With Halloween 2019 falling on a Thursday, the spooky debauchery is starting early this year with bashes beginning the previous weekend. Plan accordingly, and start getting your costume sorted for the best Halloween parties in Hong Kong.
Behind Bars: The Halloween Edition
When: 26 October, 9pm
Price: HK$488 from Ticketflap
Costume inspo: Henri Charrière from Papillon? Heisenberg from Breaking Bad? The crew from Goodfellas? Pick your favourite incarcerated movie character; the possibilities are endless.
Whether you’re channelling your best Poussey Washington from Orange is the New Black, or Michael Scofield from Prison Break, Behind Bars’ Halloween party — by sheer virtue of its unique venue at Tai Kwun’s former prison grounds — is expected to be one of the coolest of the season, not to mention one with the best costume opportunities. Nab a cell with your favourite fictional or historical baddies and indulge in free flow drinks as DJ Fire Aux pumps hip hop beats all night — the duo will continue to spin for non-ticketed guests throughout the weekend from 9pm.
Behind Bars, E Hall, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Dark Disco at Potato Head
When: 25 October, 9pm
Price: HK$450 from Pelago
Costume inspo: Psychedelic and dance-ready. Tribal or throwback tiki touches are a plus.
Spooky season at Potato Head is always more about the tunes than the fancy dress. Get ready for the third edition of Dark Disco, which brings a horror-inspired twist to the set list, featuring 80s new wave, Italian horror soundtrack gems, and Island-style rhythms to get your foot tapping and bodies bopping. Catch special guest African Star Trekker from Portugal, spinning with Potato Head resident Johnny Hiller. Tickets get you free-flow drinks for two hours from 9pm.
Potato Head Hong Kong, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 2858 6066
Drag me to Yelloween
When: 25 October, 10pm
Price: HK$250–300 from W Hong Kong
Costume inspo: Channel your best RuPaul.
Sashay to the W Hong Kong for their Halloween edition of the Drag Me to Late Brunch series, which brings a squad of fabulous drag queens to host the Veuve Clicquot-soaked affair. For this edition, the party is inspired by iconic horror film The Shining, so expect plenty of thrills and reenactments, as international DJs spin dance-worthy tracks late into the night.
Woobar, 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3717 2222
Austin Powers in Goldmember at Silencio
When: 26 October, 10pm
Price: HK$380 from Ikky; HK$440 at the door
Costume inspo: Ruffles, glasses, bad teeth; or, 60s chic — as long as it’s in gold.
Hop in a time machine and head to this throwback party harking back to Austin Powers’ groovy world of British espionage in the 60s. Dress code is your favourite Austin Powers Goldmember character or in anything black and gold — honour it and get a glass of sake on the house. DJ Kai spins live all night; head there early to catch Bob Mocarsky and Pete Kelly performing live jazz from 7–10pm.
Silencio, 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2480 6569
Zuma Halloween Reloaded
When: 26 October, 9:30pm
Price: HK$575 from Ticketflap
Costume inspo: Leather coat, teeny sunglasses, slicked back hair, deadpan disbelief about the crushed reality of everything you’ve ever known.
Time to break out the leather pants: Zuma’s Halloween bash this year will have you partying like it’s 1999 (literally). Themed on The Matrix which released that year, the party features performances by DJ Adrien Callier and live music performances by violinist Olivia Dawn, Gabriel on the trumpet and Benjy on percussion. No difficult choices here: A ticket includes free-flow cocktails, Veuve Clicquot champagne, red and white wines, beers and soft drinks.
Zuma, 6/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 3657 6388
Ichu: The Second Sacrifice
When: 31 October, 9pm
Price: HK$500–600 from Ichu Peru; HK$650 at the door
Costume inspo: All sorts of primal bacchanalia
Taking advantage of an expansive leafy terrace, Peruvian restaurant-bar Ichu’s sensational tribal-themed Halloween soiree returns once again. Expect makeup artists and fire performances to recreate a fantasy Amazonian atmosphere, while DJs Hallex M and Diana Rose hold fort on the decks. A ticket gets you a 3-hour free flow package plus complimentary canapés.
Ichu Peru, 3/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2477 7717