Header images courtesy of The Optimist and Island Shangri-La
Spooky season is coming up fast, and restaurants, cafés, and bakeries are dressing the part. From a spooky afternoon tea to a murder mystery dinner, bloody cocktails, and pet-friendly events, there are many places to celebrate Halloween 2023. Here are the best places to celebrate Halloween in Hong Kong this year!
Due to popular demand, Hjem’s Halloween afternoon tea is making a spooky comeback. From 28 November till 4 November only, the neighbourhood Nordic café nested between Central and Sheung Wan is revamping its afternoon tea set, with spooky makeovers of staple items and exclusive baked goods! The set includes smørrebrød (traditional Nordic rye bread sandwich), the Cookie Monster, a ghostly cinammon and cardamom bun, Norwegian waffles, a berry posset, and more.
All these treats are bound to leave you thirsty, which is why Hjem has included not one, but two drinks as part of their seasonal offer. Enjoy a warm cup of tea along a seasonal pumpkin spice latte or along Halloween cocktail Blinding Lights, a mix of Campari, lingonberry, lemon, Arctic lingonberry liqueur, orange bitters, and cherry soda. Find out more about this family-friendly celebration here.
Hjem, 161 Hollywood Road, Central
The three TMK’s are adding themed items to their menu on 28 October. The spirited temakeria dares you to try the Halloween Katana and the Halloween Temaki. If you find yourself in the Sheung Wan area, you should also pay a visit to Honjo. On 28 October, the Japanese restaurant’s Halloween brunch comes with a dessert station and a costume contest!
Honjo, 1/F, 77–91 Queen’s Road West, Sheung Wan
Hong Kong’s favourite American restaurant is fully embracing the Halloween celebrations this October. In the weeks leading up to the eeriest night of the year, the restaurant has revamped its drinks menu. Already available are the pumpkin Bellini, the cranberry- and gin-based Pennywise Martini, the pumpkin spice and vanilla ice cream Jack O’Shake, and the lychee and ginger Kom Boo Cha.
To keep us entertained, Dan Ryan’s Lee Tung Avenue location is organising a month-long pet costume competition, hosting a Halloween comedy night, and a “Cirque du Dan’s” Halloween evening. Find out more about these happenings here.
On Saturday, 28 October, Ichu is hosting “Momia Azteca,” a whole day of Halloween celebrations. The day starts with a free-flow brunch, continues with a Halloween night brunch, and ends with a party located on the restaurant’s terrace! With DJ sets, a live trumpet and percussion performance, and a makeup artist present, Ichu’s Momia Azteca party is a guaranteed thrill. Get your tickets here.
From 18 till 31 October, three seasonal cocktails are available. The Tezca blends flavours of pisco, rosemary, lemon, and grenadine. The bloody Almada, with dark rum, almond syrup, citrus liquor, and ginger beer is rimmed with chocolate blood drips. The Popoca is a red mix of smoky mezcal, cinnamon, red wine, creamy egg whites, and lime juice.
Ichu, 3/F, H Queen, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Halloween is probably the funniest when you’re a kid! Costumes and an endless amount of sweets are children’s dream come true. Knowing this, The Optimist is hosting a brunch on 29 October where your littles ones will eat for free! With activities such as face painting, and a claw machine filled with candy, the Northern Spanish restaurant is the perfect place to entertain your kids this Halloween.
The Optimist, G/F–3/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Event and catering company Relish are helping you host a mysterious night this Halloween. Hosted in their private room or at the venue of your choice, the Murder Mystery dinner package includes a candlelit three-course fine-dining dinner, with spinach ravioli with pumpkin and ricotta, roasted pork and butternut squash or duck confit with a perfect egg and pecorino, and dark chocolate and caramel dessert; free-flow wine and bubbles; and the murder mystery game.
Relish, Unit 22D, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang
For the unlucky few who are out of town on the weekend before Halloween and miss out on Halloween celebrations, Te Quiero Mucho is celebrating the Day of the Dead on 3 November! The festivities involve a deliciously filling two-hour taco free-flow menu including carne asada, pescado, mushroom, lengua tacos, and more. You can pair your dinner with a two-hour drinks free-flow with Margaritas, Palomas, Sangrias, and other spirited cocktails. Book your table here.
Te Quiero Mucho, The Sheung Wan, 286 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Known not only for its health-conscious treats but also for their holiday-themed cakes, The Cakery has created an impressive Halloween range available till 31 October. Meet Green Monster, Ube Monster, and Strawberry Monster, the friendly looking characters that bring The Cakery’s cakes to life. Even spookier, the Boo Cake creation comprises three letter layered black sesame sponge cake spelling out “boo,” black sesame cream, white chocolate ganache, and jack-o’-lantern-shaped macarons. For smaller cravings, decorated cake pops and cupcakes are also available.
For those who don’t want to go out on Halloween but still want to celebrate; for those who are organising a spooky house-party but don’t have the time to bake; or simply for gifting—I Love Baby Cakes bakery can deliver a range of homemade cake pops, cakesicles, cupcakes, and cookies to you. Whether they are decorated with bloody patterns or Frankenstein’s monster, shaped as a ghost or a jack-o’-lantern, you can browse through all the offerings here.
I Love Babycakes, 15 Lung On Street, Wan Chai
In Cyberport, Stumpy Bakery invites sugar lovers and their furry friends to discover new Halloween-themed baked good. Available as of 16 October, the Bloody Velvet cupcake, Frankenstein Rice Kreepies, the Ghost and Mummy cupcake, and spooky pet-friendly cookies join the menu!
Stumpy Bakery, Shop 105, Level 1, The Arcade, 100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam
A few of us might not know what to do with the pink and blue outfits we purchased back in July to view the Barbie movie. Thankfully, Halloween is also costume season, and on 28 and 29 October, dine-in visitors of the Italian southside bakery Pane e Latte who come dressed as Barbie or Ken will receive a complimentary Barbieloni, a pink meringue, marshmallow, and raspberry twist on the bomboloni doughnut!
Pane e Latte, G/F, U-C Court, 25 Stanley Market Road, Stanley
Café Too at Island Shangri-La is turning into a fantastical wonderland in honour of the Halloween celebrations this October. Inspired by the world of Alice in Wonderland, décor and attractions will spook the space all month. Lunch, brunch, and dinner are available as usual, with a seasonal dessert station including pumpkin pie, pecan tart, and Halloween doughnuts. From 27 till 31 October, a Halloween-themed buffet will make Café Too the perfect location for a family-friendly spooky meal. Get your tickets here.
For those who fancy a Halloweeny afternoon tea, visit the Lobby Lounge between 23 and 27 October, or between 29 and 31 October to try The Shangri-La Wonderliner Tram filled with roasted pumpkin tarts, cassis Mont Blanc, and more sweet and savouries to pair with tea or tea-infused cocktails. Get your tickets here.
Café Too, 7/F, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Surpreme Court Road, Central
Lobby Lounge, 6/F, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Surpreme Court Road, Central