It is almost that time of the year where witches, ghosts, zombies, vampires and even monsters freely roam the streets of the world – for just one night.
Halloween, or the Day of the Dead is famously celebrated at the end of October each year. Essentially a western festival, this frightening festival has been catching up in India too.
We are now putting on their scariest costumes, and heading out to parties and restaurants to enjoy an exciting mix of fear and fun.
So, on the 31st of this month, head to any of these locations to experience this nerve-wracking delight.
(Warning : Do not go alone.)
Mumbai has been hosting Halloween festivities for almost 5 years now.The economic capital of the country is booming with Halloween fever especially this year. From parties to desserts to poetry readings, Mumbai has got its spook on!
Bungalow 9 : In its 3rd year of celebrations, this fancy Bandra restaurant has everything from dancing to costumes to cocktails. With an entry fee of 500 rupees, you can call and book your spot. Beware of the trick or treating though!
The Hive : Bored of the parties? Head to The Hive! This platform allows writers to read out their most hair-raising works for a modest fee of Rs 200. Viewers, prepare to be terrified.
Liv, Hard Rock Cafe, Road House Bluez , Royalty, Amadeus – All these happening Mumbai clubs throw their own halloween parties. Just call ahead and get in on all the fun.
The centre of all the action, Delhi leads the way in Halloween celebrations. Here are 3 places to go to to have the scariest night of your life!
Club Timeless : Dry Ice fog floats, Nitrogen dragon ice Cream,Vampire blood drinks – sound appetising? This club throws one of the most happening parties in town since 2 years.
So Delhi Halloween Crawl : Free entry to 6 venues on Halloween Crawl wrist band, 1 drink at each venue with a Halloween Crawl Passport , professional photographers on board, special Musical Acts , 6 bars – this is the So Delhi halloween crawl at Connaught Place! Friends, beer and bone – chilling activities, do you really need anything else?
Raasta : Delhi Comic Con is presenting the biggest costume bash ever! From 8 pm onwards, cosplayers who come in scary costumes get 2 free drinks, grove to the tunes of your favourite horror music, fun goosebumps merchandise.
One of the fastest growing metros in India, an increase in the amount of expats has lead to westernisation of Namma Bengaluru. To party right on the 31st October night, go to :
Mad Stupid Halloween Party at Blue Frog : If you’re stupid, naive, dazed, moronic, mad, foolish, kooky, loony, daft or mental heres a crazy party just for you. The only rule here is that you have to be 21 up. Sorry teens!
Halloween Fund Raiser – With rock bands, dance troupes and stand up comedy : The KME Trust in Bangalore dedicated to educate the underprivileged girl child organises this fund raising event. There will also be 30 stalls of shopping and lip smacking delicacies. Go on, do some good. Have a great time while you’re at it.
Big pitcher, Salt Electra, Drinks on MG road, Eclipse ( Leela Palace) are also some of the places that are famous for their spookiness this time of the year.
A city that always used to be in Mumbai’s shadow, Pune is really coming into its own. Several spots are now available for theme parties and ghostly galas.
The Legendary High Halloween Masquerade Ball : Credited with bringing the first proper Halloween Masquerade Ball to the city, Indian Jesus’s, Edward Scissorhands, Daft Punk, scary drag queens to babies and a Kissing Booth are all going to be seen here this year. Of course, the best costume will get a prize.
Yolo Gastro Bar, Aufside at hotfut , the Flying Saucer Skybar, The Beer Cafe – each has its own version of Halloween themed parties.
Still climbing onto the bandwagon, Chennai has limited options for Halloween enthusiasts.
The most recommended seems to be the ‘Annabelle’s coming for U: Vol 2’ at Pasha – The Park in Chennai. Note : Annabelle’s walk in free 😉 There you have it!
Go on, head to these places and have your best Halloween yet.
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