After an already scary year, we feel we’re somewhat immune to the usual Halloween hauntings that come with the arrival of October. The UK will have to step it up a notch with their Halloween offerings if they really want to shock the nation, and DesignMyNight are here to fill us in on all the events that just might pull it off. Boozy pumpkin carving? Day of the Dead dining experiences? A costume party featuring a real life cemetery? These events will leave you saying anything but ‘witch, please’.
Celebrate the Day of the Dead in style this Halloween with a trip to the swanky East London hotel The Stratford. Step inside their themed boutique cinema room (if you dare) and catch one of the big name thrillers on the line-up while you calm your nerves with a complimentary movie-themed cocktail and popcorn, all included in your ticket. And if you’ve got fear of missing out on the post-screening banquet, you can always upgrade your ticket to continue the fun at their immersive dinner that features entertainment and tasty tapas.
Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden have gone all out this Halloween by putting together London’s biggest (and spookiest) bottomless brunch extravaganza. Expect the full shebang from this mini Day of the Dead festival, with tonnes of attractions - from a live mariachi band to ghostly performers and giant skulls, and best of all? Your ticket even includes street food and two hours of bottomless cocktails. Worth digging out your scariest costume? The best dressed will win a £100 bar tab, so you tell us…
What’s scarier than finding yourself in a pitch black room with a naked stranger covered in UV paint? Not much. But if you can get over the initial shock, this event could be just the ticket for getting you in the (spooky) mood. Neon Naked Life Drawing are taking over Boxpark Shoreditch for a day of Halloween-themed fun, which will see your artistic flair run riot as you capture the neon-covered zombie models in all their glory. Sounding like the perfect date night? Then you (and we're sure your other half) will be pleased to know that they're currently offering pairs of tickets for just £25.
If there’s anywhere that knows how to host a Halloween party, it’s the world’s one and only vampire-themed pizzeria. If you didn’t already know, Lost Boys Pizza are throwing two fang-tastic costume balls at their kitsch 80s-style venue in Camden this year. Your ticket to the big event includes entertainment, one of their signature black charcoal pizzas and THREE cocktails from their themed menu. As for the competitive portion of the evening, prizes for best costume range from tickets to one of their popular horror screenings to FREE PIZZA FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR.
Dust off your devil horns and round up your fellow ghouls as The Mansion is swinging open its doors for one helluva Halloween soirée. This boo-zy DJ-led affair will take place at a top secret location, sent out just 48 hours before the event. In a bid not to leave ticket holders completely in the dark, they’ve revealed that party goers can expect two lounges, 2-4-1 drinks from the bars, street food and an actual backyard cemetery (if you're finding the party a tad too tame). Will there be prizes for best dressed? You can bet your soul on it.
Call yourself a hardcore horror movie fanatic? Let’s see how you hold up when you’re watching them in a creepy forbidden forest. Test your bravery at Pop Up Screens’ all-new immersive cinema in Peckham, donning spine-chilling interiors that have you looking over your shoulder, while the film keeps you on the edge of your seat. Make your nightmares come true by catching your favourite scary flick in this haunting setting, from classics like The Sixth Sense to 2017’s Oscar nominated Get Out.
London’s pop-up Alpine village is giving us chills and thrills this October with their Day of the Dead extravaganza. Winterland in Fulham is transforming their snowy wonderland into one big spook fest with complimentary creepy cocktails, make-up artists and a costume-only policy, not to mention prizes for the best dressed devil of the night. Keep the party COVID-compliant by booking out your own private chalet, ski bubble or fur-covered sofa for a scary-good time with your gang of gremlins.
London’s go-to party bar is raising hell this Halloween with a whole bunch of sky-high bottomless horror screenings. Make like a flesh eating zombie and race up to their rooftop cinema for a date-worthy movie night under the stars, set against infinite city views. You’re bound to find your all-time favourite thriller on the roster - some of our favourites include The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Scream - and if you’re in the mood, go on ahead and add bottomless prosecco, popcorn and pick ‘n’ mix to really top off your viewing experience.
Rivoli Ballroom are making the most of their grand haunted mansion-esque setting by hosting a series of screenings for the horror movie obsessed. Dating back to the 1950s, and known for being one of the last standing ballrooms in London, this opulent space is the perfect place to send shivers down your spine. Catch anything from Scream to Halloween for just £10 while you sip on a themed cocktail for a little Dutch courage, and munch nervously on old-school cinema snacks.
The UK’s biggest musical bingo event is heading to London’s circus-themed bar for a bloody mad mash-up of challenges, sing-alongs, confetti showers and hilarious hosts. Aeronaut is bravely putting on the most haunting bingo event of the year, as the team at Agency Unknown put a spooky spin on their popular music-themed event by promising creepy prizes and some scary surprises along the way, as well as being up to their usual tricks (often involving mystery boxes and a chance to gamble all your winners on the ‘Killer Question’).
If you can’t think of anything more frightening than losing to your mates at any kind of sport, then Flight Club are (possibly) in the running to make your worst nightmares come true, as they give their competitive brunch social a spooky twist. Manchester’s top activity bar is transforming into the high-tech darts hub from hell by trick or treating you to a devilish cocktail on arrival, a whole bottle of prosecco per person and bottomless pizza for all. You’ll also have two hours on the interactive dart boards to scare off your opponents and win some thrilling prizes.
An event that will see you fulfilling your dreams of becoming a wizard and walking away with a homemade Halloween decoration (that you’re obliged to keep on your doorstep until at least mid November)? We’re talking about none other than The Cauldron’s scarily-cute pumpkin carving workshop. Edinburgh’s most magical bar invites budding sorcerers to show off their knife skills by creating their very own jack-o-lantern, all before taking in all the wonders of this fantasy-themed watering hole, and treating themselves to a Hallowcream cocktail that conveniently comes free with every ticket.
Take a trip to Frank N. Furter’s castle and experience all the action from the biggest cult movie musical in history with The Clifden’s Rocky Horror Picture Show-themed brunch. Dress up as your favourite character to re-enact iconic scenes and take on fun games and quizzes, as you fuel your escapades with a hearty brunch dish. All that time warping got you parched? Good thing your ticket comes with bottomless booze…
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