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Here come the ghouls

Wizards, spooky skating, blood bank mayhem, ghostly tours... it's our Hallow'een weekend round up with tips from Sam Brocklehurst

Published on October 30th 2009.


Here come the ghouls

Magic Wizards are back
Think of Halloween and you think about magic, right? It's only a matter of time before the old word association leads you to the word wizard and guess what? Yes The Wizards of Twiddly!

Liverpool's almost legendary combo are back, reformed, one more time for a Love Music Hate Racism gig late on Friday night at the Masque. If you have never seen the Twiddlys before, you really should. Their fantastic peculiar jazzy, funky and altogether marvellous music is a jolt to behold. Largely ignored by the mainstream music press, in their day they managed to attract a collection of committed supporters including Cardiacs' Tim Smith, Radio One's Mark Radcliffe and the late, great Vivian Stanshall.

Support comes from three bands, including Peter Bentham and the Dinnerladies and it's FREE. We even might go. How many passes-out this week can we have, before we all pass out with excitement?

*Wizards of Twiddly, The Masque, Seel St. Liverpool. Starts 8pm Free.

Supernatural Skating
For those of you who like their Halloween with the promise of pain, why not roll on upto the Spookerfunk Roller Disco at the Liverpool Guild of Students this Saturday.

Now when we say pain, we're not talking to those readers who would prefer the sensation of hot rollerblades down their back. No, just the potential for bruised shins.

Billed as the ultimate roller disco experience, DJ Mickey Blue Eyes will provide sound to which to fly or fall, playing a mix of classic roller boogie anthems, funk and because it's the season and all, some spooky tunes to boot.

The bar will be open, although if the sensible person in you protests that alcohol and high speed skating don't go hand in hand, wrist guards, elbow and knee pads are provided. Skates are available to hire on the day for the princely sum of £2.

This one is strictly for over 18s but if you get down there between 14:00 – 16:00 there is a family-friendly version aimed at the young ‘uns and their spectators.

*Spookerfunk Roller Disco, Saturday 31st October 09 at Liverpool Guild of Students, University of Liverpool, 160 Mount Pleasant L3 5TR. Over 18s: 16:30 - 18:30; Families: 14:00 16:00. Tickets from http://lgos.org/events or from The Base @ Liverpool Guild of Students - £4 NUS and public, £2 skate hire. Under 18s event: £4 under 18s; £5 over 18s; £1 spectators.

Eek! Chic
If you’re less than impressed with the standard Hallow'een costume fare then this one is definitely for you. Join the beautiful and the damned for Geek Chic’s latest venture, Blood Bank, in the sumptuous surroundings of the Grade II listed Martins Bank, Water Street, for an evening of dastardly decadence wild enough to rouse the fiscal phantoms from their slumber.

It’s certainly the most topical of the Hallow'een events with the recession of the 1930s acting as the backdrop to the entertainment, drinking, eating and dancing taking place in defiance of the current recession. The dress code is “sexy, spooky and sinister”, with period costume optional. Tickets are priced at £20 and include all entertainment, a glass of Halloween punch and snacks. Please buy them in advance, they warn.

*The Blood Bank – Terror on the 8th Floor’, The Martins Bank Boardroom, Water Street. Saturday 31st 20:00 – 00:30, tickets priced at £20 and are available from www.clubgeekchic.co.uk

Canning plan
What would Halloween be without a Tom Slemen-themed ghost walk around the oldest and therefore, by extension, most haunted areas of our city? This Saturday sees Haunted Ghost Walks Liverpool proudly present two such themed tours: The Georgian Quarter Tour and The Childwall Ghost and Murder Tour.

The former departs from Peter Kavanagh’s, spiritual home of the undead, and promises to lead you back in time past the atmospheric terraces in the area, ending in St. James cemetery for ghost stories amongst the graves.

The Childwall tour focuses on one of the most enduring murder mysteries of the city centering on The Man From The Pru - but also takes in Tom Slemen favourites tales including Resurrection Mary and The Wizard of Calderstones in a mile and a half walk through the area.

Proceeds from the walks, somewhat incongrously, go to Freshfields Animal Rescue.

*Georgian Quarter Tour departs Saturday 31st from Peter Kavanagh’s Pub, Egerton St L8 7LY at 7pm 8pm 9pm 10pm & 10.30pm. The Childwall Ghost & Murder Tour departs from Half Way House, Woolton Road, L16 8NE at 7pm 8pm & 9pm. Tickets priced £10 adults, £9 under 16s and Concessions. To book by phone contact Jan Robinson on 07983 160479. www.ghostwalks.org

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