Halloween; the time of year it becomes acceptable to blast out Monster Mash, sneak pumpkin into near enough everything and cover a whole apple in toffee and still deem it one of your five a day.
From bingeing on the sweets that didn’t quite make it to the trick or treaters, to the moment you turn the big light off and light the candle in the pumpkin to illuminate your masterpiece, gore blimey it’s a good time of year. We’ve decided to compile a list of things to do this Halloween for the people who can’t get away with trick or treating one more year. There’ll be fun for all the family, parties until the early morning and also some events you won’t want to miss out on. Don’t worry, we know what you’re thinking and yes there will still be time to watch Hocus Pocus.
Halloween Film Festival In An Old Abandoned Asylum
Oh c’mon, we had to get this in, didn’t we? Join us on the 30th October for a terrifyingly good night full of film, food and fright. We’ve got the keys to the Newsham Park Abandoned Hospital and we are turning it into a film festival with absolute blockbusters on all day. Expect Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hocus Pocus, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Shining. Tickets have sold out but check the link here as more will come available.
John Carpenter Live At The Olympia
Carpenter will play Liverpool’s Olympia Theatre on Friday October 28 and joins the already announced Liverpool Music Week opening party billing of Warpaint. The American, known as the Horror Master, directed cinematic classics Halloween, Escape from New York andAssault on Precinct 13, while also composing his trademark synthesizer scores which became as celebrated as the films themselves. Having also directed the likes of The Fog, The Thing and Big Trouble in Little China, Carpenter returned to prominence in 2015 focusing on his music with his first studio album – Lost Themes – an album which married his characteristic chilling sounds to imaginary films. Tickets here. Thanks to Getintothis for info.
Howl’Oween Puppy Parade
Two of our favourite things in the world are coming together this year: dogs and Halloween. Petrifying pugs, spooky Shar Pei’s and monstrous terrifying terriers will all come together on October 30th outside BrewDog. They’re inviting dogs of all shapes and sizes to meet at BrewDog Liverpool (8 Colquitt Street L1 4DE) for a Halloween Puppy Procession lead by a gang of Pugs, showing off your pooches scariest, most terrifying outfits on a stroll around town. More info here.
Voodoo Ball At Invisible Wind Factory
Come join Liverpool’s favourite Halloween party for an unforgettable night of African dance music, drumming, fire, martial arts, incredible set design, face & body painting, and much more. Set against the futuristic landscape of a dystopian society, The Return to Afrotopia tells the story of a self-destructing world, in which civil order has broken down and violence is rife. At the heart of the chaos are the PUNKS and the LORDS – 2 conflicting tribes who once lived harmoniously, sharing ideologies and power. Get tickets here.
DRESS TO IMPRESS
Remember the simple days where a roll of toilet paper and imagination turned you into a Mummy and a regular old stick turned you into a witch? Not anymore! Head to Smiffys on Bold Street or Lili Bizarre to pick up your outfit whether you’re trick or treating, boogying on down or having a house party. We recommend dressing up as a skeleton if you have no body to go with (get it?)
Dance Your Makeup Off At Circus’ HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
Circus returns this Halloween for another instalment of their legendary Halloween partying. Located at the Camp and Furnace, head down to hear Seth Troxler, Luciano, Butch and lots more to have you sweating off your makeup until the early hours of the morning. One of the best parties in the city and not to be missed. Tickets are completely sold out but some may come available, check them here.
Dare To Dine At The We Know What You Did Last Supper at District House
Have the fright of your life at District House with its ‘I know what you did last supper’ event on Friday 28 October. Indulge in a three-course, seven deadly sins, themed menu starting with a proud Prosseco cocktail, a spicy prawn starter full of wrath, a rum punch to induce envy, a main of slothful braised beef or grilled cod risotto, a lusty vodka, rhubarb and pomegranate cocktail, a gluttonous toffee apple tarte tatin for dessert and just because they’re greedy, a Baileys and Chambord cocktail to finish. Make sure to keep a wary eye for unexpected guests and spine-chilling events throughout your meal, as terrifying scenes will unfold while you eat. Email [email protected] to book, pre-booking for both events is essential, tickets are £40 pp.
Go On A Spooky Welly Walk
Following the success of the event in Sefton Park, Liverpool, for the first time The Spooky Welly Walk will be coming to Sherdley Park! The Spooky Welly Walk is a Halloween themed, family walk with over 20 different Trick or Treat activity stations. Jump on board the Halloween train, dare to dig through Vampire’s blood at our Yucky Dip stand, take a ride on the mini fairground rides and look out for Halloween surprises along the route! Each child who finishes the walk will receive a medal from Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation’s very own mascot, Samantha the Panther. Tickets here.
Liverpool Disco Festival
On the 29th October The Baltic Triangle will be awash with disco lovers, flares and guaranteed good times. Hustle. SUNcéBeat and Southport Weekender are proud to present the inaugural edition of Liverpool Disco Festival with huge stars from across the globe coming to one triangle to perform. There’s even a roller disco! Few tickets left, grab them here. Dance ’till you drop.
Prepare To Be Scared At Shiverpool’s Terrifying Tours
Mary Coffins and Chilla Black are gearing up for their biggest week ever as they take you on ghostly tours with chilling facts around Liverpool’s vast historic buildings. Jump on their bus if you dare and prepare to be scared. As well as being incredibly entertaining, the tour is also very informative. Find more info about tours here.
Get Rambunctious At Bongo’s Bingo: Halloween Special
When it comes to a unique Halloween event in Liverpool, look no further than this. Join Bongo’s Bingo this Halloween for night of debauchery that you might need to leave your Nan at home for. It’s fancy dress inspired so don’t forget to dress to impress. Tickets have sold out but some more may come available, check them out here.
Join The Garland’s Family
This Halloween, Saturday 29th October sees Garlands transformed for the Fancy dress party of the year. Be devilish, be a witch bitch, the more spooky and colourful the better. Two floors decorated especially for the night, speciality cocktails and amazing entertainment all night, come and join us to have a frightfully fantastic time. Glamorous gore and guts, special 1 o’clock and 3 o’clock shows, be thrilled and be very afraid. Tickets here.
Go See Frankenstein At The Everyman
The ghost story Frankenstein was written two hundred years ago by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who expanded it later into a novel. This influential and much referenced work has spawned a genre of horror stories, films and plays. Philip Pullman‘s brilliant play, one of the most popular versions, has been performed many times by youth and school groups. More info here.
Watch Psycho With A Live Orchestra At Philharmonic Hall
The sinister motel, that strange young man, the raw terror that lurks behind the shower-curtain – there’s never been a thriller quite as terrifying as Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho… and there’s never been a film score quite like Bernard Herrmann’s: those stabbing violins have been the soundtrack to all our nightmares. So this Halloween, what better way to give yourself the fright of your life than with this big-screen showing at the art-deco Philharmonic Hall, with Herrmann’s score performed live by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Join them if you dare. Tickets here.
Rave At The Asylum
Fans of dancing, grab your dancing shoes and head to The Asylum on 29th October for a night of terrifyingly good techno. Extra special guest Sven Väth will be on the decks and expect the likes of Ilario Alicante, Tim Green and Jemmy. The event is on 10pm-4am, get your tickets here.
picture by Anthony Mooney
Bring Your Dancing Shoes To The Horse Meat Disco Halloween Special
The UK’s finest disco operators, Horse Meat Disco, return with another killer session of tried and tested underground disco at The Merchant on Slater Street. Entry is completely free and the partying is from 10am-3pm. More information here.
Attend Day of The Dead At Evil Eye Burrito
Evil Eye’s Day Of The Dead Weekend is back, in celebration of all things Mexican and downright deadly. They have a kick ass free weekend of live music, piñatas and partying ahead. Find out about all the bands playing here but don’t forget to leave space for one of their killer burritos.
Clown Around At A Secret Circus
The Secret Circus is a cabaret showcasing the weird, the wild, and the wonderful! They aim to give local acts a stage and bring originality back to entertainment. Boasting over 20 sold out shows from Liverpool to London to Los Angeles and recently Edinburgh Fringe, The Secret Circus is back for more. Help them pop their venue cherry at our new home ‘The Car Park Space’ in full costume. Tickets here.
EAT PUMPKIN CURRY At HoSt
Remember when we mentioned about sneaking pumpkin into just about everything? HOST, the incredible eatery on Hope Street, have created a pumpkin curry worth talking about. Forget Halloween, this should be appreciated all year round.
Spend A Night At A HAUNTED HOUSE
Speke Hall is an imposing Tudor mansion perched on the banks of the River Mersey. Used as a family home for over 400 years, including some turbulent history, this building is one of the most haunted in the North West. Speke Hall will be opening its doors over the Halloween weekend for two nights of ghoulish mystery that organisers promise will terrify. Go through the graveyard and try keep your wits about you. Get tickets here.
Enter The Chamber of Horrors Of St George’s Hall
On this unholy night, LoveHistory Loves Horror is about to embark on their most chilling event yet: The Chambers of Horrors: Resting Ground of the Unsaved Think Devils Rejects, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Salem’s Lot, Hammer House and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this event will have something for the most hard-core of horror fans. Inspired by a century of horror genres, we have chosen to journey through the darkest parts of St George’s Hall at night! For one week only, Liverpool’s most imposing building will host the damned, the unsaved and the cursed. More info here.
Drink Pumpkin Beer At Delifonseca
Before we gave you pumpkin you can eat and now here’s some pumpkin you can drink. Delifonseca Dockside is a wondrous haven of all things independent. Every nook and cranny is stocked full of delicious treats guaranteed to make your wallet and waistline shudder. They’ve got an eclectic mix of pumpkin beer that is delicious and most certainly unusual.
Drink Punch At A Hallowe’en Ball At The Baltic Social
All you Brides of Frankenstein who are in the Addams family way, all the clowns to the left of me and the Jokers to the right are invited to our Hallowe’en Ball. There’ll be a free glass of our special spooky Halloween punch for the first 100 of you through the doors. Expect all our usual floorfillers from pop to motown to power ballads plus some special Halloween treats plus games and the always popular buffet! Fri 28th Oct 9pm-2am, £5 entry (or £3 early bird list on event wall). All info here.
Mosey on Down To Liquidation at EBGBS presents The Loose Moose String Band’s POP Dungeon
If there’s hell below, we’re all gonna go! Celebrate Halloween in style as the Loose Moose String band take you on a suitably spooky journey through some pop classics and chart bangers in their old time hill billy bluegrass style. Followed by the Satans of Skank bringing you the scariest sonic guitars, synths and 6Ts through until 4am. Free before 11pm £3 after. All info here.
Head To The John Carpenter Weekender At Slim’s Pork Chop Express
John Howard Carpenter is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, musician, editor and composer. Although Carpenter has worked in numerous film genres, he is most commonly associated with horror and science fiction films from the 1970s and 1980s. This Halloween Slim’s will be paying homage to him by showcasing his films at the bar and putting on a special themed menu and soundtrack. Book in here.
Dance Until The Sun Rises At Modu:lar’s Hallowe’en Ballroom
MODU:LAR are back at the brilliant Buyers Club for a late-night Halloween spectacular featuring S.A.M., Saoirse and Nerram with live visuals and some deep, dark beats to match. Don’t miss it! Advance £10 | Student £5. Fancy dress is encouraged – the best costume on the night wins a £30 bar tab. Info here.
Make Your Own Halloween Punch
If you’re throwing a halloween party then you’re definitely going to need an impressive punch for your guests. We spoke to legendary cocktail shaker and maker Joe Wild, El Bandito resident, for his best recipe:
Recommended to be served in a stein. For one glass of punch: 50ml gin, 25ml aperol, 50ml of pine apple juice, fresh lemon juice, spoonful of sugar and a tea spoon of green food dye. Add pearls and grapes for dramatic effect. If you make a stein of punch you can add water to a marigold glove, freeze it, cut the glove off and have a floating ice hand in your bowl.
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