Ask a person what comes to mind when you say “Halloween”, and they might reply with “candy”, “costumes”, and “haunted houses”. But even more spooky than “haunted houses” is the amount that people end up spending on this “minor holiday”. Over the years, Halloween has become one of the most expensive holidays (Americans plan to spend $9.1 billion to celebrate Halloween). As a day meant to remember the dead, the saints, and the martyrs, today it is heavily commercialised. And it’s no longer regarded as a “kid’s holiday”. These days, more adults are joining in the fun (and in the spending). So where can a frugal person go to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve?
Holidays were meant to be a joyful time to gather and reconnect with friends and family. But often, they tend to be stressful, dreaded, and full of anxiety. They are the days of the year in which we spend the most. But are they the most memorable, the most precious, and the best time for family bonding? And can your children emjoy the Halloween experience without the expensive price tag? Here are some frugal Halloween suggestions:
Frugal Halloween 2017 Events (≤$8, in chronological order)
1. Stay Alive This Halloween – Free with $20 same-day receipt or 100 Capitaland STAR$®
13 Oct – 29 Oct, 11am – 9pm
Bugis+, Atrium Level 2
Redeem one play with 100 STAR$® or a minimum of $20 in a same-day receipt. Two Virtual Reality games to choose from include Arizona Sunshine Zombie VR Experience and the Time Zombies VR Competition. The top 10 players for the competition as of 26 Oct at 9pm, will proceed to the final competition on 29 Oct from 2pm to 6pm.
2. AIS Free Halloween Playgroup – Free
17 Oct, 9.30am
AIS campus at 1 Lorong Chuan
Sign up for this free playgroup, where there will be storytelling, games, songs and plenty of Halloween-themed activities.
3. 12+ Halloween Events at the CCs/NCs – Free to $5
Various dates from 19 Oct through 12 Nov
Check out various Halloween activities from Community Clubs & Neighbourhood Committees throughout Singapore, from haunted museums and kids parties, to a Zumba Thriller workout. Just search for “Halloween” under “Activities” in the top search bar, and you’ll find more than a dozen events.
4. Horror Haunt: School of Horrors – Free with min. $5 same day receipt or ticket stub from The Cathay or Cineleisure.
19 – 22 Oct, 6pm – 10pm
The Cathay’s External Atrium, Level 1
Enter if you dare. The first 75 survivors per day who escape with 2 eyeballs, will be rewarded with a Cathay Cineplexes movie voucher.
5. Halloween at VBP (Viva Business Park) – Free
20 Oct, 5pm – 9.30pm; 21 – 22 Oct. 3pm – 9pm
Viva Business Park
This fun family weekend will feature free activities such as face painting, balloon art, a bouncy castle, arts and craft activities, and a movie screening (20 Oct, 7.30pm). There will also be 2 chargeable activities – a kids climbing wall and a pumpkin party.
6. Five NLB Halloween-themed Activities – Free
20, 21, 25 & 27 Oct, various times
Various Public Libraries
Visit various public libraries (Geylang East, Queenstown, Ang Mo Kio, Marine Parade & Bukit Merah) for storytelling and craft sessions.
7. Halloween @ Fengshan: The Labyrinth – $8
21 Oct, 7pm – 10pm
Memories of Fengshan, 20 Bedok North Street 2
Tickets are inclusive of entry into a haunted maze, carnival games, tarot card reading, a Best Dressed contest, and food & drink. Get your tickets at Fengshan Community Club.
8. Halloween Dress-up Party for Mums & the Little Ones – $5
21 Oct, 10am – 1pm
Bove by Spring Maternity, Suntec City #02–728/729/730 (Tower 4)
Take part in the best-dressed competition (Best Dressed Halloween Baby & Best-dressed Halloween Toddler) and stand a chance to win attractive prizes sponsored by BOVE by Spring Maternity. There will also be a tea party, photo booth, goodie bags, and a lucky draw.
9. Halloween at Westgate Wonderland – Free with $120 spent at Westgate from 29 Sept to 29 Oct
21 – 22 Oct, 28 – 29 Oct, 6pm – 9.30pm
Westgate Level 1
Westgate’s Halloween celebration will feature art-and-craft workshops, roving entertainment acts, exclusive Halloween merchandise and trick-or-treat candy giveaways. Plus, you can enter your child into the Kids Halloween Best Dressed Contest and win prizes.
10. The Finder Kids Trick-Or-Treat Halloween Hunt – Free
27 Oct, 3pm – 6pm
Cluny Court, Level 2
Register (by 22 Oct) for The Finder Kids’ Trick-or-Treat Halloween Hunt at Cluny Court. Activities include trick-or-treating, glitter tattoos, fun challenges with prizes, and a lucky draw.
11. PETS Magazine: Paw Fest 2017 – Free
27 Oct, 5pm – 9pm; 28 Oct, 11am – 9pm; 29 Oct, 11am – 5pm
I12 Katong, Level 2 Atrium
Celebrate Halloween with your furkid in an exciting line-up of activities such as vet talks, trainer demos, stage games with prizes, a pet adoption drive and a weekend market featuring chic pet accessories, doggy treats, fashionable trinkets and so much more.
12. ACM After Dark: The Peculiars – Free
This event will feature supernatural tales, spooky trails, themed dance performances, and Asian-inspired circus acts such as contortion, ventriloquism, and aerial acrobatics. You can also make your own Halloween souvenir to take home, and get a tarot card and aura reading.
13. Halloween Blood Donation Drive – Free
28 Oct, 12pm – 6pm
*SCAPE The TreeTop, Level 5
What’s Halloween without a little blood? There will be a Halloween-themed blood drive at *SCAPE, where
vampires wizards will greet you with treats. It only takes an hour to save 3 vampires lives.
14. VivoCity Halloween Party Event – Free
28 Oct, 1pm – 7pm
VivoCity Play Court Level 2
As part of VivoCity Kids Club (for children 3-12 years old only, free membership for the first year), VivoCity will be having a Halloween Party with fun activities, treats, games stations, a Junior Ghost Buster Challenge, and free Jack-O-Lantern carriers for the first 300 members.
15. Halloween Mayhem by the Quay – Free
28 Oct, 8pm onward
Clarke Quay Fountain Square
Clarke Quay’s signature Halloween event will includes highlights such as performances by local band, OK.READY!, a spooky photo booth at the interactive scare zones, a Best Dressed contest, and stage games for a chance to win prizes. There will also be free Halloween makeovers and airbrush tattoos.
16. Trick-or-Treat at Woodlands Woodgrove – Free
31 Oct, 5:30pm – 8pm
Thousands of people in costume from all over Singapore participate in this annual Trick-or-Treat event, which is privately funded by generous families living in the Woodgrove estates. It has been a neighbourhood annual tradition since 2007.