Looking for a hauntingly good Hong Kong Halloween? We’ve got it covered! Not so long ago Halloween was rarely celebrated here in the 852, but it has gradually become more and more popular; largely thanks to Ocean Park and Disneyland’s annual Halloween events… so much so that we are now the Halloween capital of Asia!
So here is our go-to guide to make Halloween 2013 the best you can for your little ones. From costumes, to terrifying treats; ghoulishly good events to homemade Halloween inspiration – in fact everything you need for a fantastically fun and festive time right here in the ‘Kong! Lets get spooky, mama!
Trick or Treat!
The Halloween activity that gets the kiddies most excited is – of course – Trick or Treating! This is quintessential to the Halloween experience, and it is possible to recreate this American tradition here in the ‘Kong if you know where to look. Most apartment blocks get into the spirit of things, and it can be really fun (and a great workout!) to head up and down the stairs looking for floors that are decorated with ghosts, pumpkins and spindly spiders. If you’re not convinced that your building will be the most thrilling Trick or Treat spot, grab your spookiest costumes and a bag to store your treats, and head over to some of these established Trick or Treat trails:
- Midlevels monsters should head up to MacDonnell Road where a group of mamas are laying on a “true Halloween experience” between 4-6pm on 31 October… sounds like a spook-tacular evening to us! Mamas who are interested in participating can email halloweenonmacdonnellrd@gmail.
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- Discovery Bay’s Headland Road is usually decked to the nines in full-on Halloween décor. The whole street offers a traditional Trick or Treating vibe, with people even decorating their whole garages with monstrous creations!
- Tai Tam’s Red Hill Road is another Trick or Treating haven, with tons of treats and decorations aplenty.
- As a massive 17-tower complex, Parkview has a very organised approach to Trick or Treating, which offers parents peace of mind when there are large gangs of little ghouls running around together. The sweets and treats are given out at the base of each tower to avoid blocking up the lifts with little monsters!
- Wandering around the houses on Bisney Road and Consort Rise in Pokfulam also guarantees some Trick or Treating success.
- Don’t miss out on Macdonnell Road between 4-6pm on 31 October for a true Trick or Treating time! With good side walks and flat roads, this is a good option for the little ones… more fun for the family! Email email@example.com for more information or check out the group here.
If you’re one of the lucky residents of the spots we just listed… sorry! And the other side of Trick or Treating is, of course, providing the treats! Most supermarkets in Hong Kong will stock Halloween-themed value packs of sweeties and chocolate, with Citysuper, Great, Marks and Spencer’s and Oliver’s all offering a wide range of quality goodies.
For something a bit more special, there are Halloween cupcakes and cookies on offer at Sift Desserts, Sweet Secrets, Kisses Cupcakes or Cake-a-licious. La Boutique Des Gateaux has also got some morbidly delicious Halloween cakes!
If you’re worried about all the sugar keeping your little ones awake for the rest of the month (and affecting their pearly whites!) perhaps consider opting for healthier treats.
If you fancy your hand at baking, you might want to try creating some of your own spooky Halloween-themed treats. Decorate homemade low-sugar cupcakes with skeletons, bats and pumpkins, or get little ones to create their own cookies using Halloween cookie cutters… Muji do cat-shaped ones! Of course, it’s important to note when handing out treats, that some children may have allergies, so informing their parents if nuts are present (or labeling homemade treats) will ensure that everyone gets to enjoy their spooky snacks!
Some creative knife skills can transform carrot sticks into eerie carrot fingers, apple slices can turn into little goblin mouths and boiled eggs with sliced black olives resembles eyeballs, little spiders and even mini ghosts! Peeled oranges with a cucumber stalk in the top can be passed off as mini pumpkins, and jelly is always an effective Halloween treat (add some sugar-free gummy worms inside!). You could even create a special ‘cauldron’ punch of fruit juice or a blended healthy green smoothie… again, don’t forget the gummy worms for that extra creepy-crawly feel!
Getting the kiddies involved in Halloween food is a fun way for them to enjoy Halloween – from cookie cutting to scary pizza toppings, there are a variety of different foodie activities you can try with them… great for a homemade Halloween party! Apple bobbing is another classic Halloween activity (with a stealth healthy spin!) and pumpkin carving will really get you in the spirit of things.
Costumes & Decorations
The best thing about Halloween is that it’s a good excuse to dress up! From ghosts, zombies and vampires to witches, warlocks and favourite cartoon characters, there’s a whole host of costumes out there. If you really want to get into the festivities then you’d better deck out your home with some horrifying decorations too… you’ve probably already seen Halloween-themed products popping up all over the place, especially in the supermarkets. Check out some of the best places to get your costume and décor fix for this Halloween season!
- The quintessential Hong Kong costume destination is Pottinger Street in Central. Scamper up the old, wobbly steps that will be lined with gruesome masks, hats, broomsticks, cloaks, wands and pumpkin paraphernalia. You’ll be sure to find an array of costumes and wigs at this Hong Kong dress-up institution.
- Matteo Party has over 2000 different costumes available at their shop in Causeway Bay, so you’re sure to find something that will everyone will love!
- Toys R Us is sure to stock the perfect outfit for your little one, with plenty of cartoon and character-themed ones. A surefire place to find decorations galore too.
- Hobby Horse – although on the smaller side – will have some standard Halloween decorations worth checking out if you don’t want the hassle of going to the huge Toys R Us store. Great for table decorations (think pumpkin confetti, fake cobwebs and spiders) and balloons (helium too!).
- H&M has teamed up with UNICEF for an adorable 18th Century masquerade ball All for Children collection, with 25% of the profit going towards UNICEF’s work in Bangladesh. Perfect for a less terrifying Halloween costume, this range will be available from October 10th and includes mermaid costumes and Marie Antoinette dresses… a cute, and charitable alternative!
- Cosplay also has a huge range of costumes and accessories especially for kids, including a very cute pumpkin jacket!
Another option is to make your own Halloween costumes! If you’ve got the time, this is a great opportunity to be creative with your kid and make their costume more personal to their interests. It can also be a cheaper and more environmentally friendly option as you can reuse old t-shirts, dresses and shirts to create something new – and guaranteed to fit! You can’t go wrong with a plain black t-shirt, a couple of metres of black netting and a few black sparkly stars from Pottinger Street or ‘The Lanes’ in Central. With the creative use of pinking shears, you can whip up an original witch or bat costume without spending hours on the sewing machine!
Don’t forget that face-paint can be a whole costume in itself, and with YouTube, you can access some great make-up and face-paint tutorials at the click of a button… transform your child’s face into a cat, Dracula or a cheeky little devil (although the Mamas here tell me that may not require quite as much face-paint!). Remember… if you’re really down to the last minute, a white t-shirt and spare roll of toilet paper can be instantly transformed into a miniature zombie costume!
There’s are huge range of Halloween events this month, with Hong Kong fast becoming one of Asia’s hotspots for this terrifyingly fun night! The classic Hong Kong Halloween events include our favourite theme parks…
- Ocean Park’s Halloween Fest – from 1-31 October 2013 – is even bigger and better than before… and this year there are a vast number of different Halloween activities (that range in scariness!), from ‘Little Spooky Surprises’ to ‘Intensive Scares’. You’re bound to find something to suit the whole family here and get them into the Halloween spirit!
- Each Thursday to Sunday from 4-31 October 2013, Disneyland’s 2013 Haunted Halloween – Dare You Not To Scream invites you to remain brave at their spooky attractions, such as the Mystic Manor, Revenge of the Headless Horseman and the terrifying Sideshow Carnival Extraordinaire… how brave are you, mama?
- Other notable Halloween events (which are sure to be great fun for the kiddies!) include creative music centre RockABaby, and their ‘Saving the Candy World’ Halloween Disco Party on 27 October 2013. Teaming up with HMV, this event involves a candy treasure hunt around the RockABaby centre. With a Funky Family Costume Contest, Disco Dancing King & Queen Challenge, Mummy Wrap, Cupcakes Decoration Workshop, Musical Performance, and group games all set to some impressive creepy live music, this has got to be one of the best Halloween events for kids out there!
- Wise Kids can host a Spooky Halloween Party at their playroom, with a maze full of monsters, a mystery cave and the ‘House of Witch’! With two options for a family Halloween party or baby Halloween party, you can choose which would best suit your little munchkins.
- On 27 October 2013 between 9.30am-12.00pm, one of our favourite learning centres, SPRING, will host a special Halloween Party with some spooktacular activities available such as pumpkin crafting, sweet treats decoration, an oogie boogie disco and a fun photo booth for family Halloween snaps! Get your most creative costumes ready, as there will also be a Facebook competition for the most ‘liked’ photo of a spooky outfit with a fantastic prize up for grabs! At $200 for a family of three (members price) this is a great deal for some whole-family Halloween fun.
Just for Mama
Need a little break? Halloween is a great excuse to have a fun night out with some friends… and everyone, no matter what age, loves to get dressed up!
Lan Kwai Fong will have their annual outdoor Halloween Street Party, transforming the whole area in a crazy, monster-filled asylum! Chinese ‘Terror Street’ will have ‘ghost fires’ and skeletal figurines lighting up the area… so get your best costume on and get ready for a super fun night out amongst all the other Halloween revelers!
For a slightly more sophisticated Halloween celebration, head over to Scandinavian restaurant FINDS for their Halloween Afternoon Tea Set. From 25 October – 3 November 2013, between 3pm-5.30pm each day, FINDS will be offering some ghoulish treats such as a pumpkin custard tart in the guise of a coffin, eye-popping Guinness cheesecake and even the terrifying ‘Only For Your Eye’… a staring eye made of rose jelly with thyme infused vodka, amaretto, orange juice and guava syrup. Eat it if you dare!
Fancy getting your creative on, mama? Be the coolest (and scariest!) mama in town and host a fantastic spooky Halloween themed party in your own home! This is a great option if you’re worried your little munchkins might be too scared by some of the sights at the big Halloween events.
You can’t go wrong with a black tablecloth strewn with fake cobwebs that seem to stretch for miles, and some Halloween confetti, a spread of scary finger food and to top it off a cauldron punch! Head out to grab some decorations from one of the suggested places above, or simply make your own by cutting out pumpkin or ghost-shaped bunting from white or orange paper.
As mentioned throughout this roundup, there are various ways you can have a homemade Halloween… from making your own costumes to baking your own Halloween treats. Organise a couple of games with a Halloween spin, such as ‘Musical Tombstones’ instead of Musical Chairs, ‘What’s the Time Mr. Frankenstein’ (instead of Mr. Wolf!), ‘Pass the Parcel (with some scary treats inside!), and grab some orange balloons for a game of ‘Pop Goes the Pumpkin’! The Martha Stewart website has some inspired ideas to help you get creative with games.
Arts and crafts activities are a great way to keep the kiddos busy, and guests can take home their finished products too! From pumpkin carving, to making ‘flapping bats’ or lolly-stick mini zombies, there are tons of ideas you can whip up with some simple craft materials. Take a look at Spoonful and Country Living for some more online inspiration, or stay tuned for our upcoming Halloween post from the DIY Divas at SweetP!
To create that party atmosphere, you’ve got to have a spooky soundtrack to play along to!
Some good songs to get the kiddies in a menacing mood are:
- Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt Kickers’ Monster Mash
- Ray Parker Jr.’s Ghostbusters… who ya gonna call?!
- Richard O’Brien’s Time Warp will get everyone taking a jump to the left, and then a step to the right…
- Vic Mizzy’s Addams Family Theme Song
- Nina Simone’s I Put A Spell On You
- And of course… Michael Jackson’s Thriller!
After all the games, activities and freaky-looking party food, why not pop on a Halloween-themed film to settle the children down? Here some options – both classic and recent – that won’t give them nightmares!
- Casper the Friendly Ghost
- The Addams Family
- Scooby Doo
- Hocus Pocus
- Monsters Inc.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Hotel Transylvania
- Monsters vs. Aliens
There are plenty of different options for you and the kids this Halloween and plenty of opportunities for homemade Halloween fun! Get inspired and get into the horrifyingly fun festivities… look out Hong Kong because we’ve got some super-scary (and Sassy!) spooks coming your way!
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