shadows presented by 7-Eleven Slurpee, will transport guests back to the hair-raising moment when they heard their first school-related ghost story, and will immerse guests in spine-chilling ghost stories that each and every student grew up with in Hong Kong. The eerie experience will begin with a walk through deadly-silent hallways, where cracked and decaying walls are complemented by cobwebs and the damp smell of mold. Guests can also explore shadowy bathrooms, uncanny classrooms and other spaces haunted by vengeful spirits. Premium Tickets holders and SkeleFun VIP Tour participants can also enjoy an exclusive and thrilling meet-and-greet with the undead principal in his tailor-made room for misbehaving students.
 
“When I first designed School of Shadows, the goal was to use lighting effects to create flickering shadows, or the illusion that there are evil spirits crawling over every surface of this cursed school. When we started to finally install the effects, they were so real that I felt like there was an oppressive and evil presence in the room with us, I had to keep looking around to make sure I was really alone!” added Talacko.
 
Spooky Halloween Experiences for Fun-Loving Guests
Ocean Park’s animal ambassadors are also getting into the Halloween spirit! For a bit of light-hearted, spooky and highly-educational fun, guests should try out Spooky Animal Guide at The Grand Aquarium, Shark Mystique and Rainforest Expedition Trail. Apart from playing Halloween games and browsing the Halloween-themed animal exhibition boards, guests will learn spooky and fun animal facts that will make them smile, even as their skin crawls! Kids and adults should remember to collect all the Halloween-themed stamps throughout these exhibits. And for guests who like to play sleuth,
Detective Lab will offer them an opportunity to carry out scientific experiments, and use logic to analyse the results and solve the spooky mystery at hand.
 
Ocean Park Halloween Fest will officially kick off in mid-September, with the entire month reserved for corporate chartered events. The celebration will open to the general public from 2 to 31 October on 17 selected days. Running from 11am to 11pm, thrill seekers, horror aficionados and Halloween-fun lovers will have all-day-and-night** to explore the ten unique experiences at eight haunted attractions, as well as the ten all-new shows on offer this year during Halloween Fest 2016. 
 
For more details on Ocean Park Halloween Fest 2016, please visit http://halloween.oceanpark.com.hk.
 
*Ghostbusters Live! is a Ghostbusters-themed attraction created in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment, and is licensed by and designed in collaboration with New York-based Lynton V Harris & The Sudden Impact! Entertainment Company.
**Individual Halloween attractions have different opening times.
 
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