Halloween Horror Nights 7 – Before Dark 1

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Pilgrimage of Sin scare zone entrance

Universal Studios Singapore is getting ready for Halloween Horror Nights 7. See it here first.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Construction Signs

It’s time again for Before Dark, my exclusive report documenting Universal Studios Singapore’s preparations for Halloween Horror Nights. This series will go on until the start of Halloween Horror Nights 7.

◂ Opening Scaremony Setup ▸

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Hollywood zone lighting setup

Look above – extensive structures from the start to end of Hollywood Boulevard – would the Opening Scaremony take place along the entire stretch again, like in HHN5? Looks like there’ll be a giant screen in the middle again.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Opening Scaremony stage

With the two food stalls gone, this year’s stage at Hollywood seems wider than before. It will be used for both the Opening Scaremony and a show by the Slit Face Girls, characters from the Make The Cut house.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Opening Scaremony stage side

For now, it looks like a rather normal stage and the backdrop is barely done – it looks very tall this year.

The red skirting looks rather posh – as if it’s for some sort of fancy dinner or awards ceremony. Given that the HHN7 website has a movie theatre feel, perhaps this year, HHN is going back to Universal’s roots – the Silver screen scream.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Opening Scaremony stage scaffolds

◂ Zombie Laser Tag ▸

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Zombie Laser Tag sting alley

Sting Alley is now closed to build the Zombie Laser Tag attraction. Since the Lights Camera Action attraction is not open during HHN7, the show and queue building are likely to be converted for Laser Tag – whether it’s for play area or pre-show.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Zombie Laser Tag lagoon walls

Zombie Laser Tag will not only use Sting Alley, but the lagoon section of New York which extends to Sci-Fi City. The area is lined with all these walls and fences. Surely, they will be positioned to create maze-like environments.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Zombie Laser Tag sting alley blocked

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Zombie Laser Tag walls

Looking for the official smoking area in New York? You’ll need to go around the maze first.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Zombie Laser Tag black boxes

A few of these scary black boxes – nothing much inside except construction materials.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Zombie Laser Tag black boxes construction

With much of the zone being outdoors, I’m now curious how this attraction will run during inclement weather. In the past, performers leave this scare zone during the rain, and guests can still roam about or return later. But since Zombie Laser Tag is an attraction that requires guests to pay a supplement and book a timeslot, it will make things tricky. Maybe they will add tarps to shelter most areas.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Zombie Laser Tag Harbour scale

◂ Happy Horror Days ▸

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone roses

While it’s not mentioned on the HHN7 website, the Jurassic Park zone of USS will host an all-new scare zone called Happy Horror Days. In case you need to know, I have the full line-up at the HHN7 REVEALED article.

This zone will be all about major holidays gone wrong.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Valentine's Day corner

Valentine’s Day – for example.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Valentine's Day Corner rose petals

It might become a day to profess your undying hate.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Valentine's Day Corner Golden Arrows

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Shoe Box Come In For Gold

Not sure what holiday this is.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Shoe Box open

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Easter Garden Maze Hedge closeup

In place of last year’s abandoned train tunnel, we have…

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Easter Garden Maze entrance

The Easter Holiday maze. Beware of the Evil Easter Bunny hiding around the garden.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Easter Garden Maze hiding place

Or here.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Easter Garden Maze overview 2

Or possibly here.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Fairy Lights

Fairy lights hanging off some trees, for another holiday.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Circus Freakshow area overview

And then there is this area, for “Let’s Go To the Circus” Day.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Circus Freakshow area Puppet show

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Circus Freakshow area Clown Tower

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Circus Freakshow area You're a Fool

No, You‘re a fool!

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Circus Freakshow area Boxes and Cages

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Circus Freakshow area Finger Fries

It’s interesting, and confusing – maybe because most of these will be spread out throughout the area – they’re just placed closed together in the day..

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Circus Freakshow area Jokes On You

But if you have a fear of clowns, then you might want to take a detour in this section of Happy Horror Days. Too many things could get you #triggered here.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Happy Horror Days scare zone Circus Freakshow area This Way Hell Wheel

◂ Pilgrimage of Sin ▸

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Pilgrimage of Sin at New York zone wide

And now, we travel back to New York zone.. for the Pilgrimage of Sin.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Pilgrimage of Sin archway

This is the scare zone of the 7 Deadlier Sins. While the icons of this year are based on the “modern” sins, the zone takes an interesting approach to the interpretation of Evil.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Pilgrimage of Sin marquee closeup

The marquee looks rather small.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Pilgrimage of Sin Entrance - Bones and Spikes

It is flanked with towers on both side – each with an curved tusk, and a torch at the top.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Pilgrimage of Sin Entrance - roots, bones, charms

It’s as if this is some tribal village worshiping the Sins. Maybe we’re going back to their origins.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Pilgrimage of Sin Entrance - Tower

On the street – there’s a few giant boulders and this wooden tower. There’s certainly a foreign feel to all this, and that would give us a hint on how the scare actors here would look like.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Pilgrimage of Sin scare zone - street overview

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Pilgrimage of Sin scare zone - lighting setup near New York library

No projectors spotted overhead yet, but there’s a crazy amount of lights, and possibly more to come.

Halloween Horror Nights 7 Before Dark 1 / Pilgrimage of Sin scare zone entrance, side view

Overall, quite intriguing.

That’s all for this update – stay tuned for the next report!

Special Thanks: Tong Ming and Sin Ngee for sending in tips.


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Surrender to the 7 Deadlier Sins

Get all the info you need on Halloween Horror Nights 7 at the Halloween Horror Nights 7 REVEALED post.

Halloween Horror Nights 8 (2018)
HHN8 REVEALED: Infinite Fear and Stranger Things
Meet the Killuminati / The Ceremonial Sacrifice (HHN8 press conference)

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Universal Surprise Halloween/ Halloween Horror Nights 2018 Event Guide
Halloween Horror Nights – The Archives
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One Response to Halloween Horror Nights 7 – Before Dark 1

  1. Qistina August 27, 2017 at 11:39 am #

    Hi Dejiki!
    The holiday you’re not sure of is St. Patrick’s Day. 🙂
    With all the green & clovers & goldz. Maybe little green men might be there!

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