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DAY OF THE DEAD: If you are still after some scary fancy dress fun, get down to one of London’s Mexican inspired Day of the Dead events — take a look at this year’s events.
BONFIRE NIGHT: Still not sure where to see the fireworks? There’s tons of displays taking place across London, see our sparkliest in this Bonfire Night roundup.
CARE COLLECTIVE: Pop along to Care Collective’s pop up for an immersive experience inspiring mindful living. There are wonky veg cocktails, and a freebie espresso martini for anyone committing to a KeepCup, saving a ton of waste from landfill. The Refinery (King’s Cross), £15, book ahead, until 24 November
SHAPES OF WATER: Music and painting come together in Hiroko Imada’s solo exhibition featuring traditional Japanese techniques across abstract artworks based on the evocative Great Wave. Today’s the last day of the exhibition. Sway Gallery (Old Street), free, just turn up, 11am-7pm
CUBAN ECONOMY: Get food for thought over your sandwiches at a lunch-hour lecture settling the raging economic debates on Cuba. Join the experts as they argue whether it’s a shining example of social progress or a calamity of central planning. UCL Darwin Lecture Theatre (Bloomsbury), free, book ahead, 1.10pm-2pm
TABOOS TALK: Watch a thought-provoking discussion from authors Margarita Garcia Robayo, Sharlene Teo and Sarvat Hasin on desire and disgust in womanhood and writing. Free Word Centre (Clerkenwell), £7-£10, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm
DER GOLEM: Silent film is revived at Rich Mix for a one-off showing of Paul Wegener’s Der Golem. Featuring a danger fighting statue in a city of chaos, this 1920s classic packs a punch with a brand new score from HarmonieBand played live. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £10, book ahead, 7.30pm
SPOOKY TALES: Weird and wonderful stand-up comedy acts come together to tell hilarious tales of dreaded monsters. Hosted in one of Hammersmith’s best Mediterranean restaurants, it’s a chance to feast while laughing at all things fearful. Grove Bar and Restaurant (Hammersmith), free, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm
LAUGH TRAIN HOME: A night out with stand-ups Ivo Graham and Archie Maddocks, and MC Robyn Perkins. They bring the jokes, you bring the laughter, all in time for the last train home. The Honor Oak (Forest Hill), £7, book ahead, 8pm-10pm
PAUL MILLNS: Fusing grizzled smoky blues, love ballads and soul rock, Paul Millns takes to the stage for an evening with Butch Coulter. Forming a dynamic duo, the veteran artists take you on a journey from Millns early work all the way up to his 16th album. The Half Moon (Putney), £10/£12, book ahead, 8pm-11pm
DEMON SEED: Head to The Castle Cinema for a screening of 1970s sci-fi thriller Demon Seed. See if couple Susan and Alan Harris beat AI or if technology takes over in an edge of your seat classic story of man versus machine. The Castle Cinema (Homerton), £10, book ahead, 8.45pm-10.45pm
Good cause of the day
Help build a bridge to reach Dino Island by donating to Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. Currently set on unreachable banks in the park, the group is raising funds to allow safe access to the area so we can get up close and personal with the Victorian models.