trick or treat?
Can’t decide what to do to celebrate Halloween this year? Florence Derrick has five fang-tastic ways to ensure you have a simply spooktacular time
GHOUL WITH A VIEW There’s nothing scary about the riverside views and industrial decor that accompany the Fright Fest party on October 27 at 28West in Westferry Circus.
A £5 ticket gets guests a free “zombie shot” on arrival at the Canary Wharf venue and DJ-spun tunes from 9pm. There will also be dry ice Halloween cocktails mixed at the bar and snacks in the form of hot wings, salt and pepper squid and sweet potato fries – so punters can slyly reach for the ketchup if they’ve left fake blood out of their costumes.
Dressing up isn’t mandatory, but if you’re not at least sporting fangs, what are you even doing there?
Our pick: Kick things off with a Black Devil Margarita (£12), which pairs punchy Patron tequila with an orange-dusted rim. Go to 28-west.co.uk for more details and tickets DEATH BY CHOCOLATE Make a beeline for Charbonnel Et Walker in Cabot Place to snap up chocolates far too good for trick or treaters. The traditional chocolatier has devised a selection of handmade seasonal treats – think caramelcentred, orange web-decorated truffles (from £15 per box) or mini chocolate pumpkins (£8). Stock up, close the curtains and don’t answer the door to any evil spirits. Our pick: Good luck stopping at just one, after you tuck into a white mint chocolate truffle filled with thick dark chocolate goo that come alongside the orange ones in the box. Go to charbonnel.co.uk to order SUGARY AS HELL Sweet tooth still not satisfied? Doughnut king Krispy Kreme – based in Canada Place – has released a limited-edition Halloween range, from £1.90 a pop.
The signature ring is pimped into the Frankie Frankenstein, topped with apple icing and cookie crumbs, or the deep-purple Vimto Ring, while even sicklier varieties include the frosted Vimto Shimmer, or the Jack-O-Lantern, which is shaped like a Halloween pumpkin and flavoured with orange chocolate. Drooling yet? Our pick: Vimto’s a bit take-it-or-leave-it in drink form, but melt it over the classic ring and you’re onto a winner. Go to krispykreme. co.uk for details SPICE OF DEATH After all that sugar, thank goodness Wahaca hosts a fiery Mexican feast, from October 29 to November 4, to mark the Day of the Dead. The special menu, at £25, is inspired by one-off supper clubs set to be delivered by co-founder Thomasina Miers at the chain’s Soho and Manchester branches – and features seasonal ingredients spiced up with Central American flavour. Chargrilled squash, chorizo quesadillas and marigold Margaritas (in the spirit of the festival’s signature flower) compete on the taste buds in papel picado-decorated surrounds. A Day of the Dead shrine will be set up, for guests to add photos and memories of lost loved ones, Mexican-style.
Our pick: The freshly baked cornbread topped with whipped goat’s cheese and chilli jam is the kind of comfort food you crave on a cool October night. Go to wahaca.co.uk for more details and to book SKELETON CREW The celebrations hit their peak at Skylight, Tobacco Dock’s prime rooftop bar, which has a two-day party on October 26 and 27. As part of the bar’s HarvestFest theme, costume parades and prizes take place in the bar to a soundtrack of deep house and 1990s club classics.
Tickets (from £15-25) include a special Halloween cocktail on arrival and there’ll be prizes for the most outrageous costumes – so you’re going to have to do better than your trusty annual Scream mask.
Our pick: Before you bust a move, get silly on a Black Autumn Widow – a concoction of tequila, lime, basil and blackberries, going for £9.50. Go to designmynight.com for more details and tickets
Wahaca will be celebrating The Day of the Dead while Skylight has some tasty treats including a Black Autumn Widow cocktail, left
Be scared witless at 28West’s Fright Fest on Saturday
Sink your fangs into a chocolate truffle box from Charbonnel Et Walker