OPTIMO PRESENTS: THE DEATH OF ESPOOKIO

Much to the dismay of the Optimo faithful, this is being touted as the last Espookio party for the foreseeable future; so if you’ve missed out on the previous 18, this may be your only opportunity to witness JD Twitch and JG Wilkes provide the ultimate Halloween soundtrack. As always, you can expect terrifying, “no expense spared” production alongside prizes for the best costume – the winner receiving the prestigious ‘Optimo Halloween Cup’. This year, ‘The Green Door Halloween Disco Band’ will also be performing live – a ghoulish super-group consisting of members of Golden Teacher, Whilst and Happy Meals. (£10 advance/Sub Club/Fri 30th)

THE SENSU HALLOWEEN FREAKSHOW

Following last year’s sold out event with Seth Troxler, Sensu return for arguably their biggest Halloween party to date. The deranged and deformed will be crawling out the woodwork for a full-blown freak show at The Art School, featuring such delights as 'The Dug Faced Man’ and ‘Bearded Wuman'. Better still, the masterful Maceo Plex will be bringing his Ellum Audio cronies along too, with Shall Ocin and Odd Parents providing the brooding and occasionally twisted sound the label has become known for. Unfortunately this event is again sold out, but you may be able to grab a ticket from Resident Advisor’s Resale. (£20 advance/The Art School/Fri 30th)

HALLOWEEN PRESSURE

Pressure know how to throw a Halloween party, and there’s no doubt that techno goes hand in hand with the scariest night of the year. Settling into their new home at SWG3, Slam have assembled a horrifying cast of local and international talent to lead you into the night. One of Glasgow’s most exciting producers, Petrichor - whose debut album ‘Mångata’ is arguably the techno album of the year - will feature alongside fellow native Ivan Kutz: a burgeoning talent who has risen to prominence through his Platform 18 parties. Enter resident and Ibiza mainstay, Bella Sarris, will also join Peter van Hoesen for his Pressure debut, while both the warehouse and groundfloor will be open for this most gruelling of ceremonies. (£13 advance/SWG3/Sat 31st)

SPOOK & SKANK

If sub-rumbling bass gives you the chills, then you better book a ticket for Mungo's Hi Fi and Handpicked Cassette’s aptly named ‘Spook & Skank’ (who also get the prize for best Halloween pun). “Dress up, get down and skank it till the morning” as Mungo, Stalawa Sound, Breezak and Chungo-Bungo provide dutty rhythms on an apocalyptic soundsystem in the Assembly Hall – expect dub, reggae, dancehall and bashment. Meanwhile, local label and DIY cassette crew, Handpicked, have invited some of Glasgow’s next-gen talent to represent in the Vic bar, with Arm Wtchs Fngrs and the Intergalactic Funk Smugglers serving-up everything from hip hop to funk. (£6 advance/£10 OTD/The Art School/Sat 31st)

SUNDAY CIRCUS “THE RED ROOM” HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

Having just celebrated their 8th birthday, Sunday Circus are in deadly high spirits – so much so that their next party on Halloween is likely to be a bloodbath. Making use of St Lukes – a newly refurbished parish church in the East End – we’re invited to enter ‘The Red Room’ where recent Bicep collaborator and Thunder Disco Club regular, Hammer will lead a pack of ravenous local talent, including Sunday Circus residents Affi Koman and Tricky, as well as Sub Rosa’s Nowicki and Vilmos. "We are 100% sure that we're not completely sure where it will lead us" say Sunday Circus, "but we have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.” (£8 advance/Saint Luke’s/Sat 31st)

DON’T DROP HALLOWEEN

With two years of parties under their belt, Don’t Drop have become one of the city’s most popular new nights, while also using some of the city’s less obvious venues. For Halloween they’ve invited local henchmen, Mia Dora, to perform one of their energetic and intoxicating live sets at the Drygate Brewery. French techno siren, Louisahhh!!! and local producer RJay Murphy, complete the line-up. (£10 advance/Drygate/Sat 31st)

NOTSOSILENT HALLOWEEN WITH MOVE D

German DJ and producer, Move D, has become a Notsosilent favourite since he made his debut for the club two years ago. And it seems he is also fond of Glasgow too, recently collaborating on a track called ‘Taps Aff For Glasgow’ with Gerd Janson. His blend of soulful, groove-driven and immersive house is perfect for La Cheetah’s intimate basement, so don’t be surprised if things get a bit naked. (£14 advance/La Cheetah/Sat 31st)

SUBCITY RADIO PRESENTS…“LAST NIGHT A DJ TOOK MY LIFE”

You can always trust Subcity Radio to go all-out on one of the most competitive party nights of the year (check pictures from the infamous Dimension B), and this Halloween they’re taking us into the future...3015 to be precise. We’re not sure quite what to expect when you enter The Buff Club on the 30th October, but if the Facebook event is anything to go by, it sounds like you’ll find solace from the draconian, repressive regime which rules the world…or maybe not. Best head along and find out. (The Buff Club/Fri 30th)

ON THE HOUSE HALLOWEEN

Walk the alleyways of Glasgow’s city centre and stumble across Club Action on Saunchiehall Lane, the 400 capacity basement venue where On The House will hold their Halloween party this year. With Do Not Sleep’s Darius Syrossian providing chunky, bass-driven house, as well as Josh Butler (who recently released two quality EPs on Noir and Avotre) leading you to the pits of hell, it’s advisable to bring a spare pair of pants. (£12 advance/Club Action/Fri 30th)

THE GLUE FACTORY PRESENTS…DEEP TROUBLE

Even the name 'The Glue Factory' incites images of sticky endings and hastily fastened limbs, so if you’re brave enough, head along to Farnell St and dive into Deep Trouble this Halloween. With one of the weekend’s most interesting line-ups, you’ll find Art School residents Night of the Jaguar alongside Mister Saturday Night’s General Ludd (whose recent release 'Are You Losing My Hearing?' will certainly twist your head), as well aspost apocalyptic trio The Rubber Band, trash-punk band Breakfast Muff and long-serving Music Please! selector and ex-RPZ’r, DJ Hush. There will also be a live installation and sculptural performance from Pester And Rossi. (Advance tickets sold out - £8 OTD/The Glue Factory/Sat 31st)

PHILANTHROBEATS: DANTE’S INFERNO

Charity collective Philanthrobeats have a reputation for some of the most inventive club production Glasgow has to offer (check out pics from last year’s ‘Shining’ inspired horror show here), so you can be sure that their Halloween party at The Berkeley Suite will be devilishly good. Dubbed ‘Dante’s Inferno’, you can expect the PB residents to guide you through the witching hour and into the fire, with plenty of electronic delights along the way. As a recognised charity, all proceeds will go to Philanthrobeats, so although you’ll be partying in the depths of hell, you can leave with a clean conscience. (50 £5 tickets OTD/The Berkeley Suite/Sat 31st)

NIGHTSHIFT HALLOWEEN – THE WAREHOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL

From the same crew that brought you Purple Love, Barrio Carnivale and The House Party comes ‘The Warehouse on Haunted Hill’, where you’re invited to "try and survive a night of pure terror”. Pooling their resources once again, you’ll find residents from Sub Rosa, Stay Fresh and Thunder Disco Club providing a musical exorcism as you navigate the corridors and cavities of SWG3. These guys don’t skimp on production either, so dress up accordingly and make the most of the warehouse experience. Otherwise there will be grave consequences… (£10 advance/SWG3/Fri 30th)