Does Singapore Celebrate Halloween?
Singapore celebrates Halloween, that is a fact. More of a fun, Western sense than a solemn as the Mexican dia de la muerta.
At Singapore, there’s something for everyone every Halloween. Well, there used to be, pre-COVID.
Let’s rewind to the days when circuit breaker merely meant… well, circuit breaker and masks were not the norm.
There used to be a time when malls would celebrate by offering treats to kids in Halloween costume. Malls would often announce their activities a month in advance.
Other than mall trick or treating, Universal Studios or Resorts World Sentosa often have something for the kids. This year, it’s Trick or Thrills with (you guessed it) trick or treating. The best Halloween costume will also stand a chance to win a prize. Then, the tots can also meet and greet their favourite “stars” from Despicable Me, Sesame Street and Trolls.
Now, if you’re one of the brave souls, you know that Halloween Horror Nights is one of the most sought-after, anticipated Halloween events in Singapore. The characters they bring to life are what nightmares are made of. Halloween Horror Nights at RWS even comes with a warning: “WARNING! EXHIBITION MAY BE TOO INTENSE AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR GUESTS UNDER THE AGE OF 16.”
Now, if commercialised (and pricey) fun is not for you, there are other options too like…
… ghost hunting and visiting spooky sights. Here are some site recommendations:
1. Bukit Brown Cemetery
Nothing is spookier than visiting a cemetery. And a cemetery with more than 100,000 traditional Chinese graves, including a 600sqm grave of businessman Ong Sam Leong in a 233 hectare rainforest is even scarier. To head to Bukit Brown. Alight from the Botanic Gardens MRT station, then walk to bus stop #41121 on Adam Road. Then take buses 74, 93, 157, 165, 852 or 855 and alight two stops later before Singapore Island Country Club on Adam Road. Walk towards Sime Road in the direction of Kheam Hock Road until you finally see Lorong Halwa.
2. Spooner Road
If you haven’t heard of Spooner Road, you’re not alone. However, this road is quite famous among the locals due to weird disturbances, shadows, unexplained sounds and sightings in flats.
The Spooner Road HDB blocks are some of the oldest in Singapore, built in the mid-70s. The flats used to house staff of the now-defunct Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, which was then abandoned when the railway ceased operations.
3. Old Tampines Road
Locals will tell you that Pontianaks haunt Old Tampines Road. These are vengeful spirits of women who have died during childbirth or pregnancy. Their ghosts linger around the area.
Now here’s a story that I’ve heard so many times – and an acquaintance did narrate the same tale too. Apparently cyclists feel an extra weight when passing by by the long and quiet stretch during night time, even if it is not an uphill climb. Then there’s a sweet floral scent that lingers in the air too.
Asian Horror Marathon
Of course, it is always better to stay indoors. So why don’t you spend Halloween cooped up in your house and watching Asian ghost films to your heart’s content. Please do not watch the Hollywood remake lest you be disappointed.
Our recommendations include:
1. The Ring, Japanese version (all films in this franchise)
2. Shutter, Thai version
3. A Tale of Two Sisters, Korean version
4. The Grudge, Japanese version
5. The Third Eye