October is here, which means Halloween is just around the corner! Since there aren’t parties and large Trick Or Treat events that we can attend this year, why not be brave and explore uncharted territory with the kids at haunted places in Singapore? Of course, with extra caution and preferably during the daytime.
While there won’t be candy treats and crowds in costumes, you can still feel the creeps firsthand and learn more about different landmarks in Singapore. Little Steps has compiled a list of haunted places in Singapore – time to boo-gie together with the whole family.
While Old Tampines Road seems bright and cheerful, filled with vehicles and residents during the day, visit at night and it tells a different story. Legend has it that pontianaks used to flock the area, appearing before taxi drivers when they cruised down the street in the wee hours of the morning. It didn’t help that there would be scary, towering trees and a floral scent around the area. We recommend taking an evening stroll around the area if you dare.
Old Tampines Road, www.streetdirectory.com
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Located within Punggol, the Matilda House is rich with history. It was built in 1902, where a Eurasian family owned it and named it after the owner’s mother. But even after the government secured ownership, there were reported sightings of a lady in the surrounding trees and rumors of how the building refused to be demolished. Today, it’s a clubhouse where the lights are apparently never switched off!
Matilda House, 78 Punggol Walk, Singapore 822271
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What’s a scarier place to head to than a cemetery? To pay a visit, and some respects, to the dead, Bukit Brown Cemetery is open to the public. One of the oldest Chinese cemeteries in Singapore, it has over 100,000 tombstones, although it is a bit inconvenient to get to. Look out for the guided tours that you can sign up for from their website, which usually happens on weekends.
Bukit Brown Cemetery, 36C Lor Halwa, Singapore 298637, www.bukitbrown.com/main
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National Museum Of Singapore is a family-friendly attraction we frequent. But head up to level 2 and you’ll notice a suspicious spiral staircase hidden in the corner. The Victorian-designed piece has been preserved for centuries and is apparently out of bounds to the public due to strange and supernatural occurrences linked to it. Point it out to the kiddos on your next visit, and see if you get any goosebumps!
National Museum Of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897, www.nhb.gov.sg/nationalmuseum
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Perched on a hill, Fort Canning Park has sprawling green spaces perfect for a picnic. But after dark, you might want to rethink your outdoor date! After all, it was used as a bunker by the military during World War II, which meant the deaths of soldiers at those very grounds. Nowadays, you can register for a guided tour with The Battlebox, which will give you a history lesson while roaming the creepy, yet picturesque spot.
The Battlebox, Fort Canning Park, 2 Cox Terrace, Singapore 179622, www.battlebox.com.sg
Kids love going to Sentosa. There’s Universal Studios Singapore, the S.E.A Aquarium, and the beach, of course. However, true blue Singaporeans will know there’s a dark history to the island. Many killings took place on the sandy shores of the Sentosa beaches back in World War II, so it’s no surprise that visitors have reported sightings of ghostly figures and sounds late at night. Why not hang around at night, or book a staycation with the family to find out for yourself?
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For a place that has its scare factor in the open, Haw Par Villa is where it’s at. Bring the kids out to pose with, or be scared of, the over 1,000 wax statues of characters depicting the myths and lore of the Ten Levels Of Hell. The tourist attraction’s walkthrough recently underwent a facelift too, so you can expect new features like projection mapping and air-conditioning. The best part? Entry is free!
Haw Par Villa, 262 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118628, www.hawparvilla.sg
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Travel far west of Singapore and you’ll be greeted with an abandoned estate of HDB flats, one of the oldest in our country. Once a busy neighborhood, it became desolate ever since 2002 after residents moved out and the military took over as training grounds, with reports of crying noises and scary sightings. While it’s out of bounds to the public today, you can still catch a glimpse of it from a distance.
Neo Tiew Estate, 1 Lim Chu Kang Road, Singapore 710001, www.facebook.com/neotiewestate
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Old Changi Hospital is widely considered the most haunted place in Singapore, and also likely the most recognized location on this list. Its history dates back to World War II, where many were tortured and killed there during the Japanese Occupation. It’s no wonder that it used to be a popular spot for ghost hunters until public access was closed off. You can still get the kids to tag along on one of the guided tours around the vicinity though!
Old Changi Hospital, 24 Halton Road, Singapore 506997
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Sunsets at Bedok Reservoir are nothing short of glorious, but the park also has a… gory past. The country was spooked by 6 suicides from drowning that happened between 2011 to 2012 – one was even a mother dressed in red who entered the waters with her child. While it is still a popular spot among joggers and pet-owners, head down after dark for a walk and see if you get the chills for yourself.
Bedok Reservoir, www.nparks.gov.sg
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Spooner Road – Spooky, old HDB flats
Nee Soon Rubber Estate – Spirit sightings in Sembawang Park
Pulau Tekong – Spooky island for military personnel
Pasir Ris Red House – Haunted house turned pre-school
Kubir Kassim – Malay cemetery in the East