Our favourite time of year is upon us, the Halloween season frighteningly filled with witches’ cackles, monster’s moans and terrifying treats. Start your spooky season by checking out all the Halloween goings-on in Singapore, then deck your home out in all kinds of spooky homemade decor. Then once you’ve made your share of Halloween treats and got the kids suited and booted with our freaky Halloween costumes and ghoulish make-up guide, there’s only one thing for it – trick or treating! If you ask your kids they’ll quickly tell you that the most AWESOME part of this horrifying holiday is heading out for the night to spook the neighbourhood. Now all you need to know is how and where to score the best loot of treats. From planning your route through the creepiest postcodes, to safety, and preventing a sugar-induced meltdown, we’ve got all the info you need to make this Halloween one to remember.
Planning your night of terror
Halloween is becoming bigger and spookier every year in Singapore, with plenty of people getting into the ‘spirit’ of things. However, not all types of housing or suburbs are created equal when it comes to trick or treating. It’s best to plan your route in advance to maximise the chance that your little scary skeletons will be greeted with a smile and a handful of candy. Here’s a few tips:
- Select a ‘hood packed with low-rise condos and cluster houses. Mega-apartments are harder to traverse and halloween-friendly homes could be floors apart.
- Woodlands (near the Singapore American School), Chip Bee Gardens and Opera Estate are well known as areas that welcome trick or treaters with open arms.
- If you’d like to roam closer to home, keep an eye out in the lead-up to the big day and zone in on streets with homes displaying grinning jack-o-lanterns and spindly spiders on cobwebs.
- Ask at your child’s school (PTA) whether they have any events organised. Better yet, have a chat with other parents in the school yard, as some condos organise groups that you may be able to tag along with. It’s more fun in numbers!
- Put a flyer in the letterboxes along your street a week before Halloween to give people a chance to stock up on treats.
- Start early, at around 6pm to beat the crowds (and to grab a few treats before they run out!). Then you and your little zombies can be in bed by 9pm.
- Feed and water your mini-monsters before you head out. They’ll be less likely to scoff vomit-inducing quantities of sweets, and more likely to survive pounding the pavement for a couple of hours.
- Get in the mood for a fun night with some classic Halloween tunes like Michael Jackson’s Thriller or the original Ghostbusters them tune. Watch a scary movie or two but prepare to hear a knocking at your door in the middle of the night!
Keeping your mini ghosts and goblins safe
- Choose costumes that are fire-resistant and visible at night (think light-coloured fabric and glow-in-the-dark strip).
- Make sure little mouths, noses and eyes are not covered by wigs, beards or masks (seeing and breathing are kinda vital).
- Opt for non-toxic face paint or make-up, which will not only be fun to apply, but will look amazing. Latex facial wounds are gruesomely good too. If you’re hosting a Halloween party beforehand, get someone more professional than Youtube to do it for you.
- While Queen Elsa will try to convince you she simply MUST wear her plastic high heels, best leave them at home lest you’re up for a sprained ankle and emergency trip to A&E. Or if your swashbuckling pirate insists on a sword, make it short and bendy to avoid any eye poking incidents!
- Write ‘mummy’ and your phone number on your child’s arm. Although Singapore is basically the safest city on Earth, it will give you peace of mind. Note: don’t write your child’s name as this could give your child the impression that a stranger knows them.
- Crack out the glow sticks, cute necklaces and bracelets to maximise fun and visibility.
- If you have t(w)eenagers keen to venture out sans adult, make sure they travel in a pack and give them an agreed route (preferably in your neighbourhood where they know people), a curfew, a phone, a flashlight, a lesson on safely crossing the road and a warning never go off with a stranger.
So you’ve made it home alive and odds are you’ve had a shriekingly good time!
- Before you even set down your bag, check your kids’ loot. Stop them from gobbling it all down, and pop them (the kids, not the sweets) in a bubbly bath to wash off the face paint (and to distract them).
- Fossick out and turf the candy that looks like it’s been opened, and sniff any homemade goodies made by someone you don’t know (and don’t forget to secretly stash away your fave chocolates).
- Have a collection of non-candy treats on hand to swap into their bag like stickers, pencils, mini-sultanas, little notebooks and bubbles. If they catch you in the act, tell them you are the “switch witch”.
- Let them indulge in a few sweets of their choosing, but not too many as you’ll not get to bed before the sugar crash (we’re all familiar with the cautionary fairytale of carriages turning into pumpkins on the stroke of midnight).
- For your own sanity, squirrel away the rest of the goodies in a hidden location, to be rationed out in the days and weeks to come (or for as long as they remember). You could also make a deal that for every sweet they have to eat one healthy food. Good luck!
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