While we mostly have our minds on the Mid-Autumn Festival and where to send our kids to camp during the upcoming international school holidays right now, we’ve also been reminded (daily) that Halloween isn’t so far off either. If the idea of finding epic costumes for your little ghosts and goblins spooks you more than movie-of-the-moment, IT, then you’re not alone. And if the kids are tired of your ghastly Pinterest fail DIY Halloween costumes, and are after something scream-worthy for the right reasons, we’ve got the lowdown on exactly where to rent or buy all the Halloween get-up and accessories you need.
Cotton On Kids
Our go-to for fun and affordable kids’ fashion has come through with the goods for Halloween! This year’s collection includes a cool but cute monster dress-up, black cat masks and tails, bat wings, witches, dinosaurs, bunnies, tutus, butterfly wings, wands and our absolute fave of the season: unicorn floral headbands for just $12.95. Stock up for the dress-up box now, people!
Various outlets; www.cottonon.com/SG
We think My Mini-Me has a fabulous business model: you select online from hundreds of cuuuuute kiddie costumes ranging from all-time Disney faves to superheroes, and Power Rangers to Minions fun and affordable is the name of the Halloween game. With prices starting at $10 an outfit rental it’s got to be one of the cheapest on the island – and delivery is included in the deal! As a bonus for busy parents, you don’t need to clean prior to return. We love a good timesaving hack.
Appointments can be made to try before you hire; www.mymini-me.com
Pop in to Magic Wand upstairs at Tanglin Mall for a truly creepy range of costumes to buy or rent at prices that won’t break the bank. Here you’ll also find wigs to suit all tastes and some very icky accessories (like eyeballs, green slime and fake dog poo – eeeewww!). The kids will have a ball shopping in here, and, okay, so will you…
163 Tanglin Road #03-02/03 Tanglin Mall; www.magicwand.com.sg
Mothercare & Early Learning Centre
Is there anything Mothercare can’t solve when it comes to kid essentials? Of course they’ve got the Halloween costumes sorted: it should be compulsory to dress all tots under the age of two years in a pumpkin onesie! Older kids will love the dress-up options including vet, superhero and princess.
Various locations; www.mothercare.com.sg
Costumes ‘N’ Parties
We know matching costumes for the whole family can be a little passé, but few sights are as adorable (or photo-worthy) as a family of Minions or Star Wars characters. Everyone can get in on the action at Costumes ‘N’ Parties – deck your hubby out in ghostbusters garb and your newborn as a baby chicken (and choose a svelte little number for yourself!). From wacky and spooky to heroic and adorable, your kids are free to unleash their inner heroes or princesses with the huge selection of costumes available.
Havelock II, Unit #02-16/17/18, No.2 Havelock Road, Singapore 059763; www.costumes-n-parties.com
Party City will make any kind of party go off with a pop, and it gets top marks for its outstanding selection of seasonal decor goodies. While the costume selection isn’t huge, you’ll pick up classics including swashbuckling pirates, witches and dragons. We’re all over the mother-daughter Wonder Woman outfits for a super-heroine moment this spooky season…
Shophouse 277A, Holland Ave Level 2, Singapore 278994; www.partycity.sg
Party With Us
This one-stop party shop may be small, but its gargantuan stock of Halloween costumes means there’s something for literally everybody. Does your child want to be Optimus Prime, Bat Girl, a lion or Minnie Mouse? No prob! We’re also loving the older kid section where its terrifying horror get-ups (like the Grim Reaper and wicked scarecrow) may even please your impossible-to-please teenager. Bonus: if you’re throwing a Halloween bash, you can pick up all the necessary party supplies at the same time.
#05-14, Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road, Singapore 238433; www.partywithus.com.sg
You can always rely on H&M for its annual range of Halloween outfits and accessories including masks, superhero costumes and Alice headbands with bat ears – they’re perfect last-minute lifesavers. And if all else fails, go for the glow-in-the-dark skeleton pyjamas, which are an annual staple. One item we are definitely snapping up this season is the cuter-than-cute unicorn onesie for our girls: now if only they made it in our size!
Various outlets; www.hm.com.
Costume City is a popular choice not just for Halloween, but for any time of the year that you feel like dressing up! Your kids will be kitted-out in whatever they fancy – be it dressing up as a watermelon or an Egyptian, Chewbacca or a vet, you name it: they’ve got it! It also goes the extra mile for those with kids looking for that costume you are NEVER going to find on a rack: simply email with visuals of the design and they’ll get back with a quotation. It’s time to get spooky! (Note: Saturdays are by appointment only.)
Blk 203 (Wing A) Henderson Road, #09-03 Henderson Industrial Park, Singapore 159546; www.mycostumecity.com.
Children’s Costume Specialist
The crew here are super-passionate about making your kid’s childhood memorable and even offer wholesale prices for larger groups including preschools (imagine, if you will, a class of three-year-old dalmatians running around!). Alongside the standard fare, there are some quirky options here like Singapore Airlines uniforms, full snake outfits and mini-construction workers. You can also choose to order online or head to its bricks-and-mortar store in AZ@Paya Lebar.
Children’s Costume Specialist, AZ@Paya Lebar, #05-10, 140 Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 409015; www.childrenscostume.com.sg
Customade Costumes & Merchandise
Prepare to be overwhelmed at this costume and prop mecca – it stocks a whopping 50,000 costumes and over 4,000 accessories! You’ll definitely be spoiled for choice and with a collection as extensive as this, you can’t help but find a winning ensemble to rent or buy. This year we’re seeing our little rascal as Mr. Tickle from the much-loved Mr. Men book series. And while we’re at it we may just have to get the Jon Snow outfit for the husband…
3 Kelantan Lane #01-01, Singapore 208625; www.ccm.com.sg
The king of the craft stores, Spotlight is an essential stop on the Halloween shopping run. It has sooooo much choice when it comes to materials including fabric, glue guns and sequins for your spectacular DIY Pinterest attempt (and a huge selection of ready-made costumes if it all goes horribly wrong).
68 Orchard Road, #05-11 Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839; www.spotlight.com.sg
For a budget-friendly option that never fails to deliver the bargain goods, we’ve been kitting ourselves and the kids out for Halloween at Daiso for years! We went for a Day of the Dead and zombie family look last year for less than $10! Pick up cat masks and tails, bat wings, theatrical make-up and all the spooky Halloween decor you could ever need for $2 a pop. Stock up early though, folks: it’s a popular pick!
Various locations; www.daisosingapore.com.sg
Started by a mum who totally gets what mums are looking for when it comes to fancy dress hire, costumes start for tots from 18 months and one-time hire at just $10 for five days. Whether your little monster fancies being Scooby Doo, Peppa Pig or Harry Potter, or wants a more traditional Halloween spook get-up, there’s a cool find in the closet for all.
This craft giant not only offers playthings and costumes for your little ones (see above), but also stocks face paint and make-up to complete the transformation into the character of their dreams. Aside from the usual deluxe kits and face crayons, there are also specialist face paint sets – like the Derivan Fairy Princess, Cowboys & Pirates and Spooky Face complete with guides to help you nail your technique. Stock up on fake blood and body paint while you’re at it!
68 Orchard Road, #05-11 Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839; www.spotlightstores.com
Amanda Lye is a professional face and body paint artist who uses her make up wizardry to transform kids and adults alike into anything from the Statue of Liberty to a Marvel villain. There is nothing Amanda and her team can’t do with a bit of paint and a brush!
A favourite amongst artists, designers and graphic artists, Art Friend is a well-loved stationery heaven. Pick up a variety of face or body paint here and start painting away. We can’t guarantee you won’t walk out with a whole raft of other cool art gear you didn’t even know you needed…
Various Outlets; www.artfriendonline.com
While Halloween is all about good scares, treats and frighteningly fun times, it’s admittedly also a time for grand costumes and eye-catching, memorable ensembles. Take your child’s costume a step further with an expertly painted face by the team at Happier Singapore. If you’re throwing a Halloween bash, why not make this part of the entertainment? From elaborate butterflies to blue-faced Avatar creatures, the options are endless. Its Halloween balloon creations are pretty awesome too.
To add a little eerie pizzazz to your little one’s costumes, check out Gumtoo’s range of quirky tattoos. We love the Halloween set for $10 which will add a ghoulish touch to any ensemble, and the themed tatts including the adorable space or nautical styles. These tattoos are washable (easily removed with baby oil) and non-toxic, so you’ll only have to mark their skin for the night!