Halloween is a little like an all you can eat buffet: if left for too long it can get a little cold and messy, some parts of it can be very disgusting, but you’re spoilt for choice. London is teeming with events over this weekend and for Halloween itself. We’ve picked our favourites to make sure you scare yourself silly whatever you’re into…
If you want to…
…not spend too long making a costume
Kigu’s Horrors of the Deep
Saturday October 27, Hoxton Docks
Kigus, if you haven’t heard of them, are Japanese onesies that won’t have you sweating half your weight out when you dance (ok, they can actually get a bit toasty). After previous successful nights, they’re back with a Horrors of the Deep sea-life themed party at Hoxton Docks. Get your Kigu and get partying, without fear of looking stupid by trying too hard/not enough.
..spend a longgggg time on a costume
Rocky Horror Zombie Halloween Banquet
Saturday October 27, Marylebone
This high maintenance night at Marylebone Gardens promises costume and make up stations for those who don’t come costume equipped. The Rocky Horror theme will be popular with Translyvanians, transvestites and all fans of the 1980s.
…take part in zombie flash mob
Saturday October 27, Southbank
Zombies, if you hadn’t noticed, are everywhere. And now they’re demanding human… er… zombie rights. Tired of being ignored, the undead will be revolting (sorry!) on the Southbank at 7pm. Zombies who have already joined the revolution will have instructions played to them via MP3 players and will be fundraising for the St John’s Ambulance. Join in or just watch from the safety of a nearby bench.
…get involved with fun and games
Netil 360’s House of Horrors with Sink the Pink
Saturday October 27, Hackney
With a hot tub, mothball Olympics and a tranny den, this night hosted by infamous dance maniacs Sink the Pink is one Halloween party not to be missed. The fun starts at 3pm on Netil 360’s rooftop and lasts into the night. Go big or go home at this camp funfest.
…get scary, and arty
The Book Club’s Spook Season
Monday October 29 – Wednesday October 31, Shoreditch
The Book Club are giving you many opportunities to express yourself, spookily of course, this Halloween. The three day Spook Season allows you to make your own horror film, have a go at taxidermy, and see what you’ll look like 6ft under in a Dead Portrait Photo Booth. The whole thing culminates in a huge Halloween night at Bones and McGibbor’s Funeral Parlour on the 31.
Day of the Dead OR Rekorderlig Winter Forest
Wednesday October 3, Old Vic Tunnels/Truman Brewery
Day of the Dead, sponsored by Wahaca celebrates the traditional Mexican idea of the Day of the Dead, with lots of tasty food and Rekorderlig’s Winter Forest is getting spooky for the day. Eat, drink and be scary.
…play with loads of blood and gore
Doctors, Dissections and Resurrection Men Late
Wednesday October 31, Museum of London
This recently opened Museum of London exhibition explores the ancient art of surgery from its gory origins, including body snatchers stealing from graves so doctors could learn more about how our insides work. On Halloween, there’ll be a late session celebrating this morbid art, where gruesome treats will also be on offer.
…get really, genuinely scared
Kensal Green Ghost Tour
Wednesday October 3, Kensal Green
Ghost tours are ten-a-penny this time of year, but Paradise by way of Kensal Green have ingeniously teamed this one with a free vodka cocktail, which is sure to make you a little bit more on edge for a tour of Kensal Green’s Cemetery and catacombs. Prepare to get jumpy.
…watch a spooky show
The Horror! The Horror!
Until Wednesday November 7, Wilton’s Music Hall
Halloween has always lurked on the fringes of camp with its love for costume, and this event takes this fascination into the next realm, crossing horror and cabaret. Set in this beautiful East End music hall, the characters try out new material with gruesome results.
Or if none of the above take your fancy, have a gander at Time Out’s big Halloween list.