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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 actually acceptable

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Be afraid, be very afraid… Like a stealthy vampire or a scary werewolf, Halloween has snuck up on us again. The main event falls on Thursday, October 31 this year, but that doesn't necessarily mean you need to spend November 1 like a zombie at work. Thankfully, there are also plenty of frightfully fantastic Halloween club nights, parties and other events going bump in the night booked in for the Friday and Saturday before (October 26 and 27) and after (November 1 and 2). Here are the spookiest parties in town this year. Don’t have nightmares…

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HALLOWEEN PARTIES BEFORE ACTUAL HALLOWEEN

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Kiss Haunted House Party 2019

icon-location-pin Wembley Arena, Wembley
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Now a real annual tradition, this spooky pop roadshow brings a whole host of big names from the urban and dance world to Wembley Arena for ‘hair-raising’ renditions of their hits. Dressing up is definitely encouraged – for punters and perfromers alike. Young T & Bugsey and Sean Paul are the first confirmed acts for this year’s edition, though there’s no word yet on whether either will be prepping a live cover of the ‘Monster Mash’. Fingers crossed, though.

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The Glory's Halloween Ball

icon-location-pin Hackney Empire, Hackney
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East End queer superpub The Glory takes over the historic Hackney Empire for a super-spooky drag ball. You’ll enjoy a witchy lip-syncing contest, shows from scene stars including Myra Dubois and Margo Marshall, and the return of Jonny Woo’s legendary Gay Bingo. Choose either to sit in the Empire’s circle or stand in the stalls, where, by the end of the night, you’ll probably find yourself to dancing to pop bangers from ace DJ Chaka Khan’t.

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Sink The Pink
Leoni Blue
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Sink The Pink presents It's Halloween Hun 2

icon-location-pin Troxy, Limehouse
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It’s Halloween, hun. Which means it’s time to get spooky. And by spooky we mean it’s time to put on your heels, wigs, glitter and most garish costumes for the most in-demand Sink The Pink party of the year. Full details have yet to be revealed but expect dazzling drag shows, killer costumes and a big-name pop performer – last year’s It's Halloween Hun was headlined by Clean Bandit. 

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We Are Halloween FSTVL

icon-location-pin Hainault Forest Country Park, Hainault
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Head into Hainault Forest the weekend before Halloween for a scarily ambitious Halloween bash from the ghouls behind summer staple We Are FSTVL. There’s a ‘Vampires vs. Zombies’ theme, a full-on forest light show, and big-name DJs dropping beats so lethal even the Grim Reaper will be impressed.

HALLOWEEN PARTIES ON ACTUAL HALLOWEEN NIGHT

The Gallery at Ministry of Sound
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Milkshake Halloween Rave

icon-location-pin Ministry of Sound, Elephant & Castle
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Ministry of Sound’s huge weekly student night, Milkshake, is steering the Elephant superclub’s Halloween night party this year. Expect to hear the best house, hip hop, disco, garage, rap and grime bangers across four different rooms, and to see some sickening Halloween lewks – according to the promoters, a costume is ‘essential’ for this one.    

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Halloween Party - 90s vs 00s

icon-location-pin 229, Fitzrovia
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Millennials assemble! Billed as a ‘Nightmare on Great Portland Street’, this Halloween night party will play the biggest pop, rock, hip hop and dance hits from the ’90s and ’00s. So dress as your favourite spooky ’90s icon – Bette Midler in ‘Hocus Pocus’, maybe? – and party to everything from ‘Wannabe’ to ‘Wonderwall’, and ‘Valerie’ to ‘American Boy’. 

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Once Upon A Time On Halloween: An Orchestral Tarantino Special

icon-location-pin XOYO, Shoreditch
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  Quentin Tarantino loves a bit of gore so spending Halloween night listening to his greatest soundtrack hits performed by an orchestra makes a twisted kind of sense. Fancy dress is encouraged – dig out that yellow catsuit, ‘Kill Bill’ fans – and  ‘jaw-dropping visuals’ are promised, too. Frankly, it sounds like a bloody good time all round.

HALLOWEEN PARTIES AFTER ACTUAL HALLOWEEN

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Day of the Dead: An Afterlife Love Story

icon-location-pin Secret Location, Spitalfields
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Taking place in a secret east London location the weekend after Halloween, this experiential party is inspired by Mexico’s massive annual Day of the Dead celebrations. Two types of ticket are available: the first gets you entry to a ‘wedding ceremony and banquet’, complete with three-course meal, and the subsequent reception. The second (and quite a lot cheaper) ticket gives you entry solely to the reception, which will feature performance, live music and DJs. All in all, it sounds pretty epic.

Clapham Grand
Photograph: Keaton Chau
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Movie Night

icon-location-pin Clapham Grand, Clapham Junction
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Watch enduring cult classic ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ on The Grand’s big screen – then stay for an afterparty that will rage until 3am. Along the way, you’ll also experience all the colourful fun of a night at The Grand, including lashings of confetti, balloon drops and a Halloween-themed photo booth.  

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Ultimate Power
Heather Fitsell
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Ultimate Power: Bat Out Of Helloween

icon-location-pin The Forum (O2 Forum Kentish Town), Kentish Town
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The club night that plays power ballads in full is getting one hell of a makeover this Halloween. Communal karaoke will feature scarily good songs, costumes are encouraged, and air guitar skills are vital if you want to make it out alive.

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Elrow London - Horroween at The Drumsheds

icon-location-pin The Drumsheds, Edmonton
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The elrow collective bring their immersive clubbing experience to Enfield’s huge new 10,000 venue, The Drumsheds. They’re promising that this 10-hour daytime party will feature ‘derelict haunted houses, disturbing dancefloors and petrifying graveyards’ soundtracked by electronic music so on-point it’s almost frightening. And with a 10pm finish, you won’t need to run like you’re being chased by a zombie to make your last train.

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