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Weekend larks (Oct 28-30)

What to do if you are into Halloween, and what to do if you couldn't give a flying egg about it

Written by . Published on October 28th 2011.

Weekend larks (Oct 28-30)

Heebies hell
With All Hallows Eve knocking this weekend, Liverpool is packed with parties and gigs to celebrate the creepiest celebration of the year. Every bar and pub is putting up the pumpkins and skeletons to attract the unsuspecting victims, or customers. How can you tell the difference between the skull and your average space cake.

HeebiesHeebiesThis Halloween Heebie Jeebies basement is kitting up a special It's Days of the Dead party starting on Friday and going all the way up to Monday. That’s a long weekend full of spectacular spooks. It has style.

Heebies have looked to the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration for inspiration for the venue decorations. With hundreds of Mexican decorated skulls, flowers, lights and piñatas alongside huge spider webs, demonic thrones, pumpkins and... Wait, real coffins? Well, I never. If that doesn’t get your stockings into a twist, nothing will.

With free entry to this party, and all drinks at £2.50, this seems like a party not to miss, although given the price of the booze it's a given that you will. Heebies have even gone the full nine yards into making their own Halloween cocktails, including DAYS OF THE DEAD margaritas. Shots are also dirt cheap at £1.50 and there will be cauldron sharing cocktails for those witches that like to stick together. 

Days of the Dead, Heebie Jeebies, Seel St, Liverpool,  Friday 28-Mon 31 Oct. Free.

Lamping it up
Hungry ghosts of all shapes and sizes will be rampaging through Sefton Park this Sunday as part of the ever-popular Halloween Lantern Carnival.

Produced by the Liverpool Lantern Company, the event will see over 150 weird and wonderful performers take over the park, as delirious ghosts and wondrous creatures emerge from the darkness, attracted by the light of hundreds of community-made lanterns. But don’t fear, they’re not there for your mortal souls; they’re there for food and drink... the normal, not creepy, cannibalistic kind.

Giant illuminated stones covered with mysterious markings will move of their own accord through the park and part-takers will witness bizarre, unimaginable and downright ludicrous rituals, as winged creatures bat through the trees and hermits levitate teacups whilst balancing on one leg.

Runic dancers, choral chanting, conspiracy theorists and newsflash reporters will move through the crowds as a magical offering of lanterns draws the ancient circle of the Sefton Stones together, opening “a fiery portal to the cosmos, with live music and a firework finale adding extra sparkle to this magical occasion...” Or it will just look really cool. You decide.

*Halloween Lantern Parade, Sefton Park, Sunday 30th October, from 5.30pm, free.

No bones about it
If all things Halloween are giving you all kinds of a headache and you’d prefer to being cool as opposed to dressing up as a skeleton this weekend, check out Milapfest, the UK’s leading Indian Arts Development Trust, whose work aims to make a difference to people's lives through inspirational performances and educational experiences.

“Education”, you say, “that doesn’t sound like much fun.” But wait, there’s more.

Indian music lovers are in for a treat with a unique confluence of two beautifully soft and melodic instruments, the veena and piano, as they are played together for the very first time in this special concert.

What’s a veena, then. A veena is an ancient stringed instrument from South India, loved for its sweet resonating sound. And this Sunday, India’s foremost veena player, Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh comes together with Anil Srinivasan, a musician pushing the boundaries of Indian classical music with the piano, creating a totally new sound for Carnatic music.

This never before heard combination will excite and inspire listeners, and throw open the doors of opportunity for the future collaboration of eastern and western instruments.

Milapfest, Sunday 30th October, The Capstone Theatre, from  1pm, free entry.

A FREE afternoon of Hallowe’en family fun descends upon Woodside Ferry Terminal on Sunday. The ‘Spooktacular Woodside Family Day’ invites guys and ghouls of all ages to enjoy an array of spookily themed arts and crafts fun from 12 noon until 4pm.

It's a bit, well more than a bit like the Lantern Parade (above).

Find artworks and gifts from local artists and makers at the art fair, and visitors are invited to arrive in costume (by 3pm) to enter the best fancy dressed family competition to win a family ticket (2 Adults/2 Children) for Shiverpool's 'Shiver on the River' Cruise! (worth £40)
After all the macabre madness guests will be dying to board Shiverpool’s special Hallowe’en cruise Shiver on the River which departs from Liverpool at 4.00pm, Seacombe at 4.10pm and Woodside at 4.20 pm. 

Join Shiverpool as they set sail on their maiden voyage across the waves for Shiver on the River, telling forgotten tales of lawless Liverpudlians and Wirral wreckers. Let their spirit-guides submerge you in a whirlpool of tempest and tragedy, infamy and intrigue, and the chilling whispers of drowned souls. 

*Tickets are priced at £10 each and the cruise lasts approx. 2 hours The Shiver on the River tickets will also entitle you to cross the river to Woodside on the normal River Explorer Cruises from midday in order to attend the Spooktacular Woodside Family Day there during the afternoon. You can book by calling Mersey Ferries on 0151 330 1444.

Spoocktacular Woodside Family DayWoodside Ferry Terminal (5 min walk from Hamilton Square Rail Station) Sunday 30th October 201, Noon-4pm FREE!
Shiver on the RiverShiverpool’s and Mersey Ferries Hallowe’en CruiseSunday 30th October 2011Departs Liverpool at 4.00pm, Seacombe at 4.10pm and Woodside at 4.20 pm (Tours last approx. 2 hours) Tickets £10

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