Ah, Halloween. A time when people can culturally appropriate costumes and feign innocence over accusations of insensitivity, and when girls can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything else about it, to quote “Mean Girls.” If that sounds like your kind of party, here are 13 places to wear your suicide belt or barely-there nurse outfit to.
Sasha’s and Zapata’s
Creatures of the night will crawl out to play at Sasha’s and Zapata’s this Saturday, October 27, as the popular restaurant and bar throw their annual Halloween bash. At Zapata’s, Dress in your ghastly best for a chance to win up to ¥3,000 in a costume competition, while Sasha’s house band, The Project, will have you doing the “Thriller” dance to popular hits all night long.
11 Dongping Road / 东平路11号
Stone Brewing Tap Room
Put a face on your fears at Stone Brewing’s Halloween party on Saturday, October 27, specifically the brewery’s gargoyle. Wear a white costume on the day to win a a mask of Stone Brewing’s mascot, then thrash around with Japanese garage punk band The Paralyz, who will be headlining the evening. Also available are 28 beers on tap and a Halloween cocktail made from Stone White Berliner Weisse.
1107 Yuyuan Road / 愚园路1107号
Kate & Kimi
Feed yourself some frightfully good food at Kate & Kimi’s Halloween farmer’s market on Saturday, October 27. The online grocer will be at Jiashan Market with food from some of their popular brands, and there will be activities such as costume competitions, face painting, ring toss, guessing games, and pin the tail.
Jiashan Market, No.37, 259 Jiashan Road / 嘉善市场，嘉善路259弄37号
Cotton’s on Anting
It’s a witch hunt for the best dressed at Cotton’s on Saturday, October 27. At the bar’s Halloween party, the search is on for the best overall costume, most original, best group costumes, and the crowd favorite. Winners stand a chance to go home with over ¥30,000 in prizes and giveaways, while everyone gets to enjoy fire performers, DJs, and dancers at the party.
132 Anting Road / 安亭路132号
The Blind Pig
Transform into the iconic monster with this Halloween food special at The Blind Pig on Saturday, October 27. For one night only, the restaurant is offering their Basque chorizo and Texas hot link sausage (a.k.a. franks) for ¥48, and True Legend craft beer is going for ¥88 per stein (beer speak for a liter).
132 Nanyang Road / 南阳路132号
Pistolera Mexican Cantina (Hengshan)
Get your skeleton out of the closet at Pistolera’s Day of the Dead extravaganza on Saturday, October 27. Happening at their Hengshan Road location, it’s free entry to their party with deals on Margaritas, shots, beers, and Sangrias. A free bottle of tequila awaits whoever dresses closest to the theme, and live music will have you dancing all night to the beat.
838 Hengshan Road / 衡山路838号
Big Bamboo Hongqiao
It’s a monstrously good time at Big Bamboo Hongqiao on Sunday, October 28, as they trot out three live bands. Shake it to their tunes as they play from 3pm to 8pm, and indulge in drink specials like Bloody Margaritas and Eyeball Shots. There will also be spooky face painting and cookies for the kids.
Lane 20, Laowai Street, 3338 Hongmei Road / 虹梅路3338弄老外街20号
Urban Diner Gastropub
Urban Diner Gatropub is throwing two Halloween parties with beats, booze, and football. On Friday, October 26, two DJs from the Come Correct crew will be spinning tunes, and come in your costume for a free beer. Drafts of Grimbergen are also pouring for ¥30 each, and entry is free. Then on Saturday, October 27, bring your kids for a Halloween party from 2pm to 6pm where they can learn how to play American Football and enjoy free treats and face painting sessions. At night, it’s a glow in the dark party for adults from 8pm onwards, and tickets include one drink.
Unit 104, 688 Shaanxi Bei Road / 陕西北路688弄104室
Deus Cocktail Club
Drink your favorite poison with this free flow deal at Deus Cocktail Club on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. For ¥158, you get all-you-can-drink on Budweisers, prosecco, shiraz, sauvignon blanc, and Blood Orange Margaritas. A welcome drink of a Blood Bag or Vampire Negroni is also included in the price.
158 Julu Road / 巨鹿路158号
Belch your way into Halloween with plenty of brews at Beer Plus. The beer market and bar is throwing activities across their three branches on Friday, October 26, Saturday, October 27, and Wednesday, October 31. At their People’s Square outlet, you can customize your set menu with foie gras, baked snails, and T-bone steak, and indulge in beauty services that will leave you looking shockingly good. Manicures are available at their Changshou Road store together with tattoo services, tarot card reading, and free cocktails. At the Gubei branch, it’s your choice of a free pumpkin soup or beer, and also an opportunity to get your face painted.
People’s Square store: 118 Yunnan Nan Road / 人民广场店：云南南路118号
Changshou Road store: 408 Changshou Road / 长寿路店：长寿路408号
Gubei store: 17 Shuicheng Nan Road / 古北店：水城南路17号
Cobra Lily turns into Lady Zombie for Halloween from Friday, October 26 to Sunday, October 28, and again on Wednesday, October 31. For ¥150, you get free flow on all house beers, which you can have with the restaurant’s Asian-inspired dishes.
No. 19, 181 Taicang Road / 太仓路181弄19号
Le Cafe des Stagiaires
Le Cafe des Stagairies takes on Halloween with two events planned. On Saturday, October 27, DJs Tofu and PCJ will be spinning blood-curdling beats, and partygoers who come in costume receive a free shot. Then on Wednesday, October 31, it’s buy-one-get-one-free on pizzas and happy hour prices for wine.
158 Julu Road / 巨鹿路158号
Funka Del Sur
Funka del Sur gives Halloween a Mexican flavor with a party celebrating Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. From 8pm to 10pm, get your face painted like a calavera, the decorative skulls from Mexico made to honor departed loved ones, and the person with the best costume wins a bottle of Diligencias Tequila.
163 Yanping Road / 延平路163号