The Halloween costume of the year should be a hazmat suit. Even the organisers of the enormously popular Halloween Horror Nights Singapore got spooked by Covid-19 this year and cancelled the event.
But don’t let the virus take the fun out of Halloween. Here are 8 real-life and virtual events that’ll give you an excuse to bust out your Dracula or sexy nurse costume once again.
|Halloween Fun For Everyone||$66 (adult 13-59)
$58 (child 4-12)
$43 (senior 60 and above)
|ArtScience on Scream||Free with online pre-booking|
|Deep Boo Sea at S.E.A Aquarium||$32 (Mon/Tue or 9-11am entry on Sat/Sun/PH)
$35 (entry after 11am on Sat/Sun/PH)
|ACM After Dark||Free, except for selected activities|
|“CRANEUM” – A Halloween Experience @ NIDO||Free except for
True Ghost Stories:
$30 for Crane Members
$35 for non-members
Tarot Card Experience with Lady Lion
$18 for short session
$28 for detailed session
|SAFRA Punggol Halloween Myths Come to Life||Free|
|Devilishly Delicious Halloween||$88++ per adult
50% off for children aged 6-11
Free for kid below 6 with every paying adult
|Halloween on the Hill at Dempsey||$100|
Halloween Fun For Everyone
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Bert, Elmo and Cookie Monster are all dressed up to meet you in your Halloween best… Think you can outshine them with your outfit? Join our weekly costume contest on Instagram – you may just be our next winner! To participate: 1. Snap a photo of yourself in your Halloween costume at RWS (review costume guidelines here: bit.ly/rwscostumeguidelines) 2. Post it on Instagram, #HalloweenFunatRWS, follow and tag @rwsentosa 3. Make your account public 4. Winners will be notified via DM — #universalstudiossingapore #halloween #sesamestreet
Where? Universal Studios Singapore
Are you a Halloween Horror Nights diehard who’s been faithfully heading to Universal Studios every year? Turns out you don’t have to hang up your vampire’s cape this year, as the USS is still organising a Halloween Fun For Everyone event till Nov 1.
So put on your costume and try not to get mistaken for one of the park’s mascots as you trick-or-treat your way around USS’s most beloved zones. You might even bump into one of the Minion Monsters. Candy Ambassadors will be circulating throughout the park doling out sweets and posing for photos.
There are two promotions at the moment. Book online, pay with a Maybank card and you can get an off-peak one-day ticket usable on Thursdays to Sundays as well as a free $5 retail voucher and Invites Membership for $70. Or pay with MasterCard and you get an adult ticket, a free $5 meal voucher and a USS 10th Anniversary Towel at $81.
ArtScience on Scream
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Get your spook on in our October issue of ̶S̶c̶r̶e̶e̶n̶ Scream Zine as we present a graphic guide to the visual and academic legacy of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. This issue has Caligari reimagined in the context of Asian historical folklore by four local artists, an experimental essay tracing 100 years of pop culture iconography from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and a quick-fire interview with Lekker Architects founders and authors of Horror And Architecture, Joshua Comaroff and Ong Ker-Shing, as they take on the Caligarian legacies hidden in buildings. So much to love! Read the full issue here: http://ow.ly/b0Gr50BNSyC or click on our stories for the link! #ArtScienceonScreen #ArtScienceMuseum #horror
Where? ArtScience Museum and online
Till Nov 6, the ArtScience Museum is screening classic film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, which some say is the first horror film ever made. The special event also includes a curated series of short films by David Lynch, whose unsettling works Mulholland Drive and Blue Velvet are totally Halloween-appropriate.
Visitors who prefer to stay at home safe from the clutches of Covid-19 can opt for a musical presentation complete with ghoulish live-streamed music, part of the museum’s ArtScience Late at Home programme, or embark on a virtual tour of the museum’s past exhibitions.
The live event is free if you pre-book online.
Deep Boo Sea at S.E.A Aquarium
Where? S.E.A Aquarium
Till Nov 3, celebrate Halloween under the sea as the S.E.A. Aquarium showcases some of its most menacing-looking marine animals.
Kids can also trick-or-treat at the aquarium and embark on a treasure hunt for lost pearls at Deep Boo Sea. What’s more, the best-dressed visitors stand a chance to win prizes.
Book tickets online and get a day pass to the aquarium for just $32 to $35 rather than $41, plus a free Halloween Mask. Meanwhile, children get to enter at just $27 rather than $30. Book with MasterCard and you get a bonus mystery gift in addition to the discount.
ACM After Dark
Dracula’s got nothing on pontianaks and Chinese “jiang si” vampires, amirite? For a regional scare, log in to the Asian Civilisations Museum’s free online event, ACM After Dark: Heroes and Villains, which will be launched on Oct 31. You’ll discover a hodgepodge of some of Asia’s most compelling characters.
Just because the event is online doesn’t mean there won’t be hands-on activities. Details haven’t been released yet, but ACM has hinted that craft tutorials will be on the programme.
“CRANEUM” – A Halloween Experience @ NIDO
Where? Crane, 46 Kim Yam Road #01-05/06/07 The Herencia Singapore 239351
Craving some human contact? You’ll find it at this series of events on Oct 31 at Crane, a social space that hosts workshops, events and courses throughout the year.
They’re organising some free drop-in events including a kids’ face painting session, a creepy photo booth, a session of board game Mysterium and a kids’ halloween art jam. Reserve a ticket here.
There are some paid events going on that day as well, including True Ghost Stories, a free-form event that involves workshops, readings, storytelling and an open dialogue revolving around spooky experiences. Each session will involve no more than 10 people and each ticket entitles you to a beer, wine or soft drink.
Another paid event going on that evening is Tarot Card Experience with Lady Lion, where the cards will offer you some personalised insight into the future.
SAFRA Punggol Halloween Myths Come to Life
Where? Online, SAFRA Punggol
From Oct 17 to 24, participate in a range of family-friendly online activities courtesy of SAFRA Punggol. The events will be published on SAFRA Punggol’s Facebook page.
These include a Magical Braided Keychain Workshop, a Taverns Special Concoction Workshop where you’ll learn how to make your own (non-alcoholic) brews, and a Mystical Storytelling session.
You can also enjoy a virtual visit to a haunted house while solving a mystery about why mystical creatures are coming back to life, and participate in an online Halloween costume competition.
Want to show up in person at SAFRA Punggol? SAFRA members can pre-register to pick up a Halloween goodie bag on Oct 17 or 18. There’ll also be Halloween-themed live activities at the club’s bowling alley and archery centre on Oct 24.
Devilishly Delicious Halloween
Celebrate Halloween in style at The Line, Shangri La Hotel’s buffet restaurant. They’ll be serving a Halloween themed buffet dinner on Oct 31 featuring 88 dishes, including desserts with names like Haunted Forest, Spooky Backyard and Worms Pot.
Forget the saying “a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips”, for even as terrifying as that might sound, it’s worth plucking up the courage to gorge yourself on their sumptuous seafood platters, sashimi sets and smorgasbord of Lebanese, Thai, Indian, Cantonese and Singaporean dishes. Book a table with fellow foodies and have an Instagram-worthy and fun feast together.
Till Oct 31, you can also place orders for artisanal sweet treats that look adorably spooky at Shophouse by Shangri-La for your home party.
Halloween on the Hill at Dempsey
Where? Loewen Road, Dempsey Hill
Climbing up Dempsey Hill without a car can indeed be quite a scary experience. Local tour guide Jane and her psychic friend Dani are organising a night-time walking tour that’ll take you through some of Singapore’s paranormal hotspots in the Dempsey area.
Their tour on Oct 30 is fully booked but they are currently planning a second session.
You’ll start off the tour with some liquid courage, as a glass of wine, cheese and snacks are included in the price of the ticket. With Dani’s guidance and mediumship tools, you might be able to communicate with some of the area’s otherworldly residents as you explore the former military barracks on Dempsey Hill.
What are you doing this Halloween? Share your plans in the comments!