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The best Halloween parties in London

Get on down this Halloween – it’s the one occasion when your scary dance moves are acceptable

Marc Sethi

Be afraid, be very afraid… Like a stealthy vampire or a sneaky zombie, Halloween has snuck up on us again. The main event falls on a Monday this year, but there are also plenty of frightfully fantastic Halloween club nights, parties and other nightlife happenings booked in for Friday and Saturday of the Halloween weekend (October 28 and 29). Here are the spookiest parties in town this year. Don’t have nightmares…

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Halloween parties on Friday 28th

Bugged Out: Skream

Well, with a name like that he had to do a Halloween party. Skream brings a supernatural 7 hour set to Shoreditch to mark the night of the undead. Where the dubstep pioneer will get the energy is probably some spooky afterlife secret...

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Village Underground , Shoreditch Friday October 28 2016 - Saturday October 29 2016

The Last Tuesday Society: A Danse Macabre

If anyone was going to do Halloween well it had to be that spooky lot The Last Tuesday Society, the HQ on Mare Street is home to a museum of wondrous curiosities, from Happy meal toys to bits of bones. Their Halloween Ball returns to the gilded majesty of the Clapham Grand with an electric carnival of contorting circus and cabaret performers, all hyped up by a masked, adventurous crowd. Be warned, the theme is decadent and depraved and it’s strictly no outfit, no entry. Full line up is still to be announced.

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Clapham Grand , Clapham Junction Friday October 28 2016 - Saturday October 29 2016

Mexican Day of the Dead/Night of the Undead

Fire Vauxhall aren't going into Halloween half-hearted, some spooky 'whooooo' just won't cut it. Not only will there be a ritualistic 'burning' outside and early boat party but a colourful and shamanic altar is to take over the first floor where people are free to whack the sweets out of giant pinatas before daring to descend into an aztec-styled dungeon or try to find secret third space: Room 101. As you might expect - there's a dress code with fancy dress prizes awarded by master of ceremonies Don Duckee.

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Fire , Vauxhall Friday October 28 2016 - Saturday October 29 2016

Nibiru Halloween Special

Nibiru are ending the year on a high with this British back-to-back pairing of eerie house nobility Lord of the Isles and deep techno producer Scott Fraser. Nibiru residents Terry Childs and Nommo Hunzuu will bring more otherwordly electronic sounds to this Halloween Special.

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Bar A Bar , Stoke Newington Friday October 28 2016 - Saturday October 29 2016

Halloween parties on Saturday 29th

Rave Legends: Altern-8

Altern-8 already come with their own costumes. Hell, these rave legends are a Halloween costume. The duo wears facemasks and chemical cleanup suits alongside producing blistering bass heavy house. They’re also credited with, you know, kick-starting the UK rave scene. There have been pretenders to the crown, catch the originals.

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Shacklewell Arms , Shacklewell Saturday October 29 2016

Guilty Pleasures Halloween Ball

There’s no fear of the spookier elements of Halloween creeping in to this massive music love-in. Think more Scooby Doo costumes, glittery skulls, cheerleader dance routines, speed eating competitions and crowd-surfing clowns alongside their usual serving of quality pop, disco and R&B in a bid to get every last person (dead or alive) on the dancefloor.

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Koko , Camden Town Saturday October 29 2016

Regression Sessions: The Red Light Apocalypse

No serious nodding by the wall here. This monthly night appeals to our innate sense of being silly so a Halloween-themed session is bound to be a pointy-teeth-fake-blood-googly-eyes extravaganza. And that’s on top of all the usual retro games, ball pits and pinatas not forgetting a healthy portion of bass and beats.

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Studio 338 , Greenwich Peninsula Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Art of Dark: Halloween Theatre

Hoxton label and artist collective Art of Dark invite Romanian duo Praslesh (an anagram of DJs Praslea and Raresh) for a five-hour B2B headline set of soulful house. The full lineup for this halloween special is still to be announced but based on last year's ball expect curious visuals and mind-bending performances.

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Troxy , Ratcliff Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Diversion & Detached Halloween Fancy Dress Boat Party

Cap E tan (geddit?) Chalkie White will once again welcome hordes of full-on fancy dressed revellers onto the Viscount Party Boat for this long-running annual party. Dean Detached and Nico da Funksta will headline the outside deck playing strictly house and garage from 1995-2005 (where people can now smoke too) while the two rooms inside will see packed lineups of DJs playing deep techno and classic house. It's a successful and well-tested formula, so much so they have added an extra hour of cruising time. Bonus.

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Various venues , London Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Electric Dreams Halloween Party

Long-running club night Electric Dreams know that any serious halloween party requires a sizeable chunk of goth, industrial, punk and more synth sounds than you can throw a bloody stake at. DJs Valeriun, Stix and Baron will be keeping the mood gloriously gloomy with special guests still to be announced.

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The London Stone , Bank Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Halloween Ball at The Mansion

This is a really curious night – apt for the wacky season – and organisers Mansion London have thrown everything at this party. Previous parties have been sleek, sexy affairs but get this: not only is there live didjeridoo and bongo playing but also tarot card reading, flamenco singing, Sinatra crooning, cage dancing, fire shows, two dancefloors - one for electro, the other r’n’b -and screenings of vintage horror movies. It sounds bizarre but you wouldn’t really want anything else for Halloween. Fancy dress is mandatory.

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Secret London location , London Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Nostalgic Halloween Special

A halloween night rolling back time to the golden age of jungle and garage. KISS FM's Funk Butcher, Nathan Fostell, DJ Mischief and DJ Spika plan to either remind those of us who were there the first time or convert a whole new crowd to the church of old school UKG. Not only are horns and whistles actively encouraged but it pays to pull on your most ghoulish outfit as not only will you get a free shot on entry but best dressed male and female win a bottle of champagne each.

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Secret London location , London Saturday October 29 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016
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Halloween parties on Monday 31st

Halloween Zombie Pub Crawl

Braaaaaains… braaaaains… booooooooze… Staggering around the West End getting pissed isn’t a new idea, but it’s a whole lot more fun when you’re in a group of groaning, shambling, flesh-eating monsters. A £25 ticket gets you into five bars, plus four free shots and special drinks deals, and there are prizes for the best fancy dress – so go all-out with the fake blood.

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Zoo Bar , Leicester Square Monday October 31 2016

Ministry of Sound Halloween Rave 2k16

The Ministry are threatening to pack out each and every corner with 10 DJs playing such ferocious house, trap, grime, garage that the undead will be well and truly risen. In keeping with any gruesome rave hoping to terrify punters there'll also be murderous visuals, bleeding (LED) walls, zombie dancers, CO2 cannons and strobe lighting at the crowds. Be quick, bound to sell out.

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Ministry of Sound , Elephant and Castle Monday October 31 2016 - Tuesday November 1 2016

The Nest Halloween

DJs haven't been revealed but The Nest is promising of phantom strobe lighting, (fake) blood puddles, frightening lasers and some freshly risen souls. Plus tunes.

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The Nest , Dalston Monday October 31 2016 - Tuesday November 1 2016

Glamorous Afterparty Halloween Special

What state will any fancy dress make up look at 11am on Monday morning when the lights come up on this halloween special? Saying that, regulars to this weekly Sunday night-to-Monday morning afterparty are dedicated clubbers and more than capable of reapplying some Frankenstein stitches while hitting each beat spun by residents KAOS KID, Tiny Tarawe and Paulo Santo.

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Union , Vauxhall Monday October 31 2016

Feel the chill with our Halloween playlist

The best songs for Halloween

Something wicked this way comes! It’s Fred Deakin, one half of London’s much-loved electronic duo Lemon Jelly and his choice of spooky jams.

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Find the perfect Halloween outfit

From Angels in central London to the cavernous Prangsta in New Cross, find your perfect Halloween costume with our definitive guide to the best fancy dress shops in London.

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Dave P
Dave P

Can't Time Out provide a simple calendar for each event type?

NOCHE LATINA HALLOWEEN PARTY 31ST OCT
NOCHE LATINA HALLOWEEN PARTY 31ST OCT

15 Godward Square off Bancroft Road E1 4FZ Salsa classes 7-8.30pm Dance performances on the night pool and games area cheap uni priced drinks large dance floor and DJ's till mid night