Halloween Experiences You’ll Love From Around the World
October is the spooky season as Halloween being the event most are anticipating this month. Some countries treat it more as an opportunity to get dressed and have a ball such as in most parts of the Americas, whereas in other parts of the world it is used as an occasion to mark dead relatives and pay respect. Either way, you can’t go wrong!
Halloween is a bit of a source of conflicting views in the UK, as the older generations are somewhat wary of the fact that the occasion is an import from America. You will find some houses completely in the dark, not to join in on the spookiness, but to ward off potential trick-or-treaters from turning up at their door. Whilst this may be the case, the younger Millennials definitely give more of a chance to the occasion by donning costumes, trick-or-treating and hosting great parties.
One of the best amusement parks you could go to! Thorpe park welcomes Halloween every year in the form of Thorpe Park’s Fright Nights which go on for about 5 weeks starting September 28. Whilst there are many infamous rides, there is a new addition this year that is the Creek Freak Massacre. In this experience, you will get separated from your group and end up being tormented by a giant chainsaw-wielding monster! Not for the faint-hearted perhaps but especially if you are an adrenaline junkie with nerves of steel, this is where you need to be this Halloween!
The East Asian state of South Korea celebrates Halloween with road closures, putting up booths and large amounts of drinking coupled with costume contests. Clubs and bars are open late into the night, serving as host to rad costume parties which is a sure-fire way to enjoy Halloween night away! South Korea also marks its own parallel Halloween event between August and September in which it celebrates the lives of those who have passed on.
This is a 3km horror run through which you’ll have to navigate obstacles whilst being chased by a herd of Zombies! How it works is that you will be given 3 ‘life’ bands which the zombies will try to take off of you. 10 players participate at one-go. If you are able to make it to the finish line with at least one of the bands, then you can declare yourself as having survived Seoul’s Zombie Run 2019!
The conventional practice of trick-or-treating is not seen on much of a noticeable scale in Hong Kong, despite it being renowned as the ‘Halloween Party Capital of Asia’. Halloween is celebrated in 2 manners: one more cultural and one more in line with Western Culture. Amusement parks such as Disneyland and Ocean World are also put up with Halloween decorations and appropriately themed rides. A similar application of decoration is given to shopping malls around the country as well.
There is no better place to be in Hong Kong around Halloween time than in Ocean Park. It’s a frighteningly (hehe) enormous space with 6 uniquely themed zones that are buzzing with activity. If you are into a bit of history then you can head to the Hong Kong HauntedGrounds area where an actual ghost medium will reveal to you the tales of the housing estates that were abandoned in the 1970s and 1980s. If you’d rather skip out on the history, The Hungry Ghost Street will be right up your alley where it is said that you can feel the hauntings of lurking spirits!
Clearly, if you feel October is the time for you to unwind by doing some traveling, it would be a great decision to wait until the end of the month and pick a destination from the above list! Whether you are more interested in Halloween as seen on the TV, or the unconventional celebrations which include culture-rich celebrations of the dead, there is something for everyone this coming Halloween season!
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