If you’re looking for more than plastic fangs and ruining your favourite t-shirt with fake blood, then it’s time to get serious about your Halloween plans. From getting down to the best 80s movie soundtracks to freaking out at the latest immersive horror experiences, our terror-loving friends over at DesignMyNight have rounded up the most frighteningly fun Halloween festivities from across the country.
The Dark Circus Party - London
The capital’s most infamous circus soirée is bringing a dazzling Halloween bazaar to a secret London location this year. The brainchild of merrymaking masterminds Bourne & Hollingsworth, you’ll be sipping on some devilish drinks, like their rum-based Ringmaster’s Poison, and getting carried away by a carnival of circus showman from aerialists to sword swallowers.
The Purge is coming to London and if you want to stay out of harm’s way then you know what to do. Head to Bunker 51 where for two nights they’ll be offering you a sanctuary to live out your most hedonistic desires away from the fray, with live theatre performers bringing out your more impulsive side and DJs keeping the party alive until the early hours.
Halloween Movie Nights at The Grand - London
It’s not Halloween without a good old-fashioned movie night, but when it gets into the hands of The Grand, it’s anything but old-fashioned. From an immersive take on Corpse Bride to a raucous Rocky Horror sing-a-long, the Clapham hotspot will be serving up themed cocktails, unlimited popcorn and plenty of live action and performance to accompany the screenings.
The Copycat - London
Getting back to basics here, Halloween is all the frights, and no event is serving up the scares quite like The Copycat. You’ll need to don your detective’s cap for this spine-chilling horror experience that sets you on the trail of a brutal killer. Based on true crime cases, the tension will be riding high, so the easily agitated need not apply.
Silent Halloween Boat Party - London
Get your most ghoulish glad rags at the ready because you’ll be doing All Hallow’s Eve in style at this spooky silent disco party. Party your way down the river aboard The Silent Disco Boat, switching between disco, house and Halloween classics, and take in some of the most stunning sights in the city.
We all think we know the Thriller dance, but Drink, Shop & Do are removing any doubt this month with a fun masterclass that will put the true spirit of MJ in you. Tackle the routine and challenge your friends to a zombie dance-off with this quirky Halloween activity.
The Ghostbusters 80’s Halloween Party - Manchester
The Ruby Lounge is bringing the Eighties back from the past for this Ghostbusters-themed blowout. Step inside their haunted house party as they take on the best tunes of the era with everything from George Michael and Madonna to New Order and INXS. A host of Ghostbusters characters will be taking over the scene, so dress your best and make sure you don’t get slimed.
Much Stranger Things Party - Birmingham
After two sell-out Stranger Things parties, The Night Owl are back with their latest Halloween bash based on the iconic Netflix series. The Birmingham venue will be coming over all Stephen King as they bring you a night of 80’s horror, eerie happenings and other Upside Down extras. But don’t worry, you can take the edge off with some very tasty themed cocktails.
Halloween Pug Ball - Glasgow
A not-that-creepy-but-nonetheless-cute day party for dog lovers, the Halloween Pug Ball is the ultimate get-together for pug owners and admirers. Catch some smoosh-faced critters in full fancy dress for the Halloween pageant, or get involved with a whole host of activities, like the pug-themed selfie station.
Dare to enter the 15th-century croft of Cardiff Castle for this series of chilling cinema screenings. Running for the entire Halloween week, you can catch all your favourite frighteners, past and present, from Pan’s Labyrinth and A Quiet Place to Coco and Suspiria. Get your pals together for a classic Halloween screamfest with one of these great movies.
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