Halloween’s Sunday, Bangkok. What are you going to do about it? (Here are some ideas.)

‘Welcome to the party!’ — Prince Prospero.
‘Welcome to the party!’ — Prince Prospero.

After months of isolation to avoid a mounting plague toll, what could be scarier than gathering in costume to make merry and defy doom? Oh wait, that’s the plot of Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death, and we all know how that ended (With a great time!).

So here we are staring with disbelief at a calendar that has us days away from Halloween, an event that usually has Bangkok at its best: drunk and sexy. So, alcohol ban and social distancing be damned: There’s still plenty of fun to be had. 

From a Squid Game-themed party to tricking out at a surf skate hotspot, here are the best ways to make the most of a very weird spooky season. We’ve even got some true crime sizzle for those intent on keeping things virtual.

Halloween Mad Scientist Edition 

Wine and dine with free-flow food and cocktails at Cuban-style Mojjo. 

5pm onward, Saturday and Sunday, Mojjo Rooftop Lounge & Bar, Skyview Hotel, Sukhumvit 24. BTS Phrom Phong. THB990/person

Fang-tastic Halloween 

Halloween goes Greek at Aesop’s. Expect face painting, Halloween games, and the requisite Grecian plate-smashing. Dress your fanciest, because there will be prizes for the best costumes. 

6pm onward, Sunday. Aesop’s Greek Restaurant. 120 Sala Daeng Soi 1/1. BTS Sala Daeng/MRT Lumphini. 

Show and Tell: The Serpent – life and times of Charles Sobhraj

A charming serial killer leaves a trail of bodies across Southeast Asia in a tale that’s catnip to today’s true crime junkies. The Serpent brought the gripping story of Charles Sobhraj to the screen – as well as a fantastic looking retro Bangkok. Hear first-hand accounts from reporters who interviewed Sobhraj, were kicking around town during that era, and the director of a red-light district museum putting together a show about it at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand.

7pm, Friday, FCCT, Penthouse floor, 518/5 Phloen Chit Road. BTS Chit Lom. THB300 baht for nonmembers.

Halloween Game!

If you thought Squid Game fever was over, well, guess again. A Sathorn 10 Mediterranean bistro will host a Squid Game-themed Halloween brunch and dinner, with special a la carte dishes available all day. And fun! And games! Seats are limited. 

11am onward, Sunday. Bardo Social Bistro and Bar, 28/12 Sathorn Soi 10. BTS Chong Nonsi/St. Louis.

Monster Mask-querade at The Commons

Get your little ghouls excited for a scavenger hunt adventure at The Commons Saladaeng. Head to the top floor for a fun-filled day decoding tricks, unlocking secrets, and collecting treats (10am-5pm). You can create your own trick-or-treat bags (THB200), make Halloween hats (THB100), craft sticky slime (THB200), or peruse stalls on the second floor and capture it all at a pop-up photo booth (10am-9pm).

Saturday, The Commons Saladaeng, Saladaeng Soi 1. BTS Sala Daeng/MRT Lumphini. Workshops start at THB100

Haunted House

CentralWorld gets spooky with a Halloween headband workshop, photo ops in front of Paul Bakery (2/F), a pop-up market, food and drinks, and more. 

Thursday to Sunday, CentralwOrld, Rama I Road. BTS Chit Lom. Free 

Pavement Surfskate Halloween

Charoen Krung’s uber-hip surfskate spot is hosting a night of contests, music, and (of course) skating with skate and lifestyle brand Pavement. Come in your coolest outfit to win prizes, or sway your way through a pumpkin-themed surfskate race as DJs spin tracks. Limited to 25 people only.

5-10pm, Sunday, Jump Master Skate Haus, 3rd Floor Chai Phatthanasilp, 35 Charoen Krung Rd. THB490/person

Ooky Spooky Halloween Cat Cafe

This is one time you’ll be damn lucky to cross paths with a black cat. Don a costume and drop by Paws’ adoptable cat cafe for a day full of fun and games that doesn’t have to end if you take a kitty home with you. Paws even promises some of the cats will be in fancy dress, too. 

Noon-4pm, Sunday, UnionSpace Thailand, Sukhumvit Soi 61. BTS Ekkamai. Free 

‘Spooky Special’ Eats

Another reason to revisit the original al fresco hangout in Soi Phai Singto: El Mercado is serving “spooky specials” such as pumpkin and ginger gazpacho, beetroot and goat risotto, white chocolate pumpkin pie and more now through Halloween. 

Now until Sunday. El Mercado, Soi Phai Singto, Khlong Toei. MRT Queen Sirikit

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