It is months from Halloween, but Ocean Park is already revealing its new plan for a fun festival. This year Ocean Park Halloween Bash will transform into the Republic of Halloween, and its inaugural ceremony was held last Thursday. Twenty of a planned total of 444 ghosts and ghouls showed up to give a foretaste of the spine-tingling performances to come. The actors put on a scary show with blood and bugs dropping from above. In a highlight, a ghost approached screaming members of the audience waving a blood-soaked arm at them. Allan Zeman, the park's chairman, stepped into the role of Emperor for the occasion. He signed HK$66.6 billion worth of Republic of Halloween currency coupons. 'Let's party!' he shouted. 'Ocean Park has an ever-increasing attendance record,' he later explained. 'Halloween Bash has become a strong brand for both local visitors and mainland and Southeast Asian holidaymakers.' Zeman said he expected the number of mainland visitors to Ocean Park for Halloween to increase this year. The park is launching an extensive promotional campaign in southern China. For the event's 11th anniversary, this year's festivities feature a record-breaking number of Halloween attractions at the park. These will include nine haunted houses. All-new attractions include Nightmare in 3D, a haunted house made life-like with the help of an audio-visual display and 3D technology. Ocean Park is also introducing early-bird tickets, with a 20 per cent discount granted for people coming for Halloween from September 23-25.