Last weekend kicked-off Halloween celebrations around the capital with beijingkids hosting a two day, three sessions boogaloo. If one of the parties did not hold your fancy, there is still time for one last hooray before one has to wait till next year’s Halloween. There are fang-tastic events varying from dinners to brunches to a visit to the vets for the trick-or-treat euphoric feeling:
Thu, Oct 31.
Halloween Dinner at VIC
All ages. Sofitel’s VIC restaurant will be serving some disgustingly delicious dishes as part of its Halloween celebrations of brunch and dinner. Kids can enjoy some pumpkin painting and for those who are willing to brave another round of costumes are eligible to win the Best Costume Award, which happens to be a surprise.Reservation required. 6-10pm.RMB 348 (subject to 15% service charge) for adults and kids above 12 years; free for kids under 12. Sofitel Wanda Hotel (85996666 ext.6521).
A Scary & Savory Halloween Dinner Buffet
All ages. The City Wall Bistro will be transforming their surrounding into a haunted mansion and the freakish chefs will be making some devilish seafood dinner buffet plus unlimited soft drinks, beers and wine. Reservation required. 5.30-10pm. RMB 380 (adults); RMB 190 (kids within 0.9-1.2 meters) and Free for kids under 0.9m.Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall (5811 8255).
A Grand Halloween Festival
All ages. The Grand Halloween Festival at the InterContinental Beijing Financial Street is a place where the whole family can indulge on an extensive variety of fresh seafood from around the world and first class Australia 250-day grain-fed Angus steak. RMB 358*(adult): RMB 179*(kids aged 6-12) and free for kids under 6. 11.30am-8pm. InterContinental Beijing Financial Street (5852 5916 or 5852 5920).
A Neighborhood Family Dinner and Movie Night
All ages. This Halloween party features a parade with trick-or-treating around the compound from 5-6.30pm. There’s also a buffet dinner from 6-9pm (free flow soft drinks and beer included) and a movie screening at 6.30pm. Registration is required by October 30 as there’s a maximum capacity of 200 people. RMB 188 per adult, RMB 94 per child (ages 4-12). Beijing Riviera Garden (8450 6888).
Beijing Riviera Garden, 1 Xiang Jiang Bei Lu,Chaoyang District.
"Hello Ween" Gifts for Kids
All ages. The Place will be having treats for kids in the south part of the mall at the service desk as well as in the kids stores on the fourth floor. There will also be magic tricks to be experienced. Free. 2-9pm. The Place (6587 1188)
For the Furry Kind
Every pet that visits the International Center for Veterinary Services will receive a Halloween treat and gift (while supplies last). There will be an extra serving of treats if pets perform tricks for the people at ICVS. Free to attend.9am to 8pm. International Center for Veterinary Services (138 1028 0259)
Fri, Nov 1
It’s Never Too Late
For adults. The AustCham will be having it’s monthly networking drinks together with a Halloween party at the Aria Bar for those who did not get the chance to celebrate properly on October 31. Reservations required. Free for members and RMB 50 for non-members.AustCham (6595 9252, email@example.com).
Aria Bar, China World Hotel, No 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing. 中国大饭店，北京建国门外大街1号
Sun, Nov 3
Halloween Brunch at VIC
All ages. Sofitel’s VIC restaurant will be serving some disgustingly delicious dishes as part of its Halloween celebrations of brunch and dinner. Kids can enjoy some pumpkin painting and for those who are willing to brave another round of costumes are eligible to win the Best Costume Award, which happens to be a surprise.Reservation required. 12-3pm. RMB 408 (inclusive of soft drinks); RMB 438 (inclusive of white and red wine); RMB 498 (inclusive of Champagne) and free for kids under 12. Sofitel Wanda Hotel (85996666 ext.6521).
Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are!
All ages. The ghostdoms of Happy Valley will be fleeting away from their residences on Nov 3 but before that happens the whole family can go watch a ghost parade or challenge themselves by walking through 8 ghost houses set up. RMB 100. 10am-9pm. Happy Valley (6553 2288)
Photos by Ken