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 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.
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
Buy tickets here.
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.
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