Halloween Horror Nights 9 Review

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Twisted Clown University haunted house 08 miss direction

The region’s ultimate Halloween event is back! Discover Halloween Horror Nights 9‘s haunted houses, scare zones and shows in this review!

The Halloween Horror Nights 9 Mega Review

This year’s line-up has exceeded my expectations, with each haunted house strongly evoking a certain fear for maximum frights. Outside of houses, the two scare zones lie on opposite ends – one is visually and (audibly) excessive, the other is unsettling with its ritualistic silence. The event tops off with two amazing shows that will amuse and enthrall. So get ready, there’s 9 different things to experience this year!

Note: This is a developing story. Better photos and more content may be added when available.

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HHN9 Haunted Houses review

Haunted Houses are walkthrough attractions with special effects and performers.

Curse of The Naga

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Curse of The Naga haunted house 01 Night Market

The flagship house for 2019 is definitely the Curse of the Naga. Developed in collaboration with Thai horror film directors Parkpoom Wongpoom and Paween Purijitpany, this house will transport you to Thailand, where you will fall under effects of the curse, and feel the wrath of The Naga.

Curse of the Naga’s incredible scenic design makes it feel like you are in an exotic, supernatural adventure. And it begins at a night market in Thailand.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Curse of The Naga haunted house 03 jungle

After drinking snake blood from a dubious drink stall, you pass out and wake up in a strange jungle. Your journey to escape from the curse brings you to a village ravaged by the Naga’s wrath.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Curse of The Naga haunted house 04 village

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Curse of The Naga haunted house 05 dancer house

The Naga is believed to be a guardian spirit, but humans have taken and consumed too much that she is taking revenge. Along the way, you will meet victims and servants of the Naga.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Curse of The Naga haunted house 06 bloodletting corridor

Victims are drained and skinned – just to name a few.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Curse of The Naga haunted house 07 temple of naga

The path to redemption (or condemnation) leads you to Naga’s Temple, where you will face the giant serpent herself, with her guards and assistants in attendance.

House entrance location: between Hollywood and New York
Presentation: ★★★★★★★
Horror Level: ★★★★★


Hell Block 9

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Hell Block 9 haunted house 01 entrance compound

Under the control of the ruthless Executioner, life at Hell Block 9 has been tumultuous for its prisoners.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Hell Block 9 haunted house 01 entrance fence

Even before you enter the prison, you might be assaulted – by some harsh words from the prison warden.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Hell Block 9 haunted house 03 bunks

Inside the cells, you will meet many tough guys who may drive you to your end. Don’t expect a warm welcome, or any welcome. Most of them just want you to get out.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Hell Block 9 haunted house 04 toilets

You will also get to experience first hand, the dark and squalid state of the prison complex.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Hell Block 9 haunted house 05 mess hall

This haunted house is filled with scenes depicting graphic violence. Supposedly, every 45 minutes a certain “riot” happens at the prison. Be warned.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Hell Block 9 haunted house 06 deathrow

There’s only one definite way out of this Hellish prison.

House entrance location: New York, beside Death Fest stage
Presentation: ★★★★★
Horror Level: ★★★★★


Spirit Dolls

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Spirit Dolls haunted house 01 dolls outside

Feel your heart pound as you step inside this disturbing house filled with dolls – of all sizes and creepiness.

Inspired by the real-life (supposedly not that haunted) village of Nagoro in Japan, the famous ‘Valley of the Dolls’ is given a Horror Nights twist.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Spirit Dolls haunted house 02 living room

Walk inside this house with absolute caution. Don’t blink or look away from the dolls. They might… move.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Spirit Dolls haunted house 04 the real Yumi doll

One particular doll is behind all the horrors. This real Yumi doll can be found in her room, surrounded by toys. Legend has it that her parents, grief-stricken by her death, resorted to using black magic to keep her spirit within her favourite doll – that looks just like her.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Spirit Dolls haunted house 05 attack of Yumi outside

Unfortunately the ritual backfired. Yumi returned as a vengeful spirit and went on a killing rampage around the village.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Spirit Dolls haunted house 06 misty bridge

HHN fans may recognise some familiar sights from last year’s Japanese house, but Spirit Dolls offer much more immersive and expansive scenes. The misty bridge being one of the highlights.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Spirit Dolls haunted house 08 yumi revenge

Would you be able to uncover the truth behind the Spirit Dolls?

House entrance location: between Ancient Egypt and Sci-Fi City
Presentation: ★★★★★
Horror Level: ★★★★★


The Chalet Hauntings

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 The Chalet Hauntings haunted house 01 entrance facade

Most Singaporeans have had the chance to stay in, or at least been to, some sort of crummy, spooky chalet. This year’s locally themed haunted house will let you relive paranormal experiences from your younger days.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 The Chalet Hauntings haunted house 02 living room

The rooms look very real with a lot of attention paid to furniture and props. Yes, all the ugly furniture and horrible fittings.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 The Chalet Hauntings haunted house 04 portals

After stepping through a portal, the unseen horrors haunting the chalet comes to light.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 The Chalet Hauntings haunted house 05 floating

Starring ghosts from the Southeast Asian region, the hauntings intensify with increasing manifestations of scary demons and spirits.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 The Chalet Hauntings haunted house 06 floating

The second half is much more mysterious, with numerous effects that trigger many senses. Even the walking around feels uneasy with an unseen force pulling you back in every step.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 The Chalet Hauntings haunted house 07 letters

Reality seems to break apart at journey’s end. Hopefully you can return in one piece.

NEW! See more photos in the new haunted house feature article on The Chalet Hauntings →

House entrance location: between Jurassic Park and Ancient Egypt
Presentation: ★★★★★
Horror Level: ★★★★★


Twisted Clown University

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Twisted Clown University haunted house 01 tent

If you have the fear of clowns, schools, and failure – then this is the right place for you. Twisted Clown University combines all that, and more.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Twisted Clown University haunted house 02 orientation

This abandoned carnival is now a school for killer clowns – and most of the students seem unwilling enrolled.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Twisted Clown University haunted house 03 mr zippit

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Twisted Clown University haunted house 04 dressing room

What I enjoyed the most here is how the spaces are full of colour and effects. Like past houses built at the Waterworld queue, more unusual scenes and spacious sets are built.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Twisted Clown University haunted house 06 cannon scene

There are also surprises in every room, and throughout your walk around the University, you get to step “outside” of the carnival tents before finding another way in.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Twisted Clown University haunted house 07 balloon pop

So will you pass, or fail your studies?

House entrance location: Waterworld
Presentation: ★★★★★
Horror Level: ★★★★★


HHN9 Scare Zones review

Scare zones are open, dynamic walkthrough areas where performers and guests may roam freely.

Death Fest

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone 1 overview

Death metal has landed at Universal Studios Singapore, with the Death Trap band performing at Halloween Horror Nights for the first time. New York is transformed into a grisly music festival site.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone 2 death metal fan girl

Since this is a huge event, the festival has drawn in throngs of fans dying to meet Savage and the other members of the band.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone 3 death metal fan couple

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone hero shot

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone 5 wrath

Watch out as you explore the smaller stages along the street. Especially if you’re not into surprising bouts of rock music.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone 6 guitarist

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest scare zone 7 fan on throne

With its bright lights, excessive effects and ardent festival attendees, Death Fest looks to be an effective scare zone that’ll be popular for Instagram. However, the entire zone becomes something quite different during Death Fest LIVE (more on that below).

Location: New York zone
Presentation: ★★★★★
Horror Level: ★★★★☆


Dead End

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Dead End scare zone 1 tower

Jurassic Park’s creepy jungle now leads into the Dead End, a place between the realms of the living and the dead.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Dead End scare zone 1 coffins

Dark and mysterious, the Dead End is filled with very unsettling props.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Dead End scare zone 2 burnt corpse

Strange people and creatures are slowly roaming around in the shadows.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Dead End scare zone 3 burned girl wheel

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Dead End scare zone 5 charred body

Many funeral rites are being practiced here – from mummification to burials. Often with a sinister twist.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Dead End scare zone 4 death rites

If you have been paying attention, you’d realise that the hooded people have lost something, which explains why they are prowling the Dead End.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Dead End scare zone 6 raven demon

Raven-like creatures hide in one section of Dead End – ready to hunt for their next victim.

Location: Jurassic Park zone
Presentation: ★★★★☆
Horror Level: ★★★★★


HHN9 Shows review

Death Fest LIVE

To celebrating his release from Hell Block 9, Savage – the lead singer of Death Trap, will go on a park-wide procession.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest LIVE show 1 Savage arrives

This show starts and ends at New York, with the entourage departing towards Sci-Fi City.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest LIVE show 2 concert

Savage returns to an overwhelming welcome by his die-hard fanatics and maniacs. Be at Death Fest early to get into the mosh pit!

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Death Fest LIVE show 3 pyros

Charged with dazzling stage effects, loud music, a high-flying aerial act, and lots of pyrotechnics, this show is not to be missed!

Location: Starts at New York, towards Sci-Fi City
Presentation: ★★★★★
Horror Level: ★★☆☆☆


Skin & Bones

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Skin and Bones show 1 co hosts

Catch the comedy duo from the Underworld, Skin and Bones, in this all-new show at Pantages Hollywood Theater.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Skin and Bones show 2 wait time

Unafraid to poke fun at itself (and Halloween Horror Nights), the show is a racket. Notably, the pacing and writing are excellent – it doesn’t try too hard to impress, unlike the past years’ shows: Laboratorium and Dead Talks. It’s just about two (dead) guys trying to put on a good show together, and the tiny struggles along the way.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Skin and Bones show 3 baby shark

The show has a mix of 80s sitcoms’ light-heartedness, off-beat humour, and some dark twists. Throw in a couple of quick dance segments, and even cheesy commercials along the way.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Skin and Bones show 4 That dance block

There are elements that HHN fans (especially those from US parks) may find familiar, but these are quite new to the local audience.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Skin and Bones show 5 The Devil

The final act of Skin & Bones stars ‘The Devil’, who brings to the show a few death-defying tricks.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Skin and Bones show 5 The Devil sword

Location: Pantages Hollywood Theater
Presentation: ★★★★★
Horror Level: ★★☆☆☆


Opening Scaremony

This year’s Opening Scaremony is taking place in the New York zone for the first time.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony show Memorial service

A solemn service takes a grave turn when the Undertaker drops in, declaring that “there is no better place” after death.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony show Undertaker Summons Yumi

With his supernatural powers, the Undertaker summons Yumi, who breaks out of the coffin. The other innocent folks are transformed into this year’s icons of horror.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony show Icons appear

Declaring the event open, the icons quickly depart and the zone shifts into Death Fest, the deadliest death metal music festival of all time.

USS Halloween Horror Nights 9 Opening Scaremony show Death Trap transition

Given the location of this year’s stage, it can be quite hard to get a good view of the show. Those further behind will have to watch from the screen at the edge of the Death Fest zone.

While I’m not a fan of lengthy, draggy opening acts, I felt that this year’s show was a bit too abrupt, especially after the icons appear. The inherent drama of the icons’ entrance (and the event’s classic welcome liner, plus Power Glove) is lost, as the other characters from Death Fest also appear almost at the same time. I guess there is a need to quickly transit the zone into Death Fest mode, for crowd control and creative reasons.

Location: New York zone
Presentation: ★★★★☆
Horror Level: ★★☆☆☆


Halloween Horror Nights 9: Select Nights 27 Sep – 31 Oct

Prepare for the event: Get all the info here

You can get all essential info you need at my Halloween Horror Nights 9 Event Guide.

Get more HHN9 updates

More photos from the haunted houses will be published on my Instagram (@dejiki) and on this website as special features. Follow me on Facebook for updates.


Note: This is a developing story and more photos may be added. The review is based on the preview nights. Your experience at the park may vary, depending on dynamic park crowd conditions and creative adjustments.

Special Thanks to Resorts World Sentosa for the invitation to the HHN9 Previews.

Additional Photography by Giselle.


Halloween Horror Nights 9 (2019)
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Halloween Horror Nights 9 MEGA REVIEW
SURVIVAL GUIDE for Halloween Horror Nights 9
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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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6 Responses to Halloween Horror Nights 9 Review

  1. Roz September 25, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

    does not make for good lunchtime reading lol
    still excited tho!!

  2. Joe September 25, 2019 at 4:53 pm #

    How does this fare compared to HHN8 and HHN7 in your opinion? Keen to know as I’ve been in the RIP tour for HHN7 but totally missed out on HHN8 unfortunately.

    Also wanted to heat what’s your favorite house among the list above too! 🙂

  3. Jonathan Lai September 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm #

    Did you optimize the photos for web browsing? It’s taking a long time to load this article and the photos.

  4. Jassylyn September 29, 2019 at 10:36 pm #

    On YouTube, certain youtuber actually hate spirit dolls, saying they repeat a lot.
    I know everyone has their views but seem like he isn’t really keen on giving a good review.

    Death fest seem to be missing something.. it doesn’t bring horror much.

    USS should start adding more haunted house.
    I see few areas which has potential of having house
    Example is the mummy ride opposite.
    The space isnt been use at all
    They should reuse the sting alley too.
    So empty and nothing much is being use

    US has at least 10 houses.
    5 is kinda small.

    The mummy area feel empty without any thing there

    • w October 1, 2019 at 12:10 am #

      The reason on why US has 10 houses (which only applies for Florida not Hollywood) is because of their bigger space than Universal Studios Singapore, which allows more room for expansion. USS is small and it has to reuse spaces. BTW, USS do not have enough indoor stage studios for haunted houses which is required for the making of other haunted houses.

  5. w October 1, 2019 at 12:10 am #

    The reason on why US has 10 houses (which only applies for Florida not Hollywood) is because of their bigger space than Universal Studios Singapore, which allows more room for expansion. USS is small and it has to reuse spaces. BTW, USS do not have enough indoor stage studios for haunted houses which is required for the making of other haunted houses.

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