The Night Safari will not be holding anymore Halloween Horrors. For the latest Halloween events and parties in Singapore, please check out: http://www.passportchop.com/asia/singapore/2012-halloween-party-events-videos/
The results for the PassportChop.com’s Oct 2010 Night Safari Halloween Horrors tickets contest is out! Congrats to Ming Hui for the most creative entry – it was a close fight between the “love your life” comment and yours but you edged out the competition with your unconventional approach to the Night Safari Halloween Horrors – instead of planning to scare yourselves with this visit; instead you adopted a rather morbid lifestyle approach to this event at the Night Safari.
Congrats again and enjoy your time at the Night Safari Halloween Horrors. For a preview of what Night Safari Halloween Horrors package is like, check out our experience in 2009 below and our recent visit to 2010 Night Safari Halloween Horrors.
Night Safari Halloween Horrors
Having explored the dark realm of abandoned villages, hospitals and cemeteries during the Hungry Ghost Festival, we decided to take on a similar morbid challenge for the Halloween season and there is no better place to do it than by embarking on the Night Safari Halloween Horrors tour.
Every October, the Singapore Night Safari opens up to visitors, a hidden section of its safari (the Gate of the Neverland) where creatures of darkness roams and hunts for food. Visitors can explore this section from the safety of a guided train ride. This special train ride, available only during this October Halloween period, takes a detour from the normal animal sightseeing ride to bring you into the depth of the Neverland.
Just a warning before you continue reading, some of the pictures can be quite gruesome. So if you are up for it, read on…
Even before embarking on the Train of Horror to the Neverland, you will encounter some of the lost souls wandering around the foodcourts, souvenir shops and ticketing counters. Some of them looked like characters from bedtime stories gone wrong (see pictures below) e.g. Tinman from Wizard of Oz with his exposed heart (which I had to molest :-)), Cinderella with a serious head injury (apparently someone had struck her head with her own glass slipper).
There are 2 other characters in this picture. Do you recognize them from any of the fairy tales or bedtimes stories you heard? Let me know in the comment box.
Night Safari Train of Horrors & Gate of Neverland
Having survived the gauntlet of gruesome characters outside, we proceeded for our Night Safari Train of Horrors. The queue was scary, in terms of the number of people queuing up (waiting time: >25 minutes) and also the scary creatures lurking amongst the queue. Be on the alert because you never know who might be sitting beside you while you are queuing.
You will still get to see nocturnal animals going about their daily business during this special Train of Horrors ride. For the first 45 minutes, you will see elephants, giraffes, tapirs and a variety of birds and animals, albeit with a twist in the guide’s commentary. She will tell you in gruesome details on the various way how these animals could injure or kill when provoked e.g. trample, pierce, crush. No flash photography is allowed here (could blind the animals) – you will be reprimanded by the guide or worse, what she said about the animals killing you could come true!
For a preview of her eerie commentary, check out this video (not much to see but plenty to listen to – check out the flock of flamingos towards the end of the video)
Listen to the guide’s eerie laughter as we enter the Gate of the Neverland in the video below:
After the 45-minute ride, this Train of Horror takes a detour from the normal train route to the Gate of the Neverland. Here you can take all the flash photography and scream all you want – you will very likely do the latter as shadowy figures creep up the train and sit beside you!
Witness “victims” from previous train rides hanging on the trees and even the murder of a mermaid by the fishmonger (notice the giant hanging fish body?). You have been warned! This experience is not for the faint-hearted!
After the horrifying train ride, look out for more eerie characters hanging around the Night Safari compound. If you are hungry, go for the various food outlets around the safari – avoid the Dim Sum cart that roams the area unless you are into human head siew mai!
Watch out for vampires and mummies lying in wait, ready to pounce on you while you pose for some photos!
Night Safari Bridge of No Return
Besides the Train of Horror ride, you can also get up close and personal with more eerie characters by going on the Forest of Giants Trail where you will also find the Bridge of No Return – a short suspension bridge where the chinese vampires roam.
To register for this horrifying tour, check out: http://www.halloweenhorrors.com.sg/ for booking information and availability. Halloween Horrors activities are available only during October Friday and Saturday nights.
Night Safari Adult and Child ticket prices for the “Return of Halloween Horrors” are S$22 and S$11 respectively. To embark on the Train of Terror to the Gate of Neverland, top up another $13 and $7 respectively.
It is highly recommended to book your tickets online to avoid long queues at the Night Safari ticketing booth. Go as early as possible to save some time queuing for the train ride.
Anyone Hungry for some Dim Sum?
This Night Safari Halloween Horrors experience was sponsored by the Singapore Night Safari and facilitated by OMY.