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Halloween 2018: London’s best (and most terrifying) events

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Megan Murray
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Celebrate the scariest night of the year in style, at one of these unique Halloween events in London, as chosen by us. 

You’d think that a day dedicated to the undead would be enough to have us running for the hills, but there’s something about the drama and theatrics of Halloween that has us caught hook, line and sinker. From imaginative Halloween make-up inspiration to glitter doused costumes, it’s an opportunity to party like there’s, literally, no tomorrow. 

For lucky city-dwellers this means an explosion of options. From a floating silent disco that roars on until the witching hour, to practicing the Dark Arts (flanked by Death Eaters, of course) at the Harry Potter studios, there’s no end of things to do for Halloween in London. 

Here, we’ve hand picked our favourite events and activities happening on All Hallows’ Eve to guarantee you make the most of this freakishly fun holiday. 

Journey to the underworld at Pedley Street Station 

Journey to the Underworld

Head to East London in search of Pedley Street station, and you’ll find yourself on a trip that takes you further out of this world than you ever expected. After being plied with prosecco, Londoners who dare are signing away their souls to board this deadly train for an evening of immersive theatre, drama, deceit and bloody delicious food. 

Over the course of two hours you’ll dine on an exquisite four-course menu curated by renowned restaurateur and 2017 MasterChef The Professionals finalist Louisa Ellis. She has designed a feast fit for all dietary requirements that ties in with the theatrical narrative, with butternut squash volute, black garlic gnocchi and chocolate ganache. 

As well as the brilliant live acting, there will be an impressive burlesque-style performance, plenty of audience participation and darkly delicious cocktails

We don’t want to tell you too much about the experience, but if you’re looking for a Halloween experience to end all others, this is the one. 

When: Wednesday - Friday: 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Saturday - Sunday: 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm and 8:30pm until 7 November
How much: £53

Buy tickets here

Haunted mini golf at Swingers 

From Wednesday 31 October to Saturday 3 November, both the Swingers City and West End venues will be getting a terrifying makeover ready for Halloween. Upon arrival, guests make their way through the cobweb covered entrances before being greeted by the undead hosts. Once on the crazy golf course, players will need to keep their wits about them as possessed caddies dressed as zombies, witches and demons will be roaming, ready to dish out a trick or a treat to anyone that gets a hole in one.

There’ll also be a special cocktail on offer, namely the PumpGin Martini. It’s a ghoulish mix of Tanqueray No. Ten, Antica Formula, Mozart Pumpkin Spice liqueur, lemon and Maraschino Cherry Syrup. This deceptively sweet potion will make sure to send a shiver down any spine. And when you’re ready to jump on the Swingers photo podium and document your nightmarish evening, there’ll be sinister props and surprises to make sure you get some snaps you’ll never forget. 

When: Wednesday 31 October to Saturday 3 November
How much: £13 per person per round

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Immersive Day of the Dead dinner at Wahaca 

In tribute to Mexico’s world-famous Dia de los Muertos, Wahaca is treating guests in London to an immersive Day of the Dead dinner on 1 November in the brand’s Soho branch. The five-course menu will feature trout and passion fruit ceviche and a traditional slow-cooked rabbit and partridge picadillo, a welcome margarita and tequila and mezcal tastings. There will be traditional live music and decorations to capture the spirit of this vibrant festival, as well as a transformative floral display created by Bloom & Wild.

Of course, Day of the Dead is a different celebration to Halloween, but we do love that this is another spooktacular way to celebrate at the end of autumn. 

When: Thursday 1 November 
How much: £50

Buy tickets here

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Film Screening and club night

From 4pm on the 27 October, The Book Club in Shoreditch will be going full Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with activities, reruns and plenty of devilish dancing to the show’s soundtrack. 

From a two hour sketching session (who knew Halloween could be so artistic?) where you can use charcoals to capture Spike’s jawline, to the playing of iconic episodes Hush and Once More With Feeling, this is the place to be for Buffy fans. To ensure your viewing experience is as pleasurable as possible, there’ll be Halloween-themed drinks on offer, such as the Slayers Sour cocktail, which is made with Four Roses bourbon, Solerno blood orange liquor, Lemon, egg white and a bloody rim.

From 8pm resident DJs will be playing some of the best songs of the era, with tunes from bands like The Cranberries, Hole, Treble Charger and Mazzy Star and Dingoes Ate My Baby, which will rage on until 3am. 

When: Saturday 27 October 
How much: £5-15

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Talk to the spirit of Cleopatra with the Secret Feminist Séance Society 

If you consider donning a pair of glittery cat ears and heading to your local too tame for All Hallows’ Eve, then let us introduce you to the Secret Feminist Séance Society who have got something much more hardcore in mind.

On the 1 November at iconic queer arts venue VFD (Vogue Fabrics Dalston), immersive events company Wild Above Rule will be calling to the lost spirit of Egyptian queen Cleopatra, with an evening filled with mystery, incense, Egyptian poetry and music. You’re invited to dress up in black and gold and wear all the kohl your peepers can handle as you dance into the night and enjoy Egyptian-themed surroundings, all in celebration of the Queen of the Nile. 

When: Thursday 1 November
How much: £15

Buy tickets here.  

Biscuiteers Halloween Icing Lessons 

In our humble opinion, there is no biscuit more crumbly, more delicious, more impeccably iced that a Biscuiteers biscuit. And the brand’s quirky designs and beautiful presentation don’t hurt either. If you share this feeling, and you’re more of a British Bake Off than The Shining kind of person, we might have found your perfect way to spend Halloween. 

On one of four dates at the end of October, go to the Biscuiteers icing cafe on Northcote Road for a small and intimate class of no more than six people. They’ll supply all of the biscuits, icing and expertise as the expert icers teach you all of the techniques used in the grand icing hall. At the end of the workshop you’ll leave with a beautiful tin of biscuits you’ve iced yourself and plenty of Biscuiteers tricks and techniques to try at home.

When: 21, 24, 28, 31 October
How much: £78

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Watch horror movies at the Natural History Museum… in the dark! 

The Natural History Museum and The Luna Cinema have teamed up to throw two nights of terrifying film fests on the 28 and 29 of October in celebration of Halloween. Get access to the museum after dark and bunker down in the majestic Hitze Hall to watch a stream of scary films, under the shadow of a 25-metre whale skeleton.

There’ll be two screenings each night, with audiences able to choose between the scary (think The Blair Witch Project and Silence of the Lambs) to the slightly less scary (who you gonna call? Ghostbusters). As well as getting to experience the film, each guest will receive a complimentary box of popcorn and access to the Natural History Museum’s new blockbuster exhibition, ‘Life in the Dark’, before the films begin. 

When: 28 and 29 of October 
How much: £26.50

Book tickets here

Dance the night away at a floating silent disco

Sail the seven seas like the ghostly pirate you are, and quietly party your way through the scariest night of the year at this silent disco. The deadly Dutch Master will be setting off from its post near Tower Hill to take all those who dare on a trip down The Thames, for a night of boogieing and boozing.  

The two storey party boat has promised to give all those who climb aboard the night of their lives, from 7.45pm until just before midnight. Choose your favourite music channel on your headphones and work your way around the boat’s bars as you float next to some of London’s most iconic scenes. 

When: 27 October 
How much: £35

Buy tickets here.

Practice the Dark Arts at the Harry Potter Studios 

Is there a more terrifying figure than He Who Shall Not Be Named or a being more guaranteed to scare the life outta you than a Death Eater? Despite being one of our favourite childhood (ahem) books, the world of Harry Potter is a pretty frightening place. Where better, then, to spend Halloween than in the Warner Bros studios in Watford, where a special ‘Hogwarts After Dark’ evening is being put on especially for All Hallows’ Eve.

Starting with magical, smoking dry ice cocktails and canapes, guests will then step into the Great Hall which will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins, deadly-looking blood-red apples and cauldrons of lollipops. The feast will continue with a two-course dinner, and then it’s off to the Forbidden Forest to challenge those dastardly spiders (we’re looking at you, Aragog) and dine on desert in the company of many a magical creature.

Throughout the evening, Death Eaters will be roaming dressed in the original costumes from the film series and there’ll be the chance to learn wand combat moves from Wand Choreographer, Paul Harris, in preparation for a live duel. 

When: 26, 27 and 28 October
How much: £240

Buy tickets here from the 28 August at 10am. 

Take a ride on the Ghost Bus Tour

All aboard this ghostly tour, which sees a haunted 1960s Routemaster bus show you the most sinister sights of London.

From the demon barber of Fleet Street to the Cross Bones Graveyard of Southwark, the famous tombs of Westminster Abbey and the black dog of Newgate Prison, London has its fair share of eerie sights to see, and when better to explore them than Halloween?

With many events taking place on the weekend before Halloween, this would be a fun, spooky activity to do on the actual day as the tour runs all year round, with daily time slots, departing from outside the Grand Hotel by Trafalgar Square. 

When: Everyday, timing vary but all after dark - of course
How much: £15

Buy tickets here

Images: Getty / Courtesy of events / Raw Pixel 

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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