Since Trick or Treat don’t really exist in Singapore, I will share about how Halloween has evolved in the last decade or so. Halloween used to be featured on television and cinemas as an American culture, where the people are seen to be fixated with ghouls, witches, vampires, ghosts and every imaginable deadness and gore. It was also hard to imagine how the pumpkin fitted into it though. Such a pretty looking fruit-like vegetable.
Just like Valentine’s Day, which caught on earlier, it became a commercial interest in the food and beverage as well as entertainment businesses. It has become so lucrative that many pubs, disco and food outlets adopt this theme midway through October. Shopping malls will also deck with similar deco and organise face painting and costume sales for kids. The two dollar shops called Daiso will sell lots of Halloween themed decorations, costumes and accessories.
On the actual day, the pubs, restaurants and entertainment outlets will require guests to arrive in their costumes, masks or creative make up to blend with their theme. Some even had the menu set up for Halloween such as desserts that look like bloody brains or eyeballs, and other foods that resembles parts or remnants of the human anatomy.
One fine dining restaurant even had the Hannibal Lecter menu inspired by Silence of the Lambs. It was quite logical since Singapore is a food paradise, there was a strong inclination to transform the food to a mind boggling experience where the food tastes delicious but looks gut wrenching. The thought itself has scared me, no need to be subjected to anything.
Trick or Trick – DP – It’s Halloween, and you just ran out of candy. If the neighborhood kids (or anyone else, really) were to truly scare you, what trick would they have to subject you to?