You’re in for a treat…
It’s that time of the year again! Time to dust off your fancy dress and stock up on sweet treats… Halloween is on its way and it promises to be as sugar-filled as ever! From kiddo-approved fun for the whole family, to scary gatherings and devilish drinks for mamas and papas only, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite Halloween haunts to get the frightening festivities started…
Family Events: Fang-tastic fun
Epic fun at EpicLand
Experience a day of kid-friendly haunting at the Epic Land playground during their Halloween Party. Get dressed up and get ready for some spooky fun at the mega indoor playroom. There is sure to be a trick or a treat to suit everyone in the family.
When: Saturday 28 October, open from 9:30am to 8:30pm.
Where: EpicLand, Ground Floor, 31 North Plaza, Family Recreation Centre, 96 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay North, Lantau, Hong Kong
How much: $188 for one child and one accompanying adult
Contact: 2441 0098, [email protected], www.epiclandhk.com
It’s Spooktacular at Spring Learning
Family friendly fun is available at Spring! Expect snacks, drinks and kiddo-approved entertainment. From making a Halloween GIF, arts and crafts like making a glowing jar, to even making a pumpkin choco-cup to feast on (suitable for all kids up to the age of 6). There is also sensory play and a crawling track for babies and toddlers to explore.
When: Sunday 22nd October 2017, 9:30am to 12:00pm
Where: Spring Learning 3/F Centre Point, 181-185 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
How much: Member $500, Non-member $580 (Includes 2 adults and 1 child. Additional person $150 each)
Contact: 3465 5000, [email protected], www.spring-learning.com.hk/halloween-party-2017
Fairy-tale foodie frights at The Butchers Club Long Lunch
Head on over to the Halloween Southside Market for the annual long lunch. The Grimm-style fairy tale spectacular includes a pumpkin carving competition, face painting and prizes for the best costumes. For mamas and papas, the food will seal the deal with The Butchers Club gourmet sausages, a hog roast, a vegetarian burger from Beyond Meat, chicken tikka on mini naans and the best dry-aged steak sandwiches.
When: 29 October 2017 12pm-4pm
Where: The Butchers Club, 16-17/F, Shui Ki Industrial Building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong.
How much: $450 for the Free Flow Wine, Beer and Softdrinks deal, $250 for just soft drinks.
Contact: 2884 0768, www.thebutchers.club, www.store.thebutchers.club/events-deposits/halloween-southside-market
Attack of the Villains at Disneyland
Events to look out for during the day are Mickey’s Halloween Time Street Parade, Disney’s Trick or Treat, and the Maze of Madness. The scarier villains come out when the sun goes down so this might be a good time to send the little ones to bed.
When: Until October 31, 2017.
Where: Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
How much: As a special Offer, Hong Kong residents can now enjoy two park visits for just $639 over the Halloween season!
Ocean Park Fun
For some seriously scary friendly fun, Ocean Park has day and night time activities. For a less terrifying take, you can go on sweet hunts along Hong Kong’s longest trick-or-treat trail or head to the Halloween party in Whiskers Harbour. For mamas and papas, the real terrors come out at night. Whether you want to see some ghosts during a scaremonie or just have your fill or candy, you’re in for a treat!
When: When 15 September- 31 October 2017
Where: Ocean Park, Aberdeen
How much: Adult from $438, children (aged 3-11) from $219
Contact: 3923 2323, www.halloween.oceanpark.com.hk
Howl-O-Ween Sponsored Dog Walk
Kirsten’s Zoo’s annual Howl-O-Ween dog walk is back! Aiming to raise $250,000 for rescued animals, this is an event worth getting involved in. Set out with the whole clan and walk with your family and your four-legged friends from Wan Chai Gap Park to Aberdeen Country Park whilst raising funds! The walk is approximately 3.5km and there’ll be a nice BBQ to end the day. Don’t forget to wear your costume – there’s even a prize for the best dressed pooch!
When: Sunday 29 October. Registration is from 9:30 to 10am, the walk is from 10am to 12pm
Where: From Wan Chai Gap Park to Aberdeen Country Park, Hong Kong (approximately 3.5km)
How much: $150-$350
Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk, Wan Chai Gap Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
HK International School Pumpkin Patch Festival
Hong Kong International School’s Pumpkin Festival is here again. Come pick a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, enjoy some of the carnival games, take part in a donut eating competition or bounce on the bouncy castle. Admission is free and complimentary bus transportation makes it easily accessible.
When: Saturday 21 October 2017, from 11am to 3pm
Where: Hong Kong International School, 1 Red Hill Road, Tai Tam
How much: Free entry!
Contact: +852 3149 7000, www.hkis.edu.hk
Family Dining: Eat, drink and be scary…
Sp(c)ookies from Sweet Secrets
For most of us, Halloween is all about the candy – and Sweet Secrets are cooking up goodies that are almost too cute to eat. From Halloween cupcakes, complete with black cat or witches hat, to beautifully decorated ghost and pumpkin cookies, you’ll be screaming for more! They also have gluten-free options available.
Food, fun and frights and FRITES
Looking for a great day out with the kids and delicious food? Check out any of the FRITES locations on Sunday, October 29, 2017 for fantastic hearty food and a spooky magic show (starting at 2pm) that’s sure to delight the whole family. With a prize for the best costume, a kid-friendly menu, and a bit of magic, what’s not to love?
Brunch Boo-nanza at Lily and Bloom
This restaurant is transforming the American-style brunch into an eerie affair for the whole family on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October 2017. There will be boo-ze for the adults and cupcake decorating and a sweet hunt for the kids. For kids aged 12-17, the regular Halloween brunch without free-flow drinks is priced at $320, and $495 for adults, which includes the free-flow option.
You can also show up #fashionablydead at Lily and Bloom for a Day of the Dead themed celebration with dancers and live entertainment. Advance tickets are $350 and on the door tickets are $450.
Ghostly Gatherings for Mamas and Papas
Eerie Exploring at Duddell’s
Who doesn’t love the allure of a masked ball. Hosted by Duddell’s, this event promises to be a night of discovery, adventure, and entertainment. So, drop the kids of at the babysitter and get ready for a night of uncovering obscurities in your best explorer outfit on Saturday 28th October (from 10pm till late). General Admission is $250, and tickets at the door are $300.
Terrifying Tropics at Potato Head
If you’re in the mood for something tropical with a dark edge, head on over to Potato Head on Friday 27th October (from 9pm till late) for an evening of ‘Serie Noir’ synth-adelic dancing. Expect everything from jungle drums to the savage sounds of dark wave music combined with zombified cocktails. It’s sure to be a frightening feast! Come dressed in Tribal Warrior masks with a Voodoo twist to blend into the crowd.
Toast the living at Tokyo Lima
Get into the spirit of Dias de los Muertos at Tokyo Lima on 28 October 2017, from 9pm till late. Move to the beat of Latin sounds and sip on a blood red Casper cocktail for two ($180) containing Jose Cuervo Tequila, a splash of saffron syrup, acai liqueur, Chambord and Peychaud’s Bitters. If you fancy a bite, late-night snacks will be available until 12:30, and best of all entry is free!
Tokyo Lima, Car Po Commercial Building, G/F, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2811 1152, www.tokyolima.hk
Attend a Zombie Prom at Fang Fang
Fond memories of your own high school prom? Why not attend one as a zombie couple at Fang Fang on Saturday 28 October 2017, from 11pm to late! There will be a DJ, a live saxophone and, of course, a crowning of the prom king and queen. Tickets include a complimentary drink and some scrumptious snacks. Tickets prices range from $200 to $350.
Fang Fang, 8/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, 2983 9083, https://www.fatsoma.com/entertaining-asia/q8j0luer/fang-fang-presents-the-return-of-zombie-prom
Boo-zy delights and Drink Specials for Halloween
Werewolves running riot at Commissary
If you’re not afraid of some boo-ze head over to Commissary for their Halloween cocktail on Tuesday 31st October. Named ‘An American Werewolf in Hong Kong”, the drink is a smoky blend of Montelobos Mezcal, Aperol and aptly blood orange ($80, from 4:30pm – 8:30pm, $100 after dark). Pair it with a few tacos and you’re ready for a laid back Tuesday evening. You deserve it.
Commissary, Level 4 Pacific Place, Admiralty, 2602 0707, www.commissary.hk
Ham and Scary and Ham & Sherry
Ham & Sherry’s Back Bar is offering drop dead drinks with quirky names like The Gravedigger, Corpse Reviver, or Pick Your Poison (all for $80) on Tuesday 31st October, from 6pm ’til late. There will also be some spooky snacks, like ‘Blood’ Croquettes, Chopped Heart Tartare, and Bloody Mary Syringes all prepared by Executive Chef Aaron Gillespie. The best bit? Nibbles are on the house! Don’t forge to dress ‘ASAP’ – As Scary As Possible.
Ham & Sherry, 1-7 Ship street, Wan Chai, 2555 0628 www.hamandsherry.hk
Take your last journey at The Optimist
Rouse your senses with a drink that packs a punch. The Last Journey ($100) is a combination of black spiced rum balanced by sweet pomegranate liqueur, cherry brandy, peach puree, and a crackle of caramel. For some Halloween magic, it’s topped with a levitating cotton-candy coated strawberry. Available from Friday 27 to Tuesday 31 October 2017.
Purple Haze at Pirata
Get lost in a haze of purple at Pirata with their Halloween cocktail, available from Friday 27 to Tuesday 31 October 2017. This bright purple gin-based concoction with Crème de Violette or Creme Yvette, Maraschino liqueur and a splash of lemon juice will remind you of a witch’s brew ($90).