October brings with it one of the most fun festivals on the calendar: Halloween. Nowhere celebrates All Hallows Eve quite like it’s done in the US, but that’s not to say there aren’t any opportunities to don your vampire cape here in Singapore.
Halloween, Woodgrove Estate
Halloween would not be Halloween without ‘trick or treating’, so if traditional fun and festivities is what you’re looking for then head to Woodgrove estate, Woodlands, close to Singapore American School. Year on year, families of all ages and nationalities come out in the thousands dressed up in spooky attire, wandering from elaborately decorated home to home, with costumed residents ready to give out candy to those who come knocking. Enter their haunted houses if you dare!
The event is privately funded by the generous families of the Woodgrove estate. However, donation signs appear at houses to support the event’s security requirements and the annual event charity, so dig deep into your pockets. Revelry begins on October 31 at around 6pm and goes on until around 9pm.
Halloween Horror Nights 8, Universal Studios
If scaring yourself silly on what is tantamount to a horror movie set is more your scene then Halloween Horror Nights 8 at Universal Studios, Sentosa island, is for you. This one is not for the feinthearted, but due to its popularity is into its eighth year and promises to fill you with abject terror in its various haunted houses and scare zones. From roaming a post-apocalyptic planet earth to zapping zombies with laser guns, there’s a whole lot of fearful fun going on here between
October 27 and 31.
ACM After Dark
Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) After Dark Halloween night is back for another year! This time around the free family event, which the museum is hosting on October 27, is inspired by the supernatural beliefs and ancient traditions behind the elements; earth, wind, water and fire. There’s a packed agenda from 7-11pm featuring live performances, a movie screening, paranormal talks and activities, including ghost stories by the river, Halloween crafting and a themed mystery trail. Special prizes will be given to the three best-dressed ghouls!
Halloween by the Bay
Run, the zombies are coming! Halloween by the Bay is organizing a fun run and fun walk on October 27 at Gardens by the Bay. Participants can come dressed as their favorite beastie and amble around the 2.5km or 3km course, then at the end receive a pumpkin, the weight of which is determined by the distance covered. If you can make the extra 500 meters, you’ll go home with a 3kg pumpkin to carve! Families and individuals wanting to take it a little more leisurely, or have a costume so elaborate that they can barely move, have the option to join the fun walk Treasure Hunt.
Pulau Sibu Johor, Malaysia
Not so much running for your life as getting away from it all, Sea Gypsy Resort on Pulau Sibu, Malaysia, is putting on a day of beach fun with a Halloween twist on October 27. During the day the kids will be kept busy by carving out watermelon jack-o-lanterns, apple bobbing and face painting, then getting into costume for the treasure hunt. Once the sun goes down, it’s time for the grown-ups to come out dressed to kill and party into the night.
Bonnie Taylor, originally from London, moved to Singapore in 2014. She graduated with a BA in English Literature, an MA in Photography and, after ten years in the business sector, picked up her camera and started exploring. When she’s not wining and dining in exotic locations, she freelances as a photographer and writer.
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