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Halloween in Singapore 2021

Do Singaporeans celebrate Halloween? Where did Halloween come from? Can I go trick-or-treating? Your questions answered.

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When is Halloween 2021?

Halloween is an annual celebration held on 31 October every year. It’s a day when anyone can don a costume, take on another persona judgement-free, walk through their neighbourhood trick-or-treating, carve lanterns out of pumpkins and bob for candy apples.

While this hugely popular holiday doesn’t have any real roots in Singapore, thanks to the popularity of the horror niche, Singaporeans have developed their own unique way of celebrating Halloween over the last few decades. From creepy shopping mall decorations and spooky-inspired menus to the Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios and Spookytown at KidZania, Singapore has fully embraced the spirit of Halloween.


Do Singaporeans celebrate Halloween?

Yes and no.

Halloween is an annual holiday during which the majority of Singaporeans will hang spooky decorations, don creepy costumes and take advantage of the date to have some frightful fun with their family and friends. However, not all households are on board with the Halloween celebrations.

Some Singaporeans prefer not to take part in the holiday because they see it as an American tradition. By rejecting this American holiday, they are choosing to reject American culture and stay true to their Singapore roots.

As a result, when Halloween comes around, you’ll see a divide amongst people. Some people will decorate their homes elaborately for the occasion and others not at all. However, it should be noted that Halloween is quickly increasing in popularity throughout Singapore.


The history of Halloween

The word Halloween comes from a contraction of “All Hallows’ Eve”. It’s a day that has been celebrated all over the world under a number of different names.

There is a school of thought that links modern Halloween celebrations back to the Celtic festival Samhain, which is an ancient pagan ceremony. Samhain was held at the end of the harvest season and marked the descent into the darker half of the year. During this time, it was suggested that the divide between the world of the living and the world of the supernatural shifted, and that mystical creatures could move between the realms of the dead and the living more freely. This could be the spooky origin of our modern-day Halloween.

There is also said to be some influence from Christian celebrations. In Christianity, 1 November is a holy day called All Hallows’ Day, making 31 October All Hallows’ Eve. In addition, 2 November is called All Souls’ Day. These days were a time to honour the dead and the saints. It is believed that during the eighth century, Christian beliefs merged somewhat with Celtic beliefs, and All Hallows’ Eve merged with Samhain and began to more closely resemble the celebration that we have now.

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Another celebration linked to Halloween is the Mexican festival of the Day of the Dead, which is celebrated on 2 November, the same day as All Souls’ Day in early Christianity. The Day of the Dead tradition comes from pre-Colombian cultures, celebrated in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar. It is believed that this day dates back 2,500-3,000 years. During the Day of the Dead festival, many people will dress up, decorate their homes, walk the streets, and remember friends and family members who have died. It is very possible that this ancient celebration has, over time, influenced and shaped Halloween as we know it today.


When did Singaporeans start to celebrate Halloween?

It’s only over the past few decades that Singapore citizens have begun to get on board with the American holiday of Halloween. This is mainly due to the massive popularity of the horror genre in films, books and television. Whether you like an edge-of-your-seat thriller, the gore of a slasher or the fun family side of Halloween movies, America and much of the rest of the world have ensured that Singaporeans have access to the Halloween-inspired media of our choice.


Trick-or-treat etiquette in Singapore on Halloween

If you’re planning on trick-or-treating in Singapore this year or you want to hand out sweets and treats to trick-or-treaters, here are a few things to keep in mind:

For trick-or-treaters:

  • Try and stick to areas that have other trick-or-treaters. If you see lots of other trick-or-treaters out on the street, it’s likely that you’re in a Halloween-friendly neighbourhood. You’ll have better luck here.
  • Choose houses with decorations. Since not all Singaporeans celebrate Halloween, looking for houses with decorations is a good indicator of which households are happy to accept trick-or-treaters.
  • Try not to disturb people during dinnertime. Many people find doorbell ringers of any kind very offensive during dinnertime. Bear this in mind before you head out.
  • Don’t trick-or-treat too late in the evening. Be mindful that Halloween often occurs on a weekday and many people need their sleep. Try to do your trick-or-treating earlier rather than later.
  • A costume is a must. If you want to trick-or-treat, you’ll need a costume. Otherwise, you’re just asking strangers for candy.

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  • Inspect your candy. Parents of young children, or you yourself, should inspect your haul carefully before consuming it. This can stop those with allergies from consuming something potentially unsafe.

For handing out treats:

  • Choose individually wrapped candy. Pre-wrapped candy is a lot more hygienic when you have lots of little hands rifling through candy bowls.
  • Put up some decorations. If you’re willing to accept trick-or-treaters, maybe put up a decoration or two on your door, so kids and parents know that they’re welcome to knock at your place.
  • Be mindful of allergies. It’s always a good idea to stay away from nut-based or gluten-based candy, given the prevalence of allergies in modern-day society. Kids often won’t read the labels before eating their candy.

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