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 Weekend At Baltic Market
Naked Lunch Rocky Horror Karaoke
Naked Lunch, the wonderful co-op cafe and meeting space, will be hosting a themed Rocky Horror Picture Show night with karaoke, special shots & cocktail menu, mini quiz with prizes, best costume prize – hosted by local singer Sophie Evans. Admission is completely free! More info here.
Ghoulies Ghost Tour
Fancy exploring the dark side of Liverpool? Well, you’re just in luck as a brand new, state of the art, all year round horror experience is opening in Liverpool city centre. From the team who brought Awakening Pure Evil terror to one of Liverpool’s disused dock warehouses last year, Ghoulies Haunted House is set to open this October. The scare attraction will feature the latest animatronics and Hollywood-quality characters for a thrilling experience. More here.
Hot Chocolate Tour
In the words of the Welsh wizard and all-round sex bomb, Tom Jones “Baby it’s cold outside”. Now a quick Google or an NHS brochure may suggest you put an extra layer on, sit close to the radiator and all other reasonable suggestions but we have never been a fan of reasonable. The only way to truly warm up and increase your level of happiness 10000% simultaneously, is to dive head first (not literally) into a big hot chocolate. Read our ultimate guide here.
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 29th outside The Bombed Out Church. They’re inviting dogs of all shapes and sizes to meet 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 once dystopian society, ‘Acts of Vengeance’ follows on from last year’s epic battle, in which the LORDS were heroically defeated and overthrown by the PUNKS – banished, never to be seen again.With control now firmly in the hands of the PUNKS, peace and civility have been restored. No longer do people live in fear of the brutal and corrupt regime that once plagued this world… but every good thing must come to an end. Tickets.
Wake The Dead Halloween Parade
On Saturday 28th October 2017 from 8pm onwards prior to the main Voodou Ball event, and in conjunction with BrazUKa, will be the annual carnival of noise – Wake The Dead Halloween Parade. Led by 70-strong drum troupe, Katumba, the parade will commence at the top of Bold Street, making its way through Liverpool city centre. The parade is free to the public. A spectacle, not to be missed!
Witches & Wizardry School of Excellence
As you enter the mystical world where dreams become reality and the magic begins.Your children will become part of the show and be taken on a journey of a lifetime. They will step into the school of magic & wisdom and help the characters solve problems and enrol in magic masterclasses. Fully immersive theatre event where children are taken on a magical journey with Witches & Wizards learning how to make spells & potions.
Students will take part in:
Graduation Ceremony & Certificate
Pick Up A Pumpkin
Stuffing your face full of sweets that were specifically meant for trick and treaters is great and all but all know the greatest tradition is carving the pumpkin. A meticilous task that comes with immense responsibility. Here’s a few places you can pick up some pumpkins this year: Claremont Farm, Poplar Farm, Church View Farm and The Pumpkin Patch in Hightown.
Hocus Pocus Film Night
Everybody’s favourite Hocus Pocus is being screened in the beautiful HUS. Join them in welcoming the Sanderson Sisters to HUS for a night of witches, black cats and flying spell books. Winifred, Mary and Sarah are back for your children for one night only…… Welcome to All Hallows’ Eve! Tickets are sold out but check here for details.
‘Strangest Things’ is the ’80s themed immersive club night influenced by the Netflix TV series, Stranger Things. Soundtracked by vinyl records featured in and inspired by the show. This October, travel into the upside with them, and back to dance-floors of 1984 at The Invisible Wind Factory. Details and tickets can be found here.
This Halloween, fall back into the 80’s as Constellations is transformed into the immersive depths of Hawkins, Indiana. Filled with exciting twists and turns as you make your way around the venue, supernatural happenings as well as a live 80’s synth, The Department of Energy, performing bangers from the critically acclaimed science-fiction-horror tv series; Stranger Things. With the launch of the next Stranger Things series airing globally on Halloween weekend, we’re teaming up with a film production team to push through to the underneath. Featuring backdrops, immersive aerial settings, supernatural beings, classic 80’s arcade consoles and even telepathic soundscapes. We’ve got your Halloween ticked off! Tickets here.
Wonderland At Camp
Between April and June, 1983, 4 young, blonde haired women in their early twenties went missing on Merseyside, only to be found butchered several weeks later. In August of the same year, police finally caught up with their killer. Murderer Henry Francis Graham was sentenced to life in a maximum security prison. During the court case, Graham had arrived each day wearing a top hat and tails. It was this, coupled with his preference for young blonde women, that earned him the moniker – The Mad Hatter – a name gifted to him by the press during his trial. You must venture inside Wonderland. You must confront the acolytes within. You must outwit the Hatter.Wonderland is staged in The Blade Factory above Camp and Furnace from Sunday, October 29 to Saturday, November 4. Tickets.
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 on the 28th October. Located at the Camp and Furnace, head down to hear, Yousef, Kink – LIVE, Sasha 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. Small amount of tickets left, check them here.
Go On A Spooky Welly Walk
The Spooky Welly Walk is a two mile, Halloween themed, family walk through Sefton Park with over 20 different Trick or Treat activity stations. Strike a pose in the Pumpkin Patch, dare to dig through the 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.Early bird tickets are £4 per adult and £4 per child (under 2’s go free). You can also buy tickets on the day of the event for £5 per adult and £5 per child (under 2’s go free). Tickets here.
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. Fatman Scoop is the special guest so you know it’s going to eb good. Tickets have sold out but some more may come available, check them out here.
Go And See A Play At The Everyman
Musician and theatre maker Dom Coyote and his hi-octane multi-instrumentalist band The Bloodmoneys obliterate the line between epic theatre and raucous gig. Inspired by Philip K Dick’s post-apocalyptic novel Dr. Bloodmoney and David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, Songs for the End of the World is a show like no other.Welcome to New Albion, a near-future dystopia of suffering and exploitation. While some predict armageddon, many are simply preparing for the end. When the apocalypse does arrive, astronaut Jim Walters is left suspended in orbit on his way to Mars, broadcasting his songs for the end of the world back to a silent Earth. More info here.
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 in full costume. More info 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.
Shuffle Along To A Spooky Silent Disco Tour Of Liverpool
This Halloween, there’s something strange in your neighbourhood! Silent Adventures, the UK’s only walking silent disco tour, invites you to join us as we stalk the streets of Liverpool on our Spooktacular Halloween Adventure. With our demonically summoned soundtrack, you’ll have a thriller of a time as you (ghost)bust some frighteningly funky moves on a highway to hell! Book here now, or you’ll live to regret it!
303 Halloween at Williamson Tunnels
The Williamson Tunnels are a labyrinth of tunnels in the Edge Hill area of Liverpool, England, which were built under the direction of the eccentric businessman Joseph Williamson between 1810 and 1840 and for Halloween they will be turned into an all night party. The Selador Boys, Dave Seaman & Steve Parry return for a special B2B show. Get your 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.
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.