Feel the Fear @ Nights of Fright 5, Sunway Lagoon – Malaysia’s Largest Festival of Fear

It’s night.

You’re in a theme park after hours.

A mist swirls around your feet, curling and uncurling like fingers. An eerie laugh cuts through the night air, sending chills down your spine. You round the corner and you meet..

A whole lot of nope.

As Jigsaw peddles towards you, you take a few steps back, turn, and run the other way, towards the exit. But as you approach the gates, you meet a figure. He closes in and… !

You let out a scream… but realise you’re not in a horror movie after all and you’re not doomed to some gory, impending death.

After all, it’s only Nights of Fright 5, Malaysia’s largest festival of fear – returning this Halloween to Sunway Lagoon to scare the living daylights out of patrons. 😀

Held throughout the month of October, the theme park comes to life (lol) after dark with various denizens of death: ghoulies and ghosties from both East and West. The gates of horror opened last weekend, and will remain open until the 31st. And they’ve got some pretty scary things in store for the brave (?) soul who dares to venture in.

Occult fans will know of Mexico’s infamous Isla de la Munecas, or Island of the Dolls – said to be haunted by restless spirits who make the hundreds, if not thousands, of dolls on the swampy island their home. Described as one of the ‘creepiest places on earth’, the bizarre collection began when the island’s owner, Don Julian, began collecting dolls to appease a little girl’s spirit who apparently drowned in the area. He was found drowned himself, 50 years later, in the very spot where the body was supposed to be found.

Well, you don’t have to travel all the way to Mexico to experience it, because Sunway Lagoon is bringing the island right to our doorstep, along with its residents.

If dolls aren’t your thing, then maybe a nice quiet seance and Ouija board game with the folks over at the abandoned attic of Mr E J Bond Esquire’s home.

Walk the tightrope between life and death at Day of the Dead in 3D, as you make your way through the darkness, illuminated by the occasional eerie glow from masked souls. Be careful though – you never know when they might want some company in the realm of the dead.

Fast forward to the year 2147, to a world of Dystopia: overrun with squalor, human misery, oppression, disease and overcrowding. The hospital plays host to crazy doctors performing grisly human experiments, while monstrosities and ghosts of the past haunt its hallways.

They even got Silent Hill to loan them some nurses.

Lol kidding.

If you’re up to some badassery, explore the iconic Ghostbusters Firehouse HQ and kick some ghost ass. Not literally of course. Touch not the ‘ghosts’ and they won’t touch you. Other infamous ghost locations include the Aldridge Mansion and Seward Street Subway, recreated to a tee.

Some local flavour is in order, and they have the Pontianak vs Pocong, a bloody affair of a lover returning as a Pontianak (vampire) and an unfaithful husband as a Pocong (a Malay version of a zombie) – seeking what is rightfully theirs in a classic battle of evil vs evil (this was the movie they should have made instead of Sadako vs Kayako!)

Fangirl to your favourite horror movie characters of all time (just don’t ask for an autograph) at Horrorwood Studios, where you’ll meet iconic greats like Freddy from a Nightmare on Elm Street, and Michael Myers from Halloween. They’ll even walk you down the red carpet, complete with large Oscar statues, velvet rope barriers and lights over at the Horrorwood Boulevard! 

And of course, it wouldn’t be a screamfest/fear festival without the perennial favourite – zombies. Survive the Zombie Apocalypse maze where the undead are always on the ready to tear you apart and drag you down.

Aside from the above mentioned places, there will be a total of 8 Haunted Houses5 Scare Zones11 Thrill Rides and 4 Show Stages, including attractions such as the Forest of Fear and Judgment Lane (modeled after the demolished Pudu Jail). Join the parade at March of the Undead, where characters walk about in haunting yet beautiful makeup and costumes, decorated with Mexican paper flags and large puppet processions.

Nights of Fright 5, presented by Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, runs from Fridays til Sundays until Oct 31. Doors open at 730PM til late and entrance is strictly for those aged 12 years old and above. Tickets are priced at RM64 per pax.

For more details, visit: NOF5. 

Dare you?

Read last year’s experience here: Nights of Fright 4 

Nights of Fright 4 @ Sunway Lagoon

Do you spook easy? 

All the more reason to face your fears at Nights of Fright 4, Sunway Lagoon‘s annual screamfest held every October in conjunction with Halloween. For the entire month, the usually fun theme park turns into a house of horrors come nightfall, with ghosts and ghouls prowling the streets and creepy things at every corner.

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C and I went for the launch recently, where we got to try out the entire park and its attractions ! It was a bad idea to wear makeup (really hot, stuff was melting off my face. I guess I looked even scarier than the ghouls) and platform boots (which made it hard for me to run haha) but I came from work so there was no time to change.

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A total of eight haunted houses and six scare zones await, each with a different ‘theme’ – from zombies and Chinese vampires to graveyards and the foggy streets of London. Not all of them were available for the preview, but it was more than enough for us that night!

The main area has lots of Halloween-y props like Jack-O-Lanterns, creepy hands and figurines, and of course, actors dressed up in bloody costumes or toting axes, cleavers and chainsaws.

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Like this guy. I think we can be good friends. He hissed at me – for some reason he smelled like garlic.

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Since it was media preview night, there were small stalls with free snacks and drinks – all with funky names like Green Slime, etc. Loved these cutesy chocolate balls made to look like Tim Burton’s Jack from the Nightmare Before Christmas, and pumpkin heads.

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Aside from the scare zones and haunted houses, guests are also allowed to ride on the dry theme park rides, such as the 180 degree Pirate Ship (wanted to go on, but afraid of puking), a water slide, the Merry Go Round and more. What a steal !

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They tell me not to feed the trolls… but I-scream is made to be shared.

Sorry. Ignore my lame-ness.

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We passed through the London Fog area, which is inspired by old Victorian era London and Jack the Ripper. The street was installed with some sort of machine that billowed out clouds of fog – so it was difficult to see. Jigsaw made a surprise visit, and some pretty, ghastly pale chicks in corsets were also hanging around.

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Our first stop was the Horrorwood Studios. We went in a group of eight.

Protip on surviving Malaysian horror houses – always walk at the back, coz the actors only scare the people in front. xD

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Bloody baby doll, candles, skulls, scorpions – all the ingredients needed for a scary occult ritual/ fortune telling session.

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Me as a mom. lol.

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These people were prowling the theme park throughout the night.

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Didn’t manage to take pictures of the other horror houses we went into because was too busy enjoying them xD But I did go in the Malaya High School, a school-themed haunted house with crazed students and screaming teachers with chainsaws, as well as Diyu, the Journey through Judgement which was an outdoor section done to look like a trip through the different Chinese levels of hell. My favourite attraction was the Chaonei No.81, where participants had to wear 3D glasses and the inside was filled with scary glow-in-the-dark masks and masked actors.

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Doors open at 7.30pm and the final ‘show’ is at 11.15pm.

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Tickets are priced at RM58 per pax, which is well worth it in my opinion. Ticketing and more info at  sunwaylagoon.com/nof4/. Happy Haunting! 

*photos not watermarked are courtesy of Sunway Lagoon.