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Here’s All The Thrills and Chills At Go Away’s Halloween Treks My Happy Place

There are few things scarier than exploring haunted places in Singapore on Halloween!

This year for Halloween, Go Away embarked on two harrowing treks to the creepiest parts of Singapore. Helmed by trek leader Kid from Luv@Adventure, we were joined by brave participants who were game to do some ghost-busting on the spookiest night of the year.

We had our first trek – Creepy Changi – on October 24, and it was definitely a thrilling experience! The history of Changi’s spooks came about during the Japanese Occupation, during which Changi was used as a site for prisoner-of-war camps. One of the famous haunted spots in the area is Old Changi Hospital. Even though we could only see the facade of the hospital at a respectable distance, it was enough to send chills down our spines! To add to the already creepy atmosphere, we noticed half-burned altar candles, an empty suitcase, and several children’s toys still in their original packaging near the locked gate. Gulp!

We start at Changi Beach, the site of many atrocities during the Japanese Occupation.

Group photo at Changi Beach – the site of many atrocities during the Japanese Occupation.

Making our way from Changi Beach to Fairy Point.

It is a long walk from Changi Beach to Fairy Point!

The highlight of the night - arriving at the gates of Old Changi Hospital.

The highlight of the night – arriving at the gates of Old Changi Hospital.

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The group gamely poses at the quiet road leading to Old Changi Hospital!

The Go Away car is all decked out with Halloween props!

The Go Away car is all decked out with Halloween props!

On the night of Halloween itself, we explored a spookier part of town in Bukit Brown cemetery. The biggest Chinese graveyard outside China, this abandoned graveyard is also home to some of Singapore’s notable pioneers, such as Chew Boon Lay, Chew Joo Chiat, and Ong Sam Leong.

Trek leader Kid leads us through the 'Twilight Zone' - the tunnel at Kheam Hock Road heading towards Bukit Brown.

Trek leader Kid leads us through the ‘Twilight Zone’ – the tunnel at Kheam Hock Road heading towards Bukit Brown.

Everyone listening as Kid explains how to defend ourselves against Malay vampires (Pontianak), according to urban legend.

Everyone listening as Kid explains how to defend ourselves against Malay vampires (Pontianak), according to urban legends.

The grave of Ong Sam Leong is the grandest in Bukit Brown Cemetery, and is even surrounded by a moat.

The grave of Ong Sam Leong is the grandest in Bukit Brown Cemetery, and is even surrounded by a moat.

All smiles as we made it back to the land of the living!

All smiles as we made it back to the land of the living!

Unfortunately (or otherwise), we did not have any major ghostly encounters on either trek. Nonetheless, it was a great walk through history, accompanied by Kid’s animated storytelling. Says Ai Mei, a participant on our Bukit Brown trek, “The [Bukit Brown] trek was an eye opener for my husband and me. Kid was very knowledgeable about Singapore’s rich history and made the whole trip very educational. As l’ve never trekked before, l found the walking up and downhill relatively tiring. But nevertheless, l thoroughly enjoyed the experience of walking into a cemetery at night!”

Go Away’s next event is a whisky bar crawl on 25 November 2015! Click here for more details.

All images are credited to Kid (Luv@Adventure).


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