Halloween is right around the corner, and we’re here to help you get the most out of this autumn festival. Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos have roots based in celebrating the harvest and honoring the dead. Here in Vietnam, however, we tend to focus on dressing up, eating candy, and having fun watching scary movies!
Let’s go through some of our recommendations below!
1. Looking for a terrifying time with a group of friends?
Check out one of HCMC’s escape rooms! Have a go at Inside Xcape in Phu Nhuan District. Bring a group of friends to work your way through the puzzles. You could also try Real Escape in District 10, which has some spooky offerings on hand. Remember to bring a Vietnamese friend to help with ticket booking and some of the puzzles inside. Many of the modern shopping malls around town will also have halloween themed decorations and events.
2. Want to watch a frightening flick?
Another fun Halloween activity is getting scared on the big screen. Grab some popcorn and your best friends and get ready to jump out of your seat! Creepy creatures have long been part of this festive season. Check out our recommendations below:
Haunting theaters this month:
- The Nun 2 adds some depth to the ‘Conjuring’ universe.
- Saw X finds John Kramer delivering even more gruesome torture.
- The Exorcist: Believer picks up where the original left off in this sequel to the 1973 classic.
Classics that will still give you a fright:
- Scream (1996) A classic killer that skillfully rides the line between cheesy and scary.
- The Shining (1980) A haunting and unsettling chronicle of a family man’s psychological breakdown.
- 28 Days Later (2002) This zombie flick revitalized (get it?) the zombie genre.
This Halloween, revisit a favorite spooky movie, or maybe scare yourself with something new!
3. Ready to dress up and have a night on the town?
Bui Vien Street in District 1 is sure to be packed with revelers ready to dance the night away. Nguyen Hue Walking Street will also have tons of people in costumes and is a great place to stroll around, grab a coffee and watch the creatures pass by.
For something more off-the-wall, Vietnam Pro Wrestling will be hosting Brawl Hallow’s Eve! Root for your favorite monsters as they hit the ropes!
If you’re looking forward to some spooky sips, The Intercontinental will be having a Halloween-themed Gin Festival. Sky 9 Bar in Thao Dien will be hosting a Spooktacular Bash!
Most importantly, have some Halloween fun at your VUS campus! This year the VUS Halloween 2023 theme will be Funtasy Land! Many of the younger learners will dress up as vampires, witches, princesses, Iron Men, you name it! Throw on a costume yourself and have some fun in the classroom; your students will love it!
We hope you enjoy this haunted Halloween season as it continues to grow in popularity here in Vietnam. Have tons of fun, and don’t forget to share pictures of your experiences!
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