COME October 31, the fast-paced city of Hong Kong transforms into a citywide Halloween celebration.
From fancy pumpkin-inspired decor at shopping malls and “eyeball” cocktails at bars, to costume parties and theme park celebrations, there’s something for everyone this Halloween.
It’s definitely strange to find Halloween, a dominantly Western celebration, become so popular in Hong Kong but it’s largely due to heavy marketing that appealed to the local folks’ thirst for escapism and self-indulgence.
The first Halloween bash was held in Lan Kwai Fong 25 years ago which rapidly picked up speed over the years. When Ocean Park followed suit and made it a permanent fixture on its events calendar, the festival grew leaps and bounds and became an iconic celebration in Hong Kong.
Here’s where to head if you’re in town.
Lan Kwai Fong Halloween Street Party
If you enjoy a full crowd of party-goers donning their scariest and craziest costumes, Lan Kwai Fong Halloween Street Party is the best place to spend the last day of October.
One of the biggest outdoor street party destinations in Hong Kong, this party mecca adopts a Chinese “Terror Street” theme this year where “ghost fire” lights up the streets, and creatures of the night come out to play.
Dead Not Alive Halloween Party
One of Hong Kong’s biggest and most star-studded Halloween events, the Dead Not Alive Halloween Party is back for its 9th year, but this time at a new location – the historic Hullet House.
This year, you can expect top local and international DJs to tear up the dance floor, as well as performances by Japanese hip-hop legends m-flo from Tokyo.
Costumes are a must, so suit up in your best scary outfit and head on over to this bash – you might just find yourself dancing next to a Hong Kong celeb.
Hong Kong Disneyland’s Haunted Halloween Celebrations
For those who are not into street parties, the Hong Kong Disneyland’s Haunted Halloween would give you just the right dose of fear and fun.
At this time of year, the popular theme park gets a spooky makeover as pumpkins, cobwebs, scary creatures, and all sorts of creepy surprises fill the park.
Check out the parades and performances by Disney’s best-loved villians as well as the theme rides and haunted houses. Not only is it a great place for family-friendly Halloween fun, kids can also go trick-or-treating with Mickey and his merry-making friends.
Halloween Fest at Ocean Park
Looking to scream and laugh at the same time? Get ready to be totally spooked at Ocean Park’s Halloween Fest where once a year, Western ghouls and Eastern spirits come together in one venue.
This theme park invites brave ones to join them on a ghost hunt amidst its many fear-inducing spots – like the 16+ Haunted House, Club Blood, Legendary Palace, and an abandoned school.
If that’s not enough, there are Spooky Shows, a Dead Looker Workshop, and the longest trick-or-treat trail in Hong Kong to make this night of terror a night to remember.
If you find Halloween a tad tacky for you, Styloween puts the style factor back into Halloween with a month-long campaign that includes a Styloween Parade, Halloween Party and workshops held at Hong Kong’s Fashion Walk.
It’s one of the key highlights for the fashion-conscious crowd during this season of chills and thrills and this year, there’s a “Twisted Fairy Tales” interactive experience where iconic storybook characters are given a dark and scary twist.
Halloween Shopping at Pottinger Street
Pre-Halloween, get into the mood by doing a little shopping to get your spooky gear ready. Most shopping malls would already have many Halloween-themed items on sale by mid-September, but do check out Pottinger Street (famously known as the Stone Slab Street) as well.
Come Halloween, the street, which is just short distance from the Central MTR station, transforms into what looks like a market in Transylvania where a fantastic variety of Halloween costumes, toys, trinkets, masks, jewelry, and decorative items are available at reasonable prices.