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28 Haunting Halloween Events To Put The Spook Into Your October

Frank Sinatra said “Oh the weather outside is frightful”, and somehow wasn’t discussing either winter in London or Halloween. Whilst the Christmas train has already started chugging for some people, it’s still October, which means ‘tis the season to be SPOOKY. So grab your pumpkins, find your perfect costume, and then leave the Halloween plans to us. Whether you want to go out out, grab a magically reimagined bite, or really and truly go all in with the terrifying aspect of Halloween – we’ve got you covered.

You may have been to Phantom Peak, but you probably haven’t been to Hallowed Peak – yet. The steampunk meets western town is getting the full Halloween treatment, so even if you’ve been already it’s time to get yourself back to see how things have changed. Dive into the 13 all-new trails exclusively for the limited time Hallowed Peak is around. Enjoy carnival acts, live music, and lose yourself in a 30,000 sq ft fully open-world immersive experience.

2. Screamfest VI: Here We Come

If hide & seek holds fond memories for you, you might want to skip this one as it’s probably going to ruin those. The harmless children’s game is being transformed into the stuff of nightmares. Just for context to even play this game you need to be over 18 and sign a waiver for participation. If you take the leap, it’ll be your job to hide from the malevolent masked seekers in whatever nooks and crannies you can find in The Ditch (Shoreditch Town Hall). That means all the claustrophobia inducing spaces you can think of, from rusty lockers to filth encrusted bathtubs and beyond. If you make it through the duration of the game, you’ll then be treated to some cocktails in the adjacent bar to take the edge off alongside some “accursed” arcade machines.

3. If you can tick things off this bucket list fast enough there’s a big prize waiting for you…

Taking things away from the phobia inducing style of fun, but still keeping the Halloween feeling strong, we have the BucketRace Scavenger Hunt: Halloween Edition. The task is simple, you’ll be given a list of tasks to complete as a team in a 4 hour window – the fastest team to complete them all or earns the most points wins. The catch is the tasks are going to take you across London and have you solving clues whilst you’re at it. Tasks can range from simple finding specific landmarks at locations or the more miscellaneous like serenading a stranger. Photo/video evidence is the way to prove you’ve completed the tasks and the grand prize is tickets to a fright night at your favourite amusement park.

4-6. Enjoy one of the many offerings at Clapham Grand

You’d be hard pressed to find somewhere taking Halloween more seriously than Clapham Grand. The local favourite venue (home to Bongo’s Bingo) is putting on an 8 event marathon from October 22 to November 8 dedicated to the jack-o-lantern flaunting holiday. Here are three of our highlights from the roster:

🎊 The Grand’s Halloween Party: The annual big celebration that sees 1500 revellers descend on The Grand for a ghoulish gathering you won’t soon forget. This year boasts an impressive lineup of performers, DJs, and the host with the most, Juno Birch. Costumes are of course encouraged and there’s themed cocktails all night. If you want extra bang for your buck, grab a ticket to the Rocky Horror Picture Show happening earlier in the evening as it will get you the famed movie night and show as well as guaranteed entry to the Halloween Party.

🎞 Hocus Pocus Movie Night: Speaking of movie nights, on October 31 you’ll have the chance to attend The Grand‘s special screening of Hocus Pocus. You’ll be able to watch the film on the giant 25ft screen but also participate in some typical Grand fun with dance battles, sing-a-longs, and the chance to win some prizes.

🎪 Twisted Circus: We know Halloween has passed by November 4, but why not keep celebrating? The Grand is hosting a carnival of twisted circus performers that will scare you witless. You can chow down on some free popcorn whilst you witness the freaky characters with the soundtrack provided by top DJs.

On the one hand, a musical performance by candlelight is intimate, soothing, and magical. On the other, it does bring about a certain horror-esque feel being in a room decorated almost entirely in candles. But for Halloween what could be more fitting? At this one, you’ll hear live renditions of tracks from Stranger Things, The Shining, Psycho and so many more. I’d call this one diet horror because realistically this one isn’t going to scare you – but the expert string quartet will be keeping you enchanted for the duration of the performances.

The gorgeous Chelsea Physic Garden is shedding its peaceful and idyllic vibe in favour of one that’s more in line with bone chilling horror from October 24-31. You’ll find yourself stepping back in time to 1664, to the Chelsea Hamlet where it’s up to you to unravel just what’s been going on. Throw yourself into the mysteries of dark magic and delve deep into the corrupt underworld of the Witchfinder General, but be quick. When the clock strikes twelve, the verdict of the trial will be announced and who knows what will happen then.

9. Visit “50 Berkeley Square”

The London Dungeon is terrifying at the best of times in its retelling of tragedies and horrors of London’s past. For Halloween, they’re trying to outdo themselves – whatever that’s supposed to mean. From October 15-31 if you’re brave enough to descend into the Dungeon, you’ll find yourself in the attic of the most haunted house in London. Once you’re in it, you can’t turn back, the story will come to life around you whether you like what you hear or not. Do you dare to uncover the truths of 50 Berkeley Square?

You might think of yourself as a bit of a savant after watching countless movies across the years, seeing protagonists get trapped and struggle to make their way out of a predicament. You of course knew how to get out straight away though, you could see that one book didn’t look quite right or that the light fitting was slightly out of place. No problem, we might have just the conundrum for you to solve: how do you escape The Gates Of Hell? Well, we don’t have the answer, but you just might have to if you decide to descend into the fiery pits of No Escape’s newest escape room. If something a little more realistic tickles your fancy, you’re covered with seven other escape rooms for you to choose from. What are you waiting for? Pit your wits against one of their many hair raising rooms this Halloween season.

11-17. Get your thrills with a Halloween party…

For a frightfully good night of costumes, incredible DJs, and killer themes – these are some of the parties you should be considering.

🤫The Mansion: Would we really be able to call ourselves “secret” if we couldn’t get you access to parties with hidden locations? I think not, which is exactly why we’ve got just the event for you courtesy of The Mansion. They’re hosting a private party at a yet to be revealed location that has all the bells and whistles. Fire shows, tarot readings, vintage horror films, amazing MUAs, three dancefloors spanning a range of genres, and street food – what more could you ask for? Fancy dress is a must for this one, and the venue’s location is only revealed to ticket holders 48 hours before the event. Be quick though, tickets tend to sell out for these so get yours now.

🌃 Skylight: Skylight has a double offering with events at both Tobacco Docks and their Peckham site on October 29. If you head to Tobacco Docks you’ll get some fright night fun and then some. Alongside the expected fancy dress and DJs, they have something really special to go alongside the festivities – an ice rink! The fun stops there at 11pm but that could just be the sign for you to head over to their Peckham site where the fun goes all night long. Expect the same vibes of ghoulish fun and games, and beautiful views of London to enjoy alongside your drinks.

☠️ Day of the Dead at the Old Victorian Bath House: If you want to elevate your Halloween night out a little, this is the event for you. It is a celebration of the Day of the Dead that sees the grade II listed Victorian Bath House transformed for a carnivalesque experience. A spirited DJ will be providing ethereal vibes throughout the night and professional MUAs to enhance your Halloween fit. The night is more than just a party, you’ll be met on arrival with canapes and bubbles and then treated to exquisite food throughout the night as well as enchanted cocktails. All of this is included in your ticket price alongside entry into the exclusive VIP location.

🐙 Nautical Space Nightmare: Beavertown is taking over Flat Iron Square for a six day bender where entry is free of charge. Expect live DJ sets, macabre performances & decor, and of course beer. There will be a special one-off beer just for Halloween, called Blood of the Mariner alongside fan favourites. The event runs from noon to 11pm each day from October 25-30. (Live performances will only run Wednesday to Saturday)

A photo of the Sky Garden Halloween Party, a sea of people dancing in the lowlit room with the open expansive view of London next to them
Credit: Sky Gardens

💐 Halloween at Sky Garden: Does this really need that much selling to you? Go 35 floors up to one of the most gorgeous venues in London, which handily provides sublime panoramic views of the city, in fancy dress with the option to enjoy a drink or meal alongside a night of boogying. What’s not to like about that?

💀 Dia De Los Muertos Fiesta at Mama Shelter: You may have heard of Mama Shelter after it went viral on TikTok due to its, ahem, risque theme throughout the hotels. They are however also known for their incredible service and ability to create a quality atmosphere, and this event is no exception. Experience their luxurious and ethereal celebration of divine mortality during the time in which the veil between life and death is at its thinnest. Devilish plates, creepy cocktails, face painters, and more are all out in full force at this one. You’re in for a disturbingly good night, we assure you.

As darkness falls on Halloween it’s time for some eerie entertainment at the Natural History Museum. For the evening, where fancy dress is encouraged, you’ll be able to explore the museum away from the daytime crowds and dance the night away with cocktails at the silent disco. Tickets give you access to the world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition as well as the rest of the gallery, if you want to go even more behind the scenes you can additionally book tickets with a tank room tour to see the hidden, spirit-preserved specimens.

19-22. Take a stroll…

We don’t mean just aimlessly ambling about the streets here either. There are a variety of spookily themed walking tours and trails taking place throughout the city. Here are a few that we would recommend:

👻 Ghastly London Ghost Tour: Slink across the dark streets of London and hear the terrifying tales of the city. Learn about the ghosts, ghouls, and spectres that haunt the storied streets.

🏡 Chiswick House & Gardens: See the 18th century property transformed into a frighteningly fabulous trail featuring fire performers, live actors, and characters that lurk in the darkness.

😱 Jack The Ripper & Haunted London Tour: This mixed walking and coach tour takes you across the city the infamous killer frequented, stopping specifically at locations associated with the killer including the real murder locations.

🎭 Halloween Theatre Tours: Theatre Royal Drury Lane is one of the most haunted theatres in the world and from October 24, will be providing late night access to those willing to brave it. Visitors will explore hidden tales, scandals, conspiracy and ghost stories in the heart of London’s Covent Garden and may even see the theatre’s most famous ghost, The Man In Grey.

23-27. Take a bite…out of some food. Devilishly delicious food.

🐠 Sexy Fish Halloween ‘Sunken Circus”: The renowned Sexy Fish is delivering its signature blend that blurs fine dining with partying. The luxury Asian & Japanese inspired restaurant will be delivering its stellar menu with some raucous revelry to create a feast for the senses. From 2pm DJs will take to the stage and then when it hits 10pm the real show gets going. Diners will be treated to a snake charmer, exquisite cabaret acts, podium dancers and so much more. Naturally, there are themed cocktails expertly crafted including Lost Boy’s Blood, made with Monkey 47 Gin, raspberry cordial, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth and chocolate bitters.

🥟 Tattu Halloween Sunday Sunsets: The recently opened London branch of Tattu has been wowing visitors with its modern Chinese menu and fantastic panoramic views over the West End. On October 30 they are having their inaugural Sunday Sunsets event featuring DJs from 1pm and the exclusive Taste of Tattu tasting menu. On top of this, they will be offering a variety of limited edition themed cocktails including a Peach Cherry Crystal Cobbler, a Black Margarita served with spice agave and lime and the theatrical Naked and Famous, served smoked in a cloche with aperol and smoked falernum.

🍨 Chin Chin Ice Cream: Exclusively in their Soho branch, Chin Chin is offering a Halloween special, so good even the Devil might be tempted to sell their soul to taste it. The dessert in question is their Profiterole Pour Over. It is a hand crafted choux profiterole stuffed with signature smooth liquid nitro Black Tahini ice cream accompanied by a jug of decadent golden chocolate. The pour over of molten chocolate creates a cobweb marbling and is finished with puffed caramelised nutty wild rice for that worm-like topping.

🫖 Halloween Afternoon Tea at The Lane: Halloween doesn’t mean you have to lose the element of elegance from your dining. At The Lane’s Grand Saloon from October 17, you’ll have the chance to enjoy the elegance of Afternoon Tea with the decorative flair of Halloween. Whilst indulging in the gorgeous setting you can expect to sink your teeth into wickedly tempting haunted graveyard cakes with creepy piped vines, a gingerbread gravestone and biscuit soil amongst other staples.

🎃 Leadenhall Market: Leadenhall Market has one big benefit in its favour around Halloween time. It is where Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley scenes were filmed. With witchcraft and wizardry enshrined in the location, it’s no wonder they get into the spirit of the magical holiday in full force. Hoxton Monster Supplies will be holding an exclusive pop-up to quell any of those mystical yearnings. You’ll know you’re getting to the right place when you spot the giant six metre tentacles dangling from the upper floor Victorian windows of the market. There is also a range of tours available after dark and plenty of food to sink your teeth into from the numerous vendors.

This one is for the families and younger audiences. If you need a way to jazz up the festivities of Halloween make sure you visit Dopamine Land over the final October weekend. It’s receiving a bit of a makeover with fun activations in the space, Halloween-themed music, and some of the rooms being completely reimagined. There’s also going to be a mini trick-or-treat happening throughout the event for anyone who wants to participate.  Come in costume to participate in the photo competition. All you have to do is use the “#DopamineLand” hashtag when you post a photo of yourself or your little one in costume at the event on social media. After this, a winner or winners will be selected and receive a prize voucher.

Oh, and if you’re not scared off by that lot, you can see even more brilliant things to do at Halloween here.



Also published on Medium.