Left to me, the haunted houses for Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) would all look like square blocks with triangular roofs. Thankfully we have Entertainment’s Joseph Ng to design this year’s haunted houses Mati Camp and Jack’s 3-Dementia. I trailed Joseph as he went about juggling different projects, including the RWS Suite at Singapore’s night race, Chinese New Year décor and of course HHN.
For this assignment, I was able to visit a place outside the Resort (for once!). Joseph’s team was involved in designing RWS’s invitation-only suite at Singapore’s night race so we made a visit to the RWS Suite to make sure things were installed as designed. I did my best to help by standing out of the way.
Next, we headed to a textile shop where the team gets its cloths for décor and props. We searched what we could use for Chinese New Year’s lantern, but ended up finding a suitable camouflage cloth for Mati Camp instead.
Then it was back to the Entertainment office in the Resort. The designers had a meeting about the props and designs for the next Chinese New Year which is the Year of the Sheep. They discussed about the merits of different sheep designs: masculine rams, fluffy sheep and an adorable, happy lamb. I interrupted the meeting by being overly excited about the cute lamb.
Joseph showed how they designed the sets on computers. There were precise measurements for every line in the file. He revealed some stage designs for upcoming events such as New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year. The most exciting file was the 3D rendering of Mati Camp, which I tried memorising so I know the path in the haunted house. I failed.
Our last stop was Mati Camp. We walked through the haunted house which was very creepy in daytime. Construction of the house began in late June and the workers were putting the finishing touches when I visited. Even though the set of Mati Camp was new, every detail needed to be made to look old since the house represented an abandoned building. I rubbed my fingers on one of the props and found rust-like smudges on my hand.
When I left Joseph at 6pm, his work day hasn’t ended. When it comes to events such as Halloween Horror Nights, he
sometimes stay throughout the night to ensure the installation of the set pieces are done properly.
After seeing the behind-the-scenes of creating a HHN house, I have more appreciation for the houses and see them as more than places for me to scream and run.
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