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Oct 25, 2021
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RIUH Cheat Sheet: Guide to Local Halloween Spooks!


It’s that time of year again where ghosts and ghouls become a friendly face in the crowd as Halloween creeps nearer. While Malaysians don’t typically go door-to-door yelling “Trick O’ Treat!” to get a bag of candies in the neighbourhood, there’s still a bunch of fun stuff to indulge in and spook up your night!

1. Scream at Your Screen
Get cozy on the couch with a local horror film. (Source: Mollie Sivaram)

Ah, a classic. Dim the lights, snuggle up in a warm blanket and grab some sweet treats as you put on a bone-chilling movie for you to yell at. The local horror movie scene is definitely not one to miss and we recommend you check out local flicks Munafik, Dukun, Karak and Roh this Halloween. These are cult favourites that are guaranteed to get your heart rate up with it’s relatable relevance to local folklore and popular urban legends.

A new horror film showing in theatres NOW! (Source: IMDB)

If you miss the big screens and want to head to the theatres instead, be sure to check out Malignant, a supernatural horror film directed by Kuching-born James Wan, creator of The Conjuring Universe. Grab that bucket of buttery popcorn and be prepared for thrills and chills.

2. Treat O’ Treat

Have your pantry stocked up with spooky snacks to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Irresistible spookies (Source: Joyce Baking Army)

Check out these adorable little Spookies (Spooky Cookies) from talented local baker Joyce Chin of Joyce Baking Army that will be featured during The Messy Club Pop-Up at Kedai KL on the 31st of October. These adorable munchkins are a cross between a fudgy brownie and a chewy cookie with a stunning crumbly top. A true indulgence for choco lovers!

Spooky lil’ delights (Source: bakaronbyalicia)

Calling all french pastry enthusiasts to rejoice in these adorable Halloween macarons from bakaronbyalicia. Matcha cream cheese, salted egg yolk vanilla, lime-earl grey - the variety of unique flavours in this 6 or 8 piece halloween set will be a fun treat while you wind down on this spooky night.

Toasted marshmallow ghosties on a brownie (Source: avery_sweet_treats)

Come on, how can you resist these adorable ghost brownies? Crispy, chewy, sweet, fudgy - perfectly textured and well-crafted, the charming ghost smores atop a layer of chocolatey brownie goodness from avery_sweet_treats will definitely keep you coming back for more.

3. Halloween Night at The Deceased
A Halloween party with a spooky costume contest? Sign me up! (Source: The Deceased)

This one’s for those of you who are looking for a night out without the kids. Don’t worry, you won’t be spending your time at the cemetery. The Deceased is a horror-themed restaurant bar who is hosting a Halloween Night on the 30th of October 2021, where you can spook your way into winning some solid liquor. Just show up in your most spine-chilling outfit and attempt to scare the skin off everyone.

4. Halloween BBQ
A feast to remember (Source: Emerson Vieira)

Now here’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Who doesn’t love a good barbecue, and a halloween-themed one at that? Priced at RM120+/adult with a 50% discount for kids under 12, this fun little Hollowfeast by the pool at Eastin Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a fabulous way to spend the spooky season. Get dressed up with your friends and family, take lots of pics, eat good food and reminisce the night away during this fancy spooky themed dinner.

5. Get Your Glam On
Boo! (Source: Rae)

Looking to get your hands on something creative? Two words: Halloween Makeup! Halloween is a celebration that literally revolves around dressing up, so it’s the perfect time for you to whip out those makeup brushes and colourful palettes and get your hands dirty with some eerie looks. Check out these Malaysian Avant-Garde Makeup Artists for some inspo before you get cracking at them yourself. For more easy ideas, here is a Tik Tok by local content creator, Rae on her tutorial of a Purge Mask using only some bright pigments and concealer. Seems like a fun look to recreate!

6. Scary Stories
Have a spooky themed heart-to-heart with your loved ones (Source: Priscilla Du Preez)

There’s nothing like listening to a supposedly “real-life” encounter of the supernatural from someone you know personally. Set up a virtual or physical hangout with some friends across drinks and desserts where each of you are to exchange personal horror stories.

Now here’s the fun bit: Add rules and regulations to the night. We recommend the rule that “Everything is true, even if it isn’t”, similar to the by-laws of the popular Reddit thread, r/nosleep (psst! r/no sleep) features some pretty creepy stories. Definitely check it out too). With that in place, tales of dormroom scares, highway spirits, hotel horrors and other hair-raising experiences will come pouring out to give you a thrilling chill.

7. Hauntu House
Eerie vibes (Source: Hauntu)

"…I always feel like somebody's watching me...” The adrenaline pumping in your veins, the anxiety of taking a step forward, the dark, damp atmosphere as you see something move out of the corner of your eye - there’s nothing like a visit to the good ol’ haunted house on Halloween night to get in an extra scare or two.

Hauntu offers an immersive and interactive haunted house experience like no other. Not only do you get to interact with the talented actors where you participate in sinister rituals and experience gripping live performances, you’re essentially a character of an elaborate horror story yourself. Take a plunge at it this Halloween, if you dare.

8. Thrilla’ Night
Put your dancing shoes on, it’s time to party! (Source: Momo’s KL)

Party the night away this Halloween weekend with Momo’s KL at their Thrilla’ Night that features a karaoke segment for you to scream your heart out - in a positive way this time. Keep those vocal cords in-tact with the finest drink selections from The Good Stuff that will be served throughout the night. Not to mention the delectable delights from local chicken sandwich superstars Fowlboys KL with their tender and well-marinated dishes that will satisfy you to no end. Good food, solid drinks, stellar music - what more could you ask for?

9. Halloween Playdough Kit
A fun set to quench that creative thirst (Source: Little Caveman)

Host a little competition among your kids, your friends or your partner to see who can come up with the spookiest creation using Little Caveman’s Halloween playdough kit. Priced reasonably at RM 20, each kit comes with one can of non-toxic orange and black playdough that is scented with essential oils, 2 creepy crawly creatures, 1 peg doll and assorted loose parts. Craft a classic pumpkin or go crazy and make a frakendoll that resembles yourself. One thing’s for sure, this kit will keep you entertained through the night.

Go hit play on that Halloween playlist and get yourself in the mood to have fun with all these fun ideas to spice up your spooky night. Let loose and live a little this final week of Spooktober, you deserve it!