Compiled by Finlay Renwick
From indie horror films and creepy cocktails to a zombie-themed silent disco, we’ve got your fright night sorted.
The Diner Halloween Menu
Nobody does Halloween quite like our pals from across the pond, so if you’re looking to channel some transatlantic Holiday spirit, The Diner, an American…diner, has you covered with a tantalising and terrifying Halloween menu. Classic comfort food staples have been cleverly reworked, with standouts including the Jason Vorhees Burger, served in a black bun with a hockey mask imprint, and deep-fried watermelon slices, served with ‘blood’, which we’re assuming - hoping - isn’t real.
Available across all 8 of The Diner London locations
From Thursday 29th October.
Immersive theatre is big right now, and for this Halloween it doesn’t come much bigger than Nightwatchers at the Tower of London. Directed by award-winning digital theatre group ANAGRAMS, the story flows between modern-day and Elizabethan London, where guests will be guided through the towers by a series of spooky messages and calls as you are asked to unearth a murky world of code-breakers, law enforcers and radical religious extremists.
Tower Of London EC3N 4AB 0844 482 7777
From £16 - £20
Chills in the Chapel
Having built a cult following over the years for showing classic horror films in the eeriest setting in North London, Chills in the Chapel is back with a live orchestra and after-party disco, complete with creepy cocktails. Housed in an original gothic chapel in Islington, the lineup this year includes dystopian horror Escape From New York and a mash-up of the iconic Halloween films, with the original soundtracks performed alongside them. And ethically-aware partygoers will love the fact that all proceeds go towards the upkeep of the chapel.
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN 020 7226 1686
Friday 30th and Saturday 31st of October
Doors: 6.30 pm Films: 7.45pm
£20 for one night or £35 for joint tickets
£5 for after film ball
The Halloween Playground
More ghoulish jamboree than a mere Halloween get-together, the Halloween Playground is held over two days at the suitably scary Hornsey Town Hall, and includes: - ready? - cabaret, circus performances, a live band, DJs, a zombie cinema, a silent disco, ghost lectures and a human ghost train (me neither). There’s even a free glass of whisky on the door for those in need of some pre-fright Dutch courage.
Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre The Broadway
Friday October 30th and Saturday October 31st
Hollywood Forever Halloween Special
This one’s for the disco fiends: (in)famous N3 club, Egg, is throwing a debauched, ‘Dead Hollywood’ themed party and you might be invited. So dig out that zombie Marilyn Monroe outfit and get ready to groove to a host of frightfully trendy house beats. The line-up is, unsurprisingly, yet to be announced, but if previous years are any indication, it’s unlikely to be anything less than a spooky success.
Egg London 200 York Way
Friday Ocotber 30th
Wahaca Day Of The Dead Festival
And if you haven’t had enough of ghosts and ghouls for one year– then Wahaca are doing their Day of the Dead festival a week late on November 7th. East London may not be the first place that springs to mind for a Mexican celebration of life and death but that was before the brains behind Wahaca got their hands on Tobacco Dock to curate an all- encompassing fiesta of talks, art exhibitions and, er, latino Morrissey tribute band, Mexrrissey ( the doleful Mancunian is huge in Latin America - who knew? ). Of course, this being a Mexican shindig, there will be plenty of tequila, tacos and other trad south-of-the-border treats provided by the Wahaca team.
50 Porters Walk, Wapping, London, E1W 2SF
Saturday 7th November
Words by Finlay Renwick