While most apartment blocks get into the Halloween spirit, Parkview wins our vote for planned Halloween fun… With its 17 towers and a highly organised attitude to moving lots of children from building to building. Treats are handed out at the base of each tower avoiding the kids in lifts going from floor to floor. Wandering around the houses on Bisney Road and Consort Rise in Pokfulam also comes up trumps.
Missing the Halloween festivities of the USA? No one does American style Halloween better than Red Hill in Tai Tam and Headland Road in Discovery Bay. Decorated houses galore and an abundance of treats.
Head for Pottinger Street (Lyndhurst Terrace junction) for the biggest selection of Halloween costumes, from Harry Potter and vampires to ghosts and goblins! Masks, wigs, fake blood and crazy teeth… they have it all here, including costumes for toddlers. Southside Sassy Mamas recommend Stanley Market and Toys Club in Ap Lei Chau, while the Matteo Party Shop in Causeway Bay and Maskwell Costumes in Chai Wan has costumes and party supplies.
Based in Kowloon? Check out Choi Chi at the ladies market in Mong Kok and Fortune Costume in Tsim Sha Tsui. Toys R Us at Ocean Terminal also stocks a large selection of costumes for kids.
Looking to rent a spooky getup? The Academy for Performing Arts costume department has a wonderful selection of outfits for hire as does House of Siren Productions, the Hong Kong Repertory Theater in Sheung Wan and the Chung Ying Theatre Company in Central.
Want to Make your own? At Little Picasso’s Halloween 3 Day Workshop, the lovely Lindy has created a fabulous programme that lets kids make and decorate their very own Halloween creations. From house decorations and masks to costume accessories and halloween baskets. They are now offering extended 2 hour workshops for children aged 6 years and above, alongside the regular 1.5 hour workshops for the younger children (3 – 5 years). Classes run for 3 days from Wednesday, October 24 – Friday, October 26.
Choose from: Workshop A, 9:30-11:00am (Ages 3-5) Cost $1290
Fee includes all materials. Snacks and refreshments are provided. To register, please call (852) 3521 1046 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All the supermarkets in Hong Kong have Halloween candy for sale, with Olivers in Princes Building and city’super in IFC offering a good selection of fun size chocolates and Halloween accessories. You can also head to Papabubble, for an exclusive selection of Halloween candies.
For something a little special… you can order Halloween themed cupcakes from Sift Desserts and Halloween cookies from Sweet Secrets and Mrs Fields.
Need to buy in bulk? Check out the selection at A & M Groceries (Basement floor, B006-009 Shun Tak Centre – Macau Ferry Terminal, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong) which usually stocks a huge amount of candy for sale pre-Halloween.
But the Sassy Mamas secret source for Halloween are the spectactular retro English sweeties from Sim’s Sweet Shop. Skull pops anyone? Email email@example.com
While HK has yet to have the pumpkin patches that pop up in American cities, you can pick them up from various wet markets as well as Marketplace in Repulse Bay, ThreeSixty in Central, GREAT in Pacifc Place and Justco in various locations in Kowloon. HobbyHorse in Princes Building and Matteo Party Shop have everything party from plates and napkins to table coverings, goody bags and cups.
Want to do everything on line? Pottery Barn Kids has a fantastic selection of decorations and treat bags.
Lovers of Director Tim Burton’s electrifyingly fun and spooky films should head down to Times Square for the “Frankenweenie at Times Square” exhibition – which brings a large scale film set replication of the movie’s Pet Cemetery to Hong Kong. The film set comes to life with quirky tombstones of departed pets, various characters from the movie and a spooky cabin housing a special sneak peek and behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of “Frankenweenie” filled with videos and exclusive photos. Frankenweenie at Times Square Exhibition Period: Now – 31 October 2012.
Disneyland’s Haunted Halloween sees the clash of evil on Main St, Graves Academy, the Cursed Jungle and Revenge of the Headless Horseman! There’s also happenings in Adventureland, the Party Zone and Space Mountain. Also check out the Ghost Galaxy in Tomorrowland. Every Thursday – Sunday from 4 – 28 October. And of course on 31 October.
SCREAM at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is now a dark and abandoned asylum, with live performers and wax monsters. The best thing is that with every purchase of a regular-priced admission ticket throughout the event period, visitors will be given spooky make-up sessions or stickers. Now til 31 October.
Ocean Park’s Halloween Bash is one of the spookiest Halloween parties in town, with 14 freaky shows filled with scares from the underworld… including a 5D journey and a flick of all the ghostly legends of Hong Kong. Now til 31 October.
The Lan Kwai Fong Halloween Street Party is one of the most fun places for Halloween partying. Not for the faint hearted or very young kids but your tweens and teens will love the sights. Go early and head home before the mayhem starts. Enter the Lan Kwai Fong Halloween photo-taking competition, but get ready for the one way system which means it’ll be slow going from place to place. On 31 October.
Wisekids in Cyberport has face painting, crafts, cave adventures and balloon ghost-making! Plus there will be games and a dress up competition for the whole family on Sunday 28th October. Babies under 2 years old go from 11am to 12:30pm while kids above 2 years old go from 4pm to 5:30pm. The cost is $280, which includes one child and two adults.
Call (852) 2989 6298 or email playroom@wisekidstoys.
Want to chill out on the beach this Halloween? Rockababy’s bash at Pizza Beach in Deep Water Bay is chock full of entertainment… with a buffet, dancing, live music, a costume competition and plenty of arts and crafts. The cost is $150 per head for the first three family members over 1 years old. Additional guests pay $120 and it’s free for kids under 1 years old. On October 28. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel has a Halloween Trick or Dance Party – there will be a devilish tea buffet, balloon twisting, photo corner, a catwalk contest, face painting and lucky draw. For those who want a complete Halloween getaway check out the Gold Coast Hallo Package – which includes a one night’s accommodation in a Deluxe Balcony Seaview Room, a complimentary Magician Kit and three admission tickets to the Trick or Dance Tea Party. On 28 October.
Address: Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel, 1 Castle Peak Road, Castle Peak Bay, Tuen Mun. For reservations, please call (852) 2452 8662.
Halloween celebrations at the Avenue of Stars sees costumed families heading to the streets to watch ghost riders from the Black Boxer Club on their freaky bikes. On 26 – 28 & 31 October.
Discovery Bay’s Double Scary Night is fun for the whole family! There will be a Fluorescent Ghost Party in DB North Plaza complete with a spooky bouncy castle and lots of game booths. Little ones will love the pumpkin patch and costume photo-taking corner… and if you are coming from Central, hop on the free Dine ‘N Ride Ferry on your way back from DB. And there’s also a Free Shuttle Bus between the two plazas to make it an easy night out. On 31 October.
Freak Out at Frites – join Frites Quarry Bay for lunch this Halloween! You and the kids will have a shriektastic time! There will be a Spooky magic show (3-4pm), gory games and creepy competitions (4-6pm) and a lucky draw with instant prizes. The kiddos can indulge in a special Halloween menu. Lunch bookings are essential! On 28 October.
Address: G/F Oxford House, Taikoo Place, 979 King’s Road, Island East, Hong Kong. For reservations, please call (852) 2250 5188.
JUST FOR MAMA
If all this activity is too much Mama… then head to the Mandarin Oriental for their seasonal Spiced Pumpkin Pedicure. Rachel, our Sassy Hong Kong Editor, paid them a visit! You can read all about it right here.
Fed up of doing the Monster Mash? These spooky songs will get everyone in the party spirit…
“The Ghost That Walks”, Karen Elson
“Spooky”, Dusty Springfield
“Somebody’s Watching Me”, Rockwell
“Black Magic Woman”, Fleetwood Mac
“Thriller”, Michael Jackson
“Ghostbusters”, Ray Parker Jnr
“Bark At The Moon”, Ozzy Osbourne
“Cold Moon Rising”, Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Eyes on Fire”, from the Twilight soundtrack
Our roundup of Halloween-esque movies offer something for the whole family.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown If you are feeling nostalgic, the Peanuts special became an annual classic on its first airing 43 years ago. Order it from Amazon or watch shorter clips on You Tube here.
E.T. Put this on, eat Reece’s Pieces and laugh at Elliot and Mike dressing E.T. up as a ghost, so they could take him out for Halloween… A classic that is as good now as it was back in 1982.
The Addams Family – If a cool Halloween movie is more your style, this has jokes aimed at all ages, has a fantastically spookily bizarre family and Halloween itself plays a big part in the film.
Hocus Pocus – Set around Halloween, 3 kids set out to break the spell of the Sanderson Sisters. Perfect for the whole family and with Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker starring, these are witches worth watching.
Beetlejuice – Definitely one for older teens, as the language gets a little salty but let’s face it no one does edgy better than Winona Ryder in her heyday.
Dark Shadows – Tim Burton’s movie remaster of the cult 60’s vampire soap opera sees Johnny Depp in the role of 18th century aristocrat Barnabas Collins, who shows up in the fishing village of Collinsport, Maine, in 1972 after having spent 200 years in a coffin. Camp, baroque and just great fun.
Have a spooky Halloween mamas!