The spooky season is upon us! As October rolls by, Halloween is fast approaching. Across the country, kids will be reaching for their costumes and grabbing their buckets to head out for a night of trick or treating on the town.
Down in London, along with the traditional Halloween pursuits, a whole host of creepy, eerie and haunted events will crop up across the city for Halloween fans of all ages to dive into. From big fancy dress nights out to haunted tours through the darkest parts of the city, there's a lot to discover when the big day jumps out from the shadows.
In this guide, we've picked out some of the best Halloween events happening in London right through October for you to get stuck into with your friends or family. Read on to find your own creepy schedule for the month:
Cabaret may not be the first thing you think of when you're looking at what to do on Halloween, but over at the London Cabaret Club, the spookiest day of the year erupts into a celebration of music and dance, all themed around the Mexican day of the dead.
Named the El Dia Of the Dead, the show combines one of the club's existing James Bond-themed shows with Mexican magic to dazzle, enchant and beguile. With glorious colours, unforgettable music and spectacular outfits, this is Halloween at its most glamorous, complemented perfectly by a specially created Mexican dinner menu. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their best ghostly gear too for an event like no other. Book your tickets here.
The Ghost Bus Tours, besides their excellent punny name, are tours that dive into the murky and murderous past of London, uncovering some of its most dastardly villains and its most haunting myths to paint a dynamic picture of the old city.
Taking place on a black double decker bus, the Ghost Bus Tours are led by a knowledgeable tour guide who'll know all of the sinister secrets that lie beneath every street and alley of London. You'll visit some of the most iconic buildings in the city, including St Paul's Cathedral, Downing Street, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the Old Bailey and more, learning more about the ghostly stories that haunt their halls and spires.
You can buy tickets for the tours on their website here.
Speaking of ghostly tours in the city, the London Month of the Dead is a festival of talks, presentations and discussions about the dead and their connection with London. Connecting seven cemeteries across the London area, academics and experts unveil the history behind the final resting places of citizens of the English capital and beyond.
From workshops on mounting bat skeletons in display cases through to stories about the sinister Hand of Glory, these talks uncover methods of burials, forensic science techniques, cemetery architecture and shadow puppetry performance, giving you full access to the grisly, eerie and endlessly intriguing world of the dead. Find the schedule here.
No list of creepy and spooky things to do in London would be complete without the famous, or should we say infamous, London Dungeon. A fully interactive, spine-tingling and horrible experience, the London Dungeon takes you back through centuries of punishment, torture, murder and mayhem as you meet the executioners, criminals, murderers and scoundrels of London's past.
Dotted by live actors, bringing their disreputable roles to life, the London Dungeon is a hive of jump-out-of-your skin moments. There are fully functioning rides to whisk you away on a ghost ride, as you meet iconic villains like Sweeney Todd, Jack the Ripper and more, seeing them up close and personal against a backdrop of awesome special effects. Book your tickets here.
For the film buffs out there, Halloween offers an opportunity to jump back in to some of the best horror movies on the billing. If you're looking to combine some good old cinematic spookiness with an iconic and unforgettable screening venue, you're in luck. The Ravoli Ballroom, over in Crofton Park is opening up its doors for a number of horror showings, including films like the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hocus Pocus, the Witches and the Shining.
The magnificent Ravoli Ballroom is the last standing ballroom from the 1950s, offering an incredible setting from which to get lost in a film. With elegant chandeliers, panelled walls and an arched roof, this venue can't be beat when it comes to memorable cinema showings. You can book your spooky screening here.
Halloween is just one of many times in the year that London truly comes to life with spectacular performance, wonderful festivals and more events than you can shake a trick or treat bucket at.
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