Unfortunately Halloween is over for another year, which makes me super sad. But I thought I'd do a little blog post about what I wore and what I did over the Halloween weekend! And in case you haven't already guessed from the nickname above, I was little red *cough* dead *cough* riding hood...
On Friday night I headed into London to meet a friend for a late drink or two at Oxford Circus, with no specific plans about where we'd actually go. We met a pub and drunk a pint each among the crowds spilling out onto the street (I love how you can do that in London, it always makes me feel like I'm on holiday) before referring to my trusty old Great Little Place app and seeing if there was any cool bars nearby that we could squeeze into on a busy Friday night.
I found some pictures of a dark lit bar called Cahoots and not really knowing too much about what it was, we headed in search of it. In the process we stumbled across this gorgeous hidden courtyard slap bang in the middle of London, with a charismatic crowd around a tree decorated with fairy lights, and funky bars and restaurants all around. It was right up my street so we stopped for a drink at a rum bar on the second floor, where cocktails were served in skull glasses with pieces of fruit on fire.
We then went in search of Cahoots which was just off a side road from the courtyard and quickly realized that Cahoots is in actual fact the quirky underground bar in a disused train station that everyone has been talking about. In fact, I'd even received a press release about their Squiffy Picnics a few days prior at work.
So after a short twenty minute wait (we hadn't made a reservation) spent talking to the charming chap on the door who dressed in costume and even fashioned an old London cockney accent, we descended down the stairs and ordered a yummy cocktail each. We just had time for one cocktail before our last trains but I was glad we managed it.
The attention to detail inside was really impressive, with staff members fully in character, menu's being presented on old mock up newspapers and even free popcorn in a tin can as you take your seat. The cocktails were delicious and it was definitely surreal drinking them in our surroundings - it was a real hidden gem.
My only concern was that the upbeat and old time music made me want to dance, and when I did get up and got spun around by my companion on the way out, I accidentally knocked someones drink over. Oops. But I do think later on in some evenings, there are some dedicated areas for some swing dancing..
Saturday was Halloween and off course we all dressed up. I was little red riding hood with authentic scratches down the side of my face (using this nasty sticky scar stuff), scratches over the rest of my arms and chest and even a beyond cute red hood.
We headed down to Studio338 for Regression Sessions (our favourite!) Halloween Spooktacular event. Unfortunately we didn't realize that this wasn't a proper Regression Session so to speak, so although the club had the bouncy castle, ball pit and photo booth, some of the other activities were missing.
Had I knew this in advance, I don't think I would have chosen to spend my Halloween here.
This was simply because I was really excited for the type of event Regression Sessions usually put on and I am actually super glad I went anyway because I still had an awesome night. The venue was decorated really awesomely and although it wasn't my type of music, I must have loved it because I stayed till 5:30am.
I did really enjoy myself and I'm glad I went, so in hindsight it worked out really well. I loved that it was strictly fancy dress too, which meant that we saw some really awesome costumes and most people made a lot of effort.
Plus I managed to find not only a wolf, but a wolf dressed up as Grandma, making a perfect photo opportunity!
It was a bit of a faffabout getting home at that time (it always is) so eventually I got home at 10am yesterday morning (I know), fell straight into bed and slept until 2pm.
I'm still exhausted now, but I think that's a sign of a good weekend....
How was your weekend? How did you celebrate Halloween? Let me know with a comment below...!