Having a hump day for Halloween isn’t ideal for planning but alas the spooky day has landed on a Wednesday this year. While some may see the past weekend as “Halloween weekend”, the fact is, the whole week will be buzzing with spooks and scares. If anything, it’s the perfect excuse to carry on Halloween all week!
As a nation that’s only recently caught the Halloween bug from its neighbours to the west, Britain has done well to embrace a night of carved-out pumpkins, sweet candy, spray-on spiderwebs and downright absurd costumes. It seems the Halloween bug is here to stay, as more people ask “what are you doing for Halloween?”. Well, as a mix of fanatics, admirers and lazy ghouls ourselves, we’ve got a few ideas for you to consider.
EMBRACE TRICK OR TREAT
If you have any respect for copious amounts of white makeup, fake blood and plastic spiders, you’ll embrace Halloween for what it is: having kids knock on random people’s doors and ask for candy. If you feel too old for this tradition then you’re wrong.
It’s true, you’ll be pretty hard to find many people willing to give candy to young adults, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace trick or treating. Aside from giving out candy, why not invite your friends around and spruce up your home with fake spider webs, drop-down spiders and carved pumpkins? It’s the perfect lead onto our next suggestion – binge watch scary movies.
STAY HOME AND BINGE
Let’s face it, who doesn’t like watching a classic 80’s horror movie with a big bag of popcorn. This could be a good option for the recluse in all of us. We suggest classics such as:
Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Kickstarted Johnny Depp’s career and now contains a household name in Freddie. 94% on Rotten Tomatoes
Beetle Juice (1988). Contains the best pin-stripe Halloween outfits of all time and Michael Keaton – say no more. 83% Rotten Tomatoes
The Shining (1980). The Simpsons reference it constantly so you know it must be good. 86% Rotten Tomatoes
Halloween (1978). The clue is in the title and they made eleven sequels so the original must be decent, right? 93% on Rotten Tomatoes
Poltergeist (1982). The youngest child talks to a static TV and transports through dimensions, what else is there to say? 86% on Rotten Tomatoes
GET OUT AND ABOUT
This is one of the few times where you can get away with wearing practically anything in public and call it a costume, so why not go out and do something? If you haven’t got kids and a night of door-knocking ahead then here’s a few suggestions:
The Dead Man’s Chest, Brixton. Located at the Smoke and Salt, enjoy the aptly named ‘Bloody Beef Tartare’ and ‘Code Head Taco’ alongside some creepy cocktails.
Family Ghost Tours, Hampton Court Palace. What more could you ask for when combining Tudor style buildings, a rich history of paranormal activity and the dead of night.
Ghost Ship, Westminster. The self-proclaimed biggest party on Halloween night, you’ll board the Ghost Ship on Westminster Pier and enjoy two decks of spooks and entertainment.
MAKE SOME EXTRA CASH
Many see this as the lame option. But you couldn’t be more wrong! If you think about it, this week is going to be quite lively with Halloween festivities and decorations, making nearly every venue a perfectly themed wonderland of spooky, disturbing fun. Let’s face it, there shouldn’t be many boring places to work this this week, especially in hospitality.
This is the perfect choice for balancing your Halloween plans. Whether you’ve already partied last weekend or need to prepare for the one upcoming, why not jump on the GIG App and make a few extra quid this Halloween?