Oct 17 2011

Halloween, Singapore-style

Published by at 5:09 pm under Events

Life in multi-cultural Singapore means that holidays often overlap. I hope you get lots of rest mid-week on the Deepavali public holiday because the days that follow are packed with Halloween activities. Since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, most of the activities take place the weekend before.

The one time you'll scream at Sentosa

The one time you'll scream at Sentosa

Sentosa Island’s innocuous attractions have been taken over by creepy creatures from Asian folklore for the “Sentosa Spooktacular”.  You can walk the haunted trails from 19:00 to 23:00 on October 21, 22, 28, 29, and 30 and tickets cost S$39.90. Also on Sentosa is “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios — the theme park will be crawling with zombies and have six special scary rides. Tickets cost S$60 (S$48 if you visited during the day or are staying at a Resorts World Hotel) and you can check out this brand new event after dark on October 21-23 and 27-30.

The Singapore Flyer is also getting ghouled up for Halloween for “FrightFest” on October 28, 29, and 30. The garden beneath the giant wheel will be transformed into a graveyard with Chinese and Malay ghosts and admission is a steal at S$25 (that’s lower than the regular price for a spin on the Flyer). Book now because it’s already sold out for Saturday night!

If your favourite part of Halloween is scary movies, check out the “Horrorthon” at Golden Village Cinema Plaza Singapura on Orchard Road. They’ll be playing three horror movies back-to-back starting at 19:00 on October 28 and tickets cost S$35 including unlimited popcorn and soda.

Singapore's best Halloween parties require ID

Singapore's best Halloween parties require ID.

Most of the popular nightclubs are having their Halloween themed parties on Saturday, October 29. There’s “Rites & Rituals” at Zouk, “Horrorplex” at St James Power Station, “Helloween” at Attica, “Us Against the Sound” at Home Club, and “War Zone” at dbl O.  You can avoid the cover charge by dressing in full costume and arriving before midnight, but a beer still costs S$12.

If you prefer something a little more laid back, start working on that Edward Scissorhands costume for the Tim Burton-themed “Nightmare Before Halloween” party at Krish Restaurant & Bar.  It starts at 20:30 on Saturday, October 29, and tickets cost S$25 including your first drink.  The popular new live music venue TAB is hosting a “Rockstars! Wanted Dead or Alive” show on October 29 and you expect at least one zombie Amy Winehouse costume and Halloween cocktails.

Not a bad spot for some trick-or-treating...

Not a bad spot for some trick-or-treating...

While Halloween is celebrated in Singapore, one tradition that has not caught on at all is trick-or-treating. If you’re in Singapore with the kids, head to Candylicious at Resorts World Sentosa on October 30 from 15:00–18:00 for free candy and chocolate.

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