Halloween proves spooky good in Pattaya

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(Above) Pattaya Deputy Mayor Poramet Ngampichet poses on stage with the Zombie Zumba participants and local dignitaries.
(Above) Pattaya Deputy Mayor Poramet Ngampichet poses on stage with the Zombie Zumba participants and local dignitaries.

Dancing zombies and elaborate makeup made Pattaya a scary-good place to be on Halloween.

Deputy Mayor Poramet Ngampichet and city workers got into the spooky spirit at 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 with Zombie Zumba on the Beach. The walking dead to aerobics is not something you see every day.

Pattaya’s epicenter for Halloween fun, Ripley’s World, rolled out the orange-and-black carpet for the occasion again, offering professional “3-D makeup” that added foam, tissue and plastic props to simulate gruesome wounds and blood.

Both Thais and foreigners delighted in getting so made up, but prices were not cheap, with basic makeup starting at 350 baht, costumes at 400-1,200 baht and complete disguises starting at 3,000 baht.

When the witching hour struck, Ripley’s threw open the doors to their haunted house to let all the “ghosts” out to scare guests.

Hotels also got into the spirit with staff dressed up as ghosts and free makeup for guests available at the Hard Rock Hotel. The [email protected] Design Hotel was so excited about Halloween, they began celebrating five days early, decorating the lobby in a horror-fantasy theme.

The Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort hosted their annual costume contest with the “horror night” at the Oasis restaurant featuring a variety of spooky and funny stage performances while guests enjoyed food and drinks.

Even small restaurants around Pattaya did their part, with colorful decorations and staffers in Thai-horror costume from Soi 7 to Soi Arunothai to the Chumsai Community.

At Ban Euaree in Huay Yai, caregiver Eid Saichon and foreign volunteers hosted a Halloween night with 3D makeup for the kids.

While the ghouls and goblins were prevalent at organized activities, they were in shorter supply than normal on Walking Street. Mask and makeup vendors said business was down noticeably from last year, with many tourists citing the high prices for 3-D makeup as their reason to skip dressing up.

Ghosts haunt Ban Euaree on Halloween.
Ghosts haunt Ban Euaree on Halloween.
Zombies invade the Zombie Zumba party in Pattaya.
Zombies invade the Zombie Zumba party in Pattaya.
Local witches break out in their ghoulish dance.
Local witches break out in their ghoulish dance.
Halloween delights at Hard Rock Pattaya.
Halloween delights at Hard Rock Pattaya.
Scary times at the bars along Soi 7 Pattaya Beach Road.
Scary times at the bars along Soi 7 Pattaya Beach Road.
These kids gave us nightmares at Ban Euaree.
These kids gave us nightmares at Ban Euaree.
This little warlock casts a spell on anyone who looks at his hand in this photo.
This little warlock casts a spell on anyone who looks at his hand in this photo.
A little witch pauses for some candy before taking off on her broom.
A little witch pauses for some candy before taking off on her broom.
Walking Street bouncers played the part well.
Walking Street bouncers played the part well.
A nightmarish family takes a break at Ripley’s World.
A nightmarish family takes a break at Ripley’s World.
Loads of ghoulish fun at the Royal Cliff Halloween party.
Loads of ghoulish fun at the Royal Cliff Halloween party.
Ghosts break out in dance at the Vampire and Friends at the Cliff Halloween party.
Ghosts break out in dance at the Vampire and Friends at the Cliff Halloween party.