Trick or treating and costume parties might be cancelled, but the fun isn’t. As the month draws to a close, the annual spookfest that marks the end of the month brings about the frightening fun.
As with almost every other festival and major live event, the Halloween festivities has managed to overcome the terrifying situation of our pandemic — also known as everyone’s current living nightmare — to allow you to get into the partying spirit by going virtual. Museums are paying homage to horror movies online, bakeries will deliver ominous treats directly to your doorstep, or snap some eerie pics — the quintessential horror film trope — to scare your Snapchat followers.
Make Halloween sweeter
Munch on gruesome sweets from Marks and Spencer, with Percy Pig and Colin The Caterpillar getting spooky and creepy. Don’t forget to stock up some bottles of Dracula’s Blood on your way out, the crimson cordial brew is a fruity blend of strawberry, raspberry, and apple high juice. Just add water, and you’re good to go.
For dessert, get some Spooky Spider Chocolate Tarts from Artisan Boulangerie Co. or a dozen of creepy cupcakes, skeleton macarons, and ghastly chocolate fudge cake pops from dessert.cup to finish the night on a sweet treat. The Little House of Dreams also has the most adorable yet spook-icilious cakes, although you’ll have to preorder to ensure that you get the design you’ve been eyeing.
Watch classic old horror movies with ArtScience On Scream
As museums take to virtual exhibitions and tour, the ArtScience Musuem in Marina Bay Sands hasn’t forgotten about Halloween. In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the German silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, the museum will be hosting a special screening of the digital restored version. Considered to be the original cult film of horror movies and the pioneer of arthouse cinema, the film is remastered into a livestream of Caligari’s ghoulish energies by local producer Fauxe.
When you’re done, continue the movie marathon on Netflix, which has an extensive selection of horror flicks from all over the world. Ladda Land is a classic Thai movie that explores the tragic stories of ghosts and hauntings, and US film Veronica is inspired by a true story of an Ouija board experience gone wrong.
Peer into the haunted hallways with ACM After Dark
Halloween Horror Nights might be cancelled, but the haunted houses aren’t. The Asian Civilisations Museum is launching their own ACM After Dark: Heroes And Villians night. Explore the motley crew of villians and heroes in their galleries from the comfort of your own room as you are introduced to the good and bad villians of Asia’s history.
There’s also an online spook-o-bento workshop that you can join in to get your hands busy, or join the digital escape game with your families. Culture fans will also be delighted to watch an exclusive music and drama performance that reveals the fall of Bukit Larangan, which we’re more familiar as Fort Canning Hill today.
Bookmark this link to know when the haunted house is open online!
Snapchat Lens and Instagram filters are an effortless alternative to dressing up
Get a good laugh by scaring your closest friends with unexpected snaps on Snapchat. Snapchat Official Lens Creator (OLC), ExAR created a ghost-inspired Snapchat lens that turns you into a ghost without having to spend a lot of time and effort donning Halloween makeup. Extra plus — the background is of bare trees, adding to the creepiness factor of being in an abandoned forest!
Another OLC, YukineSuzu takes it one step further by creating a lens that turns you into an unrecognisable black blob as her interpretation of night screamers. Amongst all the snaps of everyone indulging in cute Halloween candy, this filter will make you jump.
To access these filters, scan the below QR codes with your Snapchat lens and you’re ready to do some spookin’!
You can also spread the scary on Instagram, which has their own version of Snapchat lens called filters. Follow @w.morgana.itch to transform into glamourous witches, or scare the wits out of your followers with something out of a horror movie by @marcwakefieldards, whose filters include Slipknot masks, scary clowns that belong in IT, and fire breathing dragons.