Halloween in the Far East!

Season’s eatings everybody!  OooOooh!  Spooky spooktacular spookiness!

Ahem.  Anyway, as Halloween passed by, I figured I could share what’s going on in the old fragrant harbor of Hong Kong for this holiday.

Essentially, Halloween is not much of a thing in Hong Kong.  If you’re here and you’re looking to have some ghoulish fun, you essentially have the following options:

1. Go to Lan Kwai Fong.  The clubs and bars there attract most of the Halloweenies in the city.  “Paul, that sounds awesome, why shouldn’t I go?” you ask, even though I explicitly told you to hold your questions until the end.  Apparently, that area wasn’t designed for such capacity, with the result being that you can get into a club and then get pushed right back out, just from the force of the crowd.  Average wait time from people attending I’ve heard is around 30 minutes.  And that’s to get into the street.  Pros and cons, pros and cons.

2. Attend Ocean Park at night.  Ocean Park is a kid-friendly, panda-exploiting, Korean grilled squid-serving normal establishment by day in October.  However, as night falls, the theme park becomes a scream park.  Okay, sorry about that.  Many costumed characters will jump out at you and shout in Cantonese, which is much more terrifying when you don’t know Cantonese.  Several haunted house-type attractions also await, as well as the normal rides offered during the day.  Most park-goers dress up too, so you don’t have to feel so embarrassed in that Spiderman outfit I know you’re wearing.

3. Disneyland.  Imagine Ocean Park, but it’s a little bit too childish and you spend the whole night pretending you didn’t waste your money, or perhaps wishing you had a kid so you had an excuse to be at Disneyland.

4. Dress up and go dance in the street.  Okay, this isn’t really a normal option, but I saw quite a few people dressed up in Causeway Bay.  So just make sure you’re not alone on this one.

I should mention as well that many malls, restaurants, and parks also offer special events, whether it’s a spooky menu item, a few fake cobwebs randomly scattered about, or a microcosmic trick-or-treat event.

Private Halloween parties don’t take off as much here.  For one, the living spaces are too small to host parties, and for two, it’s just not part of the culture.  So these things stated above are pretty much your options.

However, I think Halloween will become a bigger thing in Hong Kong in the future.  Westernization is a very real thing.  So look out for more as the years go by.  For now, just get to Lan Kwai Fong at 4 PM and hope for the best.

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