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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 in London

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

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

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

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
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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