The traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves around the theme of using humour and ridicule to confront the power of death, and Bristol certainly follows this idea in the city’s multiple Halloween events. Here is a compilation of things that you can do in order to really embrace the spooky holiday!

Credit: Maks Swiderek
Credit: Maks Swiderek

Parties

Ashton Court Mansions: With award-winning DJ Bristol playing and an incredible make-up artist on hand all evening, Ashton Court Mansion House’s Halloween Party looks set to be their biggest and best one yet. There’ll be a large PA system, dazzling light effects and endless Halloween props to assist you in the impressive photo booths set with various spooky backgrounds on a green screen, so make sure to dress your scariest! Buy your tickets online now, or at the door, but this is one event you don’t want to miss!  – 31st October, 7PM-2AM.

Syndicate: Head to Syndicate for yet another amazing Project Saturday, but this time with a creepy twist as the superclub hosts the Halloween extravaganza you’ve all been waiting for. With all the classic Project Saturday tricks of confetti canons, ariel artists and pyrotechnics in 2 huge rooms of Dance, House, and R’n’B music, Syndicate are pushing it even further with their Halloween plans this year. Laid out with full scary décor, spooky drinks deals and 2000 fancy dress creatures, and all available with free entry before midnight, this Halloween Weekender will be one that you’ll never forget. – 1st November, 10PM-4AM.

Movies

Prefer to be terrified by horror movies on Halloween? Head to Cabot Circus’ Showcase Cinema De Lux and get yourself scared this holiday!

Before I Go To SleepNicole Kidman and Colin Firth feature in this suspense/thriller about a woman who wakes up every day with no memory due to a traumatic accident in her past, until terrifying truths emerge that cause her to question everything around her.

Annabelle Starting with the same opening scene as ‘The Conjuring’, the film charts the story of a doll possessed with the spirit of a dead woman previously part of a demonic cult. Yet another horror film filled with blood, gore and one creepy china creature that makes you question why people still collect dolls…

HornsDaniel Radcliffe stars as Ig, the key suspect in the case of the brutal rape and murder of his girlfriend. Awaking to horns growing out of his head that force people to confess their sins, Ig goes on a hell-raising journey to discover the man who really attacked his girlfriend. Not one for the faint-hearted.

Bristol Zombie Walk

The geniuses behind the annual zombie walk have come back from the dead yet again, but this time with a little twist. Rather than announcing the route the day before, this year the route will not be announced at all. Instead there’s a mystery tour, starting at College Green, and moving on to different pitstops, each with a scary surprise, all leading to the biggest, craziest, spookiest after party of them all! Buy your tickets online now, and join the horde of zombies this 31st October and get involved with the scariest walk to ever grace the streets of Bristol!

By Charlotte Penketh-King