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25 Haunting Halloween Events To Put The Spook Into Your October

Alex Landon Alex Landon - Editor

Things to do Halloween

All Hallows’ Eve is a time for revelry and devilry, and here are a spooktacular array of things to do in London at Halloween.

So, you’ve got your pumpkin all picked out, and the killer costume is ready to roll. Now it’s just a case of finding something to do with yourself come Halloween. And because an empty diary shouldn’t be the scariest thing about your night, we’ve put together a little guide to Halloween in the city, featuring our favourite things to do in London at Halloween. With all-night Halloween ragers on the backburner for now, why not head to classic horror film screenings, macabre dinner parties, and even the odd seance?

1-3. Jump out of your seat at a fright-night film screening

Forbidden Forest

We’ll head out on a (severe) limb and say that no holiday produces better films than Halloween. (Sorry, Santa.) And this year, Halloween is just spoiling you with immersive screenings and blockbuster hits!

🌲 Forbidden Forest cinema, where you’ll see frightening films in a haunted indoor forest
🥂 Bar Elba’s rooftop cinema, with bottomless drinks and a lineup of Halloween classics
🚗 Drive In Film Club at Alexandra Palace, with a giant 40-foot screen and snacks delivered to your car

4-6. Settle in for candlelight concerts and ghostly variety shows

Halloween Candlelight

Halloween needn’t be all about jump scares and hanging skeletons, and a mellow candlelight concert could be just what you need in 2020. Kick back for evening of music, mischief, and mind-reading, but do be mindful that the odd ghost may pop up…

🕯 Halloween Candlelight, featuring soundtracks from Beetlejuice, It, Psycho, and more of your favourite Halloween films
🎻 Candlelight Concerts at St Thomas’ Church, where the London Concertante will deliver an evening of spooky music, stories, and games
😮 Mister Dusty Rose’s Ghost Show, in which the renowned NYC mind reader puts his own spin on a classic Victorian ghost show

7-11. Scare yourself silly at these incredible immersive experiences


Unsettlingly good, are these immersive Halloween events. If you like your thrills as lifelike and unexpected as they come, you’ll definitely want to put one of these in the diary for October 31!

😈 Dante’s In Furlough, in which the Devil himself invites you to lie, cheat, and steal your way through Hell
🚂 The Murdér Express, where fine dining from a Masterchef winner meets murder most foul
😱 Flicker, a chilling immersive theatre show where you’ll attend a séance, creep through a basement, and exorcise a restless ghost
🐰 Trapped in Wonderland, a delightfully deranged take on the classic tale which sees Evil Alice throwing an epic party
😨 The London Dungeon, which is stuffed full of thrills and spills and has somehow become EVEN SCARIER for Halloween

12-16. Join a spooky, activity-filled walking tour

Things to do Halloween

Dare you wander the streets of London on All Hallow’s Eve, when spirits rise from the gloam and restless souls walk the earth once more? The city streets have seen their fair share of bloody deeds and evil acts, and the best way to discover them is on these walking tours and outdoor games.

💀 Ghosts, Ghouls, and Gallows Walking Tour, which takes you to London’s most haunted house and on a spooky boat ride
🔪 Jack The Ripper Walking Tour, where you’ll follow in the footsteps of London’s most notorious serial killer
⚰️ The Murder of Hector Reeves, an outdoor ‘escape room meets treasure hunt’ experience in Hyde Park
👻 Ghastly London Ghost Tour, which will have you jumping at shadows for weeks afterwards…
👑 Greenwich’s Ghoulish Ghost Tour, where a royal spirit haunts the old palace

17-20. Sink your teeth into delightful Halloween-inspired brunches and munches

Things to do Halloween

London never needs an excuse to put a seasonal riff on brunch, and luckily, this lot are here to provide you with boozy Halloween cocktails, Day of the Dead-inspired brunch dishes, and unforgettable themed afternoons of fun.

🇲🇽 Day of the Dead Rooftop Brunch, as Bar Elba heads to Mexico with sugar skulls, bottomless prosecco, and more
🎃 Pumpkin Carving at the Wizard Exploratorium, where you can create your perfect jack-o’-lantern and sip on a boozy mug of HallowCream
🎤 Go Gaga Bottomless Brunch, where the city’s best Lady Gaga tribute act puts a spooky spin on brunch
🍹 Halloween at Winterland, where you’ll find creepy cocktails and murderously good fondue inside an Alpine lodge

21-25. Get your Halloween thrills at home with an online trick or treat

Big Cat Murder Mystery

Whether it’s a murder mystery, escape room, or bone-chilling online tour your after, we’ve got you covered with a load of brilliant events and activities that you can do from the comfort of your own home. After all, home is the safest place to be on Halloween… right?

🐯 The Big Cat Murder Mystery, where you’ll investigate crimes at Oklahoma’s Wynnewood County Zoo
🕵️‍♂️ Cocktails, Spies, and Murder, which puts you on the trail of a despicable double agent
🙃 Trapped at Home, an online escape room which will send you searching through the Upside Down
🍾 Murder & Sparkling Wine, where there’s a body in the library and bubbly in the fridge
🗡 Jack The Ripper Murder Mystery Virtual Tour, in which an expert Ripperologist guides you around the murder scenes of Whitechapel from the comfort of your sofa

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.