10 Alternative Things To Do This Halloween

No clichéd devil horns necessary.


(SPOT.ph) Tired of the usual costume parties and trick-or-treating? Here are alternative Halloween activities guaranteed to give you different levels of spook this year.



Escape a mystery room.

Fulfill your fantasies of being a detective or the star of a horror flick. Mystery rooms, also known as live escape games, lock up participants in a horror- or mystery-themed room, where the objective is to escape in 60 minutes or less by looking for clues and solving puzzles—all while avoiding getting frightened to death. For Halloween, we suggest Mystery Manila’s Sinister Sensorium, Debby’s Doll, and Rebecca’s Revenge; and Breakout Philippines’ Motel 13, Clown House, and The Walking Dead.


Mystery Manila has three branches—Century City Mall Makati, Jupiter Makati, and Libis Quezon City, while Breakout Philippines has three branches—Paragon Plaza, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, and Serendra, Bonifacio Global City. Rate is P400 to P650 per head depending on the branch, room, and number of players.




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Be a Ghostbuster—sans the gear.

There’s something strange that just arrived in Enchanted Kingdom. “The Ghostbusters Adventure: Live!” is the latest walk-through horror house with “scarers” trained at EK’s Scare School. While we’re bummed out that the attraction doesn’t let us wear a Ghostbuster uniform or carry our own proton pack, we’re still excited to see the sets inspired by the recent movie remake.


“The Ghostbusters Adventure: Live!” officially opens in Enchanted Kingdom on October 15. Tickets cost P100 per ride. See here for the park schedule.





Catch a horror movie marathon.

Too lazy to head out? Stay indoors with a friend or two and binge-watch movies and TV series of the terror and zombie kind. See here and here for our top recommendations that you can find online.




Organize a sleuthing night.

Gather eight or more of your friends for a role-playing, life-sized version of Cluedo. Murder Manila can help you organize a private party where each person is assigned a role, background story, and character motive before heading to the party in a private venue (ex. You are all attending your high school reunion in a hotel function room). As the party unfolds, you find out that there is a murderer among you and you need to use your sleuthing skills to figure out whodunit. But if you’re the murderer, you better play your cards right to avoid getting caught.



Murder Manila has two organized mysteries available—“Revenge at the Reunion” and “Murder at the Mansion.” Price starts at P8,000 for eight people and P500 per additional head.




Fight underworld creatures.

Wizards Gallery in Mall of Asia is a walk-through shooting range where you get to fight scary creatures from the underworld with your laser wand. A little warning: Contrary to the name, it’s not as pleasant as a Harry Potter movie. The dark gallery is filled with goblins, skeletons, dragons, and demons that might be too frightening for younger kids.


Wizards Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the ground floor of SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Tickets are P250 per person. Children below seven years old need adult supervision.





Go on a classic horror ride.

Vampires and wizards have nothing on our mangkukulam, manananggal, white lady, and kapre. Experience the elements of Filipino horror folklore by visiting Star City’s “Gabi ng Lagim." If you want something even more old-school, then look for the seasonal perya in your neighboring provinces. They usually pop up during the week of the town fiesta.


Star City is at CCP Manila, Roxas Boulevard Manila. 




Run in a Halloween-themed marathon.

Here’s a twist to the usual trick-or-treating: Run a marathon in costume while trying to grab candies from zombies. SM By The Bay’s Nightmare Run will be held on October 30 and is a combination of a 3k fun run, Zumba dance party, and family-friendly Halloween event.


SM By The Bay’s Nightmare Run is on October 30. Tickets are P800 each, and it includes a singlet, race bib, finisher medal, and pumpkin pouch. Available at SM Tickets.





Join a cemetery tour or ghost walk.

Ivan Man Dy of Old Manila Walks takes tourists on walking tours regularly, and one of his specialties is the Chinese Cemetery walking tour, which features famous burial spots and mausoleums of the rich. Another option is to contact the members of the Center for Paranormal Studies for your own private Ghost Walking Tour in Intramuros, where they take you to places of paranormal sightings at night. The main agenda isn’t to scare you, but to share with you stories of the people that once lived there. Experiencing actual paranormal sightings is just a bonus.


The Chinese Cemetery Tour by Old Manila Walks is P750 per head and lasts for two and a half hours. The Intramuros Ghost Walk by the Center for Paranormal Studies is P250 per head and lasts for three hours.





Go on a theme park vacation in Asia.

The undas break is good excuse to fly out of the country. If you have the budget for a quick Asian getaway, try visiting the popular amusement parks of our neighboring countries. They’ve all been transformed into Halloween wonderlands this October. There’s Halloween Fest at Ocean Park Hong Kong, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore, Halloween Time at Disneyland Hong Kong, Brick-or-Treat at Legoland Malaysia, and Happy Halloween and Horror Nights at Everland Korea. Take your pick.




Watch a horror play.

Produced by the College of St. Benilde and Taxi Theater, Mulagat is a horror play that uses multi-sensory elements to give the viewers an exciting thrill. The plot: Graduating architecture student Nico wakes up in the middle of the night hearing strange sounds coming from the hallway of his condo. There, he sees a young girl looking for her brother. The story unfolds into a series of spine-chilling revelations. But heed this warning from Taxi Theater: “The play is not for the weak-hearted. Persons with heart conditions, fear of the dark, sensitivity to strobe lighting, and phobias toward the supernatural are not advised to watch this play. Watch it at your own risk.” Duly noted!



Mulagat is showing on October 14, 15, 16, 21 to 23, and 28 to 29, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at SDA Black Box Theater, 6/F Benilde School of Design and Arts Campus, Malate, Manila. Tickets are at P500 each. For inquiries, visit Taxi Theater’s Facebook page.


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