It’s that time of year again! For the past couple of years, I’ve written guides to Halloween in London. From the classic and historic attractions to spine-tingling pop ups – there’s never a shortage of ways to get your spook on in the capital this Halloween.
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So let’s just get into it, shall we?!
More for the faint hearted and history fans, London has tons of historic buildings under its belt – and the majority of them come with their own grusome history and hauntings. I’ll keep this list short and sweet because chances are you’ve probably already visited most of these, but check out the ones hosting special events for Halloween.
SCREAMFEST @ THE LONDON DUNGEON
A personal favourite of mine, The London Dungeon is somewhere that is spooky all year round. I’m a fan of the indulging storytelling, amazing sets and well timed scares – as well as how it all actually relates to the history of London too, of course. This Halloween will see the scary location host Screamfest. Screamfest includes a usual entry to The London Dungeon – but scarier – and, exclusively for October, a new Jack The Ripper show and return of a seance. This is one not to be missed.
Tickets for Screamfast start at £27.00 when booked online.
GHOST TOURS @ HAMPTON COURT PALACE
Hampton Court Palace is already said to be super haunted and has been in the media for many years due to supposed ghostly apparations. From this month, guests can book onto ghost tours – which are pretty self explanatory really. The tours will cover the tale of the Tudor royal nurse who is rumoured to stalk her former apartments and the mysterious figure who was caught on CCTV a few years back. Plus, there’s also a special late night ghost tour taking place on Halloween at some of the palace’s more creepy locations. Also check out the Dusk ’til Dawn sleepver in the ‘One Night Only’ section.
Tickets for Hampton Court Palace’s Ghost Tours cost £27.50, with the Halloween special pricing at £35.00.
PHOBOPHOBIA @ THE LONDON BRIDGE EXPERIENCE
After years of being too scared, I finally faced my fears and attended The London Bridge Experience last year. It was just as scary as I thought and actually quite different than The London Dungeon, although it has the same premise. Here, you’ll learn all about London’s history, before heading down into the basement for the second part of the attraction: a scare experience where you try and make your way through a maze (more stunning sets with amazing attention to detail)..with a few scares along the way. When I went, it wasn’t very busy so scares here were few and far between, although I still found it scary. But, at Halloween, the London Bridge Experience descends into chaos with Phophobia. The terrors are turned to the max and this year brave souls will meet ‘The Hillbillies’ family. What actually happens? I don’t know. But that makes it even more scary, if thats even possible…
Phobophobia is only running exclusively for four nights this October and tickets start at £19.95.
ONE NIGHT (OR TWO) ONLY
From the quirky to the exclusive: you gotta be quick for these exclusive one night only/pop up events – after all, they only come around once a year. This doesn’t mean they’re any less scary though: some of my favourite Halloween events have taken place for one night only in previous years.
DEAD FAMOUS: HALLOWEEN SILENT DISCO @ MADAME TUSSAUDS
I don’t know about you but even though it’s a fun place to visit, I kind of find the idea of Madame Tussauds a little creepy anyway. The attraction is opening its doors after dark this month however, to throw a Halloween Silent Disco! Silent disco’s are rather fun and you’re encouraged to dress up too, obviously. Entry includes a welcome drink and I’m sure there will be a few creepy surprises along the way.
The Dead Famous: Halloween Silent Disco takes place on the 26th and 27th of October – prices are from £29.00.
THE UNSAFE CHURCH AT BROMPTON CEMETERY CHAPEL
Learn all about three gothic ghost stories and what link they have to Brompton Cemetary Chapel during a visit to the site after dark. Tickets also include a Hendrick’s gin cocktail – y’know, to settle your nerves. Get down early for an excuse to wander around the graveyard – one of the most beautiful in the capital.
The Unsafe Church takes place on the 27th of October and tickets cost £12.00.
MIDNIGHT APOTHECARY HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR @ BRUNEL MUSEUM ROOTFTOP GARDEN
Get back to basics with this sweet and cosy (but still creepy) event. Attendee’s will spot intricate carved pumpkings in a spider web roof garden, a firepit, complimentary toasted marshmellows, Halloween cockails and even apple bobbing! Tickets also include an optional guided desent into Brunel’s spooky underground chamber. It’s the perfect event for spooky pre-drinks to get you in the mood for either an evening of being scared silly or a night of partying.
Midnight Apothecary Halloween Spooktacular takes place on the 27th of October and tickets start from £5.00.
SINNER @ DALSTON BOYS CLUB
If you love food like me (c’mon, who doesn’t love food?) then a supper club will be right up your street. enter Dante’s Inferno to find a mythical hellish dining room where you’ll be treated to not one, not two but SEVEN courses, all themed around the seven deadly sins of course; gluttony, lust, greed, vanity, envy, wrath and sloth. There will be post-dinner entertainment and lots of sinful cocktails. Spaces are limited though: there are only 35 tickets available for each date.
Sinner takes place on the 31st of October (with two additional dates added in November) and ticket prices start from £45.00.
OFF WITH YOUR HEAD / DANCE TILL YOUR DEAD
This is a tough area because there are SO MANY Halloween parties to choose from in London – and some take place throughout the month as opposed to just on the actual night. Still, I’ve tried to choose the most quirky and/or fun ones…
THE HALLOWEEN FUN HOUSE @ REGRESSION SESSIONS
My absolute faves, Regression Sessions, are putting on two amazing parties this Halloween – their Halloween weekend event and their Halloween Fun House event (on actual Halloween). You can expect a night of madness (and trust me on this one, I’ve been to many of their events) and things such as a light and laser show, garden food vendors, a ball pit of doom, a haunted bouncy castle, an enchanted glitter bar, crazy space hoppers, fortune cookies of fate, creepy retro games..and more. Yes, it is a giant club night/rave but it’s also really damn fun too, especially if you’ve got a child’s side still.
The Halloween Weekend Event takes place on the 27th and The Halloween Fun House takes place on the 31st. Tickets start from £5.00.
TWISTED CIRCUS HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL @ THE FORUM
I know there are technically circuses on all year round, but this Halloween special is sure to pull in some extra scares and wow everyone in the process. Oh, and did I mention its also a party too? The evening will offer death-defying acts, delivish tricks, confetti drops, LED shows, world class DJ’s and demonic face paint – plus circus classics such as candy floss, cocktails and popcorn: if you can stomach it that is!
Twisted Circus Halloween Festival takes place on the 26th of October and ticket prices start from £12.00.
THE LAST TUESDAY SOCIETY’S HALLOWEEN BALL @ THE SCALA
One of the best parts of this party is that it’s located right at King’s Cross – perfect for an easy commute home. Scala is a great venue too. Even better, it’s a Halloween Ball as opposed to just a party. The theme of the ball is lust and disgust and on the night you can expect live bands, burleqsue, opera singers, life drawing and even a chocolate fountain.
The Last Tuesday Society’s Halloween Ball takes place on the 31st and ticket prices start from £27.50.
EVEN STRANGER THINGS: THE HALLOWEEN EXPERIENCE @ AN EAST LONDON VENUE
Stranger Things fans rejoice: with the iconic series unfortunately not returning this October, we all need to get our fix elsewhere. Thanfully, that’s where Even Stranger Things: The Halloween Experience comes in. The evening will see a venue divided into two parts: The Halloween Snowball dance, a themed prom with blood-soaked balloons, Ouija board chants and a highly disturbing alphabet wall ceremony – and a complimentary champagne and waffle if you arrive early enough. There’s also a prom photo area and an adult ball pit! Then, of course, there’s The Upside Down. This alternate reality is decked out with paranormal mist and lights, and it’s here you’ll be greeted by Dr. Brenner’s evil experiment Lounge – complete with Demogorgon Dancers (I’m not sure how I feel about that: aren’t club dancers meant to be sexy?).
Even Stranger Things: The Halloween Experience takes place on the 26th and ticket prices start from £10.95.
THRILLER HALLOWEEN PARTY @ BLOOMSBURY LANES
If you love retro and scary tunes: look no further. Channeling a more classic Halloween party, you’ll find Top DJ’s playing out all your favourite 80s and 90s , scary, party, pop, cheesey tunes, rock, hip hop, dance anthems and scary tunes plus mass sing-a-alongs and retro giveaways on the night for the best scary fancy dress. All treats and no tricks here: just a good time…
Thriller Halloween Party takes place on the 27th and ticket prices start from £5.00.
THE MANSION’S HALLOWEEN BALL @ A SECRET LOCATION
If voodoo is more your thing then you’ll want to hit this party up. It’ll be set on the streets of New Orleans (in a secret location in NW) and although many of the details are being kept under wraps, what we do know is that you can expect three dancefloors, live DJs, fireshows, cage dancers and hypnotists. It even comes with its own real graveyard – if that’s your sort of thing…oh and did I mention that the prize for the best costume is a flight to non other than New Orleans?!
The Mansion’s Halloween Ball takes place on the 27th and ticket prices start from £30.00.
QUIRK YOUR HEART OUT
Halloween is a strange and unusual time in itself but when you take away the parties and ghost hunts, you’re left with the weird and wonderful. Here’s my personal pick of October’s most off beat and quirky offerings that’ll ensure you won’t forget Halloween 2018 in a while..
HORROCTOBER @ THE PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA
The Prince Charles Cinema is dedicating an entire month to horror movies this Halloween, including double bills, all nighters and all the classics too. But I’m mostly talking about their Teen Horror Pyjama Party here, which sounds AMAZING. There’s just something about teen movies. Back when we were all so young, naive and innocent we all just wanted to live in a teen movie and get the guy at the end (complete with the romantic kiss). Although I wouldn’t say I ever wished I was in a teen horror movie, some of the movies on this bill are some of my all time favourites. The evening begins at 8:45 with a viewing of The Craft, followed by Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Urban Legend, The Faculty and, finally, Final Desintation. The event will end at 8:24am (though that’s a very specific time, no?). And yes, you can wear your pyjamas..in fact it is encouraged as most people do!
HorroOctober runs throughout October and the Teen Horror Pyjama Party takes place on the 26th. Prices vary depending on event.
THE COPYCAT @ COLAB FACTORY
Have you ever wanted to play detective? Now is your chance. The Copycat is a terrifying immsersive experience that puts you right in the heart of all your favourite horror movies. It follows the story of Anthony Larson who needs help solving the mystery of his sister’s kidnap and murder. All we know is that the killer goes by the name of The Copycat. Part murder mystery, part immersive horror and part escape room = good luck finding anything else as immersive this Halloween.
The Copycat runs from the 5th of October until the 11th of November and tickets cost £22.50.
NEON NAKED LIFE DRAWING CLASS @ QUEEN OF HOXTON
Held at one of my personal all time favourite venues in London, try your hand at something creative – not only naked life drawing but neon naked life drawing. Using neon reactive arts materials, you’ll be encouraged to move away from the perfectionist traditional teachings of life drawing to instead sketch a radioactive fluoro zombie! Luckily, these zombies don’t bite…and all art supplies are provided. Plus, you’ll get to experience whatever unique world the venue will be creating for their rooftop area this winter.
Neon Naked Life Drawing Class takes place on the 29th and ticket prices start from £14.00.
JOURNEY TO THE UNDERWORLD @ PEDLEY STREET
Technically not just for Halloween – but ever so fitting in a subtle dark way – Journey To The Underworld offers the greatest love story never told where fantasy, fear, danger, lust, hope and love await in the world of the Dark one. Guests will be treated to a delicious four course meal abroad a luxury train in this immersive theatre. What are you waiting for?!
Journey To The Underworld is running until early November and ticket prices start from £53.00.
Above are just my picks from the many, many awesome events going on in London throughout October. I’ve no doubt missed off so many but do keep checking back as I will be updating this list as I discover more!
Will you be attending any of these events over Halloween? Do you have any to recommend? Let me know!