Ghouled evening: five Hong Kong Halloween parties to die for
Zombie Prom, Dracula vs. Frankenstein midget wrestlers, angel wings at Dead Not Alive, the LKF street party, and best and worst dressed costume prizes at The Mira - what are you waiting for, horror fans?
Halloween is officially a Very Big Deal in Hong Kong, and while not many know (or care) about its true meaning, it’s evolved into one of the biggest – and messiest – nights of the year. If you can deal with the police roadblocks, the ungodly hordes and carnage on a diabolical scale, here are the five events you should be attending.
Turtle in the Hat Halloween 2015
Turtle in the Hat’s events have been the hottest Halloween tickets in town for the past few years. And the team behind the sold-out Sam Chan’s Halloween events of 2012 and 2013 are returning with something even bigger this year – an 800-capacity event spread over two floors of the Butcher’s Club’s warehouse space, featuring live reggae band The Red Stripes, five DJs including Wildkats and Re:flex, and two hours of unlimited food and drink. Plus how could you say no to Hong Kong’s first Dracula versus Frankenstein midget wrestling match? Definitely not for the faint of heart.
Oct 31, 8pm, Butchers Club Deli, 16/F Shui Ki Industrial Building, 18 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Wong Chuk Hang. HK$1,000 ticketflap.com/turtleinthehalloween
Dead Not Alive Halloween Party 2015
If schmoozing shamelessly with celebrities while dressed in a schoolgirl outfit is more your thing, you’re probably better off at Dead Not Alive, the monstrous star-studded bash that’s returning for the eighth consecutive year. The 2014 event attracted 1,800 people to Armani/Privé, and this year’s instalment is expected to be just as big, spread over three separate areas of the sprawling Central nightspot. This year there are nine DJs including two-time DMC mixing champion DJ Fly from France and Spyzi Trix, who works with local hip-hop icons 24Herbs. Get your sexy nurse outfits and angel wings ready.
Oct 31, 10pm, Armani/Privé, 3/F, Landmark Chater (Chater House), 8 Connaught Rd, Central. HK$400 (early bird), HK$600 (advance) alivenotdead.com/events/halloween/ HK$800 (door) all include two drinks
2015 Lan Kwai Fong Halloween Street Party
If you’re looking for something family friendly and free, grab the kids, buy a coldie from Club 7-11, and watch the freaks come out in the annual display of Halloween debauchery in LKF. It’s tame enough for youngsters (earlier in the night, at least) and areas will be roped off as usual to separate spectators from the savagery. This year, “magical dark mirrors” will be spread throughout the district offering party-goers a glimpse into the dark side, and make-up artists will be on hand to give you the devilish look of your choice.
Oct 31, from 6pm, Lan Kwai Fong, free. lankwaifong.com
Halloween parties have become an annual tradition at Central nightspot Zuma during the past decade. Although Dead Not Alive moved to Armani/Privé last year, Zuma is still getting in on the Halloween action this year with its Zombie Prom event. Although there are no prizes for guessing what the theme is about (hint: expect several hundred sexy schoolgirl outfits), the organisers will be giving away plenty of prizes for outstanding outfits, as well as crowning a prom king and queen. The music will be provided by hot local DJ Mistrezz C and Seth Gutierrez – the tour DJ for local rapper SkiBs who’ll be spinning everything from hip hop and R&B to house.
Oct 31, from 10pm, Zuma, 5-6/F The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Rd, Central. HK$500 (advance) next.fatsoma.com HK$600 (door) both include two drinks
The Haunted Room
Hong Kong Island doesn’t get to have all the fun – the Mira Hong Kong hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui is again playing host to a Halloween bash hosted by respected local dance music event organisers Cliché Records. The Haunted Room will feature the Cliché house music DJs Rifain and Visa, along with Yao playing more eclectic beats, and this time there is a big incentive to go all-out on your outfit: prizes of HK$1,888 will go to the man and woman wearing the scariest costume. There’ll also be cash prizes for the “wan*iest male and female dancer”, so feel free to get your freak on.
Oct 31, 9pm, Room One, Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui. HK$358 (advance) buys.hk/the-mira-halloween-2015/html/halloween-2015-en.html HK$398 (door)