Best Halloween Parties in Glasgow
Here at DMN, we’ll go for any old excuse to dress up and go a little crazy, and that’s exactly why Halloween is one of our favourite times of the year. We’ve drawn up a shortlist of some of our favourite Halloween events in Glasgow this year, so whether you’re looking for a pumping fancy dress club night or a full-on festival at one of the city’s most haunted locations, we’ll definitely have something for you. Read on for our complete guide to going out in Glasgow this Halloween.
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Last updated on 29th September 2016
If you look at Halloween as more of a three-day celebration, this one is for you. The O2 Academy are getting that Halloween weekender underway in style come Friday 28th, where Glasgow’s witches, ghouls, goblins and, ah hem, nurses and black cats, will be out in force to dance to old skool favourites and spooktacular anthems deep into the night. There’s loads of Scottish talent on the DJ line-up including a debut headline slot from Patrick Prins / Movin’ Melodies!
Let’s be honest - you aren’t going to take a list of the best Halloween events in Glasgow seriously if it leaves out the Glasgow Horror Festival, are you? The city’s first annual gathering of indie film screenings, horror art markets, live music, drag shows and DJ sets is coming to the heart of Merchant City on the 29th, and you can get a ticket for 12 hours of spooky entertainment for just £8.
You know what goes really well with your pumpkin-carving sessions? Gin cocktails, of course. Little Botanica welcome you along to their two-part workshop this Halloween, where they’ll hand you a pre-scooped pumpkin and invite you to get creative while a seriously talented mixologist from the Eden Mill Distillery mixes you up something refreshing and tasty. Expect a fun, multi-sensory experience that keeps things light-hearted.
Hedkandi take creepy clubbing to new heights this Halloween as they return to Glasgow for one night only. Their last 3 events in the city sold out, so expect a heaving dance floor as special guest DJs play the best in spooky beats - think funk, house and dub - over two rooms. Head on down for a Halloween club night in Glasgow to remember.
We all agreed that Halloween is best enjoyed in the company of tequila cocktails and Mexican food aplenty? Good. Back in Glasgow to honour the infamous Mexican festival Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), crowds will descend on the spooky setting of Saint Luke’s church to enjoy an evening featuring live music, immersive performance, Aztec rituals, face-painting and, of course, the aforementioned grub and cocktails.
Looking for a Halloween club night in Glasgow that promises huge beats in one of the city’s most famous clubs? Sub Club aren’t fussed that the big day falls on a Monday this year; you’ll still find them getting up to all kinds of mischief until 3am, with Scuba and Monoloc your headline acts on the night.
Who’s in for a Halloween Ghost Hunt, then? Last year’s visit to The Pearce Institute uncovered a whole host of strange phenomena including, and we quote, “growls, shadowy figures and a voice recorded with a horrible laugh”. Hmm. Head on a chilling tour of the Pearce Institute where you just might find apparitions drifting the hallways and ghostly organ music filling the air - stranger things have happened. Tickets include a tour, the ghost hunt workshop and some much needed refreshments afterwards.
How better to get into the macabre spirit than by taking in an evening of blood-curdling, spine-tingling short horror plays. Arriving at South Side’s Govanhill Baths to serve up “a starter of horror, a main of fear and a sweet terror”, we’d suggest giving this one a swerve if you’re a little squeamish. Swearing and violent imagery come as standard - eek.