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Lost Weekend: Halloween Edition

This weekend's best culture, shopping, food and drink events get a little scary

Written by . Published on October 27th 2011.

Lost Weekend: Halloween Edition

HOW could it have happened? Why are the Romans, the evil brains behind our modern-day calendar, putting us through this misery? Did they really have to mess up our promises of working hard and staying focused on uni, or our intentions of performing well at work? This year, Halloween falls on a Monday (of all days), and that inconvenience has hit us hard. It appears that many clubs and shops are going all out this coming weekend, even more so than in recent years. From Thursday onwards, you can hop from party to party and from event to event. This week, Lost Weekend goes 75 percent gory (since Halloween is on a Monday…) and 25 percent full-on glamour and guitars.


Evening Of Frocks Evening of Frocks
Whether you’re looking to add more glam to your zombie costume, or you envision being a vampire who hasn’t sacrificed their fashion sense for immortality, or perhaps you’re simply not buying into the whole Halloween business at all and dying for a non-gory related event to pop up, look no further. BuyMyWardrobe has planned an exciting offshoot event, dedicated to selling pre-loved, designer party frocks and just in time for the Halloween weekend. Since their first event in 2008, BuyMyWardrobe has been making waves in the fashion world, always attracting of uber-fashionistas with their unwanted, but still show-stopping designer wardrobes. This event will be no different from the others, as glamorous as always.


VIP tickets £20

Home House

21 Portman Square


6pm – 9pm

Thursday 27 October

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We’re all familiar to the scenario.:You’ve found the perfect costume, look absolutely terrifying, and then… there’s that lingering task of the finishing touch: make-up. You could have a go with your local corner shop’s make-up set, or – if you’re a no make-up wonder – you can seek the expert advice from a professional at Screenface. At their Seven Dials shop they have an array of costume wigs, novelty eyelashes, face-paints, fangs, blood and gore – turning even the ghastliest of Halloween looks into beautiful works of art. If you prefer to have a go yourself, you can get one of their DIY character makeover packs and choose from a range of quick application prosthetic pieces including pixie ears, creepy fingers and open wounds.

From £35


48 Monmouth Street


From Thursday 27 October: 10:30am – 6:30pm (please note: closed from 2 – 3pm), Sun: noon – 5pm


Gibson City Blues Jam
Do you like to jam around on your guitar and are secretly wondering if you could perhaps make a living out of music? Are you a budding Eric Claptons or Keith Richards? Whichever description applies to you, head to Boisdale restaurant at Canary Wharf on Tuesday, for a money can’t buy opportunity to live the dream and play in a band before a live audience at a world-class venue. When joining the house band Pacifico Blue, you’ll be handed a Gibson Custom guitar or bass so you can jam away in style to a track of your own choice. Not to worry if you’re not a guitar wonder; drum and key players plus vocalists are also welcome. Be warned though, in order to play you must have a reservation to eat.

Boisdale of Canary Wharf

Cabot Place West

Canary Wharf

E14 4QT


Tuesday 1 November

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Festival of the Dead
A theatre/comedy night might not be your typical Halloween night out, but it does give us a refreshing alternative to sweating your make-up off in a nightclub. The Nabokov Arts Club brings East London charm to the BAC and presents a grand Halloween spectacular coming weekend: The Festival of the Dead. Expect two consecutive nights full of Halloween madness, explosive theatre, side-splitting comedy, high-voltage poetics, rabble-rousing live bands and DJs, plus lashings of atmosphere. The extravaganza of live theatre and comedy goes hand in hand with a well-stocked bar, food loveliness and live bands you have to dance like a monkey to.

£15 to £20 (on the door)


Lavender Hill

SW11 5TN

8pm – 2am

Friday 28 and Saturday 29 November 

Buried-Alive-Ball-Top-Banner Buried Alive Halloween Ball
You’ll have to look deep into your pockets, but try being in a scarier place than the tombs hidden deep under London Bridge. All Halloween fans should attend the Buried Alive Halloween Ball at least once in a lifetime if they want to be accounted for as true fans. Tickets to the Ball cost around a staggering £200, but that includes cocktails, unlimited drinks and a five course gala dinner. You’ll also receive a professional shot photograph of your wicked self. The theme for this year will be ‘The Deadly Seduction Of The Orient’ so expect Chinese dragons, Samurai swords and martial arts.

£100 (excluding drinks) - £195 (including extras)

London Bridge Experience and London Tombs

2-4 Tooley Street


6pm – late

From Friday 28 October – Sunday 30 October 

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Carving Contest
What better way to celebrate Halloween than by carving the creepiest, most frightening face into a pumpkin, and winning a £1,000 Fortnum’s hamper? Fortnum & Mason are hosting two separate events this weekend, The Children’s Competition (up to ten years old) and The Adult Competition (for those aged eleven and over). The Children’s Competition will take place at the Demonstration Kitchen, between 3pm and 5pm, and a crate of Splendid Sweets will be at stake for the best carved pumpkin and the best fancy dress. The Adult Competition will then kick off at 6pm at the Gallery Restaurant. Complimentary nibbles and bites will be on offer and the maker of the scariest pumpkin will receive a £1,000 Fortnum's hamper. Then, all the winning pumpkins will be featured in Fortnum’s famous windows.

Free, but bring your own pumpkin!

Fortnum & Mason

181 Piccadilly


3pm – 8pm

Friday 29 September

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