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Nightmares Manila opens horror-themed café in Parañaque

By Kara Santos Published Oct 28, 2020 4:12 am Updated Oct 28, 2020 4:33 am

A spooky cafe opened in Parañaque City this month. Horror fans who live in the area might want to check it out in time for Halloween.

Nightmares Café is a part of Nightmares Manila, a haunted attraction that was set to open this year. It’s the second branch of the horror house, Asylum Manila, which opened in Quezon City in 2019.

While the two main walkthrough horror houses are still closed due to general community quarantine restrictions, the café in Paranaque, which serves affordable silog meals, milk tea, chicken wings, tacos, and more, opened to the public last Oct. 3.

In a photo posted on their Facebook account, servers dressed as zombie Japanese schoolgirls posed with an array of dishes, aptly named Voodoo Burger, Batibat Burger, Manananggal Tacos, Dwendes Classic, and more.

The service was to die for.

The cafe, which is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Mondays to Saturdays (closed on Sundays), is located on the ground floor of the Nightmares Manila building at Goodwill 2 Subd. Brgy. BF Homes Parañaque, near the SLEX Sucat Interchange and – aptly enough – Loyola Memorial Park.

In response to inquiries whether the horror houses would be open for Halloween this year, Asylum Manila said, “We are hoping and praying the health situation will improve in Metro Manila and once amusement businesses are allowed to open again then we are ready to open our doors again to all our fans!”

“We are also ready to open our second branch ‘Nightmares Manila’ located in Paranaque. We hope this will happen soon but lets be patient and supportive of each other, God Bless Us All!” the post added.

Nightmares Café.

The attraction also posted a video of the new health and safety protocols to expect once they are allowed to operate, featuring zombies and monsters wearing face shieds and face masks.

New guidelines include physical distancing – which limits the number of visitors who enter the horror house at a time – wearing of face masks and face shields “for zombie protection,” and constant disinfection of high-touch areas.

In the video, they shared, "Our staff and monsters regularly wash their hands to ensure you have a safe visit!"

Well, that's good to know.

Aside from the café, Nightmares Manila will have five floors of spooky fun, including two haunted house areas, several escape rooms, zombie paintball, photo booths, and souvenir shops.

Zombie Assault is a shooting gallery activity that will allow guests to shoot at live zombie actors (really?!), along with props, and targets.

According to the official description on their website, “What could be more fun than killing a bunch of zombies with your friends! Experience what it’s like to be in a zombie apocalypse when a horde of invading zombies attack our local Barangay, will you be able to save the day?”

Another notable attraction advertised on their website is a “Behind the Scenes Tour” where visitors can get a sneak peek at what it’s really like working at a haunted attraction.

“You and your friends will have a guided tour with the lights on through all of our attractions, see how everything works, meet the actors, and have a monster makeup tutorial. A great educational experience for students and curious horror fans.”

(Images from Nightmares Manila)