This week is Halloween. It’s also Dia De Los Muertos. And Bonfire Night! Which is basically the best week in London. So, get your sparklers ready kids, and get out on the street for some fun! As for costumes, the weirder, uglier and funnier the better!
(Alternatively, you could just binge watch Stranger Things on Netflix like the rest of us…)
This year Halloween is on a Tuesday, which is great because who actually likes going out on the weekend anyway. The Dictionary are hosting a Walking-Dead themed pub crawl around Shoreditch – with face painting at the hostel beforehand from 7-8. Think leather jackets, combat boots, melting faces, and LOTS of fake blood.
If you want something a little more traditional before you join the undead for the pub crawl, definitely check out the King’s Cross Halloween Parade, with costumes, lights, magic and circus. It starts at 6pm at the Birdcage just outside the station and continues into Granary Square.
Or, for something a little alternative, pop down the road to The Bookclub for a screening of “Teeth” a feminist, black comedy horror about a woman who has teeth in her vagina and uses them to take revenge on every man who ever wronged her. The screening is followed by a chat with super cool academic Amanda DiGioia, who researches the crossover between feminism and horror.
Dia De Los Muertos
Dia De Los Muertos is the Mexican festival of the dead – which is a really beautiful holiday celebrating the lives of those who died by eating lovely sweet bread, candy skeletons and having big, boisterous joyful colourful parties in cemeteries. It really shows how differently different cultures deal with death!
Although we aren’t in Mexico City (sadly) there are still some fun ways to get into the spirit!
Amazing Borough Market restaurant Tacos El Pastor are hosting a Dia De Los Muetos Fiesta lock-in, complete with DJs, mezcal and the best Tacos this side of the Atlantic. The owners of the restaurant used to run a famed Mexico City club, so the party es seguro de ser increíble. Even if you don’t make it to the fiesta, it’s worth getting down there for some excellent foods. £20 – Friday 3 November 10pm-2am, includes a welcome drink. Hurry, it’s almost sold out!
Mexican mega-chain Wahaca are hosting a weekend of festivities at the Vaults in Waterloo. All proceeds are to support the victims of the Mexican earthquake. There is loads of cool stuff to check out, from Mexican poets, to installations to super DJs – and The Vaults are a brilliant space to host the recreation of the Cemetery Panteon General in Oaxaca and a Mayan Jungle. 2-4 November, 7pm-2am, ticket prices vary.
This coming Sunday is Bonfire night. Bonfire night remembers Guy Fawkes, who tried to blow up the houses of Parliament in 1605. So. we celebrate with fireworks displays, mulled wine and bonfires! There are events all over London, but here are a few that are easy to get to from the hostel.
Hackney Fireworks – Clissold Park, 4 November. Gates from 5:30, Fireworks from 7pm. Clissold Park is in pretty Stoke Newington and just a short bus ride away. There will b performances and the theme is movies, so you can do some more dressing up. Tickets must be booked in advance.
Alexandra Palace Fireworks – 3-4 November, events begin Ally Pally Has one of the best and biggest fireworks displays in London so it’s on for 2 days. There’s a beer festival and other fun stuff going on in the day and the fireworks begin around 7pm. Tickets available here.
Fireworks Night at the ArcelorMittal Orbit, Olympic Park, Stratford –5 November. Head up the great big winding structure at the Olympic park to watch the fireworks all around London from up there. Bonus! The big slide stays open until 8:30! Get tickets here