Halloween this year is looking a bit different. The acclaimed Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore has been cancelled due to the pandemic, much to the disappointment of many. After all, the HHN at USS is a much-anticipated yearly Halloween tradition for some of us.
But that doesn’t mean spine-tingling fun or spooky treats should be called off, too. Short of staycays and having fun for leisure on our sunny island, here are 13 newest spooktastic ideas on what to do in Singapore this Halloween
1. Dinner Hostage at Money Heist Mansion
Come Oct 30 to Nov 1, The Alkaff Mansion will be transformed into Money Heist’s La Casa de Papel. Feast on ghastly Halloween specials like The Professor’s Bloodshot Eggs ($12), Bella Ciao Spider Roquefort Cream ($12) and Palermo’s Bloody Eyeball Cocktail ($15). The staff will be dressed in the legendary series’ red jumpsuits and Dali masks, so you may as well be talking to Palermo himself. Oh, and come dressed in your most haunting attire.
2. Stay home and binge watch Netflix’s new psychothriller Ratched
A psychothriller set in 1947 where a nurse named Mildred Ratched (Sarah Paulson) begins working at a leading psychiatric hospital. An origin story to the character Nurse Ratched—the cruel asylum nurse in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest—Netflix’s Ratched offers a glimpse into Mildred’s character and what made her become the cold, sadistic and evil nurse she is today. Beneath a calm, put together exterior and an impeccable wardrobe to die for, Mildred Ratched portrays a fathomless darkness and viciousness.
Pair with some delicious homecooked pumpkin dinner and snacks from Marks & Spencers.
See our secret Netflix list of 21 psychological thrillers for some spine-tingling fun during the Halloween weekend.
3. Dress spooktacularly to impress
If you’re planning to dress up in a group of five, Netflix’s legendary series Money Heist themed costumes would be just perfect. Actually, if it’s just you and bae, we’d say go for it too (Rio and Tokyo, anyone?)
Or you could rent from costume shops like Moephosis and Ministry of Costumes. Since you’re planning to dress up, might as well go all out right? Besides, it will make for some epic pics for the ‘Gram.
4. Go on a bloodthirsty dinner feast
If you are the epicurious sort, then this one’s just for you. Select restaurants and cafes in Singapore have concocted Halloween menu specials and it’s probably a bloodthirsty feast.
Take W Singapore’s Butcher’s Halloween for example. With sinister dish names like The Bloody Butcher’s Board, Sailors’ Leftovers and Mary’s Little Lambs, expect flesh and blood cooked to perfection. Better arrive to the slaughterhouse on time.
Butcher’s Halloween @ The Kitchen Table,
W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
31 October, 7:30 to 10:30PM
$138++ | $188++ with bubblies
5. Have a spooky dessert party
Because what’s Halloween without sweets?
Save the trick-or-treating all for yourself and order up a storm of erresistible sweets, stay in and watch horror movies. Get your hands on Little Red Cupcakes ($7.50 each) from Wildseed Café and Starbucks’ Spook-a-ccino, a ghoulish chocolate drink with bloodshot strawberries, complete with a spooky chocolate topper. Don’t forget to try Hey Boo, their burnt cheesecake rendition that is infused with green tea.
6. Indulge in the Halloween classic: Pumpkin Pie
If seasonal Halloween sweets are all too drama for you, opt for the Halloween classic: pumpkin pie.
We personally feel that Windowsill Pies make the best pumpkin pies and their seasonal Pumpkin Bourbon Pie ($60) is now available for order! Or get the Assorted Pie to have a taste of every flavour.
7. Watch ArtScience on Screen: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
The 1920s German film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari was arguably the first ever horror film ever made. Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist (a sleepwalker), Cesare, to commit murders, and the film is also lauded as the original cult film and the origins of arthouse cinema as its sepia-soaked reels plunge into murder, mystery and horror.
Admission to the film’s screening is free at the ArtScience Museum. Last we checked tickets are sold out for Halloween day (31 October) itself. Fastest fingers first!
10 Oct to 5 Nov (Non Fridays) — 3pm, 5pm
10 Oct to 5 Nov (Fridays) — 11am, 2pm, 4pm
Prebook your seats online here.
8. Craneum — A Halloween Experience for a light-hearted ghost story sesh
An intimate ghost-story-telling sesh with Shaiful Risan, an entertainer, comedian and purveyor of ghost tours and founder of blog justchillinghorror.blogspot.com.
The event is a free and easy format though, not an actually show and tell session. Comprising reading and workshop components, expect to spend about 30 to 40 minutes at the event.
Tickets cost $30 (Crane Members) and $35 (Non Members), and include a beverage (beer, wine or soft drink).
Book your tickets here.
9. Halloween on the Hill @ Dempsey for seriously spooky vibes
This tour starts with a walking tour on Dempsey Hill grounds to learn about its heritage (wine and cheese available), and proceed to participate in the true story of Halloween — a culturally rich celebration informed by ancient pagan rituals. Dias De Muertos is a celebration of death as a natural part of the human cycle. This festival is significant as it occurs at a time where the “veil between the worlds” is thin and the dead join the living in celebration.
The experience culminates in a connection with the dead. Guests are guided by hosts Jane and Dani to actually communicate with other “inhabitants” of the area, via tools like copper dowsing (divining) rods, pendulums and an electromagnetic field (EMF) detector. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Date: Sunday 1 November 2020 (31 October is sold out)
Time: 9:30 to 12:30am
Ticket price: $100 per pax
Book your tour here.
10. Universal Studios Singapore for a family Halloween night to remember
Even though Halloween Horror Night at USS is cancelled this year because of the pandemic, it’s now the perfect place for a family friendly Halloween celebration if you’ve got kiddos.
With Minion Monsters like FrankenBob, Mummy Stuart and Dracula Kevin roaming the streets of USS, your kids will definitely be thrilled. There’s even a Halloween best-dressed contest happening, so go full out to deck your whole family in matchy costumes and face tattoos.
Like this Ghostbuster costume that will sure to be super adorbs for your kiddo. Or this Wonder Woman costume for your little femme superhero. This little witch kiddo get-up scores bonus points for practicality — ditch the witch hat and this star-spangled black dress can be worn to actual real life birthday parties or in normal life. Pair with witch broomstick for a more convincing look.
11. Gastronomical garden adventure with Little Red Riding Hood theme
When the clock strikes midnight, The Summerhouse’s Big Garden Dome will be transformed into a gastronomic dining destination—complete with Eyeball Cocktails. Perfect if you want to take your date someplace fancier and more intimate for Halloween celebrations without the gore.
12. Spooky snack hunt at Marks & Spencer (in prep for a stay home horror movie marathon)
Trick or treat? Defo treats, with Marks & Spencer’s galore of Halloween chocolates and candies. With cheesy snacks like Vampire Fangs, sweet treats for sharing like the Fruity Gruesome Sweets Tub packed with jelly brains and bones and Dracula’s Blood cordial—a crimson concoction of apple, raspberry and strawberry with no added sugar, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Swing by for a spooky-snacks-hunting sesh in preparation for your horror/thriller movie marathon at home.
13. Order in this spookilicious Haunted Pizza
This Halloween, Peperoni Pizzeria invites you to whet your appetite for terror. Their Peperoni Pizzeria Haunted Pizza is made with a butternut puree base and topped with mozzarella ghouls and honey ham bats. Perfect for the sort who’s secretly scared to death by all things spooky—you won’t even have to venture out of your home come nighttime to get some Halloween fun.
Happy Halloween everyone!