Looks like a ghoulish Halloween, but it's really just Michael Jackson fans taking part in the Thrill the World event last Sunday at Wanda Plaza.
With Halloween spreading to shores afar faster than smallpox, this weekend we're facing the promise of parties the likes of which we haven't seen in quite some time.
Halloween Warmups | Thursday, October 29
Pumpkin Carving Contest
Kick off the festivities with at the Shamrock with a competition to see who can turn an ordinary pumpkin into the most wicked jack o'lantern. Prizes for the top three pumpkin carvers. Starts at 9 p.m. Participation fee: 20 RMB.
Mooney's Ladies' Night
Not technically a Halloween event, but with free white wine all night for those without a Y chromosome (no proof necessary, apparently), it's worth it to get on down to check out the new house band, Peachy, playing pop covers spanning the last four decades. No cover charge.
Halloween Heatups | Friday, October 30
Haunted Forest Triple Party
Friday's Haunted Forest starts at 7 p.m. at the Sultan Restaurant who's offering an all-you-can-eat buffet along with costumes and makeup for 50 RMB. Guests are then urged to head over to the Blue Caribbean where the partying starts at 9:30 p.m. in Cafe Panam(e) and Panda Club with drink specials, Halloween games and prizes. Entrance: 20 RMB includes drink.
AmCham Halloween Night at Zoo Club
Free drinks and snacks. 9 to 11:30 p.m. Entrance: 50 RMB
Halloween Night | Saturday, October 31
China Garden Trick or Treating
Trick or treating fun for the little ones, organized by the Chengdu International Women's Club. Participants should meet at China Garden section 4 at 6 p.m. to collect a map of houses participating.
Halloween at Hemp House
Local psychedelic rockers Proximity Butterfly headline with DJs Lee and Wu keeping the party going until the late hours of the night. Happy hour 8 to 10 p.m. Entrance: 20 RMB.
Red Hot Devil Party at Mooney's
Games and costume competition with prizes. International band Peachy will keep guests rocking with their reportoire of hits. Starts at 8 p.m. "Red hot" drink specials.
Halloween at Shamrock
DJs Marco and Qin Xiao will keep this costume party going all night. Face painting and festive decor. Prizes for the best costume. Starts at 9:30 p.m. No cover charge.
Halloween at Nanuna
DJs A Zhi and Entz will rock Nanuna. Half-price drinks midnight to 1 a.m. Starts at 9 p.m. Entrance: 70 RMB (women), 90 RMB (men).
Halloween at Jambo Africa House
Costume party. Friday, October 30, 9 p.m. Entrance: 10 RMB or free for those in costume.
Vera Napoli Halloween Dinner Special
Bordeaux or special Halloween drink, appetizer, Bloody Mary soup, main course, and pumpkin mousse dessert. Starts at 86 RMB for two people. Friday and Saturday.