Theme parks in Hong Kong are always lots of fun, but this month is extra special. October has arrived, and it means one important thing for many of us – Halloween is finally here! This month, many of us make the most of spooky season by bingeing on horror movies, baking Halloween-themed goodies, carving pumpkins and making s’mores. Additionally, the best theme parks in Hong Kong have some fun Halloween events worth checking out.
Halloween in Hong Kong is usually a big celebration, up there with Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival, and Halloween events are not too hard to come by in the city. To get into the spooky atmosphere of the season, most shopping malls and tourist attractions also set up festive Halloween decorations and installations.
Aside from your usual Halloween partying with friends (check out quirky themed party rooms or plan a night out at bars in LKF), you can get into the spirit by checking out these Halloween fests at two of the largest theme parks in Hong Kong, Ocean Park and Disneyland.
Ocean Park Halloween Fest
The annual Ocean Park Halloween Fest is back this year, but with a few adjustments in the hopes of adapting to the “new normal” as far as pandemic safety goes. The crowd-favorite fest was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but this year Hong Kong Ocean Park is turning the whole theme park into a fest rather than a mere handful of attractions as in previous years.
From October 1-31, Ocean Park’s Halloween Fest will offer immersive experiences, including a horror exhibition that pays homage to 20 years of the Halloween Fest through stunning costumes worn over the years and the Jack O’ Lantern Kingdom presented by Blue Girl Beer. Venture into the kingdom to be welcomed by a large pumpkin arch and a five-meter-tall Jack O’ Lantern King, along with ghostly scenes inside the kingdom and some other surprises. Children can also fill up their baskets during the trick or treat session.
Old Hong Kong’s Murder Mysteries is a new addition to the fest where guests collect clues from hawkers on the streets by making evil deals to solve the murder. More interactive experiences that beat the typical haunted house include The Survivor of the Undead, Forbidden Rainforest Treasure Hunt and the Supernatural Ghost Tour.
And if you want to add another item to your October bucket list, be sure to check out the new Water World in Ocean Park before the winter arrives.
Disneyland Halloween Time
In October, when the weather turns chilly, Disneyland’s “happiest place on earth” turns into an eerie park full of Halloween celebrations. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is hosting its annual wickedly fun Disneyland Halloween Time from now through the end of October.
After a two-year break due to COVID-19 and social distancing restrictions, the park is back this year with Halloween celebrations and myriad attractions for Disney fans of all ages. You will see old-school Disney characters like Mickey and his friends dressed in their Halloween costumes and ready to pose for photos. There is also an upbeat Mickey’s Halloween Time Street Party where the characters join together for a Halloween-themed procession down the main street.
Disney movies are all about the characters – even the antagonists. Disneyland Hong Kong’s Halloween Time allows Disney fans to meet infamous Disney villains who help spice up the wickedness of the festivities. The Wicked Fun Party Zone will feature characters like Maleficent, Cruella de Vil and others ready to spook you.
A mesmerizing musical stage show called “Let’s Get Wicked” is also on the agenda and set to captivate the audience with performances by other mischievous villains, including Ursula from “The Little Mermaid,” Gaston from “Beauty and the Beast” and Mother Gothel from “Tangled.” As the night falls, more Disney villains emerge to surprise guests at the Halloween Time Festival Gardens, so stick around until after the sun sets.
To get the most out of your trip, guests can book a staycation at the Disneyland Resort and engage in more Halloween-themed recreation activities, including trick-or-treating around the resort, learning from the experts how to amplify your Halloween costume and an “evil gathering” with the most wicked Disney villains.
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