So it might be an American holiday, but admit it – Halloween is simply irresistible and London is definitely down with the dead. From bingo bashes to Discopaths, this city will boo-zing late into the night.
Sunday 26th October: All Dogs Matter Halloween Dog Walk, The Spaniards Inn
Because we love dogs. And Halloween. So whether you want to dress up your pup as Batman, Chewbacca or a fairy princess … come and join your fellow dog lovers in the name of charity (and all things fluffy/hilarious). Head to the pub at 10:30am to sign up and the walk sets off at 11am. And don’t forget, the clocks are going back an hour that day. And since there’s going to be a fancy dress competition — best dressed warlock/witch and spookiest — this is one that you don’t want to miss.
Registration 10:30am. Entry £5. Spaniards Road, NW3 7JJ.
27-30 October: Pumpkin Carving, Drink, Shop & Do
They slice off the tops, you dig out the gooey stuff in the middle and carve the pumpkin a terrifying face — but be careful with that sharp knife as they can’t be held responsible for any missing fingers. The bar will give you a FREE pumpkin when you buy a Halloween cocktail (one per person, pumpkin hoarders).
Free with a Halloween cocktail, 6-8pm, 9-11pm. Reservations required (some slots fully booked). 9 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX.
Friday 31st October: Indeedy Bingo Halloween Spooktacular
The popular bingo-with-a-musical-twist party goes all Halloweeny, landing in Shoreditch Town Hall for a weird and wonderful (but mostly weird) spectacular. There’ll be dancing on tables, inflatable bananas, spooky potions and definitely some games. Dance in the moonlight, throw back a few witches’ brews, and get creeped out by the Town Hall-turned-Haunted House. There’s also a fancy dress competition and a mass Thriller dance — led by the Indeedy Granny Pack and trust us, they know how to get down.
9pm-2am. Tickets £15 in advance (including a drink), £20 on the door. Shoreditch Town Hall, 308 Old Street, EC1V 9LT.
Friday 31st October: Discopath, Disco Soho
DISCO will be hosting their first ever film screening … a spine-chilling and famously frightening, 70s-style cult classic, DISCOPATH! Yes that’s right fright fans … Discopatch follows the story of Duane Lewis, a New York cook who becomes insane when hearing Disco music. You can chow down on nibbles from a specially designed Retro Discopath menu and sup on an abundance of boozy hard shakes. Once the film is over, all those who haven’t run off to hide under the covers (or been killed by the Discopath) will be welcomed to stay for a freaky Friday night in funky town, so you can commit murder on the dancefloor into the early hours. There will be roller skating waitstaff, a deadly dance-off comp, prizes for best costumes and some sinister surprises and ghoulish giveaways. Click here to watch the film trailer.
Tickets here. Doors at 7:30pm until late. 13 Kingly Court, W1B 5PW.
Friday 31st October: Trailer Halloween with Fine Spirits, Trailer Happiness
The bar will be transformed into a tiki-infused Halloween haunt with an awesome themed drinks menu. The top three costumes will win a free drink and there will of course be the Trailer photo competition where the best photo of the month wins a £30 bar tab.
To book tables, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5pm-late. 177 Portobello Road, W11 2DY.
Friday 31st October: Nightmare on Earlham Street, Earlham Street Clubhouse
Something wicked this way comes. Go and shake the shackles of Halloween this fright night with sweet and saucy 90s vibes, spookily seductive cocktails and mouth watering pizzas. Take a romp in the snogging cupboard. Let loose with a layback. Take a tumble with the tangled Twister.
6pm-3am. Free entry until 10:30pm — £10 thereafter. 35 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LD.
Friday 31st October: Halloween UV Zombie Apocalypse Bunker, Bounce
This Halloween, in order to escape the rampaging hordes of Zombies sweeping through Europe and now London, Bounce will be throwing open its doors in order to shelter you from the threat of the undead. It has been discovered that UV light causes the cells in a zombies body to rupture and explode. Armed with this knowledge, Bounce will be turning on ALL the UV lights, for added safety. So come dressed in UV friendly clothes, and then let the on-site facepainter pretty you up. And best of all, after 11pm all the tables will be FREE to play on. No booking, no cost. Gamesmakers will be on hand all night running special anti zombie games (whatever they are).
Tickets here. 12pm-2am. 121 Holborn, EC1N 2TD.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips