It’s that time of year again, when we get to delve into our fantasies, bring the make-believe to life, and pay homage to the things that go bump in the night. Here are some of the top spots for celebrating Halloween in Hong Kong in 2020.
While Halloween – or All Hallows’ Eve as it was originally known – is observed around the world, the contemporary celebration is more about scouring the city for sinful nurses and kitty cats and less to do with ancient Celtic harvest festivals. Depending on how restrictions pan out in Hong Kong, this year’s Halloween might be Hong Kong’s best (or potentially it’s worse). The streets of Lan Kwai Fong and Soho could be overrun with all manner of spirits, or could be quieter than the tomb, with all the action taking place behind closed doors. Be a good little ghoul and plan ahead by booking one of these Halloween parties or special dinner menus and taking the frustration out of the annual fear festival.
One, two, Freddys coming for you. It’s a 1980’s Americana-style affair at MEATS on Soho this Halloween with the protein-packed A Nightmare on Staunton Street brunch (Brunch: 12:00 – 14:00 HK$248; Dunch: 14:30 – 16:30 HK$298) menu with optional two-hours free-flow drinks – red and white wines, Prosecco, the cocktail of the week, and a very Bloody Mary at HK$180. Feast on perfectly-cooked meat like a true wild thing, and build up the strength for the witching hour revellery to follow.
To mark Halloween this year, The Dispensary at Tai Kwun will host a Vault Lockdown Party (Thursday, October 29) that promises to raise the hairs on your neck in no time. Inspired by Netflix’s Money Heist, The Dispensary invites you to the scene of a dramatic bank robbery where you’ll witness a team of Dali-masked misfits attempt to steal millions. Staff will don the TV-show’s iconic red jumpsuits and creepy Dali-masks will be handed out to guests throughout the evening for those who wish to join the heist. Bartender Alberto Aldave will play the role of the elusive El Professor behind the bar, shaking up a signature cocktail – Dali – for the evening, and guests can win a free libation by answering Money Heist trivia.
Te Quiero Mucho
Add a Latin leaning to your Halloween activities at Te Quiero Mucho Sheung Wan, which will celebrate Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead, from October 29 – November 5 with a daily two-hour free-flow package available every day that includes Olmeca Tequila cocktails, house wine, beers, Margaritas, and Micheladas for only HK$198. Limited-time Olmeca cocktails will also be available for HK$100 a pop, while those more daring can opt for tequila shots for only HK$50.
A ghostly good time is in store for those attending the high-spirited Mexican celebration, with TQM’s craveable tacos, authentic guacamole, and simple but satisfying quesadillas available a la carte, while vibrant, traditional ceramic skull painting will also be offered at every table, allowing guests to unleash their inner creative demon.
Aqua Spirit in Tsim Sha Tsui also has a television theme, with its Welcome to the Jungle extravaganza inspired by the docuseries Tiger King. Held on Saturday, October 31, Welcome to the Jungle will kick off at noon with a special Because Brunch (priced at HK$688 per person) laced with Italian and Japanese dishes and free-flow champagne, cocktails, sake, and beer. At 3 pm revelers will be invited upstairs with dance performances and an appearance by local cosplay renditions of the Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin characters.
On October 30, from 6 pm, head to Fukuro, Soho’s spirited izakaya, which is, for one night only, teaming up with Mr Black coffee liqueur for an evening of music and revelry with speciality cocktails including the Fukuro-tini, a coffee martini with a twist, and the Dusk & Stormy, a light and refreshing combination of Mr Black’s signature cold brew liqueur, Campari, ginger beer and Japanese whisky. With a collaborative cocktail menu curated for easy drinking alongside a live DJ starting at 9 pm, all night owls are welcome in for a tipple or four.
They have ghosts and ghouls in the Caribbean too, and to prove it, tikitastic cocktail bar Honi Honi will host a free-flow Halloween Party on October 31. The package includes glasses of bubbles, bloody mojitos, organic pumpkin vodka punch, and mouth-watering sweet treats so you’ll be able to celebrate into the night like a pirate zombie. Tickets are available on the Pelago website priced at HK$550 per person for early-birds and HK$660 per person on the door.
Be part of the spook-tacular scene at Tokyolima this Halloween as Hong Kong’s favourite izakaya embraces haunted dollhouse vibes full of thrilling characters and devilishly delicious dishes and drinks. The Pirata Group restaurant’s dinner tasting menu (Dinner: 17:30 – 00:00) is priced at HK$490 and includes a welcome glass of Perrier-Jouët.
Artemis & Apollo
On October 29, from 7 pm, party the Greek way at Wan Chai’s Artemis & Apollo. Food and wine is a shared experience and the Greeks certainly know how to turn it up a notch. Greek gods were unapologetic, gluttonous and lovers of wine. Orgies, described as festivals of licentious revelry dedicated to giving thanks to the gods of the day were celebrated in excess and extravagance, with dancing, singing, feasting, drinking, and you know what… All. Night. Long. The Athenian taverna will take you on an odyssey through the ancient region of Macedonia with generous free-flow pours of red and white wine and ouzo. And, of course, on a night of revelry, dressing up is encouraged. Don your best toga and celebrate the gods the Greek way. Yamas!
Also on October 31st, Aqua Luna will offer a Haunted Harbour Cruise, with the iconic junk transformed into a floating ship of terrors housing dastardly ghouls and pirates for a Halloween experience like no other. Cruises are available between 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm from either Central or Tsim Sha Tsui. On-board the eerie wooden junk boat, guests will enjoy classic Halloween tunes and free-flow drinks, including prosecco, house wine, beer, soft drinks, and juices, priced at HK$400 per person for one hour or HK$680 per person for two hours. In addition, a treasure chest of dining prizes will be up for grabs for the best-dressed scoundrels of the evening.
A neighbourhood favourite returns for the most adorable Halloween celebration on Staunton Street from 9 am till noon, October 31. It is time to dig out the four-legged costumes and let your best mate howl at the moon at the restaurant’s annual Doggy Halloween at Stazione Novella. Dress up your pup and enjoy a complimentary coffee or Espresso Martini and stay on for early Aperitivo from 12 – 2 pm. All canine participants will receive a house-made Pupperoni and the best-dressed pooch will get a special surprise. Don’t forget to tag your photos with #StazzyPooch!
If you’re more of a day-walker than a night stalker you might want to head to The Optimist and its Brunch of the Living Dead. The October 31 feast features a limited edition Brunch of The Living Dead menu (Brunch: 12:00 – 14:00 HK$348; Dunch: 14:30 – 16:30 HK$298) with a free-flow “one-day-only edition” Pumpkin Sangria. Come dressed as a zombie and get your brains… er… brunch fix.
Cordis Hong Kong
Head over to the Dark Side for a full moon party in one of Hong Kong’s oldest and spookiest precincts. Cordis Hong Kong is offering a staycation that combines a night in the hotel for two with access to its A Blue Moon Night party. Named for the second full moon in a single month (which will be occurring October 31) the package includes luxurious digs in a Superior Room, as well as canapes and two alcoholic drinks (red, white, and sparkling wine, and beer) at the party at the Garage Bar (additional drinks are priced at a very reasonable HK$60 each). Guests are encouraged to dress up for the night with the best costume winning a prize. The staycation is priced at HK$1,088, twin share.
Taqueria Super Macho
Another tequila joint celebrating Dia de los Muertos is Black Sheep’s Taqueria Super Macho, which is hosting a Fiesta de Brunch Muy Especial at noon on October 31, complete with a curated menu of classic brunch dishes like the USDA-ribeye, potato hash-based Huevos Divorciados, and signature Baja-inspired tacos. As with any memorable fiesta, the classic Margaritas, cold cervezas, and party vibes are all free-flow, so get ready for a lively celebration complete with face painting and invoke your best Day of the Dead look to kickstart the weekend’s parties. Be prepared to take your chances on the Wheel de Fortuna – things are about to get loco!
Lobster Bar & Grill
Another chance to celebrate Mexico’s Dia de Muertos will be at the Lobster Bar & Grill at the Island Shangri-La. On October 31, the lights will be dimmers from 10 pm and the acclaimed bar will take on a Mexican carnival atmosphere with a DJ spinning Latino, Soul and Tropical mash-ups, professional make-up artists creating Day of the Dead-style characters for guests, and free-flow Veuve Clicquot Champagne from 10 pm – 12am. Tickets are HK$480++ per person, including the free-flow and a Don Julio cocktail (HK$380++ for dinner guests on the night). For reservations, please contact the Lobster Bar & Grill at 2820 8560 or email to email@example.com.
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