First, I have to mention how lucky we are to be in a country that has taken the pandemic seriously from the start. With 500 cases total over time, and close to 0 cases daily (compared to a total of 8.32M in the United States and 93,000 cases in Japan) Taiwan has been able to live relatively normally, while still practicing and enforcing social distancing measures.
Masks have been required in public spaces and transportation for most of the year, you can’t enter a Breeze elevator without a mask, and if you ride an Uber mask-less you’ll be given a warning from Uber-Taiwan; 2 more of those and your account will be suspended. There are alcohol sanitation boxes everywhere, alcohol spray in 7/11’s, dispensers at the entrances of malls and offices. There’s also temperature checks in most public spaces, many automated. I don’t think I’ve gone a day without my temperature being checked.
All these precautions may seem extra, but it is because of them, as well as a myriad of other factors, that has led Taiwan to have one of the least Covid cases worldwide.
All that to lead up to one of my favorite celebrations of the year, Halloween. Because of Taiwan’s precautions, we’ve been able to have more and more events towards the end of the year. This Halloween, there are a couple events hosted outdoors and in larger public spaces. Visitors are still encouraged to wear masks with temperature checks before entering. Here are some of the events happening around the city:
*If you are feeling ill please stay home. Please wear a mask and wash your hands regularly!
Movies are one of the better parts of spooky season, the list of amazing horror movies is endless! This year, Belly Comfort Food and Top Shelf Games is hosting a movie marathon in their large bar! On top of that there will be their usual games, drinks, and food! (Try their tacos!)
For Halloweek, Oopsy Daisy has teamed up with 8 fantastic bars around Taipei for a Halloween special bar hop! Collect 3 stamps in a row from each bar for free entry into Chess Club’s Halloween party. Participating bars: On Tap, ChunMix, What Do You Think, Eside Bond, G.O.A.T, Le Kief, Mr. Bean, and John Sakamoto.
The Hive is one of Taipei’s coworking spaces focused on building a community within the city. They regularly schedule fun events with creators, crafters, and more, and this halloween are throwing a spooky party with games, prizes, food and snacks.
The largest beer festival in Taipei is launching on Halloween! Start your drinking early with over 20+ breweries at the Ximen Red House.
The largest halloween party year over year, Resurrected knows what a proper halloween event needs. Set in a temple, up a mountain top, the outdoor festivities opens up for crazy costumes, performances, and a lineup of DJ’s playing a wide range of fun music. This year, they’re hosting with Bouncy Babs and throwing amazing drag and runway competitions. Bring your best costumes to their costume contest as they’re giving out prizes totaling 20,000ntd!
The Mad Hatter’s Halloween Party
This event is hosted by Urban Asia who regularly throw DJ-focused parties. Add the multi-space themed location, with characters from Taipei’s theater cocktail bar, and you’ve got a fantastic Halloween party.
Date: 30 – 31 October 2020
Time: 6 – 11:55pm
Location: ParkLife Drinking Room
Price: Free Entry
Parklife is a recently renovated bar in Zhongshan. With a skate ramp, vintage pinball machines, a gaming station, AND pool table! This halloween, they’re throwing a costume party with themed halloween drinks and a live DJ.