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WEEKENDER: the best Halloween parties, Bacchanalia Brunch, Festival of Restaurants and more!

We’re counting down the days to Halloween 2012 and have lined up a whole host of tricks and treats to make sure your All Hallows Eve is spent in spook-tacular style! Not into the scary stuff? Well, there’s plenty of feasting to keep you occupied this weekend too!



A screaming good time!
Halloween is one of the biggest and freakiest nights in Hong Kong and we have the lowdown on some of the best places to have a screaming good time this year! Go back in time at FREAK LIKE ME, a Rocky Horror inspired Halloween party at Insenses, where you can dance the night away to old-school tracks like MJ’s Thriller, with prizes for the best costume too!

Or why not zombie walk your way over to the infamous Zuma Dead Not Alive party? Celebrating its 5th year, with two entire floors of party people and an awesome DJ line up, this event is expected to sell out before you can say ‘boo’ – and remember, Halloween costumes are essential!

When: 27 October
Where: Freak Like Me, Insenses Basement, LG/F, 13 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central; Zuma, 5F & 6F Landmark, 15 Queens Road, Central
How much: Freak Like Me, $150 in advance, $180 on the door (includes 1 drink); call 9508 4978 or email freaklikeme.hk@gmail.com to book. Zuma, $600 (includes 2 drinks), late entry after 2am $300 (includes 1 drink), table packages also available; buy tickets here

Theme park thrills
For those who love a good scare, be sure to make it to Ocean Park’s 12th Halloween Bash! Highlights this year include the 5D Journey to the Underworld (where you walk through 18 layers of hell – eeek!), the Chinese Wedding of the Departed haunted house and even some zombies going all Gangnam Style at the Rock Out Live Show! Meanwhile, Disneyland Hong Kong is also switching on the spooks with an amazing Glow in the Park Parade, a vampire/werewolf showdown in The Clash Of Evil and the Revenge Of The Headless Horseman haunted circus (plus see Mickey & Co. in cute special Halloween costumes!). Expect devilish delights, ghoulish goodies and plenty of photo opportunities whichever you choose… or dare to do double the scares and hit up both!

When: Until 31 October
Where: Ocean Park, Aberdeen; Disneyland, Lantau, Hong Kong
How much: Ocean Park $180-720 (buy here); Disneyland $259-499 (buy here)

A Halloween to die for
Want a Halloween party that’s happening on the night itself? Well, Sassy fave Brickhouse are having a Dead & Famous lock-in party with tie-dye tacos, live music, Mexican beer, cocktails and a super exclusive guest list limited to only 200 people – so make sure you book your ticket ASAP (and good luck for work the next day)! If you’re hosting a party of your own, look no further than our Halloween party guide, full of tricks and treats to make sure your bash goes off with a bang; if you fancy celebrating in a more subtle way, book yourself in for the last week of The Mandarin Oriental’s special Pumpkin Pedicure treatment and get a seasonal smoothie with your dose of pampering. Finally, make sure you check out the ultimate guide to everything Halloween on our sister site Sassy Mama – we’re loving their list of places to get costumes and their must-watch spooky films… Hocus Pocus/Beetlejuice movie marathon here we come!

When: 31 October, 7pm-3am
Where: Brickhouse, G/F, 20A D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $550, email info@brickhouse.com.hk for tickets

Ladies who brunch…
The Bacchanalia Brunch Series have been shaking up Singapore’s daytime party scene, and now it’s HK’s turn to kick start Saturday night partying just a little earlier! The very first Hong Kong Brunch will be held at the ultra-glamorous Gaia Ristorante, located in the heart of Central and super convenient for those who wish to extend the brunch festivities well after dark! So get the party started with an afternoon fuelled by Moet & Chandon champagne, Belvedere Vodka, a delicious three-course meal (including Gaia’s signature antipasti buffet and gorgeous desserts) and tunes mixed by some of Asia’s hottest DJs. Be sure to dress to impress as a bottle of Magnum Moet is up for grabs for the best dressed table!

When: 27 October, 12.30-6pm
Where: Gaia Ristorante, G/F Grand Millennium Plaza, 181 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong
How much: $400; email hkbrunch@bacchanalia.asia to book your table

A festival of feasts!
The Festival of Restaurants is back this November to tempt your taste buds! Over 50 of the city’s best restaurants (including Sassy faves The Salted Pig, Blue Butcher, FINDS and Madame Sixty Ate) will be offering exceptional special menus at unbelievable prices… and to keep things nice and simple, all reservations can be made on Tablemap, so start filling those diaries! To kick it all off, don’t miss the Grand Opening Feast on 30 October at the Ritz-Carlton for your chance to sample dishes created by Michelin Star chefs from around the world… it might be time to loosen that belt to the next notch up!

When: Opening feast, 30 October, 7.30pm; other menus 1-25 November
Where: Opening feast, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon; see full list of participating restaurants here
How much: Opening feast $800-1300 (buy tickets here); other menus vary, see here for more info


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When: Deal ends midnight, 31 October

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