Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour and Behind the Screams Tour review

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - RIP Tour Guide at The Haunting of Oiwa haunted house entrance

Conquer your greatest fears like a VIP at Halloween Horror Nights 8! Read to find out about the HHN8 RIP Tour and 2018 Behind the Screams (BTS) Tour in this review!

What is the RIP Tour?

As the name Rest In Peace (R.I.P) Tour suggests, this is the premium tour product at USS Halloween Horror Nights. The guided tour covers all haunted houses, scare zones, shows, plus select rides. To enhance guest experience, this year the tour time is extended by an hour to 4 hours.

The popular Behind the Screams backstage tour has returned as a Mastercard exclusive bundle for 2018. This article and review covers both experiences. I’ve also produced a quick vlog to let you experience some highlights of my BTS and RIP Tour.

Vlog: HHN8 BTS and RIP Tour

HHN8 Behind The Screams (BTS) Tour

Available exclusively as a bundle for Mastercard cardholders, the BTS Tour is a combination of lights-on tours inside the Killuminati and Stranger Things haunted houses, followed by a presentation on costume technology and makeup. The tour starts at 5PM and has to be redeemed on the same night as an RIP Tour booking.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - Behind the Screams Tour 2018 Guide Cristlynn
Using the handy wireless headset introduced last year, the BTS Tour Guide will offer comprehensive intros to this year’s theme and line-up as you leisurely strolled to the 2 haunted houses. Cool stuff like the secret rooms and stunt acts of the Killuminati house are explained in detail. At Stranger Things, you’ll learn about the 12 iconic scenes and special techniques used to create the immersive environments in each room.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - Behind the Screams Tour 2018 Stranger Things exterior

If you thought you could take photos inside the 2 haunted houses during the tour, you might be disappointed to know that photography is not allowed this year.

The second half of the tour, Costume Technology and Makeup Demo, is held at Princess Fiona’s Royal Parlor inside the Far Far Away castle.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - Behind the Screams Tour 2018 Make up demo Father Time

On display this year are costumes of the iconic 7 Sinisters from last year’s event.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - Behind the Screams Tour 2018 Make up demo Midnight Man

Time for revision…

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - Behind the Screams Tour 2018 Make up demo masks and effects prosthetics Eugene showing mask materials

Here you’ll learn all about the different materials and techniques used to create the masks, props and effects for characters at Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights. Most of them are created in-house.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - Behind the Screams Tour 2018 Make up demo masks and theatrical special effects prosthetics

You can get some wounds and boils applied here too… if you dare.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - Behind the Screams Tour 2018 Make up demo special effects foam tooth

What’s this? Post a comment if you know the answer.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - Behind the Screams Tour 2018 Make up demo masks and effects Lady Oiwa makeup process

For the makeup demonstration, you’ll get to see the transformation of Lady Oiwa, one of this year’s many icon. Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - Behind the Screams Tour 2018 Make up demo masks and effects Lady Oiwa makeup materials and tools

For the icon-tier characters that appear on the Hollywood stage, their makeup is more elaborate and can take several hours to complete. The most complex makeup this year is the tree-like Goddess Gaia who appears in the Apocalypse: Earth scare zone.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - Behind the Screams Tour 2018 Make up demo masks and effects Lady Oiwa makeup process prosthetics special effect

The makeup demo is a great opportunity to get your dying questions about HHN8’s costumes, makeup and effects answered.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - Behind the Screams Tour 2018 Make up demo masks and effects Lady Oiwa completed look

After the presentation, you can take selfies with Lady Oiwa, before departing for the ala-carte dinner.

Ala-carte dinner at Loui’s

The RIP Tour includes a $25 meal voucher, which can be redeemedat Loui’s NY Pizza Parlor during the pre-event ala-carte dinner. Arrive at the USS VIP reception by 6PM so you have ample time to enjoy your meal before the INFINITE FEAR Opening Scaremony Show. Alternatively, this meal voucher can also be used at select F&B carts and outlets during your tour night.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - RIP Guide bringing group to Hollywood for Opening Scaremony

After all these appetiser experiences, you are ready for the main event when darkness falls.

HHN8 RIP (VIP) Tour

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - RIP Guest viewing area for Opening Scaremony

Enjoy front-row views of the INFINITE FEAR Opening Scaremony, starting your night of frightful fun.

Front of Line Access

Once the show ends, you’ll be the first to walk out of Hollywood Boulevard and your tour officially begins. No running required.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - RIP Guide bringing us through VIP access at Killuminati

Usually most tour guests would want to prioritise the haunted houses, but often many who come on tour are visiting the park for the first time as well, so they may want to do rides along the way. The RIP Tour Guides will do their best to mix and match everyone’s preferences.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - Jealous guests at Stranger Things queue

Get jealous looks (or “dagger eyes”) from guests in the queues.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - Going through VIP access at The Haunting of Oiwa

VIP access bypasses everything, even the Express Pass line, bringing you to the front of the lines at the houses.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - Going through VIP access at Pagoda of Peril

It might be too fast, too furious for some people! Maybe you can ask your tour guide to accompany you into the houses.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - DEAD Talks VIP seating

Get a quick break from your stroll around the park at Pantages Hollywood Theater. Here, the VIP seating area offers the best front-row views of the DEAD Talks show.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - VIP Meet and Greet with Pontianak

During your tour, you’ll also get an exclusive Meet and Greet with one of 4 icons at the Theater’s Foyer. This icon will not appear on the Hollywood stage during your tour night.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - VIP Grand Stage Meet and Greet with Lu Xi Fa

Your tour guide can also help you book VIP access for the Meet and Greet spot at Hollywood. Just let them know who you’re dying to meet.

As this year’s tour is 4 hours long, the pacing was very comfortable and we went through 4 of the 5 houses twice with VIP access. As everyone in my tour group didn’t want to go on any rides, we could let our tour guide know to prioritise the haunted houses.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - RIP Tour Guide at Haunting of Oiwa

So for those who want to enjoy Horror Nights without running, waiting, or even worry about the rain, considering going on an RIP Tour. Not only do you save a lot of time and energy, but the guided tour experience alone is worth it for the immersive storytelling and other amusing quips.

The typical HHN Express Passes start from $60 ($80 for Express PLUS Pass, valid for haunted houses and select rides), but the park price is around $90 (for houses) and $110 (for houses and rides). In comparison, RIP Tours offer even better value, because along with the HHN Express Unlimited, you will also have guaranteed VIP access to attractions during your guided tour around the park. The tour guide will also keep track of the ever-changing situation (weather, high crowds) to ensure that you have a comfortable journey and don’t miss any key experiences.

After RIP Tour: Use HHN Express Unlimited Pass

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - VIP access to Haunting of Oiwa

Another exclusive perk for RIP Tour guests: Enjoy countless screams after the tour with Halloween Horror Nights Express Unlimited access using your exclusive wristband at the participating attractions* all night long!

*Not valid for use at front row of Battlestar Galactica HUMAN vs CYLON, or DEAD Talks.

How to book HHN RIP Tour?

Email VIPExperience@rwsentosa.com or call +65-65776077 to make your reservation. Klook is also selling RIP Tours online for $178 (Non-Peak) and $248 (Peak). Check out all the tour price options below.

Same-day bookings and walk-ins during HHN8 event nights may be available, subject to availability. Advance booking is recommended as the tour may sell out due to high demand.


HHN8 RIP Tour: The details

USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - Farewell at VIP Reception

RIP Tours can accommodate up to 12 guests per tour group. For exclusive tour options, please contact the USS VIP Experience Team at VIPExperience@rwsentosa.com.

RIP Tour Entitlements

• VIP access to ALL haunted houses, scare zones and select attractions
• 1 x Admission ticket to Halloween Horror Nights 8
• 1 x Halloween Horror Nights Express Unlimited Pass
• 1 x R.I.P. Tour credential, lanyard and glow stick
• 1 x $25 meal voucher usable at select F&B carts and outlets
• Private meet and greet with an iconic character
• 10% off select merchandise at Universal Studios Singapore retail outlets
• 10% off total bill at Universal Studios Singapore F&B outlets
• One-for-one promotion on photo prints


USS Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour Review - Exclusive Stranger Things lanyard and RIP Tour credentials

Another bonus: For the RIP lanyard, you could get the exclusive HHN Stranger Things design! Available while stocks last. All RIP Tour lanyards are not for sale separately in USS.

2018 R.I.P. Tour and Add-ons Price List

Category Price
(Non-Peak)
Price
(Peak)
Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP (VIP) Tour
Enjoy a guided tour and VIP access to houses and selected attractions during your tour, along with various VIP privileges.

Mastercard Exclusive: Mastercard Cardholders can book the tour at this rate and enjoy a complimentary Behind-The-Screams Tour on the same day, and a free drink with any meal purchase during HHN8.

$178 $248
HHN8 RIP Tour for Maybank Cardholders $168 $238
HHN8 RIP Tour for RWS Members and Students

Special discounted rate for RWS Invites Members, Attractions Annual and Season Passholders. Students with valid Student ID may also purchase the tour at this rate.

$148 $218
HHN8 RIP Tour for Returning Tour Guest

Special discounted rate for guests who have been on the 2017 RIP Tour or the USS VIP Experience.

$128 $198
HHN8 Zombie Laser Tag (ZLT) Add-on
Add a round of Zombie Laser Tag before or after your RIP Tour.
$30
HHN8 Behind the Screams Tour Add-on
Visit selected haunted houses with the lights on during the day, and unmask some horrors before your RIP Tour at night.
BTS Add-on is complimentary for Mastercard Cardholders who purchase the RIP Tour at $178/$248.

Reservations are required for RIP Tours and add-ons.
Email VIPExperience@rwsentosa.com or call +65-65776077 for enquiries and bookings.


Halloween Horror Nights 8 (2018)
HHN8 REVEALED: Infinite Fear and Stranger Things
Meet the Killuminati / The Ceremonial Sacrifice (HHN8 press conference)
HHN8 Construction Updates: Before Dark
FIRST LOOK: Stranger Things haunted house with Behind the scenes tour
Halloween Horror Nights 8 COMPLETE REVIEW
SURVIVAL GUIDE: HHN8 Tips, Strategies and Secrets

HHN8 RIP (VIP) TOUR and Behind the Screams (BTS) Tour review

Features on Haunted Houses, Scare Zones and Experiences
INFINITE FEAR Opening Scaremony show | Zombie Laser Tag 2018
Pagoda of Peril | The Haunting of Oiwa | Stranger Things | Pontianak | Killuminati
Apocalypse: Earth | Cannibal

Universal Studios Japan (USJ) 2018
Universal Surprise Halloween/ Halloween Horror Nights 2018 Event Guide | 2018 HHN Japan Review

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4 Responses to Halloween Horror Nights 8 RIP Tour and Behind the Screams Tour review

  1. Chong Eu Jing October 15, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

    Its the scythe of the Midnight Man! A true worthy icon that only time can tell. Once you go R.I.P Tour,you never go back. 🙂

  2. Kaitlyn October 17, 2018 at 12:56 am #

    Wow that looks like fun! I hope we’ll get some in-depth coverage from the Dead Talks show, I’d love to hear your full input on it!

  3. Rflf October 20, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

    Hey Bro, what do we eat at the loui pizza? Last few years it has always been buffet.

    • Dejiki October 20, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

      You can pick from the Loui’s ala-carte menu. There’s pizza and some pasta dishes.

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