Brave the dark events
Universal Studios Singapore’s annual scare-fest returns for another year of terror. Brace yourself for five haunted houses, two scare zones and two nightmarish shows come dusk. The main star is The Curse of the Naga, an original haunted house created by the team behind Thai horror films Shutter and 4bia. And what’s Halloween without killer clowns, creepy dolls and a death metal procession of the macabre?
If the zombie game Left 4 Dead – and even the film Zombieland – has prepped you on defeating the undead, then sign up for Asia's first-ever zombie survival game IRL (sort of). This Halloween weekend, the National Stadium is turning into a post-apocalyptic Nerf Battleground where you can battle against other 'survivors' and ‘zombie-fied’ players, and track your progress in real-time. Since 2012, the immersive survivor-versus-zombie game experience has been making waves across Australia and America in multiple sell-out sessions.
Not your average Halloween – prepare to have your wigs snatched as RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Nina West and Thorgy Thor bring their frightening yet fierce show to Singapore. The duo is mixing the dark art of Halloween with the eleganza extravaganza of drag that will have you shook and spooked.
Put your brave face on as you face your darkest fears at The Cathay from October 16 to 20 and Cineleisure from October 23 to 27. Made of nightmares, both malls are set to be riddled with the blood-curdling tales from Asian folklore and horror films – think iconic antagonists from The Ring, Shutter and Dark Water, as well as the Pontianak and Chinese vampires. And while you navigate through the haunted house, scream if you need to but whatever you do, don't look back.
Calling all gals, guys and ghouls – Deliveroo Food Market invites all for a trick-or-treat this spooky season. With every order placed, customers are in for a complimentary surprise when they collect their meals in the automated cubbies. Whether it's a sweet treat or a scary surprise, only the spooks in the kitchen get to decide. If you're in for some horror flick, grab some snacks at Deliveroo Food Market and enjoy two hair-raising movie screenings: A Quiet Place (October 25) and Ouija: Origin of Evil (October 31).
Nothing gives us the heebie-jeebies like Asian supernatural beliefs. Taking inspiration from the famous 18th-century Chinese book Strange Tales, this year's annual Asian Civilisation Museum spookfest presents a slew of family-friendly activities, chilling performances and paranormal talks. Or amp up the scare-o-meter with an adults-only immersive experiential storytelling in the dark. But before you leave, be sure to make your own scary souvenir to take home, or have your fortunes drawn by local illustrators.
Sentosa's about to go from the State of Fun to the State of Terror as it gets spooky this Halloween. From mummified minions to Halloween themed cruise, there's something for ghouls, gals and guys of all ages. For the first time ever, Fort Siloso – the only preserved coastal fort in Singapore – is holding an outdoor movie screening on October 18, 19, 25 and 26. Grab some popcorn and enjoy films like The House with a Clock in Its Walls, MIB International, Happy Death Day and Happy Death Day 2U come night time.
Paint the town red(rum)
Join us for a night of chills, thrills and beer at KPO this Halloween. On October 31 from 7pm onwards, Time Out Singapore is teaming up with Connor’s Stout to bring you a spine-tingling party you won’t soon forget. We’re giving the former Killiney Post Office a spooky makeover shrouded in mist, mystery and ghoulish fun. Tempt fate by having your fortune read. Put your luck to the test and play Trick or Treat with us to win special prizes. Don your gothic best – Count Dracula, Bellatrix Lestrange or just throw on a Ghostface mask – and get your first pint on the house while stocks last. The most outstanding costumes of the night also stand to win $100 KPO vouchers and exclusive merch so come dressed to impress.
Get ready for spooky surprises and top-drawer beats at the city's hotter-than-hell nightclub. Wear your scariest face for the ultimate monsters ball as Cé La Vi teams up with London's award-winning Cirque Le Soir for the most insane Halloween party. For one night only, revellers can leave the real world behind and step into a fantasy realm curated by the wonderfully dastardly minds of the famed burlesque nightclub. Expect fire breathers, bold contortionists and exotic dancers supported by the spectacular progressive house and dance remixes of DJs Andrew Tang and MinGs.
This Halloween weekend, the gates of the Fright Safari open for those who dare enter. Enter the grounds at Zouk and Phuture and follow the thumping beats as they lead you further into the safari where the underground labs sit at Capital and RedTail. Prepare to come face-to-face with strange creatures, sinister park rangers, and if you're unlucky, the mad scientists seeking their next victim to experiment on. Don't miss Italian DJ and producer Giuseppe Ottaviani taking over the decks on Saturday to dish out some trance.
Grab your shopping basket – Bar Rouge is turning into a grim store filled with the finest, organic and raw food for the Rouge Ripper. The Rouge Ripper is also set to send shivers down your spine as he puts his freshest cut meats on display in the cold room. But beware – the Abominable Monster is also on the prowl and you might just end up being his next catch. Terrorising the space with killer tunes are resident DJs Kenneth Francis, Styluxtakut, Rattle and Fadille.
Brace yourself for a night of bizarre entertainment – à la the notorious Coney Island freak show – from an alluring magician and creepy clown dolls to provocative drag queens and sensual burlesque dancers. A Halloween party like no other, the Carnival of the Absurd embodies Lulu’s sensuousness eclectic character and adult humour in this multi-sensory experience.
Are dolls really that scary? There's only one way to find out. Knock on Bang Bang's Dollhouse and be greeted by a myriad of bedeviled marionettes and figurines. With inspirations from Mexico City's infamous Island of the Dolls to American supernatural horror film Amityville Dollhouse, the nightmarish dancefloor is guaranteed to be haunted by the likes of Annabelle and Chucky.
Get Juiced? More like Get Spooked as the cashless club transports you the Island of the Dolls based on an island in Mexico that's home to hundreds of dolls with severed limbs and decapitated heads. Legend has it that the caretaker of the island hung the dolls on trees around the island as a way to ward off the spirit of a little girl that drowned on the island years ago. If good ol' Annabelle can't scare you, then you're in for a treat – or trick. Serving up some monster mash-ups are Get Juiced resident DJs alongside guests DJ Tinc, Diamondback, Seph Ryans x San, 808Gong and more.
Rise up from the dead – Collective Minds transforming Tuff Club into a graveyard, crime scene, and other deathly settings for its very first Halloween bash. Celebrating the lives of passed icons like Prince, Michael Jackson, Aaliyah, Tupac, Biggie, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and more, DJs such as Rah, Senja and AKA Sounds are spinning an ethereal mix of tunes we've loved but never lost. Prepare to come in your best dead celeb impression or you won't be allowed in the cool club at all.
Unleash your inner scream queen at Kinki Restaurant + Bar this Halloween. Sink your fangs into a satisfying meal at the contemporary Japanese restaurant on level two decked with bear accents of the carnival theme. Then when you're all fueled up, brace yourself for the rooftop nightmare – you never what's lurking in every corner. But if nothing scares you, then continue the fright night with the groovy tunes of Eatmepoptart's weelikeme, KiDG, and Hedger.
Guess who comes out to play when the sun goes down? Dracula is leaving Transylvania for Pinball Wizard's very first Halloween bash. Come dress as your favourite vampire, from the strange-looking Nosferatu to the funny-looking Count Dracula (of Sesame Street fame), and challenge for the title of Pinball Wizard on the iconic Dracula pinball machine. Be sure to show off your fangs – the best dressed might just be rewarded with a bloody good treat.
Now, here's a place you can clown around – funny or scary, you decide. Don your craziest outfit and prepare to be served both tricks and treats at Nineteen80 during the Halloween weekend. Dance like It to beats courtesy of DJ Ollie'des, Andrew Chow, Fadille.
Don your fiercest outfit and let us hear you roar at Cé La Vi's Halloween shindig. This special Run CLV sesh gets a neon makeover on October 31, so come dress to glow as you unleash your inner party animal to energetic hip-hop beats.
Journey through hell with craft brewery Heart of Darkness as it transforms its taproom into a haunted house with an all dark beer tap takeover. But that's not all – get ready to be dragged to hell – aka Tanjong Pagar – as it teams up with popular bars in the neighbourhood including Nineteen80, Monarchy, Jekyll & Hyde, Junior and more for a week-long bloc party. Expect special Heart of Darkness Halloween shots, an assortment of Heart of Darkness beers on tap, and innovative cocktails shaken with craft beers from Heart of Darkness at the selected bars. And if you're feeling famished, Park Bench Deli is whipping up a special Heart of Darkness sandwich served alongside the Futile Purpose Cucumber Pilsner.
Wander through a haunted mansion terrorised by zombies at the two-storey Chinese heritage house along the river, Yin Bar & Lounge and Yang International Nightclub at The Riverhouse – just make sure you don't get bitten along the way to the top. From dusk till dawn, drop deadly moves to a mix of trap, EDM, and Top 40 hits. Daredevils can also try the Yin Bar & Lounge's exclusive Halloween cocktail, The Killah (pronounced as 'tequila'). Plus, the best-dressed reveller stand a chance to win a bottle of Padre Azul Blanco, an Austrian-inspired, Mexican-crafted super-premium tequila (worth $200) which features 100% blue agave known for its vanilla and caramel flavours – yum.
Enjoy some Halloween-exclusive tipples while soaking up the picturesque views from atop the National Gallery Singapore. Sip on Head Bartender Jorge A. Conde’s El Patrón, which consists of Black Tears Cuban Spiced Rum, Crème De Cacao, Italian Vermouth, and Salt and Citric Solution, alongside a selection of cocktails specially shaken by top bartenders throughout the region. Serving up party tunes is the Soul Vibes crew. Did we also mention an attractive prize for best dressed?
Komyuniti is celebrating its first birthday with some blood and gore – the fake kind, of course. Turned into a ghostly lair, the bar and restaurant at Yotel Singapore is serving rocking beats courtesy of Queen of Mashups 2018 finalist DJ FarahFarz, freaky bar games, spooky cocktails and bar bites. Costume not completed? Don't fret – there's a professional special effects make-up artist who will turn you into the living dead.
Walk down spooky lane
If exploring tombs is your kind of thing, get on a Bukit Brown walking tour by All Things Bukit Brown is a loose group of volunteers, promoting the heritage, habitat and history of Bukit Brown Cemetery.
Spooky stories Of course a cemetery more than 90 years old would have some tales to tell. There are many stories about pontianaks haunting the place and sightings of wandering spirits, perhaps of those who are buried there so if you're up to meet some spooky characters...
Although it's known for being a sleepy town in the corner of Singapore, Changi has a rich history that goes way back to the days of World War II. Hop on an informative tour with the award-winning group, Journeys.
Spooky stories Where do we begin? Changi's home to Singapore's most haunted place – Old Changi Hospital. The place might be a hotel now but it had been abandoned for a long time and known to be haunted those who died there when it was a wartime hospital. Just down the road is Changi Beach where the Sook Ching massacre happened.
Opened in 1937, this weird and wonderful park was named after its owners, Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, the brothers who made their fortune from the acclaimed cure-all ointment Tiger Balm (it’s also known as Tiger Balm Gardens). The park also holds Twilight Tours every Friday night to amp up the scare factor.
Spooky stories While not exactly paranormal, the highlight is the Ten Courts of Hell (responsible for childhood nightmares for generations of Singaporeans) where small-scale tableaux show human sinners being punished in a variety of hideous and bloodthirsty ways – in extremely gory and graphic detail. It’s a safe bet that you will never see anything like it anywhere else.
Explore the many nooks and crannies of Fort Canning Park and its many colonial-era relics, learn more about the paramount roles it played in the defence of the island and even before the British arrived, when it served as the residence of Malay royalty with guided tours by Battlebox.
Spooky stories Many have said that they felt like they were being 'watched' in the park and there's also the huge creepy tree in Fort Canning Green that exudes spooky vibes, especially if you're hanging out in the park around dusk.
Popular with joggers and water sports enthusiasts, Bedok Reservoir is an 88-hectare park in the east. The reservoir is a converted sand quarry but it also hold some dark secrets. While there are no official tours, you can explore the public park easily on your own.
Spooky stories With so many mysterious deaths surrounding this body of water, there will be strange stories. One of the more chilling ones is the drowning of a mother and young child – and they were dressed in red. Best to keep the jogging in the morning.
In a land-scarce city that hardly sleeps, even the dead can’t always find a proper resting place. We wander across the island in search of the most haunted places. Take note, while some are free and easy for you to explore, some of these spots are located on state land or private property so we wouldn't recommend checking it out – lest you get caught by something scarier than the ghouls: law enforcement. Happy hantu-hunting.
It's a modern world we live in now with advanced public transportation systems and super-futuristic buildings, but we're still the most superstitious people around. Our irrational belief in all things supernatural means age-old superstitions remain. From the ridiculous to the ones that hold some sort of logical explanation, let's talk superstitions.
Wear a scary mask
For the best collection
One of the longest-running costume shops in Singapore, Ministry of Costumes have a huge collection of costumes you can pick from, whether you're a baby or an adult. With over 30 years of experience and 25,000 costumes for rent, enter fantasy worlds and magical realms without busting your budget. Rental starts from as low as $20 for three days so get perusing for Halloween already.
For last-minute simple costumes
For over two decades, Party With Us has provided a one-stop party solution for customers in Bukit Timah Plaza. On top of the usual decorations, balloons, and party supplies, the store also has a neat collection of costumes for adults and kids. While the collection may not be large, you can get classic costumes like a priest, a ghoul and a knight.
Best for retro threads
Founded in 1998, CCM has built a reputation for its tailor-made costumes. Whether you're looking to rent costumes in bulk or buy made-to-measure outfits, or want some maintenance work done on your costume, just talk to the folks here. Your best option is to head down to the shop and trawl the shelves yourself – who knows what you'll find. For retro costumes, its wide range of ’60s, ’70s and ’80s gear is more than satisfactory.
Most might know Pan-In-The-Box as a cosplay shop after all, it has been around since 2003 and frequently participates in anime and cosplay events in Singapore. Come October, the shop gradually fills up with masks, wigs, capes and all sort of scary props you might need to embelish your Halloween outfit. There are costumes for both adults and children available for rental and purchase along with children-friendly animal masks. We even spotted a realistic rubber pig's head sitting on the top shelf – talk about freaky!
Best for custom-made outfits
It may have a heck of a tacky name, but the people at Awesome Costumes are serious when it comes to custom-made costumes. The company specialises in character and themed costumes, but it's up for almost any challenge you might have. Depending on the complexity of a request, it can take up to two months to complete a costume. So if you have something specific in mind, get your requests in early.
Best for pop culture pieces
Step through the doors and you’ll be greeted by an entire world of weird and wonderful costumes. From outfits to accessories to latex prosthetics for DIY wounds – whatever character you’ve got your heart set on this year, chances are this store has you covered. However, if you just want to have a quick browse for inspiration, its entire catalogue is computerised in-store, so you can easily see what’s available. Suicide Squad, superheroes, princesses and Game of Thrones outfits are just a few in its impressive range.
Best for sexy costumes
Halloween doesn’t have to be all about horror and gore: it can also be a night to let loose and embrace your fun or sexier side. Dimac Glam and Glitter stocks an extensive range of costumes – make as if you're from the renaissance age, a beer maiden, pirate or fairy – available in adult versions (read: all with very short skirts). It also stocks men’s and children’s costumes, with sizes ranging from toddler through to plus-size.
Best for Halloween classics
Don’t base your opinion of this place on its website: it doesn’t do it justice. The store is deceptively big – one small doorway leads to another massive room. The walls are overflowing with wigs, wings, masks, helmets, an extensive array of cowboy hats and lots of bling, including a giant dollar sign necklace. It specialises in mascot costumes (think Adventure Time characters and animal outfits), and it's especially popular during Halloween as it offers a wide range of the classics: zombies, witches, vampires and pirates with props to match.