Although Halloween has become an established focus of fetish celebration, it was anybody’s guess after 2020’s lockdowns and this year’s continuing covid problems what form, if any, Fetish Halloween 2021 might take.
The answer, when I started reviewing global event listings earlier this month, surprised me: there’s more happening on Halloween than you might have expected.
To many of those starved of fetish socialising for 18 months or more, this will be welcome news — a fact reflected in how quickly people have been snapping up party tickets when they’ve gone on sale.
So be warned: by the time you read this, some Fetish Halloween 2021 events may already have sold out, leaving you at best with the option to join a waiting list for last-minute returns.
This is already the case, for example, with Torture Garden’s three London Halloween nights, which are all now at the sold out/ waiting list stage. But they are still in this roundup because TG is obviously an important part of the overall partying picture this article is seeking to present!
The bulk of the events mentioned below are scheduled for sometime over Halloween weekend (October 29-31).
But we’ve also included a few parties that are taking place up to a week before or after the actual weekend. Some of these are tagged as Halloween parties, while a few others look as if they’re at least ‘Halloween friendly’.
Of course, wherever you are in the world — and especially if you’re in the UK, where continually rising infection rates are alarming everyone except the government — you’re bound to be concerned about how individual party organisers plan to ensure the safety of those who venture through their doors.
So I’m glad to observe generally responsible attitudes among event hosts in the UK, despite the removal of legal mandates. Proof of double vaccination and/or negative covid tests are frequently stipulated as a condition of entry, and masking is often expected where appropriate.
Outside the UK, there are almost as many variations on rules and restrictions as there are Fetish Halloween 2021 hosts and countries.
In the Netherlands, for example, promoters have been obliged to shift their party times to late afternoon/early evening starts in order to comply with current midnight finish times.
Meanwhile in the United States, one of the country’s most renowned seasonal parties — Fetish Factory’s Halloween Fetish Ball — will take place against a background of perverse state legislation that appeared to actually ban event hosts from making proof of vaccination a condition of attendance.
Because of the variety of rules in place in different countries, we have not attempted to list the covid arrangements for each individual event mentioned in this round-up.
So we strongly advise, for any event mentioned here that interests you, that you follow our link to the event website or other info page and check the promoter’s statement about covid safety.
You’ll find that the best promoters leave you in no doubt as to what’s needed for you to gain access in a safe way. However, some just say they’ll be following local rules in force at the time of their event, leaving you to look elsewhere to find out what those are.
You may have already noticed that Facebook Events pages often provide more accessible and comprehensive info than events’ own websites. But be warned: if you’re viewing its event listings from different time zones, Facebook’s adoption of UTC times instead of local times may cause confusion.
Where time zone differences are big enough, the UTC info for an event can make it look like it’s happening the day after it’s actually happening!
Savvy promoters have learnt to include local date and time info further down their FB event pages, where conversion to UTC times is avoided. But not all event hosts have cottoned on to this yet!
To avoid this problem, every event listed in this article is shown with local dates and times. And don’t forget: in the UK and various other locations, clocks go back an hour in the early hours of Sunday 31.
ANATOMIE STUDIO TUESDAY ROPE JAM
October 26 18:30–22:30
ANATOMIE STUDIO Arch 113/Unit 17 Station Passage, London SE15 2JR
What imaginative ways will participants in Anatomie’s Halloween edition of its rope jam find to mark this special occasion?
October 22 11:00–07:00
FIRE, 44 Parry St, London SW8 1RU
AntiChrist finally returns with a promise of “one huge mashup”. There’s no offical theme but it’s bound to be treated as an early Halloween outing by some of its fans.
CLUB BLACK WHIP
November 3 19:00–01:00
SIMULACRA STUDIO, 302-304 Barrington Rd, London SW9 7JJ
Re-emerging in Brixton, Madame Caramel’s femdom-style party is an event where one supposes one might be punished for missing the chance to get oneself punished on actual Halloween.
LIBIDEX HALLOWEEN POP-UP SHOP
October 25-29 Walk-in Wed/Thu 12:00–19:00; Fri 12:00–18:00
LIBIDEX HQ 3 St Albans Place, London
The return of Libidex pop=up shopping is included here because, with discounts of 50–80%, it provides last-minute Halloween outfit bargains for partygoers who’ve left things really, really late! Mon 25 and Tue 26’s ticketed events are sold out, but Wed-Fri 27–29 are walk-in affairs open to anyone wearing a mask.
NIGHT OF THE CANE
November 7 17:30–23:30
THE HATCH CLUB, 23 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6PP
The Firm’s longstanding annual celebration of corporal play relocates to New Cross. It might be a week after actual Halloween, but it has been declared ghoul-friendly, and we suspect it’s still close enough for anyone who believes in caning it.
TORTURE GARDEN HALLOWEEN BALL 1 – CARNIVALE
October 29 21:00–06:00
SCALA 275 Pentonville Rd, London
TORTURE GARDEN HALLOWEEN BALL 2 – CARNIVALE
October 30 21:00–06:00
SCALA 275 Pentonville Rd, London
TORTURE GARDEN HALLOWEEN BALL 3 – LABORATORY
November 5 21:00–06:00
ELECTROWERKZ 7 Torrens St, London EC1V 1NQ
After a successful return in August, TG larges it with no less than three Halloween specials, taking over Scala at Kings Cross for Halloween weekend, then moving to Electrowerkz for the following Friday. Dice ticket pages for all nights show “Join waiting list” at time of writing. Are you feeling lucky?
VERBOTEN HALLOWEEN FIST
October 30 22:00–01:00
NEW LONDON VENUE (ticketholders get address one day before event)
This “one-off that happens to drop on Halloween” is open to members, who can also buy tickets for up to five friends. Hopefully KV will have improved its door screening manners after much-criticised Fifth Birthday shenanigans.
CLUB LASH INTIMATE: HALLOWEEN
October 30 20:0–01:00
THE MANCHESTER CHAMBERS Lord St, Ashton under Lyme OL6 8LS
This small scale play event is currently sold out but there is a waiting list button on its TicketTailor page if you want to try your luck.