Hallo from the underside

Published on 25 October 2018

Credit: Claudio Chock for The A List

By Yong Shi Yun

For many people today, Halloween means candy, carved pumpkins, dressing up as one’s favourite pop culture figure, and indulging in endless scare fests, courtesy of haunted houses.

Yet historically, Halloween was a day to remember the dead and all things spiritual. For the Celts, 2,000 years ago, it was a day when the spirits of the dead returned to visit loved ones.

At the Asian Civilisations Museum’s (ACM) annual free, fright night event, ACM After Dark, the paranormal and mystical take the spotlight. This year, visitors will get to discover, through its programme of activities, how traditional elements of earth, air, fire and water are linked to Asian supernatural beliefs and ancient traditions.

A highlight is the soapbox tour, where visitors are free to roam the galleries and stop at spots where docents are stationed, to learn more about selected artefacts. The A List had a sneak peek, with docent Darlene Kasten pointing out the unseen yet present aspects of artefacts featured in the tour.

If you are looking for a trick-and-treat experience this Halloween that will satisfy both your curiosity and appetite for the other world, be sure to head down to ACM After Dark on Saturday.

 

Details about ACM After Dark here.

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