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Ghosts, ghouls and great parties are the three key ingredients of Halloween – and this is what the organisers of the Torture Garden Halloween Ball bear in mind each year.

The annual event is held in London and gives fetish and body art clubbers a chance to come together and share their creative talents on the spookiest night of the year.

Event organisers promise attendees that they will be able to enjoy "radical performance art and burlesque cabaret". And, in return, the 2,000 party-goers who attend must adhere to the compulsory fantasy dress code.

The ball, held in 2010 at Debut London in the London Bridge area, will have several different themed rooms, which will showcase art installations, fashion shows and live music.

Torture Garden, which organises the evening out, is one of the world's largest fetish and body art clubs, which hosts events around the world on key occasions, such as Valentine's Day.

Its aim is to embrace alternative cultures, such as goth, burlesque, electro and industrial and to "create a diverse and unique scene and crowd" of its own.

Event organisers have enlisted some big names in the past to help achieve this goal and Dita Von Tease, Porcelain Twinz and Masuimi Max have all performed at Torture Garden events.

Alternative club promoter Alan Pelling and conceptual art and film graduate David
Wood formed the brand in October 1990. They were fans of fetish clubs, but tired of going to events that lacked imagination.

The pair decided to create a new kind of radical alternative fetish club, which not only focused on music but also fashion, art and performance.

Opera On The Green in Shepherd's Bush was their first event, attended by 100 people, but the night took off and bigger events followed until the Halloween Ball was formed – attracting 2,000 people.

The name Torture Garden comes from the novel by Octave Mirbeau and was chosen because it evokes "exotic and mysterious images".

So for those seeking an unusual way to spice up their Halloween, brooms and piercings at the ready, the Torture Garden may be the place to get ghoulish.

Tickets for the ball go on sale a month before the event, when the price is also confirmed, and is only open to those aged over 18.


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