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East meets West: Here’s what it’s like to attend a Halloween festival thrown by a fengshui grandmaster, Lifestyle News

Dr Unusual walked by, holding the hand of a mini-Spiderman who was clutching a bag full of sweet.

The odd-looking Marvel pair was adopted intently by a bunch of Chinese language jiangshis (hopping vampires) and a priest trailing behind them.

No this is not a scene out of the most recent Marvel multiverse blockbuster, however relatively a scene of the Halloween celebrations at Woodgrove property.

Conceived by residents again in 2007, the annual occasion in Woodlands sees the Woodgrove neighbourhood take the effort and time to embellish their homes for the event. Spooky lights, faux cobwebs and localised jack-o’-lanterns are a few of the sights greeting the candy-hungry crowds.

Woodgrove property, which is a stone’s throw away from the Singapore American Faculty, is a melting pot of nationalities that has readily embraced the native kampung spirit. 

What stands out although is the truth that the Woodgrove Halloween celebrations additionally features a trick-or-treating walkabout – one thing extra generally seen in Western international locations.

Returning after a two-year hiatus, the truth that the property roads weren’t closed for this yr version did not dampen any of the three,000 over trick or treaters’ spirits and candy tooths.

Households of trick or treaters, all decked out of their Halloween best, streamed from home to deal with with a number of householders going all out by establishing dwell sweet and drinks stations. 


Decked out in a tiger onesie outfit, 50-year-old Australian expat Johann – who was bringing his sons trick or treating – hailed the “loopy scary” costumes on show. Certainly one of his sons, 10-year-old Jason stated that he preferred the pleasant environment and even made new buddies whereas gathering Halloween sweet.

This yr, there was even a neighborhood contact to the Halloween proceedings with a standard ice-cream man in attendance.

The native theme was additionally highlighted on the first-ever Good day-Win Arts Competition – a celebration of East meets West artwork works and performances organised by the Modern Arts Analysis Affiliation.


Held on the I-Ching with Arts Gallery throughout the Woodgrove property, the pageant – which hoped to inject Japanese parts into what’s a Western conventional pageant – featured paintings by native artists, Yuxu Taoist Affiliation and Nanyang Ladies’ Excessive Faculty.

One of many featured artists, and Good day-Win Arts Competition’s Creative Director, Grand Grasp Tan Khoon Yong, 68, hoped that his work can assist foster a greater understanding between Japanese and Western tradition.

“Transferring ahead, I do not see a distinction between East or West particularly in a Singaporean context. As a Singaporean, I really feel we should act to bridge the hole between East and West.”


On a extra private notice although, the famend native fengshui grasp, who moved within the Woodgrove property six months in the past, stated that the communal Halloween celebrations has additionally helped him get to know his neighbours higher. 

ALSO READ: Watch out for clowns and ghouls: Sembawang property welcomes Halloween with sinister out of doors decor

And maybe, that group or kampung spirit is the perfect sweet that any Woodgrove residents can get this Halloween.



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