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 Halloween parties has gone off the scale.

Plan your party schedule for a weekend of ghoulish grooving (Friday October 31 – Sunday November 2 2014) using our guide below. We've picked out the top 12 Halloween parties, below, but if none of those float your ghoulish boat, there are tons more options for Friday October 31 and Saturday November 1.

The top 12 Halloween parties in London

  • Wuthering Frights

    Want to dress up like Kate Bush and draw a horse?
    What goes on at Kate Bush-themed Halloween party Wuthering Frights? Lots of theatrical flouncing to the magnificent Ms Bush’s floaty hit track ‘Wuthering Heights’, of course. There are also prizes for the best Bush costume, the best re-enactment of Cathy at Heathcliff’s window and the best drawing of a horse (listen to the song lyrics and it’ll make sense. Sort of). DJs spin upbeat tunes and there will be a smoke machine for maximum misty meadow vibes.
    The Three Compasses. Fri Oct 31, 4pm-1am. Free entry.

  • Discopath

    Want to see a disco bloodbath?
    Ever heard a disco tune and wanted to go on a killing spree? Us neither (save for the odd Barry Manilow), but that’s the plot of 2013 cult horror flick ‘Discopath’, which finds a chef murdering people whenever he hears disco music. After the movie screening at this retro Soho bar, there’s a club night until the early hours, where you can quaff grizzly Halloween-themed cocktails, check the best costume competition, get weirded out by roller-skating table service and groove to DJ sets covering house, funk and... disco. Just resist the urge to bludgeon your pals on the dancefloor, yeah?
    Disco. Fri Oct 31, 7pm-3am. £25.

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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.

  • Photo: Fabio Venni

    Found Horror Series: George Fitzgerald / Maya Jane Coles

    Sublime selectors brings out their friends to play
    Party crew Found host two frighteningly fantastic parties over the Halloween weekend, both curated by a different artist. Friday is the turn of hot-topic Chicago house-channelling genius George Fitzgerald, who brings in colourful house producer Mano Le Tough to accompany his own deep grooves. Saturday sees sublime house selector Maya Jane Coles take the reins. She’s drafted in Berlin techno queen Ellen Allien, amongst others.‘Dress to scare,’ say the organisers, but keep costumes light, as you’ll be engaging in serious dancefloor workouts. Note that Night Two, curated by Maya Jane Coles, has moved venue, to Building Six at The O2. George Fitzgerald's night remains at The Troxy.
    George Fitzgerald: Troxy. Fri Oct 31, 9pm-6am. £22.50.
    Maya Jane Coles: Building Six. Sat Nov 1, 9pm-6am. £22.50.

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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.

  • Photo: David Sandison

    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.

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    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.

Wuthering Frights

Want to dress up like Kate Bush and draw a horse?
What goes on at Kate Bush-themed Halloween party Wuthering Frights? Lots of theatrical flouncing to the magnificent Ms Bush’s floaty hit track ‘Wuthering Heights’, of course. There are also prizes for the best Bush costume, the best re-enactment of Cathy at Heathcliff’s window and the best drawing of a horse (listen to the song lyrics and it’ll make sense. Sort of). DJs spin upbeat tunes and there will be a smoke machine for maximum misty meadow vibes.
The Three Compasses. Fri Oct 31, 4pm-1am. Free entry.

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  2. Sat Dec 20 - Thu Jan 1
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