From fire-breathers to fancy dress - why staying in is not an optionMore
WHAT: Roll up, roll up! Bid bye-bye to all that is ordinary, ta-ta to everything traditional. For when you enter the haunted big top of the Dark Circus Party, anything could happen. Well, as long as it involves spinning aerialists, caged curiosities, fire-breathers, sword-swallowers, treacherous trapeze acts, bizarre sideshow freaks, burlesque shows and masque balls, plus
DJs, cocktails and dancing to the wee hours. OK, we go back to our initial assessment:
ANYTHING could happen.
WEAR: Ringmaster top and tails, burlesque bustiers, leopard-print leotards, animal masks and all things femme fatale. There's a no outfit, no entry policy – so it's literally go big or go home.
WHEN: 28 Oct; £30
Dark Circus Party, The Grand Hall St Pancras, Euston Road, London, WC1H 9AU
WHAT: Billed as 'London's definitive Halloween party', there's nothing about this that isn't big. Scandinavia's biggest techno label (Drumcode) is filling one of London's biggest venues (Tobacco Dock) with the biggest names in underground dance (label boss Adam Beyer, Maya Jane Coles, Alan Fitzpatrick, Ilario Alicante, Layton Giordani). You can bet your last pumpkin that the beats are not going to be medium-sized.
WEAR: Did you not read that line-up? Make sure your Day of the Dead costume is breathable, for God's sake. And do we really need to say flat shoes?
WHEN: 28 Oct 12pm-10.30pm; £49.50
Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, E1W 2SF
WHAT: Strange things are happening at swanky Shoreditch members' club The Curtain. For one, they're welcoming all sorts to party for All Hallows' Eve, including gloriously ghoulish cabaret performers, twisted fortune tellers, devilish DJs and macabre musicians. For another, the usually spotless club will be covered in cobwebs and wax-dripping candles, and encouraging all manner of decadent cocktail-fuelled debauchery. And strangest of all: everyone (as in, non-members) are invited.
WEAR: It may be an open-door policy for one night only, but that doesn't mean club standards should slip, darling. The emphasis is on FANCY dress – we'll be having no George at Asda witches hats round here, thank you.
WHEN: 28 Oct; £30
Danse Macabre, The Curtain, 45 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3PT London