As October the 31st draws closer the ghosts and ghouls are coming out to play along the East London Line, and we have sought out the best events to make your Halloween ‘ELLish.
Hackney is the place to go for grown-up tricks and treats, with all sorts of club nights taking place. The Hoxton Pony plays host to a Halloween Ball on Friday 29th October, featuring a DJ set from New Young Pony Club. A dress code of ‘saints and sinners’ is in place, with New Young Pony Club judging, and awarding a prize to the best saint and the naughtiest sinner. Tickets cost £8 in advance and £10 on the door – and with the ticket comes a free glass of blood punch!
Also taking place in Hackney is a Halloween Dance of the Dead street parade, with an after-party. The event invites attendees to ‘dust down your ligaments, brush off your death mask and join us for a night of wild freak-easy abandonment till the morning come.’ It summons all spirits to gather at Hoxton Square at 7pm on Saturday October 30th, with plans to parade up to Gillett Square in Dalston where a Dance of the Dead dance-off will take place at a secret location, with everyone invited to dance all night long.
The march invites all artists all artists and creative thinkers to make a piece of work – be it musical, visual or movement-based – for this year’s great parade, with the dress code being black, white and red. See you there, if you dare dance with death and his friends!
For the spook-lover who prefers their thrills sitting down, the Rio Cinema in Dalston is hosting a late night Halloween double-bill on Saturday 30th, showing cult films Cat People and The Devil Rides Out. Tickets for this event are £7 and can be purchased at the venue.
For the little Halloween lover, the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill is where to head for festive fun on the 30th October. The museum is holding Miss Horniman’s Halloween Gathering – a party in the community food garden and centenary gallery, with pumpkins and spooky stories. There are treats for those dressed in Horniman-related costumes, and it is recommended a torch be brought to scare away any ghouls! Times are 5.30 – 6.15pm and 6.45 – 7.30pm, with the festivities costing £3 per person.
Children can also enjoy Halloween in Tower Hamlets with the Park After Dark event taking place on 30th October from 6 – 9pm. The free event takes place in the Ecology Pavilion in Mile End Park, and invites children age 7-11 on a half-hour scary tour of the pavilion, where they can solve mysteries and meet ghosts and monsters. Booking for this is also essential: telephone 020 7364 6098.
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