What To Do In London For Hallowe’en

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Trying to list *everything* going on in London for Hallowe’en would be like attempting to corral a city of zombies. Instead, here’s a selection of the best events to catch our attention. There’s plenty more going on, so feel free to add your own tips in the comments.

Perilous Parties

  • London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard are having a fundraiser on Friday. Eight acts (including the puntastic ‘Scales of the Unexpected) put on a haunting show at the 2 Brewers in Clapham.
  • Boho Bar in Dulwich present their free-entry Boo! party on Saturday. Special Hallowe’en punch, costumes encouraged and projected horror movies should set the mood.
  • Scala in King’s Cross will be converted into The Haunted Ballroom on Saturday. Organisers White Mischief promise a night of ‘unique live music, curious vaudeville, vintage DJing, interactive theatre and eccentric dressed up characters’. Tickets, however, are harder to get hold of than a spectral snake covered in phantom custard.
  • All Star Lanes Brick Lane hosts the Bangers & Mash’s Halloween Party on Saturday. The usual melange of fancy dress and spooky fun will be complemented by free bowling for the first 50 entries.
  • The Voodoo Spell party takes place at ‘celebrity haunt’ Trader Vic’s at London Hilton, on Park Lane on Sunday. Costume appears to be mandatory, and you’ll get a mix of DJs, tarot readers, performers and, intriguingly, ‘hidden cemeteries’.
  • Drop East on Commercial Street hold their 8th annual fancy dress party on Saturday. Entry is free.
  • Spooky singing, fun and games courtesy of The Choir With No Name at 93 Feet East this Thursday. The £8 entrance fee goes towards homeless charities.
  • Award for most unexpected location must go to the Lost Souls party (Saturday) at the London Aquarium. DJs, costumes, pirate hosts and fish. Plenty of fish.

Damnable Dining

  • As previously mentioned, Shoreditch store Maiden will dispense unsavoury savouries and less-than-sweet sweets from its basement from Thursday till Sunday.
  • Sister venues The Betsy Smith (Kilburn), The Winchester (Islington) and The Lodge Tavern (Ealing) will stage a ‘Fangtasia‘ evening on Saturday (and Sunday in the latter case). Expect silly cocktails and garish decor.
  • Bermondsey Square is putting on a Hallowe’en fair (Saturday), with apple bobbing, pumpkin carving and various creepy foodstuffs.

Fang-tastic Theatre

  • The Insti2ute at Pleasance Islington ‘is a fully immersive, scary and funny experience for Halloween’ involving a guided tour through a dark labyrinth. Runs Thur-Sun.
  • The Hallowe’en of Crossbones on Sunday is part theatre, part folklore and part procession. Lovably loopy John Constable leads a ‘ritual drama’ that culminates in a trip to Crossbones in Southwark.
  • Leicester Square Theatre presents Ross Lee’s Scream House on Thursday, a mix of comedy and light entertainment.
  • The eminently scary Ghost Stories at the Duke of York’s Theatre now has an extended run until February and will put on a special midnight show on Sat/Sun.

Screaming Screenings

  • Proto-Zom-Com Beetlejuice is showing at the Club de Fromage film club on Thursday, at the Bowery on New Oxford Street. Come in costume.
  • Those with the stamina might be tempted by Electric Cinema’s all-night horror fest, featuring The Thing, Re-Animator, Evil Dead 2 and Poltergeist (Saturday).
  • The BFI IMAX has its own all-nighter on Saturday, and in 3-D. Their selection comprises The Hole 3D (2010), Piranha 3D (2010), Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D (2010), My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009) and The Final Destination 3D (2009).
  • Catch The Thing and The Shining at Jetlag bar on Cleveland Street on Sunday.
  • For our money, the best selection comes at Roxy Cinema on Sunday with The Exorcist, The Ring and Halloween.

Witchin’ Walks

Creepy Kids

  • Gruesome all-year-round, the Old Operating Theatre in London Bridge are hosting a macabre medley of plays and demonstrations over the half-term period.
  • The Garden Museum deserves a special accolade for inventive programming, hosting a Hallowe’en talk on Saturday about the world’s most deadly, poisonous plants.
  • The V&A Museum Of Childhood will put on an afternoon of Hallowe’en themed fun on Sunday.

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  • http://undefined Franco Milazzo

    I saw Scales Of The Unexpected on Saturday and they will be worth the price of entry alone. They were in the midst of about six other acts and completely blew them away. They are an acapella trio that specialise in wordplay-based songs. Fans of Fascinating Aida won’t be disappointed.

  • http://undefined Ritchie

    This halloween gives aqua the perfect excuse to decorate the roof terraces with pumpkins and offer all our fans the unique cocktail ” witches brew ” at a scary price of £6.50, visit the terraces on friday the 29th and saturday the 30th october and sample complimentary canapes

  • office_howard

    ‘March of the Dead’ / Passing Clouds, Saturday 30th October, starting in Shoreditch this year..

  • http://undefined Kingpin

    There should be plenty of horror-inspired costumes to see at MCM Expo, with the final day coinciding with Halloween. A handful of memebers of the U.K. Ghostbusters will be on-hand to deal with any pesky poltergeists.

  • office_howard
  • M@

    Cheers for the suggestions everyone. We’re also putting together a separate Day of the Dead listings post, so the Hoxton Sq event will go in that.

  • http://undefined Nyliram

    Goo Boo at the Zoo ZSL London Zoo has a Go Boo at the Zoo event running from 25th – 31st October. full of spooky fun with the animals.

    You can even win a wolf for halloween details at:

    http://www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo/news/win-a-wolf-adoption,1465,AR.html

  • http://undefined Chris Roberts

    Bah forgot to get these out in time: Free #one Eye Grey stuff.

    Fright Bikes Fives: Park Life! Thursday 28th October 6.30 near London Bridge

    Buried prostitutes, lost zoos, hidden rivers, failed revolutions and wild west heroes are just some of the features visited on this trip through a few of south London’s parks. There’s the enigmatic Matrimony place, not at all rude Newington Butts and larks in Larkhall, starts in Southwark, ends in Lambeth -God’s own country as they say in the tourist brochures. We are encouraging riders to wear masks –obviously backwards- so we can call this the mask of ride def in a nod to Edgar Allen Poe and an early New York hip hop record label.

    More details Here

    TLC and One Eye Grey present Dark Waters Two Friday 29th October 8pm

    There will be scary pool side tales of mermaids and water spirits whilst the Lido Cafe staff serve up a ghoulish goulash and other seasonal treats. London Dreamtime and Nigel of Bermondsey will provide songs and stories whilst, if you dare, you can chance your arm in a few hands of Brixton baccarat with Chris Roberts. Event starts at eight and is free but if you want to book a table and food for the evening please contact Brockwell Lido Cafe, Dulwich Road, London SE24 0PA. 020 7737 8183 http://www.thelidocafe.co.uk
    Herne Hill BR and Brixton Tube.

  • http://undefined anita57

    Haha. Dress like lady gaga :P