DANNY ROBINS' EVENTS GUIDE: 28TH OCTOBER
It is of course Halloween this weekend. Time to dig out the ghost costume/Freddie Krueger mask/fangs and get your freak on. Here's some tips on places to do your spooky thang...
You like cakes, right? I like cakes. And I like Halloween. What, there's a way to combine cakes and Halloween? I'm there baby...
Eat Your Heart Out Cake Shop is a special 'pop up' shop just for Halloween doing gory, scary and some quite rude cakes. A bunch of cake designers and artists have teamed up to create a selection of delicacies and confections that resemble eyeballs, maggots, roadkill, rotting fruits, squeezable zits, body parts (some I couldn't possibly describe on a daytime radio show and other Halloween themed things. Lilly Vanilli (surely the best ever name for a cake maker) has even done one that looks like a bleeding anatomically correct human heart.
If that all sounds pretty yuck, I have to say, reading the ingredients on the menu they do actually sound quite tasty. One that caught my eye was The Re-animator which is a highly caffeinated absinthe lime jelly served in a syringe, the buttercream eyeballs do sound good as does the Bio-hazard Blue blueberry cupcake.
Vegans will be glad to know there are vegan-friendly cakes, including the Labotomy Tartlet.
The only one that sounded like it might challenge the stomach are the Russian Roulette cookies where you take a risk, with flavours ranging from delicious Turkish delight to not so delicious cat food.
666 cakes will be available every day between 28th and 31st October. It's happening in the basement of Maiden - a design shop on Shoreditch High Street. Most of the cakes are pretty cheap but there's one for £595.00 called 'Blood Bath'.
Oh, and you have to be over 18 to go in. Surely the first ever 18+ cake shop?
Walk like a Zombie
Last week we were talking about how to kill zombies, but hey, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em... this Halloween in cities across the UK you have the chance to be a zombie for a day, hang out with lots of other zombies and go for a nice stroll.
'Zombie Walks' seem to be a worldwide phenomenon now. As you can probably guess from the name, it's basically lots of people dressed up as the undead walking through town, often via pubs. It thus combines some of life's greatest pleasures - fancy dress, public disorder and drinking.
There are Zombie Walks happening all over the country this weekend. On Saturday, there's one in Bristol, kicking off at 3.30pm from College Green in Clifton, one in central London that definitely looks like an excuse for a pub crawl - kicking off and ending in Waxy O'Connor's in Picadilly Circus, and one in Brighton that looks good fun. It starts at the train station at 3pm and wends it's way down to the pier, finishing with an after party at Concorde 2 with music, magicians, freaks and apple bobbing.
On Sunday, you can do it in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park, and in Edinburgh and you can take part in Zombie Aid, which is part of what is being billed as the UK's first ever Halloween parade in Manchester. Halloween parades are of course all the thing in the States, but apparently this is the first time it's been tried in the UK.
They look set to be pretty popular. The Facebook groups have thousands of people signed up. You'd think, being a lawless mob of the undead you could do whatever you like, but being British zombies there are, of course, rules. One site says:
"Don't touch anyone! People will usually take this in the wrong way and scream for help. Dressing up in a costume is not an excuse to break windows, loot shops, or flip cars. Be careful pouring fake blood INTO your ear, don't let it get in your inner ear canal, as it may cause infection. Fake blood can be VERY sticky, so be careful if you have to get in a car or another place you don't want to make a mess of."
Wow. What does it say when even zombies have to abide by health and safety? Scary Movies
And finally, if it's Halloween, you've got to watch some scary movies. Here's some good places to do it...
In Derby, the Quad Cinema is doing an all-nighter on Saturday called Dead and Breakfast which takes in Evil Dead II, Halloween, The Horde, Night of the Demon and Bubba Hotep followed by a bacon butty in the morning.
Nottingham's Broadway cinema have got the Mayhem Horror Fest from 28th to the 31st which includes a screening of Monsters, billed as 'the new District 9', with a Q&A afterwards with the director.
Jameson's Cult Film Club are doing some Halloween themed screenings. They've got Dracula at Liverpool's spectacular and supposedly haunted St Georges Hall tonight (28th) and Quartermass and the Pit at the Union Chapel on Fri 29th.
And in London, the BFI Imax are doing a scary Halloween 3D all-nighter on Sat 30th with stuff like The Hole, Piranha and My Bloody Valentine (the slasher flick, not the band) in 3D. A whole night of wearing those glasses watching a screen that size could do your head in I reckon? There's also other scary movies like The Shining and The Thing at the main BFI at more normal times.
All-nighters seem to be all the rage - if you want one that takes you into more exotic horror territory, check out Fright Fest in London, at the Empire Leicester Square. They have scary movies from Japan, Uruguay, Canada, Australia and even one from Finland about an evil Santa who's really a horned demon.
And finally, if you'd rather sing than be scared, how about the Sing-a-long-a Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Prince Charles Cinema, also in Leicester Square on Fri 29th and Sat 30th.
Also, why not have a look at the BBC's Creepy Comedy archive.