Where: The Grand Hall, St Pancras
£: Tickets cost from £30
What is it?
The Dark Circus Party returns for a special Day of the Dead fright night on Saturday 29th October, at The Grand Hall, St Pancras.
Step inside the abandoned circus and become immersed in the shadows of the bazaar, as you follow the skeletal painted faces through the mesmerising carnival of horrors. Stare starry-eyed at the enchanting aerialists as they spin from the ceiling, performing marvellous feats of death-defying daring.
On entering the haunted big top, guests will be submerged in a dark and thrilling world where they become part of the entertainment, literally letting them run away with the circus for a night. The party’s entertainment follows a traditional circus bill, but with a twisted Day of the Dead theme.
The circus promises aerial acts, treacherous trapeze artists and ethereal silks performances; married with traditional Mexican rituals and a Mariachi-led masked death procession, dancing through the festivities.
Follow the trail of incense and the soft glow of candlelight, past the empty animal cages and the traditional Ofrenda shrine, and enter the sepulchral El Jimador Cantina. Quench your thirst with tequila cocktails, served in sugar skulls by mysterious painted faces.
Tequila fans can choose to start the party early and join the El Jimador savants for a pre-‐party tequila master-‐class, learning about the history of this Mexican tipple and the crucial part it plays in time-honoured Day of the Dead celebrations.
Guests can sip on cocktails, dance to live bands, marvel at the acrobats performing under the big top in an authentic Mexican boxing ring, or pay a visit to the painted wagon for an iconic skeletal makeover.
There is a strict dress code for the evening and all guests must become part of the Mexican Dark Circus troupe. Think sideshow freaks, tragic clowns, snake charmers, lion tamers, ring masters, strong men, corpse brides, and traditional painted skeletal faces. Anyone wearing jeans, trainers or t-‐shirts will be refused entry and fed to the lions.
More info: www.darkcircusparty.com