Hongkongers love any excuse to put on fancy dress and don on a fun costume, especially when it comes to Halloween and the Hong Kong Sevens (see our list of the best rugby Sevens outfits if you need inspiration). Yet although the city has no shortage of giant shopping malls and fun street markets, it can be tough to find a decent outfit to fit the occasion. Here’s our round-up of the best shops and places to find outfits, as well as props and party supplies. By Olivia Lai
Hong Kong’s best costume shops
Ballet tutus, traditional Chinese robes, kid’s costumes and other goofy outfits, Fortune Costume has got it all. The shop offers rental costumes, particularly if you’re looking for a more elaborate stage look, and a great selection of dancewear. Shop online if TST is too far out of the way (we know what you’re like, Island residents), though the shop itself offers a much larger selection.
A one-stop shop to satisfy all your Halloween garb needs. With more than 2,000 costumes available – anything from a classic witch’s outfit to complete superhero costume – get ready to hunt down your favourite. Offering sizes from baby to XXL, there’s no shortage of wigs, face paint and other accessories either.
The iconic stone slabs street is a favourite amongst Central residents for a quick spot of last-minute costume shopping. Stalls selling costumes and props line both sides of the street, offering outrageous props and popular costumes for any occasion. Hats, capes, wigs, feather boas – you name it, Pottinger Street has it all. Visit all the different shops before picking the cheapest option. There’re plenty of party supplies available as well.
If you’re looking to top it up a notch for your costume this year, House of Sirens is definitely the place to check out. They got couture costumes ranging from the Gatsby era, Carnival themed (not the circus!), Burlesque, to even the Chinese era like the Qing Dynasty. You can visit their website for costume pictures or go their store in Central for a wider selection range.
China’s biggest online retailer is the best place to find outrageous and obscure costumes at amazingly low prices. Taobao offers a wide variety of products – we’re talking hundreds of thousands – and provides deliveries within the week. The only downside is the website is all in Chinese, so try to navigate your way through or beg a friend to help.