Two days left for souls of the dead to roam about the Earth. I can almost hear “Trick or treat?” in that slow, creepy voice that is a clue that there’s no innocent kid on the other side of that door. Sitting indoors that night with a chill running down my spine each time I hear a knock on the door? So not for me!
If you’re scared too, catch me at any one of these places:
5. Bloody Banquet: LIV, Kalaghoda
You can join me here on Saturday night to feel safe but I promise you, it will be shot-lived. What they’re choosing to call the Harry Shotters-Bloody Banquet, is going to be full of masks, mood music and mind-fogging shots. If, indeed, there are ghosts lurking around, shots like Sectum Sambuca and Dementor could make anyone look pretty to you within seconds, even He Who Must Not Be Named.
4. Horrific Halloween: Harry’s Bar + Café, all outlets
Going on since the 20th of October, this terror fest will not end till Sunday night. To put it in their words, they’re inviting everyone to ‘enjoy poisonous meals, throat-burning drinks, and terrorizing games, and make dreadful memories that will haunt you for the rest of your life.’ Well, I might just go here to enjoy Halloween as if ‘twere but my last! Want to return the favour and give them nightmares? You can go in a Kali Mata get-up or as one of the Indian demons.
3. Spooky Halloween Party: Romano’s JW Marriott, Sahar
Right! What’s going to spook me here? The dancing? The authentic Italian dishes such as chicken Polpette, lamb shank Romana style, red snapper with olive, basil and cherry tomato, and pork belly with apple sauce? The bottle of fine Moet Chandon from Romano’s that I’m going to get for being the best dressed one out there? Well, let’s just say, it might be the Halloween spirits haunting everyone there on that fateful Saturday night, such as Emergency Operation, Psycho and Devil potion. Or it might be the frighteningly delicious macaroon spider, ghost lolly pops, blooded raspberry cupcakes, pretzel bones, tiramisu in coffin and chocolate marzipan witches broom killing us sweetly.
2. The Haunted Terrace: Opa Bar & Café, Sakinaka
This 12000 sq ft terrace promises to show you the time of your life and you’ll owe it all to them. The ambiance is going to be eerie enough to even scare the souls, this grim Saturday night. And if that doesn’t work, the people there could be having so much fun here that the ghouls are scared off by the sounds of them shrieking, while merrymaking, like a banshee.
1. Haunted House: Bungalow 9, Bandra West
What’s scarier than the carved Jack O’ Lantern, who would frighten away the unwanted? The Pied Piper who would leave you no choice but to follow his tune. Bungalow 9’s DJ’s Keylow & Punkflop are prepared to make your bones rattle and your teeth chatter in on beat. Also, taking from the movies, ghosts seem to have progressed to mind games, so haunted houses might just have the old, tired ones.
Now, these are the places where I would prefer to get my goosebumps, rather than in the quiet of my own home. Then again, you could don the #BadBeti look or its male counterpart and be the spooksperson of the evening anywhere you go.
How to Get There:
LIV, Kala Ghoda
Where: Above Khyber, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai
Contact: 022 66346247 | 022 66346248
Timings: All days, 9PM to 1:30AM
Cost: ₹2,00 for two people (VAT & service charges extra)
Harry’s Bar + Café
Timings: All days, 12PM to 1AM
Cost: ₹1,400 for two people (VAT & service charges extra)
Rommano’s, JW Marriott, Sahar
Where: JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, IA Project Road, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Sahar, Chakala, Mumbai
Contact: 022 33956233
Timings: All days, 6:30PM to 11:30PM
Cost: ₹4000 for two people (VAT & service charges extra)
Opa Bar & Café, Sakinaka
Where: Hotel Peninsula Grand, Rooftop, Opposite Sakinaka Metro Station, Andheri Airport Road, Sakinaka, Mumbai
Contact: 022 33951560
Timings: All days, 4:30AM to 2PM
Cost: ₹1700 for two people (VAT & service charges extra)
Bungalow 9, Bandra West
Where: 9, St John Baptist Road, Near Lilavati Hospital, Reclamation, Bandra West
Contact: 022 33956170
Timings: 12Pm to 1AM
Cost: ₹2,600 for two people (VAT & service charges extra)