For us scaredy-cats, the very thought of creepy, possessed dolls and grinning demonic clowns fills us with dread. We would very much rather hide in our comfortable blanket burrito instead, thanks.
But for all our thrill-seeking friends, there’s no better feeling than that spine-tingling fear that creeps up while catching that ghastly horror flick, or while trying to survive the scariest celebration of the year – Halloween. When else can they revel in a night of spook-tacular scares?
If you haven’t had enough of haunting superstitions during the Hungry Ghost Festival, here’s a list of 13 Halloween events you can look forward to this 2017.
One of the most anticipated events of the year, Halloween Horror Nights 7 is the annual ghoul-fest courtesy of the sadistic folks from Universal Studios Singapore. This year’s eerie experience comes with haunted houses, scare zones, and the first-of-its-kind zombie laser tag.
With five haunted houses, each individually themed, you can be sure to face your deepest fears, whatever they are. From the horrifying Death Mall to the painfully relevant Make the Cut (because who hasn’t dreamt of becoming a famous celebrity?), there are horrors waiting within for everyone.
Get in on the action with the two scare zones as well. Pilgrimage of Sin will have you kowtowing to the avatars of the Seven Deadly Sins, while Happy Horror Days will give you the vacay of your nightmares.
Take care not to linger too long, or you may find your walkthrough a permanent one.
Date & Time: 29 September – 29 October 2017 (selected nights), 7:30pm – 12:30am OR 7:30pm – 1:30am
Universal Studios Singapore, Halloween Horror Night 7: Sentosa Island, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269 | Website
Ever wondered what goes on behind the doors when the Asian Civilisation Museum closes? Sneak a peek at the supernatural, at ACM After Dark 2017. Haunted museum-lovers, this Halloween event promises to send shivers up your spine.
Hear history come to (gory) life and play peek-a-boo with ghosts of the past in the galleries. Play the part and pose at the dress-up booths – but beware of unearthly photo-bombers.
Date & Time: 28 October 2017, 7pm – 11pm
Given its notoriously spooky nature, Haw Par Villa is definitely not somewhere you want to be at night. So can you imagine holding a music festival there?
That’s what Noise Singapore and Invasion Singapore are bringing to us this October. Noise Invasion Festival invites you to bob your head to pounding beats while surrounded by ghoulish statues.
#GetWeird, and get artsy with the collaborative Great Wall of Art. Veteran street artists Slac Satu and Freaky Fir will create Frankenstein wall mural art with three other selected artists. Working together, these artists will give life to the blank wall and transform it into an artwork of monstrous proportions.
Don’t forget to come dressed up in your creepiest threads, because the weirdest outfit stands to win great prizes!
Date & Time: 28 October 2017, 6pm – 10:30pm
What’s more challenging than laser tag and an obstacle course? Running through an obstacle course while trying to Survive The Living Dead, intent on devouring your brains. Armed only with a scant survivor pack and bare essentials, do you have what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse?
This year, players can look forward to cowering in the concrete cityscape of Urban Mangrove. Grab a group of friends and hunker down to survive the night – it’s kill or be killed.
Date & Time: 28 & 29 October 2017, 6pm – 10pm
If you thought the heartlands were homely and safe, be prepared for the familiar to become unfamiliar. Last Laugh: Strings of Fate is a carnival-style event organised by Bukit Batok CC Youth Club, and it’s set to bring chills to even the bravest souls.
Wander through a haunted house and get cacklin’ at the carnival. Get your face painted like a skull, twirl sticky-sweet candy-floss, and even piece together mind-boggling puzzles. Don’t forget to come dressed to kill – the most slayin’ costume wins the best dressed competition!
Date & Time: 28 October 2017, 5pm – 9pm (tickets available at CC counter)
Last Laugh – Strings of Fate: Sports Hub @ Bukit Batok Community Centre, 21 Bukit Batok Central, Singapore 659959 | Facebook
Come ready to devour – Melt Cafe is presenting a Halloween Feast so tantalising, even the dearly departed will be sorry they’re missing it.
Munch on offerings from their monstrous menu. Their wide selection of Witches’ Soup and Skull Chips will whet your appetite for Mummy Meat from the Surgery Room. Chow down on Chopper Chops from the Slaughter House, or round off your meal with Bones and Maggots, and Boiling Flat Worms.
Delve even deeper into sin with their Eighteen Levels of Hell. Sink your teeth into the sindulgent feast of fear – you may never want to leave, ever.
Date & Time: 31 October 2017, 12pm – 10:30pm
Get ready for a creepy night of groovin’ tunes enough to wake the dead with music community, Indigo Scales! Even the skeletons will be popping and locking once the Thriller-worthy beats blast through the air.
Grab your complimentary drink as the chilling music keeps flowing, courtesy of DJ Chris after 11pm. Look twice, because your shadows might not be the only silhouettes enjoying the dancing…
Date & Time: 27 October 2017, 7pm – 1am (tickets at S$15/pax)
Why not head out of Singapore for an otherworldly experience this Halloween, at Sea Gypsy Village Resort on Pulau Sibu? Take a peek at the lighter side of Halloween, with kid-friendly activities during the day.
Tiny tots can look forward to Jack-o-lanterns with sticky watermelons, face-painting sessions, and even hunting for monsters and treasure in their best costumes.
It’s all fun in the sun on the sand, until the shadows lengthen and twilight is upon us. When night falls, terrors come out to play – this is the time for adults to party. The booze will flow freely as you dance with the devil under the pale moonlight to themed tunes.
Date & Time: 28 – 29 October 2017, 9am – 3am (2D1N stay)
Costumes and masks, hauntings and spirits; oh my!
Victoria Concert Hall presents Dorothy Papadakos on the organ for sinister live organ music, to accompany their screening of the 1925 silent horror film. Get your smelling salts ready, and prepare those ear plugs – past audience members have swooned and screamed when the Phantom appeared on-screen.
Hold in those horrified screams, because they just might bring the ceiling crashing down on your unsuspecting head. The Phantom of the Opera is here indeed.
Date & Time: 26 October 2017, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Ever heard of the Flying Dutchman? Pirates of the Caribbean fans will remember this ghostly ship and its doomed captain. So buckle up mateys; ghastly pirates will be your spine-tingling dinner companions on the Haunted Halloween Cruise on the Royal Albatross.
For $165, you get a 2-hour cruise and two cocktails. Stumble your way across the creaking deck, but be careful not to run into any groaning ghosts. Indulge in a medley of aptly-named drinks – but don’t get too drunk, you wouldn’t want to be a man overboard.
Look out for their signature Halloween Cocktails like Sleepy Hollow, Dead Man’s Chest and Cauldron Brew. Leave the kids at home for the night, because children aren’t allowed on this spooktacular cruise.
Date & Time: 28 October 2017, 11pm – 1am
Third time’s the charm, they say. The third instalment of Chillin’ Like A Villain promises mischief and mayhem, with shots, shots, shots.
Dress to kill, because what’s a Halloween party without suitably sinister spandex? Prepare your most villainous cackle, and if you’re lucky, your uniform of evil will snag you great gifts. And you’ll even get to slay your nemesis with effortless style in a private party bus.
Date & Time: 28 – 29 October 2017, 7:30pm – late
The Hungry Ghost Month may have just passed, but the spirits still hunger…
Appease the fallen souls with a feast even the dead can’t refuse, with Brunches Cafe’s Halloween Night Party. Walking into this Haunted Prison-themed cafe will have you screaming Bloody Murder.
Take a gamble on the Cruel Witches’ Concoction and hope it doesn’t turn you into a pig. Or take a nibble of the Crispy Corpsy – but wait, is that a finger?
You’ll leave Brunches Cafe feeling Stuffed to Death indeed.
Date & Time: 28 & 29 October 2017, 7pm – 9pm
HomeTeam NS brings back our violent colonial past with Terroween, where vengeful spirits lurk even on our island home.
Explore the thematic scare zones based on local colonial-era folklore; with names like Execution Ground and Human Sacrifice, you can be sure you’ll have a screamin’ good time!
Get your warpaint on at the face-painting booths, and snack on Halloween finger food at the Boo-Fay. Or gaze into the murky future instead with their Tarot Card readings – you might scry a warning for dangers ahead. They say history repeats itself, after all.
End your night of fright with a horror movie screening at 10pm. This secret movie will only be revealed on the day itself, but we can assure you it won’t be for the faint-hearted.
Date & Time: 28 October 2017, 7pm – 12am