Once more, the streets run red with blood... And barf, lost cell phones, house keys, wallets, dignity, self-respect, decorum, morality, respectability... could go on for a while... morality, virtue, you get the idea. Let's do this, Shanghai. Fire it up. Here's what's on for Halloween this year in the city. Your goblets doth runneth over.
The big night is Saturday, October 28 and virtually all these events are for that Saturday. October 31 proper falls on a Tuesday, and even Satan hates being hungover at work the next day. To see every single thing SmartShanghai has listed for Halloween events, click here. We'll be updating that tag as the events keep rolling in.
Their craziest party of the year, the SHFT trap massive hosts in a full dance card of hip hop, trap, and bass artists in a massive warehouse throw-down. They’re fighting off evil cyborg robots with extreme bass music in a 3000-person warehouse with two rooms, two stages, and a massive international and local line up of over 16 artists. Makes me shudder just thinking about it. Headliner is deep bass tactician Caked Up, joined by Y2K, Al Rocco, and more. Gonna get "liiiiit". I barely know what that means. It's like gnarly right? Pre-sales on SmartTicket, ka-boom.
S.T.D. is going hard in the pain this year -- it's also their 10th anniversary. Headlining the show will be "king of the youth and pioneer in millennial culture", Young Lean, a sleepy Scandinavian-looking kid who does that trap music. They tell me thus: "he's released independent album “Warlord”, featured on Frank Ocean´s “Blonde”, starred in Calvin Klein´s #mycalvins campaign, launched his own Sadboys Gear brand, co-designed a sneaker for Eytys and dropped a full length punk album together with GUD as Död Mark alongside “The Rap of China”. Mkay. He's playing alongside some dude called Benzo who is in “The Rap of China”. Mkaaaay. Pre-sale tickets available on SmartTicket for 220rmb. 300rmb at the door. Starts 10pm.
"What happens when you lock your doors, turn off all the lights, stand in front of the mirror, and whisper, "Dongmei… Dongmei… Dongmei!" ??? What indeed. "You'll awake on a shimmering dancefloor full of surreal characters and beautiful demons, trippy cartoon visuals, and music dripping from the speakers. Welcome to Love Bang Halloween 2017." The party is free, and you can come as whatever you want. DJ Caution, Zean, Heatwolves, and "street cats from hell" are playing hip hop, club trax, '80s classics, and Italo disco from 9pm until well after dawn.
The Mansion goes straight to hell with their yearly Halloween shaker. "We have fully redecorated our party villa & garden into the darkest place on earth where all you sinners will burn in Hell! Last year 1000 sinners joined our Halloween party so we advise you to come early to enter before the masses arrive. PLEASE NOTE : The Mansion is not responsible for any harm done to our guests by ghosts, vampires, Virtual Reality death experiences and all other creatures of doom!" There you have it, kids. Get mental. 100rmb entry before midnight; 150rmb after midnight. Includes 5 drinks.
Shanghai house and techno crew Co:Motion bring out a full lineup of their residents for a cosmic night of Halloween debauch. MIIIA headlines; returning from a tour of Berlin and the Netherlands with deep space bombs. MEDUSA's queen diva Michael Cignarale will turn up the heat. Diamond Lil's blend of deep tones and jacking grooves has had us sweating lately - watch out for new productions from the young talent. Deep 19 brings his unnerving funk to a late night freakshow; New Co:Motion resident Finascia will get things moving with a blend of house and tech. Bit of a mix up of different dance styles -- Frankenstein electronica party. 50rmb cover. 10pm
Halloween boat rager! Need we say more. Join Dragon Adventures and the Bearded Bear (AKA that Foste dude) as they tear up Halloween with a hair-raising rave on the river. Their DJs -- I smell Sacco -- will "keep the boat floating with fresh jams on the decks as they take in an unforgettable view of the haunted Huangpu from a three-story yacht complete with roof deck and captain’s quarters." You seen those big boats sliding up and down the Huangpu? It's one of those. Beer, mixed drinks, and sangria will be available. Ticket purchase includes one free drink. Address to board: Ferry Terminal 4298 Binjiang Avenue. Starts 7.30pm. Don't be late or you'll miss the boat. Ends earlier at midnight-ish so you can tag this on as a pre-party before heading elsewhere.
"See what happens when the dead get together to celebrate their carnival…" For the fourth year in a row UNÏCO celebrates El Dia de Los Muertos, a scarily colorful celebration of the dead. This is your Latin flavor for the year. "The ¨Muertos¨ decided to gather in this day to bring a parade of costumes, dancing skeletons and blossoming flower skulls." Aye aye aye. Starts 11pm. Free entry from 11pm to midnight with the password "COCO" at the reception. Otherwise cover charge is 100rmb.
Deus Cocktail Club (Found 158) is hosting a thriller of a night this Halloween. "Step into the moonlight through our dazzling star gates, if you dare… A Halloween BOO Fest awaits." Beyond plush black velvet curtains they've got DJs lined up and ready to spin all night and an open bar for a Halloween you won't soon forget. Raise the roof with house, techno, disco, funk and many more and show off your most infernal disguise at Shanghai’s bold new cocktail club. Enjoy a trio of free-flowing craft cocktail punches as well as costume contest. 99rmb entry to the party includes unlimited access to the trio of their specially-designed craft cocktail punches at the Halloween open bar all night long. 7.30pm till late. Costume contest at 9.30pm.
Zapata's hosts their yearly Halloween rager -- booze, blood, and interns flying through the air at the raucous party house. The big deal with this one is the costume contest. Huge cash prizes. Big, big money: 3000rmb first place; 2000rmb second; 1000rmb third. 100rmb entry fee, includes free drinks. Girls in costume free entry before midnight.
Xixi Bistro offers two floors of Halloween madness and just about every single local DJ under one roof. Headlining the double-floored monster madness is Que Sakamoto (Jap). Having recently toured Europe with stops in Istanbul's Mini Muzikhol, Berlin's Zur Wilden Renate and stellar performances in Italy, he'll terrify you with Japanese inspired disco/acid/ethno-electro. Supporting Que Sakamoto is a scary bunch of local ogres, demons, yaguis and yanguis, hayalets and goblins all DJ like in their being, ready to pump naughty music dark into the night. Get the f*** out and get the hell down. Support DJs: Carlos - Rainbow Disco Club; Charp - Hollyshit; Allan Marshall + Tom Yeti - Yeti Out; Kenanjun + Jun D.F.J.; PCJ & Frau - China Social Club; Love Bang; VJs: HOBEN + TONI. Cover: 50rmb. Starts 10pm.
A more loungey, low-key Halloween. Spanish bar Brownstone throws a Halloween party with a two hours free-flow of selected poisons for 100rmb. "Come to our Horror Lab in your scariest costumes." Goes from 9pm to 11pm. Music by DJ Xavi.
Halloween takes over your favorite Frenchie cafe and bar. Candies, Zombies, bloody cocktails, and scary DJs and more. Dress up and get a free shot. Win the best costume contest and get one week of free-flow. "Many more surprises to come..." Haven't heard much else coming out of the hellpit Found 158 for the year -- this might be the only one at the F&B hub. No entry fee. They kick off at 6pm.
Pub Crawl Shanghai’s Official Halloween Pub Crawl is back for the 8th year running. They’ll be going to not one, but four huge Halloween parties, with an hour open bar, an abundant supply of free shots, prizes for best costumes and a haunted party bus to take you between the venues. Tickets are available at pubcrawlshanghai.com. Price: 250rmb pre-pay.
"Forget spooky demons, ghostbusters, pumpkins, and witches, this year we’re throwing y'all something special at Liquid Laundry! That’s right, party people, it’s Playboy Mansion time." LL tributes the passing of Hef with bunny ears and silk robes, and more. Hugh Hefner: kind of a scumbag, right? Maybe go as zombie Hugh. 150rmb entry includes two drinks and a food ticket. 8pm.
Shanghai's banging-est gay club bangs out another Halloween party. Ghosts, demons, witches, and ghouls on the dance floor. Murder in the disco. They're also running a costume contests with big cash prizes and vouchers to the bar. 100rmb entry fee, includes a drink. Starts 10pm. Gonna get sweaty.
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Shanghai's greatest Halloween tradition is back. The 2017 Halloween Tribute is a GO with a very solid line-up of bands you probably have on CD in a closet somewhere. Local rawk stars performing tribute sets of Pantera, The Hives, The Pixies and... Nirvana as a late sub in for the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Expect throwback tunes, insane costumes and one of the best party vibes of the year. 60rmb cover.
The Posh Stuff
MVP Events and Park Hyatt host a FreakShow Halloween bash powered by Grey Goose. "As the night falls over, the lustful Park Hyatt transforms the 92nd floor into a frightening house that will leave you scared out of your mind." MVP... they don't know how to not do "lustful". Free entry before 11.30pm with RSVP at email@example.com and mandatory Halloween costume dress code. Otherwise, cover is 120rmb with one free drink included. Special table packages: three bottles of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and one bottle of Grey Goose at 3500rmb for 8 people max. Two bottles of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and two bottles Grey Goose of spirit at 5000rmb for 10 people max. Contact MVP at 13916489071 for table reservation.
An evening of glitz and gore at W Shanghai's WOOBAR. Sip on a Bloody Mary and join the other ghostly and ghastly revelers at their horror disco, and "dance til not even death can do us part". W Shanghai hosts their first Halloween rager. Death disco overlooking The Bund. A bit hipper but still posh, posh, posh. 200rmn in advance; 250rmb at the door.
Diisneey Trash is back with Bar Rouge transformed into a Haunted Gold Mine -- "enter the deep, dark and mysterious shaft in search of precious Gold with champagne." Dress code: Geared up modern miners. Cover: 100rmb
M1NT's yearly Halloween party features mummies rising from the grave to terrify The Bund. Like the Tom Cruise movie? Special spooky sexy decor and performances, and more surprises. 100rmb entry, includes a drink.
Grand Hyatt hosts an ethereal Spooktacular Halloween above the clouds at Cloud 9, located on the 87th floor. "Mingle with other ghouls and monsters while sipping on stylish Halloween cocktails alongside monster beats while enjoying the spellbinding 360-degree city views. Spot witches with boiling cauldrons or woodland fairies…" Starts 8.30pm. 398rmb per person (Price is subject to 15% service charge and tax).
The Family Stuff
Sasha's buffet brunch doubles as a Halloween party for kids. They'll be hosting fun Halloween activities and games for the little ones, a bouncey castle, costume contest, and more. Runs 11am to 3pm. 198rmb for adults. half of that for kids under 110cm. Sparkling wine and Bloody Marys for the adults.
The Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai is hosting their annual Halloween party with a Haunted House in The BREW. Visit this craft beer brewery inside Kerry Hotel during the Halloween period from October 28 to October 31, 2017 and you will find the scary yet fun haunted house with mad scientist, fortune teller, zombies, and more. The Haunted House is open from October 28 to October 31, 2017 from 12pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 9.30pm. Admission is 50rmb net per entry, however guests who dine at The COOK, The MEAT, and The BREW on the day can enjoy free admission with the haunted house. Guest who dine at The COOK can also add 150rmb and get a ticket to the Halloween Adventure Zone Halloween Party on October 29, and get Halloween face painting for children on the October 28 and October 29. Oct 28 and 29 is a Halloween Buﬀet Lunch and Dinner. Lunch, 11.30am to 2.30pm for 288rmb per person. Dinner is 5.30pm to 9.30pm for 328rmb per person. Prices are exclusive of 10% service charge and prevailing government taxes. For reservations or inquiries, pleace call 6169 8886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.