Halloween is creeping up, and the time has nearly come to gather your ghouls and gals to get the party well and truly... startled. Whether you’re the friend that takes their costume super seriously, on the lookout for cheap thrills or up for something that’s more cute than creepy, the UK’s got it all. DesignMyNight brings you an October that will see you raving with zombies in a cemetery, sitting down to a deadly tea party and watching your favourite horror flicks on a London rooftop (with a little boo-ze to calm your nerves). Check out their picks below.
Party with the Monsters from Stranger Things - London
Proud Embankment are opening the portal to The Upside Down this Halloween, and the creatures of this parallel universe sure know how to throw a party. Greeted with complimentary prosecco and waffles (a way better reception than poor Will Buyers got, may we add), alongside an 80s and 90s soundtrack, not only will the space be crawling with characters from the show, a ball pit and photo booth are sure to keep you demagorgon-lovin’ deviants busy on the night.
Have a Ball at this Haunted House Party - London
Clapham go-to The Grand is throwing a haunted house party this October, and any-witch who’s any-witch is gonna be there. If you’re one for going over-the-top with glitter, ‘gramming crazy balloon drops and belting out throwback tunes, this spot’s where you need to spend your Halloween 2K19. And when your costume is covered in confetti by the time you leave the club? You know the night has been a roaring success.
Dance with the Dead in a Beach-Themed Club - London
There’s a storm a-brewin at Tropicana Beach Club’s party paradise, and the pirates are looking a little worse for wear. Join the flock of walking dead and dance your limbs off on the lagoon pool dance floor, in between spooky performances and trips to the tiki bar (where you’ll find scary-good drink deals before 8pm). Circus acts will be spinning around the 30ft palm trees and floral fixtures, while sound and lighting effects will be setting the scene for the ultimate holiday from hell.
Watch Cabarets and Funerals in a Creepy Cemetery - London
Heard that the undead don’t know how to rave? NOT TRUE. Get your zombie on at The Vaults’ Raveyard and prepare to wind up at a few funerals, a ghoulish dance hall and a more-gory-than-glamorous cabaret. This particularly lively cemetery will also see a DJ and live bands blaring out world-class beats… that are loud enough to wake the dead.
Skate the Night Away at a Spooky Rooftop Party - London
Bag yourself a spot on Europe’s only rooftop ice rink at Skylight’s chilling Halloween bash. Frights and thrills are on the cards with two themed skating performances gracing the ice; however, there’s certainly no need to fear when it comes to getting your money’s worth. Aside from the £5 ticket price, ghosts and ghouls in attendance will bag themselves a complimentary welcome drink and the chance to trick or treat for free candy.
Drink Freaky Cocktails in this Candlelit Garden - London
This precious rooftop garden has been taken over by cobwebs and carved pumpkins this spooky season, and looks more inviting than ever. Midnight Apothecary are bringing out the boozy potions and apple bobbing for the most charming of Halloween events in their enchanting forest, where you’ll also find classic fire pits for a spot of marshmallow toastin’. Wondering if there’s anything a little scarier going down? Guided tour into the museums’ underground chambers will make you wish you’d never asked.
Watch Epic Horror Films on a Notorious Camden Rooftop - London
Camden’s legendary rooftop cinema is here to ramp up your horror movie nights this Halloween with some seriously shocking screenings. You’ll be able to catch everyone’s favourite clown in action with a showing of IT (2017). And if scary films make you want to comfort-eat in a big way, you’re in luck, as an £18.95 ticket will get you a pizza AND popcorn, plus a glass of mulled wine thrown in for good measure.
Get Shocked by the Stunts at this Dark Circus - Manchester
If you like your Halloween events on the disturbing side, then Twisted Circus are here to bring the gory goods. Their daring performers will be carrying out death-defying stunts in the name of entertainment, including body stapling to quick kips on a heart-stopping bed of blades. A deadly soundtrack will be making the atmosphere even more tense, but don’t worry, you can retreat to the ball pit or candy floss machine when it all starts to get a bit too real.
Live Through a Haunted Fairytale and Meet Evil Alice- Manchester
Fall down the rabbit hole and prepare to witness some weirdness at Manchester’s Trapped in Wonderland. Begin your journey with a welcome cocktail (you’re gonna need it), before making your way through this haunted fairytale brimming with kooky characters, mad decorations and dramatic surprises to keep you on the edge of your seat at this blood-spattered tea party.
Eat Bottomless Pizza at a Sinister Brunch Social - Birmingham
Birmingham’s Flight Club is shaking up their brunch social this October as you dart to the death on their interactive boards, all while being in with a chance of winning some killer prizes. A devilish cocktail will be awaiting your arrival as a teaser, before you’re let loose on the prosecco and bottomless pizza, as dangerously-good tunes soundtrack your victory lap around this fairground-themed wonderland should you own the oche.
For more information on Halloween events in London and across the UK, visit DesignMyNight and follow them on Instagram and Facebook; @DesignMyNight.
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