A Hell of a Time: What to Do for Halloween in Singapore
Get ready for the time of your life, a night when you can be anything you want to be. That’s right, Halloween is upon us!
The country may seem all straight-laced, but they do let loose and celebrate Halloween in Singapore. Whether you’re visiting for Halloween in Singapore or having a staycation, you’re in for a night of thrills. Originally a Celtic festival, Halloween has turned into a fun celebration. In recent years, it has been growing in popularity across the world, and Singapore is certainly no exception.
People celebrate in many ways—horror movie marathons, haunted houses, trick-or-treating, costume parties, and more—but here are the top ways to spend your Halloween in Singapore. Get your costumes ready!
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1. Visit Hell’s Museum at Haw Par Villa
Ever wondered what the 10 Courts of Hell from Chinese folklore are like? Ever wanted to see how different communities across the world understand death and dying? Hell’s Museum is the perfect Halloween activity for the intellectual mind.
Built in 1937, Haw Par Villa is Singapore’s largest outdoor art gallery. The gallery is the brainchild of Aw Boon Haw, the millionaire philanthropist and marketing extraordinaire who gifted the world with Tiger Balm.
Haw Par Villa is well-known for its vivid representations of the 10 Courts of Hell. Explore the 3,800 sqm space with depictions of sins and punishments in the afterlife. Many Singaporeans recollect their parents bringing them here as a kid to learn about the nature of traditional Chinese morality.
2. Spook Out on the Dance Floor
Want to see heads roll on the dance floor? Halloween adds an extra tingle of excitement to the usual parties.
One Fullerton’s charming American diner has partnered with Singapore’s premier party collective for a Halloween party like no other. The pop, rock and electronica beats by weelikeme and KiDG will be tearing the dance floor. The best part is, the entry is free. But if you really want to pop off with your friends, pre-book alcohol bundles to secure table reservations during the party.
If you go all out with your Halloween costume you might be awarded for being the best-dressed. Though fair warning, there are prizes for the worst dressed too.
Or you can even cast off at the largest music festival at sea over at It’s The Ship. And you can party all you want on this 3-day cruise. International headliners like Flosstradamus, Infected Mushroom, Knife Party and Marlo will get things going for this spooky excursion. Hurry! There are only the last few cabins available.
3. Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore
While looking for hidden gems can be great, experiencing Southeast Asia’s biggest Halloween event is something you can’t pass up on.
For the die-hard Halloween fans, going to Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights is almost like a pilgrimage. People from all over make their way to this event every year. It’s not something to miss.
Spend your Halloween in Singapore at Universal Studios where you can find 5 formidable haunted houses, 3 alarming scare zones, and 2 chilling live shows.
This year, see if you can survive the zombie apocalypse in Netflix’s All Of Us Are Dead, escape the Pied Piper’s Grimm Encounters before you descend into hell, and pay your respects at the Rebirth of the Matriarch. And you can explore the winding halls of The Weeknd’s unnerving nightclub and try to escape his purgatory of pain.
This event is not for the faint of heart. Prepare to have your socks scared off at one of the best Halloween parties in Southeast Asia.
4. Trick-or-Treating (Bar-Hopping) Along Clarke Quay
With its confluence of expats and locals, Clarke Quay is the place to be during Halloween. The bars and clubs along this road will be decked out in Halloween decorations.
And they won’t be the only ones; thousands throng this area in stunning costumes. You’ll find superheroes, zombies, vampires, clowns, and more. As Halloween becomes more popular, you’ll also find more unique costumes; it’s the perfect night to dress up as your favourite character in an obscure TV show or a favourite Singaporean folktale character and see how many people can guess it.
The festivities here often go on for days, so you’ll have a chance to see how this area celebrates with Singaporean flair. From music and drinks to face painting and photo ops to live performances, you’ll find it all here.
Party all night long as you go from bar to bar and club to club. Clarke Quay is a popping place to be for Halloween.
5. Family-Friendly Thrills
As exciting as the above events are, some of them may not be the best for families looking for a way to celebrate Halloween this year. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of events that provide family-friendly fun you can take the kids to.
Local attractions like the Singapore Discovery Centre, Singapore Zoo, Gardens by the Bay, and museums often introduce Halloween-themed events and decorations during the season. Help the kids dress up in fun costumes and bring them along to these family-friendly activities. Gardens by the Bay often have picnics, delicious treats, crazy displays, stilt walkers, and games.
These events are great for families and friends. Take part in the spooky fun of the season and give your kids fond memories of Halloween that they’ll cherish forever.
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