Halloween parties in London

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

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Halloween may seem a way off, but like a stealthy vampire or a particularly quiet zombie, it'll sneak up on you pretty quickly if you're not prepared. And frankly, the number of ghoulishly fantastic parties has gone off the scale this year.

Start planning your party schedule for the weekend of Friday 31 October – Sunday 2 November 2014 nice and early to avoid frightful disappointment.

  1. Halloween parties on Friday 31 October
  2. Halloween on Saturday 1 November

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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Coffin Dodgers Disco

Let's get reeeeeady to… er, grumble? Old timers Don and Reg have had enough of those fresh-faced youngsters clogging up dancefloors all over the capital, they're making some space for the golden oldies in the heart of city. How? With a strict no under-28s door policy, of course, governed by no-nonsense mistress Vera at the gate, so bring ID, folks. Once through, you can shuffle to your heart's delight to disco, indie, pop and rock by the likes of T-Rex, Kylie, Tom Jones, Soft Cell, Spice Girls, Kate Bush, Pulp and more. Plus there'll be 'The Oldest Swinger in Town' dance competition and something called 'Singalong Vera' that we  may require earplugs.

  1. The Phoenix Cavendish Square, W1G 0PP
  2. Fri Oct 3 - Sat Oct 4
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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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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

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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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