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The Ultimate Guide to Halloween in Singapore

Trick-or-treating, haunted houses, ghost stories, creepy trails and more, this is your guide to the spooky holiday

Rouge Grossery Store
Photo: Bar Rouge Rouge Grossery Store
By Cam Khalid and Time Out Singapore editors |
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Let your freak flag high on October 31 when the world welcomes hell – we mean, Halloween. But why October 31? The spookfest originally started over 2,000 years back as the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain (pronounced 'sow-in') in Ireland. It marks the end of the harvest, welcoming new beginnings on All Hallows' Day on November 1. However, the superstitious Celts believed that the baddies from hell would descend onto earth for a day of carnage on All Hallows' Eve. What a nightmare.

Nowadays, instead of hiding in the corner of your bedroom, Halloween is a great excuse to get your freak on. Singapore may not have the orange autumn season, but we sure have 'em pumpkins. From haunted houses riddled with the Asian supernatural to a massive Nerf battle against zombies, it's time to dust off your witch's hat, summon the coven and party past the witching hour. Here's your guide to a devilishly good Halloween.

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Brave the dark events

Curse of the Naga, Halloween Horror Nights
Photo: Resorts World Sentosa
Things to do

Halloween Horror Nights

icon-location-pin Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa
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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?

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Zedtown Asia: Battle of Singapore

icon-location-pin National Stadium, Kallang
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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.

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Comedy

Hallokween Featuring Nina West and Thorgy Thor

icon-location-pin Shine Auditorium, City Hall
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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.

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Horror Haunt: Asian Dark Hour – The Revenge Of The Unsettled

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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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.

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Things to do

Trick-or-Treating at Deliveroo Food Market

icon-location-pin Deliveroo Food Market, Buona Vista
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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).

ACM After Dark
Photo: Asian Civilisations Museum
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ACM After Dark: Tales From Beyond

icon-location-pin Asian Civilisations Museum, City Hall
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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.

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Things to do

Sentosa Trick or Treat

icon-location-pin Sentosa Island, Sentosa
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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)

Things to do, Quirky events

House of Mist: A Connor’s Halloween party at KPO

icon-location-pin KPO, Orchard
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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.

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Dirty Circus Feat. Cirque Le Soir

icon-location-pin CÉ LA VI, Marina Bay
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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.

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Nightlife

Fright Safari

icon-location-pin Zouk, Raffles Place
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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.

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Rouge Grossery Store

icon-location-pin Bar Rouge, City Hall
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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.

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Nightlife, Adult

LuLu's Carnival of the Absurd

icon-location-pin LuLu’s Lounge, City Hall
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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. 

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Dollhouse

icon-location-pin Bang Bang, City Hall
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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.

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Nightlife

Island of the Dolls

icon-location-pin Get Juiced, Raffles Place
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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.

Tuff Club
Photo: Tuff Club
Nightlife

Drop Dead Celebs

icon-location-pin Tuff Club, Raffles Place
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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.

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Carnival of Screams, Kinki Restaurant + Bar
Photo: Kinki Restaurant + Bar
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Carnival of Screams

icon-location-pin Kinki Restaurant and Bar, Raffles Place
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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.

Pinball Wizard
Photo: Pinball Wizard
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Fangtastic

icon-location-pin Pinball Wizard, Rochor
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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.

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Halloween Funhouse Weekender

icon-location-pin Nineteen80, Raffles Place
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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.

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Neon Jungle with Shai & Titus

icon-location-pin CÉ LA VI, Marina Bay
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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.

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Heart of Darkness, Nightmare in Tanjong Pagar
Photo: Heart of Darkness
Bars and pubs

Nightmare in Tanjong Pagar

icon-location-pin Heart of Darkness, Tanjong Pagar
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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.

Bars and pubs

The Haunted Mansion at The Riverhouse

icon-location-pin Singapore City,
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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.

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Smoke & Mirrors
Photo: Smoke & Mirrors
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Booze and Boos

icon-location-pin Smoke & Mirrors, City Hall
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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
Photo: Komyuniti
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Komyuniti's 1st Birthday Bash

icon-location-pin Komyuniti, Orchard
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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

Things to do

Bukit Brown Cemetery

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... 

old changi hospital
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Changi Beach

icon-location-pin Changi 

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. 

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Things to do

Haw Par Villa

icon-location-pin Kent Ridge

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.

Fort Canning Park
Photo: Delfina Utomo
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Fort Canning Park

icon-location-pin City Hall

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. 

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Bedok Reservoir
Photo: Allan Jarina
Things to do

Bedok Reservoir

 

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.

old changi hospital
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Things to do

Visit the creepiest places

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.

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superstitions
Photo: Tony Detroit
Things to do

Or tell a scary story

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

Things to do, Quirky events

Ministry of Costumes

icon-location-pin Bukit Merah

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. 

Party With Us
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Shopping

Party With Us

icon-location-pin Bukit Timah

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.

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Customade Costumes and Merchandise

icon-location-pin Rochor

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.

Shopping, Fancy-dress

Pan-In-The-Box

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

Masks galore

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!

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Shopping, Fancy-dress

Awesome Costumes

icon-location-pin Bishan

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.

Costumes N’ Parties
Photo: Morven
Shopping, Fancy-dress

Costumes N’ Parties

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

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. 

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Dimac Costume
Photo: Morven
Shopping, Fancy-dress

Dimac Glam and Glitter

icon-location-pin Marine Parade

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.

Shopping, Fancy-dress

Global Mascot

icon-location-pin Kallang

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.

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