First published on 15 Oct 2012. Updated on 1 Nov 2013.
Halloween falls on Thursday 31 October 2013, meaning we will see two big weekends of parties either side of fright night as well as mid-week parties.
Time Out presents seven monster events to scare you silly. See the full list of all halloween parties this month.
When Wednesday 30-Saturday 2 November, 9pm
Price Free, table bookings recommended
The details These will be the first Halloween events that the circus performance-themed Bund club Cirque le Soir has hosted so far in Shanghai, but knowing the organisers’ penchant for the spectacular they could be the ones with the most wow factor. Performers including a gentleman named Metal Pete (pictured above right) will deck themselves out in ghoulish gear, with coffins and skeletons complementing the already slightly vampiric decor over four nights. Drinks prices will be Bund-level of course, so prepare for cash to cascade from your person as well as fake blood if you go large at these.
Best for High-rolling monsters.
When Wednesday 30-Saturday 2, 10pm.
Price TBA, RSVP required.
The details Far from the sticky floors of the likes of DADA, M1NT are gunning to be among the most sophisticated Halloween bashes in the city by decking their space out as a white world of ghosts and ghouls. The restaurant is always a popular destination before these bashes, and although their menu won’t be tweaked with additions such as eyeballs, blood cocktails and whatnot, the staff will be dressing in suitably scary garb.
Best for Champagne werewolves.
When Thursday 31, 9pm
The details Inferno’s latest fun/silly rock event will see punters attempting to out-bellow each other in front of judges including Time Out deputy editor Jamie Fullerton. The competition will have them listening to a screechy song, then shouting along when it’s played again. There’ll be prizes for those at the loudest end of the scream spectrum Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Best for Jägermeister-chugging Iron Maiden fans.
When Saturday 26, 10pm
The details This could be the biggest Halloween bash in Shanghai this month in terms of literal size at least. This year the Ice Cream Truck event team's party is being held in an unused underground warehouse. Their packed 2011 Halloween party, which saw a grimy, un-renovated cavern full of zombies, vampires and, for some reason, Smurfs (we never got that Halloween connection), but probably just as buzzing. Belgian DJ Attar! (pronounced 'Atari') will be the main man on the decks, spinning deep house and nu disco. Check out the picture above for the kind of scenes to expect.
Best for Full-on zombie horde warehouse debauchery.
Update: After plans set for their old Waima Lu venue, and South Bund 22, the venue for this event has changed again. It will now be held in a 'rough, really unloved underground warehouse', one block south from South Bund 22. Address below.
When Saturday 26, 9pm
The details YYT's annual Halloween cover extravaganza returns with The Horde performing as The Grateful Dead, Xiaoxin Yiyi doing Green Day, Starfucks as Nine Inch Nails and Death to Giants and friends playing as Tool.
Best for Old-school rock fans.
When Thursday 31, 9pm
The details This bash by popular DADA regulars Love Bang should be suitably grimy, with local favourite Heatwolves being joined by Misloop and Cavia for a night of hip hop, dancehall and more. Costumes are encouraged and, promisingly, giant inflatable animals will apparently be decorating the bar. The result is unlikely to feel hugely different to a normal Love Bang shindig, but this is no bad thing – DADA is always a top spot for late-night debauchery whether you’ve got eight rolls of toilet paper mummifying you or not.
Best for Cheapskate late-night-rising vampires.
When Thursday 31, 8pm
Price 120RMB (includes one drink)
The details Although the Lola chiefs tend to focus on their DJ headliners rather than dolling up their decor, they are promising to go all-out for Halloween this year with their Boo! party. Veteran UK disco DJ Greg Wilson will be on the decks, with the organisers saying they’ll be transforming the Surpass Court area into a spooky space of character-led madness including, among other Halloween staples, ‘chicks on small bicycles riding around naked after 2am in the Concession.’ Looking forward to that, then. Past Boo! branded Halloween events have been successful in Tokyo – this could be the surprise hit in Shanghai this year.
Best for Concession-crawlers.
When Pervert Party: Thursday 31, 10pm; Disney Trash: Friday 25, Saturday 26, 10pm.
Price The Pervert Party is free for women, 100RMB for men or free before midnight by emailing email@example.com. Disney Trash is 100RMB for all.
The details The Pervert Party probably won’t be one to take your gran to – the return of the regular latex-laden event for Halloween features a mandatory ‘fetish or total black outfit’ to get in. As ever, the organisers are also suggesting that punters come with whips, chains and leather suits aplenty (check out the adult market at 428 Tianmu Zhong Lu, near Xizang Lu for supplies). To attract more ladies on the night, they’ll also be an open bar from 9.30-11.30pm for girls and free entry for them too.
Earlier in the month less fruity Halloween affairs will take place on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October – Disney Trash will feature people dressed as Disney villains wreaking terror up on The Bund terrace.
Best for Filthy rich filth-bags or budding Cruella De Vils.