10 of the hottest Halloween parties in Hong Kong this October
- From Potato Head’s Dark Disco to the Horror Circus at Armani/Prive and the secretive Dead Not Alive, this year’s line-up is better than ever
- Those just looking for great tunes have a pick of top local and overseas DJs
Halloween is that one time of the year when we can embrace our inner fears, our wildest dreams, even our political leanings, and never feel judged.
Whether you’re dressing up as Trump or Obama, Halloween’s Michael Myers or Mike Myers’ Austin Powers, or just a “sexy” something that’s really just an excuse to let it all hang out, it’s hard not to have fun at Halloween in Hong Kong. The city is undoubtedly Asia’s Halloween capital, with horror-themed events for everyone.
The 2018 line-up is better than ever – here are our 10 picks of this year’s Hong Kong Halloween parties.
Dead Not Alive 11th Anniversary
How does the biggest Halloween party in town top last year’s 10th anniversary? With a secret location, of course.
Dead Not Alive enters its second decade with a mysterious setting that is only revealed to ticket buyers. Costumes are mandatory, and expect an awesome line-up of eight DJs – including Whoo Kid from 50 Cent’s G-Unit crew – and plenty of celebrity sightings.
Oct 27, 8pm, secret location, tickets from HK$300
Heavenly Bodies x Devilish Intentions
Duddell’s has quickly established itself as one of Hong Kong’s most exclusive Halloween destinations, and this year it is swapping its regular masked ball for an old-school theme of angels and demons. Choose your side – the celestial light or the sinful dark – and get ready for one of the most debauchery-filled nights of the year.
Oct 27, 10pm, Duddell’s, 3/F Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell St, Central, tickets from HK$220
From John Carpenter’s synth-heavy soundtracks to innovative Italian giallo tunes, music is an essential element of horror movies. This Halloween, Potato Head is paying tribute to these often-underrated tracks with an event called Dark Disco. Expect numbers from ’70s cult soundtracks and a range of spooky pop, wave, and disco tunes, alongside undead-inspired cocktails.
Oct 27, 10pm, Potato Head, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, tickets $350 with two-hour free-flow
The Horror Circus
Halloween in Hong Kong is a bit of a circus, so props to Armani/Prive for embracing the concept. Expect to see a slew of big-top costumes paraded around at the Horror Circus – hosted for the fifth year by Entertaining Asia – including ring masters, lion tamers and clowns. This year also features Hong Kong-based DJs Anil Ahuja and Abel Rogers.
Oct 27, 11pm, Armani/Prive, 2/F Chater House, 8 Connaught Rd, Central, tickets from HK$400
Rewind Halloween presents David Mayer
Famed daytime pop-up party organiser Rewind is bringing the night to Portico this Halloween, featuring European DJ David Mayer’s first appearance in Hong Kong. Get set for a night of house and techno on the terrace, alongside support from local acts including Olivia Dawn.
Oct 27, 8pm, Portico, 3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, tickets from HK$200
Could there be a better venue for a Halloween party than the old jail cells at the Tai Kwun complex? Behind Bars, the bar built into the old prison, is hosting the annual Halloween party of LGBT-friendly promoters Behind. Tasteless costumes are strongly recommended. Entrance is free, but reservations are recommended.
Oct 27, 10pm, Behind Bars, G/F, E Hall, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, free
Bloody Burlesque Halloween Party
Hidden Sheung Wan spot Mrs Pound is once again going big this Halloween, with a burlesque-themed night hosted by famed Hong Kong drag queen Genie the Queenie. The dress code is “creepy chic” and prizes will be dished out to the scariest, wittiest and sexiest costumes. A frightening four-hour free-flow is included in the ticket price.
Oct 27, 9pm, Mrs. Pound, G/F Ming Fat House, 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, tickets HK$450
Yojimbo Halloween with Dee Montero, Will Poole and Fab D Verse
Halloween isn’t just about getting dressed up. Sometimes, a pared-down night out of great dance tunes is all you need. That’s exactly what Yojimbo is planning, bringing in international DJ Dee Montero with support from club residents Will Poole and Fab D Verse. If you’re looking for a humble Halloween, this is your pick.
Oct 26, 10pm, Yojimbo, 37 Pottinger Street, Central, tickets $100 with one drink
Tokyo Nights Halloween Party
Zuma is transforming its stunning Central location into a Halloween-centric space that’s all about great tunes and cool drinks. The night will be headlined by Zuma Dubai’s DJ Adrien Callier alongside live percussion from Benjy. Entrance includes free-flow cocktails and champagne.
Oct 27, 9.30pm, Zuma, 5/F and 6/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Rd Central, tickets from HK$525
Great Gatsby Halloween
Gatsby’s legendary parties weren’t too far off the heady thrills of Halloween, so why not blend the best of both? The Pawn is the perfect place for them, with the multi-level colonial building playing host to a night of smooth jazz from AveNew, cocktails, and free make-up sessions for those who forgot a costume. Plus, it’s actually on Halloween night.
Oct 31, 9pm, The Pawn, 1/F, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, free