Finally, an excuse to revel in your inner darkness tis but weeks away. That’s right, Halloween is almost here. Our guess is Halloween 2017 will be rife with Pennywise clowns (basic clowns with a trendy tag), beguiling Wonder Woman costumes (oh the irony) and a cheeky side of Stranger Things cosplay, which to be honest we can’t fault. The question is, are you going to be on it and get that ticket in advance this year or end up frustratedly scrambling for free club nights while your mates boast about their vip access and epic plans?
Rather than leaving it until the last-minute this year and throwing a hissy when you can’t get into the best club nights, we have some top things to do Halloween weekend. So you can nab your tickets and turn that grumpy dejected frown into a slashed Joker grin.
1. classy Rooftop Halloween antics in London
- When: Saturday October 28th 2017
- Where: Dalston Roof Park, E8 3DL
- Time: Last entry 11pm
- Price: £10-£18
There's something about a rooftop party that just feels a little more spesh. Maybe it’s the views or maybe it’s the sociopathic voice in your head which tells you how easy it would be to knock someone over the edge. Regardless, why not get in on the action over Halloween weekend at Dalston Roof Park. They're throwing an Infinity rooftop ‘Halloween Party’, giving you 9-hours of killer house and techno with the likes of DJ’s Martin Larner, Jess Bays, Deeper Purpose, Lee Onyx and Emma Knight blasting your eardrums through a Martin Audio Sound system. The rooftop will be brimming with bats (not real), spiders (probably some real), ghouls and ghosts (oh please God don’t be real), and the drinks will be flowing like that elevator scene in the Shining, as you dart between two well-stocked bars. Sorted. The perfect setting for you to strut your stuff in your Pennywise/Wonder Woman/Stranger Things attire. Cannot stress enough how many of these you will see this year.
No risk of the weather ruining this one either with a state of the art retractable roof - fancy. If you’re more West than East, Kensington Roof Gardens are also hosting a rooftop Halloween party, with the added perk of a BBQ. Fair enough, it’s never too late to crack out the barbie.
2. Festival Vibes & Fangs at Fright Festival in Brighton
- When: Saturday 28th October 2017
- Where: Brighton Racecourse in Brighton
- Time: 12:00pm til 11:00pm
- Price: From £22.50
Summer may be over but that doesn’t mean the festival vibes have to stop. Besides, how else are your favourite musicians going to make a living when you stream their entire back catalogue? Don your fave Halloween attire (Pennywise, Wonder Woman... you get the point) and enjoy beats from some of the biggest DJ’s and Artists at Fright Festival, including headliners J Hus and Pendulum.
There are 3 stages, funfair rides, interactive stalls and an upgraded VIP experience. Whether you are working in the day and want to get in on some spookerdelic action or just fancy an excuse to get mortal and shake your fang at another festival, this should get that fake blood pumping and those plastic bones rattling!
3. Mesmerising Dickens After Dark experience in London
- When: Thursday 26th October 2017
- Where: The Charles Dickens Museum, Bloomsbury
- Time: From 6pm
- Price: From £16
If you have a penchant for Victorian literature and prancing about at night in a museum, i.e. you’re basically a goth - then you’ll love this Dickens After Dark experience at The Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury. They’re running a late night candlelit opening of the museum where you can enjoy some mysterious tricks from the magician or have your fortune told by the housemaid. Sink a drink or two at the bar and enjoy the atmosphere of a man who wrote about orphans stealing, beggars begging and a woman who sets herself on fire with her own fireplace. Perfeck for you lil bligh’ers. This is right up our Gabriel’s street, so don’t be surprised if you see one of our shady game hosts skulking around at this one - they love sticking a Dicken after dark.
4. Escape the room at one of our London or Brighton pubs
- When: Whenever you fancy, day or night
- Where: Four Thieves Pub, South London. Black Lion, Brighton. The Depot, North London. People’s Park Tavern, East London.
- Time: Flexible
- Price: From £20
All of our escape rooms are hidden in the crevices of historical pubs in London and Brighton. You could bravely descend into the Lady Chastity’s lair guided by our illustrious host Gabriel - don’t worry we muzzled him so he won’t bite anymore. Alternatively, “Do you want to play a game” at Poppa Plock’s Wonky Workshop where we put the JIG in SAW with our robotic ventriloquist dummy Oki. Slightly less sadistic with no self-amputations required. Not sure what we're getting at? Well, here's a video to help you get the picture...
While the concept of our games may be similar to the likes of The Crystal Maze, you and your mates will find our games all have eerie twists and turns that are sure to get you either riled up and in the mood for Halloween or tossed in the nearest asylum with a straitjacket.
Of course, all of our escape room venues will have their own Halloween antics and dressing up in creepy clown and superhero related costumes is very much encouraged. Just go ahead and pick your venue to get started.
5. You know the dance ‘Thriller, thriller night’!
- When: Saturday 28th October
- Where: 229 The Venue, Great Portland Street, London
- Time: 10pm-3am
- Price: £6 (book in advance)
If you were an 80’s kid or just appreciate the classics we're sure Michael Jackson has at one point or another had a special place inside you. What better way to celebrate Halloween than to show off your crotch-grabbing, moonwalking and dance of the dead. Well, now you can. The Venue on Great Portland Street are hosting a Thriller Night Party club night.
I love the 80s vs I love the 90s has been selling out venues across London for over 10 years. There’ll be 80s classics, 90s hits and some scary party and cheesy pop with the odd rock, hip hop and dance anthem thrown in the mix. So, everything really. It’s worth getting creative with your Halloween costume at this one with retro prizes for the best dressed. Turbulent!
It’s all treats and no tricks so if you’re a Ghostbuster or you like the Stranger Things in life then you will have a scream at this little soirée. Here's a cheeky video to revive those nostalgic Thriller vibes:
So, what you thinking?
If none of these take your fancy, then who are you and what are you doing here? Jog on. For those of you left behind enjoy rolling in the remnants of our ideas, credit shall be collected when you discover how right we were after your experience.
Whatever you decide to do, plan ahead this year so you don’t get tricked into the wrong night out. It’s payday treat yourself. And remember, our eerie escape rooms are not just for Halloween, they’re for life.