The best Halloween parties in London

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Be afraid, be very afraid... Like a stealthy vampire or a sneaky zombie, Halloween has snuck up on us again. The good news is that as Halloween itself falls on a Friday this year, the number of frightfully fantastic parties has gone off the scale.

Plan your party schedule for a weekend of ghoulish grooving (Friday 31 October – Sunday 2 November 2014) using our guide below. We've picked out the top ten Halloween parties, below, but if none of those float your ghoulish boat, there are tons more options over two pages.

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    The Mexican Death Disco

    Scarier than a mezcal binge hangover
    Ease your way into the Mexican underworld by way of Hackney Wick. This truly spooky night promises weird and weirder areas in which to lose yourself and start your journey to the spiritual afterlife, plus top house DJs going hell-for-leather behind the decks on an alter, including US house hero Chez Damier and crate-diggers Dungeon Meat. Demons shall be exorcised in the courtyard to ensure safe passing to the other side and there's even Room 101 for those brave/foolish enough to seek it out. Expect giant piñatas and 'spectacular happenings' throughout the night, say organisers. You really should put in some fancy dress effort for this one.
    iCan Studios. Fri Oct 31, 10pm-6am. £15-£20.

  • Found Horror Series: Maya Jane Coles and Friends

    Sublime selector brings out her friends to play
    Forward-thinking warehouse-loving party crew Found are hosting two frighteningly good nights over the Halloween weekend, each curated by a top DJ. This instalment is shaped by Maya Jane Coles, purveyor of sublime, minimal house and all-round stellar selector. Joining her are Berlin techno queen Ellen Allien, Austrian tech-house DJ Joyce Muniz and Dogmatik Records founder Alex Arnout. 'Dress to scare', say the organisers. Just remember you'll be doing some serious dancing as well.
    Troxy. Sat Nov 1, 9pm-6am. £12.50.

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    Halloween Hot Tub Cinema

    Horror movies and hot water
    Step into the former Shoreditch Underground tube station, if you dare (we hear it's haunted), where the clever bods at Hot Tub Cinema are hosting a spooky filmic spectacular over seven nights. Kick back, have a few drinks and then prepare to be scared witless when the movies are screened – and also have a few laughs at some of the brilliantly cheesier horror movie moments. Top Halloween fun.
    Former Shoreditch Underground Station. Oct 27-Nov 2, 6.30pm-10.30pm. £35-£250.

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    Coffin Dodgers Disco and Friday I'm In Love: Rave From the Grave, Halloween Special

    A spooky indie-pop spectacular
    Two massively popular and fun-filled club nights combine forces for a Halloween special. As with other Coffin Dodgers Disco events you have to be over 28 to attend, and there'll be plenty of sing-along action from the Friday I'm in Love crew. Expect Halloween songs and even some apple-bobbing.
    The Phoenix. Fri Oct 31, 8pm-2.30am. £10.

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    Halloween Raveyard

    Grizzly grooving
    Set in the subterranean Vaults near Waterloo, the party aims to recreate the venue's macabre history as a makeshift morgue for London's corpses, before they were transported to Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey on the London Necropolis Railway. You think the Northern Line is crowded, smelly and full of deathly expressions during rush hour? Be grateful you weren't on the LNR back in the day. Dress like you really are dead, as you'll be judged on it before entering. If you don't look dead enough, expect a quick autopsy to finish the job. There will be live music, DJs spinning tunes that could wake the dead and, apparently, zombies chained to the wall on the main dancefloor. Expect to be freaked the fuck out, basically.
    The Vaults. Oct 30-Nov 2, 8pm-2am. £15-£27.

  • The Four Quarters Halloween Weekender

    Budget Halloween bash, maximum fun
    DJs at this retro arcade games bar in Peckham will spin northern soul, garage, disco and house, while fright vibes come from horror movies projected around the venue. Flicks include 'Evil Dead 2' and 'Nightmare on Elm Street', but if you're after immersive horror action, head to the upstairs room and zone out with a selection f horror-themed video games. Fancy dress is optional, but there will be a prize for the top three costumes, including a £40 bar tab, and opening hours at TFQ have been extended until 4am. All kinds of Halloween fun for a bargain price.
    The Four Quarters. Fri Oct 31 and Sat Nov 1, 5pm-4am. £5, free before 10pm.

  • Secretsundaze Dead Famous Halloween Party

    Dead good beats
    As you can probably guess, this bash from London party pros Secretsundaze is a dead celebs special. Get creative with your costume (seriously, you can all do better than Marilyn Monroe or Jacko) and prepare to dance your already-decomposing feet into the ground. DJs (alive ones) soundtracking the fun include Ronaldo (not the footballer, obvs – the US techno and house hero with regular releases on Ostgut Ton), acidic rave monster Funkineven (pictured), brilliant Afrohouse-tinged beat maestro Romare, and Secretsundaze honchos Giles Smith and James Priestley themselves, of course.
    Oval Space. Sat Nov 1, 10pm-6am. £19.50.

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    Club De Fromage and Old School Indie Halloween Special: The Zombie Bop

    Zombies dancing to Bowie. Halloween: done
    Indie-loving club night OSI and cheesy pop maestros CDF join forces for a monstrously big Halloween bashes. There's a 'zombie bop' theme, which means you are obliged to move around the club and dance like a zombie. For the whole night. There'll be spooky tunes  to get you shuffling, from the likes of Bowie, The Cure, ABBA, Blur, Madonna, Elvis, Blondie, Take That and many more. There will be some serious fancy dress vibes going down, plus confetti cannons, apple bobbing and a prize for the best costume. If you want to go full Halloween, there's also a screening of 'Ghostbusters' before the club night, 7pm-9pm.
    O2 Academy Islington. Sat Nov 1, 10.30pm-3.30am. £13-£15.

  • Bethnal Green Working Men's Club Halloween Haunted House Party

    Hedonistic Halloween happening
    BGWMC's Halloween bash returns to haunt the bejesus out of you. Dance yourself silly over three floors of rotten rhythms and toxic tunes, or try not to gag as you watch various grotesque and ghastly performances. The crew also promise to unearth some long-forgotten rooms for the occasion – god knows what you'll see in there (if you can find them), but you probably won't be forgetting it in a hurry. The Sundae Kups will be playing surfy psychedelic rock and DJs Safari Phil, Los Muertos and Sabrina the Teenage Bitch spin party bangers and '90s jams. There's also a secret sin-ema where you can watch trailers for banned video nasties and for extra scary vibes. Oo-er.
    Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. Fri Oct 31, 8pm-2am. £15, £12 before 10pm, £8-£10 adv.

  • Indeedy Bingo Halloween Spooktacular

    (Haunted) HOUSE!
    The popular bingo-with-a-musical-twist party goes all Halloweeny, landing in Shoreditch Town Hall for a weird and wonderful (but mostly weird) spectacular. There'll be dancing on tables, inflatable bananas, thoroughly silly behaviour and possibly even some bingo. Sip a creepy cocktail as you gawp at in the inside of the town hall, transformed into a haunted house for the night. There's also a fancy dress competition and a mass 'Thriller' dance. Music will be hip hop classics, pop and some Halloween-themed tunes.
    Shoreditch Town Hall. Fri Oct 31, 9pm-2am. £10-£15.

Photo: Andrew Rollinger

The Mexican Death Disco

Scarier than a mezcal binge hangover
Ease your way into the Mexican underworld by way of Hackney Wick. This truly spooky night promises weird and weirder areas in which to lose yourself and start your journey to the spiritual afterlife, plus top house DJs going hell-for-leather behind the decks on an alter, including US house hero Chez Damier and crate-diggers Dungeon Meat. Demons shall be exorcised in the courtyard to ensure safe passing to the other side and there's even Room 101 for those brave/foolish enough to seek it out. Expect giant piñatas and 'spectacular happenings' throughout the night, say organisers. You really should put in some fancy dress effort for this one.
iCan Studios. Fri Oct 31, 10pm-6am. £15-£20.

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Black Butter Records Halloween Special

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Black Butter Records, the on-point label known for launching the careers of Rudimental, Gorgon City, Clean Bandit and numerous others, returns to Village Underground for a Halloween rave. The line-up is secret and billed only as 'Black Butter family plus special guests', but considering the clout of that family (as well as the aforementioned acts, the label works with Kidnap Kid, Scrufizzer, Bipolar Sunshine, Jess Glynee and plenty more hot-topic acts that straddle electronic R&B, soul, deep house, drum'n'bass and much more.

  1. Village Underground 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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Coffin Dodgers Disco and Friday I'm In Love: Rave From the Grave, Halloween Special

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Two hugely popular indie and pop-focused club nights, Coffin Dodgers Disco and Friday I'm in Love, combine forces for a Halloween special. As with other CDD events you have to be over 28 to attend, and there'll be plenty of sing-along action from the FIIL crew. Expect Halloween songs and even some apple-bobbing.

  1. The Phoenix Cavendish Square, W1G 0PP
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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Disco Galactica Presents Halloween: The Abduction

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The immersive space-themed disco goes all Halloweeny. As ever, break out that galactic fancy dress costume, maybe covered in fake blood for the occasion. DJs will spin synth-pop, cosmic disco and other spacey grooves.

  1. Stokey Stop Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7JL
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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Dysfunctional Halloween Fancy Dress Party

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The organisers promise top-notch Halloween production at this party, which should go down nicely alongside a stellar cast of house DJs, including Matt Fear, Nolan, Ashley Wild, Lee Webster, Adam Banks and Bobby Davis.

  1. The Lightbox 6a South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sun Nov 2
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Egg Presents... Halloween Special

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Halloween rave time at north London club Egg with a gleaming house and techno line-up. German Brigante, Hector Couto, Cuarto and more will be spinning crisp beats and slick bass. The club will be transformed into a freaky and ghoulish environment themed around 'Hollywood forever', so dress up as your favourite Tinseltown celeb (preferably someone's who's passed away for extra Halloween points) and get on the dancefloor.

  1. Egg London 200 York Way, N7 9AX
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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Found Horror Series: George Fitzgerald

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Forward-thinking warehouse-loving party and festival crew Found are hosting two frighteningly good nights over the Halloween weekend, each curated by a different artist. First up, London producer George Fitzgerald – who channels the spirit of Chicago in house stripped-back houge cuts – takes control, bringing in Mano Le Tough and his delightfully colourful house experiments and Swiss techno boss Deetron. Plus, there's a very special guest who'll be revealed closer to the time.

  1. Troxy 490 Commercial Rd, E1 0HX
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Halloween Festival Twisted Circus

From evil clowns lurking in the shadows to ancient zombies providing a fright, this is a club night guaranteed to get you jumping. Featuring circus acts, face paint, cupcakes and glow sticks, with house and garage coming from DJs Colin Francis, Maze & Masters, Moses Midas and Maestro.

  1. Indigo2 Millennium Way, Greenwich, SE10 0DX
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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Halloween Raveyard

Love Halloween? Love raving? Friends, the Halloween Raveyard is very probably your bag. Set in the subterranean Vaults near Waterloo, the party aims to recreate the venue's grizzly history as a makeshift morgue for London's corpses, before they were transported to Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey on the London Necropolis Railway. You think the Northern Line is crowded, smelly and full of deathly expressions during rush hour? Be grateful you weren't on the LNR back in the day. Expect to see plenty of walking dead at the Halloween Raveyard, plus some sitting dead and perhaps even a few dancing dead as well. Halloween fancy dress is essential for this one.

  1. The Vaults Leake Street, SE1 7NN
  2. Thu Oct 30 - Sat Nov 1
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Indeedy Bingo Halloween Spooktacular

  • Critics choice

The popular bingo-with-a-musical-twist party goes all Halloweeny, landing in Shoreditch Town Hall for a spooky spectacular. There'll be dancing on tables, inflatable bananas, thoroughly silly behaviour and possibly even some bingo. Sip a creepy cocktail as you gawp at in the inside of the town hall, transformed into a haunted house for the night. There's also a fancy dress competition and a mass 'Thriller' dance. Music will be hip hop classics, pop and some Halloween-themed tunes.

  1. Shoreditch Town Hall Old Street, EC1V 9LT
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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Kiss FM Haunted House Party

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Example, Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne, Professor Green, Fuse ODG, Rizzle Kicks, Ella Eyre, Gorgon City with MNEK and Laura Welsh + more tba. Spooky times in Hammersmith as pop-loving radio station Kiss FM crams a load of contemporary chart-raiders into the Apollo. Beat-mashing MC/vocalist Example tops the bill, with hitmakers such as Clean Bandit and Gorgon City already announced, and more still to come.

  1. Eventim Apollo Hammersmith 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Krankbrother Halloween

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This monster bash comes from the ever-reliable Krankbrother crew, whose contribution to London Halloween clubbing is always a superb one. Raffish techno maverick Andrew Weatherall provides an always-welcome headline set and further forward-thinking four-four grooves come from Jackathon party founder Heidi, French producer and DJ Jennifer Cardini (head of the excellent Correspondant record label) and the Krankbrother duo themselves. The organisers assure that they've turned the venue – Pulse, on South Bank – into a 'terrifying, sexy and hedonistic hell of light, sound and entertainment.' We're in.

  1. Pulse 1 Invicta Plaza, SE1 9UF
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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The Mexican Death Disco

  • Critics choice

Ease your way into the Mexican underworld by way of Hackney Wick this Halloween. This truly spooky night promises not only top DJs going hell-for-leather behind the decks on an alter (including US house hero Chez Damier, crate-diggers Dungeon Meat - aka DJs Brawther and Tristan Da Chuna - and Fritz Wentink) but also various weird and wonderful areas in which to lose yourself and start your journey to the spiritial afterlife! Demons shall be exorcised in the courtyard to ensure safe passing to the other side and there's even Room 101 for those brave/foolish enough to seek it out. Expect giant piñatas and 'spectacular happenings' throughout the night, say organisers. You really should put in some fancy dress effort for this one, so get your best Day of the Dead outfit together (as in the Mexican festival, not the film), complete with facepaint or mask, a sombrero and a sparkler, apparently. Chez Damier will hand out a prize for the best costume.

  1. ICan Studios Monier Road, E3 2PR
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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Mistakes Halloween Special

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Full-on fun club night Mistakes creeps into Hackney Downs for a spooky Halloween special. Expect the usual mix of indie, alt pop, soul, rock 'n' roll, lo-fi and quite possibly a few ghoulish Halloween-tinged tracks as well. Think along the lines of Marvin Gaye, Wild Beasts, Chuck Berry, Talking Heads, Courtney Barnett, Jungle, Metronomy, The Cure and The Smiths, to name a few. The best mistake you'll make this Halloween.

  1. Star by Hackney Downs Queensdown Road, E5 8NN
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Old School Indie and Club De Fromage Halloween Special: Crackers from the Crypt

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Indie-loving club night OSI and cheesy pop maestros CDF join forces for the first of two monstrously big Halloween bashes. There'll be spooky tunes aplenty to get you on the dancefloor, from the likes of The Cure, Bowie, ABBA, Blur, Madonna, Elvis, Blondie, Take That and many more. There will be some serious fancy dress vibes going down, so don't be afraid to get creative with your frightful costume.

  1. O2 Academy Islington 16 Parkfield St, N1 OPS
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Oct 26
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Oval Space Music Halloween Special

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There's a frighteningly good techno line-up at Oval Space's Halloween special. Detroit techno family Octave One headline with deep, deep beats and bass, while the new school is repped by Cosmin TRG (a fave on Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label), Berlin dude Answer Code Request and Ukrainian innovator Vakula.

  1. Oval Space 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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Percolate and Tessellate's Halloween Special

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If you like your Halloween housey, this one's for you. Top Chicago house talent Chez Damier headlines this monster bash and he'll also be awarding the prize for best fancy dres. So, leave your 'too cool for costume' attitude at home, put together that zombie fox costume you've been dying to make and get grooving to Damier, Dungeon Meat (house duo Brawther and Tristan da Cunha), Frits Wentink and many more. The Laundry's basement will also be Halloween'd up to hell.

  1. The Laundry Warburton Road, E8 3FN
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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Regression Sessions Halloween Special

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The full-fat fun club night that shuns pretentiousness and embraces silliness goes all spooky and stuff for Halloween. To mark this ghoulish occasion, the RS crew are moving from usual haunt Electrowerkz to the mammoth Studio 338 in Greenwich. Music-wise, the huge list of resident DJs will be on rotation, including Jack Swift, Moucha, Naked Jake, London Disco Society, Hutch, Seasons, Dappa and many more. But let's be honest, the music is only half the reason for attending tonight – it's also very much about the antics, games and japes taking place, which will be Halloween-themed to the max. Usual fun business includes a bouncy castle, giant ball pit, a space hopper emporium, vintage porn posing boards and a pro photobooth, so prepare for more of those sorts of vibes tonight but with a frightful touch. There's also, say organisers, a strict dress code: 'Fancy dress is 100% essential' and no effort = no entry and no refund, apparently. So go wild on that freaky costume.

  1. Studio 338 Boord Street, Greenwich, SE10 0PF
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Southern Hospitality Hip Hop Halloween Party

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The SH crew host a spooky Halloween special teeming with classic hip hop, R&B and old-school anthems over two floors at their former regular venue Trapeze (then called 93 Feet East back in the day). Superix, Rob Pursey and Davey Boy Smith get behind the decks. Get your Halloween fancy dress ready, and there'll also be prizes given out throughout the night.

  1. Trapeze Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HX
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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Vamp and Vampire Ball

Think you could give the Twilight crew a run for their money? Head to this fangtastic Halloween ball in the Browns Courtroom (above Browns bar and brasserie in Covent Garden). You can sink your teeth into a three-course meal, plus there'll be three hours of unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks. When the culinary fun has finished, head to the dancefloor and groove to party tracks and doubtless a few novelty Halloween-themed songs. Remember, biting other guests is frowned on – you are not Luis Suárez.

  1. Courtroom 1 at Browns St Martin's Lane Browns Bar & Brasserie 82-84 St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4AG
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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Wild Life presents Freak Lab

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Wild Life, the full-on fun party at Shoreditch's Queen of Hoxton, goes all freaky for Halloween. Leading the ghoulish fun behind the decks are Numbers Records' garage-house man Deadboy, but there'll be lots more non-musical fun as well, via a twisted laboratory theme with obligatory mad professor Dr Rob Otomy and his lab assistants. Prepare to get probed while Deadboy and other DJ pals blast out party tunes and deep basslines.

  1. Queen of Hoxton 1 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3JX
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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Zombie Soundsystem presents A Nightmare on Kingsland Road

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A nightmare on Kingsland Road, you say? Has every single offy run out of Red Stripe? Is riding a bicycle now punishable by death? Fear not, east Londoners, it's just a Halloween special club night from deep house and techno outfit Zombie Soundsystem – frighteningly well named for those sorts of events, eh? Acclaimed Hamburg tech-houser Stimming is the special guest taking the top spot behind the decks and ZS main man Shane Watcha will also be on hand to spin devilishly danceable tracks, as will Desta and Clint Lee.

  1. Basing House Kingsland Road, E2 8AA
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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