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Press Release: Sentosa headhunters seeking real ghosts for Halloween

Posted on 12 September 2012

No friendly ghosts will be seen in Sentosa this year due to the overwhelming backlash against foreign talent.

Singapore, 7 September 2012 ― In the face of growing competition for the Halloween space in Singapore, Sentosa is upping the ante with its most pragmatic call to action ever. As Asia’s leading leisure destination, Sentosa is on the hunt for job-seeking spirits to make their signature event, Sentosa Spooktacular, the most realistic and scariest to date.

Long reputed for its tales of haunting incidents, Fort Siloso will, for the first time in Singapore’s Halloween history, house this year’s Horror Trails. According to urban folklore, the island’s dark history of battles and death has generated stories of Asian ghouls seen wandering around Fort Siloso’s tunnels and colonial buildings. Species such as the Pontianak (Malay female ghost), Chinese Ghost Bride (a Chinese female dressed in the bridal gown she has died in), Orang Minyak (to mean ‘oily man’ in Malay; also a cursed individual who feeds on youth to sustain his dark powers), Headless Ghost and others have populated the island in the dead of the night.

However, there has never been any evidence of such spirits, even when expert ghost seekers came looking for them. Nevertheless, it has made Fort Siloso a place only those with the strongest fortitude would venture at night. This year, for its Halloween event, Sentosa is attempting to inject some truth to urban legends.

Tactically-timed recruitment advertisements by Sentosa Spooktacular in newspapers were put out today, which will be followed by job postings on online job portals and on other social media platforms including LinkedIn over the weekend, in an attempt to recruit genuine spirits to spice up Fort Siloso’s Halloween offerings. Sentosa hopes to hire more than 200 ghosts to participate in their biggest and scariest Halloween event this year. [Refer to Annex for recruitment advertisement]

“We don’t know if there are any real ghosts out there looking for jobs. However, if there are, we are determined to find them with the help of our partners, contacts and the media. If the public spots any potential supernatural beings that they think are right for us during this time, they may also email us the sighting, and we’ll send our team of experts to recruit the ghosts,” said Mr. Jimmy Wong, Events Director, Sentosa Leisure Group.

Sentosa has listed two main criterias for applicants interested in the job. The applicants must be Asian, as the signature of Sentosa Spooktacular has always been to feature spirits that locals are more familiar with, and that they must have been medically certified as deceased.

Those who are interested in joining the Sentosa Spooktacular team may submit their applications and resumes to SentosaSpooktacular’s human resource department at [email protected].

Editor’s note: We received this letter from Sentosa’s PR team and thought it was too good not to publish in full. 

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