These events are an obvious draw for many fetish and goth folk, who tend to have a natural interest in ‘darker things’ and already enjoy dressing up in special outfits for a fun night out.
For them, Fetish Halloween is a great excuse to ramp up the party style they already adopt for their other clubbing activities.
But the reason many fetish parties’ Halloween editions are bigger, more elaborate and more glamorous affairs is that these annual specials often purposely set out to attract a broader audience than the hosts’ regular fetish nights do.
Fetish Halloween nights can be a great chance for vanilla folk and the fetish-curious, who might normally be wary of going to a full-on fetish party, to dip their toes safely into kinkier waters.
For this one night of the year, they can play at being a public perv and interact with the fetish world without straying too far from their comfort zones.
Not surprisingly, therefore, the biggest, most successful Fetish Halloween nights are almost all crossover events, with dresscodes expanded to accommodate those whose wardrobes are not bulging with fetish gear but are nevertheless up for some dress-up fun and a light sprinkling of kinky spice.
Now it’s true that not all fetish folk are unreservedly enthusiastic about sharing a venue with visitors from the planet Vanilla at this time of year.
Some feel that large numbers of straight interlopers inevitably dilute the fetish vibe of the event.
Others complain that ’nillas don’t always know how to behave properly, being unacquainted with fetish etiquette and, fuelled by party spirit, more likely to invade pervs’ personal space in an unacceptable way.
But it’s worth remembering that the larger crowds these Fetish Halloween specials attract tend to facilitate a scaled-up event, often staged in a more impressive venue, and with more shows and other attractions for everyone to enjoy.
So there are also upsides to expanding the dresscode to accommodate more people once a year.
A couple of well known Halloween events aim to arrive at the same mix of cultures from a different starting point. They are first and foremost big ‘general’ Halloween parties, but make a point of specifically welcoming pervy people and are popular with the fetish crowd as a result.
At the opposite end of the partying spectrum at Halloween time are a number of smaller fetish events whose regular October or November dates fall so close to October 31 that it’s a no-brainer to theme them as Halloween specials.
This type of party, especially if it’s normally a BDSM play night, is likely to be comprised mostly of the event’s regular crowd, some of whom will be in ‘Halloween mode’. But it may also present itself as a newbie-friendly ‘gateway’ event, pitched to a broader than usual clientèle.
Below you’ll find brief previews of a selection of this year’s Fetish Halloween events from around the world. The information is drawn from the global fetish event listings that will soon be freely accessible online with the launch of The Fetishistas Directory.
Since Halloween itself is inconsiderate enough to fall on a Wednesday this year, Fetish Halloween party hosts have once again had to choose between the weekend before and the weekend after to stage their events.
Our listings reveal that the vast majority of party promoters have opted for Saturday October 27. Just a few have chosen the following weekend, although significantly for London partygoers, one of these is Torture Garden on Friday November 2.
A few Halloween-themed events take place earlier than Saturday 27. Not insignificant among these are Fetish Factory’s big Halloween Fetish Ball in Fort Lauderdale, USA and Hellfire’s Annual Helloween Experience in Sydney, Australia — both scheduled for Friday October 26.
In the information below, we’ve also included a few fetish events that are not actually branded as Halloween parties but are happening on or close to popular Halloween party dates.
These events may still be ‘Halloween friendly’ — we advise checking things like dresscode with individual organisers if you’re considering attending.
A large number of fetish events now handle their ticket sales through third-party agencies like Eventbrite. Our listings below include some useful ticketing information but not usually details of the ticket agency itself.
But full, up-to-date ticket sales info is usually easy to access via the event organiser’s website, or via individual event listings on Facebook.
LONDON OCTOBER 27
Dark Circus Party Halloween Special
Secret East London venue
£35 in advance
London’s darkest circus party from Belle Epoque returns for a special Halloween fright night
Organiser: Bourne & Hollingsworth Group
Photo: Dark Circus Halloween Special 2017
LONDON NOVEMBER 2
Torture Garden Halloween Ball
338 Boord St, London SE10 0PF, UK
£38-£45 in advance for choice of 3 entry slots
Celebrate Halloween with TG at SE London’s 3000-capacity mega-venue near the 02 Greenwich
Organiser: Torture Garden
Photo: Torture Garden 2017 Halloween Ball by Marcus T
NORTHFLEET OCTOBER 27
The Gate Club – Halloween Special
Venue disclosed to guests
Dover Road, Northfleet, Kent, DA11 9PH, UK
Singles £10/£15, couples £20 in advance; add £5 for door prices
Master Keith’s legendary private-party-style BDSM play night in his well-equipped 4-floor Kent venue
Organiser: Master Keith
Photo: Equipment at The Gate Club
OTHER UK PARTIES
There are a few other UK fetish events that are taking place on dates close to Halloween, but are not being promoted specifically as Halloween parties.
As long as you meet the dresscodes of these events, there would be nothing to stop you enhancing your outfit with Halloween touches if you felt inclined.
But if you’re doing that on the basis that you better not be the only person there who’s doing so, you’d be advised to contact the organisers in advance to find out how ‘Halloween friendly’ they intend their events to be!
On the weekend after Halloween, Mach2 holds its Autumn Event at a hotel near Gloucester (November 2-4) but you would definitely need to check in advance whether there’ll be any embrace of the spooky spirit at this fetish couples’ weekend!READ MORE
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