Wanna know what the month has in store? Here’s our list of top things to do in Singapore this October!
Hello, October! Can you feel the festive fever kicking in already? ‘Cause we can. We can’t deny that it’s going to be an eventful one as we count down to Halloween (cue the spooky music). Read on for juicy deets on all the exciting things to do in Singapore this October…
Best things to do in Singapore this October
1. Arts and entertainment: In New Light – A Season of Commissions at Esplanade
We don’t know about you, but we think life in Singapore would be drab without events like Baybeats, da:ns festival and the Mosaic Music Series to keep us entertained. That’s why you’ve gotta drop by Esplanade from 12 October to 31 December. There’ll be an amazing line-up of programmes across eight exciting events. These eye-catching commissions are celebrating 20 years of artistry and collabs that have made this waterfront venue a home for the arts.
Expect loads of paid and free performances for all ages, featuring everything from projection mapping to theatre to dance to puppetry. This month, we’re looking forward to events like Dancing With Light (12-30 Oct), a free show at the Esplanade Courtyard; Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep (21-22 Oct), and Daybreak – a Singapore Chinese Orchestra concert (21 Oct). If that’s not enough, fellow art lovers can explore new exhibitions that cover the history and development of Esplanade over the last 20 years. What a dose of nostalgia!
In New Light – A Season of Commissions at Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
2. Entertainment: Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights
This event has been the highlight of our Halloween celebrations for years. Make your way down to Universal Studios Singapore for the 10th edition of Halloween Horror Nights. Think frightful experiences across 19 event nights that include ghastly sightings of pontianaks and a dark twist on the zodiac. We also can’t wait to navigate our way through Killustrator: The Final Chapter, an original haunted house that pays tribute to some of the scariest moments from the last nine editions of HHN. Bought your tickets yet?
Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights, until 5 November, Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269; book online
3. Nightlife: Pelago’s Silent Disco In The Sky
From 14 October
Following a two-and-a-half-year hiatus, Silent Disco Asia is back with a bang with Pelago as this edition’s event title sponsor. Titled Pelago’s Silent Disco In the Sky, the event will take place every Friday and Saturday from 10pm to 2am across eight fun-filled weekends. Head down and party against the stunning backdrop of the city at the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck. There’ll be three trademark DJs to choose from, and you’ll dance the night away with LED-equipped headphones that twinkle in the night sky.
Pelago’s Silent Disco In The Sky, until 5 November; Level 56, Tower 3, Marina Bay Sands, SkyPark Observation Deck, Singapore 018971
4. Arts and culture: Esplanade Presents: Octoburst!
In conjunction with Children’s Day in October, Esplanade is celebrating with Octoburst! – A Children’s Festival. This festival promises to bring loads of artful fun and play for all the little ones. It opens with young talents from the Kinderland Preschool Marching Band returning since their 2019 festival debut. Look forward to more performances with an orchestra for young musicians and a mass dance workshop.
Do your little ones enjoy hands-on play? Get creative together in a self-guided craft activity to make fun pom-poms. Or, go on a hunt for Esplanade’s mascot, PIP. Collect stamps from PIP’s hiding places to redeem a special reward. To join in the fun, simply pick up a copy of the activity sheet, get hunting, and redeem your prize at Esplanade Concourse from 10am to 4pm. Visit Esplanade to find out more.
Octoburst – A Children’s Festival, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
5. Entertainment: Sentosa Central Beach Bazaar
This exciting new attraction tops our list of things to do in Singapore this October. Located in the heart of Sentosa’s beaches, the Central Beach Bazaar is a unique day-to-night carnival beach experience filled with immersive sights, scents and sounds. Swing by the tallest fountain in Southeast Asia (Sentosa SkyJet), feast on delicious street food at International Food Street, and ogle at spectacular music and water displays by the Sentosa Musical Fountain and Wings of Time. What are you waiting for?
Sentosa Central Beach Bazaar, 60 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 098997
6. Exhibition: Mental: Colours of Wellbeing
The ArtScience Museum continues the conversation on mental health with an eye-catching new exhibition. Mental: Colours of Wellbeing showcases 24 exhibits by contemporary artists, scientists and designers from around the world. You can expect Instagram-worthy artworks and vibrant installations showcasing themes of connection, exploration, expression and reflection. Look out for the human-sized rainbow “hamster” wheel, and a 3D machine that prints out your thoughts generated by brainwaves.
Mental: Colours of Wellbeing, until 26 February 2023; ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
7. Entertainment: Baybeats 2022
28 to 30 October
We’re ready for three days’ worth of indie rock and alternative music by the bay. This October, Esplanade welcomes regional acts and overseas collaborations at its Theatres on the Bay. Get ready for a power-packed line-up including Otoboke Beaver, an all-female punk rock band from Japan, Indonesian rock sensation Feast, and local acts such as death metal heavyweights Rudra and surf punk icon Force Vomit. Mark your calendars – it’s gonna be a good time.
Baybeats 2022, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
8. Shop: Clarins Beauty Factory pop-up
Uncover how Clarins bottles the power of botanics at the Clarins Beauty Factory pop-up. Located at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, it offers you the opportunity to explore and learn more about the plants, science, and heart that go into the innovation of the brand’s formulas and packaging.
Clarins Beauty Factory pop-up, until 31 January 2023, #01-68, Level 1, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
9. Event: Deep Boo Sea at S.E.A. Aquarium
Want to take your Halloween adventures underwater? Dive into the Deep Boo Sea at S.E.A. Aquarium. Go with friends, or engage the family for a time of trick or treating, spooky meet and greets, and dive feeds led by skeleton divers. It’ll be a day to remember.
Deep Boo Sea at S.E.A. Aquarium, until 8 November, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
10. Exhibition: Control in Spontaneity by Lee Jung Woong
From 7 October
Can’t tell if this is a painting or photograph? Feeling bamboozled? Well, there’s more where this comes from. Step into the world of hyper-realistic artist Lee Jung Woong. His new solo exhibition, titled Control in Spontaneity, features fifteen of his new works on display at Raffles City Shopping Centre gallery. Be mesmerised by the record of his innermost thoughts and emotions that are inspired by nature.
Control in Spontaneity by Lee Jung Woong, until 7 November; #01-36E/F, Ode to Art, Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
11. Drink: Glenfiddich ‘The Perpetual Collection’ pop-up
Glenfiddich has unveiled its new airport-exclusive retail range – The Perpetual Collection. Swing by to try it at the pop-up in Changi Airport Terminal 1 this October. You’ll embark on an experiential guided whisky tasting and be among the first to taste the four new expressions. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with generative artwork by Berlin-based studio A N F, inspired by the collection. Need the perfect gift to bring home to loved ones? You can personalise a gift label or record a QR video message for a meaningful gifting experience.
Glenfiddich ‘The Perpetual Collection’ pop-up, until 5 November; Terminal 1, Changi Airport, Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819642
12. Exhibition: House of Dreams
Until 21 October
Ion Orchard has partnered with Mattel and Jian Yang, an entrepreneur and avid Barbie doll collector, to create the House of Dreams. This multi-concept exhibition showcases over 600 unique Barbie dolls against a landscape inspired by the Barbie Dreamhouse. Come and immerse yourself in a wonderland of Barbie-sized icons – from all-time favourites like Elvis and Barbra Streisand to superheroes such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Don’t forget to check out the special Barbie box photo booth to snap some fun photographs with friends before you leave.
House of Dreams, Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Bring on the new month with these exciting and incredible things to do in Singapore for October!