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Okay, here’s what you should really be doing for Halloween…

Posted at 12:30 pm, October 29, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Free, Fun London, Music & Nightlife

Halloween parties in London

Halloween can be a bit like New Years Eve, unless you get your arse in gear and plan something in advance, it can be a bit of an anti-climax. If you’re reading this we’ll take a stab in the dark and guess you’re still stumped for what to do this weekend. Fear not! Whether you want to dress up, watch a film, or even play bingo, you’ll find something in these bloody great events. 

I’m skint, give me something FREE!

Staring at an empty bank balance can be pretty freaking scary. But don’t let that be your only fright this Halloween.

Wuthering Frights, a free Kate Bush-themed Halloween bash with prizes for best costume and best re-enactment of Cathy at Heathcliff’s window.

Or check out the House of Mask Halloween Specialan immersive Halloween party taking place at a secret location, as the final date of the House of Mask UK-wide party tour.

Fred Deakin’s spooky beats at Spiritland is also zero pounds.

If you seriously don’t have a penny to your name, why not just freak yourself out by going to one of London’s haunted places on your own instead. 


Screw parties, I just want SCARY FILMS 

Looking for something scarier than middle-aged men dressed as sexy witches?

Forget the dress up dancing and watch a freaky film in a Gothic-revival chapel at Chills in the Chapel: Alfred Hitchcock’s PsychoThis screening of ‘Psycho’ will be accompanied by a live performance of the classic score to make the whole thing even more terrifying.

Possibly scarier still is Butcher’s Basement, your chance to watch two creepy horror movies in a former, you guessed it, butcher’s basement.

Or check out ‘Discopath‘ a really weird-sounding film about a guy who kills someone every time he hears a disco tune.

Or try one of many other spooky Halloween film events in London.

netflix drag me to hell

A film sounds good, but I’d rather STAY HOME

Here’s you’re ultimate guide to the 20 best horror films on Netflix. You’re welcome.

supa dupa fly


Not really a fan of All Hallow’s Eve and just looking for a good night out?

Get yourself over to Supa Dupa Fly. The hashtag that the organisers are using to promote this event – #NotAHalloweenParty – tells you that the focus of SDF is still firmly ’90s and noughties hip hop, R&B and garage – and not a ghoul or zombie in sight. And definitely no bloody ‘Monster Mash’ either, thank god. Sod Halloween, just get grooving to the nostalgic party gems on offer here.

I’m hungry for a HALLOWEEN FEAST

A great Halloween meal shouldn’t just involve you drunkenly noshing on the scooped out remains of your carved pumpkin.

There’s El Nivel’s Day of the Dead Supper, a three-course meal with cocktails and face painters who’ll be on hand to provide you with authentic Day of the Dead masks.

Or if you’re just looking for a quick bite before your night out then head over to Chipotle in your fancy dress and bag yourself a £2 boorito.

I’d like to drink loads of COCKTAILS

Thirsty for a freakin’ great Halloween bevvy that doesn’t just have the addition of tomato juice to turn it ‘bloody’?

Well cocktail experts Bourne & Hollingsworth’s Brothers Grimm-themed Halloween party at the aptly named Grand Hall St Pancras may whet your appetite. As well as speciality cocktails there will be live music, fancy dress, a gingerbread house, an enchanted ballroom, a Rumpelstiltskin lair and a glass coffin.

Found Horror Series: Maya Jane Coles and Friends

I just want to DANCE

If you just want to shake that pumpkin-costumed ass and have a dance this Halloween then there’s LOADS to choose from.

How about some techno and house at Drumcode Halloween, or ‘Found Horror Series’ with George Fitzgerald on Friday or Maya Jane Coles and Friends on Saturday?

There are plenty more spooky places to party.

fancy dress shop

This is my chance to DRESS UP

Whether you’re going to dress up as a London horror story, want to be a cute mouse (*groan*) or a genuinely terrifying zombie there are loads of chances to dress up this Halloween.

Try vintage-loving boutique festival’s Winterwell Halloween or bouffant your beehive for the Secretsundaze Dead Famous Halloween Party.

Need somewhere to buy your outfit? Here’s a list of London’s best fancy dress shops.


Enough of this nonsense I just want some CULTURE

Witches and Wicked Bodies at the British Museum has brought together some darkly magical exhibits (and borrowed a few from the V&A, Tate Britain, British Library and the Ashmolean in Oxford) for this collection representing the portrayal of the witch and witchcraft in art over the last 500 years.

Here are some more creepy cultural shenanigans.


I want to be OUTSIDE

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Fire Festival has a bonfire, a rock opera packed with songs, dancers, fire performers and fireworks. How’s that for ya?

Or check out these firework displays instead. Or how about some Halloween bike rides?

I’m still not satisfied – I’d rather just play BINGO!

Alright then awkward, here’s your legs eleven at Indeedy Bingo Halloween Spooktacular. There’s also a fancy dress competition and a mass ‘Thriller’ dance. Boom.

Still searching for your perfect Halloween celebration? There’s SO MANY MORE IDEAS at timeout.com/halloween. ENJOY!

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