Those looking to celebrate Halloween in Seoul this year will find themselves spoiled for choice with a massive lineup of parties, performances and pub crawls planned for the weekend. Itaewon and Hongdae in particular are set to get into the swing of things with a night to suit every palate, preference or budget on offer. Costume competitions — and bountiful prizes for best dressed — at almost every venue hosting Halloween this year mean you don’t have to be shy when it comes to dressing up and walking the streets in the spookiest ensemble you can muster. Drink deals and cocktail specials abound, so start planning now- this weekend’s going to be a big one!
Editor’s Pick: Halloween Party @ Grand Hyatt Seoul
October 23 – 24, 30 – 31
This year, J.J. Mahoney’s will host a Halloween celebration replete with ethereal, ghostly decorations, a renowned DJ, and live music by J.J.’s house band ENCORE. Kick things off with a complimentary welcome drink and get set to enjoy an evening full of entertainment and dancing, culminating in the crowning of the costume contest winner! For reservations and more information, please call 02-799-8601. Grand Hyatt Seoul J.J. Mahoney’s. 7 pm – 4 am. October 23 & 24 W30,000. October 30 & 31 W50,000. 02-799-8601.
Bavarian Wonder Hour
October 30 Celebrate a spectacular Halloween at one of the city’s finest hotels, and dine on delicious Oktoberfest cuisine with unlimited beer, wine, and cocktails. InterContinental Seoul COEX. 6 pm – 9 pm; 9:30 pm – 1 am. W45,000. iccoex.com, 02-3430-8603
Celebrate Halloween early this year with unlimited drinks all night long this Thursday at Joon’s bar! With 2 best dressed competitions and a plethora of prizes to be won, get your name on the guest list before Thursday 5pm to save W10 000 on entry. Joon’s Bar (Hongdae) 10 pm – 5 am. From W20,000. facebook.com
Head along to Seoul’s biggest LGBT friendly Halloween party for an outrageous night of dancing, drag and costumes competitions. Make sure to arrive in time for the midnight drag show with its special line up of Seoul’s favorite drag kings and queens.Club MWG. 9 pm – 3 am. W10,000. facebook.com
Celebrate Halloween at Hidden Cellar — complete with a live viewing of the Rugby World Cup 2015, the FINAL! Hidden Cellar (Haebangchon). 7 pm – 3 am. Free admission. facebook.com
Halloween Party @ 3 Alley Seoul
Enjoy 3 Alley’s Halloween party, complete with Halloween music & movies, a costume contest (12 pm) with prizes for the best costumes, and the World Rugby Grand Final (1 am). All-night drink specials include W3,500 Jagermeister or ApfelKorn, Kozel Cinnamon Spiced Dunkel, W8,000 Pumpkin Ale, and more! 3Alley Seoul. 5 pm – 4 am. facebook.com
Monster Bash 9
For the 9th year running, Wolfhound is back with their Monster Bash Halloween Party, featuring a dancefloor, Spooky Halloween cocktails and shooter specials, magic performance and a costume contest with over W1.5mil in cash prizes. Wolfhound Pub. 7 pm. W10,000. facebook.com
An Epic Halloween Party @ Mi Cook Oppa
Experience an epic Halloween extravaganza at Mi Cook Oppa with art, raffles, and music, as well as plenty of food and drinks! Party starts at noon.
Halloween @ Craftworks
Trick or drink! Join Craftworks for their Halloween costume party with up to W1,000,000 KRW in prizes for best dressed.
October 30, 31
Join your fellow ‘unconventional conventionalists’ to celebrate Rocky’s birthday (typically Halloween), with the original late night double feature. In keeping with tradition, the film will screen while performers act it out onstage. Dress up is strongly encouraged, so BYO fishnets. Bedrock (Haebangchon). Fri 10 pm; Sat 9 pm; 12 am. W10,000. facebook.com.
Calling all Walking Dead fans! Join Seoul Land this weekend for the 2015 Zombie Run Halloween edition, an adrenalin pumping zombie themed survival game that sees participants try to out-smart and out-run the undead. Seoul Land. 10 pm – 1 am. W33,000. trazy.com, Kakao: askajumma
Included with in ticket price is a spot on the Monster Party Bus where you’ll enjoy free beer and soju, 3 straight shots or drinks during the night, entrance to 3 clubs, discount/Halloween specials at every destination and of course, a costume contest with prizes to be won! Itaewon. 8 pm – 6 am. W25,000. Paypay: firstname.lastname@example.org, Shinhan Bank (Minwoo Kim): 110-218-646124. facebook.com
Seoul Noir: Halloween Goth/Industrial Dance Party
Billed as a “deliciously dark dance party”, Seoul Noir is set to be one of seoul’s spookiest. Grab a killer outfit and get along for a night of darkwave, goth, EBM, industrial, and dark alternative dance tracks with international DJs, Spectre (USA) and Diamond Dog (UK), on the decks. Dojo Lounge Club. 8 pm. W10,000. facebook.com
October 31 Still Alive 7 is gearing up for another wild night of live music, drink specials and costumes. Attendees can look forward to six punk bands on the bill and half price entry for those who go all out with their costumes. Club DGBD (Hongdae). 10 pm. W5,000 with costume; W10,000 without costume. facebook.com
KSU Halloween Crawl
Starting at Kyungsun University subway station, this epic pub crawl is set to take attendees on a rollicking adventure across 5 bars where they will encounter countless Dj’s and prizes valued at over W2,000,000 with 1st prize in the costume contest getting 1,000,000 won. Kyungsung University. 9 pm. W20,000. facebook.com
Clubs Octagon is launching their first ever concept event this weekend with a Star Wars themed Halloween party. Dust off your Darth Vader mask and get free entry for anyone in Star Wars costume all night. May the force — and one free drink on entry — be with you! Club Octagon. W10,000 before 11 pm; W30,000 after 11 pm. octagonseoul.com
Everland Autumn Festival
Through November 1 Everland presents ‘Halloween & Horror Nights” – a spectacular Halloween fest complete with zombie salons, safaris, a horror club, magic show, horror maze, and ghost mansion! Everland Resort, everland.com