26 fun things to do in Singapore this week (Oct 22-26)

October is soon coming to a close. But before we wrap it all up, there’s gonna be one final big Halloween weekend filled with zombie attack events (yes, it’s a thing now), revelries packed with scantily-clad ghouls, and screenings of ghastly films that will have your spine tingling. If you’d rather stay away from the all the horror and terror, indulge in a handful of foodie and drink things too, especially the opening event of Honestbee’s futuristic supermarket Habitat, the Festival of Fresh.

English pop star Anne-Marie, who sings about friendzoning in her catchy hit “Friends”, is gracing our shores for the very first time. With several big-name collaborations under her belt, including Ed Sheeran and Sean Paul, she’s been delivering infectious hits like “Alarm” and the recent fire single “2002”, since her breakout collaboration with Clean Bandit in “Rockabye”. Singapore is her only stop in the region on her Speak Your Mind Tour; so consider us lucky. Oct 22

Head over to Botanico at The Garage for a special Tanglin Gin (the first locally-distilled commercial gin) pairing dinner with Botanico’s own Sujatha Asokan and Melbourne-based guest Chef Thi Le from Anchovy Restaurant firing things up in the kitchen. Oct 23-27

In conjunction with the Malay CultureFest 2018, Singaporean playwright Alfian Sa’at is presenting critically acclaimed double bill performance Bulan Madu. The first act, a monodrama, tells the story of the last kampung in Singapore as it gives way to modernisation, while the second, presented by two women, explores the psyche of female Malay/Muslims in a polygamous marriage. Oct 24-28

Indulge in the best produce hailing from the Land of the Rising Sun at the seventh edition of Food Japan. Held at Suntec, expect to check out (and taste) the freshest seafood, grains, condiments, sake and more before you buy. Only Saturday is open to the public. Oct 25-27

It may be a student-organized film festival, but the annual Perspectives Film Festival is not one to be overlooked—particularly given its unfailing line-up of quality films year after year. For this year’s 11th edition, look forward to seven international films curated on the theme ‘Institutions’. Oct 25-28

The Great Moscow Circus has come to town (their first time in over a decade), and you won’t want to miss catching some of the world’s most dangerous acts and high-energy performaces from the stands of the big top erected at the Bayfront. Oct 25-Nov 23

Fakkah Fuzz (born Muhammad Fadzri Rashi), everybody’s favorite local comedian, is back with more politically-incorrect rants revolving around his life experiences (that he so often uses as cross-cultural comedic fodder). Head over to the Esplanade to catch Unmarried, where Fuzz will be poking fun at the incredibly-relatable obsession of Asian parents marrying off their children. Oct 26

In the lead up to the 29th Singapore International Film Festival happening in November, Gardens by the Bay will be hosting two nights of free cinematic goodness at the inaugural Moonlight Cinema, a late-night screening event showcasing two coming-of-age films that share the same name—My Girl (USA, 1991) and My Girl (Thailand, 2003). Oct 26-27

Singapore Pub Crawl returns for another Halloween-inspired trail of booze; be sure to come in a costume. Oct 26-27

All is not at it seems at Bar Rouge. Enter at your own risk as the sky-high nightspot transforms into a shadowy forest for all you Halloween revelers. In The Woods, expect the unexpected as dazzling lights, spell-bounding tunes and intoxicating concoctions haunt you till the wee hours. Oct 26-27

As part of Marina Barrage’s 10th Anniversary, The Local People are setting up an expansive carnival-style pop-up market featuring local and international food, quality crafts and live acts. You’ll also have the chance to take a cruise in the Marina Reservoir, on a specially arranged boat tour that will set off from the Barrage. In true Marina Bay fashion, a dazzling fireworks display will cap off the celebrations. Oct 26-28

Catch an international line-up of exclusive horror films being screened only at Golden Village cinemas at this year’s Horrorthon. Buckle up, because you’re set to watch not just one but two horror films back-to-back. Oct 26-28, 31

A Zombie Attack pop-up event is swooping into the open-air Grange Road Car Park, smack beside 313@Somerset. In teams of four seek out an anti-toxin cure that will contain a virus outbreak borned from an experiment gone wrong. Then slay your way through the undead with a laser gun as they clamour to catch you in the escape room. Oct 26-Nov 4

Live out your apocalyptic fantasies at all the zombie attack games happening this Halloween here.

Honestbee has opened a groundbreaking new lifestyle space Habitat, and everyone’s invited to take a look around. At the Festival of Fresh, taste Japanese souffle pancakes, Mediterranean grain bowls and kombucha, or shop fresh seafood at promotion prices like $9.90 for a lobster. Local musicians Joie Tan and Aarika Lee will provide the entertainment. Through Oct 28

Get your fill of thrills, zombies, cannibals and serial killers at Singapore’s first horror film festival, Scream Asia Film Festival, curated by Eric Khoo and featuring 12 top horror flicks from around the globe. Through Oct 28

The dreamy pastel-hued shots of our city come to life in an exclusive exhibition by Nguan of his latest photobook, Singapore (2017), as part of the annual Singapore International Photography Festival. Through Oct 28

As part of its sixth anniversary celebrations, Gardens by the Bay will be completely transformed into a man-made Neon Jungle, filled with animal light installations, a neon night market and more. Through Oct 28

The National Gallery Singapore’s film festival dedicated to art, Painting with Light, is back for its second edition with more than 30 thought-provoking films by Singaporean, regional and international filmmakers. This year’s Special Focus category draws attention to the reality of transition and displacement; a clear spotlight on the global refugee crisis. Through Oct 28

Dust off your scaredy-pants, because the eighth edition of Halloween Horror Nights is here and ready to terrify. Come face to face with Demogorgons, Pontianaks, and other chilling Asian ghosts, as Universal Studios Singapore is once again transformed into the creepiest place in the region. Through Oct 31

After conservation comes an interrogation of the heritage icons we hold close to our heart. The Substation’s next installment in their programme is an interactive, adventure course-type show inspired by the notorious interview process all Singapore Girl wannabes have to go through—where you too can reach for the overhead cabin stars and become a national icon. Through Nov 4

New York pop artist The Sucklord rose to fame for his cheeky bootleg toys—unlicensed action figures and toys made subversive and spanning themes of politics, porn and memes. For the first time, he’s holding a solo show in Singapore at Kult Gallery (the genius himself will be present on opening night), so stop by for a hit of sleazy, hilarious art. Through Nov 10

The Singapore River Festival returns to the quays with the largest outdoor bazaar in Singapore River across Clarke Quay, outdoor circus performances, movie screenings, gameshows, and lots of prime eats. Through Nov 11

Powerful ladies step up to the plate in Objectifs’ Women in Photography photo exhibition. This year, in line with prolific collective movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, the exhibition will throw pertinent issues of politics, sexuality and cultural oppression into the spotlight via poignant visuals from international female photographers. Through Nov 18

Peranakan Museum’s latest exhibition, Amek Gambar: Peranakans and Photography, delves into the Southeast Asian history of photography through the pictured lives of the Peranakan community in the region. Through Feb 3, 2019

From Cold Storage to Tiger Balm, come chart the evolution of print advertising in Singapore from the 1830s to 1960s at Selling Dreams: Early Advertising in Singapore. Aside from just print advertisements, the exhibition at the National Library also includes interactive multimedia stations for you to experience life as a consumer in early Singapore. Through Feb 24, 2019

The Singapore Zoo will be transformed into a lush and luminous universe to mark the attraction’s 45th anniversary this year. Experience Rainforest Lumina for yourself, where a whole stretch of tropical rainforest will be lit with multimedia visual effects come nighttime. You can even spend your night there by a campfire, if you so wish. Jul 1 onwards