London can be creepy even on a normal day, just look at the London Dungeons and the back alleys of Whitechapel for examples. Bring Halloween into the mix and you have yourself a real fright. Whether you’re looking for a great night out with friends or a theatrical experience to transport you to a new world, there’s plenty to keep you entertained during the Halloween season. If you’re visiting London with kids, then there’s plenty of family friendly events taking place during the season of the witch. With trick or treating, spooky storytelling and dining events, you’ll have even more reason to take advantage of the many London Paddington Hotel deals. Whatever your business in London, whether leisure or work, Halloween is as good a time as any to explore the city.
John Carpenter extravaganza at the Prince Charles Cinema
On the 26th of October, you can catch a Halloween marathon of John Carpenter films at the Prince Charles cinema. If you’re looking for some truly terrifying movies from the master of horror, then this is the film night for you. The Prince Charles Cinema is one of the best cinemas in the city for cult film fans, and a John Carpenter movie marathon is the perfect fit for this great cinema.
Victorian Seances at the Old Operating Theatre Museum
The Old Operating Theatre Museum is usually dedicated to the study of Victorian medicine and hospital practice, but on the 26th October, you’ll find a full presentation and lecture dedicated to the Séance phenomenon popular at the time. The lecture will explore the psychology behind what was for many in the Victorian era, a macabre obsession.
Halloween Raves at the Vault
The Halloween rave at the Vaults in Waterloo is one of the craziest parties during the festive season. The Vault, underneath Waterloo Station was previously used as a morgue for the corpses who could not be buried back in the late 19th century. Now a multidisciplinary arts venue, the Vault hosts a graveyard Rave during the 30th and 31st of October, where guests can dance the night away to some terrifyingly good DJ’s. Whatever your music tastes, this rave is a terrifyingly memorable way to celebrate the spookiest night of the year.
Halloween Pumpkin Hunt on Wimbledon Common
For something more family friendly than an underground rave, why not visit the Pumpkin hunt on Wimbledon Common from the 24th to the 27th of October. With colouring in competitions and treasure hunts, the beautiful Wimbledon Common is a great place to enjoy Halloween, hosting fun for all ages. What’s more, every child in fancy dress will receive a special prize!
Horniman Halloween Fair
Another great family friendly Halloween treat is the Horniman Museums Halloween Fair. This legendary museum based in Forest Hill in South East London is a great way to enjoy Halloween. With storytelling from Sandal Sticks Theatre and a Halloween parade led by spooky skeletons, this is a family friendly, yet suitably atmospheric way to spend Halloween.