MANILA, Philippines – With less than two weeks to go before Halloween, several establishments have come up with events and gimmicks to lure both young and adult customers.
Here are some of them. These are not endorsed by ABS-CBNnews.com.
Halloween at The Peninsula Manila
The Peninsula Manila Hotel has lined up two Halloween events this year – one targeted at children, while the other for adults.
The hotel promises kids a “devilishly good time” at “Hallow Screamin,’” which will feature ghost stories, games, activity booths and Halloween treats. It will be held at the Rigodon Ballroom on October 28, and is open to the public for an fee of P1,500 per person.
A “Black and White” open bar cocktail party party, meanwhile, is set to be held for adults at the Salon de Ning on October 31 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Guests are invited to attend in elegant black and white, or dressed as any character.
Zombie-themed party at Discovery Suites
The Colombus and Magellan function rooms of the Discovery Suites in Ortigas will be turned into a “zombie-infested” area on October 31 as it holds the “Play Dead” celebration for kids.
The event, which will kick off at 2 p.m., will feature a “horror gallery” where kids can interact with “zombies” in various shapes, forms and sizes.
There will also be games, raffle draws, side shows and a merienda buffet prepared by the hotel staff, who will all be wearing zombie costumes. Tickets are priced at P600 net per person.
From October 26 to November 4, families may also take advantage of discounted room packages priced at P5,500 net for a regular junior suite and P6,500 net for a regular one-bedroom suite. The package includes an overnight stay with breakfast for two at Restaurant 5, discount vouchers from Terra Wellness Spa, and two tickets to the Discovery Suites’ “Play Dead” celebration.
There are also room packages for the newly renovated Serendipity Suites at P7,000 net and P8,500 net.
For more information, call (02) 719-6930 to 32, 719-8888 or e-mail [email protected]
‘Beach zombies’ at Discovery Shores Boracay
Those who want to celebrate Halloween in Boracay may want to attend “The Beach Zombies” party on October 31, where guests are encouraged to come in their “fearsome best” to win prizes.
The event will start at 3 p.m. at the Discovery Shores Boracay with a costume parade, followed by a dance performance from the resort’s “resident zombies.” It will also feature a “horror room” where guests can create their costumes, paint on their faces, and make loot bags while enjoying games and other activities.
Halloween treats such as the Malloweiners (marshmallows and hotdogs on a stick), Boolicious Mac and Cheese, Witch Fingers (chicken fingers); Ham and Cheese Spookwich (ham and cheese sandwich), Yummy Mummy Cupcakes and Sweet Spider Web Cotton Candy will also be served.
By 7 p.m. a “zombie house” will open to scare children, while parents can enjoy Halloween-themed drinks at the Sand Bar by the beach. Dinner is also served at Sands Restaurant, with live entertainment by the Smooth Band and late-night cocktails with DJ Ron Poe at 9 p.m.
The event is open to the public at P699++ per person, inclusive of snacks and giveaways, and P1,450++ per person for the dinner at Sands Restaurant.
For more information, call (02) 720-8888, (036) 288-4500 or visit www.discoveryshoresboracay.com.
‘Spooktacular’ party at Sofitel
The Sofitel Philippine Plaza is set to hold a “Spooktacular” party at its Mindanao ballroom on October 28.
The event, will be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., will feature a trick or treat around the hotel as well as Halloween games and activities, food and giveaways.
Kids in the scariest costumes have a chance to win prizes. Tickets are priced at P850 per person.
For more information, call (02) 832-6988 or 551-5555 extension 6988, or e-mail [email protected]
Outbreak at Enchanted Kingdom
Fancy a run this Halloween? Outbreak Manila will hold a fun run at Enchanted Kingdom at Sta. Rosa Laguna this October 31.
Here, participants are not only tasked to race to the finish line – they should also be able to run fast enough to get away from “flesh-eating zombies.”
For more information, visit www.outbreakmanila.com.
Meanwhile, Enchanted Kingdom will hold the traditional trick or treat for children on October 27. The event will be limited to the first 200 kids who will arrive in costume.
Black Party Manila 2012
Mentorque Productions will hold its annual Black Party Manila event on October 27 at Orosa corner Nakpil Street in Malate.
The event is billed as the “biggest and the original Halloween street party,” and is targeted at adults.
For more information, call (02) 509-2144 or e-mail [email protected]
‘Wicked Wonderland’ ball at Republiq
Republiq Club of Resorts World Manila is set to hold its annual Halloween ball at 10 p.m. on October 31.
Limited tickets to the event, which is presented by BlackBerry, are available at Café Republiq and Republiq Club.
Those without costume are not allowed to attend the event.
For more information, visit www.republiqclub.com.
UNICEF Trick or Treat
Here’s a Halloween activity that goes beyond fun and costumes as it also aims to help raise money for disadvantaged children in the Philippines and worldwide.
The Trick or Treat for UNICEF Superheroes, a project of the United Nations Children’s Fund, is an annual activity where kids in costumes go door-to-door at Halloween and collect money using UNICEF’s orange boxes.
The money is then given to UNICEF and used to provide medicine, better nutrition, safe water, education, emergency relief and other support to children in more than 150 countries.
Children and parents can join this event by getting their free kits at the UNICEF booths at the lower ground of SM Megamall Building A near Toy Kingdom until October 27 or until supplies last.
Schools can participate as well by visiting www.unicef.ph or calling (02) 758-1000.
3D Halloween painting
Kids and kids at heart can have fun with the 3D Halloween painting at the Glorietta 5 mall in Makati City which is dubbed as the biggest in the country.
The 3D painting was launched to mark this year’s Hong Kong Halloween Treats, an event that highlights the city’s festivities during this time of the year.
The artwork features the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Halloween Treats icon, “The Pumpkin Man,” as well as representations of the city’s theme parks and attractions such as Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Ocean Park Hong Kong’s Wymann and Mirror Man, and Madame Tussauds’ Mad Doctor.