Trick or treat? Ok, so zero points for originality there. But admit it. You’re excited about the spooky season, aren’t you? And why wouldn’t you be? It’s not often that you have a bona fide excuse to dress up in outlandish costumes and indulge in a tasty treat. Or three.
We won’t judge if you want to go full-on trick or treating in your adult life. But if you’re also looking for events in the capital – from scary experiences to Halloween party nights – you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve gathered all of the best activities happening around London this Halloween to bring you the ultimate guide. So, turn off the lights, put your scream mask on, and get reading. Discover the best spooky events in London this Halloween.
The London Dungeon
The London Dungeon offers an all-year-round scary experience, but they really get in the mood for their favourite time of the year: Halloween. This time, they’re running the Death Express, an old London railway that transported the dead – and any living soul that’s brave enough to hop on board.
How much: From £21
Where: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB
Silent Halloween Disco Boat
Maybe you like the idea of Halloween, but real scares aren’t your thing. Don’t worry, because we’ve got just the event for you: Silent disco Halloween party. On a boat. Turn frights into delights with two floors of music while you cruise down the River Thames. Get your costume out and headphones on.
When: Friday 27th October
How much: Tickets from £5
Where: The Dutch Master, Tower Millennium Pier, Next to Tower of London, EC3N 4AB
Terrible puns aside (and we thought ours were bad!), Horroctober is ideal for movie lovers who want to celebrate Halloween all month long. The Prince Charles Cinema is showing a horror-filled line-up, so get the popcorn out and enjoy classics such as Dracula, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, the Blair Witch Project, and a few scary foreign greats.
When: Starting 11th October
How much: From £8
Where: 7 Leicester Pl, London WC2H 7BY
The Unbelievers Ghost Walk
Are you ready for London ghost stories that will make you leave the lights on for at least a month? Join London Fortean Society host Scott Wood as he guides guests around Smithfield and Farringdon, telling stories of Bleeding Heart Yard, screaming Anne and more tales from London’s ghoulish past.
When: Fri 27th and Sat 28th October
How much: £5.50
Where: Farringdon Station Cowcross Street, EC1M 6BY
Twisted Circus Halloween Festival at the O2
Combine scares with music in a mega Halloween event at the O2. The Twisted Circus Festival requires fancy dress to get in. Then prepare yourself for clowns lurking in the shadows, flying spiders, circus acts, and more. After the spooks, listen to music from a top DJ line-up that includes DJ Woody (Capital Xtra), CJ Beatz (1Xtra), and Colin Francis (Marbella Sessions).
When: 27th October
How much: £21.50
Where: The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
Tower of London Twilight Tours
Get ready for murder, torture and executions! Well, not literally, but the Tower of London, otherwise known as the ‘Bloody Tower’ is known for its gruesome history. Scare yourself out of your wits and hear all about the terrifying past of the Tower of London Twilight tours.
How much: £27.50 (non-members)
Where: St Katharine’s & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB
Do the monster mash and other Halloween-related dance moves at the Piccadilly Institute. There are top tunes, giveaways for the best-dressed guests, and creepy interiors to add to the allure of Halloween. They’ll even be spooky cocktails designed especially for the night.
More details: www.piccadillyinstitute.com/plan-a-party/halloween
Thorpe Park Fright Night
Thorpe Park is legendary for its Halloween nights, and this year is no different. Get your heart rate racing by combining the thrill of roller coaster rides with scary themes. This year, there’s a Walking Dead theme, along with returning favourites like Saw: Alive, a real-life horror maze.
When: From 13th October
How much: From £15
Where: Chertsey, Surrey
The Woman in Black
Turn a trip to the theatre into a scare-a-thon with the Woman in Black. Susan Hill’s 1983 gothic horror story has appeared on West End stages for decades, and there isn’t a better time of year to experience this supernatural scare-fest.
How much: From £45
Where: Russell St, London WC2B 5HH
Halloween Ball at the Mansion
Get dressed up in your scariest costume and shake a leg at the Halloween Ball. There are two dance floors playing electro, RnB and commercial hits, an entertainment area, VIP lounge, two lounges, and a prize for the best costume of the night. The tunes go on until 3 am, and there are even fire shows, casino tables and live dancers for added entertainment.
When: 28th October
How much: From £36
Where: 19 Marylebone Ln, Marylebone, W1U 2NF
Alcotraz bar on Brick Lane
This pop-up on Brick Lane launched in September and is hanging around for three months – enjoy (or fear) the prison-themed bar at the scariest time of year. The bar promises an authentic prison innovative (who doesn’t want one of those right?), along with experimental cocktails. Enjoy prison life without even committing a crime. Or as some might say, ‘wrongful arrest’.
When: Now until December
How much: £30 for bookings
Where: 212 Brick Lane, E1 6SA
The Kraken Screamfest
Can’t wait for the 31st of October? Don’t worry, because the Kraken Screamfest is providing scare thrills early with its horror film fest. Movies on show include the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the Shining, while clown make-up artists will be in attendance to paint you just like a creepy entertainer.
More details: www.theleagueofdarkness.co.uk/home/landing
Fascinated by real-life Halloween-related topics? Visit Guerilla Science and learn about sleep paralysis and nightmares from both scientists and filmmakers. Be prepared to go deep with the talk; it goes into how disrupted circadian rhythms can impact sleep, and how we’re able to control our dreams.
When: 25th October
How much: Early bird £5.99. Standard £10
Where: The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH