With the spooky season almost upon us, it’s time to brush off our dusty fancy dress outfits and prepare ourselves for the onslaught of trick or treaters, ghoulish games and freaky fright night festivities.
Whether you’re like me, a bit of a Halloween Scrooge who’d rather stay at home, locking the door behind you, closing the curtains and watching Stranger Things on Netflix in order to avoid the neighbourhood kids scrounging for sweets while dressed in black bin bags; or whether you like to celebrate Halloween as the Americans do, by going all-out, paying extortionate prices for costumes that would make even Freddy Krueger look positively attractive, carving pumpkins ‘till 4am, partying in the local pub, and decorating your home like some kind of warped Santa’s grotto, then here in the Baltic Triangle we have something for everyone. And yes, Halloween Scrooges, there’s even something for you too:
We’ve compiled a list of the biggest and best things to do over the Halloween Weekend; from family friendly activities, to full-on parties.
Great Baltic Warehouse
On Friday 27th October, mUmU are holding a Halloween Special featuring only the best in electronic DJs with two revered artists gracing the decks; Fuse party and label founder Enzo Siragusa, and the fast-rising DJ and producer Archie Hamilton See Baltic Website for more details http://baltict.wpengine.com/mumu-announces-halloween-party-2017/
Two events take over Hangar 34 on Saturday 28th October.
First up is Wonderland’s ‘Spooktacular Family Disco’, held between 2-5pm. An event that encourages families to dress up and enjoy the Halloween fun; tickets available from skiddle.com
Second on the bill is ‘Back To The Anthems Halloween Special Zombie Apocalypse’: a fancy dress club night that promises to be as scary as it sounds. Again, tickets are available from skiddle.com and cost around £22.50
Camp and Furnace:
A favourite with the Baltic team, the Camp and Furnace venue are holding a variety of events, from 28th October – 3rd November.
For a full week, DBY Interactive brings their Halloween Scare Event ‘Wonderland’ to the refurbished warehouse. The website warns that this is not for the faint of heart and anyone attending should wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Based on Alice in Wonderland but with a rather frightening twist, the show, which runs at various times over the week is a part walk-through terror experience and part-game. Enter at your own peril – tickets and further details available from http://www.campandfurnace.com/events/wonderland-2/
Also on at Camp and Furnace is the ever-popular Circus club night, presented by renowned House and Techno DJ, Yousef. On the bill are club veterans Richie Hawtin, Sasha, Yousef himself, and many more. At the time of going to press tickets for this event were sold out but there is a waiting list for those eager to attend. See Skiddle for more information.
On Friday 27th October, fall back into the 80’s with ‘Scouser Things’, as Constellations transforms itself into the immersive depths of Hawkins, Indiana. The venue will be filled with exciting twists and turns and supernatural happenings, as well as live 80’s synth, The Department of Energy, performing bangers from the critically acclaimed science-fiction-horror TV series; Stranger Things…
Coinciding with the launch of the next Stranger Things series which airs globally on Halloween weekend, Constellations is teaming up with a film production team to push through to the underneath. Featuring backdrops, immersive aerial settings, supernatural beings, classic 80’s arcade consoles and even telepathic soundscapes. They’ve got your Halloween ticked off! Visiting Hours: 27th October, 18:00 — 02:00 (£5/8 Entrance)
As well as Camp and Furnace’s ‘Wonderland’, another child-friendly event is being held at Constellations on Sunday 29th October. Entitled the ‘Witches and Wizardry School of Excellence’, this Interactive Children’s Halloween Theatre Show & Event will allow children to become part of the show by stepping into a school of magic and wisdom; learning how to make spells and potions along the way. Contact Constellations for more details.
Heavy Hitters Halloween Special sees Halloween-proper out in style at the popular Baltic events space. On Tuesday 31st October, Constellations will be hosting this free club night, playing spooky bassline, garage, grime, dubstep and drum and bass. Get your free tickets from Skiddle.
Baltic Market Halloween Weekend:
Perfect for those who find the extreme partying of this time of year a little too much, from Thursday 26th till Sunday 29th October the Baltic Market turns all Halloweeny on us with their ‘Nightmare on Stanhope Street’ – a scarily good street food market based in Cains Brewery. The Baltic Market’s usual space will be converted into a warehouse full of spooktacular tricks and treats. Expect themed cocktails, grim reaper on the decks and terrifying themed food from eight street food traders. Fancy dress is not only accepted but is encouraged and the best costumes will win a ‘wicked punch’ each night.
As well as the scary street food frenzy, on the Sunday, Baltic Market will also have something for the little ones. Kids can get involved with arts and crafts from 11am-3pm with the wonderful Square Pegs in one of their Halloween themed creative workshops. See the Baltic Market Facebook Event Page for more info.
Dockleaf Bar are encouraging you to dust off your bin-bag capes and get down to Cains Brewery on 28th October as for one night only they have a spooktastic shindig for you all – SHOCK-LEAF is here to scare your socks off…
The Old Gas Station:
Sister pub to the Alhambra Wine Bar, The Old Gas Station is having its official opening night on 28th October. Situated in the heart of Cains Brewery, the opening night promises to be spectacular as Bring The Fire Project perform their circus, fire and dance act for all who attend. Give the venue a follow on Facebook or Instagram and enter the competition to win a £50 bar tab on the night.
And if none of that takes your fancy, all the other venues in the Baltic will be open as usual. Ghetto Golf will be providing their regular hole-in-one shenanigans (with perhaps an added element of spook in there); Baltic Bakehouse will have seasonal goods for sale with pumpkin-inspired baked yumminess; and The Baltic Social will be hosting A Night of Hacienda on 27th October.