Can a first timer survive the Museum of Horrors?
I would have never volunteered to enter a haunted house. But thanks to peer pressure from the rest of my Youth.SG team, I grudgingly dragged my feet to the Museum of Horrors, organised by *SCAPE.
My aversion towards horror began after 12-year-old me watched Coraline, a dark fantasy horror film about a parallel universe where people had buttons as eyes. I remember hiding under my blankets at night in the months that followed.
You can thus imagine my horror to find out that the first haunted house I was entering would be following the theme of an eerie doll factory.
THERE WERE BLOODY DOLLS LYING AROUND THE HOUSE.
Before entering the Museum of Horrors, I got my Youth.SG "bodyguards" to surround me – two in front, two by my side, and two behind me.
Breathe, Angela, breathe.
I was engulfed in darkness the moment I stepped foot in the room. Barely a few steps in, I was greeted by a hooded figure making loud noises with an oil canister in his hand. Argh, jump scares!
After several terrifying moments being trailed by the hooded figure, and reminding myself that this was just a human being in costume and makeup, I calmed down a little.
SKELETONS AND BODY PARTS WERE A COMMON SIGHT.
There were seven chambers in the haunted house to support the back story of a deranged doll maker who captures living beings and turns them into undead dolls preserved for eternally.
Though the rooms were differentiated by the variety of props and coloured lighting, I had difficulties connecting the story line to the rooms I entered.
ONE OF THE SEVEN ROOMS WAS MADE TO LOOK LIKE
A GRAVEYARD FILLED WITH VENGEFUL SOULS.
Still, a few of the rooms got my heart beating excessively.
One of the scariest rooms was what I presumed to be the Doll Showroom, the highlight of the haunted house.
It was creepy enough to see doll girls with long, black hair draped over their faces, but that was not all. When they revealed their faces, they were wearing scary looking masks!
Another room that sent chills down my spine was the Darkness Maze. It lived up to its name – the maze was pitch black and I did not see body parts dangling across the narrow tunnel until I was smacked in the face by a bloody foot. Gross!
BODY PARTS WERE DANGLING FROM THE CEILING.
PHOTO CREDITS: *SCAPE
Overall, with scare actors who were in their roles, the jump scares and sound effects made my heart skip a beat. The makeup, thankfully, was not too over-the-top, which made the experience "newbie friendly".
For first timers who are seeking just a little thrill, the Museum of Horrors is the place to be. But as for me, I'm glad I can go back to keeping a safe distance away from haunted houses.
Head here to get your tickets for Museum of Horrors, before it's too late!