Free-flow deals, drag shows, exclusive cocktails and bumping live DJ acts, not to mention all the incredible costumes to admire: Halloween in Hong Kong is one of the biggest nights out, and you won’t want to miss out on all the devilish debauchery. Starting from Halloween weekend on the 26 October through to All Hallows’Eve itself on 31 October, here are the best events to party the night away.
Ophelia Halloween Extravaganza
When: 23 October, 10pm; 27 October, 6pm; 31 October, 6pm
Price: Free entry except 27 October event: HK$200 from Ticketflap
If you’re down for some spectacle and madness this Halloween, Ophelia is your best bet. Gear up for not just one but a string of Halloween blowouts this October: the first event on 23 October, Scream Queens: Halloween Drag Extravaganza will leave you gagging with Miss Midlevels’ wit and antics; while Mayhem at the Madhouse on 27 October brings you a night of lunacy with Ophelia’s signature entertainment programme. It all rounds out with the final party, The Night Circus on Halloween proper (register here); marketed as “the final curtain call before the circus leaves town,” the night features vaudeville performances, live music, gorgeous and demented costumes alike and plenty of cocktails.
Ophelia, Shop No. 39A, 1/F, The Avenue, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2520 1117
When: 26–27 October, 4pm until late
Price: Free entry; Like Behind Bars’ Facebook or Instagram page to get in
Costume cue: Prison Break
Channel your biggest baddie behind bars for this Halloween bash and head to Tai Kwun’s former prison cells for this party hosted by the Behind crew. It’s non-ticketed, which is perfect for last-minute party ghouls wandering the city on Halloween weekend. Decked out for 10 days from 22 October–1 November, you’ll also want to stop by for a winning selfie on Instagram for a chance to win a magnum of Perrier-Jouet. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for cell reservations, and see here for more information.
Behind Bars, E-Hall, Tai Kwun, Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Dr. Fern’s Haunted Asylum
When: 27 October, 5pm until late
Price: Free entry
Put on your lab coats and tighten those straitjackets: Dr. Fern’s will be starting early come Halloween weekend, curing all debauched souls with Halloween-themed cocktails and test tube shots at the clinic. Send a direct message to the Dr. Fern’s Facebook page to obtain a secret code, which will get you an exclusive Halloween shot. More info here.
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, Shop B31A, B1/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2111 9449
Halloqueen at The Pontiac
When: 27 October, 7pm
Price: Free entry; drink specials all night
Any party that erupts into a rousing chorus of Bohemian Rhapsody sounds like a great one in our books. Perhaps particularly apt with Freddie Mercury’s biopic releasing in theatres this month, this Queen-themed Halloween soiree is surely topical: Warm up your vocals, don your best glam rock attire and get ready for a fantastically boozy night out. More info here.
The Pontiac, G/F, 13 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2521 3855
Dead Not Alive Halloween Party
When: 27 October, 8pm
Price: HK$500 from Boom, HK$600 at the door; includes one complimentary drink
The quintessential Hong Kong Halloween Party is Dead Not Alive’s yearly Halloween extravaganza, gathering celebrity guests, a star-studded DJ lineup and throngs of costumed Hongkongers each year. This year the party will be held in a mystery location, and early ticket holders will be able to get free transportation from Central. VIP tables have already sold out, so you’ll want to grab your tickets pronto. More details here.
Bloody Burlesque Halloween Party
When: 27 October, 9pm
Price: HK$450 from Ticketflap
Costume cue: Creepy chic
Halloween is a chance unlike any other to get dolled up for the occasion, and this terrific burlesque affair ticks all the boxes for a scary girl’s night out. Hosted by drag royalty Genie the Queenie, a ticket gets you four hours’ free-flow drinks, and the scariest, wittiest and sexiest costumes get to win prizes (a way to hack all three categories? Go as Scary Spice). More info here.
Mrs. Pound, G/F, Ming Fat House, 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 3426 3949
When: 27 October, 9:30pm
Price: HK$525 early bird; HK$580 from Pelago; HK$650 at the door; all includes free-flow
Zuma’s celebrated Yashoku night brunches get a twist in honour of Halloween. With free-flowing Veuve Clicquot, wines, and Zuma’s signature cocktails, not to mention sharing plates of their delicious sushi and sticks — you’re sure to be amply watered and fed before boogieing down to spooky tunes by Zuma Dubai’s resident DJ Adrien Callier and live percussionist Benjy. Table reservations available from 10:30pm.
Zuma, 6/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 3657 6388
Ichu: The First Sacrifice
When: 27 October, 10pm
Costume cue: Monumental headdresses, statement jewellery, and plenty of gold
Recently opened Ichu Peru is hosting its first gruesome Halloween bash. Witness the first “ritual sacrifice” with plenty of food and drink offerings, a live fire performance and get glammed up (and spooked up) with the special effects makeup artist on site.
Ichu, 3/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2477 7717
Heavenly Bodied x Devilish Intentions
When: 27 October, 10pm
Price: HK$220 early bird, HK$280 advance from Ticketflap, HK$380 at the door; all include one drink upon arrival.
Costume cue: 2018 Met Gala
Those still reeling from the incredible looks from this year’s religion-themed Met Gala will be ecstatic to dress up to this slice of debauchery at Duddell’s. Think opulent evening wear, angel and devil wings, divine details and celestial forms. International DJ Will Power will be spinning the stylish tunes to keep you moving all night.
Duddell’s, 3-4/F, Shanghai Tang Mansion, Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 9191
Potato Head presents Dark Disco
When: 27 October, 10pm
Costume cue: Voodoo & tropical
Wicked tunes, “spooktacular” drinks (we had to), and kickass vibes make for the most thrilling Halloween dance party over at Potato Head. If you’re a fan of vinyl disco with a splash of eerie soundtracks, this one’s for you.
Potato Head, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2858 6066
When: 31 October, 7-9:30pm
Price: HK$100 early bird; HK$150 at the door; Tickets from MWM
If the scariest notion of Halloween is a lack of vino, then this is the party for you. At this event hosted by Meiburg Wine Media, you’ll get to swirl and taste a selection of over 200 global wines, all available for self-pouring at this relaxed wine geek heaven.
MWM Wine School, Unit 1524, 15/F, 41 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, +852 3612 2624
Ham & Scary
When: 31 October, 8pm
Price: HK$320 free-flow til 11pm from Ticketflap
Costume cue: “ASAP” — As Scary As Possible
Head to Back Bar at Ham & Sherry for a laid back Halloween ‘do: Expect hip hop mashups, gory cocktails (including Bloody Mary syringes) and complimentary bar snacks including ‘blood’ croquettes. Don your scariest costume for a chance to win a bottle of aged rum; the next runner up also gets a bottle of Mette.
Back Bar, Ham & Sherry, 1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2555 0628