Halloween is a reasonably new event in our country, and gains increasing attention each year, with events built around it. Officially it falls on 31 October, so most celebrations are this coming weekend. 

Halloween has a religious origin, being a three-day observance of Allhallowtide, remembering the dead, including saints, martyrs, and all the ‘faithful departed’, Wikipedia informs. The less serious side of Halloween is celebrated with trick-or-treating, lighting bonfires, making lanterns, and costume parties. Themes related to Halloween are witches, skeletons, vampires, ghosts, cobwebs, headstones, and pumpkins. Americans started carving faces out of pumpkins. Ultimately Halloween reminds us that life is short and that we need to make the most of it. 
 
Friday 26 October
 
Tomorrow evening ‘MCQP: Presents Halloween’ will be jointly hosted at two neighbouring De Waterkant clubs, Crew Bar and TAU. At the event the theme and venue of this year’s MCQP party of the year, to be held on Saturday 15 December, will be announced. Entrance costs R120, and tickets can be bought at  www.quicket.co.Za  Dressing up to the Halloween theme is mandatory.
 
‘Want to know what rises from the grave over Halloween? Ghosts, goblins, monsters, zombies and all things creepy and scary will be summoned to our playground, with grisly rooms and floors only the bravest will dare explore’, said Ian McMahon, MCQP Director. With MCQP owning one of the largest collection of Halloween decorations, TAU and Crew Bar will be completely transformed and almost unrecognisable with amazing decor, outstanding costumes, a dungeon or rooms leading into one more scary than the other, and even some free lessons in casting spells and flying brooms.
 
MCQP Project Manager Candice Heyns described the event as follows: ‘With TAU and Crew Bar co-hosting the events, those attending can be prepared to be blown away with 3 floor levels, a total of 7 bars, a basement dungeon room full of frightfully naughties and oh, so much more! Capetownians – prepare for the biggest Halloween party of the year at two of your favourite venues!’ The DJ line-up will include top names in the industry such as Shoemaker, Blaine Dodds, The Fogshow, Chad, Funky G, Beatarmy, and Heyns herself – a world-renowned DJ in her own right.
 
Saturday 27 October
 
The 41 in Camps Bay is hosting a ‘Trick or Drink ‘Halloween Disco Party’ on Saturday evening, with DJ Rene making the Old-School Disco music, from 18h00 – 2h00. Canapés and a complimentary candy floss Cruz Vodka cocktail for R150 from 18h00 – 21h00. A la carte dinner, tapas, burgers, pizzas, and sushi available too. Book at the restaurant Tel (021) 437-0558. 
 
Harrington’s Cocktail Bar in Harrington Street is hosting a ‘So Happy Halloween/Nightmare on Harrington Street’ party. Different entrance fees for three venues, each with different DJs. From 19h00 – 4h00. Tickets from www.howler.co.za
 

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chris_Ulmenstein

 
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