Halloween weekend is here – hurrah! As you can imagine, Halloween is one of Hg2‘s favourite excuses to get all dressed up and go out; after all, only the lame stay home and watch old horror movies behind a pillow. We round up the best of London’s Halloween-themed bashes (at least the ones that haven’t sold out yet), from rocking out with Alice Cooper to camping it up with Jodie Harsh. There’ll be murder on the dance floor, we tell you.
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Nightmare In New York, 25 Berwick Street, W1F
London’s most famous drag queen Jodie Harsh knows how to put on a show, and that’s exactly what she’s doing this weekend at the Paramount club on the 31st floor of the sky-high Centre Point building. Called Nightmare In New York, the outrageous Halloween ball will be spread across two hedonistic floors, complete with live DJs, dramatic performance art pieces and a dressed-t0-thrill crowd. There’ll even be haunted lifts to ping you up – and stop you from leaving. The party’s over when Jodie says it is.
Alice Cooper Halloween Night Of Fear, The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1
You can always count on The Roundhouse to come up trumps when it comes to live music, but who knew it was so into Halloween? This year, the venue is hosting legendary rocker Alice Cooper and his eerie Halloween Night Of Fear; included in the two-day show (tonight and tomorrow) will be a circus freak show, outrageous performance art pieces and more shock-rock thrills and spills than one stage can handle. From the comic to the downright weird, the event is sure to be one of the most depraved ways to spend Halloween in the capital.
A Nightmare On Pie Street, The Vauxhall Griffin, 8 Wyvil Road, SW8
As one of Vauxhall’s most popular pub’n’grub’n’tunes nights (we didn’t realise it had more than one, either), PiE&MASH will be hosting a Freddy Kreuger-themed bash at The Vauxhall Griffin. While it may not be the glammest way to kickstart your Halloween weekend, it is certainly one of the funnest, with good old-fashioned pie and mash served up in the kitchen, and pop, indie, vintage and electro served up on the dance floor. Best Freddy costume wins loads of free stuff. What’s not to love?
Eat Your Heart Out & The Pretox Potion, 188 Shoreditch High Street, E1
Dubbing itself the world’s first 18+ cake shop, Eat Your Heart Out & The Pretox Potion is a one night-only pop-up shop at renowned collectibles store, Maiden. Located in Shoreditch, the store will by run by renowned London cake blogger Miss Cakehead and will offer Halloween-inspired confectionary against a backdrop of heavy metal by The Defiled. Try the ‘Vagina Dentata’ cake – it’s quite a mouthful.