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I’ve got a costume: where do I go now?

A new fashionable tweak of Seoul’s Halloween party scene this year comes down to one frightening question: how did cowboys spend Halloween night?
Miggi Chi, one of the capital’s better-known party planners, encourages weekend partiers to gear up in their most chic Western cowboy or Indian fashion or Halloween creatures for Saturday night at the W Seoul Hotel in eastern Seoul. While the most trendy and stylish contend for prizes, including a Levi’s outfit and overnight stays at the W Hotel, Korean DJs Jinwook and Jinu will pump up a cauldron of frightfully funky and progressive house music.
On the other, darker, side of town is M2 in the Hongdae area, northwest of Seoul, which hosts its annual costume party backed by resident DJs, including Unkle, Yeon Jun and Baram. The highlight is the spooky drag queen show at 1 a.m., with cash prizes for the best dressed; the first-prize winner will bring home 500,000 won ($490) plus a three-month membership at California Fitness Center.

In between Walkerhill and Hongdae are the always jubilant Itaewon bars, where foreign vampires can quench their blood-thirst and reunite with long-lost souls. Just put on your costume and join the dead.
Not too far from Itaewon is where Korea’s first Halloween party originated. The Grand Hyatt Hotel’s J.J. Mahoney’s own festival of the macabre, since 1988, continues to haunt the zombified ― complete with double-whammy parties, tonight and tomorrow night. The hotel is offering a Halloween special one-night package for 200,000 won, which includes two tickets to J.J.’s party.
Also tonight, Bobby London at the Lotte Hotel Seoul in downtown Seoul will host a dance party, Halloween quiz, a magic show and lucky draws. The Peninsula restaurant on the hotel’s first floor offers a special buffet with unlimited beer and wine tasting, as well as a costume parade, games and lucky draws. O’Kim’s, at the Westin Chosun hotel, is also having a Halloween bash. Events include “Couple Mummy Wrapping,” a costume contest, lucky draws and more.
Tomorrow night, the Areno club in the Millennium Seoul Hilton Hotel will turn into a dungeon of creepy crawlies staffed by scary Halloween creatures. A live band, Fusion Band, will play hip hop, R&B and blues, starting at 7 p.m.
Across the Han river, Hunter’s Tavern inside the Grand InterContinental Seoul Hotel, hosts a dance party tonight. The pub will hold face paintings and costume competitions. Di Moda at the JW Marriott Hotel will host “Halloween Rock Festival” where patrons can rock along with talented indie bands, One Shot and Mom. HP Korea will set up a photo printing booth where people can have their photos printed on the spot.

by Ines Cho

Additional reporting by Cho Jae-eun

“Halloween Rock Festival” Di Moda in the JW Marriott Hotel in Seocho-gu from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The cost is 20,000 won ($19) and includes one Budweiser. Contact (02) 6262-6762 or www.jw-marriott.co.kr.

“Halloween Dance Party” Hunter’s Tavern at the Grand InterContinental hotel in Gangnam-gu from 8 p.m. Free, but soft drinks and beer start at 7,000 won. Contact (02) 559-7619 or seoul-coex.intercontinental.com.

“Halloween Party” Bobby London in the Lotte Hotel in Junggu from 7 p.m. No admission fee. Contact (02) 771-1000 or www.lottehotel.co.kr.

“Happy Halloween & Magic Party” M Bar at the Mayfield Hotel in Gangseo-gu from 8 p.m. Contact (02) 6090-5657 or www.mayfield.co.kr.

“The House of the Dead” O’Kim’s at the Westin Chosun hotel in Junggu from 6:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Door prize and Halloween cocktail are 20,000 won. Contact (02) 317-0378 or www.echosunhotel.com

“Wild West Halloween” Woobar at the W Seoul Hotel from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Costs 30,000 won, but includes one drink. Contact (02) 544-3467 or swaypro@hotmail.com

“Magical Halloween in a Haunted House” M2 in Hongdae, includes free admission to Club Q-Vo, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Costs 15,000 won before 10:30 p.m.; 20,000 won after. Contact (02) 3143-7573 or www.ohoo.net.

“Halloween Party 2005” JJ Mahoney’s at the Grand Hyatt Seoul from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Costs 40,000 won at the door; 35,000 in advance; 30,000 for JJ’s Ladies Members, and includes Illy coffee and Krispy Creme donuts. Contact (02) 799-8601.

“Halloween Party” Areno in the Millennium Seoul Hilton hotel in Junggu from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Free. Contact (02) 317-3244 or www.hilton.co.kr.
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