Every year I have these wildly ambitious, complex Halloween costume ideas…

And every year Halloween rolls around and I have in no way prepared.

This year was, of course, no different. At 4pm Selina texted and said “They’ve turned Cirque du Soir into an asylum… wanna go?”

Seriously? Who in their right mind could turn that down?

Lacking a costume I grabbed a dress from Topshop and went home to try my hand at some horrible makeup, helped by a tutorial from Katie.

Selina & Ella came over, we had some bubbles, laughed at Selina for wearing the most enormous pants I have ever seen (apparently they went with her outfit)… and eventually we headed down to Carnaby Street.

Cirque, which is always pretty creepy, has been totally transformed for a week of Halloween debauchery. It was AWESOME.

This girl sits in an abandoned tube carriage and you can pay her to spin the wheel of misfortune.

These poor devils got “trick or treat”

And were forced to eat dried cockroaches, scorpions and crickets.

We watched with glee.

The music thumped as the costumed crowd writhed around the dance floor, drinking, flirting and watching.

Every now & then creatures would leap from hiding places and grab you, sending your screams of terror into the hedonism.

But they’re all pretty friendly once you get to know them.

I think…

Either way, we survived!

Happy Halloween!

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  • Charlotte

    I’m not sure I could handle this, I can’t even cope with amateur haunted houses! x http://www.worthwakingupfor.co.uk

  • Looks like you had a great night – I’m pretty scared by all your pictures though! The best thing I have seen so far this Halloween is Voldemort doing the night fever dance!
    Charlotte x


  • Sarah Bacchus

    Omg Rossie you look incredible. Love the makeup!

  • Niki

    AMAZING. I wish I could find an event like this in Toronto. You looked amazing as usual Rosie. Happy Halloween! xx

  • Michelle

    This is the best Halloween outfit I’ve ever seen!

  • WOW Rosie… I know you get to go to some pretty awesome parties, but I think this one is by far my favourite. (Little bit freaked out by all of the costumes!)

    Let’s face it, you can’t NOT go creepy for Halloween- It’s the one night you can go crazy with the facepaint!

    Hopefully I’ll look just as spooky tonight- partying it up in a club that’s in a church!

    Emily xx

    My Ginger Bread Journey

  • Johanna Filipson

    Cirque looks insane, they really went all out! How cool to be a part of it Rose! I sort of skipped Halloween this year, and this post is making me wish I hadn’t! /Johanna


  • TJ

    Looks fun… You look like the bad kids from The Karate Kid

  • Frankie Lee

    ahhhh loving the post, R! x

  • Nichola Allan

    Too terrifying – honestly don’t think I could go to this. I’d just be looking over my shoulder the whole night!


  • Wow I normally love Cirque anyway but I had no idea they went this much effort for Halloween! Might just have to check it out before they turn it back into a ‘normal’ club…! Thank’s for the heads up Rosie!


  • Your make up looked AMAZING! This place seriously rocks, love all the costumes!

    Happy Halloween Rosie xoxo


  • honestly?! i’d have proper shit myself here! does look like fun though!

  • Vilde :)

    Loved your costume! 😀 Wicked makeup! Happy Halloween 🙂

  • Camille Beygui

    You are actually really scary


  • Orlaith

    This looks amaaaaazing! x

  • I love it when places make such an effort for halloween!
    For such a quick halloween costume, you look great!

  • Sabrina Ong Jiah Ling

    Awesome post Rosie! True fan of your blog 🙂

  • o m g i’m freaked out just by looking at these pictures! i’m getting too old! seriously impressed by your makeup tho!

  • TheUniStudent

    You look amazing Rosie! LOVE the makeup, might try my hand at that this evening.
    I love your blog, it’s always so well articulated, would you mind looking at mine and letting me know if there was anything I could improve on? Would be eternally grateful if you did as you’re such an inspiration to me!


  • Looks like you had a fun evening, Happy Halloween Rose.


  • Michelle
  • fromanywherewithlove

    Hi Rosie,
    I’ve recently moved here and have friends coming over from across the pond this weekend to visit London for the first time. Naturally I want to show them the best night out this city has to offer. Any suggestions for a fun Saturday night out..? Thinking dinner and then off for some bar hopping. xx

  • Looks like one ‘hell’ of a party!! (sorry… Just couldn’t help myself!) Your makeup looks fabulous 🙂 x


  • Aleksa Costa

    Rosie, that make-up looks really cool! I’m going as Day of the Dead tonight! Doing anything fun this eve in London? Happy Halloween xx

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • Joelle

    Cool costume and makeup!

  • Incredible costume and makeup! Looks like you had a spectacular time! xx

    Keep calm and carry lipstick.

  • This looks amazing. I need to find friends who love dressing up as much as I do and find something similar for next year!


  • PeonyandPeach

    There’s no way I’d make it through this, I’d be way too scared!! Looks like it was a lot of fun though, love your dress!


  • Rosie W

    MY GOSH this looks like the best party ever! Your dress looks soooo nice 🙂
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  • I love the bathroom shot where everyone else look like blurred ghosts except you and your friend. Happy Halloween!

    ♥ Sarah | http://www.heysarahlee.com/

  • I’m just distracted by how great your hair looks…as always. Nice post!


  • Erica

    Cirque looks amazing and for a last-minute costume choice you look fantastic, Rose! Slightly off-topic, but am I the only one who wants the leopard’s Louboutins? xx

  • Your make up was on point! Looks like an fun time! x

  • sassinthecity

    I love a good skeleton makeup! I’m impressed that you could find something spooky that wasn’t entirely hideous. Good play!


  • sassinthecity

    I love how you turned scary into chic!


  • Klara Spiel

    I really love it! The Clubs in Germany are never that creative… I hope our Party tonight will be as much fun as your pics look :))

  • Your face painting looks amazing!! It looks like you had a great time 🙂


  • cremaluisa

    Wow! you looked very scary!!! Great make up!!!. Marisa.xx

  • How incredible!!

  • Kalina Kbabs

    love the post rosie halloween is the BEST! Check out my fashion/exercise blog for being chic whilst beating that inevitable dreaded hangover….. http://the-lunge.blogspot.co.uk/ xx

  • Valli KC

    The makeup is amazing, great halloween costume and the party looked like it was super fun!!


  • Happy Halloween! This is so over the top, I both love it and hate it – I was already getting pretty scared just by looking through the pictures!

  • skybluesounds

    looks super fun lol i don’t know if I could go! My friends and I are SUCH scaredy cats, we’ve tried to go to haunted houses twice and we always leave before we get in! Once we even paid and were literally about to walk in and we ended up running away. So lame!!!

  • Love it to bits, our Hallowe’en is so much darker!

  • This looks awesome and your costume turned out to be excellent!


  • That looks utterly terrifying – I am such a baby when it comes to anything scary and this looks like a month’s worth of nightmares!

  • Marci Gallagher

    Love your makeup!! Looks like a scary good time!!

  • Leith Mahoney-Maver

    Your face paint ROCKS. – Leith

  • Jo Fisher

    Imagine the shock I had when, reading another fabulous post of yours, I saw a face I recognised! I met Ella at Uni when she lived in my Halls! How wonderfully weird! You’re both stunners so I’m not sure why I’m surprised 😉 I’m rather excited that I know someone who knows The Londoner! I hope you both had a fantastic night – it certainly looks like it.

    Also thank you for tweeting back to me last week when I #FF’d you – it made my week and I daresay I lost my cool and had a little fangirl moment. I recently started up a blog in the hope that one day I will end up being as good as you 🙂

    Jo xx


  • Posts like this make me miss living in the city so much (this side of the pond)!!! Looks like a truly awesome Halloween!
    Meghan xo

  • The slow pace

    Wow! Your make up was perfect!!! By the way, I’ve never seen a slkeleton with such a gorgeous hair! 😉

  • Ruth
  • Sophie Hurst

    I think I’d be traumatised after a night out like this!

    But it looks amazing



  • Anni

    if some of those people jumped out from their hiding places and grabbed me…well I can tell you, with absolute certainty, I would have screamed so hard! Amazing to see so much effort go in to a theme though. I do love a good read with you Rosie.

    Anni xxx


  • Amy Louise

    Your dress is so cool!

  • saradujour

    I think you just may be the only lady who can rock skeleton makeup and still pull off sexy. Gorgeous as usual!

    I took the opposite route for Halloween, going as a Disney princess. 🙂 Check out the post here, if you’d like! http://saradujour.me/post/65754999481/halloween-2013-costume-1-belle


  • Shannon

    no way could i go to this place! I would be so scared ha! I love the skeleton makeup though! very cool and i love the dress!

  • wow! that looks awesome. and quite the scary make-up, i must say!
    xo, cheyenne

  • Not usually a fan of Halloween at all. Other than the sweeties I really don’t see the point, but this looks like a good night out regardless!

  • Lucy Ashford

    Looks amazing and so do you! They really went all out with this.
    im always horrible when it comes to halloween decorations…or getting dressed up. this is why i go on your blog all the time and read all these tutorials. like this one:

    and this one: