For most thrill-seeking Singaporean, the one thing to look forward to every Halloween has always been Universal Studio Singapore’s Halloween Horror Night. But with the event canceled this year, will there still be equally thrilling opportunities to get that scare in just in time for the spooky season? Today, we bring you a list of 9 events this Halloween that can help you get into the spooky moods! Hint hint, some of these will definitely get you screaming.
1. Party with Japanese Yokai @ Downtown East
Downtown East is back with its annual Yokai Festival! The fun event combines elements of cosplay and Halloween scares to create a fun atmosphere suitable for people of all ages. Originating from Japanese folklore, Yokai are supernatural spirits that coexist with mankind while being invisible to the human eye, but you’ll get to catch them in action at the Yokai Parade. Afterwards, have fun doing some supernatural shopping at the Underworld Market and make some Yokai friends at the Yokai Taisen at Wild Wild Wet.
The event will go on for two days from 26th to 27th October, and entry is completely free! You can even catch Spirited Away at an Outdoor Movie Session on 26th October and get some free nachos and popcorn.
Click here for the full list of programs.
Address: 1 Pasir Ris Cl, Singapore 519599
Event Hours: 26th-27th October, 2pm-10pm
2. Get Ready to Scream @ The Projector’s Halloweenie!
Movie buffs are in for a treat with this one. The indie movie theatre is back for its annual screamfest with this year’s Halloweenie! – a curation of 5 horror films ranging from true nerve-wracking terror to absurdist fantasy to comedy. Each film will only be shown for limited viewings, and titles on the list include Taika Waititi’s vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows, Estonian absurdist film November, South-East Asian based Konpaku, romantic ghost-buster film Extra Ordinary, and film noir movie A Girl Who Walks Home Alone at Night. The latter two films are available through video-on-demand and can be rented to view at your own time.
Most films on the list are rated M-18, so remember to bring your IC along. Showings start on 23rd October, and you may find the full schedule here.
Address: 6001 Beach Rd, #05-00 GOLDEN MILE TOWER, Singapore 199589
3. Have a Swimmingly Spooky Time @ Deep Boo Sea S.E.A. Aquarium
Enough of that horror stuff already. If you’re in the mood for a milder kind of Halloween filled with no jump scares and lots of cute, S.E.A. Aquarium’s Deep Boo Sea will be just the right stuff for you. Featuring some of nature’s scariest marine animals such as the wolf eel and the Japanese Warbonnet, the new seasonal exhibit will bring you on a treasure hunt that can lead you to exclusive mystery prizes!
The Deep Boo Sea event will go on till 1st November, and you may visit https://www.rwsentosa.com/ for more details.
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, 098269
Hours: Sat-Tues 10am-5pm
4. Watch the Horror Film that Created The Genre @ ArtScience Museum
In the spirit of Halloween, ArtScience Museum has brought in something special for its ArtScience on Screen Program. Behold The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a 1920 German horror film that tells the haunting story of a mysterious murder, and remains terrifying even a century after it was first made! If you’re a fan of Tim Burton’s gothic and surreal style, this will be a good opportunity to see one of the biggest influences behind his style.
Admission is free, and you may book your tickets through this link. But hurry – the movie is only screened four times a day, and vacancies are already running out fast.
Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Hours: Daily 10am-7pm
5. Escape to Japan with the Virtual Shibuya Halloween Fes
If seeing Yokai in Singapore isn’t enough to satisfy your curiosity, why not see them in their native land? Shinjuku has always been famous for its large-scale Halloween parades and parties, and now you’ll get to be a part of the event from the comforts of your own home, without having to brave through crowds of vampires and zombies. Taking on the vibes of a virtual festival, the online celebration will go on from 26th October to 31st October, and feature themed performances by many Japanese artists and personalities.
The event is fully prepared to go global, and even has an English website dedicated to international fans. You may find more information here.
6. Make A Gorgeous Catrina Crown for the Day of the Dead
Those who have watched Pixar’s Coco or The Book of Life will probably be familiar with the Mexican holiday that is the Day of the Dead. Set as a day to pay remembrance to those who have passed, the holiday has become well-recognised globally in recent years thanks to its unique symbols of sugar skulls and La Catrina – the female skeleton wearing a big crown of flowers and feathers. If you’ve been fascinated by her gorgeous headgear, here’s your chance to make one of your own! Not only will you get to learn more about a culture that you may not be familiar with, but you’ll also have something super cool to wear for your next Halloween party.
The workshop will be taking place on 17th October from 3pm to 5pm, and costs $58. You may book a slot through this link.
Address: 1 North Bridge Road #08-08, High Street Centre, Singapore 179094
7. Trick or Treat @ Universal Studios
Halloween Horror Night may be canceled this year, but Universal Studios still has a whole range of fun-packed spooky activities in store for you. Not only can you go on Trick or Treat adventures throughout the park, but you can also join in on the popular Minion Monsters Tricky Treats parade and have fun dancing alongside minions and other beloved characters. Even menu items from the park’s restaurants will take on a spooky vibe, and you can also come in your own Halloween costumes for a spook-tacular time and stand to win mystery prizes!
You may refer to this link for more information.
Universal Studios Singapore
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269
Hours: Thu-Sun 2pm-9pm
8. Hear Ghost Stories over Drinks @ Crane
Event space Crane will be hosting a series of fun Halloween activities that cater to both children and adults, with face-painting for the kids and boozy games and storytelling for the adults. Not only will there be a free 7-round Murder Mystery experience that can win you a free drink if solved, but you can also top-up $35 ($30 for Crane members) for a ghost-story sharing session with Shaiful Risan, entertainer and owner of justchillinghorror.blogspot.com. Tickets include a free beer, wine, soft drink, so you can be sure that there’ll be lots of spooky fun involved.
The event will take place on 31st October, from 7pm to 10pm. After all, what better ways are there to spend Halloween night itself? You may find more information and register for the event through this link.
Address: 46 Kim Yam Rd, #01-06, Singapore 239351
9. Go Ghost-hunting Around Haunted Spots
Did you grow up reading True Singaporean Ghost Stories? Well, if you think you know all of Singapore’s haunted spots, now is the time to think again. For the daredevils among us, take a look at Reddit threads such as this and grab a few brave friends to check the spots out! We recommend the Old Changi Hospital and Birdwatching Tower at Pasir Ris to catch some flickering shadows of tormented souls, and the Nee Soon Rubber Estate if you’re in the mood to make friends with Pontianaks.
Many of these places do not have sufficient lighting, so bring a few torchlights and make sure you don’t trespass! Wouldn’t want to piss off anything you don’t want to mess with.