Eager to get your freak on this Halloween? From the virtual to the socially distanced, and the family friendly to the gruesomely grown-up, there are plenty of spooky times to be had in London…
Lead image: Jägermeister x London Dungeon
*Note* Please double check with the venue that the event is still taking part before travelling as these are turbulent times and some events may be changed or cancelled in response to updates in Government guidance on Covid-19
halloween fun for grown ups
1 The Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Clapham Grand
The Clapham Grand is celebrating Halloween with a number of spook-tacular events in late October. On Halloween itself, the venue will be screening The Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight, in what’s sure to be a fun-filled, costume-garbed night of debauchery. There are also screenings from 4pm-7pm and 8pm-11pm, so if you really dig the cult classic you can go in for the double bill and do the Time Warp again – and again! You can also catch a screening of Hocus Pocus on Friday 30 November and a huge Halloween Ball fronted by drag queens Crystal Methyd and Sum Ting Wong on Sunday 1 November. Ticket prices vary.
21-25 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction SW11 1TT; claphamgrand.com
2 London Walks x Discount Suit Company Jack The Ripper Tour
Discount Suit Company, the acclaimed Spitalfields cocktail bar, is once again partnering with London’s Walks for a spine-tingling Jack The Ripper Tour and Halloween cocktail special. The Halloween Ripper walks will start outside Discount Suit Company, where you can enjoy a complimentary hot punch to warm the blood, before touring Jack The Ripper’s stalking grounds around the backstreets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields. Guided by charismatic London Walks tour guides, who are all Blue Badge holders and mentored by Donald Rumelow – ‘the leading authority on Jack The Ripper’ – you’ll learn all about the notorious killers exploits and the bungled investigations that followed. The tour will conclude at Discount Suit Company, where you’ll get 25% off your final bill if you book a table for the evening. Creepy cocktails include Tailor Two Cities (Victory Gin, Chamberyzette and Cranberry Shrub), Bakers Dozen (Ban Poitin, Baker’s Syrup, El Bandarra Vermut, Citrus and bitters) and Whipping Boy (Ocho Blanco Tequila, Lilies Rose, Citrus Olive Brine and Agave). Tours commence at 12pm, 2.30pm and 5pm, lasting an hour and a half. Tickets are £25 (click here to book)
29a Wentworth Street, Spitalfields E1 7TB; discountsuitcompany.co.uk
3 Halloween Classics at Drive In Film Club, Alexandra Palace
Drive In Film Club at Ally Pally is screening Halloween classics in late October and, if your spook your ride’ – ie. transform your car into the most monstrous, morbid looking motor – you could win £250 and a one-year Rooftop Film Club membership. Halloween screenings include Psycho on 26 Oct, The Shining on 27 Oct, Gremlins on 28 Oct, Ghostbusters on 29 Oct, The Addams Family on 30 Oct and, on All Hallows’ Eve itself, Casper, Hocus Pocus and Relic. The socially distanced drive-in event, delivered by the team behind Rooftop Film Club, has a giant 40-foot LED screen, in-car audio via local FM stereo, concessions like hot dogs, popcorn, chocolate and drinks (ordered online and dropped off outside your car door), and, of course, loos that are cleaned regularly. Tickets from £27.50 per car plus booking fee.
Alexandra Palace Way N22 7AY; driveinfilmclub.com
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4 Samhain Gong Bath at Beckenham Place Mansion
Beckenham Place Mansion, a grand old building with an adjoining park right, is celebrating the Pagan festival of Samhain – or Halloween, as it is more commonly known – with a Samhain Gong Bath by Spiritual Hustle on Saturday 24 Oct. Gongs are ancient instruments that have been used for rituals and ceremonies for many centuries. When played, they produce a wide array of harmonics and hauntingly beautiful melodies that can lower our brainwaves into Theta state and aid our healing journey. So let the vibrations of the gong will wash through your body in an evening of relaxing breathing exercises, a guided meditation and a magical gong/sound journey, where you can honour your ancestors and seek their guidance and support. Spaces are limited in order to adhere to social distancing rules, and you’ll need to take your own yoga mat, blanket, cushion, eye pillow and some water. 6pm-7.30pm. Tickets are £25 (click here to book).
Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham BR3 1SY; beckenhamplace.org
15 Oct-30 Dec
The devil is getting hitched, and given the Covid chaos, there’s no better time to accept an invitation to the underworld… The bottom line of this socially distanced interactive show – inspired by Shel Silverstien’s epic poem, Billy Markham and the Devil, written for PlayBoy in 1977 – is betray or be betrayed. Travel down into the many circles of Hell and navigate your way to the wedding of the millennium. But to prove yourself worthy of a seat at Devil’s table, you’ll need to lie, sin and cheat your way there. Should your morals interfere, your punishment will be to return to the altogether more disappointing plains of Earth and miss out on all the hedonism down below. Covid-secure measures include a limit of six attendees at a time, with ample space to stand two-metres away from those not in your bubble. Face coverings are mandatory. Tickets from £20 (previews), drinks tokens £6. Open Thurs-Sat 5.30pm-8.30pm and Sun 4.30pm-7.30pm.
The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo SE1 7NN; thevaults.london
6 Halloween at London City Island & Goodluck Hope, east London
Riverside developments London City Island and Goodluck Hope on Leamouth Peninsula in east London are both hosting an array of spooky activities for families and adults, including an Insta-worthy pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving workshops and spooky walking tours. On London City Island, mixed media sculptor David Bradley (AKA The Curious Confectioner) will be hosting free virtual pumpkin carving workshops for kids on 31 Oct (running from 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm, 3pm-4pm and 4pm-5pm, register here). Residents can also pick up a pumpkin and carving kit from the grab-and-go pumpkin patch. Visitors can also stop off at recently opened onsite restaurant Homestead, run by Masterchef The Professionals Winner 2019, Sven-Hanson Britt, to enjoy a Halloween inspired menu. Over at Goodluck Hope you can join in a Walking Ghost Tour in collaboration with Bullshit London. Led by immersive actors, you’ll uncover hidden gems of London’s truly spooky history (tours run from 6pm-10pm at £7pp on Sat 31 Oct). Government guidelines will be adhered to throughout the activities.
londoncityisland.com / goodluckhope.com
7 Luna Halloween Drive In Cinema at Allianz Park, Hendon
From 23 October
Luna Cinema kicks off it Halloween Drive In special at Allianz Park with screenings of Hocus Pocus (6.15pm) and The Shining (9.30pm) on 23 Oct, followed by Ghostbusters and Silence of the Lambs on 24 Oct, The Addams Family and Get Out on 25 Oct, and plenty more spook-tacular screenings right up until it hits the big thrills on Halloween night itself with The Exorcist. The drive in will then hang around for a bonus day, screening The Greatest Showman and Jaws on 1 Nov. You can either order food and drinks from your phone on the night, with everything prepared freshly on site and delivered to your car bonnet, or pre-order a hamper. Choose from The Spooky Box, full of trick-or-treating favourites like Space Raiders and Fizz Wizz, or the and The Gourmet Box with lemon butter shortbread, Green and Blacks Chocolate, Giant Mashmallows, Joe & Steph’s Popcorn and Belvoir Elderflower drinks. Tickets from £35 for a car of two.
Greenlands Lane, Hendon NW4 1RL; lunadriveincinema.com
8 Halloween at the Phoenix Arts Club, West End
20, 30 & 31 October
Phoenix Arts Club is celebrating Halloween with a number of events, culminating in the Séayoncé: Halloween Extravaganza on 31 October. In this spooky Halloween séance, Séayoncé – the baddest bitch in the spirit world – will summon history’s greatest stars to posses the bodies of London’s finest cabaret acts, telling tales of their sordid past and your bleak future. Before that, you can multi-award-winning, international drag creature RhysPieces for a Queefy Phoenix Art Halloween Special – a one-off night that sees some of the most bewildering, surreal, performers of London’s Cabaret scene grace the stage – on 20 October; followed by Trevor Dion Nicholas Presents: West End Dead A Creepy Cabaret, a magical musical evening of singing spooks, crooning creeps and wailing witches, on 30 October. Ticket prices vary.
1 Phoenix Street WC2H 8BU; phoenixartsclub.com
9 Halloween Villains’ Night at The Lost Alhambra, Leicester Square
30 & 31 October
The theatres may still be dark but, The Lost Alhambra cocktail bar in Leicester Square is delivering twice the drama with a series of intimate, immersive evenings starring food, drink and show tunes from West End stars. The Show Must Go On experiences take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 October – each hosted by London’s sassiest drag queens – with a Halloween Villains Night special over the last weekend in October. Taking place on Friday 30 Oct and Saturday 31 Oct, the Halloween Villains Night will offer scarily good performances from Matthew Croke (Aladdin in West End’s Aladdin), Gemma Sutton (Kate in Girl From The North Country), Oliver Tompsett and Emma Lindars. In addition to three hours of performance, the evening will include a two-course meal with vegan options, bubbles and cocktails, all in a Covid-secure environment. , and for every ticket sold, £1.50 will go to the Acting For Others group of charities which help theatre workers with financial and emotional support throughout the pandemic. Tickets from £50.
28a Leicester Square WC2H 7LE; thelostalhambra.co.uk
10 The London Cabaret Club’s Halloween Spooktacular, Bloomsbury
The London Cabaret Club present’s a decadent Halloween spooktacular themed around Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations. The age old tradition sees families unite to remember those close to them who have moved into the spirit world with a vibrant fiesta. Taking place at The Bloomsbury Ballroom, a beautiful art deco auditorium transformed into a supernatural space, the immersive cabaret experience will also feature a specially designed menu that will reflect the textures and tastes of this awesome Mexican celebration (for those who opt in). Fancy dress is encouraged, with special prizes and ghostly surprises for those with the best costumes. Tickets from £50 for the show only, increasing to £165 for a VIP experience with a five-course meal.
Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Holborn WC1B 4DA; thelondoncabaretclub.com
11 Pop-Up Screens’ Forbidden Forest Cinema, Peckham
23 Oct-8 Nov
The spooky season also features screenings of The Lost Boys, The Blair Witch Project, Scream, The Invisible Man, Us, Hereditary, Get Out and, of course, Halloween. Tickets from £19.50. Find it at Copeland Park (next to The Bussey Building). Pop Up Screens returns this winter, taking over Peckham’s popular Bussey Building and kicking off with a series of Halloween screenings in an immersive forbidden forest. Make your way through the indoor forbidden forest before discovering an eerie woodland cinema, where you can watch horror favourites like A Nightmare on Elm Street (23 & 29 Oct), Beetlejuice (1 & 7 Nov) and The Blair Witch Project (24 Oct & 2 Nov), as well as recent rippers like The Invisible Man (28 Oct), Hereditary (3 Nov) and Us (25 Oct). The scare-fest peaks on Halloween itself with a screening of It, but if all-out-terror is not your thing, you can also catch nostalgic films like Labyrinth (25 Oct), The Lost Boys (24 Oct) and Ghostbusters (5 Nov). Tickets from £19.50.
Unit 8, Copeland Park, Peckham SE15 3SN; popupscreens.co.uk
12 Paint Starry Night with The Scream, London Bridge
Unleash your fiendish creativity – wine glass in one hand and paint brush in the other – courtesy of PopUp Painting. Taking place at The Horniman at Hays in London Bridge, the event will be themed around Annie Dalton‘s Starry Night Scream. Fill your painting with dramatic swirls as you dive into the expressive worlds of Vincent and Edvard. Your experience will include all art supplies (paint, brushes, canvas and apron), guidance from a practicing artist, a themed playlist, a small glass of prosecco (drinks are available to buy from the bar), and your canvas is yours to keep. Tickets £39.99. 7pm-9.15pm.
Hays Galleria, London Bridge SE1 2HD; popuppainting.com
13 Halloween Late at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
30 & 31 October
The Old Royal Naval College is getting spooky with its first ever Halloween Late. A spine-tingling evening awaits those who enter the Painted Hall after dark, with haunting ghost stories, live music, and sinfully delicious snacks and drinks from the Painted Hall Café and the Old Brewery. As the fog rolls in off the river Thames, historical performance collective History Riot will weave terrifying yarns of strange occurrences, vengeful spectres and colossal sea monsters as sailors, nurses and long-dead inhabitants of Greenwich past gather to swap ghost stories from across the seas. Tickets are £20, including a free mulled wine at the Old Brewery and an annual pass to the Old Royal Naval College. The ORNC kickstarts its new visitor scheme, First Sundays, from 1 November, where visitors can enjoy the rich history of the ORNC and the beautiful Painted Hall for just £5 (ages 16 and under free), on the first Sunday of every month. The Halloween Late at the Painted Hall runs 6pm-8.30pm & 7.30pm-10pm on Fri 30 Oct and Sat 31 Oct.
Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9NN; ornc.org
14 The Year That Halloween Died at Ealing Trailfinders Sports Club
The Beautiful Magicians’ Club is delivering a fully Covid-compliant cabaret at the home of the London Broncos RLFC, Ealing Trailfinders Sports Club. The event features burlesque by Miss Sugar Rush, Lady May and Missy Phillips, a shockadelic sideshow and comedy from Johnny Macaulay, and the cheeky twin tricksters of magic, Kane & Abel, with magician and compere Samuel Hurst. Complimentary Halloween Punch will be served to your table and a selection of burgers, bites and sharers will be available to order on the night. Tickets are priced per seat but attendees must purchase all six seats at the table to maintain Covid-compliant social distancing. 7pm-10pm. Tickets from £20pp.
Vallis Way, Ealing W13 0DD; eventbrite.co.uk
15 Pumpkin Carving Party at The Prince, West Brompton
Pumpkin carving isn’t just for little monsters – adults are welcome too at The Prince’s Pumpkin Carving Party. You’ll be provided with your very own pumpkin and carving kit to craft fang-tastic creations, with a Halloween cocktail (or mocktail for kids) and pumpkin spiced popcorn. Experts will be on hand to help first-timers create a pumpkin masterpiece, with prizes for the best ghoulish creations. Fancy dress is encouraged and a spooky song or two will be thrown onto the playlist, while on-site restaurants Wildcard, Jack’s Sprat and Utter Waffle will be offering up pumpkin and Halloween-inspired food specials. Children are also welcome. Tickets are £10 for kids and £15 for adults.
14 Lillie Road, West Brompton SW6 1TT; theprincelondon.com
16 Halloween Icing Lates at Biscuiteers, Notting Hill and Battersea
Biscuiteers has given its two Icing Cafes in Notting Hill and Battersea a spooky makeover for Halloween. As well as the biscuit gurus’ famous hand-iced biscuits available to buy in spooky new shapes, their icing experiences have also been given a fiendish twist. The Halloween Icing Lates for adults run from 21-31 October. Great with a friend or a date, the classes last 90 minutes and include prosecco (tickets £55). There’s also the School of Icing classes, a two-hour extended sessions for those wanting to perfect their biscuit decorating skills (£85). For a more informal experience, choose the Halloween DIY Icing sessions where you’re on your own after a five-minute tutorial (every day throughout October, booked like a normal café table, walk-ins accepted, priced £18). Prefer to stay at home? There’s also a DIY Sugar Skulls Biscuit Tin, so you can ice your own biscuit collection at home.
13 Northcote Road, Battersea SW11 1NG & 194 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill W11 2ES; biscuiteers.com
17 Fore’s Festival of Fear, King’s Cross
From petrifying pikes to supernatural sprints, ghoulish glute bridges and bloodcurdling burpees, The Fore’s first wicked workout will be a creepy candle-lit class to make your hamstrings howl! For one night only, screaming Skillmills, Torturous TRX and revolting RIP trainers will be awaiting the brave, complete with spooky studio vibes, Halloween-themed playlists and slime shakes to help get you through the nightmare! The Fore has developed a trailblazing new group class concept where an expert trainer will never be far from your side to perfect your form and technique. Designed to help build strength, speed, endurance and mobility, it’s one of the most dynamic and safest workouts in the market today. 6.30pm. Tickets £20 (click here to book)
R7 Building, 14-18 Handyside Street, King’s Cross N1C 4DN; the-fore.co.uk
18 Jägermeister Cocktails at The London Dungeon, London Bridge
Dark elixir Jägermeister UK has partnered with Home of Halloween, The London Dungeon, for a chilling cocktail experience. At the end of visitors’ perilous journey through London’s darkest history, Jägermeister will be gifting a free sample of their new Jägermeister Cold Brew serve with every purchase from The Tavern. The 5cl mini of Jägermeister’s newest arabica coffee liqueur with delicious chocolatey notes, will feature a haunting limited edition label. A selection of specially curated Jägermeister cocktails will also be on offer for just £5 each, including the Sunset Murder (Jägermeister, Passionfruit, Vanilla, Cranberry and Dark Fruit Cider) and the Bone Crusher (Jägermeister, Amaretto, Passionfruit, Cinnamon and Orange). Tickets from £30.
The Queen’s Walk, Bishop’s, London Bridge SE1 7PB; thedungeons.com
19 The Murder of John Dory: A Murder Mystery Cruise, Paddington
From 31 October
London Shell Co. is launching a new series of Murder Mystery Cruises aboard The Prince Regent. Running every Thursday and Friday throughout November, with the first cruise on Saturday 31 Oct, the night will unfold around the fishy murder of Admiral John Dory. Brutally murdered while out at sea, the murderer has to be hidden among the passengers and crew. Everyone aboard is a suspect, and dining on a five-course seafood meal, passengers will have to crack the clues and discover the killer. Each guest will be vital to the story and assigned a character profile and script the week before so they can prepare to hide their guilt or come ready to defend themselves. Could it be the friendly lady at the table next door, or even the smiling sommelier? While cruising along the Regent’s Canal, you’ll pass iconic landmarks such as London Zoo and Regents Park, passing through the iconic Maida Hill Tunnel before returning to Paddington for 9.30pm. Boarding from 6pm. £65pp.
Sheldon Square, Paddington Central W2 6PY; exploretock.com/londonshellco
20 Halloween Pumpkin Hunt at Sherlock: The Official Live Game, Shepherd’s Bush
26 Oct-1 Nov
This is one for all the family… A household of up to six people can take on the ultimate Halloween Pumpkin Hunt at Sherlock: The Official Live Game. Detectives in training will be tested during the 100 minute immersive experience, which features original content from the hit BBC Sherlock show including Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Scott and Martin Freeman. As part of the Halloween mission, players will not only solve puzzles and mysteries but will also need to look out for three hidden pumpkins placed in secret locations throughout the game. At the end of their mission, attendees who find all three of the pumpkins and obtain the mystery passcode will have the opportunity to win prizes.
West 12 Shopping Centre, Shepherd’s Bush W12 8PP; thegameisnow.com
21 Hocus Pocus at Gaucho Charlotte Street
Celebrate Halloween at Gaucho’s immersive film club at the Charlotte Street branch. Alongside a screening of 90s classic, Hocus Pocus, there will be tricks, treats and a bespoke menu. Tickets are £65pp. Click here to book. gaucho is also hosting a series of Halloween brunches at the Piccadilly and Broadgate branches from 30 October to 1 November, with both venues undergoing a spooky transformation to get you into the spirit of things. Click here for further information.
22 A Spooktacular Staycation at Home House, Marylebone
30 & 31 October
What better way to revel in the spirit of Halloween than a stay at award-winning private members’ club Home House? Take a leap of faith as you enter an enchanted house whose walls are filled with mystical Halloween stories. Enjoy a frightfully delicious three-course set dinner menu with an overnight stay, starting from £200 per couple per night. Two little monsters under 16 can be accommodated in your room for free if you want to make a family weekend of it. Staycation guests are also invited to take an All Hallows Family High Tea in the Drawing Rooms with devilish drinks and themed bites like a ghost meringue, pumpkin macaroon and Devil’s food cake (31 Oct from 11.30am priced £55 for adults and £25 for children).
20 Portman Square, Marylebone W1H 6LW; homehouse.co.uk
23 Self-Guided Ghost Tours of Hampton Court Palace
From 24 October
Long reputed to be one of Britain’s most haunted buildings, Hampton Court Palace has borne witness to 500 years of drama, danger… and death. Now, an all-new trail promises to uncover the tales of history’s most famous ghostly goings-on. Packed with spine-tingling stories, this self-guided tour takes in the sites where centuries of unlucky courtiers, staff and visitors have encountered this legendary building’s supernatural past. Stand in the very spot where the ‘Grey Lady’ has appeared since Victorian times, and discover the story behind her spectral sightings. Said to be the ghost of a Tudor nursemaid, the apparition was even documented by former resident Princess Frederica of Hanover. The heartbroken soul of Jane Seymour – Henry VIII’s beloved third wife – is also said to float down the staircase from her bedchamber and out into the courtyard beyond, searching for the baby that passed days after his birth. In the neighbouring Tudor State Apartments, the ghost of another of Henry’s queens, Catherine Howard, has been sighted for over a century.
Hampton Court Way, East Molesey KT8 9AU; hrp.org.uk
24 Halloween at BOXPARK Shoreditch, Wembley & Croydon
Fancy a nightmare on Shoreditch High Street? Head for BOXPARK Shoreditch on 31 October when the venue will be transformed into the ultimate spookfest with plenty of live entertainment including magicians, contortionists, and spine-tingling tracks spun by its resident DJs. Plus, BOXPARK’s street food traders will be putting on a show with a variety of Halloween treats. BOXPARK Croydon offers a spooktacular show on 31 October, with cheesy classics from Ghostbusters to Thriller, fangtastic entertainment including magicians, face painters and prizes for the best dressed, all hosted by The Beat London’s Jay Knox with some special guest DJs spinning tracks. Plus, the Halloween menu includes MEATliquor’s Day of the Dead Hippie Burger and Thela’s bloody beetroot Karachi Parathas. Over in Wembley, it’s Forever Jackson Nights: Thriller on 31 Oct. The Halloween edition of LIVE at BOXPARK, hosted by Forever Jackson, the UK’s top MJ tribute act, features live music, stunning choreography and special FX showcasing some of MJ’s iconic moves like the moonwalk and Smooth Criminal Lean. All visitors will need to download the BOXPARK Black Card to enter.
25 Halloween at The Stratford
The Stratford is going big on Halloween, with spooky film screenings, a Day of the Dead-themed bottomless brunch and even a sleepover option. The Feast of Life & Death, an immersive Day of the Dead brunch of Adobo pork, grilled shrimp, pulled jack fruit, nachos, guac and more, will be jazzed up by party pros House of Dinosaur – expect to laugh, cry and scream (31 Oct at 3.30pm and 7pm). The Celestial Cinema at The Stratford is hosting Halloween movie screenings on 30 & 31 Oct, with films like Hocus Pocus, Casper, The Witches, Psycho and The Shining set to send shivers down your spine. You can even order cocktails, pizza slices and more without moving via your phone. Plus, buy a ticket to a Day of the Dead event and get an overnight stay in a Standard Room with a grab-and-go breakfast for £105.
20 International Way, Stratford E20 1FD; thestratford.com
26 Play Zombie Basketball at Coffee & Cocktails, Peckham
The new Coffee & Cocktails in Peckham is hosting a spectacularly spooky Zombie Basketball Halloween event with live DJs, basketball and a FREE blood orange Daiquiri. As the venue has a built-in basketball court, why not let Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman or Lebron James inspire your fancy dress this year? Show off your silky basketball skills, shoot some Halloween hoops and you could even win free drinks. There will also be a number of ghoulish games to play at your table and live DJs on the decks to see the night through in style. Tickets are free, but everyone who books online will get a free Blood Orange Daiquiri. 5pm-10pm.
133a Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4BQ; @coffeeandcocktails_peckham
27 Horrorween by elrow x Desperados, online
Beam Dracula’s Castle into your home this Halloween with the latest elrow Show, Horrorween. Powered by Desperados, the online event will keep the party spirit alive with a series of virtual DJ sessions in iconic locations, including Bran Castle in Transylvania – aka Dracula’s Castle. The virtual event sees house and techno DJ and producer Eats Everything and Tini Gessler deliver the beats direct from iconic locations like Casa Batlló in Barcelona and Cova Santa in Ibiza. Partygoers will experience Halloween like never before, transported from their living rooms into the ghoulish confines of elrow’s ‘House of Terror’, full of laughing clowns, party zombies and dancefloor monsters. Tune in via elrow’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitch channels from 6pm CET (5pm GMT).
family friendly halloween fun
1 The Royal Parks Virtual Discovery Week: Hair-Raising Halloween
The Royal Parks Discovery Days are going online this Halloween, with a programme of interactive activities exploring the spookier side of The Royal Parks. The free virtual events include underground bug hunts, creepy crawly storytelling and live themed craft-alongs. Plus, for those who do not scare easily, there will also be virtual walking tours and live expert discussions on creepy histories from rituals and symbolism in Victorian mourning in Brompton Cemetery to the Victorian Pet Cemetery, where over 1,000 pets have been buried. All activities will be in the form of videos, live recordings and downloadable pdfs, with further instructions provided more before each activity.
The LookOut, Hyde Park W2; royalparks.org.uk
2 Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search at The Postal Museum
From 29 October
The Postal Museum reopens from Thursday 29 October with a special Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search. This Halloween, Wally, the world’s favourite children’s book character – wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs – will be travelling the country, appearing in museums, including The Postal Museum. The activity, organised by Walker Books and Kids in Museums, will run from 29 October till 1 November, with families able to join the search for Wally at The Postal Museum. The search is included in the general admission price, which includes a ride on Mail Rail on your first visit and unlimited entry to The Postal Museum’s galleries and exhibitions for one year from the date of your first visit. Adults £16, young person (16-24) £11, kids (3-15) £9 (online prices).
15-20 Phoenix Place, Clerkenwell WC1X 0DA; postalmuseum.org
3 Halloween at ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park
24 Oct-1 Nov
Halloween is descending on ZSL London Zoo with a week of frightful fun over October half-term. Kids are encouraged to dress up to visit the nearly 200-year-old zoo, where they can prowl Tiger Territory, slither through the Reptile House (where Harry Potter famously practised his parseltongue), or step into the eight-legged world of In with the Spiders. Download an activity pack at home before following a creepy trail through the Zoo, discovering the weird and wonderful costumes of the animal kingdom (why are poison dart frogs are so brightly coloured?). Plus, zookeepers will be telling gruesome stories on how nature bites back at Halloween-themed pop-up talks throughout the day. ZSL London Zoo is now open to limited numbers only to comply with social distancing measures, and as such, ZSL, the international conservation charity behind the zoo, is calling on the public to help ensure they stay open by booking a ticket this Halloween, joining as a member or donating to ZSL. Entry from £26 for adults and £16.09 for kids.
Outer Circle, Regent’s Park NW1 4RY; zsl.org
4 Pop-Up Screens’ Forbidden Forest Cinema, Peckham
26 Oct-1 Nov
Pop Up Screens returns this winter, taking over Peckham’s popular Bussey Building with a series of Halloween screenings in an immersive forbidden forest, including screenings of family friendly films during October half term. See the likes of Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Onward, Moana, Minions and Toy Story 4, coupled with a family friendly magical adventure through the mysterious forest.
Unit 8, Copeland Park, Peckham SE15 3SN; popupscreens.co.uk
5 Pumpkin Carving at London City Island, east London
Riverside developments London City Island and Goodluck Hope on Leamouth Peninsula in east London are both hosting an array of spooky activities for families and adults. On London City Island, mixed media sculptor David Bradley (AKA The Curious Confectioner) will be hosting a pumpkin patch and virtual pumpkin carving workshops for kids on 31 Oct (running from 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm, 3pm-4pm and 4pm-5pm, register here). Residents can also pick up a pumpkin and carving kit from the grab-and-go pumpkin patch.
londoncityisland.com / goodluckhope.com
6 Love Wimbledon’s Ultimate Halloween Pumpkin Hunt
17 Oct-1 Nov
Love Wimbledon is hosting the Ultimate Halloween Pumpkin Hunt around Wimbledon Town Centre this October half term. The free event, suitable for over 5s, takes place outdoors and features great prizes local businesses. Teams of no more than six are invited to take on the challenges and compete for prizes including a £50 voucher at Fielders Art Shop, dinner for four at The Old Frizzle, a £25 voucher to spend at Mai Thai Wimbledon, a dinner for four at 601 Queen’s Rd and two gift cards worth £25 to spend in Elys Wimbledon. To play, download the Mobile Adventures app, visit the pumpkin hotspots and complete the tasks. Play in your own time and as often as you like – fancy dress is optional but encouraged.
7 Halloween Icing Club at Biscuiteers, Notting Hill and Battersea
27 & 28 October
Biscuiteers has given its two Icing Cafes in Notting Hill and Battersea a spooky makeover for Halloween. As well as the biscuit gurus’ famous hand-iced biscuits available to buy in spooky new shapes, their icing experiences have also been given a fiendish twist. Halloween Icing Club classes for children aged 5+ run during half term (27 & 28 October), priced £25, and one adult can accompany each child and sit elsewhere in the café. For a more informal experience, choose the Halloween DIY Icing sessions where you’re on your own after a five-minute tutorial (every day throughout October, booked like a normal café table, walk-ins accepted, priced £18). There’s also a DIY Sugar Skulls Biscuit Tin, so you can ice your own biscuit collection at home.
13 Northcote Road, Battersea SW11 1NG & 194 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill W11 2ES; biscuiteers.com
8 Pumpkin Carving Party at The Prince, West Brompton
At The Prince’s Pumpkin Carving Party, kids and grown ups too will be provided with their very own pumpkin and carving kit to craft fang-tastic creations, with a Halloween cocktail (or mocktail for kids) and pumpkin spiced popcorn. Experts will be on hand to help first-timers create a pumpkin masterpiece, with prizes for the best ghoulish creations. Fancy dress is encouraged and a spooky song or two will be thrown onto the playlist, while on-site restaurants Wildcard, Jack’s Sprat and Utter Waffle will be offering up pumpkin and Halloween-inspired food specials. Kids £10, adults £15.
14 Lillie Road, West Brompton SW6 1TT; theprincelondon.com
9 Halloween Chocolate Workshop at the Chocolate Museum, Brixton
31 Oct & 1 Nov
Make your own Halloween chocolates at the Chocolate Museum’s drop-in workshops. Bookings are taken per household and you’ll be allocated your own table distant from others, where you can create spooky chocolate truffles and lollies using a choice of Halloween sugar decorations, cutters and moulds. You’ll leave with a good few bags of chocolates to enjoy. Tickets £25 for two, including one adult, plus £9.50 for an extra child and £12 for an extra adult. For adults its £18 per person. 11am-6pm.
187 Ferndale Road, Brixton SW9 8BA; thechocolatemuseum.co.uk
10 George Junior Halloween at George, Mayfair
George, the contemporary private Members’ Club on Mount Street, is hosting a George Junior Halloween party on Saturday 31 October. Party with George’s very own friendly vampire, Fangtastic, who needs your help to journey through the land of ghouls, the forest of nightmares and to climb up skeleton mountain. Help her get the right amount of spook and the right amount of laughter for her Halloween potion and there may be treats in store… 12pm-3pm. For grown ups, there will be a themed menu featuring Spiced Pumpkin Soup, Roasted Beef Fillet, a Chocolate Tart with Pumpkin Mousse and Halloween cocktails like the White Lady, Sweet Blood and Green Zombie.
87-88 Mount Street, Mayfair W1K 2SR; georgeclub.com
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