It’s almost fright night here in the UK, which means it’s time to get your scare on!
Fortunately, there is no shortage of fun Halloween options if you happen to call the great city of London your home. From spooky parties to pumpkin-carving delights, the capital has you covered with an abundance of treats and an absence of tricks.
As Halloween creeps closer, let’s all get ghoulish and partake in some serious ghostly fun with the best things to do in London this Halloween. 👻 🎃
Ease your way into the season of frights with Fortnum & Mason Pumpkin Carving Classes. Sessions cover both adults and kids classes and teach you how to make authentic lanterns. There’s even a prize awarded for the best lantern in each class and some wicked and delicious treats available afterwards.
Address: 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER
Date: Oct 26 2019-Oct 27 2019
Get your best fancy dress attire ready for the Halloween Ball at the Mansion, an all-night party celebrating spooks across three dance floors, one art room, VIP areas, and two lounges. Music on the night comes from DJs playing a mix of pop, hip-hop, electro, house and Latino. It’s most definitely time to do the Monster Mash.
Address: Secret location: will be be sent 48h before the day to ticket holders
Date: Oct 26th
Once a prison and torture chamber, there’s no place quite like the Tower of London for dastardly experiences this Halloween. Take a tour of the Tower and see the torture chambers. Listen carefully, and you can still hear the screams of victims imprisoned at the Tower of London… ok, we might have made that last bit up - but it’s still a frightfully fun experience.
Address: St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB
Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of The Woman in Black has been providing spine-tingling moments in the Wet End for more than 25 years. Hold on to the edge of your seat, and feel the frights in full force with the capital’s favourite, terror-stricken ghost story that will keep you up for the whole night.
Address: Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH
Buffy fans have every reason to get excited with this appreciation show that remembers Willow, Spike, Angel and the gang. From performances by grunge band Subterranean Popular to late-night karaoke and a 20th-anniversary screening of Cruel Intentions, this is the de facto Buffy and Sarah Michelle Geller tribute.
Address: Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, SW2 1JG
Date: Nov 1st
Head to the Dead Dolls House, which is an impressive three-story Victorian townhouse, for a devilish dinner party. Enjoy a sharing-style feast that features deviled eggs, miso lamb ribs, candy apples, beer, and a welcome drink, which we promise is not a cup of blood!
Address: The Dead Dolls House, 181 Upper Street, N1 1RQ
Date: Oct 27th
Discover the haunted history of London with a comedy-horror show on wheels. Ghost Bus Tours visits some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks - The Houses of Parliament, London Bridge, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street and more - while revealing a ghastly and ghostly past that you never knew existed.
Address: 8 Northumberland Ave, Westminster, London WC2N 5JR
Cruise the River Thames while shaking a leg to top-notch Halloween tunes in the form of a silent disco. The two-storey boat provides a fright-fest of a soundtrack, as well as a bar, Halloween games, and some spooktacular treats to help you celebrate this creepy pastime.
Address: The Dutch Master, Tower Millennium Pier, EC3N 4AB
Date: 2nd Nov
Wave those wands, and conjure up a spell or two for Halloween at Harry Potter Studios. The iconic Great Hall set is back, and it’s been decorated with 100 floating pumpkins - an ode to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. This year’s iteration focuses on the loyal followers of the Dark Lord, the Death Eaters and includes concept art, finished props, and much more from everyone’s favourite Harry.
Address: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR
Date: 27th Sept to 10th Nov
Not quite a Halloween meets Christmas crossover, Halloween on Ice is an ice skating event for all the zombie lovers and vampire fans. Located at Skylight Rooftop, Halloween on Ice is a chance to get your skates on and win prizes if you show up in the best costume.
Address: Penning Street. Car Park entrance, Wapping, E1W 2SF
Date: Oct 31st
It wouldn’t be Halloween in London without Jack the Ripper, one of the UK’s most heinous criminals. Walk down the old, narrow alleyways and be transported back to the rough and ready streets of Victorian East London. See where Jack the Ripper murdered his victims with a tour that will most certainly put the frights in you.
Halloween doesn’t have to be all about zombies and Drac so why not really give yourself a fright and go snorkelling with sharks? After a session with Jaws and co, you’ll be pining for the chance to kick it with the Count.
Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7PB
Hide behind your seat at Rivoli Ballroom Pop-Up Cinema - which is one of the last remaining ballrooms around. Get the popcorn at the ready, along with ice cream, hot dogs, draft beer, wine, and whatever else takes your fancy, before settling down to enjoy a scary flick - or four. Enjoy classics like Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and The Shining.
Address: 350 Brockley Rd, Lewisham, SE4 2BY
Date: 28th Oct - to the 31st Oct
Which one of our Halloween picks will you be attending? Or did we miss anything out that you think is worthy of inclusion? Let us know in the comments below, and make sure this year’s Halloween is the scariest one yet.
[a]what's drac? Or is this a typo?