When pumpkins, witches, and skeletons start making their scheduled appearances at this time of the year, you know that Halloween is round the corner once more! But Halloween need not be about scares for the kids... since kids are usually given the freedom to collect unlimited amounts of sweets!
So if you are looking for somewhere fun to bring your kids this Halloween, complete with more treats than tricks, look no further than S.E.A. Aquarium's Spooky Seas.
Spooky Seas returns again this year and this time, it is the turn of the pirates where the 'Pirates Ahoy!' edition will guarantee a treasure trove of treats and discoveries down in the sea. Kids will be ableto unveil the chilling truths about marine animals, use their wits to bag some treats, and even watch pumpkins turn into lanterns under the sea!
Before entering the S.E.A. Aquarium proper, remember to pick up your FREE Spooky Seas Trail booklet and paper bag (for sweets, what else!) from the pirate ship mock-up. The booklet will task the little pirate wannabes to visit 5 stations within the Aquarium to unlock secret treats!
In keeping with the spooky theme, the entire Aquarium has been decked out in Halloween-themed decorations, from skeletons bumming around at the bottom of the sea to special props in the huge tanks with bones and pumpkins.
Yes, even tombstones too.
Considering this is a treasure hunt for kids - although I have to say I spotted a few young adults having a go at it too! - the theme revolves around treats (also known as sweets) that are hidden in a treasure chest within a haunted shipwreck.
To unlock these secret treats, kids have to embark on the trail and complete a task at each of the five stations - Fishy Graveyard, Mad Scientist’s Lab, Pumpkin Patch, Vampire’s Lair and Potion Parlour!
And the monkies did just that.
At the first station, the monkies learnt to identify the various skeletal jaw remains of underwater creatures - creatures that had been mercilessly hunted down by humans. And their reward? Loads of sweet treats from a... erm, not-so-sweet and grim station master.
Don't worry, the station master was not scary at all. In fact, he was swamped with hordes of kids... with them eyeing the wheelbarrow of sweets behind him I'm sure!
The second station at Mad Scientist's Lab had the monkies examining bottles of specimens of different sea creatures.
The great thing about the Sea Trail is it allowed the kids to learn more about some lesser-known sea creatures. Well actually, even I found the facts to be fascinating as well!
Doodle a scary or funny face on the pumpkin booklet and sweets were earned. Just like that.
No wonder Ale asked if she could draw on more than one booklet!
We visited the Vampire’s Lair next where the monkies found out the existence of some really creepy octopuses and slimy worms deep in the ocean.
The final station had the monkies dip their hands into black boxes and guess the mystery items lurking inside them.
Nothing too creepy if you must know... but trust Ayd to ham it up for the camera all the same.
A scroll awaited the kiddos after the completion of all 5 stations but more importantly though, they were ecstatic with their bounty of free candy!
Want more? Here are other activities to look out for:
They are the guardians of the forgotten sea depths, rising from the darkness only during Halloween. Feel the chills as they swim by, and don’t forget to capture evidence of their rare appearance.
Time: Mon - Sun, 1pm and 4pm (45 mins per session)
Venue: Open Ocean Habitat
Live pumpkin carving
You may have seen pumpkin carving demonstrations on land. But underwater? Come witness this feat as our divers carve pumpkins into Halloween lanterns from within the habitat.
Time: Sat and Sun, 1pm and 4pm (45 mins per session)
Venue: Open Ocean Habitat
Meet and Greet Manta
Come say hi and take plenty of pictures with the friendly Manta Ray mascot. He will be “swimming” by at these times: 2.45pm and 3.45pm daily.
Home to over 40,000 fish across 80 different species, join the marine guides and let them share with you interesting facts about the Open Ocean Habitat, and the unique adaptations of its inhabitants.
Time: 1.15pm, daily
Venue: Ocean Gallery
Dolphin Trainer Talk
Learn more about the dolphins, and find out what you never knew about these endearing animals, direct from the dolphin trainers.
Time: 11:30am, daily & 2:30pm on weekends & public holidays
Venue: Dolphin Island Panels
Aquarist Feeding Sessions
Understand the feeding habits of our marine animals and view how the aquarists hand feed the sharks and rays.
Time & Venue:
Mon – Fri: Shark Seas Habitats – 4:30pm
Tue – Sun: Shipwreck Habitat – 10am & Open Ocean Habitat – 3pm
Mon-Sun: Coral Garden Habitat – 11am, Sea Dragons Habitat – 3pm & Mangrove Habitat – 4pm
Now, this is one Halloween fun that everyone in the family can definitely enjoy together... because there is nothing like chocolates and sweets to get the kiddos all pumped up for a spooky adventure under the S.E.A.!
Oh, and before you leave the Aquarium, don't forget to visit the awe-inspiring Sea Monsters: Past and Present Exhibition that brings to life some of the most bizarre, ferocious and fascinating creatures that ruled the prehistoric oceans!
Congratulations to the 2 following winners! You have each won a set of 4 entrance tickets to S.E.A. Aquarium!
1. Vincent Lee Wei Ping
2. Jamie Chaw
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org by 24 October for prize collection details. Thanks!
Spooky Seas: The "Pirates Ahoy!" edition
Now until 15 Nov 2015; 10am - 7pm daily
S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
Singapore Residents: Adults $28 Children (4-12) & Seniors (60 & above) $15
General Admission: Adults $32 Children (4-12) & Seniors (60 & above) $22
And while you are at the Aquarium, why try your hand at winning one of FIVE stays at Hard Rock Hotel Singapore too? Take part in the Spooky Seas Photo Contest! All you have to do is the following:
Step 1: Hunt for skeletons at S.E.A. Aquarium
Step 2: Take 3 photos of the skeletons including one selfie
Step 3: All 3 photos are to be submitted to email@example.com, together with:
(i) Full Name
(ii) Identity Card or Passport Number
(iii) Contact Number
Better hurry, because the contest ends on 31 October 2015!