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Originally published by Sophie Pettit. Last updated by Beverly Ngai.
Finally, the one night of the year when we can troll Lan Kwai Fong and Soho in a hideous outfit without anyone batting an eyelid is almost here. No, we’re not talking about Rugby Sevens—it’s Halloween and we’re about to get dark and dramatic with our freaky makeovers. Whether you’re on a tight budget or looking to go all out this spooky time of year, we’ve rounded up the best costume stores and make-up artists to help you make the most of it. Now there’s no excuse not to dress up!
From superheroes and mythical creatures to spooky zombies and spirits, this treasure trove of a costume shop on Stanley Street has been transforming customers into the character of their dreams since 2004. The shop’s carefully curated stock of the season’s most popular and on-trend costumes ensures that you will be sensationally dressed for the spooky occasion. If you are not ready to go all-out or just need something last minute, there are also a variety of Halloween accessories and individual pieces you can throw on as an easy way to get into the Halloween spirit!
Choi Chi Gift Shop, G/F, 42–44 Stanley Street, Central
Offering an extensive selection of fun costumes, wigs, masks, face paints, and accessories, FuneCostume has all that you need to create the ultimate Halloween get-up. You can get a complete costume set or mix and match with different pieces for a one-of-a-kind look. We’re particularly drawn to their high-quality Halloween horror masks. Intricately designed and frighteningly life-like, they are sure to give your friends a real scare.
FuneCostume, Room 33, C10–11, 1/F, Block C, Hong Kong Industrial Centre, 489–491 Castle Peak Road, Lai Chi Kok | (+852) 9075 353
Head to pretty much any one of Hong Kong’s bustling markets around this spooky time of year and you’ll spot a few stalls selling ready-to-buy costumes and accessories. Ladies’ Market, Wan Chai Market, and Temple Street Night Market are your best bet for finding fun costumes at bargain prices. The old classics like Wonder Woman, Super Girl, and Batman can often be seen hanging from the stalls along these markets, and more experienced hagglers have been known to get as much as 50 percent off the original price, so it's well worth a shot! Keep an eye out for the amazing wig shops on either side of Temple Street Market too, as they have all sorts of fantastic styles and colours on sale for a bargain buck.
Ladies’ Market, Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok
Temple Street Night Market, Yau Ma Tei
Wan Chai Market, 258 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
If large crowds don’t freak you out (well, you are heading to a Halloween party so we hope not), then Pottinger Street in Central is packed with stalls selling all sorts of weird and wonderful costumes to hire and buy, along with more accessories that you can shake a witch’s broomstick at. Whether you’re going for the sexy look (Wonder Woman or Supergirl maybe?), or something more spine-tingling like a werewolf or a clown, you’re sure to find it here. Revellers on the skint side can also find wigs for around $70 to $150, feather boas for $15 to $20, and masks from as little as $12. A great place to head to if you left in until the very last minute to sort out your costume!
Can’t handle the crowds? For a hassle-free Halloween, and an absolute steal of a price, hop online at Taobao and snap up an amazing and original costume to scare the bejesus out of your buddies. There’s a reason the name of this Chinese eBay-like site translates to “finding treasure,“ because it’s jam-packed with weird and wacky get-ups at super cheap prices that you can have delivered in less than a week. From pirates and fairies to action heroes and cosplay—not to mention a hilarious sumo wrestler suit—you are literally spoilt for choice, and it's amazing what you can pick up for under $100. There’s just one catch: Taobao is all in Chinese, so if you don’t speak the lingo, it can be a mission. It might be time to ask your local friends to help you out! Another thing to consider is that they aren’t too generous on the size front, so it’s always better to order big.
If you have cash to spend, then splurge on Matteo Party’s huge stock of 2,000-plus ready-to-wear costumes, with sizes ranging from infant through to adult XL. Costume prices range from around $400 to as much as $3,000 (yep, you read that right), and include all sorts of ghastly outfits—from your classic zombie and vampire to the nightmarish inflatable clown. There are plenty of accessories to complete your spooky look too, with shelves of face paints, wigs, and masks to choose from. It’s definitely not the cheapest option in town, but as the largest party supplier in Asia, you can pretty much guarantee you’ll find what you need to create an epic Halloween get-up.
Matteo Party, 20/F, Shun Hei Causeway Bay Tower, 492 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2342 8887
Another classic party shop with a huge selection of traditional costumes for sale and rental is Fortune Costume. Although the collection on their website isn’t very large, they have much more to choose from in their actual store, as well as smaller items which you can buy. You can pick up a costume for under $300, but those with a higher price tag and quality ranking can only be hired, with prices reaching up to around $900 for 24 hours. You can call ahead to double-check and see if they have what you are looking for, or just pop into their store and see what's on offer.
Fortune Costume, Room 202, 2/F, 23, Hillwood Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 9149 4485
If you really want to push the boat out this Halloween, then House of Siren Productions has an impressive collection of high-quality, ready-to-wear costumes for rental. With a hire charge of between $1,000 and $3,000 for three days, it’s certainly not the cheapest option around, but you’ll score top points for effort when you rock up to the party in one of their dramatic ensembles—that floating mermaid could be you! As well as having a huge selection of stunning and unique costumes available for hire, they also house the only couture costume and headdress collection in Hong Kong, so if you’re looking to go burlesque, cabaret, or Moulin Rouge-style this Halloween, then this is your ticket. Costumes come in adjustable sizes to fit all customers, and tailor-made ones can also be arranged by appointment. Be warned though, these can rack up to $3,500 after you’ve added all the necessary props and accessories—now how’s that for scary!
House of Siren Productions, 4/F Wah Hing House, 33–35 Pottinger Street, Central | (+852) 5409 8694
Halloween make-up can make or break a costume, and while you could end up being the evil belle of the ball, you could also take a wrong turn and end up stuck in a sticky, gooey nightmare. To avoid a make-up mishap, why not just hire the professionals to do the job? Whether you’re going for “sexy,” “creepy,” or “extreme,” the talented team of artists at Dee Face Paint will transform you in a matter of minutes. They offer all sorts of special effect make-up, including wounds, skull, and robots for around $600 to $700, depending on your needs. Their studio is also located in Sheung Wan, making it super easy for you to get to the Halloween hub in Lan Kwai Fong after your make-up and dress-up session is complete.
Face Slap has a talented team of body painters whose quirky, creative, and often downright wacky designs have grabbed the attention of Hong Kong party goers since the company launched in the city in 2015. Whatever look you’re going for, these girls can pull it off in around one hour. Painters range from junior to intermediate and senior (around $1,800 for a two-hour session), but you can contact the team to get a quote before booking a slot.
If you’re after a totally majestic and polished look this Halloween, then celebrity make-up artist Nigar Qureshi is your woman. Pop into her gorgeous French-inspired Spa Beaute Par Zai and let her work her magic to transform you into a head-turning beauty from around $500. Whether you want to look like Princess Jasmine, an Indian goddess, or the Queen of Hearts, her imagination is the key to creating an epic Halloween look. While you’re there, she’ll also give you some helpful tips on how to perfect your make-up at home, and which products best suit your skin tone and type. When it comes to make-up, this expert really knows her stuff!
Spa Beaute Par Zai, 12/F Sea Bird House, 22–28 Wyndham Street, Central, (+852) 2524 1272