By Finder blogger: Andrea McKenna
Happy Halloween, Singapore!
Bat Girl, Wonder Woman, Super Girl….I could be any of these super heroes, along with my daughter, this coming Halloween weekend! Woooohoooooo!!!! What’s your costume?
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I’ve been here for five years and I can say that this fun, dress-up holiday has been gaining steam over these few years. I judge that by the fact that my local Cold Storage is stocking more and more decorations, candy and masks each year. In addition, the number of parties for kids and adults has grown exponentially, with condos throwing dos and more clubs downtown featuring costume parties for adults.
Historically, the Halloween holiday developed in the Western countries as religious holiday to honor the dead that is a combination of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
Basically, it’s the one night where the veil is lifted between the living and the dead and we all just go crazy together getting candy and scaring the wits out of each other.
Some Asian cultural observers say Asians have connected to the sacred side of Halloween, much like they do in Singapore for the Hungry Ghost Festival, where people honor relatives that have passed on. However, I have never seen this in Singapore myself. Mostly I’ve seen the adoption of trick-or-treating and costume parties.
Fun for all
Indeed, Halloween celebrations have ramped up in Singapore, as Universal Studios has expanded its Halloween extravaganza over the years. Halloween Horror Nights is on its 6th year out on Sentosa.
Clark Quay hosts Nightmare on Clarke Street starting Oct. 29 at 8pm, which will feature more than 10 wicked parties at the bars and restaurants.
UOB Plaza near Raffles and Boat Quay is the meeting point for the Official Singapore Halloween Pub Crawl at 7:30pm on Oct. 29.
Many families with kids are attracted to trick-or-treating in the American enclave in The Woodlands neighborhood. Lots of condos and other neighborhoods are starting to do more kids events so check with your neighbors and condo offices. Most of the major social clubs like the American Club and Hollandse Club and the Australian International School also have parties for families.
Also for kids, Singapore’s River Safari sponsors Safari Boo, the so-called “merry-not scary- kids event”, which includes a crashed UFO!
The Finder is also hosting their very own Trick-or-Treat Halloween Hunt on Oct. 28, with a Halloween-themed dance party, lollipop decorating, and – you guessed it – trick-or-treating. And more! Register here.
It’s a fun time of year, my absolute favorite. Enjoy the candy and treats and watch out for the clowns and zombies. Get ready for the sugar rush!
About Andrea McKenna
Andrea McKenna Brankin is journalist and author from the United States who lives a full life with bipolar disorder. Her book, Bipolar Phoenix, is awaiting a publishing contract. She is also currently a volunteer at the DaySpring Residential Treatment Centre for teen girls in Singapore, providing befriending-family support, therapeutic writing and rugby coaching.
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