What do Goblins, Vampires, masquerades, and an infinite supply of Pumpkins have in common? The strangest of our annual celebrations, linking us with our fears of the occult and our wonder of the supernatural, Halloween is definitely a rogue when compared to other annual celebrations! We dress up and roam the streets under the moonlight, seeking to frighten our fellow citizens out of their wits, then politely ask for their sweets...An obscure tradition. But a tradition none the less. If you're left wondering what to do on Halloween this year in South London, look no further. We’ve picked out some of the best things to do to get spooked and make you wish you hadn’t left home...
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Low Life presents Dia De Los Muertos - Corsica Studios Saturday 28th October
For the party lovers amongst us, one of the best Halloween nights of the capital is happening down South this year at Elephant & Castle’s famous Corsica Studios. Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton's seminal London party - Low Life - is back for one last big blow-out. With the devastatingly frightful theme of ‘Mexican day of the dead’, this party is sure to provoke a chilling vibe and scare the life out of you, (fear not, zombies). Expect costumes to include ghost skeleton’s, a plentitude of exuberant skulls, and much more at this hallowed raver’s paradise…Details here.
Halloween Raveyard - The Vaults - Saturday 28th October
For those looking for a visceral, realistic, and historically accurate experience this Halloween, look no further than Halloween Raveyard, an all night rave happening in Waterloo. Hosted at the iconically spooky The Vaults under Waterloo station, the location is said to have been used as a makeshift morgue in the 19th century. With that in mind, be prepared for close encounters of the ghostly kind when venturing around the rave. Hopefully it’s morbid history won’t be too much of a put off though - the fancy dress code should do more than enough to inspire a vibrant, if somewhat eerie vibe...Find out more here.
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The Ministry of Sound Halloween Rave - Tuesday October 31st
A staple night with attendees flocking in numbers around 2000, The Ministry of Sound Halloween Rave is set to be a bombastic party. With a line-up of no less than 10 DJs, and a space covering 4 different rave rooms, there will be no shortage of places to go and sounds to hear in the sonic metropolis. This October 31st is the day of the dead, so make sure you dress up in your most ghoulish and gruesome attire, but expect the vibes to be anything but dead - this classic night is promising to be a crazy, loud, scary and fun night that you don’t want to miss. Tickets are flying off the shelves for this one so book here now.
Regression Sessions: Halloween. Vauxhall - Tuesday 31st October
Vauxhall’s favourite fun-loving club is back at it this year with a halloween themed shindig. Expect the usual fixtures at this kidult-friendly club including ball pits, glitter, and inflatables, all supported by a sturdy supply of bass and beats that will take you through to the small hours, (be sure to book work off!). More info here.
The Grand’s Halloween Horror Movie Ball - Clapham - Saturday 28th October
Clapham’s iconic theatre cum music venue The Grand is this year hosting it’s own special Halloween party to put some spook into their schedule. Entitled the ‘Horror Movie Ball’ this party promises to be an exciting resurrection of some of the horror genre’s most cherished - or rather, feared - characters of all time. Accompanied by a hefty ensemble of DJ’s spinning classic, ahem...thriller’s...all night long from the movies, make sure you pack some dancing energy to get you through the night. More details here.
Twisted Circus Halloween Festival 2017 - Greenwich - Friday 27th October
When you combine 2 of the freakiest events that us humans secretly like to indulge in, there’s only going to be one outcome - mayhem. This doesn’t have to be mayhem of the anarchic sort, however, and this Halloween event at Building Six in the 02 in Greenwich this year is attempting to bridge the two to create a truly enjoyable and fun spectacle. Packing a capacity of 3000, this is going to be one heck of a halloween party. There’s a lot on offer here to any of the daring attendees, with everything from Dramatic Contortion & sword swallowing to a blade regurgitation...Not for the faint-hearted one may say. Book tickets here.
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Theatre of Blood - The Halloween Ball - Elephant & Castle - Friday 27th October
Keeping in the spirit of dereliction, this promising Halloween ball party is going to be held in an old, abandoned London theatre. The ghosts of former stage performers will be lurking around so be prepared for a scare and possibly a few Shakespearean one-liners coming out of a lonely stairwell...Featuring nine stages and a cast of 150 performers, this is set to be a Halloween spectacular, with the theme being a dark tribute to the classic monsters of horror. The event is to be held at the Coronet Theatre, and you can book tickets here.
Screening of ‘The Thing’ Onboard the Cutty Sark - Greenwich - October 31st 6pm
Royal Museums Greenwich are hosting what promises to be an exhilarating halloween themed night with one of horror’s most classic offering’s, John Carpenter’s 1982 cult classic ‘The Thing’. Be transported from the helm of the Cutty Sark to the bitter frost of the Antarctic (not physically, unfortunately) where scientists discover a shape-shifting alien and have to battle to the bitter end to survive. With such an apt setting, this showing is sure to keep attendees on the edges of their seats. To book tickets, click here.
Half-term horrors at Eltham Palace - Eltham - 23rd - 27th October
This mini-halloween festival will be taking over Eltham Palace every day throughout the school half-term period. Alongside costume competitions, there will be pumpkin carving sessions and other festivities. Just turn up in your best fancy dress and wander round the grounds to experience the fun and games.
Horniman Museum Halloween Fair - Forest Hill - 28th - 29th October
Forest Hill’s favourite farmer’s market will be getting a quirky twist this October and will be getting a halloween themed makeover. Plenty of exciting and spooky activities will be available for families and friends to indulge in, including food & drink stalls, spooky animals, and an arts and crafts market. Just pop along to the market between 10.30am - 4.30pm and explore…More info here.
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Halloween Disco At The Rivioli Ballroom - 28th October
Who said ghouls and glamour can’t go hand in hand? For the disco and funk lovers out there who appreciate releasing their inner le freak at every opportunity, this is the perfect way to spend your Halloween dancing the night away under the disco ball and the moonlight. Rivoli Ballroom is a remarkable grade II listed building in Brockley and is one of Lewisham’s secret gems. It has a 1950/60s interior decor, giving it an authentic vintage look. The music on the night will be of the ghoul funk variety, with DJ Kobayashi providing a ‘horror journey into the sound blend of music’ (whatever that means). Dresscode is listed as "terrifying 70’s and 80’s" (Funky Frankenstein in flares and shades? I think I can just about picture it). Attendees are advised not to come alone! Tickets here.
Halloween Film Screening - Catford Constitutional Club.
As part of the Our Hither Green programme for this year’s Halloween, fringe group ‘Other side of the tracks’ - which we assume refers to those passionate Hither Greeners who reside on the ‘Catford’ side of Hither Green train station, are hosting this blood-thirsty spectacle at one of Catford’s famed - and aptly gothic - venues, the Constitutional Club. With the classic comedy horror being shown at 7:30pm, the night will evolve quickly into a ‘Monster mash to the witching hour’ for the ghoulish attendees to unleash their inner occult through the medium of dancing…
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