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Cairo Halloween Guide

From sexy to spooky, fabulous to frightening, we've rounded up all the hot and horrific Halloween parties gracing the capital this Thursday...

More than Eid or the 6th  October, Halloween has got to be the most appropriate holiday of the year for Egyptians to celebrate after the scary times we've had of late, especially since brainless zombies attacked the city’s squares. It's about time we received a few treats instead of megalomaniacal tricks and, this year, they'll be coming in the form of a few massive shindigs happening around Cairo. We'll give you the round up of what's going down, all you have to do is decide what costume you're going to wear. Actually, we'll make that decision even easier for you. You can just choose from one of our two handy cut-out masks below (click for life-size, printable versions)...

It’s Trick or Treat at Cairo Jazz Club this Thursday, with the ultimate treat going to the winner of their Best Costume competition. Embodying the true mischievous spirit of Halloween, the party is going on well past curfew and all the way until 5AM! Screwdriver will kick off their night with some less-than-ghoulish Rock and Funk covers, and if you're really naughty, you might want to stay until the after party...

CJC gets really mischievous after curfew, continuing the party from 11.30PM to 5AM, the next day with none other than the ToyBoys taking over the decks. Expect dance-fuelled mayhem all the way until the crack of dawn.

Alchemy, already a hot-spot for all things magic and other-worldly are to set to turn up the spook-factor with All Hallows Eve. With their intoxicating spells and potions, this will be a night to remember, that you’ll probably forget, thanks to the creepy, creative cocktails. Costumes are a must, think evil sorcerers and creatures of the night.

When was the last time you went to the InterContinental SemiramisRithmo? Thinking about how old we're getting is scary, so what better time to feel all frightened than Halloween? They're throwing a Halloween Funfest with DJs Khaled Hussein and Yasin on the decks to take you back to the heyday of Cairo's notorious nightlife scene.

Meanwhile, Tamarai are coming out as the heroes of the night, literally, with their Heroes Unleashed party. Head out dressed as your favorite superhero and get a free drink at the bar! Might as well save a damsel in distress or two while you’re at it!

Great tunes, delicious cocktails, awesome scary shit on the walls; Amici have never let us down when Halloween comes to town, and this year will be no different. Actually, there is a slight difference. As the original Zamalek Amici reboots for a reopening, this party is being held at the bigger Amici Heliopolis. The Drink or Treats party will see someone go home with a 400 LE drinks voucher, if they’re awarded with the coveted title of best costume. Entrance is 300 LE and will an open bar and free appetisers all night. 

6th of October dwellers will get their own chance to dress up like a creep and dance even creepier as Johhny's at Le Pacha 1901 West throws their first scary soiree. Bewitching will see their resident DJ spin the best Commercial, House and Pop tunes that'll really get you up on your feet, while the expert bar staff blend some brilliant cocktails, all through the night. 

Buddha-Bar is back, opening it's doors this Halloween for a spiritual night on the Nile. Wait, isn't a spirit essentially a ghost? We expect things to get seriously spooky at the sprawling, already-beautifully haunting nightlife landmark. They'll be mixing up some creepy cocktails especially for the night, in theme with the occasion.  

Halloween is all about chills and shivers, and what better a time for resurrections than one of the scariest nights of the year? Royale's grand opening in Zamalek, organised by up-and-coming party planners ArmA, is sure to tickle your fancy and send shivers down your spine. Featuring Purple Disco Machine straight from Germany, ArmA's resident DJ Ahmed Kotb, Funk-master DJ Ramy and Student DJ winners Aguizi and Fahim and boasting an open cocktail bar straight from Amici, the After Burn party is sure to be a blur of non-stop dancing and lucrative costumes, so bring your A-game! 

Graffiti is going all ghouls and ghosts on us this year, as they celebrate their Spooktacular Halloween in style. With DJ Roro and a live drummer setting the soundtrack, the venue will be transformed with all things scary, including pumpkins carved by the artist/chef in residence. There's also a best costume competition with the first prize being a one night's stay at the Four Seasons Nile Plaza, so you better put some effort in. The party goes on well after midnight, so get up to some curfew mischief! 

With the UK's DJ Paul Thomas flying in especially, Halloween at Cavallini is going to be a good one, as the coveted DJ spins out his underground hits, and mixes old school and new school House tunes at the Heliopolis hot-spot.

If you ask us, Bamboo is already pretty spooky, so we don't expect anything less than an utterly haunting Halloween party. Kiko, Zizo and 3abkarino return to the decks for this curfew lock-in costume party, starting at 1AM and going on all the way until 5AM.

Ah, Rock and Roll; the music of the Devil! Head on over to Tempo for a rocking Halloween night, where Thirsty Bloody Thursday sees the less than devilish Egoz band liven things up at the costume party, where best costume will win a big prize. Happy hour is from 6PM-8PM so head on over early. As for the kids, during the day, Tempo will be inviting the little ones over during the day for apple bobbing, treats and plenty more on the 2nd November. 

For those who prefer the more refined things in life, get your chills and thrills from the brilliant musical stylings of Ahmed Harfoush who’ll be crooning all night long at Saigon Lounge. Bring your dancing shoes and ditch your Catwoman costume as this is a sophisticated soiree.