Why do we dress up for Halloween? It's possibly the last thing one thinks of when invited to a Halloween party. Thoughts quickly become focused on choosing a unique look and how that look can come about.
The annual event is commonly thought to have pagan roots, linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, from the Old Irish "summer's end, whilst some attribute it to the Catholic All Souls Day. Samhain was traditionally seen as the beginning of the 'darker half' of the year; a time for stock-taking and slaughtering of livestock in preparation for the cold months ahead. It was also seen as a time when souls of the dead and fairies could enter the world. Feasts were had, at which the souls of dead kin were beckoned to attend and a place set at the table for them, and costumes and masks were worn as a means of disguising oneself from the harmful spirits.
This weekend, saw the return of London's Tinaween, a legendary October party held at Metropolis strip club in Hackney organised by AnOther's contributing fashion editor Robbie Spencer. This year's theme was inspired by the now (sadly) defunct ITV Matthew Kelly hosted show and given a Halloween twist: Stars in their Creep Little Eyes. Here is AnOther's unique documentation of some of the evening's spooky musical offerings, including set designer Gary Card, captured by photographer Anna Huix.