"Halloween Horrors" at Night Safari cancelled


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7 Jun 2011
SINGAPORE: Wildlife Reserves Singapore has decided to cancel its popular "Halloween Horrors" event at the Night Safari.

Students from Singapore Polytechnic, who've spent seven months organising "Halloween Horrors", said the abrupt cancellation of the annual event was unexpected.

They are disappointed but are taking the decision in their stride.

The students had conceptualised the theme, auditioned individuals and even designed the costumes.

Their involvement in "Halloween Horrors" is part of their final year project for their Diploma in Integrated Events and Project Management.

The polytechnic said the cancellation will not affect their grades.

Some 1,000 tickets were sold online for the month-long event, due to make its return for the sixth year on September 30.

Ticket holders will be refunded.

Night Safari's parent group, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said it is refocusing its energy on other events with an Asian focus, like a Deepavali festival in October.

Isabella Loh, Director & Group CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: "The successful launch of Moon Night which was attended by the President, marks the first of many Asian-themed festivities and family bonding events to be held at Wildlife Reserves Singapore parks.

"We are now staging a festival centered around Deepavali in October in our parks. This is a multi-cultural family event for all Singaporeans and tourists to join in. With our focus on Asian festivities, we have therefore decided to cancel Halloween in view of the clash in dates.

"The partnership with Singapore Polytechnic will now be directed to assisting us with the Deepavali event and we thank them for their continued efforts and support."

Lecturers at the polytechnic have requested for the students to have a last look at their work before it's taken down.

"It's a closure for this event, for them to move on. It's a learning experience for them as I would say, and for the students, to be able to say that okay, we have actually done a very good job," said Jacqueline Ho, lecturer at Singapore Polytechnic.

"Around 80 per cent of the work has been (completed) so far. We have done everything up to the point of rehearsal; we are only left with the execution of the event," said Kingsley Khng, a final year student at Singapore Polytechnic.

- CNA /ls

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1153138/1/.html