From what used to be the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain two thousand years ago—when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to keep ghosts away—Halloween, believed to be a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening, has become a fun celebration in modern times. Whereas the Celts wanted to ward off spirits hovering around the environs, Halloween is now celebrated for tricks, treats and laughter.
Today, The Manila Times lists down the boos and booze, treats, parties and even destinations to search for during the ‘spookiest’ time of the month.
Munch and ghoul-y parties
Thrilling nights await at Holiday Inn’s Bar One this Halloween with excitingly creepy cocktails like the Morgue-a-rita, Bloody Vampire Mary, Poison Ivy, Frankenstein Eye, Piña Ghoul-ada, Witches Brew, and Vampire Kiss Martini. Take advantage of limited-only Buy 1 Take 1 offer and pair them with signature bar chows. This special Halloween treat is available until October 31. Call 633-7111 for inquiries and reservations.
Marriott’s Chef Fil Afable and pastry enchanters have come up with both eerie and charming goodies to fill in your pumpkin bags like spider web cakes, ghost cupcakes and graveyard brownies, among others, available at Marriott Café Bakery until October 31. Not only that, vamp up the kids in out-of-this-world costumes and indulge in thrilling lunch boo-ffet and fang-tastic loot bags at Marriott’s Hallow’s Eve celebration. For inquiries, advance orders and reservations, call (02) 9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com.
@Acacia Hotel Manila
Kids and kids at heart are invited to the Creepy Circus Halloween party on October 31 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Grand Acacia Ballroom complete with a kid friendly brunch buffet, live entertainment, games, loot bags, and trick or treating. Another option is to spend the Hollow’s Eve with a luxurious retreat by booking the ‘Creepy Circus’ room package. For room reservations call 720-2000 or visit www.acaciahotelsmanila.com.
@The Bellevue Manila
The premiere 5-star hotel in the Southern Metro offers a buffet feast not for the faint of heart and weak stomach. The hotel’s Café d’Asie offers its very own Spooky Buffet on October 31. For inquiries, call 771-8181.
A zany bunch of characters meet the family at Diamond Hotel’s “Spooky Family Halloween.” From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. kids can feast on their favorite goodies, a chockfull of exciting magical activities and find their fortune at the grand raffle draw where a Samsung Gear VR is up for grabs.
For ticket inquiries, call 528-3000 ext. 8461
@Eastwood Richmonde Hotel
Come party with eerie shapes and shadows that lurk in the night at “The Curse Of Darkness Halloween Kiddie Party,” happening on October 30 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom. The kids and kids-at-heart will surely have an afternoon full of frenzy with various activities and attractions. Special prizes and awards also await kids and parents with the best Halloween costumes.
For inquiries and reservations, call 570-7777.
Get spellbound and join the magical world of pirates and pixies on October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Infinity Ballroom. Exciting activities and thrilling treats awaits the whole family like balloon twisting, photo booth, donut decorating, games, restaurant discounts and access to trick and treat stations.
For inquiries and reservations, call 908-7888.
Sweet treats and fashion feats
@J.Co Donuts & Coffee
No tricks, just pure treats on this year’s “Spooktacular Halloween” in three special Halloween-themed donuts namely, Cranky Frankie (filled with avocado cream), Coco Mummy (with dark chocolate) and Mr. Stitch-O (with Oreo, white chocolate and cream cheese). Spooktacular Halloween Treats are available until November 2.
The selection of flavors in the Halloween 2016 Doughnuts has something for every sweet tooth—there’s the Halloween Sprinkles, the Spider Web, the Mummy, Frankie, Pumpkin and Skeleton doughnuts complete with everybody’s favorite filling and icing! And for some texture in your bite, get the Worms loaded with gummies. Offer runs until November 1.
@ Toy Kingdom
Halloween fun comes to the new generation of trick or treat-sters with spooky costumes, fright suits, and scary stuff that will thrill and chill. There are Power Suits inspired by the Star Wars saga as well as fright suits that transform boys into little horrors of vampires, zombies and wolves. Fa-Boo-lous Fashion meanwhile shows Halloween’s sweet and magical side (ballerina, mermaid, angel, among others). Finally, the Wonder Wings and Dainty Dazzlers collections will bring to the land of fairies.
The latest collections of Halloween treats are available at all Toy Kingdom Stores.
@Nickelodeon’s ‘Takotown: Fright Express’
The annual epic Halloween venture is back. Happening at SM Megamall, Megatrade Hall 2 on October 31 at 2 p.m., Nickelodeon fans—young and old—get to take part in a day full of fun and surprises, especially on a Terror Tour at this year’s Spook Station. The Spook Station offers a ton of unique and thematic areas, making the trip inside the Nickelodeon haunted structure a blast. Appearances by Nickelodeon’s well-known characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, and PAW Patrol’s Chase and Marshall also await participants.
Visit nick-asia.com/frightexpress for complete details.
@Enchanted Kingdom’s Ghost Buster
Brace yourselves as the famous theme park, Enchanted Kingdom, opens the first Ghostbusters Adventure Live! Memorable movie scenes and characters will welcome the undaunted guests in the walk-through space. The actors, who have undergone their training under the renowned “Scare School”, will be the masterpieces of the zone as they will give suspense, excitement and tons of scary fun in the whole tract.
@Makati’s Spooky Halloween Town
Scary ghouls and goblins, jack-o-lanterns and witches will descend upon Paseo de Roxas, Makati on October 23. From 3 p.m. until 9 p.m., Paseo de Roxas, the stretch adjacent to the Ayala Triangle Gardens, will become a giant Halloween village where children and their parents to the event grounds in their Halloween costumes. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit makeitmakati.com for details.