Spooky house at Ocean Park goes under water

Local | Jane Cheung and Charlotte Luo 13 Sep 2018

A first "underwater" haunted house will be among the 11 spooky attractions Ocean Park has planned for this year's Halloween Fest between October 5 and 31.

The new attraction - "Dark Waters" - will take visitors to the deepest parts of the ocean to explore a mysterious laboratory as they search for missing scientists.

Joel Brett Talacko, the park's Halloween show director, reminded guests that they should be prepared to get slightly wet as they will walk through a foggy pathway full of clammy seaweed.

The park has another haunted house feature that is based on an abandoned hospital with a spine-tingling twist, as visitors have to use a torch to explore the wards, clinics and operating rooms.

During the walk, the torches will flicker, vibrate and make sounds to hint at nearby ghosts and will trigger surprise encounters with dead patients.

"Guests may think that holding a torch will reduce their fright levels, but the scenes will in fact respond to the torches, providing an ultimate dark exploration experience for them," events and entertainment director Eva Au Yeung Yee-wah said.

The park also has other haunted attractions featuring multimedia and interactive elements, including a Halloween version of the virtual reality mine train, which was first VR roller coaster in Hong Kong when it was launched last year.

Ocean Park will not launch any haunted houses requiring guests to lie down on a machine in its Halloween Fest this year, as a 21-year-old man died after hitting his head on a machine last year.

Asked if the park removed the machine from this year's Halloween Fest to prevent the re-occurrence of similar unfortunate events, Au said haunted house designs won't be similar to the previous year.

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