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Additional reporting by Janice Lam.
As the chilling anticipation grows for the most hair-raising holiday of the year, we are buzzing with excitement for the thrills to come. Check out the hottest haunts in Hong Kong for the ultimate spook this coming Halloween!
As night-time strikes on the eve of Halloween, like Frankenstein, Frank’s rises. For one smashing evening, this Italian-American joint will become transformed into a vibrant luau filled with sounds of tropical beats and killer hip hop on vinyl. Cop your entry pass with a complimentary drink included on their Eventbrite or at the door and keep your eyes peeled and arms outstretched for their cocktails and finger food concocted just for the occasion. If you time your arrival well, you might just be given a limited-edition, screen-printed tee as a souvenir!
When: 7 pm, 30 October
Where: Frank’s Italian American, Harilela House, G/F & 1/F, 79 Wyndham Street, Central
How much: Starting from $350
How sweet, fresh with no meat! Plant-based burger joint Big Dill is opening the doors to their haunted house to serve up an exclusive Halloween themed menu, served alongside sizzling hard seltzer BubbleMe all night long. Snag yourself an entry pass for free here, and enjoy exclusive deals on limited items and BubbleMe cocktails. For those who are up for a bit of extra toil and trouble, a two-hour free-flow package is also offered. Be sure to get decked up in your best get-up, as there are prizes up for grabs for the best costume.
When: 7 pm, 30 October
Where: Big Dill, 123 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun
How much: Free for non-free-flow; $200 for VIP free-flow
Lan Kwai Fong’s “it” place and hottest izakaya in town, Roji is converting their backstreet den into a paradise for Netflix nerds with a penchant for delectable Japanese bites and 1990s beats. As the clock strikes 9.30 pm, get ready to slam down some out-of-this-world drinks as part of their free-flow package. Whether you are diving into the hype in a green tracksuit from Squid Game, donning your Umbrella Academy uniform, or keeping it classy with an ensemble from Bridgerton, be prepared to go all out, as a lucky costumed patron will win store credit of up to $3,000. Now, this is definitely a good excuse to rouse us from our weekend binge viewings!
When: 30 October
Where: Roji, G/F, 20A D’Aguilar Street, Central
How much: Starting from $498
Even though October is rounding to a close during Halloween and Oktoberfest is traditionally celebrated in mid-September, there is still a chance to experience the wonders of both. Hosted by HK Brewcraft, this specially themed beer flight event features six festive varieties that will be served up by costumed staffers. Book online for a special price of $150 and start planning your costume, as there is a 10 percent discount up for grabs along with the chance to win some awesome prizes.
When: 7 pm to 8.30 pm, 29 October
Where: HK Brewcraft, 4/F, 15 Cochrane Street, Central
How much: $150 to $200
Dive into the ghoulish vibes of New Orleans by indulging in this vivaciously thrilling dinner at Smoke and Barrel. Included in each ticket are amazing selections from the restaurant’s distinctly smoky and hearty cuisine, DJ and live music performances, as well as an exclusive appearance of the legendary Mocha Diva from the second season of Drag Race Thailand. Reserve your seat now so you don’t miss out on this devilishly amazing time!
When: 7 pm to 11 pm, 30 October
Where: Smoke & Barrel, 1/F-2/F, Wyndham Mansion, 32 Wyndham Street, Central
How much: $988
Over the past few years, the very concept of a mask has gone from a devious addition to a costume to an essential that barely leaves our faces once stepping out of our homes. This Halloween, reclaim the sense of mystery and allure of the mask by putting on your most eye-catching masquerade-themed ensemble and celebrating at Tai Kwun! Head to the scenic top floor and dance to pulsing beats whilst enjoying the gorgeous flavours of their limited-edition Bloody Vanitas ($148), served in the shape of a frozen skull.
When: 8 pm, 29 & 30 October
Where: The Dispensary, Block 01, Tai Kwun, Police Headquarters, 10 Hollywood Road, Central
How much: Free!
Veterans who have once marched to the beat of The Black Parade (if you know, you know) will cry tears of joy to know that Mudita is once again hosting an Emo Night—this time with a frightful twist. Dust off your old Converses, break out the eyeliner, and get ready to revive the emo rock lover in you as you shuffle morosely while drowning your sorrows in their free-flow bar package. Get your ticket now before it all ends in tears.
When: 10 pm, 30 October
Where: Mudita, 24–30 Ice House Street, Central
How much: Starting from $200
Bringing together little monsters from all backgrounds and orientations for a night to remember, Lambda Lounge is hosting a grand vogue bonanza, and the category of the ball is trick or treat. Inclusive of 11 categories ranging from “Baby Vogue” all the way to the fantastical “Hair Performance,” expect wows and stuns across the board. As Kameron Michaels would say, don’t forget to snatch your tickets now, as the early-bird price is $180.
When: 9 pm, 30 October
Where: Lambda Lounge, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
How much: Starting from $180
Oooh, wish that we could go back in time! Putting up the ultimate throwback to the 1990s, The Daily Tot is taking over Halloween with a blast from the past. Don an outfit that calls to your favourite 1990s character or icon and get down to the bar’s signature dancehall, reggaeton, and upbeat bangers. Give in to the debauchery with their three-hour free-flow package that includes three delectable house cocktails and non-stop Prosecco, wines, beers, and house spirits. You will be making good memories for future decades to come!
When: 9.30pm, 30 October
Where: The Daily Tot, G/F, Shop E, Felicity Building, 58 Hollywood Road, Central
How much: Starting from $550
Taking over one of Hong Kong’s favourite sports bars, In The House will be organising a Fright Night Rave for the ages at Trafalgar, with a photobooth and polaroid taking services on-site to help capture the fun. Try your luck at winning the title of “Best of the Best Costume,” “Scariest Costume,” and “Most Creative Costume,” with cash prizes included. Bust out your best pumpkin dance moves for a raging good time and check out their full ticket listing for a breakdown of the awesome drink deals on offer for the night.
When: 7 pm, 29 October
Where: Trafalgar, The Broadway, 5/F, 54–62 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
How much: Starting from $320
The newest bar and lounge concept to hit Peel Street, Candour is giving into the festivities of the spooky season by hosting two rowdy nights of Halloween celebrations. Spotlighting how the space draws inspiration from hip-hop, the first event on Friday nods to the legacy of the Wu Tang Clan by being aptly titled “Boo Tang Clan,” and features old-school jams all night. As the lights dim on Saturday night, get ready to go on a sonic journey of all the mind-bending sounds encompassed by hip-hop, old and new, whilst letting loose at the “Cirque du Freak.” Both passes come with open bar service and can be reserved at an early-bird price online.
When: 10pm, 29 & 30 October
Where: Candour, 65 Peel Street, Central
How much: Starting from $688
Sure, being the good guy does grant you a happy ending, but isn’t it fun to get a little naughty sometimes? This Halloween, Hong Kong Disneyland has become the stomping grounds of iconic villains from far and wide. Get ready to rub elbows and snap photos alongside your favourite baddies throughout the park and in the themed gardens, and become wowed by the wickedly delightful performance.
Enjoy the rowdy vibes of Mickey’s Halloween Time Street Party that offers unified fun like no other, and get engrossed in an authentic Trick or Treat candy stashing experience! As part of their Double the Fun offer, included in each ticket is a smashing deal that allows you two visits to the park between now all the way until 19 January 2022, as well as some e-vouchers to swap for refreshments and gifts.
When: Until 31 October
Where: Hong Kong Disneyland
How much: Starting from $520
The much-anticipated Halloween carnival at Ocean Park has finally made its return, and this time, the celebrations have adapted to fit our new normal approach. Don’t worry, the much-loved shows and performances remain, alongside face-painting and photo ops that deliver the same Halloween fun.
This year, the traditional haunted house experience has been swapped for an all-new, wholly immersive experience that brings the scares and spooks to a whole other level! Take part in piecing together the puzzles behind Old Hong Kong’s Murder Mysteries, or get your heart rate pumping whilst trying to survive a killer chase at Survivor of the Undead, a whole treasure trove of excitement awaits. Do note that night session passes are only available between now until 24 October, and again between 29 October to 31 October.
When: Until 31 October
Where: Ocean Park Hong Kong
How much: Starting from $195
Held citywide at every one of their gorgeously lofty locations, Frites will be holding their annual kid’s Halloween costume competition, with exclusive mystery prizes up for grabs as well as endless mountains of sweets to go around. The spookily decorated taverns are sure to keep your little ones delighted, whilst the hearty Belgian-inspired fare will keep their bellies full. Secure your table by booking online now.
When: 11.45 am to 3 pm, 31 October
Where: Frites, locations across Hong Kong
How much: Free, with purchase of food and beverage
Some people might look at a plain white sheet and think that it would make do for a haphazardly put-together ghost outfit, whilst other people might think of all the possible patterns, colours, and shapes that they can add to it. Try your hand at transforming basic fabrics through screen printing, heat sublimation, and fabric mark-making through this informative hands-on workshop. What’s more, you will leave with a bespoke trick-or-treating bag that you worked on by yourself for a totally unique souvenir! Find your session and book a spot now by clicking here.
When: 3 sessions each day, 23 & 24 October and 30 & 31 October
Where: Technica X, Shop 108, 1/F The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan
How much: $200
For some family frights that wake up your taste buds, head over to The Optimist to enjoy their mouth-watering Northern Spanish brunch that’s served up with a boatload of Halloween fun for the little ones. Complete with face painting service, toys and entertainment all around, as well as a candy giveaway that brings out the trick or treater in everyone, this is a feast that guarantees a ghoulishly good time.
When: 12 pm to 5 pm, 31 October
Where: The Optimist, G/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
How much: Starting from $148
At Stazione Novella, Halloween hounds also have a chance to be a part of the season’s creepy celebrations at this annual party. Put on your pup’s best fit and bring them along for a cup of coffee or Aperol Spritz on the house, with early aperitivos on offer between 12 pm to 2 pm. Every four-legged (or more) patron will be gifted a house-made treat to chow down as well as a secret surprise, so bring along your fluffy beast and put their best paw forward on your photo updates with the tag #StazzyPooch!
When: 11 am to 2 pm, 31 October
Where: Stazione Novella, Ming Hing House, 52–56 Staunton Street, Central
How much: Free!
Want a children-friendly option for your Halloween celebration? Look no further than the festive pumpkin patch and spooktacular family staycation package offered by Island Shangri-La. As the sun sets, children will be dressed up in costumes and given a jack-o’-lantern candy bag to go trick-or-treating at candy stations scattered around the hotel. Children will also get the chance to carve and decorate pumpkins while parents sit back with an assortment of refreshments, including a complimentary glass of sparkling wine from Roederer Estate. Prepare a fun Halloween experience for your loved ones by making a reservation here.
When: 22 to 24 October; 29 to 31 October
Where: Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central
How much: $2,600 per night, with 10 percent service charge
If you want a thrilling brain-teaser for this Halloween, Gold Coast Hotel has a “Halloween Escape” staycation package that is perfect for you. Not only do you get to stay in a deluxe seaview room, but you also have the chance to play through one of two family-friendly escape rooms, themed “The Enchanted Forest & the Seven Golden Eggs” and “Captain Kidd.” The escape room experience may need you to flex some brain muscles, but booking this experience for you and your family this coming Halloween is a no-brainer—just click here!
When: 31 October to 1 November
Where: Gold Coast Hotel, 1 Castle Peak Road, Gold Coast
How much: $1,130 per room, with 10 percent service charge
The Mira puts a spooky twist on a regular staycation with their “Spooky But Sweet Halloween” staycation package. The package includes a lovely afternoon tea buffet at the Club Lounge with themed treats such as the roasted “bat” wings and chocolate ganache truffle eyeballs, along with other activities in the Mira Wonderland. With extra charges, you can even go through the “Mystery Invitation” escape room curated by the famous escape room organiser Lost Escape. Visit this link to reserve a room.
When: 29 to 31 October
Where: Mira Place, 118–130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
How much: $1,150 (29 & 31 October); $1,250 (30 October); both subject to 10 percent service charge
Halloween is never complete without a make-up party—and if you are a party person, Hyatt Centric’s “444 Party or Die” Halloween party is for you. You can dress up in any costume of your choosing and there are prizes for the best costumes of the night! Additionally, there will also be a lucky draw and free-flow drinks provided by G.H. Mumm. Get your ticket here!
When: 30 October
Where: Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point
How much: $444 per person, with 10 percent service charge
As the weather is getting colder and colder, wouldn’t it be apt to head along to the iciest of places for a chilling Halloween celebration? Over the haunting weekend, the DB Ice Rink will be transformed into a ghostly territory, covered in themed decorations and manned by coaches donning frightful costumes. Dress up in your most horrifying gear and get ready to slash on the ice, and don’t forget to bring along your trusty pumpkin pail for complimentary goodies from Green Common, or at least the tasty candies being doled out. A flat rate on tickets is offered for both adults and children on either day, so bring the whole family along to share the chill.
When: 10 am to 3 pm, 29 October; 6 pm to 10 pm, 30 October
Where: DB Ice Rink, G/F, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island
How much: Starting from $60
For an interactive “5D” experience unlike any other, local collective Haunted Kong has converted its new Causeway Bay site into the cursed “Sugar Street Studio.” For this Halloween, the story goes that this once flourishing film production studio was ravaged in a fire, and is now home to vengeful ghosts and horrifying spectres that are out on the prowl. As the minimum number of participants is two, do bring along a scare-buddy (or crew, for that matter) to help you survive through the roleplay sections of this haunted escape room and multisensory entertainment extravaganza (held in Cantonese).
When: Book for availability
Where: Vie-won-won, 1/F, Lok Sing Centre, 2–8 Sugar Street, Causeway Bay
How much: Starting from $748 for two
If you are someone who wants to skip the fight or flight instincts triggered by fearsome Halloween traditions, The Backstage Comedy has offered a funny alternative—turning to laughter. Featuring prime stand-up material from local talents Ash James, Mohammed Magdi, Tim To, and more, this bonanza is more “haha” than heebie-jeebies, and is sure to rock your evening with a different kind of thrill. Be booked and ready by getting tickets online here.
When: 8 pm, 30 October
Where: The Hub, 1/F, Fortune Building, 150–158 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
How much: $200
If you haven’t already had a skate around Hong Kong’s hottest new rollerskating venue, here’s your chance to make your first impression a lasting one. Indulge in a throwback to the neon glow of the 1980s and groove to the sensations of speeding around on wheels, taking part in some exhilarating games at this Halloween roller school bash. Serious bladers can also stand the chance to win exclusive prizes like VIP membership to the location, a pair of Adidas Forum skates to call their own, amongst other cool perks. Feel free to come in a special get-up, so long as your costume doesn’t pose danger to you or other people when in motion or in the arena.
When: 30 & 31 October, book for availability
Where: Bun’s 2020, 7/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay
How much: Starting from $180
As part of their ongoing community project series, Gowld Art Centre is hosting a glow painting session, allowing you to add splashes of glow-in-the-dark brilliance to a 20-by-20-centimetre canvas. Each ticket includes the relevant art supplies and free-flow cocktails over the course of the session. For those who want to go all out, you can even use your own body as the canvas, as there will also be body paint with the same glowing properties offered there too. Plus, Halloween costumes are encouraged, as you can add your own bright twist to your outfit on this dark night. As with events that include alcohol, please note that it is over 18s only. Shoot the GAC team a message on their Instagram page to reserve a spot now!
When: 7 pm to 10 pm, 30 October
Where: Gowld Art Centre, Unit 602, 6/F, Eastern Centre, King’s Road 1065, Quarry Bay
How much: $150