Tuesday, 16, October 2018
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The Spookiest Halloween Events and Scariest Places in London
From ghost tours to horror films, we’re sharing our top Halloween picks for you to enjoy the fright of your life this October
It’s well and truly Autumn, and with crisp brown leaves blanketing the streets and a chill in the air it can only mean one thing: Halloween season. Whether you’re a horror enthusiast or would rather enjoy a warm bowl of pumpkin soup and a tamer, less-scary celebration, London has you covered this October 31st.
Take breakfast at Dalloway Terrace to set you up for a day full of scares. You’ll be needing the energy for when the adrenaline kicks in, so feast on pastries, pancakes and shakshuka in the luxuriously relaxing atmosphere of this eatery, located at The Bloomsbury. The autumnal interior installation will bring an orange-tinted taste of the Halloween season to your day, with orange and brown leaves lining the walls, hanging lanterns and atmospheric fairy lights.
The best way to explore London this season is through a chilling ghost tour. Follow your guide to some of the city’s most haunted areas, listen to horror stories and perhaps spot a ghost or two. With many walks to choose from, covering different sites around London, the hairs on the back of your neck are sure to be standing on edge in these spooky locations. Extra paranormal tours are launched during Halloween, so you’re sure to secure a spot on this adrenaline-filled adventure.
Horroctober 2018 is a month-long festival located at The Prince Charles Cinema, where scary movie screenings take place throughout the month of October. A short stroll south of The Bloomsbury, you’ll enjoy an evening full of screams and scares whilst watching ‘The Shining’, ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘The Evil Dead’, to name a few. There are even special all-night events where you can spend 12 whole hours on the edge of your seat watching new and classic horror films.
Crime Scene Live at The Natural History Museum
Around the corner from The Kensington, transform yourself into a detective at The Natural History Museum. Work alongside forensic experts to solve a chillingly gruesome murder mystery. Wander your way around the museum whilst analysing the evidence and undertaking experiments in order to catch the guilty criminal. Crack the case and live in the shoes of the CSI team.
If you’re looking for a fun activity for the kids, take a trip to Sea Life from The Marylebone to dive into a creepy underwater adventure, appropriately named Ascarium, this Halloween. Help the Sea Witch unlock her treasure chest whilst you’re confronted with sharp teeth, glow-in-the-dark creatures and gruesome tentacles.
Sparkling Pumpkin Carving
Whilst this favourite Halloween pastime is usually reserved for an at-home family activity, Drink, Shop & Do have created an updated pumpkin carving adults-only event. Located north of The Bloomsbury and a stone’s throw from King’s Cross, sip on Veuve Clicquot whilst you craft your very own spooky festive creation. Music, bubbles and pumpkins – you’re sure to have a happy Halloween.