Diamond Hotel

THE Diamond Hotel Philippines welcomes children of all ages to Count Dracula’s lavishly luxurious lair where monsters of all kinds party the night away. Featuring the animated movie Hotel Transylvania, where monsters go to get away from it all, discover a different world and meet a new circle of friends (or fiends) at the Diamond Ballroom on Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event tickets go for P1,000 net per person inclusive of a snack box, a loot bag, and activities. Guests have a chance to win a Nintendo Switch with a Joy-Con in the Grand Raffle Draw. Meet the Frankensteins, the Werewolves, and a whole spooky bunch over games and treats including Trick or Treat around the hotel, face painting, glitter tattoo, arts and crafts, a photo booth, and live musical performances. Food booths will also be available for big appetites. Kids in their most creative costumes get a chance to win prizes. What’s more, Diamond Indulgence Card members are entitled to a P100 discount for a maximum of four tickets purchased. For event ticket inquiries, call 528-3000 ext. 8461.

Makati Shangri-La

KIDS will have a spook-tacular time with Makati Shangri-La’s themed activities when they stay at the hotel from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, for P8,800++ a night. Little guests will enjoy a teepee tent setup in the room and complimentary kids’ mini bar. In the afternoon, they get to explore their creativity by designing their own terrifying treats during pastry decorating classes and creating scary costumes during arts and crafts. In the evening, cozy up with a wide array of movies and story books. A P1,200 dining credit can be used in all dining outlets including in-room dining. The next day, indulge in an extensive breakfast selection at Circles Event Café good for two adults and two kids below 12 years old. For reservations, call 813-8888 or e-mail reservations.slm@shangri-la.com.

Marriott Manila

THE Marriott Manila serves freakin’ good treats and tricks this Halloween, with both eerie and charming goodies lurking around the Marriott Café Bakery available until Oct. 31. Fresh out of the haunted oven are Halloween cookies (P325/six pieces) and Count Dracula Fingers (P65/two pieces). Get creeped out by the ghoulish, yet sweet confections: Mummy Lollicakes (P120/six pieces), Spooky Cupcakes (P130), and Ghoul’s Graveyard Brownies (P800) adorned with dark chocolate chips and vanilla shortbread headstones. The cake collection features six-inch round cakes such as the Halloween Entremet (P800) made of chocolate streusel and financier coated with hazelnut and light caramel cream, and the Creepy Salted Cake (P800) that is a caramel trap. The mini cakes are too Instagram-worthy to miss: Green Monster (P250) is a tempting pistachio sponge cake, and Chocolate in the Dark (P250) is a sponge cake with dark chocolate mousse. The outrageous eight-inch fondant cakes starting at P3,000 are designed for sweet nightmares. Meanwhile, the hotel offers a Hallow’s Eve Carnival on Oct. 29 brunch (11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at P2,600, Oct. 29 and 31 dinner (6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.) at P2,100/person. The meals include entertainment care off balloon twisters, stilt walkers, unicyclist, and surprise scares. Children will receive loot bags from Marriott’s sponsors and a chance to get a gift certificate for another round at the buffet. For inquiries, advance orders and reservations, cal 988-9999 or visit manilamarriott.com.