Halloween Horror Nights 5 – Before Dark 4

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / THE INVADERS spaceship with Atlas statue

Walk through the ominous scenes of Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights 5 before terror strikes, in the fourth issue of HHN5 BEFORE DARK.


Dejiki.com’s Before Dark series is a day-time photography series documenting the elaborate creative production of Universal Studios Singapore’s blockbuster event in October, Halloween Horror Nights 5. See all Before Dark features here.

◂ The Blood Moon ▸

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 - Hollywood

Some new hoardings at Hollywood. It looks like there would be a pop-up store here, or some small stage, or just an effect for the opening scaremony.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 - Hollywood / HHN Store?

It’s the same place as last year’s Mini-Store of Evil.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / Blood Moon stage

Let’s walk over to the stage.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / Blood Moon stage 2

The Blood Moon Stage had some work done, but what exactly might happen here during event nights is still a mystery. Any guesses?

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / Blood Moon stage detail

These tube openings on the stage suggest that there could be CO2 jets or pyrotechnic bursts, for the opening scaremony (secret?) icons’ dramatic entrances.

◂ ConTERMINATED ▸

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / ConTERMINATED entrance

It’s like playing spot the difference at this scene every week!

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / ConTERMINATED biohazard barrel

Barrels of infectious waste have popped up. Seems like this scare zone is all about the consequences of improper disposal and recycling methods.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / ConTERMINATED exit

Let’s go through the back. The quarantine curtain is ripped off – did you notice?

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / ConTERMINATED garbage area 1

Some changes to the layout of ConTERMINATED. We will be surrounded by trash bags in the last section.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / ConTERMINATED garbage area 2

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / ConTERMINATED garbage area 3

Lots of colourful tarps covering the props – it was raining heavily in the past week, so these were probably added to protect the props.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / ConTERMINATED garbage area 4

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / ConTERMINATED sting alley sealed

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / ConTERMINATED bridge area

Typically, HHN rehearsals in Singapore begins about 2 weeks before the opening night. During these sessions, many technical and creative adjustments take place. So I believe that most of the major show elements have already arrived in the park (especially for haunted houses, but we can’t track that), but we can still expect changes taking place on the sets that are already installed.

◂ The Invaders ▸

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / THE INVADERS from afar

While I just said that most of the HHN5 construction should be done, The Invaders scare zone still feels incomplete. The zone’s marquee is built further into New York street, and it’s very close to the entrance of the ConTERMINATED scare zone. It makes for a short and compact scare zone, especially with the props already placed on the street.

Plus, the entrance to TUNNEL PEOPLE haunted house is within this scare zone.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / THE INVADERS military platform with no weathering

Oddly still no weathering on some surfaces of the UGMF vehicle. It’s too clean!

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / THE INVADERS new york overview

Looks like this scare zone will be condensed towards the spaceship, which can be quite chaotic given the layout of the place.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / THE INVADERS lighting and sound array

The lighting and sound array looks rather insane too.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / THE INVADERS the box

That ‘box’ shifted a little towards Sci-Fi City, and the fog machine is making a return inside the subway entrance. Have a look:

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / THE INVADERS subway

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / THE INVADERS inside subway

◂ Beast Club ▸

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / BEAST CLUB marquee

What’s happening at Egypt’s hottest nightclub?

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / BEAST CLUB show area

While not officially announced yet, a show will be performed at Beast Club.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / BEAST CLUB stage

Maybe it’ll be something like the Coven Celebration show at the Convention of Curses (2013)

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / BEAST CLUB stage showtime sign

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / BEAST CLUB lighting installed at Egypt

Many lights were installed all around the main street of Ancient Egypt, hinting that performers may appear outside of the Beast Club area (there are ‘game’ booths after all). So this area might be a ‘bonus’ scare zone, we’ll know in two weeks.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / BEAST CLUB lighting installed at Egypt 2

◂ Hungry Ghosts ▸

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 - HUNGRY GHOSTS scare zone

We now return to Hungry Ghosts village, the scare zone with the most buzz!

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / HUNGRY GHOSTS stall, graves

There are now so many graves lying around that there isn’t enough black cloth to cover.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / HUNGRY GHOSTS tree women and coffin

The ‘humanoid trees’ are fully covered up. You can still see one of the faces in last week’s update.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / HUNGRY GHOSTS talismans on trees

Newly added: Talismans. There’s a lot of them.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / HUNGRY GHOSTS talisman detail

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / HUNGRY GHOSTS red mask

Creepy mask spotted behind one of the movable walls.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / HUNGRY GHOSTS king of ghosts

The King of Ghosts effigy – now with lights.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / HUNGRY GHOSTS king of ghosts lighting

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / HUNGRY GHOSTS drying pods in the day

The Jurassic Park Drying Pods will be covered up at night. See the rolled-up banners?

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / HUNGRY GHOSTS decorations to be unrolled

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / HUNGRY GHOSTS strange dome

And what could this be?

◂ Haunted Houses ▸

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / HUNGRY GHOSTS this way to Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure

Since we’re already at Hungry Ghosts scare zone…

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / HELL HOUSE marquee

Here’s a peek at the artwork for the HELL HOUSE queue entrance, which is the same as the one used on the HHN5 website. As the entrance is within a scare zone, the marquee and two side panels are themed with unique artwork, hence it is covered up during the day.

The other haunted houses have larger entrances:

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / TUNNEL PEOPLE entrance

It’s still a work-in-progress, but wow – this is going to be the entrance to the queue for TUNNEL PEOPLE.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / TUNNEL PEOPLE entrance 2

As the entrance is next to the core performing area of The Invaders, it’s elaborately themed.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / TUNNEL PEOPLE below the bridge

As for haunted houses with entrances outside of scare zones, they get a much simpler treatment:

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / WATERWORLD marquee with THE MRT

True Singapore Ghost Stories: THE MRT is set up at the Waterworld queue.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / TRUE Singapore GHOST STORIES: THE MRT haunted house queue entrance

Doesn’t this just bring back memories of Russell Lee’s True Singapore Ghost Stories books?

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / TRUE Singapore GHOST STORIES: THE MRT haunted house

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / SILOSO GATEWAY BLOCK 50 haunted house queue entrance

It might seem a little disappointing, but don’t let the simple design set expectations. After all, the Adrift haunted house (2013) had a rather plain-looking sign but the actual house was absolutely incredible.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / SILOSO GATEWAY BLOCK 50 haunted house marquee

Hmm… Siloso Gateway Block 50 – Singapore’s first multi-ethnic haunted house?

That’s it for updates from USS. All the best to the park’s entertainment team and performers in their HHN5 rehearsals. Good haunting!

◂ Scare Actors… at a mall near you ▸

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / TUNNEL PEOPLE Cult Leader at HHN5 Roadshow

We went to catch the scare actors at HHN5 roadshows this week. Over at Orchard Cineleisure, the Cult Leader (Tunnel People haunted house) and Paper Servant Effigy (Hell House haunted house) made their special appearances in the day again.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / TUNNEL PEOPLE Cult Leader at HHN5 Roadshow 2

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / HELL HOUSE Paper Effigy at HHN5 Roadshow

Even in the day, they’ve been very successful in scaring people. Wait till nightfall.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / HELL HOUSE Paper Effigy at HHN5 Roadshow 2

A new display that accompanies roadshows (previously it’s the cult leader) – A paper effigy, standing on ashes.

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / HELL HOUSE Paper Effigy detail at HHN5 Roadshow

Oh? What is she holding?

Universal Studios Singapore - Halloween Horror Nights 5 Before Dark Day Photo Report 4 / HELL HOUSE, Ruined Hell Money Bank Notes at HHN5 Roadshow

And these are real Hell Bank Notes, right?


More updates in the next issue of BEFORE DARK…

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4 Responses to Halloween Horror Nights 5 – Before Dark 4

  1. Timothy September 20, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

    This year’s icon might just be the humorous characters we see on the streets for the Halloween event…. Just guessing

  2. Kit Kat September 22, 2015 at 1:05 am #

    Is this sure going to be fun.

  3. Ellen September 25, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    Are there any age restrictions for the Halloween Horror Night event?

    • Dejiki September 26, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

      There is no age restriction, but this event may be too intense for some audiences. The park specifically does not recommend children under 13 to attend this event.

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