Your Halloween candy is more likely to be poisoned by a family member than a stranger. Statistically speaking, that is. We dress up for Halloween to blend in with the dead. The tradition began during the Celtic festival of Samhain, where villagers believed evil spirits would walk the earth, so they’d wear masks as to not be recognised. Divinations come out to play on Halloween night. Many cultures have Halloween superstitions because it’s often considered to be the parting of the veil between worlds.We’re all practicing Wiccans on Halloween. Black cats, spiders, and bats aren’t just fun spooky objects to throw around. Rather, they all tie to Wiccan practices, and let’s not forget that it’s still the religion’s New Year. Jack-o-lanterns symbolises a denizen of the netherworld. They’re thought to be named after a character called Stingy Jack, whose ill-advised encounter with the devil landed him in limbo. Black cat sacrifices still happen every year. For this reason, many animal shelters do not allow the adoption of black cats leading up to Halloween. Haunted house visitors are the real monsters. Employees of haunted houses report numerous attacks every year, as customers are known to punch, kick, and even bite those who scare them. Vaccine is the real vampire slayer. Medical historians have found evidence that public perceptions of vampires may stem more rabies outbreaks. Halloween colours are more morbid than you think. While orange represents the fall harvest, black represents the death of summer.The idea of witchcraft is a reflection of social marginalisation. Throughout history, women branded as witches were usually social outcasts – also reflected by their signature broomsticks. Dating back to The Salem Witchcraft Trials is the prime example of this. Americans spend around USD 350 million just on pet costumes every year. Whatever happened to DIY?
Spooked yet? Put your composure to the test at our HAUNTED GARAGE Halloween Party next week! (No biting please)
We're teaming up with Yelp to bring you a night of eerie costumes, skin-crawling activities, gory BOO-ze, and scream-worthy treats.
Also introducing Garager Skott Taylor, who will be performing live as a part of Garage Band!
Sponsored by La Chouette, Food Panda, and Cellar Master Wines.
Garagers | FREE Non-Garagers | HKD 80
***Spaces are limited, so RSVP NOW if you dare...
As part of our #BeTheChange series, we sit down and discuss how people and business have evolved, with change-makers in our Garage Community.
This week, we sit down with Michelle Hong, co-founder of Rooftop Republic, a social enterprise on a mission to introduce the joys of urban farming to the city folk of Hong Kong.
Rooftop Republic has been part of the Garage Community since 2018, and they have a rooftop farm on the terrace of our Wan Chai Lockhart space.
It was great to catch up with Michelle over sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and the joys of growing your own food.
The advent of user-friendly e-commerce tools has made starting your own small business easier than ever.
With so many people embarking on their entrepreneurial journey, we thought we’d give you a reminder on how to support small, local business owners.
We encourage everyone to be conscious consumers - whether this means voting with your dollar for locally farmed vegetables, or writing a positive review for the indie coffee shop in your neighbourhood.
Here are a few ideas to get started:
As part of our focus on growth, we asked the Garage Community what areas they would like they spend more time developing. It was very clear that you all wanted to dedicate more time to your mental and physical health!
Considering that Hong Kongers have some of the longest working hours in the world, it’s important to carve out some time for yourself.
Here is a comprehensive wellbeing toolkit with guides, recommendations, and resources for bettering your mind and body.
Want to take part in this month's Community Survey? Click here.