While most Jakartans don’t celebrate Halloween, for a select few the haunted holiday is a rare occasion to put on a costume and let their inner party monsters out. Much of the Halloween action is taking place this Friday and Saturday but a few are holding back until the true All Hallows Eve on Wednesday, October 31. Here are our picks for what we predict will be the coolest costume parties in the capital — if you know of any others let us know in the comments below.
Beer Garden: “Beerhantu” (Friday)
If you feel like celebrating Halloween with some indie electronica flair, Beer Garden Radio Dalam’s Beerhantu party is featuring a frighteningly good lineup including Goodnight Electric and Fisika Matematika. FDC Rp 100k.
Dragonfly: Wicked Wedding (Friday)
Dragonfly often has some of the best Halloween decor of any club in Jakarta and so their Wicked Wedding party should be good for a scream. They’ve got plenty of goodies to giveaway for the best costumes including an iPhone XS, iPad Mini, iWatch and more.
The Pallas & Fable: Hocus Pocus (Friday)
If you’d rather not party with muggles, get on your broom and fly over to this Harry Potter-themed party taking place at both Fable and its neighbor The Pallas on Friday night.
Empirica: Kramat (Friday and Saturday)
Empirica’s holding a two-night long Halloween spookstravaganza. Friday night’s haunting will feature a special performance by Derina Derin and T-Sha while Saturday night will see Sky Garden mainstay Sophie Visser spin the decks along with a show by the Eyecandy Dancers. Most creative costumes can win a Samsung Galaxy S9+ and Samsung Note 9.
The Pallas: “Samhain Night” featuring Kriastian Nairn (Saturday)
Yes, the guy who played Hodor in Game of Thrones, Kriastian Nairn, is not only known as an actor in the hit fantasy series but also a surprisingly great DJ. He’ll be getting his Rave of Thrones on at The Pallas’ Saturday night Halloween party (he’s also appearing at this weekend’s Indonesia Comic-Con).
Pondok Indah’s friendliest bar is promising some ghoulishly good fun this Saturday with two floors of music including DJ Vagas from Finn’s Beach Club and Sky Garden in Bali. There’ll be costume-stuff floating around for the unprepared as well as drink and pizza promos all night.
Up in Smoke: “A Night in Zombieland” (Saturday)
The barbecue-centric bar in Mega Kuningan is going to be filled with flesh-eaters on Saturday night for this undead party. They’ve got DJs, photobooths and Rp 4 million in prizes to gie away to the best costumes.
Basque: “Day of the Dead” (Saturday)
If you didn’t get enough of the Mexican Day of the Dead from Coco you might want to scare up an invitation to this fiesta at Basque in Mega Kuningan featuring beats by Las Vegas-based Fergie DJ.
The Swillhouse: “Hack and Slash” (Saturday)
The recently resurrected Swillhouse in SCBD is offering up a hip-hop Halloween party featuring DJs Aquino Adolfo, Dice The Nice and the legendary Cream spinning the decks.
Sofia at The Gunawarman: “The Haunted Mansion” (Saturday)
For a classy creepy party vibe, The Sofia at the Gunawarman’s Haunted Mansion party should hit the bullseye. The top prize for best costume earns the winner a trip to this year’s Djakarta Warehouse Party in Bali complete with tickets and accommodations, so you know the competition is going to be scary good.
The Safehouse: “Time After Time” (Saturday)
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Twinkle twinkle little starrs how I wonder how you are? All the smiles are now a frown cause everyone’s having a meltdown. Let’s celebrate our annual #Halloween party and come dress as your favorite alter ego! We’ll play you face-melting guilty pleasure all night long! 🎃🎤🌟 . . Stand out from the crowd and there will be a reward! 🏆 . #TimeAfterTimeAfterTime 🍬🍬 🕷Halloween Costume Party 🕸 . Featuring: Santet Sentosa @bingluther Mr. Nostalgila @mr.nostalgila FOXHOUND @urbanxblight DJ InDis @disasterhead . . Saturday, 27th October 2018 at @thesafehousejkt Starts at 9 PM . FDC 100K 🍸 or RSVP your table today: 021 57904545 . . #timeaftertimeaftertime #videostarr #guiltypleasure #manualjakarta #whiteboardjournal #ozradiojakarta #jktgo #jktevent
Who needs scary monsters when you’ve got celebrities like Lindsey Lohan? Mega Kuningan’s best alternative bar is promising “face-melting guilty pleasure” favorites all night light for those who want to OD on nostalgia.
Prohibition: “Boos and Booze” (Weds)
The swanky speakeasy joint in Senayan Arcadia is asking folks to dress up in Zombie Gatsby style and they’ve got an appropriate drink promo to match: Free flow cocktails for Rp 260k++ from 7pm-11pm.
Loewy: Trick or Treat (Weds)
The Mega Kuningan cocktail bar goes classic for its Halloween themed party with trick or treating, special drinks and prizes for best costume.
Publik Markette: Monsters & Martinis (Weds)
The fresh food focused restaurant in Grand Indonesia has got a scary good drink deal for its Halloween party: Rp 199k for free flow martinis!
Henshin: Halloween in Wonderland (Weds)
Celebrate Halloween at great heights at Henshin, the bar and restaurant located on the 67th floor of the Four Seasons, where this year they’re hosting a Halloween in Wonderland Party for all of you Tim Burton fans out there.
Cloud Lounge: “Midnight Quickie” (Weds)
Another Halloween party set high above the Jakarta skyline, Cloud Lounge’s all hallow’s eve fest will feature not just great views of the moonlit capital but also a free flow promo for Rp 250k from 7pm to 10pm.