Header photo: Halloween-inspired bar bites by MO Bar
With restrictions finally being lifted after more than two years, the Halloween festivities in 2022 are bigger and better than ever. We’ve been on the lookout for where to find the most delicious happenings this spooky season, and here’s what we’ve come up with:
Nothing says Halloween in Hong Kong like a night brunch, and Aqua’s Freak Halloween Night Brunch is sure to send some shivers down your spine, featuring a lavish spread of the eatery’s most popular Italian and Japanese dishes accompanied by unlimited pours of champagne. What’s more, you’ll get access to the rooftop after-party following brunch, where DJs, contortionists and surprise performances await.
Where: 17/F, H Zentre, 15 Middle Road, TST
When: Saturday, 29 October 2022 (7:30–10:30pm for Freak Halloween Night Brunch; from 7:30pm–late for Freak Halloween Party)
How much: HK$988/person for Night Brunch (inclusive of free-flow Veuve Clicquot + entry to the Halloween party); HK$398/person in advance or HK$458/person at the door for Freak Halloween Party (includes 3 hours free-flow Veuve Clicquot + 2 Halloween cocktails)
For reservations: book online
BACI Trattoria & Bar
Once again, Lan Kwai Fong is the place to be come Halloween. At BACI, there’s a glow-in-the-dark semi-buffet dinner on the cards. This trattoria was recently ranked one of the top two HK pizzerias and number 12 in the entire Asia-Pacific region by 50 Top Pizza Italy 2022. As one of the main options, you can select the autumnal-sounding pizza zuccona, topped with pumpkin cream, goat cheese, pumpkin chips, roasted pumpkin seeds and crispy pancetta (other main choices include duck rigatoni, veal Milanese, lobster orzotto and more). To start, there’s a selection of all-you-can-eat Italian delicacies, including cold cuts, bread and cheese stations and seafood, and for dessert, a decadent dessert bar is yours for the tasting.
Where: G/F, California Tower, 30–32 D’Aguilar Street, LKF, Central
When: Saturday, 29 October 2022 from 6pm
How much: HK$688/person for buffet only (inclusive of unlimited appetisers, choice of main and dessert buffet); +HK$98 for 2-hour non-alcoholic free-flow package; +HK$198 for 2-hour alcoholic free-flow package
The Experiment is Candour’s hip-hop-themed Halloween party, with each ticket granting access to the bar’s “lab” to partake in “boozer-ter” shots – crimson syringe shots made with jalapeño-infused tequila, honey-beetroot syrup and lime. Three Halloween cocktails will be on board too – Pink Venom, Purple Haze and Toxic – and DJ Crystal So will be on the decks to celebrate in true Candour hip-hop style.
Where: 65–65A Peel Street, SoHo, Central
When: Friday, 28 October 2022 from 5pm–midnight
How much: HK$150/person (includes 1 drink)
For reservations: book online
If it’s afternoon tea you’re looking for this Halloween, Hjem’s got you covered with its Nordic-inspired Spooky Tea Set, available all day long on Halloween weekend. Two special cakes of the day complete the set: Cookie Monster (buckwheat chocolate cookie) and a lingonberry cupcake. Crafted seasonal drinks – pumpkin spiced latte and an “eyeball” cocktail dubbed Blinding Lights – accompany all the usual sweet and savoury treats of signature smørrebrød of Artic prawn and slow-roasted pork belly, mini cinnamon buns and traditional Norwegian waffles with seasonal berry posset.
Where: 161 Hollywood Road, Central
When: Saturday and Sunday, 29–30 October 2022 from 8am–6pm
How much: HK$488 for 2; HK$45 for pumpkin spiced latte; HK$78 for Blinding Lights cocktail
To contact: phone 2362 9193
We’re always fans of the gut-busting brunch at Hutong, and this Halloween, kids under 12 eat for free! The Halloween Feng Wei Brunch showcases a feast of Halloween-inspired northern Chinese sharing dishes, from cold appetisers and dim sum to main courses, noodles and dessert. Kids will be kept occupied with mask painting and pumpkin carving while parents knock back the (optional) free-flow bubbly. The restaurant space perfectly lends itself to spooky family photos.
Where: 18/F, H Zentre, 15 Middle Road, TST
When: Saturday and Sunday, 29–30 October 2022 (from 12pm on Saturday for 3.5-hour brunch; from either 11am–1pm or 1–4:30pm on Sunday)
How much: Saturday – HK$788/person for food only or HK$988/person to include free-flow package (includes Veuve Clicquot, cocktails, wine, sake and beer); Sunday – HK$588/person for Early Brunch (11am–1pm) for food only or HK$688/person to include free-flow; the Non-Stop Brunch on Sunday (1–4:30pm) is HK$788/person for food only or HK$988/person to include free-flow
The top floor of Island Shangri-La has been transformed into Mr Hallow’s Pumpkin Ranch, an interactive, family-friendly Halloween experience. Expect storytelling and games (we love the sound of Mr Hallow’s Hay Ride), a pumpkin-carving station and themed snacks and bevvies. This might be the closest we get to a real pumpkin patch in the 852…
Where: 56/F, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty
When: 25–31 October 2022 (1.5 hour sessions from 4–8:30pm)
How much: HK$598/1 adult + 1 child aged 4–11 (includes 1 pumpkin for carving)
For reservations: book online
There’s magic afoot with Kyoto Joe’s Witchy Magic dinner. Highlights of the six-course contemporary Japanese menu, which is set to be complemented by a tableside magic performance, include crabmeat salad with mizuna and wafu dressing, beef tataki with ponzu sauce, a selection of top-grade sashimi and sushi, corn and shrimp tempura, silver cod grilled with miso, baked lobster with truffle essence and A4 Wagyu sirloin. To match the meal, the Kyoto Joe team have come up with a special cocktail, Kiyomizu, made with sake, lychee liqueur and cucumber syrup. Another cocktail, Indigenous – a refreshing concoction of tequila, hibiscus and orange juice – is also available for dine-in and takeaway (and this one’s served in a hospital-style blood bag to really freak out passersby).
Where: 6/F, California Tower, 30–32 D’Aguilar Street, LKF, Central
When: Saturday and Sunday, 29–30 October 2022 from 6pm
How much: HK$760 for 2 (2-person minimum); HK$120/Kiyomizu cocktail; HK$138/Indigenous cocktail (or HK$100 for takeaway)
There are two options this Halloween at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s MO Bar. Come for the Halloween Brunch in the daytime, a seasonal free-flow feast that includes a selection of sharing appetisers, choice of main course, side dish and dessert platter – plus free-flow champagne, Halloween-inspired cocktails and more (all to the tune of horror DJ beats). As the sun sets on the 29th, the space will host a free-flow party featuring bottomless bubbly, funky cocktails and themed Halloween bar bites.
Where: G/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central
When: Halloween Brunch – Saturday and Sunday, 29–30 October 2022 from 11:30am–3:45pm; free-flow party – Saturday, 29 October 2022 from 6pm
How much: HK$658/person for Halloween Brunch (includes 1.5 hours free-flow Moët & Chandon, seasonal cocktails, signature mocktails, juices, soft drinks, water and coffee or tea); HK$748/person for Vintage Brunch (all of the above plus vintage Moët & Chandon, house red and white wine and house beer); HK$500/person for 2-hour free-flow + bar bites
For reservations: phone 2132 0077 or book online
Potato Head Hong Kong
Two of Potato Head’s awesome spaces are offering blood-curdling events this All Hallows’ Eve. On the 27th, the Music Room will transform into a spooky theatre for Horror Movie Night, screening the iconic 2010 horror film Insidious paired with plenty of popcorn and champagne. Two nights later, it’s Eksotika Bar’s turn with the Dark Disco Halloween party showcasing synth pop horror-inspired music sessions by Italian DJs Neeno and Guido Balboa, haunted cocktails and bubbles. If you dine at Potato Head’s Indonesian restaurant Kaum between 5–7pm that evening and show your party ticket, you’ll get 20% off all à-la-carte food items.
Where: 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun
When: Horror Movie Night – Thursday, 27 October 2022 from 7–11pm ; Dark Disco – Saturday, 29 October 2022 from 7–11pm
How much: HK$160/person for Horror Movie Night (includes 1 glass Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs); HK$200/person in advance or HK$250/person at the door for Dark Disco (includes 2 drinks)
For reservations: book Horror Movie Night online; book Dark Disco online
Relish’s rooftop event space plays host to BOO! Night on the 28th, a fancy dress party with free-flow food and drink (think American-style beef and Impossible sliders, chips with guac and salsa, popcorn and hot dogs + house wine, beer and spirits). The theme for the party is “scary movies”, with a big prize for the best-dressed guest. An after-party continues the Halloween fun.
Where: 22/F, Yally Industrial Building, 6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang
When: Friday, 28 October 2022 (doors at 7:30pm)
How much: HK$380/person (includes welcome cocktail and free-flow food and drink + entry to after-party)
For reservations: book online
Te Quiero Mucho
Corresponding with Halloween season, the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a colourful, lively Mexican holiday where families honour their deceased ancestors – a celebration of both life and death. Beginning on the 31st, Te Quiero Mucho is paying tribute to its Mexican roots with a week-long fiesta to mark the occasion, with brunch and all-you-can-eat tacos on the menu. In addition, the traditional Day of the Dead pairing of pan de muerto (a sweet, sugar-topped bun crisscrossed with “bones”) with Oaxaca-style hot chocolate can be savoured.
Where: G/F & 1/F, The Sheung Wan, 286 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan
When: 31 October–6 November 2022 (4–5 November for free-flow tacos dinner and 5–6 November for brunch)
How much: HK$298 for 2-four all-you-can-eat tacos (add HK$258 for 2-hour free-flow to include margaritas, palomas, mimosas, sangria and house wine and beer); HK$310/person for Brunch and Board Games of free-flow starters, tacos and churros + group games (add HK$328 for free-flow)