Halloween is a time to celebrate and embrace superstitions. This once ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, saw people celebrating around bonfires and wearing costumes to ward off roaming spirits. This tradition later merged with the Christian holiday of All Saints. Nowadays, it’s an excuse to spend a lot of money on slutty costumes, fake blood and create ‘killer clown’ crazes.
So what does London have in store for us this year’s Halloween? Here are The Carouser’s terrifying recommendations.
Friday 21 October, 10.30pm-3am
Kicking off the Halloween celebrations, SuicideGirls present their 9th official event. There will be dj’s playing the spooky rock n’ roll as well as a variety of acts throughout the night.
Friday 28 October, 9pm- 4am
A Curious Invitation presents this Halloween Ball fuelled with different activities. Get involved in all your vices; encounter self-love at their Vanity’s Photo Both, indulge in their Gluttony’s Naked Feast, unleash your Wrath at the dance floor or Sloth-out in their chill out rooms.
Friday 28 October, 8pm-2am
A Halloween night themed around the popular Netflix show ‘Stranger Things’. A night of 80’s pop and retro sci-fi music and themed cocktails. Some of the cocktails on offer are; ‘Stranger Sours’ a Maple Whiskey Sour with Red Wine, Garnished with a caramel waffle (Eleven’s favourite food) and ‘Stranger Tings’ a retro rum punch (made with Ting and other 80’s liquors). If you have not yet watched it the series, do it!
Friday 28 of October, 8pm-3am.
If you want to try something different this Halloween, The Last Tuesday Society is hosting an event just for you. Known for their Museum of Curiosities, it promises a night full of twists and bizarre acts. With acts from the Chivaree Circus and other live performances, you shouldn’t miss it!
Saturday 29 October, 12pm-7pm
If you are not an night owl, the Pathology Museum at Queen Mary University is hosting an hour long session looking at the fitting topic of bodily decomposition. The event is inspired in part by the unusual chemical indole, which is present in coffee and chocolate as well as in decomposing bodies. The best bit, you get to eat your discoveries!
Saturday 29 October, 9pm-3am
If you fancy dancing and singing along to power ballads all night long? If so, Ultimate Power club night is hosting the perfect event for you, playing all the best power ballads out there.
Saturday 29 October, 9pm- 4am
The Big Red is hosting their yearly Halloween party with fancy dress, spooky shots and free Halloween punch for those who dress up. There will be DJs and live performances from ‘Ozzy OzzSpawn’.
Saturday 29 October, 10.30pm – 2am
With an alteration like that how can you miss this event? Born Again – Heavy Metal Soundhouse hit the dj decks to fill our ears with filth and debauchery. However, if you find yourself roaming through the streets of Camden during the early hours of the evening the Black Heart is also hosting a gig upstairs beforehand with Gold, Bast, Shrines and Grave Lines playing live.
Saturday 29 October, 9pm-3am
As every last Saturday of the month Heavy Load bring their 60s and 70s tunes to The Phoenix’s basement, this time with more scary vibes. Promising free confectionery, horror light projects and giant spiders in oil, what else could you want? Spinning their top 20 Heavy Load Halloween tunes while projecting Hammer Horror films on a big screen it is a perfect event to combine your love for rock and horror.