Halloween, also known as All Hallows' Eve, is an annual festival that takes place around the world on October 31, the eve of the Christian feast of All Hallows. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In recent times the festival is celebrated with activities including dressing up in spooky costumes, trick-or-treating, apple bobbing, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns and lighting bonfires.
Spine-tingling new 3D effects aim to thrill
Halloween celebrations at Ocean Park have long been very popular with visitors. This autumn, the park will enhance its scary thrill effects by introducing something new: a 3D haunted house.
While holding its 'Halloween Bash' for the 11th consecutive year, Ocean Park has joined forces with the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong for 'Nightmare in 3D', a new attraction that will feature top-notch 3D computer graphics technology.
The park's haunted house will be the first in the world to use this technology.
As well as the usual scare attacks by actors dressed as ghouls, ghosts will also seem to leap out of mirrors and pictures mounted on walls. The 3D effects will give a new dimension to the haunted atmosphere.
'Our park has been advocating the local creative industry,' said Eva Au Yeung, the park's senior events and entertainment manager.
'As a local amusement park, we have incorporated many traditional haunted elements from our city's myths.
'By wearing 3D glasses, our visitors will see 'paper money' flying around or a lady in red chasing after them inside the 'Nightmare in 3D' haunted house.'
The Halloween bash will last from September 23 to October 31.
The park is offering 'early bird' tickets with a 20 per cent discount from September 23 to 25. In addition to the new 3D haunted house experience, the park will also have 24 other Halloween-style attractions and shows.
For more details, visit www.halloweenbash.com.hk