Bella Hadid and The Weeknd, 2018

Costumes at the ready: These are the coolest Halloween happenings around town

We’re allowed to mix and mingle once again, and thank goodness for that as party season is ramping up just in time for the scariest night of the year — although the year in general has been pretty scary, so why not lean in even further?

There are plenty of fun things going on to get into the spooky spirit, so get your costume sorted and sink your (vampire) teeth into one of these events.

‘HALLOWEEN’ with Nathan Haines & Frank Booker at Hopetoun Alpha
The crew at Holiday Records know how to throw a good shindig, and this one’s bound to be a doozy. Held within the soaring space of Hopetoun Alpha on Beresford Square, local music legends and longtime collaborators Frank Booker and Nathan Haines will be getting the dance floor pumping with a DJ set that spans disco, 80’s boogie and everything in between.
Saturday 31st October 5pm – 11pm, Hopetoun Alpha, 19 Beresford Square.
Find tickets here.

Rio Funk – Day of the Dead edition at Saint Alice
Embrace the vibrance of the Day of the Dead with Rio Funk, the biggest baile funk party in New Zealand, held at Saint Alice. Spooky revellers will have plenty to boogie to with Brazilian music, Dj’s and samba passion dancers in the line-up – and you’d better put effort into your costume, as the best Day of the Dead or Halloween costume will win a bar tab.
Saturday 31st October Rio Funk Day Of The Dead Party, Saint Alice, Level 1/204 Quay Street, Auckland. Doors open 10pm.
Find tickets here.

Margarita specials at Frida
Viaduct Harbour Mexican hotspot Frida Cocina Mexicana & Tequila Bar is celebrating Halloween longer than just the day itself with a special margarita menu on offer for the whole week in the lead-up. At $12, the special margaritas will be impossible to resist — all that’s left to decide is whether you’ll go for the Rosita, with tequila reposado, fresh lime, grapefruit with a salt rim; Morado, containing silver tequila, fresh lime, elderflower liqueur, blackberries, agave and a sugar rim; or Amarillo, a fragrant mix of silver tequila, fresh lime, charred pineapple, mint and a chilli salt rim. The venue will also be decked out with Day of the Dead decorations, and a live guitarist will be playing on 1st November.
Monday 26th October – Sunday 1st November, Frida Cocina Mexicana & Tequila Bar, 85/89 Customs Street West, Auckland CBD.

Day of the Dead Party at Ghost Donkey
What better place to celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead than Ghost Donkey, Auckland’s must-visit hub for mezcal and tequila. The team will be celebrating in true Ghost Donkey fashion with a special cocktail menu, Mexican bites on offer, giveaways, face-painting, DJ’s and their very own mariachi band.
Saturday 31st October, Ghost Donkey, Level 2, 1 Queen St, Commercial Bay, 6pm – 12am.
Find tickets here.

After Dinner Club Halloween on K’ Road
Join the scenesters for a party at Anthology Lounge on Karangahape Road, hosted by Mac Mylo and Marc Moore, with special guest Hurricane Emily also spinning some tunes to get the guests in the dancing mood. Anthology Lounge is directly below Cotto on K’ Road, RSVP here for free entry, and remember: costumes are compulsory — no dress-up, no entry. So, dress to impress.
Saturday, 31st October, 9pm – 3am, Anthology Lounge, 375 Karangahape Road.
Find more details here.

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