Halloween Horror Nights 9 park updates: Final week before opening weekend

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Death Fest scare zone entrance

Final arrangements are being made for the region’s most terrifying event. See it all in Halloween Horror Nights 9: BEFORE DARK 4.

This will be the last BEFORE DARK article for Halloween Horror Nights 9, as the opening weekend draws near.

HHN9 Anticipated Crowds

At time of writing, Friday, 4 Oct 2019 has been designated as a ‘sold out’ night. This means that new tickets specific to this night is no longer available for sale online via the official HHN (or RWS) website. Tickets may still be available onsite and via official travel partners such as Klook and Traveloka.

I guess that the park is expecting higher crowds based on their attendance projections derived from sales of fixed date tickets. If you are holding on to a open-dated ticket, you may wish to make other plans to avoid very long wait times. Interestingly, this is supposed to be an non-peak night, and the only Friday night that is marked as such.

Coffins at the park entrance

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Construction Update park entrance coffins

Two coffins have appeared at the entrance arch of Universal Studios Singapore. One of them is a fun photo set where you can snap photos for free drinks as part of a promotion.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Construction Update park entrance empty coffin photo op

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Construction Update park entrance coffin promotion

Note that you will need to do this before buying your tickets at the park’s ticketing counters.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Construction Update park entrance coffins yumi inside

The other… has a surprise waiting inside if you dare to peek in.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Construction Update park entrance coffins yumi inside closeup

HHN9 merchandise

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 merchandise official t shirt fearless

Be FEARLESS and grab the Halloween Horror Nights 9 T-Shirts, now retailing for S$33. If you buy it with other items in the store, you can enjoy a discounted price of S$25.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 merchandise official t shirt fearless featuring logos of haunted houses and scare zones

The back of the T-shirt features 8 highlights of Halloween Horror Nights 9. Death Fest LIVE is the 9th item in the line-up that isn’t part of the design.

Haunted Houses

More haunted house entrances are up. To recap:

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Construction Update haunted house Curse of the Naga entrance

The entrance to Curse of The Naga is right before the New York zone, beside the Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase ride building.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Construction Update haunted house Curse of the Naga entrance sign closeup

Closeup of the sign – the Thai writing is a direct translation.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Construction Update Haunted house Spirit Dolls entrance final

Meet Yumi and other cursed dolls in the Japanese-themed Spirit Dolls house, tucked between Ancient Egypt and Sci-Fi City.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Construction Update haunted house The Chalet Hauntings entrance

The Langsuir and other regional ghosts await you at The Chalet Hauntings, this year’s haunted house inspired by local paranormal tales.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Construction Update haunted house Twisted Clown University entrance

Learn the Killer Clown method in Twisted Clown University, a massive house taking shape in the Waterworld queue.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Construction Update haunted house Twisted Clown University entrance sign closeup

Now brought to you by Coca Cola – no sugar. And here’s a closer look at the tent.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Construction Update haunted house Twisted Clown University tent

Lastly, the gates to Hell Block 9 is expected to appear at the Rockerfeller building facade in New York, right beside the stage in the Death Fest scare zone.

Death Fest

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Death Fest scare zone closeups weathered speakers

Looks like Death Fest zones’s major set pieces have all arrived. It’s just more blood, weathering, and more details added in the last week.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Death Fest scare zone closeups blood on spikes

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Death Fest scare zone closeups blood on throne

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Death Fest scare zone closeups body

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Death Fest scare zone closeups chains for giant skull stage

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Death Fest scare zone closeups weathered props

As confirmed weeks ago, this stage will be used for the Opening Scaremony show.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Death Fest scare zone stage for Opening Scaremony wide

HHN9 Opening Scaremony speculation

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Death Fest Opening Scaremony vultures 2

An interesting prop was added to the structure hanging over the scare zone. This is a small flock of birds, possibly vultures, in a motorized rig that would likely make the birds glide and swoop down towards guests.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Death Fest Opening Scaremony vultures track

Given that the birds are a symbol of the Undertaker, the lead icon of this year’s event, I am guessing that the Opening Scaremony show will be based on elements from the Dead End scare zone. The birds seem unrelated to Death Fest, which being a ‘death metal’ music festival, clearly has other visual motifs.

That means we might see funeral rites being done, coffins and I don’t know, maybe a hearse and other undead things being brought out. Would it be like ‘The Resurrection’ from March of the Dead (2016)?

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 The Undertaker Icon prowling for victims at night

Eye gouging might be part of the opening act since that’s how The Undertaker harvests souls.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Death Fest scare zone stage for Opening Scaremony curtains wide

The stage doesn’t have curtains and drop screens on the upper tiers, unlike the one used in HHN7, so it is likely that the icons (same as the ones from the park entrance) will dash from behind this row of ragged cloth. Cue ALL the pyros.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Death Fest scare zone stage for Opening Scaremony curtains closeup

As for how the zone will transform into Death Fest, no idea. Maybe Savage will take over after ‘Power Glove’ fades out and the icons “depart” for their houses and zones.

Dead End

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Dead End scare zone entrance

The entrance to the Dead End now has a light strip woven into the crevices of the stones.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Dead End scare zone entrance light effects

It’s probably a cool glowing effect at night.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Dead End scare zone props hanging on trees

Same like the Death Fest scare zone, it seems like most of the big pieces have already arrived. Likely because the props keep getting shifted around during rehearsals, we sometimes get to see them partially exposed.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Dead End scare zone graves and thrones

Graves, thrones and more.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Dead End scare zone mummies wrapped together

Mummies wrapped together.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Dead End scare zone charred body

Charred bodies in these baskets.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Dead End scare zone stone with wooden frame

Some body hanging off a “well”-like thing, I guess.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Dead End scare zone frame netting

Walls with netting and prints – these are probably used to block off areas like entrances to attractions which will not be open during HHN event nights, such as Canopy Flyer and Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Dead End scare zone bodies on stretchers and walls

HHN9 Vlog: Full park daytime walkthrough

I’ve also filmed a vlog during the same trip to the park. Stay tuned for more vlogs filmed at night.

Upcoming Articles

So we’ve come to the end of this year’s BEFORE DARK series. In case you missed any articles, now’s a good time to review them before the event begins:

BEFORE DARK 1: A first look at this year’s scare zones
BEFORE DARK 2: Halloween Fun For All event, Halloween Carnival, icons and more
BEFORE DARK 3: Horror Truck Experience
BEFORE DARK 4 is this article. You are here now!

SNEAK PREVIEW 1: Curse of The Naga walkthrough tour
SNEAK PREVIEW 2: The Chalet Hauntings sneak peek walkthrough
SNEAK PREVIEW 3: Magic Behind The Scenes and lights-on tour of haunted houses

The next articles on Dejiki.com will be:

Halloween Horror Nights 9: MEGA REVIEW NOW LIVE! Read it now! →
Halloween Horror Nights 9: SURVIVAL GUIDE

More updates will also be posted on my Instagram (@dejiki), including in-park updates and other (hopefully fun) spontaneous things like quizzes. I’ve always wanted to do an online trivia quiz about HHN. Maybe it’ll be called Horror Rumble. Or Hor-Real.

In October 2019, more features on this year’s attractions and experiences may be published. It all depends on how the photos/ videos turned out, availability of resources, and lastly, my energy level and mood after attending the event nights.

Thought you ought to know.


Miscellaneous Daytime Halloween Park Updates

Some small updates that’s not related to Halloween Horror Nights 9:

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Daytime Carnival Adams Family photo set

You can now find a photo set themed to the upcoming Adam’s Family animated film. This is within the Halloween Carnival area, directly behind the stage.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Daytime Mels Stage spooky halloween decor

Mel’s Stage now sports a spooky decor.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Daytime Minion Monsters Tricky Treat show with Mummy Stuart FrankenBob Dracula Kevin

I finally managed to catch the Minion Monsters Tricky Treats with all 3 Minion Monsters appearing.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 construction update Park entrance icons 1

Just a few more days before the event starts!


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Prepare for Halloween Horror Nights 9

Get all the info you need on this year’s event at my Halloween Horror Nights 9 Event Guide.

Halloween Horror Nights 9 (2019)
HHN9 REVEALED: Ticket and Event Guide

Halloween Horror Nights 9 MEGA REVIEW
SURVIVAL GUIDE for Halloween Horror Nights 9
HHN9 RIP Experience (VIP Tour)

Features on Haunted Houses, Scare Zones and Experiences
The Chalet Hauntings (Complete)
2019 Opening Scaremony (The Undertaker)

SNEAK PREVIEW: Curse of The Naga | The Chalet Hauntings | Behind The Scenes of HHN9
HHN9 Construction Updates (BEFORE DARK)
Part 1 | Part 2 (with Daytime Halloween event) | Part 3 (Horror Truck) | Part 4


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Universal Surprise Halloween/ Halloween Horror Nights 2019 Event Guide

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One Response to Halloween Horror Nights 9 park updates: Final week before opening weekend

  1. Weekiat September 22, 2019 at 6:41 pm #

    it feel a little little scaled down this year. Might be the integration of the scare zone and the opening scaremony. 3 scare zone instead of 2. And the “peak only” additional performance.

    I wonder if they are scaling down on the number of people allowed in the park per night too (I can only wish).

    Going on Friday for the rip tour. Seems like it’s gonna he mad crowded.

    Great job on the coverage as usual, Nicholas!

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