That one night of the year is here again, when many of us willingly choose to be scared out of our minds by the macabre and ghoulish. Make sure you’re well prepared with our roundup of easy costume ideas, movie choices and prop stockists for both kids and adults – in short, everything you need to know about Halloween 2015.
It wouldn’t be Halloween in Hong Kong without Ocean Park! This year, the Park is collaborating with Fox International Channels to bring to life numerous scenes of walkers sieged from FOX Channel’s popular TV series The Walking Dead at The Walking Dead: Survival. Tickets: Adult HK$345 Child (aged 3-11) HK$173.
Kick off the night with a pre-fiesta at Boqueria, just an elevator ride away from the infamous LKF street party. Hong Kong’s favorite happy hour, La Hora Barcelona, is longer and spookier than ever! Come in for free-flow Estrella beer, Blood Orange Sangría and market-fresh tapas from 6-9pm for $308. Costumed diners can also enjoy a complimentary glass of Blood Orange Sangría upon arrival!
Boqueria 7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
This year Disney have transformed the park into a Ghost Town! Awaiting new victims to fall prey to its ill-fated seduction, it promises treats around every corner. But beware of the dark – wherever you go. Halloween night tickets cost HK$399 per person.
Disneyland Park, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
A night of freaky and pranky delights await at Zafran on Wyndam Street. With bone-shaking beats by the great DJ Olivier, and the night’s elixirs by The Just Tuesdays Family, Halloween has never been so deliciously indulgent. HKD$250 includes one drink and canapes as well as the chance to win some awesome prizes. The ‘5 Freakiest Costumes’ & the ‘5 guests who bring the prankiest Trick or Treat party favors’ will win.
Zafran, Basement 43-55 Whyndam Street, Central
Lan Kwai Fong
Lan Kwai Fong has celebrated Halloween for over 20 years and now it is the largest outdoor street party destination for Halloween parties. Hundreds of people gather up in the streets of LKF dressed head to toe in some of the most outrageous costumes going. It sure is a sight to be seen.
Healthy trick-or-treat snacks
Of course, for most kids the very best part of Halloween is the trick-or-treating. But all that sugar isn’t the best for young teeth. Here are some healthier options for serving at home or for handing out to fellow trick-or-treaters:
1. Caramel apples
Rule one: anything covered in caramel tastes good. So cover some red apples in caramel and dress up like Snow White’s evil stepmother, and your Halloween is sorted.
2. Bloody popcorn-filled surgical gloves
Popcorn is a healthy snack, and to make it Halloween-themed, fill some surgical gloves with the stuff. Apply fake blood to the gloves, and the kids will be delighted.
3. Clementine pumpkins
If you peel a whole clementine, you’ll realise that it looks like a cute mini-pumpkin. Stick a green gummy worm through the middle to imitate the stalk, and you’ve got yourself an edible lookalike pumpkin.
4. Bloody lychee eyeballs
What’s scarier than eating an eyeball? Peel and pit some fresh lychees, or (easier) buy a can and drain the liquid. Put a blueberry or a grape in the hole left by the pit, to replicate the iris. Pour a little bit of red food colouring in the cracks around the blueberry or grape and the result is a very scary looking, but delicious, eyeball. You can also put these in punch and serve your guests a drink with floating eyeballs.
For when your’e feeling a little naughty
Burger Circus Trick or Treat
The Hollywood Road haunt’s playfully gory Trick or Treat Shake (HK$58) screams of Halloween and is available throughout the festive weekend.
Best stores for Halloween candy
1. Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shop has ghoulish sweets galore from October 13th. This classic British sweet shop will leave you ready to scare this Halloween. 37 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, +852 8192 6138
2. A&M Store– The American dream! You will find here every Yank treat going; Hershey Bars, Air Heads Xtreme Sour Belts, M&Ms, Skittles and much more!
Shop B06-09, Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong +852 2548 8200
Not-so-scary films for kids
Scary movies are a big part of Halloween, and there are countless horror films for adults to choose from – or Ghostbusters to fall back on. Here are six suggestions for the little ones, so they don’t miss out.
• The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride were both created by Tim Burton. These animated movies have appropriately eerie Halloween themes, mixed with song and dance. Great for kids seven and up, who’ll have the songs stuck in their heads for days.
• Monsters, Inc. is charming, funny and exciting all in one. The two main stars are monsters, but not the really scary kind, so it’s perfect for little kids. Anyone over the age of four is sure to love this one.
• Casper offers the perfect mix of Halloween and kid-friendliness. Casper the friendly ghost and Kat, a normal teenage girl, quickly become friends and go on adventures together.
• Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie is suitable for all ages; after all, honey-loving Pooh would never scare anyone!
• Hocus Pocus is perfect for pre-teens. It features three witch sisters on the path of revenge.
Easy face-painting at home
If you don’t have time to assemble a costume for your child, or to spice up an existing costume, face-painting is the way to go. Pick up some face-paint at any costume store, and try one of these simple templates:
Quick and easy DIY costumes
• Orange T-shirt
• Black leggings (or a black tutu for a girl)
• Black cardboard or felt
• From black cardboard or felt, cut out three triangles (two for the eyes, one for the nose) and one mouth (preferably imitating some missing teeth!).
• Stick your black cut-outs onto your orange T-shirt, and secure with super glue.
• Add either black leggings or a black tutu, and voilà, you’re a pumpkin!
• White sheets
• White face-paint
• White underclothes (a white shirt and shorts will do)
• Optional: old coffee or tea water
• Rip sheet into strips (ripping is better than cutting, for an aged look).
• If you have time, soak your strips in old coffee or tea water; this will get rid of the new white look of the strips.
• Over your white T-shirt and shorts, start tying and wrapping the strips. Make sure to cover the whole body, and make the knots visible.
• Paint your face white, and you’re instantly transformed into a scary mummy!
• A long white tutu for girls, or a long white T-shirt for boys
• Black cardboard or felt
• White face-paint
• From your black cardboard or felt, cut out two circles (for the eyes) and one long oval (for the mouth).
• Stick the cut-out shapes onto your tutu or T-shirt, preferably with superglue.
• For the tutu, wear it right under the armpits, to create a dress-like outfit. For the T-shirt, just wear it as normal, though it looks best when it covers the knees.
• Paint your face white, and BOO!
• Formal white shirt
• T-shirt with Superman logo (if you don’t have one, create the red and yellow logo out of paper and stick it on to a blue t-shirt).
• Glasses (fake ones if you don’t usually wear them)
• Optional extra: necktie.
• Wear the Superman logo T-shirt under the formal white shirt, leaving the top four-to-five buttons open (so that the logo is visible). Tuck the shirt in.
• If you have a tie, wear it loosely around the neck.
• Put on the glasses, hold your shirt open, and go save Metropolis!
Where to buy or rent costumes
If you’ve cash to spend, splurge on Matteo Party’s huge stock of 2,000 plus costumes, with sizes ranging from infant through to adult XL. Prices range from $100-$1000. In addition to costumery, they have other accessories to complete your Halloween look like face paints, wigs, and funky hats. Matteo Party also has a great website to help you see what they have on offer, but do stop in to see what they have in stock.
3/F, 530-532 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, 2342-8887
House of Siren Productions
House of Siren Productions features high quality, ready to wear costumes with adjustable sizes to fit all customers. Tailor-made costumes are also an option here by appointment only. The hire charge is $500 for a minimum of three days. For the more enthusiastic customers with more specific costumes including props and accessories the price can go up to $3,500. Have a look at their elaborate website for more details.
LG/F, 64 Robinson Road, Mid-Levels, 2530-2371
Fortune Costume offers a wide range of costumes for both children and adults. Adult costumes are available for both sale and hire, while kids’ costumes are only for sale. Rental prices range from $500- $4,000 for a minimum of three days. Children’s costumes for sale, such as animal costumes, bumble bees and lady bugs costumes range from $200-$700.
Room 202, 2/F, 23 Hillwood Road, T.S.T, 2367-5018
Costume Depot Rental and Production
Go big! This company has an enormous collection of over 10,000 costumes for TV ads or stage productions. They will email you pictures of a small amount styles they have that may suit your theme, or alternatively you can visit the shop for more of a variety.
10/F Pakad Centre, 135 Wai Yip Street, Ngau Tau Kok, 2342-3493
Where to buy party products
Simply Love is Hong Kong’s largest one stop party supply store, located conveniently in the Lan Kwai Fong district of Central. A selection of spooky decorations are available starting from $28.
7A Ho Lee Commercial Building 38 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
Halloween has invaded this busy store so get down there while stocks last!
10 Chater Road, Shop 246, Landmark Princes Building
A one-stop shop for special events. Design and send invitations; set up a gift list; shop for party supplies; find venues, caterers and entertainers; send thank-you ecards and post party pics, all from the comfort of your computer.
Unit 8, 23/F Harbour Industrial Centre, 10 Lee Hing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
It says it all in the name! Appropriately (for this time of the year) situated in a basement, you could whittle away the hours checking out all the gory goodies! What are you waiting for?
Basement, 51 Wellington Street, Central,Hong Kong
By Sarah Richard