It won't have escaped your notice that Halloween is fast approaching. Rather than treating yourself to a Greggs' Spicy Madras Lattice, why not check out this lovely lot of Halloween events which are happening in the fair city of Leeds this year?
This is my Halloween event of choice, so if you manage to bag a ticket I will see you there! Hosted by Candy Candy and taking place in the stunning Corn Exchange on the evening of Saturday 26th, it's a chance to get your costume on in a serious way. Live music, costume competitions and some Wicked-themed cocktails? It sounds like a good night to me!
Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in authentic Mexican style by hauling yourself over to Cielo Blanco for their week of celebrations for this fiesta. Kids can get stuck in painting traditional sugar skulls, whilst parents can feast on platters of tasty Mexican food and try some fun themed cocktails. Fun for all the family.
I'll also be heading over to Bramley Baths on Sunday for their swim-along screening of that perennial favourite, Ghostbusters. With a Halloween tuck shop and plenty of audience participation expected, it's sure to be an interesting experience! Who you gonna call?
Get your hands on some free Halloween-themed comic books by heading over to OK Comics from 9am this Saturday. If you like your Halloween festivities to be just a little bit geeky - this is the place for you. Plus, they've teamed up with Candy Hero so there'll be some delicious Halloween snacks for you when you get there.
A secret horror film screening at a secret location? Eep. Not one for the faint of heart. It's not often that an invitation requires you to wear a 'white contamination suit'. As well as the film, you'll get to experience three floors of artists, performers and DJs as well as food and a licensed bar. Get your tickets now to avoid missing out!
For my squeamish self, there would be nothing worse than spending a night in a medical museum - but if it sounds like your cup of tea, you crazy fiend, head to the Thackray Medical Museum on November 1st for an interactive experience 'not recommended for those of a nervous disposition'. Oh, and a Zombie Disco.
If you like your spook with a little sophistication, get your gladrags on and scuttle over to the Espresso Bar in Harvey Nichols for a screening of Edward Scissorhands. Not only that, but you'll be treated to a welcome drink and a three course dinner. More stylish than scary, it's the poshest Halloween do in town.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Burlesque
Hosted by the fabulous Em Brulee (if you've never seen her perform, you need to rectify that immediately), this burlesque night at La Boheme, Leeds' newest performance venue is sure to be a cracker of a show. Circus performers, Rocky Horror costumes and dark, spooky performance. I'm not sure it gets better than that - I'm gutted to be missing out on this one.
Gothic Film Festival at Kirkstall Abbey
There's a distinctly film-y flavour to the Halloween events in Leeds this year, but this is perhaps the most impressive and the spookiest. Classic gothic films played in this imposing ruin to a live soundtrack, it's definitely one for the film buffs.
I also hear rumour that Kenneth Goor, author of Haunted Leeds, will be leading one of his ghost tours around the city, telling true stories of the spooky goings-on that happen right where we live and work. However, the details remain elusive to me so hook me up if you can find anything else out!
What are your plans for Halloween?