Are you ready, boo?
Halloween is nearly upon us! Here in Singapore, this spooky holiday sees less door-to-door trick-or-treating and more decked-to-the-nines club-hopping. Unfortunately, during the current Covid restrictions, your ways to celebrate All Hallows’ evening are a bit limited.
But that doesn’t mean you or the kids can’t still dress up, even if it’s just to send them to school or to take some fun family photos! And, while finding a costume – without resorting to online retailers with exorbitant shipping fees – may have been quite the challenge in the past, the options have grown exponentially.
Here are our picks for the best places to pick up this year’s Halloween get-up.
1. Costumes ‘N’ Parties
Meticulously-lined shelves of masks and helmets adorn this well-stocked outlet near Chinatown – and it does online rentals, too, for the time-strapped or just plain lazy. Plus, you’ve got to give it to these guys for staying relevant. Its vast collection includes the latest in pop culture: Think the titular characters from all the latest blockbusters, such as Valak (from The Nun), Venom and Predator.
Costumes ‘N’ Parties also has an extensive collection of superhero costumes, along with all the usual wigs, masks, props and accessories you might expect.
Costumes ‘N’ Parties, Havelock II, #02-16/17/18, 2 Havelock Rd., 059763
Well-known craft and household goods store Spotlight stocks all the generic Halloween looks for both adults and children if you’re not too fussed about standing out from the crowd. From Zombie Schoolgirl to Doctor, Nurse or Hippie, the choices are no-frills, but do the job in a pinch.
The kiddie range is a bit more inspired. Your little ones can choose from their favourite superhero or Disney princess, among many others. We recommend buying either long before Halloween, or after, when there might be deep discounts.
Spotlight, Plaza Singapura, Level 5, 68 Orchard Rd., 238839
3. Lips Enterprise
This decades-old Far East Plaza institution may be tiny in size, but it really packs a punch. Indeed, the shop is a treasure trove of goodies, crammed with all sorts of costumes, props and accessories that will surely inspire a unique Halloween look. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, just ask the owners – a friendly husband-and-wife pair – for a recommendation.
If nothing else, this is the best place to swing by if you’re in need of something, anything, to wear at the last minute, or if you’re looking for a prop to complete your almost-perfect ensemble.
Lips Enterprise, #03-08, Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Rd., 228213
4. Awesome Costumes
If you’re gunning for that highly sought-after Best Costume prize, chances are, this store is where you’re going to want to get your costume. Browsing through the plethora of costumes on offer, the possibilities seem endless (bespoke costume, anyone?), and the quality is astonishing.
The Awesome Costumes team also offers free alterations on costumes. Ask about discounts for group rentals, too, if you and your squad are planning on rolling in style together.
5. Ministry Of Costumes
With more than 25,000 costumes suited to all ages packed into its by-appointment-only showroom in Henderson Road, the Ministry Of Costumes is a one-stop shop for the whole family. Why not make a day of the experience? It’ll be laughs abound as you try out costumes ranging across various themes, from Harry Potter to Star Wars and Fairy Tale to Horror.
Ministry of Costumes,#09-03, 203 Henderson Rd., 159546
Cosplayers will be familiar with this Clarke Quay shop, which has been on the scene since 2003. Beyond Pan-In-The-Box’s Japanese anime and manga-inspired items, there’s plenty in stock for Halloween, including creepy decorations, accessories and full costumes for purchase or rental. Its mask and wig selection is particularly impressive. (Please ignore the “2020” image currently on the homepage.)
Pan-In-The-Box, #02-51, The Central Shopping Mall, 6 Eu Tong Sen St., 059817
7. CCM (Custom-made Costume & Merchandise)
Consider CCM as a world of costumes under one roof. With more than 20,000 costumes and 15,000 accessories, it’s got a plethora of international themes as well as ones devoted to Hollywood heroes, monsters and ghouls, retro outfits, wacky mascots and other LOL looks. Most of the costumes are for rent; however, you can buy various items such as wigs and accessories, too. Use these add-ons to trick out a classic rental choice.
CCM, 3 Kelantan Ln., #01-01, 02-01, 208625
8. Costume City
A costume specialist with a wide selection of adult and kids costumes. Not just for Halloween, this shop is open year-round for other holiday and themed parties. Lots of popular and unique choices and the option to buy or sell!
Costume City, Blk 203 Henderson Rd., #09-03, 159546
9. Toys “R” Us
With a limited selection, Toy “R” Us has plenty of classic costumes and several trendy options for kids. Multiple locations make for an easy stop. (The thousands of toys beckoning your little Luke Skywalker, however, may make for a difficult exit!)
Check website for locations.
10. Party City
Head to Party City if you are hosting a Halloween party. It stocks party supplies as well as costumes and accessories. There is no option to rent but you can view the selection online before heading to the store.
Party City, 277A Holland Ave, Level 2, 278994
Not a huge selection (and kids costumes only) but if you’re struggling to find a costume last minute, with multiple locations island-wide, H&M may just save you from your child’s temper tantrum. See the selection online.
Check website for locations.
By Victoria Barker, Kathleen Siddell + Sara Lyle Bow / Updated October 2019 / Updated by Willaine G. Tan, October 2020. Images: provided by the businesses or from their social media pages.