The scary season is upon us!  

By Sandip Kana

Ever since I can remember Halloween has always been one of my favourite holidays. When I was little it involved dressing up and getting boatloads of candy and sweets. But as I grew older Halloween became a traditional, almost rudimentary, night out with friends, dressed up in ghoulish and blood dripping costumes. There are numerous aspects of Halloween –carving out a pumpkin, dressing up the flat in all things dark and scary, and of course, picking out a costume to wear on this night. One of the best things about Halloween this year is that you’re living at Scape and you’ll be spending this Halloween in London –and there’s no better place to spend it.  

The Costume  

Choosing the right costume is a fundamental and significant part of Halloween. You want to feel and look great – this is after all the one time of the year where you bring out the bloody side of your character and not be judged. Whether you make your own costume or not there are plenty of choices for you.

"You want to feel and look great – this is after all the one time of the year where you bring out the bloody side of your character and not be judged."

You could go simple and with a white shirt drenched in fake blood with matching scars on your face, or dress up as your favourite Disney character –there are plenty of evil ones to choose from, or even dress up as your favourite TV personality. Whatever you choose just make sure it’s not too rigid as you’ll be spending a whole night in it.    

What to do? 

There are a number of things you can do in London during Halloween. London is known for throwing the best Halloween themed parties. No matter which university you attend, the Student Union most definitely should be hosting a number of events; so the first thing to do once you’ve read this is to check your SU website for event details.

If going out isn’t your thing then maybe throwing an intimate yet spooky hall (flat or house) party with your friends might be another option to consider. This is option that I and my friends usually take since it makes for a terrifying night of fun. But there are also a whole heap of events going on across London from spooky visits to the Tower of London, Halloween in the Sky at the Sky Gardens, to all night fright fest movie screenings and many many Halloween club nights. (Check TimeOut for a complete list of events going on across the capital.)

Top Halloween themed parties 

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt whilst living in London it is that the capital knows how to put on a good party –which is also the case during Halloween. So rather than roaming the streets trick-or-treating, why not embrace the madness that is Halloween. Between October 31 and November 2 at Mr Fogg’s Victorian mansion you could embrace the Jack the Ripper experience. Alternatively there is the Welcome to the Funhouse (at the Book Club, October 31), or the Kiss FM Halloween House Party (Wembley Arena, Empire Way, October 29). Recommended by a friend of mine, if you’re looking for something spectacular to do this Halloween the Eton Messy party crew roll into the capital for a Halloween bash unlike any other (Electric Brixton at Town Hall Parade, October 30). 

"If there’s one thing I’ve learnt whilst living in London it is that the capital knows how to put on a good party"

Halloween is your one and only chance during the year to don a scary costume, watch a series of frightening films, or maybe pluck up enough courage to visit a haunted house. Being in London you can all of these and more this Halloween –I’m sure you’ll have a terrifying time no matter what you do. 

How are you celebrating Halloween this year? Use the hashtag #PeopleOfScape on our social media pages to tell your story! 

  

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