Top 4 ‘Eat, drink and be scary’ All Hallows haunts
Brush the cobwebs off your sexy banana costume; it’s that time of year to make a tit of yourself in fancy dress again. We’ve rounded up the most spine-chilling Halloween happenings in North London and, trust us, they sound horrendous.
Be afraid, be very afraid.
1. Theatre for the cold, black heart beating within you
Scaring the living daylights out of audiences since its inception in 2011, the London Horror Festival is a celebration of the ghoulish, the thrilling and the downright macabre through the mediums of live performance. Featuring almost two dozen spine-chilling shows, you’re horrifyingly spoilt for choice.
Our poisons of choice include: All But Us, a quirky horror rom-com about a vampire in love, Father of Lies, re-enacting the disturbing true story of an unsolved murder in 1973 West Germany, and The Stomaching, a trippy and transcendent thankfully fictional tale of human drug trials in 1969.
London Horror Festival
The Old Red Lion, Islington, EC1V 4NJ
Now – 4th November, check website for more details.
2. Trick or treat yo’ scary self
What do you get when you drop a pumpkin? Squash. Or in Dead Dolls Houses’ case (try saying that three times), a sausage and Gruyere stuffed pumpkin.
Friday’s fangtastic feast will also see the likes of devilled eggs, candy apples and vodka jelly shots. After that, you can boo-gie down in this reputedly haunted Victorian townhouse with in-house DJs playing haunting hip-hop, bewitching R’n’B and spine-chilling funk & soul. This spooktacular soiree will continue on Saturday for the real party startlers, set over two floors and letting the ghoul-times roll til 4am.
Dead Dolls House, 181 Upper Street, N1 1RQ.
Friday 27th October and Saturday 28th October
Tickets start at £15 and can be bought here.
3. #SquadGhouls Pizza Party
Bottomless cocktails, unlimited pizza and dressing up in matching Pikachu onesies with all my mates? My rattling bones are ready.
Brunch party monsters Over Dough are hosting a Halloween special this Saturday, taking over Proud Camden for the day. Plus, they’ve teamed up with their mischievous mates at Homeslice to concoct endless Halloween inspired pizzas. Fingers crossed there’ll be no (real) blood in the marinara sauce. After stuffing yourself to near-explosion with glorious glorious pizza, you can word vomit the lyrics to your favourite hip-hop tracks with a slashing of karaoke.
12pm – 5pm, Saturday 28th October.
Over Dough, Proud Camden, NW1 8AH.
4. Cut some witches
Drink Shop and Do have their pumpkin carving skills in session this week, and it’s going to be so classy it’s scary. By classy, we mean you get to neck glasses of champagne and prosecco the whole time you’re there. Is it safe to wield knives, stab large vegetables and handle lit candles whilst drunk? Probably not, but we’re not going to stop you. Maybe you’ll just end up with a really realistic Halloween ‘costume’ for the remainder of the festivities.
Drink Shop and Do, 9 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX
Wednesday 25th October – Tuesday 31st October.
5. Bonus idea: Screw Halloween
Not a fan of all this dressing up and getting messy lark?
Grab your mates, go to your local, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over. How’s that for a slice of fried gold?
Happy Haunting, ghoulfriends.
By gum there are a lot of winter markets this year. Fueled by sickly sweet mulled wine and overpriced pulled pork sliders, we’ve managed to wade our way through the murky waters of winter markets and find some decent looking ones round this here part of town. Don’t let our Grinch-esq vibes put you off (I’m more of a Pancake Day person myself) because, if you’re into markets, you’ll probably like these. Read on, if you’re merrier than us.
Take a short walk along Finsbury Park’s own sunset strip and you’ll find MoseyHome, an interiors retailer and styling consultancy who have invited us to collaborate with them on an exciting new series titled 'Style My Shop', in which they invite some of London's most talented interiors experts to quite literally style their shop. Interiors porn at it's finest.
Why was the snowman sad? Because he had a meltdown. Much like us, every year, when winter comes. It’s cold, it’s dark, and we know Christmas is on its way. But hey, it’s not all bad – the events round this time of year can be pretty swell. So don your scarf-shawl-blanket and get your frolic on, it’s time for fairy lights, scarfing mulled wine and stuffing your face!
Touch, taste, smell, hear and create art. Smith & Sinclair, purveyors of the Edible Cocktail, presents The Flavour Gallery: a multi-sensory adventure that’ll seduce your senses and tickle your taste buds beyond all imagination. Ooh matron!
Brush the cobwebs off your sexy banana costume; it’s that time of year to make a tit of yourself in fancy dress again. We’ve rounded up the most spine-chilling Halloween happenings in North London and, trust us, they sound horrendous. Be afraid, be very afraid.
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