Halloween

Guests get to be part of ghoulish splash at Ocean Park Hong Kong Halloween festivities this year

For HK$666, they can sign up to be costumed performers at the theme park event

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 September, 2016, 9:16pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 September, 2016, 10:10pm

Performers donning bloody masks and spooky costumes have long been the main draw for Ocean Park’s Halloween festivities, but this year visitors will have a chance to be part of the action along with the park’s top brass, with a tailor-made role-playing experience.

Starting October 2, visitors can sign up for the Dead Looker Workshop, a three-hour session which covers training, make-up and chances to perform in the park.

Veteran instructors from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts will guide participants on how to interact with visitors safely, while Hollywood make-up artists will transform ordinary faces into wacky ghouls to match their flashy outfits.

Joining the fun will be the theme park’s chairman Leo Kung Lin-cheng and his deputy Lau Ming-wai, the property tycoon who was appointed park vice-chairman in 2014.

Former chairman and flamboyant entrepreneur Allan Zeman, known for a variety of characters he had portrayed at the park’s Halloween festivities over the years, will also make a comeback appearance.

Participants will get to strut their stuff in two 10-minute performance stints at the park’s busy Waterfront Plaza.

Registration is available only online, and costs an “ominous” HK$666 – a playful nod to the devil’s number – excluding park admission. Quotas are limited to 10 people for each of the two daily sessions on Saturdays and Sundays.

“The quota was set to ensure that the scheme will not stretch the capacity [of backstage staff],” public affairs director Una Lau Yuk-min said.

Sales and marketing executive director Vivian Lee Ling-fung added the Halloween promotion caters mainly to Hongkongers, although the park has seen an increasing number of tourists from Taiwan and South Korea in recent months.