Halloween is steeped in history – as is the connection to costumes. It probably originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear scary outfits to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, some Samhain traditions were incorporated into All Saints’ Day (1 November), a time to honour saints and martyrs. The evening before it became known as All Hallows’ Eve, and later Halloween. Today, of course, it’s all about fun: dressing up in Halloween costumes, carving out pumpkins and trick-or-treating for candy! Here’s our guide to all you need for the fun and the frights.
Where to buy Halloween party products
Besides regular haunts (pun intended!) like Marks & Spencer, Candy Empire, Giant, Cold Storage and FairPrice supermarkets, you can stock up on your Halloween party supplies at the following locations:
Chin Giap Soon Trading
This spot is well known to party planners and event organisers as a place for buying party supplies in bulk. Come by the store and browse the Halloween toys and decorations. You can now order online too, and have your items delivered right to your doorstep!
#03-18 OneKM Shopping Mall, 11 Tanjong Katong Road
6297 0075 | cgsparty.com
Where else can you shop where everything is just $2? Pick up decorations, pumpkin treat-holders, as well as an array of toys and little trinkets to give to kids who come knocking. Daiso has well over 20 stores, including at ION Orchard, VivoCity, Parkway Parade and Plaza Singapura.
6566 9585 | daisosingapore.com.sg
Don’t have the time to go to a store? Check out Bug’s Party online store. It offers a wide selection of Halloween props with well-priced shipping.
Stop off here for decorative ware, from skulls to spiders and frogs. Best of all are the tricks and gags, including prank tape, fart bombs, squirt rings and fake cockroaches.
#02-03 Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road
6875 0430 | groovygifts.com.sg
Well known as a craft mecca, Spotlight sells all manner of Halloween decorations, fancy dress, table dressings and all the arts and crafts materials you could ever want or need.
Level 5, Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road
Where to buy Halloween costumes
While there are many clever folks who love making Halloween costumes for their kids (and themselves!) each year, others fall back on the classic last-minute costume – a white sheet with two peep-holes! (Don’t worry, we’re guilty of it too!) If you’re not up to making something or you don’t have the time, head to one of these fancy dress stores to rent or buy a costume. Many of them also have cool accessories to pair with your outfit.
Spooky food ideas
Aside from scrolling through Pinterest and food blogs for Halloween ideas, check out these fabulous Halloween recipes, which most importantly, have all been tried and tested! Have a look now and get ready to whip up a storm!
Films for all
Check out our list of Halloween horror films to enjoy (if that’s the right word!) – from thriller It based on Stephen King’s book, to classics like The Conjuring and Annabelle. Got kids to entertain? There are also plenty of spooky but child-friendly shows to watch with the little ones.
Easy face-painting ideas
All you need is a palette of face paints and some patience to create these Halloween party faces. Here are some ideas for you and the kids!
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