From hair-raising adventures with pirates and zombies to hands-on workshops where kids can make their own Halloween treats, here are some fun places for the little ones this Halloween season.
Halloween is celebrated on the evening of 31 October each year. Originally called All Hallows’ Eve, it is the night before All Saints’ Day. The name was later shortened to the snappier Halloween. Going further back, however, it is thought to have originated with Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. It’s basically the Western version of the Chinese Seventh Month Festival or Hungry Ghost Month!
Today, in countries like the US, Halloween is a fun festival for the young and the young-at-heart to dress up in costume and go house-to-house. “Trick o’ treat!” the kids would greet each person who came to the door, as they held out a bag to collect candy. A stingy neighbour who didn’t prepare any goodies would get a mischievous ‘trick’ played on them instead.
While that custom hasn’t quite caught on here in Singapore, more and more tourist attractions and other child-friendly venues are coming up with their own Halloween events each year. We round up 15 of the best for some trick o’ treating fun this year.
1. Spooky Seas at S.E.A. Aquarium
Ahoy, matey! Enter the pirates’ lair at S.E.A. Aquarium and let Captain Spooks guide the little ones through the trick or treat trail. They will discover fun and educational adventures, and treasure, of course! Over at Ocean Dome, Gypsy will regale little explorers with captivating tales about her adventures on the seven. On weekends, be transported into the underwater world at Open Ocean Habitat as Skeleton Wanderers seek out Sea Fairies in the depths of the ocean. Dress up as your favourite character and catch S.E.A. Aquarium’s manta mascot Mai or the skeleton divers for spooky photo souvenirs. Kids can also make their own Halloween-themed crafts at the Ocean Gallery. It’s going to be a swashbuckling time!
When: 1-31 October 2016
Where: S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
How much: One-Day Pass from $18 per child and $30 per adult; S.E.A. Aquarium Bundle at S$68 for 2 adults and 1 child available exclusively online
Find out more: www.rwsentosa.com
2. Safari Boo at River Safari
Touted as Singapore’s first merry-not-scary Halloween event for kids, Safari Boo returns with the theme of Aliens and Monsters. Dress according to the theme as a family and participate in the Boo-tiful Family Pageant and stand to win prizes. In an all-new interactive show, kids join forces with monsters, aliens and their animal friends against the evil Doctor V. Then be mesmerised by mythical mermaids swimming in a choreographed performance alongside real life mermaids, otherwise known as manatees! Kids also get to solve mysteries of real-life aliens – invasive animal species – that do not belong, do face painting and other craft activities. Then get your pictures taken with alien characters and their giant crashed spaceship!
When: 21-23 & 28-30 October 2016, 6-10pm
Where: River Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Road
How much: From $5 per child and $18 per adult (discounts available for WRS members)
Find out more: safariboo.wrs.com.sg
3. Thriller in the Park at The Singapore Halloween Festival 2016
The inaugural edition of Singapore’s own Halloween festival event promises to wow the whole family. Get the best timing as you challenge Singapore’s first zombie maze, and be wowed by the amazing costumes in the Cosplay Thriller competition. There’s a dedicated Kids Zone with shows just for the little ones, and a giant picnic lawn for everyone to enjoy the food and drinks from unique F&B pop-ups. With a carnival atmosphere set in Fort Canning Park, elaborate stages featuring top local acts and DJs will keep you entertained you for 12 hours straight. Best of all, kids under 12 years enter free!
When: 29 October 2016, 11am-11pm
Where: Fort Gate, Fort Canning Park
How much: Free for kids under 12 years and from $20 per adult
Find out more: www.sensat1on.com
4. The Not So Creepy Halloween at Science Centre Singapore
Go on a top secret mission this Halloween. Science Centre Singapore is recruiting undercover agents to help crack down on invading evil villains. It’s time for the whole family to suit up and assist the Superheroes! You’ll learn and uncover the science behind their evil plot. Then head to Tinkering Studios and Scientist For A Day for more Halloween themed activities. Go dressed in your best costume and participate in an Instagram contest. Upload the coolest photo you can take at the photo booth and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #ScienceCentreSG for a chance to win a Magnetism Kit worth $49.90.
When: 29-31 October 2016, 10am-6pm
Where: Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road
How much: $5 per participant
Find out more: www.science.edu.sg
Chilly Trick o’ Treats
5. Trick or Treat on Ice at The Rink
Imagine ice-skating among monsters in Singapore’s first and only Olympic-size skating rink. And it’s steeped in fog! What’s more, a giant 5m tall witch haunted the rink last year, so you can expect lots of spooky fun. Just purchase tickets to JCube’s Scream Fest 3 – The School Maze (that’s two Halloween adventures in one location!) and you get to ice-skate for two hours for just $7 on weekdays, inclusive of skate boots rental (usual price $17.50). On weekends, group purchases for four skaters enjoy a $36 bundle price (usual price $70). On 28 and 29 October, remember to get into Halloween costume for a spooky disco on ice event from 9.45-11.45pm!
When: 1 October – 13 November 2016
Where: The Rink, Level 3, JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1
How much: Weekdays $7 per person; Weekend Bundle Promotion for 4 skaters at $36 (terms and conditions apply)
Find out more: www.therink.sg
6. Halloween in the Snow at Snow City Singapore
Go trick o’ treating with a family of snowmen as they go on a Halloween adventure. Get into the spirit of Halloween with the hourly snowfall experience. Even more exciting is the snow blizzard that happens only at 12 and 3pm daily. Come dressed in your favourite costume and enjoy a ghoulish good time in the snow. While you’re at it, get your photo taken with Snow City’s mascots Oki, Ila, Koko, Nooka and Suki who perform a dance showdown at 2.30pm daily. Kids are also invited to Suki’s Nest for a spooky Halloween storytelling session at 12 and 4pm daily. Don’t worry, there’ll be just the right amount of fright for a nightmare-free Halloween!
When: 29-31 October 2016, 10am-6pm
Where: Snow City Singapore, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road
How much: From $12 per child and $15 per adult for 1-hour session; from $18 per child and $25 per adult for 2-hour session
Find out more: www.snowcity.com.sg
Creepy Club Parties
7. Pirates of the Swiss Club at Swiss Club
Go on a treasure hunting adventure at the Swiss Club this Halloween. Team up as a family to challenge five rival pirates and make them give up their treasures. To do so, you’ll have to solve Captain Hook’s riddles, beat Captain Jack in rock-scissors-paper and play charades with Captain Kidd. Then get Captain Barbossa’s painting right and see if you can beat Captain Silver’s super senses. The team with the most treasures becomes top pirate! Replenish your energy by digging into the pirate buffet spread before the finale – team up with all the other pirates to bring down the Treasure Box pinata! Oh, and the best-dressed pirates stand to win prizes too.
When: 22 October 2016, 4.30-8.30pm
Where: Jungle Bar, Swiss Club, 36 Swiss Club Road
How much: $34 per child (5-12 years) and $78 per adult ($10 discount for Swiss Club members)
Find out more: www.swissclub.org.sg
8. Spooky Boo! Halloween Fun Fair at Go-Go Bambini
The nurturing, educational and play-driven environment that Go-Go Bambini is known for transforms into a spooky Halloween party and fun fair for the little ones. Be entertained by magic shows, get your souvenirs at the themed photo booth and go trick o’ treating. Then enjoy the Halloween party feast featuring creepy finger foods. Kids also get Halloween balloons and goodie bags, and stand to win prizes in best costume competitions. Admission tickets include entry for one child and up to two accompanying adults. Suitable for kids up to age 12 years.
When: 28 October 2016, 5-7pm
Where: Go-Go Bambini, #01-15, Block 8 Dempsey Road
How much: $45 per child (inclusive of entry for up to 2 adults; 10% discount for GGB members)
Find out more: www.gogobambini.com
9. Halloween Haunt at Hollandse Club
It’s another haunted Halloween spooky night at Hollandse Club so get your costumes ready. Kids can look forward to a thrilling haunted house among a whole host of spine-chilling activities at the Indoor Lounge. Take part in a Halloween themed crafting session and face painting. The Spooky Mad Lab Science Show has lots of scary fun in store, and then get moving at the Monster Mash Disco! It’s the one day of the year where it is fine for all hell – and lots of candy – to break loose!
When: 28 October 2016, 7-9.30pm
Where: Indoor Lounge, Hollandse Club, 22 Camden Park
How much: $30 per person ($10 discount for Hollandse Club members)
Find out more: www.hollandseclub.org.sg
10. Halloween Spookfest at Power Kids Gym
It’s going to be four hours of non-stop fun, candy and goodies this Halloween at Power Kids Gym. It includes gym activities with obstacle courses, a kid-friendly movie and a pizza dinner for MonsterKids aged 3.5 to 10 years. BabySpook takes place earlier in the day and involves parent participation for the tots 11 months to 3.5 years. Make sure the kids show up in costume and be ready for thrills, frills and chills. There will be magic, games and prizes, bubbles and balloons, face painting, photo booth and arts and crafts.
When: 29 October 2016, 1.30-3.30pm for BabySpook and 5-8pm for MonsterKids
Where: Power Kids Gym, #02-12 UE Square, 81 Clemenceau Avenue
How much: $60 for BabySpook (11 months – 3.5 years); $70 for MonsterKids (3.5-10 years)
Find out more: www.powerkidsgym.com
Weird & Wonderful Workshops
11. Hands-on Halloween Cupcake Class at Candylicious
Who doesn’t love cupcakes, especially when they’re cute and creepy at the same time? Team up with your child and learn how to create the perfect Halloween cupcakes with Spoonful’s Chef Miki. She’ll teach you how to bake vanilla cupcakes from scratch and prepare pumpkin or sweet potato cream, perfect for the occasion. You’ll learn how to cream and ice your cupcakes with jack o’lanterns, ghosties, witches and more. It promises to be a really fun and hands-on parent-child bonding session. You can impress friends and family at your upcoming Halloween party!
When: 22 October 2016, 2.30-4.30pm
Where: Candylicious, #02-41/42 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk
How much: $75 per parent-child pair
Find out more: www.spoonful.sg
12. Kids Halloween Baking at Expat Kitchen
This Halloween, Expat Kitchen Kids has designed a baking session just for budding chefs aged four to eight years, where they’ll get to make Oozing Brain and Graveyard Cupcakes, Spooky Spider and Severed Finger Cookies, Jack O’Lantern Crunch Balls and of course, the ever popular Mummified Sausages. They’ll not only master skills like measuring ingredients, mixing and kneading, but also get the satisfaction of tasting their own creations when it’s all said and done. Kids are invited to come in costums and there will also be a craft corner where they can make cute bats, pumpkins and ghosts.
When: 22 October 2016, 10.30am-12pm
Where: Expat Kitchen, #02-01, 9 Norris Road
How much: $55 per child (4-8 years)
Find out more: www.expat-kitchen.com
13. OOO: Halloween :OOO at Jalan Bahar Clay Studios
The Da Vinci Group invites kids from two years of age, and their parents, to join them for a unique Halloween experience at the dragon kiln. Together, make your own unique monster pinched pot, walk through the tunnel of no return and get turn into a zombie at the Potter’s wheel. It’s going to be equally scary and clay-y! Each ticket includes entry for one child and one adult, one face painting session, a tour of the dragon kiln and a Potter’s wheel experience, after which you can take home your own monster pinched pot.
When: 22 October 2016, 10am-12pm or 3-5pm
Where: Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle, 85 Lorong Tawas
How much: $90 per parent-child pair (from 2 years and up); $70 per additional child and $20 per additional adult
Find out more: www.davincisg.com
14. Happy Halloweeny at Studio Why Not
Why Not is a place where kids are encouraged to be themselves, and this Halloween, they are welcome to look as scary as they wish and showcase their wonky selves! Upon entry into the art studio, kids aged three years and above are each given up to one hour to create their own colourful and crazy cool mask. Art facilitators will be on hand to offer guidance and support. When they’re done, they will have their own handmade mask to complement the scariest – or cutest – Halloween costume to go trick o’ treating with!
When: 29 October 2016, 10am-6pm
Where: Studio Why Not, HorseCity, 100 Turf Club Road
How much: $20 per child (age 3 years and up); $15 for every additional sibling/friend
Find out more: www.whynot.sg
15. Halloween Prom 2016 – Stage for Kids International
Inculcating freedom of creativity and confidence in self-expression via speech and drama coupled with arts and science, Stage for Kids invites trick o’ treaters aged four to eight years for a parent-free Halloween themed morning. The programme includes a mini musical with puppets, Halloween song and dance, dramatic story time, Magic Box Time and even a pumpkin carving demonstration. Apart from lots of fun and games, they also get hands-on, crafting their own candy collecting bucket before going around to the Trick O’ Treating stations to complete their Halloween experience.
When: 30 October 2016, 10am-12.15pm
Where: Block B, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road
How much: $24 per child (4-8 years), $45 for two siblings, $60 for three siblings
Find out more: www.stageforkids.com