The dress-up in costume custom is equally popular with kids as well. Most kids decide on their costume for Halloween well in advance as they look forward to bagging mounds of candy on their ‘trick or treat’ expeditions around their residential complexes on Halloween.
All over Hong Kong, apartment complexes send letters to their residents beforehand to ask if they wish to participate in the ‘trick or treat’ custom, a time-honored tradition of Halloween. If residents want to join, they usually indicate their choice and then stock up on candy to hand out to the young folk who make the rounds.
Hong Kong with its plethora of steel, cement and glass towers is a modern metropolis but the city’s many nooks, and crannies have many a tale to tell, and the city is quite a hotbed of paranormal activity. Hong Kong has several famed ‘haunted’ locales, many of which date back to the era of the Second World War and the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.
The pulsating district of Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island which apart from being a nightlife haunt is one such spooky spot. Guided ghost-themes lead tourists and paranormal activity enthusiasts through the crowded and busy alleyways of Wan Chai to explore buildings like Nam Koo Terrace, a two-story,colonial-era brick edifice on trendy Ship Street that served as a brothel during the Second World War and was home to ‘comfort women.’ Residents of the area report hearing screams and cries emitting from the abandoned building in the dead of the night and consider it ‘haunted.'
Other similar eerie spots on the trail include the locale of the erstwhile Old Wan Chai market whose basement was a makeshift mortuary during the war and the Star Street air raid shelter, a network old wartime tunnels located near Electric Street. Residents who live here claim to have experienced various supernatural events here in the 1980’s.