Things To Do In London For Halloween 2017

Things To Do In London For Halloween 2017

If you're looking for something to do for Halloween in London — whether that's a family-friendly Halloween party, or a more grown-up event — you're in the right place. We'll be adding more Halloween 2017 London events to this page closer to the time, so keep checking back.

Adult Halloween events in London 2017

Party on the roof at Kensington Roof Gardens.

HORROCTOBER: It's a terrible pun, but a fantastic line-up at the Prince Charles Cinema's month-long celebration of all things dark, twisted and creepy. Films being shown include Friday the 13th, Dracula, Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hocus Pocus, The Blair Witch Project, plus foreign language horror films. 1-31 October

NEWBURGH QUARTER OF CURIOSITY: Halloween lasts a whole two weeks in Carnaby, with Halloween installations appearing throughout the Newburgh Quarter, plus free workshops and masterclasses including potion cocktail making, pumpkin planters, and a Halloween make-up masterclass taking place in the pop-up Quarter of Curiosity Shop. There's also a Halloween Fright Night Party on 26 October. See schedule for full details. 17-31 October

HALLOWEEN SÉANCE: The Last Tuesday Society hosts an evening with Philipp Oberlohr, the man described as 'Austria's Derren Brown'. He'll be reconstructing a séance in an immersive performance paired with a menu of Victorian-era cocktails. Viktor Wynd's Museum of Curiosities (Hackney), £20, book ahead, 24 October, 6.30pm/9pm

HORROR FILM QUIZ: Test your knowledge of horror films at the Prince Charles Cinema's annual horror film quiz, complete with costume competition and Halloween party games. £6, book ahead, 24 October, 8.45pm

GUERILLA SCIENCE: Delve into your darkest nightmares at The Book Club and learn all about sleep paralysis and nightmares from scientists and film makers. £5-£12, book ahead, 25 October, 7pm-10pm

DICKENS AFTER DARK: Visit the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury for a special edition of Dickens After Dark, the late night, candlelit opening of the museum. Be entertained by the magician or have your fortune told by the housemaid, before sinking a drink or two at the bar. £16, book ahead, 26 October, 6pm

FRIGHT NIGHT: Forty Hall is being transformed into a haunted house for the night, giving visitors a chance to explore the building by candlelight. Look out for surprising characters along the way, and finish off with a drink in the bar. Age 16+ (although there is a child-friendly version of the event happening at different times). Forty Hall (Enfield), £5, book ahead, 27 October, 6.30pm

ROOF PARTY: Once again Kensington Roof Gardens hosts a rooftop Halloween party, complete with spookily themed nightclub, plenty of drinks, and a barbecue being fired up throughout the evening. Age 21+. From £20, book ahead, 27 and 28 October, 7pm

DISCO YOGA: The Hoxton Hotel in Holborn hosts Disco Yoga, a yoga fitness class where you can get moving to a Halloween-themed soundtrack, involving plenty of UV body paint, followed up by a themed brunch. £18-£35, book ahead, 28 October, 10.30am/noon

HOCUS POCUS: Revert to the Halloweens of your childhood with a Hocus Pocus film screening and themed club night at The Book Club. Expect face painting, themed drinks, spooky surprises, and plenty of witchy decor. Tickets for optional life drawing with Art Macabre are £15, and need to be bought separately. £5, book ahead, 28 October, 4.30pm-3am

HALLOWEEN WALK: Take a guided tour around the streets of Deptford hearing ghost tales, and stories of grizzly goings on. The walk starts and finishes at Deptford Market Yard, with plenty of food and drink options. Costume optional, but there's a prize for the best. Free, book ahead, 28 October, 5.30pm

HALLOWEEN DISCO: Celebrate Halloween '80s style at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen's BeetleJuice RedLight Disco. That means big shoulder pads, even bigger hair, '80s wedding dresses and themed decor. The event begins with a screening of Tim Burton's cult film Beetlejuice. £5/£8, book ahead, 28 October, 6pm-3am

THRILLER NIGHT: Club night I Love The 80s vs 90s is bringing in the retro vibes with a Thriller Night Party, with music from the '80s and '90s, plus scary, party, pop, cheesy tunes, rock, hip hop and dance anthems. There will be prizes for the best costumes so get creative. The Venue (Great Portland Street), £6, book ahead, 28 October, 10pm-3am

HALLOWEEN BALL: The Candlelight Club's Halloween event takes place over two rooms, with live jazz music and dancing in the ballroom, and cabaret style performances in the lounge, including gothic burlesque and comedy magic. Tarot reading will also take place throughout the vintage-themed evening.  Takes place at 'a long-forgotten venue in east London'. £30-£45, book ahead, 28 October, 7pm-midnight

DEATH DAY: Queen of Hoxton hosts a Día De Los Muertos Death Day Party, complete with sights and sounds of a Mexican Día De Los Muertos carnival, complete with grime, hip-hop, house, disco and afrobeat tunes. £5, book ahead, 28 October, 8pm-2am

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS: Nomad Cinema's whole October line-up looks a bit dark, with the likes of Psyhco and Nosferatu on the bill, but the Halloween special is a screening of Silence of the Lambs at the Hoxton Hotel. £12.50, book ahead, 29 October, 6.30pm

Crime Scene Live at Natural History Museum. Photo: Natural History Museum

CRIME SCENE LIVE: At time of writing, there are a few tickets left to October's edition of Crime Scene Live at Natural History Museum, an event that normally sells out months in advance. Spend the night in the role of crime scene investigator, gathering evidence and working with the museum's forensic experts to find out when, where and how the victim died. Natural History Museum, £60, book ahead, 30 October, 6.30pm

HALLOWEEN CRAFTS: Regular craft night The Make Escape rocks up at Hackney Attic once more, and this time the theme is Halloween. Make spooky decoration and mystical masks in time for the big day. Free (age 18+), just turn up, 30 October, 7.30pm

OUTDOOR CINEMA: Luna Cinema takes up residence in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace for three consecutive nights, screening BeetleJuice, The Silence of the Lambs, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. £17.50 per screening, book ahead, 30 October-1 November, 7.30pm

THE THING: Watch a screening of John Carpenter's 1982 cult classic The Thing on board the Cutty Sark tea clipper ship. The film is about a shape-shifting alien infiltrating a research camp in the Arctic. Cutty Sark (Greenwich), £15, book ahead, 31 October, 6pm

Get creative at Drink Shop Do

SPARKLING PUMPKIN CARVING: The annual pumpkin carving gets a classy make over at Drink, Shop & Do which has teamed up with champagne brand Veuve Clicquot to keep you watered and get those creative juices flowing. Stick around to hear stories about Madame Clicquot, who ran the company in the 19th century. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £12, book ahead, 31 October, 6pm/8.30pm

TEETH: The Book Club in Shoreditch screens 2007 horror film teeth, about a high school student who discovers she has teeth guarding her vagina, and uses this to get revenge on the men who have wronged her. Screening followed by a Q&A with Amanda DiGioia, who researches the crossover between horror and feminism. £6, book ahead, 31 October, 7pm-10pm

HIGH BARNET TOUR: Take a guided tour of High Barnet and Monken Hadley, reputedly the second most haunted village in England. See a pirate's grave and hear tales of grisly executions. There's a prize for the spookiest costume, and audience participation is involved. Meet at High Barnet tube station. £9 (£4 for under 12s), book ahead, 27-31 October, 7.30pm

PSYCHO ON HIGH: The View From The Shard claims it's hosting the UK's highest pop-up cinema, and we're not going to argue. Watch Hitchcock classic Psycho 800ft above London, with a complimentary cocktail thrown in. £40, book ahead, 31 October, 8pm

Things to do with children for Halloween in London 2017

The Halloween Fair hits Horniman Museum. Photo: Horniman Museum

NECROPOLIS RAILWAY: You've read about London's 'Death Railway' — and you can experience it for yourself this Halloween at London Dungeon. Step on board one of the carriages and hear the conductor's tales of spooky goings-on aboard the train. We'd love to tell you what happened next, but we had our eyes squeezed shut so tight, we barely know ourselves — as with all things Dungeon, it's not one for those of a jumpy nature. Included in regular admission price, for a limited time only, advance booking recommended, 5 October-4 November

BOO AT THE ZOO: A bat cave, a pumpkin patch and ghoul school are just some of the family-friendly Halloween activities at London Zoo in half term. Visitors can embark on an extinction trail or take part in a ghost tour, as well as getting hands on with spooky arts and crafts — not forgetting to visit the animals while you're there. Included in zoo admission, booking recommended, 21-31 October

HALF TERM HORRORS: The half term activities at Eltham Palace take on a Halloween theme with daily costume competitions and pumpkin carving sessions. Pumpkin carving is £4 on top of admission fee, just turn up, 23-27 October

The 'Death Railway' comes to London Dungeon.

PUMPKIN CARVING: Let the little ones get creative with pumpkin carving sessions at Down House, the former home of Charles Darwin. There are also costume competitions. Down House (Biggin Hill), £4 on top of admission, just turn up, 23-29 October

Boo at the Zoo, ZSL London Zoo (c)ZSL

HALLOWEEN CRAFTS: Children can fashion a witches' broom or wizard's staff in these craft sessions at Forty Hall — so that's one part of their costume you don't have to make yourself. All children must be accompanied by an adult. £7 per child, book ahead, 24 October, 11am

HALLOWEEN FAIR: Horniman Museum's regular farmers' market gets a spooky twist as the Halloween Fair hits Forest Hill. Along with food and drink stalls, there will be an arts and crafts market, a chance to get up close to spooky animals, and more family-friendly activities. Horniman Museum (Forest Hill), free entry, just turn up, 28-29 October, 10.30am-4.30pm

ADDAMS FAMILY: Electric Cinema Portobello's Kids' Club takes a frightening turn, with a screening of The Addams Family (PG), and a Halloween party complete with games and costume competition. Book ahead, 28 October, 9.30am

MYSTERY TRAIL: Forty Hall has been converted into a haunted house. Follow a trail though the house, meeting some spooky characters as you try to dodge the curse.  Age 4-11, must be accompanied by an adult. £5 per child, book ahead, 29 October, 11am-1.30pm

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Last Updated 05 October 2017