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Our Guide to Halloween 2014 – get your spook on, mama!

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It’s almost time for the spookiest day of the year, mamas! Trick-or-treating, costume competitions and haunted houses have quickly turned Singapore into a spooktacular wonderland! Our go-to guide will help you make planning the day’s festivities easy as pie, whether you’re scouring the city for sweets to fill little jack-o-lanterns, hosting a fun-filled Halloween party or heading out with munchkins to take in the city’s scariest events!

Sweets ‘n Treats

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Most major supermarkets will stock a plethora of Halloween-themed value packs. From boiled sweets and gummies to chocolate and lollipops, hit up Cold Storage, Market Place, Marks & Spencer and Isetan Scotts for your pick of the bunch. If, however you’d like to go more specialised, these sweet shops make up a veritable pick ‘n mix of sugary haunts.

Candybuffet
With candy catering for parties and events, the fab folks at Candybuffet will set up the ultimate sweets table that is sure to have all the little ones drooling.

Tel: (+65) 9005 6571, [email protected]

Candylicious
Boasting Asia’s largest Pick ‘n Mix selection, Candylicious is a sugary shopping destination, selling everything from funky lollies to organic chocolate bars and candy-themed gifts.

Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway, 01-225-230, Singapore 098138
Tel: (+65) 6686 2100

Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, 391B Orchard Rd, B2-25/27, Singapore 238873
Tel: (+65) 6732 2688

Lollytalk
A homegrown sweets company specialising in customisable rock candy. These sweet treats are almost too adorable to eat!

Lollytalk, 68 Orchard Rd, Plaza Singapura B2-20, Singapore 238839
Tel: (+65) 6883 1569

Made in Candy
These sugar craftsmen hand-make their gorgeous confections with plenty of TLC. Every creation is lovingly and artisanally crafted, guaranteeing top quality rock candy packed with big flavours. They also take customised orders.

United Square, 101 Thomson Rd, #B1-06, Singapore 307591
Tel: (+65) 6250 6292

MIC Candylab, 88 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088509
Tel: (+65) 6226 3643

Sticky Singapore
Another rock candy specialist, Sticky creates bright and colourful candy bites and lollipops for parties and events of all occasions. Every piece of candy is carefully handmade, sculpted and packaged, making them some of the cutest treats out there. Plus, you can order online, which as busy mamas we’re always in favour of!

The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, B1-54/55, Singapore 059817
Tel: (+65) 6238 5178
For full details of other locations, click here.

The Cocoa Trees
A chocoholic’s dream, The Cocoa Trees stock a huge range of choccies from leading international brands such as Cadbury, Hershey’s, Toblerone, Reeses and more.

Various locations, for full details, click here.

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Looking for more substantial Halloween-themed desserts for the family? Head over to Bake-It-Yourself to learn how to make eerie and eye-catching Halloween baked goodies with their series of Halloween Baking Classes. Not interested in dealing with the kitchen stress and mess? No problem, mama, pick up some of the best ghoulish offerings in town at these baking experts…

Swirls
Offering free delivery for orders above 24 cupcakes, Swirl’s adorable purple, orange, black and white cupcakes feature gorgeous icing designs of bats, pumpkins, ghosts and cobwebs. The perfect Halloween delights for your spooky bash.

Swirls, 8 Rodyk Street 01-08, Singapore 238216
Tel: (+65) 6634 4765 

Twelve Cupcakes
You better get your hands on these gorgeous Halloween-themed goodies ASAP, mama! Hugely successful with an international presence, Twelve Cupcakes are rolling out a series of chocolate-based Halloween cakes with ghost, pumpkin and werewolf-themed frosting.

Various locations, for full details, click here.

Margaret Cookies
These are some beautifully detailed cookies and cupcakes! These guys have taken the Halloween theme and run with it, offering Horror cupcakes decorated with ghosts, bats, chopped fingers, eyeballs, mummies and much more.

Order by emailing [email protected] or order online, by clicking here. 

If you’re throwing a happening Halloween bash for tiny terrors then, firstly, you’re one cool mum. And secondly, you may want to check out our 2013 Halloween Roundup, which is chock-a-block full of healthy and homemade creepy treats. Happy cooking, mama!

Costumes Galore

Deck littlies out in the finest threads and the coolest costumes around…

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Children’s Costume Specialist
With literally hundreds of costumes to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice, mama! From fairy tales and occupations to superheroes and spooky munchkins, you’ll find it here!

Children’s Costume Specialist, [email protected] Lebar, 140 Paya Lebar Road #05-10, Singapore 409015
Tel: (+65) 6288 0075 

Costume ‘n Parties
Hire costumes, buy stage-quality make up, special effects, masks, wigs and more at this costume superstore, mama! Their high quality fancy dress costumes are available for every age group; from newborns through to tweens, teens and grown-ups so the whole family can get spookified for the season!

Costumes ‘N’ Parties, 73 Kampong Bahru #01-01, Singapore 169374
Tel: (+65) 6224 8742 

Costume City
Wide range of costumes for every age. Their massive range of super hero costumes will delight your little action star.

Costume City, BLK 203 (Wing A) Henderson Rd, #09-03 Henderson Industrial Park, Singapore 159546
Tel: (+65) 6270 1722

Costume Star
Providing costumes for all ages, Costume Star lovingly make unique rental costumes ranging in themes from Bollywood and Disney princesses to super heroes and creepy Halloween.

Costume Star, 20 Peck Seah Street #03-00, Singapore 079312
Tel: (+65) 9636 7644

Customade Costume
Quite possibly the biggest and most extensive costume house in Singapore, Customade Costume has thousands upon thousands of costumes to rent or buy. True to their name, they even make custom-made costumes for those who take their trick-or-treating super seriously!

Customade Costume, 625 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319519
Tel: (+65) 6333 9440

Global Mascot
Rent top quality mascot costumes, fancy dress and props at this wholesale supplier.

Global Mascot, 762 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198730
Tel: (+65) 6392 2792

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Happy Costumes
The ultimate costume shop for kiddies with a fantastic online shop that ships free to Singapore! From fairytale characters (yes, there is an extensive selection of Frozen costumes) and spooky Halloween ghouls to pop culture characters and more, Happy Costumes will definitely make little ones smile!

www.happycostumes.com 

H&M
One of our high-street faves rolls our cute and creepy costumes for littlies at super affordable prices.

Various locations, for full details, click here.

Magic Wand
Pick up costumes, wigs, accessories and more at this small but sweet party shop.

Tanglin Mall, #03-02/03, Singapore 247933
Tel: (+65) 6887 3384

Lucky Plaza, #03-94, Singapore 238863
Tel: (+65) 6736 2428 

Moephosis
Costume rentals for every occasion, with over 20,000 to choose from, you’ll be dressed to impress this Halloween.

Moephosis, 84 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427380
Tel: (+65) 6345 8731

Otaku House
Amazing selection of Japanese Cosplay (short for costume-play) costumes for fans of all ages. Dress up as your favourite anime or Japanese manga character!

Otaku House, Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, #07-13B, Singapore 238839
Tel: (+65) 6884 8414

Pan in the box
Another mecca for cosplay costumes, Pan in the box has a wide selection of props, wigs and accessories as well as full costumes available for rental.

Pan in the box, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, The Central Shopping Mall, #02-51 Singapore 059817
Tel: (+65) 6221 3293

Toys R Us
Singapore’s reliable one-stop-shop for everything kiddified. With a wide range of costumes, accessories and decorations, you’ll be sure to find something for even the pickiest munchkin.

Various locations, for full details, click here.

DIY, Decorations and more!

Halloween DIY

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If you’re a supermom with the sewing needle and plan on making munchkin’s costume, or if you want to deck the pad out with the creepiest party decorations, then you’ll want to check out these fantastic party stores and haberdasheries for the best themed supplies in the city:

Bug’s Party
Golden Dragon Store
Magic Hall
Magic Wand
Party City
Quilts ‘n Calicoes
Sew Easy
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Events around town

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There’s a huge range of Halloween events this month, with Singapore becoming one of Asia’s hotspots for this terrifyingly fun night! From theme park fright nights and culturally informative workshops to not-so-scary kiddie parties, we’ve got the lowdown on the best events happening around the Lion City…

ACM After Dark
This Halloween season, the Asian Civilisation Museum will be putting on an outdoor movie screening, face painting, live performance under the stars and a haunted gallery tour where objects and spirits come to life! So, put on your creepiest costume and head down to ACM’s free paranormal party. Guests are also invited to DIY their own wicked souvenir to take home once they’ve finished creeping and crawling through the museum halls.

When: 25 October, 7pm
Where:
Asian Civilisation Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
How much:
Free!

Enchanted Halloween Party @ Marmalade Pantry Stables
Bring the family down to The Marmalade Pantry Stables for some enchanted fun. There’ll be games, trick-or-treating, a spooky photobooth, DIY fun and plenty of delicious treats. Parents can sit back and relax as costumed kiddies celebrate the scary season. Psst…there’ll be a best-dressed contest so make sure munchkin is dressed to impress!

When: 31 Oct, 6-9pm, 1 Nov 3-6pm & 6-9pm
Where:
The Marmalade Pantry Stables, 55 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286846
How much:
$60 (register before 20 Oct to receive 10% off). To register, email [email protected].

Go-Go Bambini Halloween Party
At this spacious indoor play centre where kids can let loose, they can enjoy special spooky perks like glitter tattoos, a treasure hunt, trick-or-treating, and a best-dressed competition.

When: 31 October, 5-7pm
Where: Go-Go Bambini Playscape, Blk 8 Dempsey Road, #01-15, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 247696
How much: Members $45, Non-members $55. To register, email [email protected].

Halloween Horror Nights @ Universal Studios
After the successes of the previous three years, Universal Studios is bringing back their frightful Halloween Horror Nights extravaganza for the whole of October. Prepare to be scared stiff as you explore four frightening scare zones, each with four different haunted houses packed full of horrifying surprises, scary actors and adrenaline-pumping sound effects. After you’re sufficiently spooked out, you can enjoy USS rides all night long. Kiddies under 10 should probably stay at home for this one, mama!

When: 3 Oct – 1 Nov, 7:30pm – 1:30am
Where: Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 089269
How much: General admission $68. To buy your tickets, click here.

Halloween on Ice @ JCube
Enjoy the thrills and chills of a Halloween on ice! Get kiddies dressed in their spookiest costumes and head out to The Rink for an evening of spooky fun. There’ll be face painting and ice games with plenty of prizes up for grabs.

When: 24, 25, 31 October & 1 Nov, 9:45-11:45pm
Where:
The Rink, 2 Jurong East Central 1, L 3, J Cube, Singapore 609731
How much:
Standard entry fees, for full details, click here.

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JWT Halloween Carnival
Littlies will have a blast as JWT Kids Gym’s “not so scary” Halloween party as it returns for another year. Bring teeny tots aged 18 months to nine years in their spooky costumes down to JWT for face painting, arts and crafts, tasty treats, fun activities and games.

When: 25 October, 5pm
Where:
JWT Kids Gym, 81 Clemenceau Ave #02-12, UE Square, Singapore 239917
How much:
Members $50, Non-members $55

Little Pumpkin Halloween at the Botanic Gardens
Add some French flair to your little ones’ Halloween at this festive collaboration between oh-so stylish children’s party planner Little Pixie Box, Camille Photography, and InterAct French. Suitable for the tiniest of tinies, the event includes a photoshoot of the bebes with adorable costumes and props (provided free of charge, but kiddos can bring their own if they prefer), plus snacks, craft activities and games.

When: 22, 29, 31 October, 9:30-11:30am
Where: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Bukit Timah Gate near Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
How Much: $90. To register, email [email protected].

“Not So Creepy” Halloween @ Science Centre
The Science Centre Singapore will be holding a week of “Not so Creepy” Halloween shenanigans where littlies can discover fascinating science facts through various Halloween-themed exhibitions and science shows. If they start to get a bit restless, there’s also a Pirate Plunder workshop for them to get hands-on.

When: 31 October – 2 November
Where: Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Rd, Singapore 609081
How much: Kids $8, Adults $12

Once Upon a Nightmare @ Clarke Quay
Clarke Quay will be transformed into a spine-tingling ghoulfest this year with haunted bars, wandering spirits, a maze of horror, ghastly parties and curious concoctions! So, put the littlies to bed and head down with the hubster for some frightening frivolity!

When: 31 October, 10pm
Where:
Clarke Quay Central Fountain Square, 3 River Valley Road, Singapore 179024
How much:
Free!

Playful Elves Halloween Party
Playful Elves are once again throwing a fantastic Halloween Party and kiddies are all invited to come in costume. Enjoy face painting, tasty snacks, a costume competition, cupcake decorating, balloon sculpting, fun, games and more in the Playful Elves’ own Halloween Balloon Village!

When: 25 October, 11am-2pm & 4-7pm
Where:
Confirmed upon ticket registration
How much:
$50, to book tickets, click here.

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The Psychologie Playhouse Halloween Prom
Kiddies can celebrate Halloween with music and songs at this year’s “Beat of The Drum” Halloween Prom with The Psychologie Playhouse. Kids can express their creativity through pumpkin carving, fancy dress, dance and music. Plus, Psychologie Playhouse’s dramatic storytelling will have munchkins hanging on their every word! Psst…spots are selling out fast, be sure to book as soon as possible, mama!

When: 1 Nov, 12:30pm
Where: The Psychologie Playhouse, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053
How much: $25. To buy tickets, click here.

River Safari Boo
The Singapore River Safari will be transformed into a trick-or-treat-enchanted Wonderland this Halloween. There’ll be colourful decorations, trick-or-treat trails, lit-up displays and a fantastical parade of mythical creatures such as mermaids and unicorns. Plus, kiddies can get up close to creatures of the night and turn into junior detectives to help solve the night safari’s Halloween mysteries. Throw in face painting, temporary glitter tattoos and exciting prizes for the most creative costumes, and this is one family event you don’t want to miss!

When: 22, 25, 26 October, 1 & 2 November, 6-9pm
Where:
Singapore River Safari, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
How much: Safari Boo event is free, but for full access to the River Safari: Kids $16, Adults $25. To buy your tickets, click here.

Run for your Lives
The world’s first Zombie-infested 5k obstacle race returns to Singapore after a scarily successful debut last January. Participants will become survivors or zombies in this part-obstacle course / part music festival event. Head down with the family to cheer on the racers and stick around for some fantastic live music, delicious food and al fresco fun!

When: 25 October, 12-8pm
Where: West Coast Park, The Grand Lawn, Singapore 126844
How much: Race registration $89.90. To register, click here.

Sentosa Spooktacular
Be sure to watch your back when you head to Fort Siloso’s haunted Laddaland because horror and surprises lurk around every corner at the Sentosa Spooktacular. Boasting “Asia’s scariest fun”, this haunted village promises encounters with cursed roaming spirits on the hunt for new souls. Gather your courage and get ready to join a terrifying night of fun and adventure.

When: 11 October-1 November, 7pm-1am
Where: Fort Siloso, Siloso Point, 33 Allanbrooke Road, Singapore 099981
How much: Standard tickets $66.60. To buy your tickets, click here.  

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Spooky Junior @ POLW
Get littlies into their best superhero gear and help save State of Fun from a monster invasion. Brave kids are invited to come decked out in their fancy dress finest, complete special missions, and beat the queen monster in the ultimate showdown at the end of the night! Enjoy fun, games and plenty of prizes during this spooktacular event for the whole family!

When: 25 October – 11 November, 6:30-10pm
Where:
Port of Lost Wonder, 54 Palawan Beach Walk, Singapore 098233
How much
: Kids $35, Adults $10. To buy your tickets, click here

Spooky Seas @ SEA Aquarium
Get up close with some creepy looking ocean creatures this Halloween at SEA Aquarium. Bring kiddies down to SEAA to learn about marine life with a fabulous and interactive line-up of educational adventures themed around the Spooky Seas, from video screenings to workshops and live talks.

When: 1 October – 16 November
Where: SEA Aquarium, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa, Singapore 098269
How much: Kids $28, Adults $38. To buy your tickets, click “Book Now” at the top of the page and select “Attractions”.

Trick-or-Treating @ Woodlands Woodgrove
Generously sponsored by neighbourhood families that pitch in to provide candy and security (because this is THAT big of an event), this annual extravaganza features traditional American-style trick-or-treating in a safe and festive environment – the only things missing are dried leaves on the ground and a crisp October chill! Wear your best costumes and get there early, mama – trick-or-treaters number in the thousands and traffic jams have been known to happen.

When: 31 October, 6-8pm (or until candy runs out!)
Where: Woodgrove Avenue (near Singapore American School)
How much: Free!

Homemade Halloween!

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Fancy getting your creative on, mama? Be the coolest (and scariest!) mama in town and host a fantastic Halloween themed-party in your own home! This is a great option if you’re worried your little munchkins might be too scared by some of the sights at the big Halloween events.

You can’t go wrong with a black tablecloth strewn with fake cobwebs that stretch for miles as well as some Halloween confetti, a spread of scary finger food and to top it all off, a cauldron punch! Head out to grab some decorations from one of the suggested places above, or simply make your own by cutting out pumpkin or ghost-shaped bunting from white or orange paper.

As mentioned throughout this roundup, there are various ways you can have a homemade Halloween… from making your own costumes to baking your own Halloween treats. Organise a couple of games with a Halloween spin, such as ‘Musical Tombstones’ instead of Musical Chairs, ‘What’s the Time Mr. Frankenstein’ (instead of Mr. Wolf!), ‘Pass the Parcel’ (with some scary treats inside!), and grab some orange balloons for a game of ‘Pop Goes the Pumpkin’! The Martha Stewart website has some inspired ideas to help you get creative with games.

Arts and crafts activities are a great way to keep the kiddos busy, and guests can take home their finished products too! From pumpkin carving, to making ‘flapping bats’ or lolly-stick mini zombies, there are tons of ideas you can whip up with some simple craft materials. Take a look at Spoonful and Country Living for some more online inspiration.

To create that party atmosphere, you’ve got to have a spooky soundtrack to play along to!

Music

Some good songs to get the kiddies in a menacing mood are:

  • Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt Kickers’ Monster Mash
  • Ray Parker Jr.’s Ghostbusters… who ya gonna call?!
  • Richard O’Brien’s Time Warp will get everyone taking a jump to the left, and then a step to the right…
  • Vic Mizzy’s Addams Family Theme Song
  • Nina Simone’s I Put A Spell On You
  • And of course… Michael Jackson’s Thriller!

Movies

After all the games, activities and freaky-looking party food, why not pop on a Halloween-themed film to settle the children down? Here some options – both classic and recent – that won’t give them nightmares!

  • Casper the Friendly Ghost
  • The Addams Family
  • Scooby Doo
  • E.T.
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Monsters Inc.
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Paranorman
  • Frankenweenie
  • Monsters vs. Aliens

Phew! So there you go, mama! Everything you need to have a truly spooktacular Halloween with the whole fam this year. So, get those costumes on and get ready to celebrate the eeriest season of the year Sassy Mama-style!

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