Halloween in Hong Kong wasn't much of a tradition throughout its colonial history, but this world-famous city has belatedly embraced this creepy celebration. Today, Halloween is a major part of the city's tourism scene, a must-see in the month of October.
Although you won’t find many trick-or-treaters dancing around the city’s skyscrapers, you will find a host of Halloween events in Hong Kong. Some of the most frightening are listed below.
Haunted Halloween in Hong Kong Disneyland
Arguably the best or certainly the most authentic Halloween celebration is that at Hong Kong Disneyland. Expect the full American experience, with Mickey, Donald, and Goofy all donning their favorite costumes.
Dress up as your favorite Disney villain or Disney friend, then venture if you dare into the Maze of Madness, the crazed professor's house of horrors featuring creepy versions of Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter, a very disturbed-looking Pinocchio, and characters from Beauty and the Beast and Hercules.
With spooky decorations, cobwebs, and candy, it's all presided over by the headless horseman and is an absolute must for those who packed the kids.
Ocean Park Halloween Fest
Hong Kong’s biggest theme park is also host to one of the biggest Halloween celebrations in town. Ocean Park boasts the biggest Halloween bash in Asia, with 400 costumed characters, over a dozen haunted attractions such as Halloween fright houses, street shows with scary characters walking about, and spooky entertainment.
The star attraction is a 3D haunted house; in fact, Ocean Park's fun houses feature top-notch technological and state-of-the-art terror design. Ocean Park brings in over 1,000 additional staff members to haunt your every move, so there's no shortage of spooky moments.
A few activities for the whole family include games, costume contests, live stage shows, and a Trick-or-Treat Pumpkin Trail. A scary but sweet attraction includes the Sugary Spooky Village, which is the longest outdoor walk-through trick-or-treat experience in Hong Kong.
Adult activities after dark include talent competitions, rock concerts, and parties. "Extreme Scream" attractions include the mysterious house party Phobia 17, the Dark Maze, SAW, and Down to Hell.
Halloween Parties in Lan Kwai Fong
The top pick for grownups, the bars, pubs, and clubs in Lan Kwai Fong, the city’s premier party district, host their very own parties and Halloween celebrations. The celebrations reach a peak on the weekend immediately before (or occurring on) October 31.
If you’re eager to show off you’re shiny new costume, you won’t find a better stage than Lan Kwai Fong. Hordes of ghouls and freaks parade the streets, and due to the amount of imbibing that takes place, the police are usually out in force.
You don’t have to wear a costume to party in Lan Kwai Fong for Halloween, but wearing one helps! A strong drinking constitution is also required, as you make your way through the themed menus at the local bars and swig drinks with masked ghouls around every corner.
Dead Not Alive
This former Marine Police headquarters, the Historic Hullett House, transforms itself into a complete Halloween festival held in multiple themed rooms across the property and featuring virtual reality zombies.
Dancers and models in costume roam the property, giving ample you opportunity to take horrifically frightening photos. The haunted dungeon in the building’s historic Mariners’ Rest jail cells is a must if you aren't too claustrophobic.
This all-night Halloween festival also features DJs, dancers, drinks, dinner, decoration, and other Halloween-related activities. Hullett House’s 19th-century architecture and historic surroundings located on this Colonial Era property provide a different type of Halloween experience, and costumes are mandatory.