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.
1. Fight your way through a zombie invasion in this immersive Netflix VR experience
💀 Sign up to the Army of the Dead. We’ve all seen a zombie invasion on the big screen, or at home on our games consoles. Hell, many of us have undergone deep discussions of what tactics you’d deploy should it become a reality. Well, now it’s time to put those schemesinto practice, as you live out the attack in a wondrous Virtual Reality (VR) experience based on Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, courtesy of Netflix.
2-4. Jump out of your seat at a scary show
From world-class fire acts and aerialists to freaky festivals, settle in for an evening of entertainment.
🎪 Festival of the Dead, where you’ll see breathtaking fire and circus acts from performers, The Fuel Girls. Taking place at Troxy, there’ll also be carnival processions through the audience and over 3,000 guests in fancy dress.
👯♀️ Drag Syndrome Halloqween Spooktacular Show & Dinner with drag queens and proceeds donated to charity. The lavish affair will feature performances from drag queens and kings who have Down syndrome, which you can enjoy while devouring a delicious two-course meal. After the show, you’ll even have a meet and greet with the performers. 10% from each ticket sale will be donated to Maya’s Hope Foundation.
🎧 Twisted Circus Halloween Festival will delight and fright with actors, DJs and even an adult ball pit. As well as the tricks, there will be treats in the form of a cocktail upon entry and complimentary popcorn and candy floss throughout the evening.
5-7. Illuminate your evening with a candlelight concert
Halloween needn’t be all about jump scares and hanging skeletons. A mellow candlelight concert could be just what you need in 2021. Kick back for evening of music, but do be mindful that the odd ghost may pop up…
🕯 Halloween Candlelight, featuring Michael Jackson’s Thriller, soundtracks from Beetlejuice and Psycho, and music from more of your favourite series and films. The event takes place on Halloween itself, but it is an evening of more treats than tricks.
🎻 Candlelight: Halloween Film Scores and Classics to see a talented string quartet perform melodies from Harry Potter, Knives Out! and more. Butcher’s Hall is set in the old City Of London neighbourhood, home to the first residences in London. Might you see an old resident pass the hall on All Hallow’s Eve?
🦢 Candlelight: The Black Swan & More ft. Ballet where you can watch spellbinding ballerinas take to the stage, dancing to music performed by a string quartet. The haunting performances will take place in a beautiful historical building, so keep your eyes peeled for ghostly figures also enjoying the show.
8-11. 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 around October 31!
🐰 Trapped in Wonderland Halloween Experience to jump down the rabbit hole and wander through a haunted fairytale of performers, DJs and confetti showers. The iconic Clapham Grand will be abound with Wonderland-inspired props and decor, and there will be live acts on stage to keep you entertained. Party like the Mad Hatter!
👻 Echoes: Immersive Horror Experience at Colab Theatre for a mind-boggling mystery in the depths of an abandoned basement. The experience is back for its third year, and will have you racing to unravel four mysteries that span generations.
🥽 Army of the Dead – Viva Las Vengeance: A VR Experience, a thrilling zombie-shooting game using virtual reality headsets. In a game inspired by the Netflix original film, Army of the Dead by Zack Snyder, you’ll take on the role of a mercenary and fight your way through.
😱 The Haunting at Home: A Paranormal Online Adventure to discover the ghostly going-ons in your own home. You’ll play online with the rest of your group, led by a ghost host (aka an audio guide), and try six experimental methods that have been used for decades. Do you dare sleep after the experience?
12-18. Join a spooky, activity-filled walking tour
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.
🔪 Jack the Ripper City Exploration Game will take you around the East End to visit the sites of the murders, the pubs frequented by his victims, and provide insights to the police investigation. You’ll follow the footsteps of one of the country’s most infamous killers, as well as exploring the history of Whitechapel.
👻 Ghastly London Ghost Tour, which will have you jumping at shadows for weeks afterwards… You’ll creep through the dark streets of a hidden London, as you hear the spookiest stories of the ghouls, ghosts and spectres.
👑 Ghoulish Ghost Tour in Greenwich, where a royal spirit haunts the old palace and ghosts reside in the oldest parks of London. You’ll learn of chilling tales of brutal and ghoulish crimes from this part of town on a tour that takes place after dark.
💀 Ghastly Ghost Tour of London Bridge to learn about the area’s chilling past. The area used to be home to criminals, killers, lawless folks and prisons, which your guide will tell you all about as you pass along the cobbled streets.
🧟Ghosts of London: Haunted City Explorationwill send you on a goosebump-inducing adventure around the streets of Mayfair. You’ll uncover clues, find out some eerie local stories about the area and explore some of the most haunted sites in the city.
🤒The Great Plague of London: City Exploration Game will transport you back in time to when a deadly plague ravaged the city and the people of London resorted to all manner of crazy remedies to avoid infection. Along the way you’ll encounter ruined churches and learn about the courage of an English physician.
🪄Battle of Wizards: City Exploration Game is the perfect adventure to inject some magic into your Halloween. The fascinating tour takes you to London locations where Harry Potter was filmed, so you can walk in the footsteps of the stars and see where the books were brought to life.
19-22. Sink your teeth into delightful Halloween-inspired brunches and munches
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 Bottomless Brunch, as Bar Elba heads to Mexico with sugar skulls, bottomless drinks and more. Dishes such as breakfast burgers and smashed avocado on toast will delight your tastebuds, which you can follow with plenty prosecco, Aperol Spritz, sangria or Cuba Libre.
🍻 Brick Lane Tap Room’s Halloween-inspired Oktoberfest will combine October’s two biggest celebrations for beer, bratwursts and Bavarian ghosts at the 7,000-square-foot warehouse. Live music, drag performers and comedy acts will grace the stage, alongside the beer, food and bespoke cocktails.
🍸 The Murdér Express: An Immersive Dining Experience will take place aboard a luxury train where you will devour a delicious four-course meal from a menu created by MasterChef 2017 finalist Louisa Ellis.
🥂 When You Wish Upon A Brunch: Halloween Special, a Halloween fairytale-themed brunch, blasting all your favourite hits, and serving up two hours of bottomless drinks. The menu is made up of a range of egg dishes (and tofu for any vegans), which you can enjoy while watching live acts.
23-27. Get your thrills on a Halloween-themed night out
For frightfully good tunes, dance your fears away at one of these events.
🕺 Black at the Halloween Mansion for three floors of the best pop, electro and RnB music at a secret venue. To really elevate your night, there will be live saxophone and djembe performances, fire shows and dancers. You can get your Halloween make-up done by a make-up artists and your future told by an on-site tarot reader.
🎷 The Candlelight Club’s Halloween Party will offer smooth jazz performances, vibrant cocktails and a 1920s speak-easy vibe. Be sure to dress in your best Gatsby-esque get-up, ready for a glam night at the secret venue.
🛥️ Halloween Boat Party, where you’ll cruise the Thames in fancy dress and dance to the biggest party anthems. Back on dry land, tickets also include entrance into a lively after party, so you can stay up late with the ghouls of All Hallow’s Eve.
💃 Carnifest – London’s Biggest Carnival Halloween Party for Notting Hill Carnival vibes on a cold October evening. Bring some colour and celebration to autumn, with reggae, bashment and soca tunes.
🎉 Nightmare in Shoreditch Halloween Party will offer complimentary haunted ‘potions’, candy, and Halloween masks, alongside lively DJ sets. Expect the biggest bangers of the moment, plus plenty of sweet treats all evening.
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.