Where did the year go? October is fast approaching and it’s looking like it’s going to be an exciting month ahead! Whether you prefer to get spooked, to groove to your favourite musical acts, or to indulge in a little competitive gaming, there’re loads to make you laugh, cry and scream throughout the month. If all else fails, there’s always a tipple (or two).
Halloween Horror Nights 8
Where: Universal Studios Singapore
When: September 27 to October 31, 2018
The theme park’s annual scare fest has always been a widely anticipated event, and its eighth incarnation is no different. This year though, it has upped its ante (and star factor) with a special collaboration with Netflix’s Stranger Things for one of its haunted houses. With 12 different rooms artfully recreated from the series (The Hawkins National Laboratory! The Byers home with eerie Christmas lights! The Upside Down Woods!), it’s bound to thrill any horror fan. The other four haunted houses come with an Asian twist and are no less sinister, featuring Chinese vampires and a pontianak, which is always scary. Bonus? You might even get to be part of a ritual sacrifice. Not one for the faint-hearted, you’ve been warned. Standard general admission tickets start from $58, get them here before it’s too late.
Passionate about Pink
When: October 1 to 31, 2018
Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with food! Head to L’Espresso at Goodwood Park Hotel, where you can enjoy pink desserts and even a pink chocolate fountain, which is part of the English Afternoon Tea spread. Each guest will receive a Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) pink ribbon pin worth $2, and the hotel will donate the value of total number of pins given out to BCF. So why not do your part for this meaningful campaign? You can also donate a minimum sum of $2 at L’Espresso or The Deli via a BCF donation box.
Sam Smith Live in Singapore
Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium
When: October 2 to October 3, 2018
Raise your hand if Sam Smith’s velvety-smooth voice sends you into a weak mess every time he opens his mouth. The good news is, he’s coming to town this month so you can experience the full force of his vocal prowess in real life! The English singer-songwriter, who rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure’s breakthrough single “Latch”, has come a long way. With two albums and 27 awards – including Grammys – under his belt, the 26-year-old is at the peak of his career. Sing along to hit tunes such as “Too Good at Goodbyes”, “I’m Not The Only One” and “Stay With”. We suggest bringing a date, as you’re going to get all the feels. Tickets, which start from $128, are still available for the second show. Visit here for more information.
Kinky Boots Musical
Where: Sands Theatre @ Marina Bay Sands
When: October 5 to October 14, 2018
Don’t worry, Kinky Boots is not as raunchy as the title might suggest (although it does have an NC-16 rating). In fact, it’s a heartwarming story about an unlikely friendship between a cabaret performer and an heir to a shoe factory. The pair team up to produce a line of high-heeled boots in a bid to save the factory’s business, proving they are not too different after all. This boisterous Broadway hit comes to Singapore this month, and you can be sure you’d be thoroughly entertained. Best of all, it features original songs by Grammy and Tony award winner Cyndi Lauper, so you can expect catchy tunes you can bop your head to. Tickets start from $65, buy them from Sistic.
Pink Ribbon Walk 2018
Where: Singapore Sports Hub OCBC Square
When: October 6, 2018
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means it’s the best time to wear pink to support this meaningful campaign! Its goal is to spread awareness of this life-threatening disease and advocate early detection, with month-long activities culminating in its signature event, the Pink Ribbon Walk. You can choose either to walk the 3.5km route ($40) or run the 5km route ($50). Both routes allow you a wonderful scenic view of the Kallang Basin, and come with a pink unisex T-shirt and drawstring bag. Sign up at their website.
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GameStart Asia 2018
Where: Suntec Convention Centre Halls 401, 402 and 403
When: October 13 to October 14, 2018
Calling all gaming enthusiasts, get ready for a weekend of heart-thumping action as the annual game convention GameStart Asia 2018 is back in Singapore for the fifth time! This extravaganza promises a day of quirky fun, where you get to don costumes and spend the day indulging in tabletop gaming as well as indie and retro games. If you’re one for competition, participate in the SEA Major 2018, one of Southeast Asia’s largest fighting game tournament – you might stand a chance to win over US$60,000 in prizes (but you’d have to fight real hard to get there)! For more information, check out their Facebook page here.
Where: Philips APAC Center, 622 Lor 1 Toa Payoh
When: October 19 to 21, 2018
Bring your mum, boyfriend and/or friends because there are a plethora of activities to appeal to everyone. Your mum (or you) should head to the pop-up kitchen by celebrity chef and restaurateur Angela May before enjoying light bites at the food carts that will serve up BBQ teriyaki squid, coconut rice with chicken yakitori, Dutch stroopwafels and more. If your man needs a shave, head to Sultans of Shave pop-up booth because they’re offering free wet or dry shaves, style consultations and facial massages. Admission is free but you’re advised to pre-register for events here.
Black & White Houses Tour
Where: Dempsey Road
When: October 19, 2018
For those who are aficionados of architecture and/or history, consider spending your morning at the Black & White Houses Tour – a cultural journey where you get to visit iconic black and white colonial houses and learn about their stories. With the houses set in lush greenery, they are the site of idyllic tranquility and are bound to take you back in time. Tickets cost $90 and it includes transportation and refreshments. Visit here for more information.
Red Velvet 2nd Concert [REDMARE] in SINGAPORE
Where: Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre
When: October 20
ReVeluv, get ready because your fave group is gonna be in Singapore! The quintet is returning to Singapore for their first-ever concert after an appearance at Music Bank in Singapore last year. Expect hits from their latest album, as well as previous chart-toppers. Tickets start from $168, and are available through Apactix.
Wine Fiesta Singapore 2018
Where: The Clifford Pier @ The Fullerton Bay Hotel
When: October 20 to October 21
Raise your glass, vino lovers! Wine Fiesta Singapore – one of Singapore’s biggest annual wine festivals – is heading indoors for the first time. So instead of sweating it out in the humid weather, you get to sample more than 250 wines and enjoy stunning views of the waterfront in the comfort of air-conditioning! Hungry? There will be a delectable spread of gourmet treats whipped up by renowned local and international chefs that will pair well with your drinks. You can also attend expert-led classes and stories shared by winemakers, so expect a fulfilling wine-filled weekend. Cheers to that! Visit their website for more info.
a1 20th Anniversary Reunion Tour
Where: MES Theatre @ Mediacorp
When: October 20, 2018
Take a trip down memory lane as you sing along to British-Norwegian boy band a1’s tunes. They are back in town for a one-night only gig after two years to mark the band’s 20th anniversary (gasp, who else feels old?). This time, the band will also see the return of former member Paul Marazzi for the first time since 2002! He quit the band abruptly then, citing personal reasons. Expect to hear hit songs such as “Take on Me”, “Same Old Brand New You”, “Everytime” and “Like A Rose”. Tickets start from $98. Buy them from Apactix.
CSC Run by the Bay
Where: Gardens By The Bay East
When: October 20, 2018
End of year feasting will soon be upon us, so why not prevent that by getting in a little exercise now? What’s more, the CSC Run by the Bay will be happening in the evening along the scenic waterside of Marina Reservoir, so you get to stay in shape and enjoy a spectacular sunset view. Worth it? We say yes! Go for the 6km non-competitive run ($58) for something more manageable, or if you’re feeling adventurous, sign up for the 12.8km ($72) or 21.1km ($84) route. Visit here for more information.
Food Japan 2018
Where: Suntec Convention Centre Halls 401 and 402
When: October 27, 2018
Are you a Japanese food connoisseur or just a lover of all things Nihon? Then you have to go to this dedicated Japanese F&B showcase happening end of the month. It’s ASEAN’s largest one and it promises to be a showcase of the finest in Japanese seasonal produce and delicacies. Expect a line-up of anything and everything oishii, from sashimi to an array of Japanese tea. You can also sharpen your kitchen skills by observing culinary demonstrations by Japanese chefs or trying your hand at cooking classes there. If you’re interested, entry tickets are priced at $4 which will be sold on-site. Visit their website for more info.
Good Vibes With Jason Mraz
Where: National Stadium
When: October 27, 2018
American singer and songwriter Jason Mraz will be here for a one-night-only gig — in fact, it’s his only concert in Asia this year. How honoured are we?! Held in conjunction with the final edition of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, the guitar-toting Grammy winner’s effortless vocals and penchant for riffs will surely send good shivers down your spine. Croon along to some of his best acoustic, pop and soul hits, such as “Lucky”, “I Won’t Give Up” and “I’m Yours”. Tickets start from $108. Buy them from Apactix.
Text: Sean Tham, Xie Huiqun