Halloween is nearly upon us.
Here in Singapore, the spooky holiday sees less door-to-door trick-or-treating and more decked-to-the-nines club-hopping.
And, while finding a costume – without resorting to online retailers with exorbitant shipping fees – may have been quite the challenge in the past, the options have grown exponentially.
Here are our picks for the best places to pick up your get-up for this year’s hair-raising festivities.
Meticulously-lined shelves of masks and helmets adorn this well-stocked outlet near Chinatown – and it does online rentals, too, for the time-strapped or just plain lazy. Plus, you’ve got to give it to these guys for staying relevant. Its2018 collection includes the latest in pop culture: Think the titular characters from all the latest blockbusters, such as Valak (from last month’s The Nun), Venom and Predator.
Costumes ‘N’ Parties also has an extensive collection of superhero costumes, along with all the usual wigs, masks, props and accessories you might expect.
Where: Havelock II, #02-16/17/18, 2 Havelock Rd, 059763; 6224 8742
Well-known craft and household goods store Spotlight stocks all the generic Halloween looks for both adults and children if you’re not too fussed about standing out from the crowd. From Zombie Schoolgirl to Doctor, Nurse or Hippie, the choices are no-frills, but do the job in a pinch.
The kiddie range is a bit more inspired. Your little ones can choose from their favourite superhero or Disney princess, among many others. We recommend buying either long before Halloween, or after, when there might be deep discounts.
Where: Level 5 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Rd, 238839; 6733 9808
This decades-old Far East Plaza institution may be tiny in size, but it really packs a punch. Indeed, the shop is a treasure trove of goodies, crammed with all sorts of costumes, props and accessories that will surely inspire a unique Halloween look. If you’re not sure what your looking for, just ask the owners – a friendly husband-and-wife pair – for a recommendation.
If nothing else, this is the best place to swing by if you’re in need of something, anything, to wear at the last minute, or if you’re looking for a prop to complete your almost-perfect ensemble.
Where: #03-08, Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Rd, 228213; 6732 7893
If you’re gunning for that highly sought-after Best Costume prize, chances are, this store is where you’re going to want to get your costume. Browsing through the plethora of costumes on offer, the possibilities seem endless (bespoke costume, anyone?), and the quality is astonishing.
The Awesome Costumes team also offers free alterations on costumes. Ask about discounts for group rentals, too, if you and your squad are planning on rolling in style together.
Where: #03-04E, 3 Pemimpin Dr, 576147; 9796 0776/9145 9277
With more than 25,000 costumes suited to all ages packed into its by-appointment-only showroom in Henderson Road, Ministry Of Costumes is a one-stop shop for the whole family. Why not make a day of the experience? It’ll be laughs abound as you try out costumes ranging across various themes, from Harry Potter to Star Wars and Fairy Tale to Horror.
Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for despite the massive range? These guys promise they’ll go out of their way to source what you need, and certain items, like their super-realistic It costume (remember the murderous clown from the 2017 film remake?) can be specially ordered.
Where: #09-03, 203 Henderson Rd, 159546; 6270 1733
Cosplayers will be familiar with this Clarke Quay shop, which has been on the scene since 2003. Beyond Pan-In-The-Box‘s Japanese anime and manga-inspired items, there’s plenty in stock for Halloween, including creepy decorations, accessories and full costumes for purchase or rental. Its mask and wig selection is particularly impressive.
Bonus: To cater to Halloween shoppers, the store is extended its opening hours from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily from 15 to 31 October. How very thoughtful.
Where: #02-51, The Central Shopping Mall, 6 Eu Tong Sen St, 059817; 6221 3293
By Victoria Barker
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