11 Places in Singapore to get your spook on this Halloween
It’s October, and you know what that means: it’s time to channel your inner zombie! Get a group together and load up on fake blood and face paint – here’s 10 spots in Singapore to get your Halloween celebrations started.
Returning for the fourth year running, the ParkRoyal hotel on Upper Pickering Street will once again be opening their doors to all things tasty and terrifying with their Sub-Lime Buffet. Held in their buzzy ground-floor restaurant Lime from 25 to 27 October (6.30pm-10.30pm), their fearsome feast is open to adults and children alike, with a Halloween-themed spread that has plenty to sink your fangs into. Scary starters created just for the event (you should be able to spot them among the more elegant edibles!) include the Eyeball Salad, Graveyard Cheese Platter and Ghost Ship Seafood Bar. And don't think the chefs here have focused just on appearance.
Expect must-try main dishes like chilli crab, glazed pork rib and claypot assam fish. For braver folk willing to take on the spice, the Mala Xiang Guo Station is a fiery new addition that will keep you coming back for more. Moving onto the sweet station, make a beeline for the Witches Brew chendol and their zombie-topped version of Eton Mess.
Address: ParkRoyal on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore, 058289
Monday-Friday: 6.30am-10.30am, 12pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm
Saturday: 6.30am-11am, 12pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm
Sunday: 6.30am-11am, 12pm-3.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm
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2. Melt Cafe
If you like your spooky fun with a little sophistication on the side, Mandarin Oriental's Melt Cafe has just the thing. Their All Hallows Eve feast (featuring a boatload of stylishly-executed Halloween décor) will take place on 1st and 2nd November and comes in at $98++ per adult, granting diners access to a seriously tempting array that ranges from the traditional to the novelty. Gourmet salads and melt-in-the-mouth sashimi kick off proceedings, before must-try mains like the aromatic lobster laksa, Côte de Bœuf and particularly the super succulent whole tandoori lamb. If you’ve managed to save room for dessert (and trust us, you should) go for the bread and butter pudding with pumpkin or (and!) the chocolate fondant that’s set to rival any you've had before.
On the hunt for something to grace your Halloween Instagram feed? Look out for orange marmalade cheesecake crafted into an “Ogre Eye Ball”, and the "Scary Pumpkin" cinnamon Crème Chiboust from the highly-praised patisserie counter. And don't even think about leaving before submerging fruit, marshmallows or cookies in the strawberry melted Valrhona chocolate that will be pouring from the "bloody chocolate fountain". It's guaranteed to tempt even the fullest of diners.
Address: 5 Raffles Avenue, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, 039797
Monday-Sunday: 6.30am-10.30am, 12pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-9.30pm
Don't miss out on this limited-time event! Book your table here.
Set to be one of the most devilish Thursday nights you’ve ever had (...devilishly delectable, that is), luxe restaurant Oscar’s is hosting a Halloween banquet that begins with exquisitely-crafted cuisine and ends with gin cocktails guaranteed to be more treat than trick. The mixologists here are as talented as the chefs, with the latter known across the city for their tempting take on local and international flavours. Particularly praised are the slow-roasted lamb, laksa and Otah Otah fried rice; all of which will be getting a horrifying twist on 31 October.
Vegan diners will be just as catered to as the carnivores thanks to specialities like a vegan chilli dog with much-loved Impossible ‘meat’. This fiendish and seriously extensive buffet will take place in Oscar’s beautiful - albeit gruesomely decorated - home inside the Conrad Centennial Hotel from 6-10pm, and comes in at $88 per adult. Appetite sated? Head downstairs to the opulent Lobby Lounge after dinner to sample the best of the bar - their stellar gin selection - as well as some specially-created Halloween sips that are well worth staying out after dark.
Address: Conrad Centennial Hotel, 2 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore, 038982
On Halloween night from 6.30pm, the Ritz Carlton’s classy Colony will be transformed into an edible spooktacular. Arrive with your appetite at the ready; this divine buffet has - quite literally - something for every taste and craving. Starters in the Ice Bar range from king crab and freshly shucked oysters to charcuterie, creamy terrines and antipasto, while meaty mains not to be missed include a hearty oxtail bourgignon and roasted beef tomahawk. In the mood for local flavours? Try the roasted duck, chicken rice, char siew or dim sum. There’s also an amazing Indian selection in the 'Tandoor Bat Cave' as well as particular dishes created just for this fearsome event, including intriguing mini tombstones and 'eerie eyeballs'. For those needing to sate that sweet tooth, dive head-first into the chef’s impressive array of cakes, cookies, chocolate truffles and ice cream. The culinary brains behind Colony haven’t forgotten those Singaporean dessert favourites either, such as those featuring hero ingredients like pandan, coconut and gula melaka. Admittedly it's a Thursday night but if you're able to really make a night of it, spring for the $128++ option that includes free-flow Prosecco, wine, beer and soft drinks.
Address: Level 3, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore, 039799
Gather your bravest friends and reserve your seat at Colony here.
For anyone who is yet to visit, Nickeldime is a trendy bar and eatery in Novena with a laidback, urban vibe. Its decor is as cool as the staff, with a plethora of colourful graffiti and an entrance that lurks beneath a backlit 'beer' sign that's almost impossible to miss. Hugely popular for their craft beer and great comfort food, Nickeldime are getting in the Halloween spirit with exclusive 31 October deals.
On that day only, a casual Thursday night will become a ghostly pizza and beer party with the tomato-y, cheesy goodness of their homemade sourdough pizza going for just $1 a slice (yes, you read that right: $1!), and selected beers priced at $10 from 6-8pm. Brew connoisseurs should note that this is the first bar in Singapore to offer 19 craft beers on tap, including globally-sourced pours from Belgium, Germany, the USA, UK, Denmark and Japan. As for this Halloween, it's time to dust off your fancy dress box as free beers will be handed out to anyone who arrives in costume.
Address:275 Thomson Road, Novena Regency, #01-01, Singapore, 307645
With deals this good, securing your seat in advance is a must! Click here to book.
Roll up, roll up! Kinki is letting their 'Carnival of Screams' loose for one night only. On Saturday 26 October, their chic rooftop bar will become a marvel of Halloween festivities, complete with circus tents and terror-inducing decoration. If previous years are anything to go by, it’s going to be a seriously photo-worthy affair with face paint and fear-mongering in abundance. Head there for the 8pm opening and if you're one of the first fifty people to pass through the doors, you'll get a complimentary cocktail.
Can't make it until later? There are plenty of boozy deals to keep your thirst sated until midnight. From 11pm, the usually classy Japanese eatery on the second storey is converted into a pumping dance floor where your moves will be set to the spinning tunes of live DJs. There will also be judges keeping an eye out for the best-dressed so costumes need to impress! You stand to win a one-night stay at the M Social Singapore, so it's well worth getting creative with your Halloween attire. Oh, and in case you're new to the world of Kinki, the panoramic views of the Marina Bay waterfront from both the rooftop and restaurant are spectacular, scare or no scare.
Address: 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House, Singapore, 049323
Tuesday (26 Nov): 8pm-3am
Find out more about Carnival of Screams here!
7. Smoke & Mirrors
Already heralded for their first-class location above the National Gallery, Smoke & Mirrors is about to give you one more reason to visit. It’s sure to set your bones a-shaking as this elegant al fresco bar becomes haunted and horror-full for two nights only. They're calling the event 'Booze & Boos' and it's an apt name given the excess fancy dress and intoxicating libations that will be seen there from 7pm until late on 31 October and 1 November. Head bartender Jorge A Conde has gone both creepy and creative with his selection of limited-edition Halloween cocktails, the best of which is the El Patron. It’s a heady concoction made of spiced rum, Italian Vermouth, creme de cacao and their homemade salt and citrus solution. There will be live DJs spinning the decks and setting the vibe, while the view keeps you occupied whenever the frights get too much. Fancy getting your hands on a one-night luxe hotel stay, a Smoke & Mirrors cocktail experience or a bottle of Cuban spiced rum? Set your sights on winning that costume competition, and one of these top three prizes could be yours.
Address: #06-01, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, 178957
Thursday (31 October) and Friday (1 November): 7pm till late
Find out more about Booze & Boos here!
8. Lulu's Lounge
Heading to Lulu’s around Halloween? Keep your wits about you! Theirs is going to be a night dedicated to the absurd, the unconventional and what they call the ‘wonders of amusement’; designed to be the stuff of nightmares. Among the freaky dead dolls and weirdly wonderful performers that will be both onstage and roving around the bar, you can also expect drag queens and burlesque dancers, spine-chilling Halloween cocktails and a boatload of banging party tunes.
Wacky costumes are encouraged and there are prizes to be won for those they deem most horrifying. Ready to get your spooky groove on? This eerily eccentric occasion kicks off on Saturday 26 October at 9pm, with the last vampires, witches and creepy clowns set to be kicked out at 5am. The entry cover charge will set you back $35++ or you can buy your tickets in advance to get $5 off. It’s the third year that Lulu’s has played host to such an event, and this year’s ‘Carnival of the Absurd’ is set to be just as extravagant as the last.
Address: 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore, 039595
9. Lucha Loco
Before Halloween comes Dia de los Muertos: the Day of the Dead. In Mexico, it's a huge celebration that includes masks, face paint, dancing, drinking and parades. Here in Singapore, our go-to Mexican cucina y bar Lucha Loco are putting their own spin on this most ghoulish of celebrations with a weekend of frightful debauchery complete with sugar skulls, pinata bashing and shrines to the senoritas of eras gone by. It kicks off on Friday 25 October at the Customs House outpost of Super Loco and will conclude in the Robertson Quay locale on Sunday.
The main event though will be held on 26 October at their home in Duxton Hill. It’s all about honouring the dead and taking joy in the living, so when that inevitable wardrobe crisis strikes, think skeleton face paint and your creepiest colourful costumes! The dance floor will be packed as DJ Justo lights up the decks with a mix of Latino beats and R&B bangers. As for what you'll be drinking, there will be special Day of the Dead cocktails as well as limited edition beer brewed especially for Dia de los Muertos in collaboration with Trouble Brewing Singapore. Oh, and before you get too sauced, pay a visit to the Lucha Loco altar where spirits are welcomed back into the land of the living. Got chills? Us too.
Address: 15 Duxton Hill, Singapore, 089598
10. 1 Altitude
The world's highest outdoor bar already has a claim to fame, but 1 Altitude is getting a Halloween makeover for a night of fright they’ve dubbed “Evil Carn-evil” that's sure to be one to remember. Taking place on Saturday 26 October, they've really rolled out the big guns this year with entertainment including a sky-high carnival, special performances designed to scare and waiters dressed as a variety of demonic characters. When you're done gazing around in horror-filled awe, take advantage of the drink deals and revel in the mix of music from the DJs and live band with the beautiful Singapore skyline as a backdrop. Come in full fancy dress and the $40 cover charge will be waived (if that's not a reason to dig out those devil horns we don't know what is). Doors open at 6pm and with the wickedness continuing until 4am, don't expect to be home by your curfew. The only question is, will the night end in trick or treat?
Address: 1 Raffles Place, Singapore, 048616
Sunday-Tuesday & Thursday: 6pm-2am
Start your night by sating that appetite at Stellar, just below 1Altitude. Find out more details here.
11. Hard Rock Cafe
The Hard Rock Cafe is no stranger to a theme, and their sea shanty-singing nod to Halloween is testament to their light-hearted creativity. This iconic, globally-loved restaurant and bar just off Orchard Road is going for the more jovial vote with a cheerful take on Halloween, and we’re all for it. This 31 October event is all about pirates and is kiddie-friendly too, with a fancy-dress competition and a ship full of entertainment including a live band and DJ. Expect a slew of all the much-loved hits including that fairly well-known, zombie song by Michael Jackson (one guess what tune we’re thinking of...) to entice you onto the dance floor, with the usual mouth-wateringly good selection of burgers and ribs to quiet those rumbling pirate tums. Leave your screams at the door; this one’s all about letting the good times rock’n’roll.
Address: 50 Cuscaden Rd, Singapore, 249724
Ready for a night of rocking tunes and American fare? Get your tickets here!