Two years ago, nightclubs across the UK were facing a dilemma. How do they keep Halloween parties fresh year-after-year? There’s only so far you can take the cat costume and the well-worn dead rockstar get-up.
But then came along Stranger Things and turned the clubbing world, er, upside down. If you’re planning on going on a night out this Halloween, there’s a whole load of Stranger Things-themed parties on October 31 which are worth your fancy and we’ve picked out the best of the best here. No dodgy fairy lights allowed.
Where: E1, London
When: Friday 26th October 21:00 – 03:00
What they’re saying: E1 are pulling out all the strangest things for this club night that brings two realities into the building for the party goers to enjoy. Choose between celebrating prom night at Hawkins High or getting freaky in the world of the Upside Down. Tickets are £17.95 and can be purchased here.
What they’re playing: This club night is for fans of club classics and dance music with the odd Halloween anthem thrown into the mix, as DJ Dean E G and DJ Woody of CapitalXTRA will be selecting the tunes.
What you’re wearing: E1 have stated it’s “HALLOWEEN” or “PROM STYLE ONLY” (their capitals, not ours). So dig out your old prom suit, give your dress a dust down and don’t you dare just pop some cat ears on your head – it’s a ‘no effort, no entry’ policy, here.
Where: Jimmy’s, Northern Quarter
When: Saturday 27th October 23:00 – 02:00
What they’re saying: Any outsider would think that every Saturday night at Jimmy’s is a Stranger Things club night, with their flickering neon lights and a set of trendy clubbers who who’ve nailed down Steve and Nancy’s clobber to a tee. But their Stranger Things night is set to be bigger than most. There’s a Castle Byres photobooth and prizes for the best fancy dress, so obviously you will want to be the most original Eleven in the room. Tickets are sold out on Skiddle but you can pay entry on the door for £4.
What they’re playing: The best ’80s tunes and music inspired by the show are expected, so expect some David Bowie and Blondie cuts to go down nicely with a gin and Vimto.
What you’re wearing: Fancy dress is advised, so get down to your local charity shop and dig out a few retro looks.
Where: Cafe Totem
When: Wednesday 31st October 20:00-23:00
What they’re saying: For one night only, Sheffield’s newest indie hub is being turned upside down into a Stranger Things-themed house party. With plenty of red cups, games of beer pong, you’ll feel like you’re at Steve’s house party. Best thing about it? It’s free entry.
What they’re playing: ’80s hits, duh.
What you’re wearing: Your best ’80s outfit: Levi’s jeans and a baggy t-shirt will do the trick, but you can always honour the spirit of Halloween and add some spooky add-ons to fit in.
Where: Constellations, Greenland Street
When: Friday 2nd November 18:00-02:00
What they’re saying: Scouser Things (nice) will take place a couple days after Halloween, so you’ve got two spooky nights lined up for this week. There’s a scavenger hunt, prizes for best dressed and a live improvised gig from comedy group, Some People. Tickets are £5 (not including booking fee) and can be purchased here.
What they’re playing: Typical Stranger Things soundtrack with some spooky tunes thrown in for good measure.
What you’re wearing: Since prizes are involved, absolutely give it your best.
Where: The Sanctuary
When: Saturday 27th October 22:00-03:00
What they’re saying: Unlike most of the Stranger Things parties it’s not ’80s themed, so if having to dance along to Aha isn’t your thing, then this is the one for you. Tickets are £10 (not including booking fee) and can be purchased here, but that’ll get you access to an outdoor heated terrace and £2 drinks too.
What they’re playing: They’ve got a “very special DJ” turning up for the party, they say, so your guess is as good as ours.
What you’re wearing: Fancy dress is advised but don’t feel like you have to buy a cheap blonde wig to look like Eleven, they won’t judge you on your costume choices.
Where: The Night Owl
When: Saturday 27th October 20:00-04:00
What they’re saying: They’ve already sold out two Halloween parties but The Night Owl have found space for Stranger Things-inspired party. They’re digging out decorations, some spooky tunes and even themed cocktails. Tickets cost £9 and can be purchased here
What they’re playing: Halloween classics, ’80s bangers and sets by DJs Mazzy Snape and Sonny & Spare
What you’re wearing: Dress like you’re auditioning for a Stephen King ’80s flick, we reckon.
When: Wednesday 31st October 22:00-03:00
What they’re saying: The folk at MSA are blending together the Halloween essence of Season 2 and the glorious soundtrack of programme and hosting a major party in the Upside Down (their basement). Tickets cost £8 and can be purchased here.
What they’re playing: Strictly ’80s playlist.
What you’re wearing: They even have a list of TV shows and movies to get outfit inspiration from.
Where: King Street Brew House
When: Wednesday 31st October 17:00-23:30
What they’re saying: If dancing around in a microbrewery is your standard night out, then this one’s for you. They’ve got special Stranger Things beer and a £100 bar tab for the best costume. It has free entry and you can book a table here.
What they’re playing: Classic ’80s tunes, obvs.
What you’re wearing: A killer costume – you want that £100 bar tab, don’t you?
Stranger Things season 3 is currently in production, due for release next year.