Happy Halloween: London clubbers share what to wear & where to go

Words by: Clare Scott
Posted: 10/10/12 7:52

Happy Halloween: London clubbers share what to wear and where to goAll Hallows’ Eve is fast approaching; the time of year where otherworldly beings head out to trick or treat. We spoke to some of these critters, a.k.a. London clubbers in full Halloween mode, to find out which watering holes they’ll be haunting, and learn a little about which creatures of the night they’ll be reincarnating themselves as.

Be prepared to be afraid, very afraid (or something like that).

Hayley, from South London
What’s the craziest Halloween outfit you’ve worn?
Last year I dressed as the girl from the ring. I wore my blackout contact lenses during the day and went out around town – I got some really funny looks.

Where will you be celebrating this year?
I’ve hired out the entire Simmons Bar in King’s Cross to run my own party; V.I.P. only!

And you’ll be wearing?
I’m pretty sure I’m going to buy the Black Beauty Widow costume.

What’s your best trick?
I have a few! I regularly hide from friends and jump out on them – even when it’s not Halloween. I once put a peel-off mask on my face; half pulled it off and ran out to my mum screaming. I can pull a pretty scary face. I've also made toffee apples using onions – now that’s a nasty surprise!

Caroline, from East London
What’s the craziest Halloween outfit you’ve worn?
When I was a kid, I dressed in a huge orange mac [Macintosh], which my mum stuffed full of balloons. I was a pumpkin and won the top prize at school. Awesome.

Where will you be celebrating this year?
A friend is hosting a private warehouse party in Finsbury Park. The theme is Surrealist Cabaret.

And you’ll be wearing?
A lot of sequins! I’m going as a dead Mickey Mouse, mixed with a magician’s assistant.

What’s your best trick?
I prefer TREATS!

Ema, from West London
What’s the craziest Halloween outfit you’ve worn?
A crossbreed between an elf and a werewolf.

Where will you be celebrating this year?
In Munich. In a club, well dancing definitely, but I’m not exactly sure where just yet. Maybe 089 Bar, Harry Klein, or maybe a gay party – the guys go all out and I love that!

And you’ll be wearing?
Hmm… maybe dressed as a dark angel?

Conor, from North London
What’s the craziest Halloween outfit you’ve worn?
To be honest my best costume was one of my first. It was when I was five or six and consisted of a black bin bag and an awesome pointy hat. I was a young male witch and I ruled.

Where will you be celebrating this year?
New York City!

And you’ll be wearing?
Apparently Americans take it very seriously so I’m still planning. The most popular suggestion on the table so far is for my two friends and I to all dress as Betelgeuse. Geddit?

What’s your best trick?
I do a mean coin disappearing and reappearing trick. It was taught to me when I visited the Magic Circle in King’s Cross [a headquarters for the Magician’s Society).

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Mexican festival Day of the Dead So that’s what our clubbers are wearing – what about me? Obsessed with the Mexican festival Day of the Dead as I am, I’ll be painting my face like a Latin American sugar skull, crowning it off with a wreath of blooms and slipping into some glow-in-the-dark skeleton pyjamas. I can’t wait.

A friend of mine is hosting a Inner Fears and Britney Spears-themed party in King’s Cross so I’ll be heading there, but if you’re still looking for ideas, take a look at the top three frightful parties we recommend.

1. Little House of Horrors at Maggie’s
On Saturday 27th October, the iconic, yet deceased beast Betelgeuse will be hosting the evening’s proceedings at Maggie’s – the quirky 80s-themed club in Fulham. The venue will be transformed into ‘Maggie’s Monster Mansion’, with a ‘Dead and Buried’ dress code, toxic cocktails and deadly décor.

2. Disco Slaughterclub and Supperclub
Blood, glitter, and screams await you through the gatekeeper-guarded doors of this West London club. Their celebrations take place over two evenings: the first, on Friday 26th October where Sancho Panza will begin the ‘nightmarish’ event. On the Saturday, it’s over to DJ Femi Fem, the club’s resident, to ensure the music is terrifically terrifying while a ‘four-corpse’ menu and live performers add to the eerie experience.

3. The Halloween Masked Ball from the Last Tuesday Society
Where better to embrace the witching hour than Georgian tunnels deep within the belly of London’s underground? Alongside music from Dickon Edwards, Troylus Searll, Louise XIV and Francois Dirty South, you’ll be able to indulge in a chilling chocolate fountain, perfect your waltz and swing moves, or participate in a bloodcurdling session in the séance room of this rumoured-to-be haunted venue. Spooky!


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