A guide to Seoul's best Halloween haunts

By Kim So-yeon
  • Published : Oct 26, 2017 - 17:53
  • Updated : Oct 26, 2017 - 18:02

It’s that time of the year again when people get excited about their costumes and stores put out the usual pumpkins and skeletons to promote their wares specially prepared for Halloween.

Though Halloween is not a holiday traditionally celebrated in Korea, it has now become yet another excuse to party.

A scene from the 2016 box office hit “Train to Busan” will come alive at LetsRun Park Seoul in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province on Saturday.

“Zombie Run Halloween Festival” engages its participants, dubbed “runners,” in a “deadly” chase with a batch of zombies. The 3-kilometer race will consist of different sections such as an obstacle race, a race against the clock and the “romance” section. 

People participate in a Zombie Run event on June 3 in Incheon. (Zombie Run Korea)
The participants will also be able to pay to get special Halloween makeup done to look like the Joker, Harley Quinn, a zombie or wounded. They will also be able to attend after parties at two clubs in Gangnam, southern part of Seoul, for free. 

For those lonely souls on the spooky night, GS Engineering & Construction Corp. will be hosting “Romantic Halloween,” a matchmaking event at Gran Seoul in Gwanghwamun, downtown Seoul on Saturday.

A total of 300 working singles aged between 25 and 35 will get to freely roam the eight restaurants inside the Gran Seoul mall in groups of two.

Once they enter a restaurant, the seats will be arranged so that two men and two women are seated together at a table and encouraged to talk. There is a time limit of 45 minutes for every restaurant visited. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Embracing the Halloween theme, the event will also feature a business card lucky draw from jack-o‘-lantern and photo-taking events with staff dressed up as zombies and ghosts.

Participants of the 7th Romantic Gran Seoul event network with each other at a restaurant in Gwanghwamun in downtown Seoul. (Saemip)
Cosplay is definitely a key part of the Halloween. D Museum in Hannam-dong, Seoul joins the Halloween fever with its “Museum Halloween Week” from Oct. 27 to 31.

During the period, visitors in Halloween costumes can enter the museum’s “Plastic Fantastic” exhibition for free.

Also, visitors who post their photos in Halloween poses on their social media accounts with hashtags #DMuseum and #MuseumHalloweenWeek, get the chance to receive special Halloween edition slimes from Slime Goodie. The slimes will be presented to 25 visitors everyday on a first-come-first-served basis.

“Great Korean Beer Festival 2017” in Yongsan, Seoul, will feed the hungry souls with food and craft beer.

The beer festival brings together popular craft beers from all over the country such as Gangwon, Busan and Jeju, and from overseas as well, including the US and the Czech Republic.

Alongside the beers will be snacks from restaurants such as Spain Club, Jilhal Bros, California Pizza Kitchen and Mad Fisherman.

The festival will also feature a Halloween costume contest where the winners will earn prizes worth 1 million won ($889.5) in total.

The festival will run from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. 

“Lotty‘s Halloween Party Parade” at Lotte World Adventure (Lotte World Adventure)
Dubbed the lands of dream and fantasy, amusement parks are also ready to welcome visitors with spooky Halloween events and decorations.

Lotte World Adventure in Seoul is holding “Horror Halloween 2: He’s Back” festival until Nov. 5. During the day, the park features the “Cute Halloween” theme under which the visitors get to play with mischievous ghosts. After 6 p.m. a full-blown “Horror Halloween” takes place in various places throughout the park.

Everland Resort, located in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, is providing its visitors with the Halloween experience under three different themes: Real Horror, Happy Halloween and Virtual Horror. The festival runs until Nov. 5.

A promotional poster for "Halloween Night Pool Party" at Lotte City Hotel Mapo (Lotte City Hotel Mapo)
Major hotels in town are also gearing up for wild Halloween parties.

Lotte City Hotel Mapo will hold “Halloween Night Pool Party” on Friday which will feature a blood-red indoor pool decorated with Halloween props and cocktails in blood packs.

Pub restaurant Gran*A in Grand Ambassador Seoul will throw Halloween-themed parties on Saturday and Sunday, during which it will hold “Mystery Singer of Happy Halloween party,” a singing contest in which the contenders wear masks while singing.

Food and drinks are the name of the game in parties. At the “2017 Halloween Party” in Intercontinental Seoul Coex on Friday, guests will be served Halloween special dishes such as Halloween-themed desserts and roasted pumpkin, with unlimited wine and beer.

Decorations for Halloween Party at Intercontinental Seoul Coex (Intercontinental Seoul Coex)
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