Halloween is here again, and the ghouls of Liverpool will be out in force, Getintothis’ Simon Kirk and Steven Doherty gives us all the gory goings-on.
So here we are. Halloween. Not only did this writer draw the short straw with last year’s Christmas guide, the cup double was confirmed with Halloween, too.
Yes, suffice to say, landmark occasions from this perspective are usually ignored (including the front door on Halloween night). Oh well, honesty is the best policy.
If Halloween is your thing, however, then there’s plenty on offer around the city. Scare-mazes, floating cinemas, raves and quizzes. Like everything else, our fine city has you more than covered.
The Disco Inferno Festival in the Baltic Triangle looks to be the big one, but if you want to celebrate Halloween on the night, then there’s a vast array of activities to sink your fangs into (sorry, it needed saying).
So, enough of my morose ramblings and awful puns. Below is the pick of the action for this year’s Halloween festivities. Read on if you dare…
Liverpool Floating Cinema’s Halloween Special: Albert Dock, Thursday October 24 to Thursday October 31
The floating cinema returns to the iconic Albert Dock this October with a spooky twist!
Enjoy your favourite Halloween movies including family favourites Hocus Pocus, Casper, Adams Family and Beetlejuice. If something a little spookier is what you are after then we have you covered with our adult only evening screenings including Rocky Horror Picture Show, Scream, Psycho and Nightmare on Elm Street.
Halloween Martini: The Martini Lounge, Royal Court Theatre: Thursday October 24
Give your Halloween a saucy twist with this gorgeous Vaudeville inspired cabaret night. Join Millie Dollar for a night of spooky showmanship and stunning acts that dissect the worlds of burlesque, comedy, circus and stunts.
The Asylum Tour: Camp and Furnace, October 24 to November 3
Half term is here and so is the Asylum tour. 11 days over 2 weekends during half term). There are three session per day from 6-8pm, 8-10pm and 10-12pm. Enter if you dare if you like a big scare.
Katumba Halloween Parade Grand Finale: Saturday, October 26
Liverpool One will become the stage for the Katumba Halloween Parade Grand Finale. What does that mean. A slew of drummers and Halloween costume are set to light up L1.
The parade beings at the Soul Café on Bold Street at 8pm, going through to Williamson Sqaure then the Metquarter, with the parade finishing in Liverpool One on the Green Steps near John Lewis at 10pm. Quite the spectacle, this.
Throwback Film Festival – Shaun Of The Dead: Revolution St Peters Square, Sunday October 27
Take a trip down to St Peter’s Square where they’ll be screening classic rom-zom-com Shaun of the Dead as part of their Throwback Film Festival. One to watch over a few pints on a Sunday evening.
The Sesh’s Halloween House Party: Heebie Jeebies, Wednesday October 30
The Sesh returns to Heebie Jeebies for their very own Halloween House Party. Hip hop, R&B, disco and tech house are on offer as well as face painters, props and inflatables.
Baked A La Ska Halloween Special: Philharmonic, Wednesday October 30
Bringing old school ska, good vibes and all your favourite tunes to the Philharmonic, Baked A La Ska is going all out this Halloween. Expect themed tunes from Black Magic Woman to Ghost Busters and much more.
Lost At The Freakshow: Camp & Furnace, Thursday October 31
The Camp and Furnace has its very own freakshow. On the night you can expect a full venue transformation, music from house/tech artists, Dan Fresco and Liam Ross, interactive and immersive theatre, circus performers and face painters, props and inflatables.
Medication Halloween: Electrik Warehouse, Thursday October 31
The most infamous Fright Night Fancy Dress Party in the city with three rooms of music including all the Halloween Hits. Room 1 is Shit Indie Haunted Disco. Room 2 is the Medication Madhouse with chart and pop and Room 3 is the The Electrik Chair featuring all your rock, pop punk and metal.
WAH x Fiesta Bombarda: Invisible Wind Factory: Thursday October 31
Join the Invisible Wind Factory, who kickstart their Spooky Mungo’s Hi Fi Halloween Tour. It’s a night of Dub, reggae and jungle, featuring Mungos Hi Fi ft Charlie P, Egoless, UKJ FT Lady Sould and Rum Riddimz.
Cirque Du Soul Halloween Ft. Elliot Adamson: Hangar 34, Thursday October 31
A night of magic dance will be transformed into a twisted circus of misfits & freaks. Join the haunted mansion for a night of house and disco. Line-up includes Newcastle’s Elliot Adamson with support from residents, the Weaver Bros and Hollie Profit.
Pennywise Twisted Circus: Baa Bar, Thursday October 31
Pennywises’ Twisted Circus will be dropping the Halloween remixes and shooters. Expect a night of disco, funky house and hip hop. And a lot of clowns, too!
Yeeodel Rave presents Carnevil w/ OC & Verde: Arts Club, Thursday October 31
Liverpool’s Irish rave goes Carnevil! The Arts Club brings you a night of Halloween mayhem with techno head honchos OC & Verde + the long awaited return of T78. Support comes from In Two Minds and Matty Ralph.
Liverpool Disco Festival’s Disco Inferno – Halloween/Day Of The Dead Special: Camp and Furnace, 24 Kitchen Street, District, Saturday November 2
Liverpool Disco Festival returns for their seventh instalment with a Halloween themed special. Set of various venues in the Baltic Triangle with deep soulful house, dico, funk and soul on offer, the line-up features, Craig Smith, Daniel Wang, Danny Krivit, Get Down Edits, Graeme Park, James Morgan, John Morales, Marcellus Pittman, Natasha Kitty Katt, Neil Pierce, Nightmares On Wax, Rahaan, Red Greg, Sense of Sound Choir, Souldynamic and Todd Terry.
Trapped In Wonderland Halloween Experience: Hangar34, Thursday October 31
Trapped In Wonderland returns with a brand new adventure. Jump down the rabbit hole and wander through a haunted fairytale. Alice has been locked away forever and ever and has inevitably gone rather mad. The cats and bunnies are deranged, the tea party is covered in blood and now Evil Alice is throwing an epic party.
Rave Yard / Bermuda / Halloween: North Shore Troubadour, Thursday October 31
Rave Yard will fuse the most otherworldly bass sonics alongside Bermuda’s signature dead-rising lighting rig – enter if you dare on this night of drum n bass, reggae and UK garage.
The line-up includes Rum Riddimz Run, Ant, At:Las, Ben OC, Bermuda DJs, Born To Roll, Boing, Crown Events, Dalema, Ergon, Hallix, Incursion Recordings, Josie, Kaiju Promotions, LLOYDWILLs, Loki, Lowkey, MC Steppa, NJC Presents, Outhouse Sounds, Pinnacles of Garage, Porge, Red Brick Events, Shadows, Spektrum, Sumo, Subdue, Tron and Will Kirk.
The Wonder Pot w/ Leon Vynehal: 24 Kitchen Street, Thursday October 31
With a unique style that takes in homegrown house and bass via experimentalist downtempo and electronica, hit up 24 Kitchen Street to see Leon Vynehal.
Twisted Circus Halloween Festival: Circo, Friday November 1
Circo is bringing you a blood-curdling bash this Halloween, as the Seel Street party is filled with death-defying acts, barmy characters and a heart-pumping soundtrack. Get involved!
Raw: Halloween in the Palm House: Sefton Park Palm House, Friday November 1
RAW returns to the Sefton Park Palm House for a Halloween special like no other. Situated deep in the forests of Sefton Park, expect a night of house, acid house, disco and techno.
Ya Nan’s Big Spooky Quiz: Camp and Furnace on Friday November 1
Ya Nan‘s back, this time with her Spooky Quiz. Grab a creepy costume and join Ya Nan and the Shit Indie Disco boys for a haunted Halloween house party. Games, prizes, cash karaoke, sing-a-longs, raffles & quizzing aplenty here.
Yousef presents Circus Halloween: Bramley Moore Dock, Saturday November 2
The legendary Circus Halloween Fancy Dress party arrives again. Starting from 2pm the line-up includes Jamie Jones, Luciano, Eats Everything, Green Velvet, Yousef, Jansons and Lewis Boardman.