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