Be afraid, very afraid! Halloween has crept up on us like a phantom in the night and this year it’s going to be a shocker. Get your costumes at the ready because there is going to be a macabre weekend of festivities to enjoy.

EPIC Day Entertainment @ The Strand

Prepare to be petrified! EPIC Day entertainment is back this Halloween with an even bigger and better bash on Oct. 27. Taking place at The Strand Entertainment Complex, there will be five parties making up one monster event with each venue taking on a ghoulish guise.

Each party has its own terrifying theme with live music from Mackenzie Brown-Kambeitz, Fetching Vibes and The Coffin Chasers at Witches Mist; Glenroy, Matt Banx and Mix Master DJ will be in the Creepy Car Park with the Top 40 and Snarfbeatz will be spinning the house tunes at Abandoned.

DJ RKM will be throwing it back to the classics in Carnevil and DVJ Carter will be blasting soca all night at Kuboh. So, if you have a diverse group of friends with varied tastes in music there is sure to be something for everyone at this frightfully fun party.

Thankfully, it is scheduled for a Friday night, which gives all ghouls and ghosts two days to recover from the scariest thing of all: the hangover.

Early bird tickets are $20 or $25 at the gate. Each ticket gets you into all five events. Gates open at 8 p.m. Tickets are available from the Epic Day office at The Strand, all BlackBeard’s and Big Daddy’s stores or on the Connected Castaway APP.

Royal Palms

If you fancy spending Halloween night at the island’s biggest beachfront party this year, head to Royal Palms for its annual Halloween Party, courtesy of Bacardi, also on Oct. 27. This year, the theme is Haunted Mansion so be prepared for a hair-raising hell of a night. DJ Lin will be playing island jams and party anthems on the beach deck and DJ Jonesian will be mixing EDM tunes at the pool bar, so no excuse not to let loose and cut a rug on the dancefloor.

The bar will be serving up some deliciously gruesome Halloween-themed cocktails with all sorts of creepy surprises in store. Think witches brew, a black bat and Frankenstein blood.

There will be a costume contest with prizes for the best couple costume. Any costume duo can enter to win prizes, with previous years’ prizes including staycations, flights and bottles of liquor.

The party kicks off at 9 p.m. and entry is free.

Margaritaville downtown

Club Ville becomes Scary Ville and Haunted Ville on Oct. 27 with a Halloween Happy Hour from 5 – 10 p.m. followed by Haunted Ville from 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. There’s no cover for the Happy Hour, where all vampires and werewolves can enjoy 50 percent off all drinks and select appetizers. The whole venue will be dressed up for the night and anyone who’s forgotten their mask might just be able to score one at the door.

Visiting DJ Bengal from Jamaica, along with local talents DJ Von and DJ Neko will get the party going for Happy Hour, followed by DJ Chromatic from Jamaica and our own DJ Selecta Renegade taking things to the next level for Haunted Ville. Drink and bottle pricing will be scarily affordable all night and there are prizes for best male and female costumes.

Ladies get free entrance to Haunted Ville until midnight; $10 after midnight. Men are $15.

What to wear?

Halloween means dressing up! Don’t even think about being a Halloween Humbug and turning up dressed for a regular Friday night. A little imagination goes a long way and with the help of the Internet there is an entire World Wide Web out there to inspire you. Popular TV shows and movie characters, old and new, always make for a great look. Or, if you have a willing friend or partner, a duo or couple costume also gets a round of applause.

Pinterest is a great platform to get inspired with costume and character ideas and YouTube is a wonderful tool to help you recreate special FX make up that wouldn’t be out of place on a set in Hollywood. With tutorials for every kind of Halloween look from unicorns to creepy clowns (Pennywise will definitely be a popular choice this year), transforming into your favorite character will be easier than ever.

If you prefer the simple and straightforward option, you can visit Party Source or It’s Your Party for a selection of costumes to rent or buy. They also have a great deal of accessories, makeup products and decorations to make sure you have all your Halloween festivities covered.