Halloween 2019: 18 scary-fun party options as Bangkok hits peak fright

Photo: Oskar Bistro Bangkok
Photo: Oskar Bistro Bangkok

It’s the only time of the year that you can put on an outrageous costume, show up in it at the office to scare the shit out of your colleagues and then go out to enter it in a contest and win some free drinks at a party.

Bangkok’s appetite for Halloween parties has hit a new with a dizzying number of wild and wilder options. Many venues will host a wide variety of activities from music-charged dance to delightful drag-queen shows, axe-throwing, a boat party and of course many costume contests. Some bars and restaurants are offering Halloween-themed menu items to celebrate the spooky season.

Halloween was a little muted the past few years following the October 2016 death of King Bhumibol and his cremation ceremony in October 2017.  Since it falls on a Thursday this year, some events have will start as early as Sunday while some are set to go off as much as two days after.

Oct. 27

Sunday Gay Night Pre-Halloween party theme Witches & Bitches at Maggie Choo’s

Add some sass to the scares and get an early start with sexy pre-Halloween party Witches and Bitches. Bangkok’s leading drag queen mama Pangina Heals will lead the way through a night of shadows and shade with music by DJ Yiu Truluv. The THB500 admission includes two drinks. Those who come in costume before 9pm get in for free and a welcome drink.

Oct. 30

Friendustry XIV (17) at Beam

Dress as your best friend, for a circus, as angels ‘n demons or witches in one of four themes that will descend on Thonglor dancehall Beam one day early on Halloween Eve. Scary costumes that fit the DJ-linked themes are encouraged. Presiding over the evening will be DJs Martian Child, Siyada & Friends, Arocha Pang and Kiekie.

The Halloween Extravaganza at The Overstay

Dress up in a khon mask or literally whatever you feel like and go wild at this itinerant weirdo hostel-music venue in the Pinklao area. This year will feature several bands such as Melbourne pop-rock act Agamas and punk rockers Jimmy Revolt performing from evening until late. Admission is free.

Halloween Jungle Frightening Fun at Char Rooftop Bar

The rooftop bar on Witthayu Road will host a Halloween celebration under a Scary Jungle theme and serve cocktail specials made exclusively for the night: Spooky Frog, Bloody Roar and Devil’s Kiss. Customers who dress in their scariest costume stand a chance to win a THB 3,000 food and beverage voucher.

Thriller Night Halloween Party at Spectrum Lounge & Bar

The spacious rooftop bar on Soi Sukhumvit 13 is hosting its first Halloween party with 3.5-hour free-flow booze and electronic beats from DJ Fred Canal, Jules Blons and KNIB. Tickets are THB800.

Hemingway Halloween at Hemingway’s Bangkok

The first Halloween party since it reopened at a new location on Soi 11, expat favorite Hemingway’s Bangkok will transform into a haunted house while serving demonic cocktails and delivering some beats for the night. Customers who show up in costumes will get a free welcome drink.

Hell’s Waiting Room at Oskar Bistro Bangkok

Forget heaven, because everyone’s going to hell at this western bar and restaurant in Soi 11. Oskar Bistro will turn into “Hell’s Waiting Room” complete with haunting entertainment in the form of house music, demonic cocktails and more.

Dia de Muertos – Halloween Party at Revolucion Cocktail Bangkok

Halloween will borrow forward two days from the Mexican Day of the Dead to celebrate the occasion Latin-style. This Latin American-themed bar will throw a Dia de Muertos party and everyone in a costume gets a free shot. The venue will provide make-up artists to enhance the spooky looks. DJ DaddyRock will spin the beats until late.

Drag Me to SO – The Halloween Edition at SO Sofitel Bangkok

Halloween in full bourgeois style? You got it at the sky-high, five-star hotel So Sofitel Bangkok. Its 30th-floor Hi-So bar will feature a special drag show performed by drag queens from Silom’s The Stranger Bar. DJ Soshine and CoxPearl will operate the deck for the night. Admission is THB450 and includes one drink.

Woobar Horror Show at W Bangkok

The witching hour will bring dark forces to the bar at W Bangkok. Pangina Heals will cast her drag spell alongside Miss Gimhuay of Drag Race Thailand Season 2 and Hong Kong’s Mocha Diva. Prizes picked by Pangina and the crew will go to the best-dressed revelers. Advance tickets are THB300 and include one drink.

Golden Axe Halloween Party at Golden Axe Throw Club (Artbox Market)

This is really the right place to go full Heeeeeeere’s Johnny a la The Shining’s Jack Torrance or Patrick Bateman-talkin’-Phil Collins while swinging an axe.

Even throwing them! The city’s first and still only axe-throwing range Golden Axe will host a Halloween-themed outdoor event where people can throw axes, knives and ninja stars and win some prizes. Those who dress up will get some unspecified discount.

Once Upon a Time at Whiteline

Mia Wallaces and Vincent Vegas and all fans of Quentin Tarantino can dig soundtracks from Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction and the director’s most recent Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at Silom venue Whiteline. Expect a dance contest at 11pm to win a trophy and cocktail. The Tarantino’s Band and DJ Kim Collins will play for the night.

Glow Halloween Party at Glow

Women are in power this Halloween at Glow on Soi Sukhumvit 23. The city’s talented female DJs — Mendy Indigo, Victoria Gewinnen and NT66 — are coming together to claim the booth. The event also features a costume contest with cash prizes. Admission is THB350 and includes one drink.

Strange Cabinet of Curiosities at Sing Sing Theater

The highbrow bar-cum-club will turn into a wonder room where collections of extraordinary objects can be found. Presenting its Cabinet of Curiosities, Sing Sing Theater will dig into Victorian-era fashion and decorations, inviting revelers to lurk in its dark realm of oddities.

Murder in the Crimson Room

Join in a murder mystery whodunnit at Bangkok’s new live music and craft cocktails venue ripped straight out of the Jazz Age. Crimson Room, which is just hosting its grand opening this Friday, will throw a costume party and interactive murder mystery. After a grisly murder takes place, guests will get clues to solve the case find the killer. The winner will get nine-course service and wine pairing for two at Michelin-starred Canvas, a prize worth nearly 15,000 baht.

Crimson Room is the latest creation by the people behind Rabbit Hole and Liberation. Guests should come in costume – something 1920s preferred but not necessary. There’s no cover charge. The event starts at 8:30pm and continues until 2am, with the mystery solved and winner announced by midnight. Crimson Room is in the new Velaa Sindhorn Villa on Langsuan Road near Lumpini Park.

Nov. 1

Halloween Cruise: Dead Pirates special at Bangkok Island

Keep the spooky spirit going Nov. 1 and onto the high seas – or at least the mighty Chao Phraya River – with pirate zombies and music. Set to sail out at 9pm, the floating vessel of fun dubbed Bangkok Island is back with an upgraded lighting system, sound and engine to serve its passenger-partygoers. The event, under the theme Dead Naughty Pirates, will offer a diverse range of music delivered by rap metal group Bomb At Track, DJ Wonton Witch, DJ Benzee and Agamas, an Australian pop-rock number touring the region. Looking for a sassy pirate costume? Lingerie and underwear store The Hidden Closet BKK will pop up on the boat! Get a discount on advance tickets online.

Nov. 2

Road to Kolour In The Park: Halloween Edition at Escape Bangkok

This post-Halloween party Saturday – which is actually the Mexican Day of the Dead – will offer seven straight hours of house, techno and groovy disco. Party organizer Kolour is bringing the party into downtown shopping mall EmQuartier with a party at its rooftop bar Escape with a “downtown beach club” vibe. The event will feature food, free face and body painting and, of course, a costume contest. Tickets are currently THB750.

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