Halloween weekend in Hong Kong is, some say, the best time to go out all year. Whether you’re a lover of outrageous costumes and creative cocktails, or you simply thrive in the throes of a good crowd, we’ve got you sorted with this list of the best Halloween parties in town. And if you’re looking for a delicious way to fuel the festivities, look no further than our roundup of Halloween eats and specialty drinks.

Zouk at Sea

Halloween Parties - Zouk at Sea

Forget Ghost Ship, this haunted cruise is where it’s at if you’re looking for a last minute weekend getaway and spooky pre-Halloween bash starting this Friday. Aboard the five-star cruise liner Genting Dream, Singapore’s premier nightclub, Zouk, takes over for two nights with guest DJs Big Joe and Karlie. A spooky costumed night isn’t the only highlight: You’ll have the most adventurous weekend out at sea thanks to sunset foam parties at Zouk Beach Club, shots-fuelled UV-bowling matches, karaoke machines, pool tables, and Genting’s six massive water slides whenever you’re not sunning by the pool.

When: 20–22 October, checking in from Hong Kong Kai Tak Cruise Terminal at 6:30–8:30pm Friday, departing at 9pm, and returning at 8am on Sunday

Price: Cabins from HK$1,513 from Zouk at Sea

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, 33 Shing Fung Road, Kai Tak, Hong Kong

Serie Noir at Potato Head

Halloween Parties - Potato Head

Kick off Halloween weekend strong with an unconventional, synth-infused Friday night. Tropical voodoo vibes may be rife this time of year all over town, but for a little something different, Potato Head’s anchoring its Halloween bash this year in the sounds of Balinese gamelan ensemble music, Italian horror soundtracks and mesmerising dark wave tunes.

When: 27 October, 9pm

Price: HK$200 from Ticketflap, HK$300 at the door; complimentary cocktail on arrival; table packages also available

Potato Head Hong Kong, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2858 6066

Zombie Island at Wahtiki Island Lounge

Halloween Parties - Wahtiki Island Lounge

The undead meet the tiki gods this Halloween at Wahtiki Island Lounge, where the pours are fast and drinks are strong. A ticket gets you a choice of two tiki cocktails from the menu, including the classic Zombie if you’re feeling the theme. Book a VIP table for HK$5,000, arrive in costume to get free shots, and a resident makeup artist can add some glow-in-the-dark touches to complete the ultimate tropical neon zombie look.

When: 27–28 October, 9pm

Price: HK$250 in advance via Facebook Message, by calling +852 2793 0308 or email enquiries@wahtiki.com; HK$350 at the door

Wahtiki Island Lounge, 3/F, Seabird House, 22-28 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2793 0308

Blood on the Bayou

Halloween Parties - The Pontiac

Those who know The Pontiac know they like to raise hell on a regular basis — but for Halloween, they’re celebrating the mysterious world of spells and spiritual conjuring with the ancient Creole legend of Louisiana voodoo queen and priestess Marie Laveau. When doors open at 5pm, The Pontiac will be transformed for a bayou bash with specialty drinks inspired by New Orleans and the creatures that hide in the shadowy swamplands.

When: 28 October, 5pm–1am

Price: Free entry

The Pontiac, 13 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2521 3855

Dr Fern’s Haunted Hospital

Halloween Parties - Dr. Fern's Gin Parlour

If you’re in dire need of a cure for Halloween Saturday, pick from a selection of 220 infectious gin concoctions at Dr. Fern’s, which will take care of ‘patients’ with its expert team of mad doctors and nurses. Dress the part and get a test tube shot on the house.

When: 28 October, 8pm

Price: Free entry

Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, +852 2111 9449

The Haunted Room: Mad Lab

If you’re looking for chillingly good tunes this Halloween, Hong Kong’s Cliché Records DJs will be spinning up some nu-disco and electro beats for Room One’s fifth annual Halloween party once again. A ticket gets you guaranteed madness — beyond the mad doctor theme at play here — with five hours of free-flow open bar, as well as expert face paint for all the spooky scars, bruises and fake injuries you want to sport.

When: 28 October, 9:30pm–2:30am

Price: HK$378 before 26 October from The Mira Hong Kong, HK$408 at the door; table packages from HK$2,088

Room One, G/F Lobby, The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118–130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

The Royal Society of Explorers and Anthropologists Annual Masked Ball

Halloween Parties - Duddell's

The Halloween masquerades at Duddell’s are a yearly spectacle to behold, each year themed as something exotic, sci-fi and ever-so slightly eerie at the same time. This Halloween, the bar and lounge takes on the aesthetic of a turn-of-the-century anthropology and biology lab — think antique scientific diagrams of human bones, bottled insects, and stories of curious maladies and afflictions. Be sure to channel your best Dr. Frankenstein or Egyptologist Howard Carter.

When: 28 October, 10pm

Price: HK$250 from Ticketflap, HK$300 at the door; email party@duddells.co for table enquiries

Duddell’s, 3/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 9191

A Night of Fire and Ice

Halloween Parties - Volar

Good news for all the Game of Thrones fans (and inevitable Daenerys costume-wearers out there), there’s a party just for you this Halloween. Head to Volar for the ultimate night of fire and ice: alternate between an icy blue ‘Crystal’ room and a red hot ‘Nest’ room to keep you dancing ‘til dawn. Dragons not included.

When: 28 October, 10pm

Price: HK$350 in advance from Ticketflap with open bar 10pm–1am; HK$400 at the door for open bar 10pm–1am or 2 drinks after 1am

Volar, Basement, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 1510

Dead Not Alive party at Armani/Privé

Halloween Parties - Dead Not Alive Party

An oldie but a goodie: This annual Halloween institution celebrates its 10th instalment with an all-star DJ lineup: from Re:Flex, lady duo TNL, Sukixx, Kavemura, Simtub and also special DJ sets by members of 24Herbs Phat and Kit (former members of LMF), Ghost Style and Spyzi Trix. With three different areas — Armani/Privé, Armani Terrace and Armani/Aqua — each will be spinning different tunes. As always, costumes are mandatory.

When: 28 October, 10pm

Price: HK$500 in advance with two drinks, HK$600 at the door; HK$300 at the door with one drink after 1am; Table packages from HK$2,500; tickets and table bookings from Alive Not Dead

Armani/Privé, Chater House, Landmark, 8 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3583 2828

Cirque du Jinjuu: Hour of the Dark Twins

Halloween Parties - Jinjuu

Embody your best Pennywise the clown, the girls from The Shining, and other spine-chilling beasts and freaks of nature at this party right in the heart of LKF. HK$350 gets you a free-flow package from 11pm–1am of wines, beer, spirits and prosecco, as well as a secret deadly cocktail from head mixologist Edgar Santillan. For those going on strong after 1am, drinks are at just HK$60 each. Don’t forget to coordinate with your partner in crime: the best-dressed evil twins on the night will get a prize.

When: 28 October, 11pm

Price: HK$350 in advance from Jinjuu, HK$400 at the door

Jinjuu, UG/F, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3755 4868

The Return of the Zombie Prom

Halloween Parties - Fang Fang

Channel your best zombie look in tulle or tuxe to get crowned prom King or Queen at Fang Fang’s Zombie Prom, and win HK$2,000 each to spend at the restaurant. DJ Mistrezz C will be on the decks, with José Castillo playing live saxophone.

When: 28 October, 11pm

Price: HK$200–$750 for package of four at Fatsoma; tickets include admission, a drink per person, and complimentary snacks at 1am; table bookings start at HK$4,888

Fang Fang, 8/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2983 9083

Yashoku Halloween Party and Yelloween at Zuma

Halloween Parties - Zuma

For Halloween weekend, Zuma’s ‘night brunch’ party takes on a spooky twist inspired by the Day of the Dead, as the regular package is followed by a DJ performance by Adrien Callier of Zuma Dubai and live musicians — perfect to dance off a dinner of plentiful Japanese sharing plates, sake and Champagne. On All Hallow’s Eve proper, Zuma will be bringing out the Veuve Clicquot to celebrate Yelloween, plus free-flow cocktails, wines and sake. Masks and make-up artists on-site will be there to glam up your costumes, while DJ Adrien Callier and DJ-violinist Olivia Dawn will be there to provide live entertainment.

When: Yashoku Halloween 28 October; Yelloween 31 October, both 9:30pm–3am

Price: HK$425–$480 in advance, HK$550 at the door; reserve tickets and table packages at info@zumarestaurant.com.hk

Zuma, 5-6/F, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 3657 6388

Evelyn Lok
Associate Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.