While the kids were busy stuffing their faces with ice cream and frozen mango mooncakes for the past few weeks that led into the Mid-Autumn Festival, another holiday was, and still is sneaking up on us. It’s lurking in the shadows, showing parts of itself at some outdoor vendors and in your Facebook feed, waiting to jump out with full-force at us! Halloween is coming to Hong Kong in just under a month! Have you picked out costumes for the kids (and yourself), yet? Or will you be forced to run out for last-minute ideas to haggle for overpriced fairy wings and Hulk fists on Pottinger Street this year? Hopefully, your Pinterest board is already full of neat ideas and Halloween inspiration. Whatever you’ve got in mind, somewhere in Hong Kong lies the perfect costume for your trick-or-treating tot. Here’s a guide of places in Hong Kong where you will be sure to find it!
Costume Stores and Shops
Kids everywhere from age 2 to adulthood usually stop in their tracks when they spot a Toys “R” Us, and sometimes, even adults do too. Only this time, neither you nor your child needs to resist the temptation to go in or “window shop” only. You can stride right on in for your one stop Halloween costume hunting adventure. With many stores sprinkled throughout Hong Kong, you’ll be sure to find one in most major shopping areas.
Toys “R” Us, locations throughout Hong Kong
This is the place to go if you’re looking for costumes for the whole family. Dress up in a theme or find individual costumes catering to everyone’s tastes, because they have a large selection for kids and adults. Like a true costume and party shop, they also carry an assortment of accessories and party supplies if you are planning on throwing your own Halloween party or decorating your doorway for some trick-or-treat fun.
Matteo Party, locations in Causeway Bay and Repulse Bay
This shop stocks traditional Halloween costumes for kids, and rental costumes for adults. Standard costumes are for sale, and more elaborate “Stage” costumes can be rented at a lower price than if you were to buy an authentic or tailored costume elsewhere in Hong Kong. Although they have a smaller costume selection online, they do have a larger one in their physical store. You can also double check to see if they have what you are looking for by calling ahead.
Fortune Costume, Room 202, 2/F, No. 23, Hillwood Road, Tsim Shai Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2367 5018, www.fortunecostume.com
Outside Market Vendors and Local Shops
If your little ones are being typically indecisive, a good way to get them to start thinking seriously about their costume is taking them to Pottinger Street. It is a bit of an uphill battle, from the staggering stairway climb to potential price haggling, but the selection of costumes is quite extensive. Even the most picky or indecisive child will have a ton of fun poking around and looking at each vendor. And in the end, you’ll go home rewarded with an affordable and complete costume, with all the accessories and gadgets purchased through the numerous costume stalls. After you’re done shopping for the kiddie stuff, you can even reward yourself with a tasty snack or boutique shopping as you’re already in the Soho area!
Pottinger Street (From Queen’s Road Central to Wellington Street), Central, Hong Kong
Wan Chai Market
Everyone can find something for themselves in the crazy party atmosphere of Wanchai, and Wanchai Market is no exception. From crazy cheap hair accessories to light-up wands, Wanchai Market has it all.
Each time you wander into this giant hub of tourist shopping and local pastime, the Ladies Market has different stalls and new gadgets. For an eclectic and interesting shopping experience, the Ladies Market features all sorts of fashionable and cheap costumes for children and adults.
In such an expat heavy area, you’re bound to see temporary costume vendors crop up at the Stanley Market. Enjoy a lazy afternoon walking on the promenade or seek shade by wandering around to see all the vendors, before sitting down for a scenic seaside meal to replenish yourself after all the shopping is done.
Not Quite Sure, Yet?
Nothing beats online shopping when faced with navigating the crowds and excessive Hong Kong humidity, and that’s why we recommend Taobao Hong Kong. With quick deliveries and all payments done over credit card online, this hassle free way to shop for costumes online will have you browsing all day for the perfect Dracula cape and vampire fangs to match. Mommies be warned though, this website is in Chinese, so you may want a trusted friend to help you out on the payment and delivery information page.
DIY and Creative Ideas
For the do-it-yourself mom who may or may not find herself trying to accomplish the almost impossible feat of hand-making an entire costume (or two), Artland is your best bet. From fabric dyes and face paint to foam pumpkins and safari print paper, they have it all. Suddenly, your handmade costume idea doesn’t seem so daunting anymore.
Artland, 3/F Lockhart Centre 301-307, Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong