Hong Kong Halloween Adventure! – Nov 3, 2017


A Halloween Adventure in the dazzling metropolis of Hong Kong.


Just came back from a short break in Hong Kong and my, what a tiring trip it was! What a dazzling and colourful adventure too!

Unexpected thrill of this trip was definitely the various Halloween celebrations happening around the former colony, celebrations that I completely did not anticipate. Now, I’m not a bumpkin. I know what Halloween is and when it’s celebrated. Just that in Singapore, it’s very much a retail and nightspot kind of event, and somehow I ended up presuming the same for Hong Kong. I certainly did not expect entire streets in Hong Kong to be closed to traffic for celebrations. I also didn’t expect so many people, both locals and foreigners, to be enthusiastically parading around the streets in elaborate costumes. At the streets in and around party area Lan Kwai Fong, there was literally a beastie lurking at every corner!

Halloween Adventure at Ocean Park Halloween Fest 2017

I visited Hong Kong’s famous Ocean Park on the second day of my trip, and I definitely encountered more ghouls and goblins than marine life! All sorts of Halloween themed events and performances were happening around the massive park, including various “premium” thrills and adventures. Jigsaw, the new Saw movie, was also featured in several of the festive events. Now only do you see Billy Doll’s ghastly face all over the park, he was even used as the main motif in the festive set meal.

Halloween Fest 2017 at Ocean Park Hong Kong.
Halloween themed decorations were everywhere. This Jackie was inside the Grand Aquarium.
Ocean Park Halloween Fest 2017 festive menus.
Poor Billy. Reduced from terror instrument to gourmet inspiration. (Check out the meal here!)
Saw Escape Game at Ocean Park Halloween Fest 2017.
Saw Escape fantasy.

The Saw escape fantasy was one of the premium Halloween adventures, and here’s where I might have made a mistake. (Luckily, not fatal) As I didn’t plan for Halloween and also because I already splurged on a fast pass, I decided … not to pay for the premium pass. Thankfully, there were many other non-premium, festive attractions to enjoy. My Halloween adventure was not affected!

Spooky Candy Factory at Ocean Park Halloween Fest 2017.
The Emerald Trail was converted into a Spooky Candy Factory. It’s my first Trick-or-treating! (Yeah, I’m a bumpkin, after all.)
A Halloween adventure in Ocean Park Hong Kong.
Er, this Jack O’ Lantern is FAR less lovable than the earlier one.
A Halloween adventure in Ocean Park Hong Kong.
Willy Wonka?
Evil eunuch Ocean Park Halloween Fest 2017
The classic evil Chinese eunuch?

From mid-afternoon onwards, more and more monsters began appearing all over the park. By sunset, they were positively everywhere. Many were also quite … unhesitant in snarling at you or flashing devilish faces. It really delivered the feeling of the macabre springing to life with the retiring of the sun.

Halloween character at Ocean Park Halloween Fest 2017.
I don’t know who this gentleman is! And I prefer to keep it that way!
Halloween Character at Ocean Park Hong Kong.
This sweet girl, I don’t mind getting to know better.
Lady Killers performance at Ocean Park Halloween Fest 2017.
Lady Killers dance performance.
Hop to Hell (屍人大對決 ) at Ocean Park Halloween Fest 2017.
I loved this performance! Titled Hop to Hell, it featured comical battle between a Taoist priest and a Chinese jiang shi. The performance also used a medley of theme songs from famous Hong Kong monster shows of the 80s and 90s. (The priest looks a lot like the late Wu Ma!)
Hop to Hell (屍人大對決 ) at Ocean Park Hong Kong.
The jiang shi in Hop to Hell.
Alley of the Dead at Ocean Park Halloween Fest 2017.
Alley of the Dead. Where all sorts of … colourful characters try to have a bite/slash at you.
A Halloween adventure in Ocean Park Hong Kong.
Who’s that grinning at me!?




On the Streets of Central

Two evenings later, on the 31st itself, I made my way to the Lan Kwai Fong area at 10.30 pm. I did so despite my feet aching badly from walking the whole day, because I knew there was a massive party ongoing. It was the right decision. While I didn’t tunnel my way into the heart of the party area, what was happening around it was more than visual candy enough. With several roads closed to traffic, hundreds if not thousands were walking around the Central district in a procession sort of way. It was my first time in such a ghostly parade.

Halloween Street Party and Procession in Central, Hong Kong.
As many watchers as there were revellers.
Halloween Street Party and Procession in Central, Hong Kong.
Getting ready.
Halloween Street Party and Procession in Central, Hong Kong.
Look at the number of people. This is at Wyndham Street.
Halloween Street Party and Procession in Central, Hong Kong.
A Jedi, Mario, Luigi, V, Harry, everybody’s here!
Halloween Street Party and Procession in Central, Hong Kong.
A glorious moment for this lady.
Halloween Street Party and Procession in Central, Hong Kong.
They look like a tasty bunch to have a Halloween adventure with!
Halloween Street Party and Procession in Central, Hong Kong.
Two very sporting, Instagram-perfect ladies.
Halloween Street Party and Procession in Central, Hong Kong.
This gentle-monster wins my most terrifying monster of the night award. People literally froze whenever he cackled.

Now I know what magazines mean, when they say Hong Kong is the Halloween capital of Asia!


 

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