This Halloween, say hello to epic parties, demogorgons from Hawkins, sugar skulls and gravity-defying theatrics. You’d better have that costume ready.
The season of face paint, wild costumes and pumpkin spice returns in four weeks, so we thought we’d let you in on the best haunts to celebrate. If you’re bummed that Sentosa’s hellish cruise was cancelled (we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the ghost ship will set sail next year), don’t fret, there are plenty of other screams and parties to be had…
Lulu’s Second Annual Carnival Of The Absurd
Brace yourself for one of the most hauntingly good parties this October. We love our drag queens around here, and Lulu’s always delivers on wild fun. Pan Pacific’s resident retro bar is gearing up for the sophomore edition of the Carnival of the Absurd after last year’s sell-out event. More drama than spooks, expect offbeat, outlandish and multi-sensory entertainment till 6 am, fuelled by Lulu’s special Halloween Caramel Apple cocktail. Will this become an annual tradition? Say hell yes.
Lulu’s Second Annual Carnival Of The Absurd, Lulu’s Lounge, 7 Raffles Boulevard Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore 39595
Día De Los Muertos – Day of The Dead Halloween Party
Well-loved Mexican garden bar Lucha Loco gets a chilling makeover this October. Out come the sugar skulls, face paint and tequila in anticipation of Halloween. With the dress code being ‘dapper as death and beautifully deceased’, you’ll be joining beautiful señoritas of the underworld in a party till dawn.
Día De Los Muertos – Day of The Dead Halloween Party, Lucha Loco, 15 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089598
Bar Rouge x Belvedere In the Woods
26 & 27 Oct
Bar Rouge is serving up lethal concoctions for a night of revelry in the company of sinister theatrics and daredevil acrobats, while resident DJs churn out wicked tunes. The bar’s iconic neon red lights, cabaret-style dancing cages and Marina Bay view will remain, but Halloween festivities will see this glamorous space transform into a creepy forest. Up for grabs are a bottle of Belvedere and a staycay for two at Swissôtel The Stamford (which comes with Champagne brunch at Skai) for the most daringly bedecked partygoer.
Bar Rouge x Belvedere In the Woods, 10pm till late, Bar Rouge 2 Stamford Road, Floor 71, Singapore 178882
Bang Bang Halloween Special – Ready, Player 1
Taking its usual antics up a few notches, Bang Bang is throwing an 80’s arcade-inspired bash. As Pan Pacific’s resident party hideout with an alternative edge, you can expect nothing less than an over-the-top, electrifying extravaganza through the night. Guest DJs Miles Slater and AOS Collective will be sharing the spotlight with 80’s icons like the roving Mirror Man (spoiler: there’ll be some virtual reality action happening!). Oh, and be the craziest-looking player to walk away with a bottle of Grey Goose.
Bang Bang, Pan Pacific Hotel, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, 039595
1-Altitude Presents Halloween: Day Of The Dead
We hear that chaos will unfold at the world’s highest al fresco bar, as deranged souls takeover after being starved from good beats for a tad too long. If you’re partaking in the rampage, premium pours and Halloween cocktails will provide you with the fuel you need to dodge the boney grasp of the ghouls. This popular party venue (frequented by A-listers and now ghosts too) is conveniently a multi-concept destination – one level down, Stellar at Altitude serves up luxury Australian fare to sate your pre-party cravings.
1-Altitude Presents Halloween: Day Of The Dead, 1-Altitude, 1 Raffles Place, Level 63, Singapore 048616
Ce La Vi x Grey Goose Presents Halloween 2018 Feat. Cirque Le Soir
Theatrical oddities reach new heights at Ce La Vi with London’s award-winning Cirque Le Soir. As if this party destination atop Marina Bay Sands Skypark isn’t crazy enough already, exotic dancers, fire breathers and contortionists will join the fray, along with a whole lotta competition to be the best dressed for the ‘Latex Halloween’ theme. Give it a shot with your best latex getup (just happen to have a little something already?) and you might be the lucky winner of a bottle of Grey Goose.
Ce La Vi x Grey Goose Presents Halloween 2018 Feat. Cirque Le Soir, Ce La Vi, 1 Bayfront Avenue Marina Bay Sands Tower 3, 018971
Boogie Wonderland: Zouk Halloween 2018
Late 70’s disco mayhem is set to take over this widely popular club. Kitschy installations and era-appropriate tracks bring Boogie Wonderland to life at Zouk main room, while EDM and brass-heavy mixes will be dished out by the trio of LeNERD, Ghetto and Nash D at Capital. Be the most deviously dressed to win prizes including a 3-day 2-night cruise vacation on Genting Dream, a pair of tickets to Kevin Hart’s The Irresponsible Tour, a $500 Sephora hamper, and pair tickets to ZoukOut 2018.
Boogie Wonderland: Zouk Halloween 2018, Zouk Singapore, 3C River Valley Road, The Cannery, Singapore 179022
ACM After Dark
Now for something a little more PG-rated with ACM’s annual ‘Night at the Museum’-esque event. Part entertainment and part educational, ACM After Dark has a bunch of activities for the whole fam. This year, the event is centred around how the elements of earth, wind, water and fire relate to supernatural beliefs. Hear about these ancient tales by the river, take a stroll along a haunting trail, be spooked by thrilling performances and much more.
ACM After Dark, Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
A Halloween Treat at Quayside Isle
No ghosts here, but Dracula and Frankenstein will make an appearance. Try to beat their getup with a costume of your own – shouting ‘trick or treat’ in your Halloween best will get you sweet treats at participating restaurants! And before you go about trick or treating proper, decorate your own pumpkin bucket for maximum effect.
A Halloween Treat at Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, Singapore 098375
Horror Haunt: The Curse of Amityville
18-21 Oct, 25-28 Oct
Hollywood’s most sinister and terror-inducing characters will grace us with their presence this October at the infamous Amityville house. Rumours say that Freddy is lurking under the bed, while Chucky, The Nun and Jigsaw haunt the residence. If exploring a living hell is your idea of fun, then this maze will be right up your alley. Good luck – Annabelle’s coming for you too.
Horror Haunt: The Curse of Amityville, Cineleisure, 8 Grange Rd, Singapore 239695, and The Cathay, Handy Rd, Singapore 229233
Singapore River Festival’s Walaoween
26 & 27 Oct
The River Festival is bringing the local spirit (quite literally, too) to Halloween with Walaoween, where local ghouls and myths will distract you from the buzzing street party along Circular Road. Seek your entertainment from the live performance by homegrown musicians if you’re too scared to delve into the spooky side of things. P.S. Singaporeans (and all the Singlish-speakers), read the name again if you haven’t caught the reference already.
Walaoween, along Circular Road
Tales of the River
Halloween is when the Singapore River comes alive with the dark creatures of the underworld. We dare you to venture into the Undead Boatmen Cavern and the Loch Ness Lake in your freakiest derriere. Zombies await at the Zombie Mania Shoot-Out Challenge, a VR play that puts you at the heart of an eerily realistic apocalyptic zone. If you’re planning to bring your little ones for some zombie-shooting fun, there’s also another version of the game with the spook level turned a few notches down. It’s open to all ages, so you don’t have to be a kid to join in – and who says adults can’t opt for cartoon zombies instead? Do whatever makes you happy, we say.
Tales of the River, Clarke Quay, Fountain Square, 3 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024
Outdoor Popcorn Horror Cinema
Sure, it’s a ‘youth mall’ but classic horror is for everyone. Scape’s pop-up outdoor cinema experience for Halloween is a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (touted as the best horror flick ever made). This one’s for movie buffs and chill-seekers alike, but be warned – reliving this iconic flick might mean that you won’t feel safe in the shower ever again.
Outdoor Popcorn Horror Cinema, Scape, 2 Orchard Link #04-01, Singapore 237978
Scream Asia Film Festival
Here’s a horror marathon if we’ve ever come across one. Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo and South Korean film programmer Jongsuk Thomas Nam have specially curated a list of hair-raising flicks that have never been screened in Singapore – until now, that is. This frightful film fest will include Zombiepura (Singapore), Mom and Dad (USA), Overlord (USA), They Who Are Not Seen (Indonesia) and Hana (Japan & Korea).
Scream Asia Film Festival, The Cathay, Handy Rd, Singapore 229233
Halloween Horror Nights 8
Now till 31 Oct
You didn’t think we would end the list without Singapore’s largest scarefest, did you? Halloween Horror Nights promises to deliver the screams yet again, and no surprise this year has something for all of us Stranger Things fans. Not just for the kids, we’re pretty sure the recreated set will take your breath away if the demogorgons haven’t already scared your pants off. Our only question – Does Barb make an appearance?
And it doesn’t end there. Other hair-raising chills include the Yin Demon that threatens to feed off your soul; the tormented spirit of Lady Oiwa who came back from Japan’s Edo-era for revenge; and the Pontianak (the region’s infamous female vampiric ghost) that ambushes you amongst the banana trees. Plus, the usual suspects return at the Zombie Laser Tag, brought to life – or death – again by popular demand. Are we too old for all this? Nah.
Halloween Horror Nights 8, Universal Studios Singapore, 8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269
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