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The Scare Necessities - Halloween for Grown-up Ghouls!

By Stasia Fong 25 October 2013
Leave trick or treating, pumpkin carving and candy scoffing to the kids. Hong Kong is all about fun after hours, and what better time to celebrate our darker delights than at Halloween. So stick in the fake fangs, dress to impress and come out to play with the grizzly ghouls and femme fatales. Not sure where to start? Here’s our guide to some frighteningly wonderful Hong Kong Halloween fun that’s strictly not for children! Deceiving Disguises What’s Halloween without a jaw-dropping costume? Forget about being yourself, at Halloween you’re whoever you want to be. Pick up all you need for a chillingly cool new look at these top city spots: Pottinger Street: Short on both time and money? Whip round Central’s famous Pottinger Street and pick-up a crazy wig and funky sunglasses - the next thing you know, you’re Lady Gaga. If you’re looking for a quick and easy solution to your costume woes, this is the spot for you. Matteo Party: Matteo Party (3F 530-532 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, 2342 8887) has more than 2,000 costume and accessories choices to transform you into the vampire you’re dying to be. With one of the widest selections and some of the best prices in town, you can enter the store as Clark Kent and leave as Superman without the frightening price tag. Maks Well Costume: Not one to don the same disguise twice? Well it might be in your best interest to rent. Maks Well Costume (B6, 2/F, Koon Wah Mirror Factory Industrial Building, 4 Sun On Street, Chai Wan, 2529 5921) boasts a diverse range of adult costumes to rent from HK$200 and up. Just make sure to call them before you head over. Flawless: Want to take your look to the next level? Turn some heads by going to Flawless (4/F, Sea Bird House, 22-28 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 28695868) for a freakishly fun Halloween-style makeover. You’ll surely be the fairest of them all with nails from HK$100 and specialist makeup from HK$550. DIY: Thirsting to be one of a kind? Stay away from the go-to zombie and mummy costumes and make your own monster. Get those creative juices flowing at Nam Cheong Street and Ki Lung Street in Sham Shui Po, where you will find all the raw materials you need for a truly drop dead costume that onlookers will snarl at with envy. For some simple DIY inspiration, check out these easy Halloween costume ideas.  
  Paint the Town BLOOD Red Once you’re looking suitably scary (and sexy of course), live it up like the living dead with some scream-worthy cocktails and fang-tastic parties that will take you all the way through from dust ‘til dawn. Lan Kwai Fong Street Party: Zombie-walk your way around LKF and feast your eyes on all of the living dead. With witches, vampires and black cats galore, the array of costumes (usually of the skimpy variety) is bound to put you under a spell. Hop in and out of the rabbit hole of bars and gorge yourself on the cocktails, food and entertainment. The experience is sure to haunt you for life (In the good way)! When: October 30th - November 2nd no doubt Where: Lan Kwai Fong and surrounds, Central  
  Dead Not Alive at ZUMA: ZUMA has teamed up with Fox Movies Premium to bring you a Halloween Party inspired by the Season 4 Premiere of The Walking Dead. Head over for a truly deadly experience, featuring performances from Korean superstar DJ Lip2Shot and the worldwide dance sensation Waveya. Whether a Zombie or a human, the Dead Not Alive party is sure to get the blood pumping. When: October 26th 11pm till late Where: ZUMA, The Landmark 5F & 6F, 15 Queens Road, Central Price: $600 with two free drinks, $300 after 2am with one free drink.  
  Hollywood Horrors at Brickhouse: Horror movie fan? Then this is your time to shine! On Halloween, dress up as your favourite B-movie character and head over to Brickhouse to enjoy a tasty Halloween taco platter and free tequila shots all night if the bartenders are suitably impressed by your attire. Enjoy your nightmare on D’aguilar Street from 10pm on October 31st, but if you’re looking to extend scare season, the speciality pumpkin-infused Quema de Calabaza cocktail will be available from October 21st to November 2nd. When: October 31st, 10pm till late Where: Brickhouse, G/F 20A D’Aguilar Street, LKF, Central Also be sure to stop by their sister restaurant, Blue Butcher. In their cauldrons, their mixologists have concocted a cocktail of pumpkin and clove infused rum with red currant Ratafia. This lethal potion will be available till October 31st.  
  Wicked and Wild at Boujis: Leave your morals at home and head to Boujis for a night you won’t forget. Be sure to stick to their strict Wicked and Wild dress code to remind yourself that you’re part of the living on All Hallows’ Eve. When: October 31st 9pm till late Where: Boujis, 37 Pottinger St, Car Po Commercial Building, Central Price: $250 entry for non-members and free entry for ladies  
  Cirque du PLAY: PLAY brings you the ultimate Halloween Horror night with Cirque du Play, headlined by Los Angeles resident DJ Borgeous who will be performing his No. 1 hit Tsunami in a party sure to hit you with a twisted wave of fun. There will be no entry without a costume, so dress your best and stand a chance to be rewarded for your efforts with a bottle of Moët. When: October 31st 2013 10pm till late Where: PLAY, 1/F On Hing Building, On Hing Terrace, Central Price: $200 ladies entry and $300 for gents with one standard drink  
  Twisted Halloween at Bisous: Step into Grimm’s Fairy tales at Bisous' Twisted Halloween Night. Lock your lips around some evil potions and enter the enchanted forest to see some of your favourite fairy tales gone mad. Call your fairy godmother and get into your best ball gown; special drink discounts and prizes will be offered to the best dressed. When: October 31st 9pm till late Where: Bisous, 9/F LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St, Central Price: $300 with free flow bar from 10pm to 1am or $200 with 1 standard drink  
  OZONE Halloween Wicked Party: In true Tower of Terror style, OZONE brings you a full-on experience like no other this Halloween. Catch the dark elevator to the 118th floor and enter into a ghoulish supernatural night in the sky of techno and deep house beats. Dress up in your spookiest outfit and get a free shot. The best dressed of the night will win a very special prize. When: October 31st 10pm till late Where: OZONE rooftop bar, The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Central RSVP: 2263-2010 / [email protected]  
  Palm Beach Party: For something a little different, hop on your broomstick to Lantau and fly over to Palm Beach on November 1st for a free Halloween Party on the beach. Frolic with your fellow ghosts and ghouls and be sure to bring some meaty treats to BBQ. Dress code: Halloween costumes or all black. When: November 1st 6pm – 10pm Where: Palm Beach Haunted Teepee Village, Cheung Sha, Lantau Island RSVP: [email protected]  
  Back to the Caribbean at Honi Honi: Step into the world of Jack Sparrow at Honi Honi’s Back to the Carribean event. Polly will surely want a cocktail at this Carribean-themed costume party. Pirates and Mermaids only, so come wearing your brightest scales and fishtails for a chance of winning some treasure! When: November 2nd, 6pm to 3am. Complimentary snacks from 7pm to 9pm Where: Honi Honi, 52 Wellington St, Central Price: $400 dollars online and $450 at the door, including 2 cocktails RSVP: at eventbrite  
  Simply Salsa Halloween Party: Give your Halloween Night a deadly twist at Volt's Simply Salsa Halloween Party! Show those zombies how the living move in your scariest outfit. What better way to start your night than with a free 30-minute salsa lesson at 8:30pm! After that, swing your way into thrilling dance party with the living dead!

When: October 31st, 8:30pm with a 30 minute Salsa lesson till late. Where: VOLT, 3/F Cheung Hing Building, 37 Cochrane Street, Central Price: Free!

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Born in Singapore and raised in Hong Kong, Stasia Fong is a freelance writer with dreams of breaking into the television industry and executive produce her own television show.