Halloween may be a western festival, but Hong Kong has not only embraced it but added touches that makes it a special treat (no trick here!).
The city dwellers get a different look (literally) during the Halloween weekend (in Hong Kong, you ever party for just a day – no matter what the occasion); it’s all about being scarier-than-thou. Take the MTR (underground rail) and don’t be startled if you are sitting next to someone bandaged after stepping on a landmine, or a Dracula eyeing your blood rich veins. It is all a part of the landscape.
Perhaps the best party takes place at the Ocean Park. I had visited this amusement park, set up long before Disneyland, in 1992 – and my revisit was as different as black and white. Literally again. I was there on Saturday October 30 evening this time, and the place was transformed to send chills all over you, many times over. (Of course, you could play spoilsport and not get scared at all!)
It starts with blood red eyes looking into you through blinds at the House of Horrors – and followed with skeletons, ghosts, demons and vampires popping out of closets, beer casks, from behind closed doors and under tables sending your blood pressures in a tizzy. A cable car ride took me to more masked actors performing choreographed dances and just posing for pictures. The Halloween parade followed some further high adrenalin dancing by another group. And a ride in the hot air balloon took me away from it all, even though briefly.
It was fun to watch people of all ages dressed the way they were, a reflection of the spirit of the city. And, unlike many other societies, the revelry never gets out of hand. Everyone stays sober, making you feel safe even when surrounded by thousands of happy people.
And do join us for a coffee at the Kunzum Travel Cafe in Hauz Khas Village in New Delhi, India.