HALLOWEEN PARTIES BEFORE ACTUAL HALLOWEEN
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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’.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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