It’s late October. It’s chilly. The shops are slowly but surely stocking their shelves with Christmas cards, selection boxes and tinsel. This can mean only one thing: you guessed it, Halloween! If you haven’t as yet got your All Hallows Eve plans dialled in, then look no further. Here lie the five hottest tickets in town, leaving you free to focus all your energy on nailing this year’s costume.
1.Canal Mills presents: Halloween At The Mill/Friday 31st October
Ever wondered how one might incorporate a top-knot into a Halloween costume? Well, get yourself down to Canal Mills on the 31st to find out. It’s the home of the painfully trendy and the effortlessly cool, so make sure your fancy dress is on point for this one or you’ll spend the night hiding in corners feeling like a right boob. An electric line up spread across 3 rooms, featuring the toe tapping sounds of Scuba, Jackmaster, Levon Vincent, Bicep and more including a full live audio-visual performance from Ten Walls. Never heard of any of them? Don’t you worry about it, pretend like you do and you’ll fit right in.
Doors: 10pm – 6am
2.Wharf Chambers: Ex-Treme Halloween/Friday 31st October
Located in the centre of town, a stones throw from Call Lane, Wharf Chambers is throwing it all down for Halloween in 2014. The theme is celebrity couples who are no more (Ex-Treme, get it now? What a hoot!), so dust off those Brittney and Justin costumes you thought you’d never use again and grab yourself a ticket. It’s a loose theme and you’re more than welcome to go along dressed as anything you like. Starting with live music followed up by a DJ dropping some haunting melodies into the wee hours. Exciting drinks and mischief are provided throughout the night.
3.Sneaky Experience Halloween/Friday 31st October- Sunday 2nd November
Looking for something a little more sedate but still want your socks scared off? Sneaky Experience has it covered. Kirkstall Abbey is the spectral setting for a showcase of some of the most spine-chilling films ever made. Spread out over 3 days, Friday night kicks things off with one of the greatest supernatural thrillers of our time, ‘The Exorcist (Directors Cut)’. If you dare to return on Saturday night you’ll be treated to a showing of ‘Halloween’ (the 1978 version. They’re not messing about). Sunday afternoon takes it down a notch with ‘Monsters, Inc’ for the little ones and the weekend climaxes with a hair-curling showing of ‘The Blair Witch Project’. Fancy dress is encouraged for those of such persuasion with Ghost Tours throughout the Abbey on offer to all. There will be a selection of food stalls and a licensed bar to keep you fed and watered throughout.
Tickets: £12 (standard) or £25 for a weekend pass
4.Brudenell Social Club: Eagulls Present… Halloween/Friday 31st October
Illustration by Jack Powell
A list of Halloween events in Leeds wouldn’t be complete without a little action from our beloved Brudenell. Taking to the stage on the 31st are local legends Eagulls, returning to Leeds for the first time since March to play through their self-titled debut record. Trust me, you don’t want to miss these lads play live. Grungey, lo-fi and ferocious, these boys are throwing one of the most hotly anticipated Halloween parties around at one of the best live venues in the country. Cheap booze and a friendly atmosphere, what more could you want?
Tickets: £5 Advance (+stbf)
5. Champion Up North presents: A man about a dog Base Sessions
Ok, you got us. Plugging our own event. But our Halloween Base Session (the last of the season) promises to be a funk filled, high-energy night of hip-hop, soul and jazz for you to throw your best zombie shapes to.
If that isn’t enough to tempt you, it’s FREE. Make sure you whack an email in to info@championupnorth to get your name on the list. We will be operating a fully licensed bar and kicking off from 7.
Fancy dress not mandatory but certainly appreciated.
See facebook event here.