While waiting for Halloween Horror Nights 4 to begin at Resorts World Sentosa, check out these fun-filled activities.

The doors to Halloween Horror Nights 4 only open when dusk descends. But while you wait for evening and brace yourself to be petrified, there’s also much to explore in areas in the vicinity of Universal Studios Singapore.

Just a stone’s throw away from the theme park is the Trick Eye Museum at Resorts World Sentosa. Opened earlier this year, the three-dimensional art gallery offers a plethora of paintings and optical illusion installations.

The first overseas venture of the renowned South Korean gallery, the museum incorporates more than 50 pieces of artwork with a Singaporean flair. This includes pieces such as the Merlion Boat and Horse Racing. There’s also a sculpture of a giant baby at the entrance of the museum. In addition, the venue contains popular art pieces replicated from the originals.

Featuring 2D and 3D art as well as sculptures, the works are designed to allow visitors to perceive three-dimensional scenes in photographs.

Surrender to your imagination as you navigate through six distinctly themed zones – World Of Materpieces, Safari Kingdom, Stars Of Circus, Dreams Of Fairytale, Love In Winter and Adventure Discovery – that provide plenty of photo opportunities.

Over at Safari Kingdom, you can pose with various paintings of marine life that create an underwater feeling in photos. This zone also provides visitors with an opportunity to “hang” upside-down from a ceiling and escape the attack of a gigantic venomous “snake”. There’s also a painting that looks as if one is trying to escape from the mouth of a monstrous man-eating fish.

The Dolphin Discovery programme at Dolphin Island provides visitors with an interactive and informative experience.

Other zany attractions include a sculpture that allows visitors to look as if they are skydiving, and a really cool three-walled room that creates an optical illusion whereby one person looks humongous while the other seems minute.

But for those who would rather look demure for their Facebook profile picture, there is also a good selection of sculptures that evoke a sense of romanticism. These include installations modelled after a Korean actor (at Love In Winter) and a quirky ballerina (at Stars of Circus).

After you’ve explored the place, make your way to Marine Life Park’s Dolphin Island. Get up close and personal with Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins under the watchful eye of their experienced trainers.

Its Dolphin Discovery programme takes place in shallow waters and caters for all ages and even non-swimmers.

Back at Universal Studios Singapore, rides such as Revenge Of The Mummy and Transformers: The Ride are sure to get the adrenaline pumping.

Or perhaps you would like to kick back instead of scream your lungs out at the theme park. Then check out the venue’s brand new stage shows – The Dance For The Magic Beans and When I Grow Up. The former features Shrek’s Puss In Boots and his partner Kitty Soft Paws breaking some serious dance moves. At the latter, you can relax in the plush Pantages Hollywood Theater as you catch Big Bird and his Sesame Street friends singing about their hopes and dreams.

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