Hallowe’en and Literary Mischief

I hope you all had a spooktacular Hallowe’en weekend. My friends and I did what we do every year which is dress up, head to London and unleash ourselves on White Mischief’s Annual Hallowe’en Ball at the Scala in King’s Cross. White Mischief are event curators who throw themed parties and gothic gatherings in various spooky locations around the UK. As well as the main show – which has showcased leading cabaret and burlesque acts such as Amanda Palmer, Coco Deville, Perhaps Contraption, Voltini, Dusty Limits and Professor Elemental – guests can expect to party in a labyrinth of lavishly decorated rooms whilst partaking in such diverting activites as taking confession, crochet sperm-making, getting married by a drunken priest and being accidentally locked in a coffin. The costumes people wear to these events are always elaborate and always fabulous. It’s a wildly fun night:

White Mischief

The theme for this year was Heaven and Hell, so my writing partner K.F. Goodacre and I decided on a literary costume and became Shadowhunters from Cassandra Clare’s Young Adult urban fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments. For those who have not read the series, Shadowhunters are Nephilim (humans born with angel blood) sworn to rid the earth of demons and evil. Being short and redheaded, K.F. Goodacre opted for the series’ protagonist, Clary Fray, whilst I became the badass Isabelle Lightwood for an evening. Amazingly, our costumes were recognised by at least two people, thus we considered the night a roaring success!

Isabelle Lightwood Hallowe'en Costume
I chose the absolute wrong time to experiment with my make-up (we were running late so I didn’t have time to take it all off and start again, thus having to make-do with a badly applied, overly thick cat-eye all evening) and the air was super damp and misty which sent my hair into a frizz, but other than that I’m quite pleased with how my costume turned out. The runes I chose – which Kim applied to my body with henna – represent Angelic Power (chest), Precision (right lower-arm), Stamina (left upper arm), Agility (back left-shoulder) and Heightened Speed (neck, right side); I felt they were most suited to the character.

To round off this post, here’s our selfie with God. He’s the the guy with the Devil-horns. Apparently there’s not much difference between the two…

Selfie with God

Take care,

S.E. Berrow

For more information on White Mischief events, please visit the below:


For more information on the character of Isabelle Lightwood and The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, please visit:


You can also read my review of the first book in the series, City of Bones on my Goodreads here.

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