Hallowe’en 2013: Top 7 – plus Backyard Cinema at Camden Lock


Trick or treat? Couldn’t care a less? Either way, these venues are all trying to find innovative ways to lure you into tomorrow evening…



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You could hang out in Highgate Cemetery as dusk falls tomorrow. Or you could try these options..
You could hang out in Highgate Cemetery as dusk falls tomorrow. Or you could try these options…

Pet Cemetery at The Abbey

The Abbey have been throwing a 10 day Hallowe’en festival to celebrate the Stephen King novel’s 30th anniversary. So it’s no surprise that festivities climax in an actual, er, pet cemetery (cover your eyes Pepper!) as the boozer is transformed into “Abbey Woods”. Prepare for dead dogs, skeletal felines and even a hamster, safely in the knowledge that your four-legged friend will be breathing evenly at home. Don’t forget Phileas Hogg have recently moved in to work the grub, so pair a cider or two with some pulled pork. 124 Kentish Town Road

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A cobweb crypt at Drink Shop & Do

The consistently creative King’s Cross space is hosting pumpkin-carving all week with a freebie for all who dare to buy a spooky cocktail. Careful with that knife, however, as you’ll want to leave with fingers intact for tomorrow’s “blood curdling cocktails in a cobweb crypt”; and a funeral parlour on the hair and make-up. The result? You’ll look “well dead”. 9 Caledonian Road N1

Horror quiz at The Assembly House

Know your Evil Deads from your Dead of Nights? Well, get thee down to Kentish Town’s most ancient Gothic boozer to find everyone in zombie mode. You’ll be in for a treat if you think fast and clever – with prizes for brains and costumes. This takes place tonight 7pm at 292-294 Kentish Town Road

Trick or (healthy) treat for free at Samba Swirl

Frozen yoghurt – “froyo” – specialists Samba Swirl have picked All Hallow’s Eve for the grand opening of their shiny new Camden Town branch. Drop by tomorrow between 3:30 and 5:30pm and all the yoghurts will be free, whether you scream trick or treat or not. It’s self-serve, so you can create your very own unique, icy concoction. Keep an eye out for samba dancers too. 5 Jamestown Road

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Pumpkin-carving at The Grafton

A jam-packed evening kicks off tomorrow with pumpkin-carving (so en vogue this year) and then a healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll. So do the monster mash and dance like it’s your last chance to 50s and 60s DJs – in fancy dress of course. Fingers crossed your card’s not up as Psychic Sam the tarot reader will peer into your future – and we’re not promising you’re going to like what she has to say. Still, there’s always the Fat Butcher to provide comfort (food). 20 Prince of Wales Road

“Munchkin” brulée at Bull and Last

Tastefully decorated with nobbly pumpkins of all shapes and shades of orange and green, Highgate Road’s laidback food pub is where to hide if those Dartmouth Park trick or treaters get a bit too edgy. There’s even a deadly dessert on the menu in the form of a Munchkin brulée – the classic French pud set in a small pumpkin, since you ask. 168 Highgate Road

In fancy dress? Free cocktails at Shebeen

A shot of poitin perhaps? The classy speakeasy bar is reeling in the fancy dressed tomorrow with a free cocktail. There are sure to be a few cobwebs in the corners so who knows who’ll make it out alive? Especially as the booths are (haunted) former Victorian police cells. And damn! That liquor’s deadly.  300 Kentish Town Road

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And not forgetting…Backyard Cinema’s Apocalypse at Camden Lock Market

Camden Lock MarketBackyard Cinema’s Apocalypse – a mix of “intense horrors and light-hearted zombie flicks” – takes over the Lock’s indoor market throughout the weekend. Fight your way through the “zombie-infested courtyard”, they promise, “to get into the cinema screening room, with Honest Burgers supplying their beef patties and Backyard cinema ensuring everyone has a drink and blanket to hide behind.” Sounds creepy. It’s all sold out on Thursday night (Zombieland and Evil Dead) and Friday (The Cabin In The Woods and 28 Days Later) so get in quick for the double bill (Stake Land and World War Z) on Saturday 2nd where the spooky vibes are sure to continue well into the night.

And guess what? We have two tickets on Sat 2nd for the first person to email us what they’re going to be dressed as this Hallowe’en. Turn up at 6:30 – no entry after 7:30. Films start 8:00pm. More details here. 54-56 Camden Lock Place Chalk Farm Road


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