License to be naughty: Boracay's best Halloween parties

An epic spookfest, full moon party, tapas and dancing, a beachfront fantasy setting for kids, and a super jam with Filipino rock icon Wally Gonzalez...here are some ideas for a great Halloween night out

By Freida Dario-Santiago

Halloween officially opens Boracay Island's high season with a blitz of parties to make your head spin, from Oktoberfests, Spookfests and Boo-fetes, fueled by an infectious frenetic energy. Halloween is, hands-down, everyone’s favorite holiday, with a license to be naughty and to live out your fantasies, not to mention bags full of goodies for kids. The Halloween festivities range from kid-friendly parades and afternoon parties to low-key get-togethers, and progress to pub-crawls and freak shows at the big annual balls that last until sunrise.

So take your pick of the most highly anticipated parties of the year, or join them all and bring only the good vibes!

EPIC Boracay

The writer (center) with her co-judges Angelo Villanueva a.k.a. SupermodelDiva and Ed Aniel a.k.a. Perfect Ed at last year's Epic Boracay Halloween Ball. Photo by Christian delos Santos

"Enchanted at Epic", Boracay's most popular annual Halloween ball, targets serious party revelers and those who love a fancy dress-up, whether it's to spook, keep people entertained, or indulge in fairyland or mardi gras fantasy. Epic hosts the most sought-after Halloween costume contest on the island, so expect a vibrant scene. This year the beachfront will transform into an enchanted forest, perfect for revisiting your favorite childhood fairytales, with magical surprises in store. At the stroke of midnight, Epic reveals the evening’s fiercest costume winners for Best Male, Best Female, Best Couple or Duo, and Best Group! Wicked prizes are in store for those who can cast a spell on the mystery judges! Catch the hottest tunes by guest DJs: The King of Electro and Banging Remixes – DJ Funk Avy and one of the country’s hottest mix masters – Kat DJ, alongside EPIC’s resident DJ Alfred Maligaya and DJ ADN.

October 31, from 9pm until sunrise. Tickets are P700 per person, including 3 drinks. Table rates from P8,000, non-consumable. EPIC Boracay, D'Mall, Station 2, tel +6336 288 1477, mobile +63 917 809 8149, email: info@epicboracay.com

EXIT Bar

Halloween 2014 at Exit Bar. Photo by Jack Jarilla

The hottest dive bar, Exit Bar is a hole-in-the wall where locals and tourists gather to celebrate and share their Boracay adventures and misadventures over cold drinks (cash bar only). On Halloween, expect a beachfront party, featuring music by resident DJs Manster, Tong and Schatz. We suggest making this your first stop unless you decide to start early at Dos Mestizos. As the owners put it, Exit is “The bar where you come to drink with your friends or friendly strangers, where you can have random conversations with people, listen to the newest house music or the oldest rock tunes, a bar for everyone whether you are weird, quirky, annoying, funny, an outcast, a loner, an alcoholic or just a regular beach bum. You'll never feel lonely here! There's always someone stranger than you! Come as a guest, leave as a friend!” Get the picture?

October 31, 9pm until late. Entrance is free. EXIT Bar, beachfront pathway between Red Coconut and The District Hotel

Dos Mestizos Spanish Restaurant & Bar

Halloween at Dos Mestizos. Photo by Abet Jimenez

Each year Dos Mestizos does a twin celebration of its anniversary and Halloween. This year is the restaurant's 10th year. Put your Halloween face and costume on early and come for dinner to enjoy their famous Saturday Tapas Buffet with the Boracay community, and start the festivities with flowing cocktails, dancing to the music of A DJ Called Er (Erwin Edralin). As we like to say in these parts, “Party na!”

October 31, 7pm until late. Tapas buffet is from 7pm to 10pm. Entrance is free. Tapas buffet is at P980+ per person. Dos Mestizos, Calle Remedios, Sitio Manggayad, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, mobile +63 998 993 4634, tel +63 36 288 5786 

Boracay Suncruiser

Sun, sea, and party on board the Boracay Suncruiser this Halloween weekend

 

Boracay Suncruiser is organizing a "Fantasy Island" floating bar and bikini cruise this Halloween weekend, inspired by the American TV series that rocked the airwaves in the 70s and 80s. Come in a party costume (or not). No pressure to dress up as ghouls or party princesses. Just make sure to pack your swimming costume to party, drink, dance, swim, slide, and if you so desire, jump into the waters of Boracay from the two-storey high jump-off pad of the 65-footer outrigger fiberglass Boracay Suncruiser. Enjoy scenic views as the boat cruises around the waters of the island, relaxing sun decks, bewitching dance music by A DJ Called Er (Erwin Edralin), and the Boracay SunCruiser Super Slide™ – the first & only one in Boracay, and the Boracay SunCruiser Jump-Off Pad™. For more on the Boracay Suncruiser, click here.

The Floating Bar and Bikini Cruise will be held on October 30, from 3pm to 6pm, with boarding time at 2pm. Tickets are P1,000 (about US$21) per person, inclusive of the boat's signature "Deep Blue Sea" cocktail, two local cocktails, and onboard light snacks. Tickets are limited so pre-booking is recommended. Party schedule is subject to weather and tide conditions so contact Boracay Suncruiser for the latest updates. Boracay SunCruiser, Boat Station 1, White Beach (in between SeaGaia and Astoria), tel +63917/ 555 8282, email reservations@boracaysuncruiser.com, visit Boracay Suncruiser

Discovery Shores Boracay

Although most resorts on the island will have something special for their in-house and walk-in guests, you and your kids might also enjoy making the rounds and parading with other Boracay kids at this Top ‘Trick or Treat’ hotspot! Halloween events at Discovery Shores have become a tradition for their guests and for Boracay Island’s fun-loving families. This Halloween, prepare for an unforgettable afternoon scream-fest as the resort transforms the beachfront into an enchanted forest inspired by Hollywood’s blockbuster musical fantasy film “Into The Woods”, with thrilling twists for kids of all ages to enjoy. The afternoon of fearsome fun begins with the traditional costume party parade for the entire family where kids and adults get to win prizes for several costume categories. Expect special appearances by familiar fairytale characters and imaginative games all afternoon. There will also be a film screening of "Into the Woods".

Weeklong treats are in store from October 26 leading up to the 31st with kids activities and workshops at 4PM. Admission for "Into the Woods" which opens at 7pm is at P750++ per person, including snacks, giveaways, and activities.Discovery Shores Boracay, Station 1, Barangay Balabag, tel +632 720 8888 or +6336 288 4500, email dsbrsvn@discovery.com.ph

CHARLIE’S Steakhouse & Diner

Known for their ccertified Angus beef steaks, ribs & burgers, a wide selection of imported beers and fine wines, and above all for their nightly live music, Charlie’s is the place to be for an ultimately wicked rock star weekend. Don’t miss Pinoy rock icon, Wally Gonzalez of the legendary Juan de la Cruz band in a “Super Jam” with Louie Tallan of Razorback, the famed singer of KWJAN – Mark Abaya, and Reli de Vera as they rock Boracay on Halloween weekend. Best costume wins a bottle of vodka, so rock it!

October 30 & 31 for the Helloween Wally Gonzalez Super Jam. Strictly by reservation only at P5,000 per table. Charlie's Steakhouse & Diner, YCL Hotel, Main Road, Barangay Balabag, tel +6336 288 1232, mobile +63 998 994 7735

AREA 51 Top Secret Party Facility

Area 51. Photo by Karen Cabrera

Situated away from the party strip, AREA 51 “Top Secret Facility” reinvents what it means to party in Boracay, with an underground vibe where free spirits are allowed to soar in a relaxed and unpretentious party atmosphere, reminiscent of the old Boracay, promising an underground island experience you will not find anywhere else on the island. You've never really partied in Boracay until you've set foot in AREA 51, known for their legendary monthly Jungle Full Moon and Black Moon parties, hosted by none other than the Jungle Boys, distinctive island vibe and incredible music by resident DJs – A DJ Called Er (Erwin Edralin), The Blindside (Reo Mendoza) and Jungle Boy Jack Bates, considered by many locals as “the best DJs in the world”. Their doors open only for special parties and on these special nights.

Come on October 26 for a Full Moon Party and on October 31 for the Halloween Party, from 11pm until sunrise. Door charge is P200 per person, inclusive of one cocktail. Area 51, Lugutan Beach, South of Bulabog Beach; Tel: +6336/ 288 2353

Shangri-la Boracay Resort and Spa

Shangri-la Boracay Resort and Spa is turning into a pirate-fairyland for the kids (and kids at heart) at the resort's Halloween happening, Enchanted Island.

Guests can dine under the stars on the secluded Punta Bunga beach at the Pirate Feast -  a dinner buffet that includes international cuisine and desserts. They can also indulge in a four-course pumpkin menu at the resort's in-house Italian restaurant, Rima. Curated by Italian chef Omar Ugoletti, the menu includes dishes such as pumpkin gnochhi and braised Australian beef with foam of pumpkin.

The pumpkin menu is available from October 22 to October 31. The set menu is priced at P2,000++ per person, or P3,400++ with wine pairing. The Pirate Feast will be held on October 31 from 7pm to 11pm, with the dinner buffet at P1,500++ per person for food only, or P2,000 including free-flowing iced tea, soda, local beers, and house wines. Shangri-la Boracay Resort and Spa, Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island, Aklan; Tel +6336 288 4988; email: restaurantreservations.slbo@shangri-la.com

Published October 2015