Things To Do In London For Halloween

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Things To Do In London For Halloween

Please note: these events took place over Halloween 2016. We'll be updating this page for Halloween 2017 listings closer to the time, so keep checking back.

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 2016 London events to this page closer to the time, so keep checking back. Looking for Month of the Dead events? Click here.

Adult Halloween events in London 2016

The Last Tuesday Society: La Danse Macabre

SPOOKY AFTERNOON TEA: Lancaster London Hotel's ARTea afternoon tea gets a spooky makeover with treats including bloodied finger éclairs, cucumber coffins and smashed glass cupcakes. £35 per person, book in advance, 17-31 October

DRACULA: Tea Break Theatre puts on performances of Dracula at Sutton House in Hackney. Age 15+. £15/£13, book in advance, 18-31 October

SHARKS IN THE DARK: Head to the London Aquarium to go face to face with 15 sharks in the dark this Halloween. You'll be submerged in a specially designed enclosure and given a torch to get a proper look. £27.50, book in advance, 27-31 October

SCEPTIC GHOST HUNTING: Join London Fortean Society at The Bell near Aldgate where paranormal researcher Hayley Stevens is the special guest. Learn all about modern paranormal research, and whether technology can be used for successful ghost hunting. £4/£2, book in advance, 27 October

HALLOWEEN GHOST SHIP:  Take a candlelit tour of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, including tales of murder involving the crew, before watching 1931 film Dracula. A shot of whisky is included in the price too. Age 18+. £25, book in advance, 28 October

ZOMBIE TRAIN: Catch the Zombie Train To Hell at Hackney Picturehouse with a double screening of zombie films. The evening begins with Train To Busan, followed by Evil Dead 2. £5 for each film, book in advance, 28 October

HALLOWEEN PARTY: Styx in Tottenham hosts a Halloween party with cabaret, mime, burlseque, live music and more — fancy dress very much encouraged. £10, book in advance, 28 October

HALLOWEEN BANQUET: As part of Museums at Night, enjoy a special meal at the Museum of Brands after hours, with a black Halloween menu. £59.99, book in advance, 28 October

STRANGER THINGS: Loving this Netflix series? Get yourself down to Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen for a Stranger Things themed party evening. The venue will become a homage to Hawkins with plenty of 80s pop culture and retro sci-fi. £5, just turn up, 28 October

UNBELIEVERS' GHOST WALK: London Fortean Society host and Londonist writer Scott Wood leads an unbelievers' ghost walk, starting at Farringdon station. Whether you believe in ghosts or you're sceptical, go along to hear tales of the rumoured ghosts that haunt Farringdon and Smithfield. £5, book in advance, 28 October

DELICIOUS DECAY: Barts Pathology Museum hosts a two-day event themed around the chemical indole, which can be found in coffee, chocolate, and...decaying bodies. Friday evening is the introductory event, split into a series of 15 minutes talks. Saturday afternoon consists of a series of hour long events including a chance to view the second floor which is not normally open to the public. Various prices, book in advance, 28-29 October

LA DANSE MACABRE: Head to The Grand in Clapham for The Last Tuesday Society's Danse Macabre, an evening of cabaret, burlesque and clubbing. Age 18+. 10% of proceeds will be donated to Crisis. From £15, book in advance, 28 October

INFERNO: Inferno is an interactive music performance taking place at Merchant Taylors's Hall in The City. Based on the first part of Dante’s Divine Comedy, the set up is a masquerade ball deep within the circles of Hell. From £40, book in advance, 28 October

ROOF GARDENS HALLOWEEN: The Roof Gardens in Kensington hosts a Halloween party with live music from John Fossey and the Gravediggers and snacks from the barbecue. Age 21+. £20, book in advance, 28-29 October

NIGHTMARE ON LEAKE STREET: House of Vans on Leake Street in Waterloo transforms into an "immersive horror experience" complete with gory performances and live bass music. Free, book in advance, 28 October

GRANT MUSEUM: Spend Halloween in a room full of skulls and skeletons at the Grant Museum of Zoology. It's open late, so pop along for a drink and discover some Halloween-themed animal facts. £6, just turn up, 29 October

HALLOWEEN BALL: The Mansion London hosts a Halloween ball at a secret location, revealed two days before. There will be two dancefloor with live DJs, fire shows, live musicians, Flamenco music, fortune tellers and more. £36-£42, book in advance, 29 October

SCI-FI DOUBLE FEATURE: BFI Southbank holds a science fiction film double screening. Watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shock Treatment in the same evening. A panel of Shock Treatment cast and crew will discuss the film as it marks its 35th anniversary. £26.40, book in advance, 29 October

FORTEAN SOCIETY WALKS: London Fortean Society, led by Londonist writer Scott Wood, offers a series of special Halloween walks. Choose from haunted Holborn and Bloomsbury or ghosts and monsters of Smithfield. Book in advance, 29 October

SHIVER M' TIMBERS: Take a tour of the tunnels and dungeons underneath Sir Christopher Wren's Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Hear tales of past inhabitants before finishing the night with a cocktail at the bar. Halloween costumes encouraged. Age 16+. £32.50, book in advance, 29 October / 31 October

BEAVER LODGE: Chelsea's Beaver Lodge has a Halloween party going on, with a theme of seven deadly sins. 29 October

DRUMCODE HALLOWEEN: Head to Tobacco Dock for a night of techno music from Drumcode. For the seventh year, all manner of techno artists will oversee a night of debauchery. From £45, book in advance, 29 October

LABYRINTH HALLOWEEN PARTY: The Three Compasses in Dalston hosts a Labyrinth themed Halloween party, set in David Bowie's Goblin Kingdom. Expect to hear lots of Bowie, 80s synth, 80s pop, 80s in general & Halloween party bangers. Free entry, just turn up, 29 October

THE LOST BOYS: Head to St Swithun's Hall in Hither Green for a Halloween quiz, followed by a screening of The Lost Boys. Age 15+. £7, book in advance, 30 October

FILM DOUBLE BILL: Settle down for a double screening of Detention (2011) and The Cabin In The Woods (2012) at St Margaret's House in Bethnal Green. Free, book in advance, 30 October

WITCH: There's an immersive theatre event at Union Chapel in Islington, with focus on the historical European witch trials. Go behind the scenes at the chapel as part of the tour. Age 18+. £15, book in advance, 30 October

Halloween at Severndroog Castle

RAINDANCE MASQUERADE BALL: The people behind Raindance Film Festival are putting on a Halloween masquerade ball at Cafe De Paris. Dress as your favourite film character and walk down the red carpet. £25, book in advance, 31 October

SINISTER CITY: Join City of London guides Diane Burstein and Julian Romain for a guided walk around the alleyways and courtyards of the City, hearing stories of executions, hauntings and murder as you go. £11.21, book in advance, 31 October

HALLOWEEN AT THE CASTLE: Mark Halloween at Severndroog Castle's fundraising event. Sip on a cocktail while you listen to scary stories, and enjoy the view of London at night from the viewing gallery. £25, book in advance, 31 October

THE SOCIETY OF STRANGE: Head to Wilton's Music Hall to hear tales of the strange, sinister and downright spooky in this one-night-only show. £8-£12, book in advance, 31 October

Things to do with children for Halloween in London 2016

Boo at the Zoo returns to London Zoo.

BOO AT THE ZOO: London Zoo has some spooky goings on, including craft activities, animal demonstrations, and a pumpkin trail. Included in zoo admission price, booking recommended, 22-30 October

ELTHAM PALACE: Kids are encouraged to don a costume for half term trips to Eltham Palace to take part in the costume competition. For those who want to get hands-on, pumpkin carving sessions are also taking place. Costume competition included in admission, extra charge of £4 for pumpkin carving. 24-28 October

SYON PARK: Take the kids along to Syon Park to take part in Halloween trails throughout the house and garden. There will be scary storytellers, and children in fancy dress are in with a chance of winning a prize. 24-30 October

SUTTON HOUSE: Hackney's Sutton House gives kids the chance to mix up an alchemist's potion, create magic themed artworks and more. Activities included in admission price. 26-30 October

Horniman Museum's Halloween Fair.

HYDE PARK: Explore 'feely boxes' in the witches' den, follow a nature trail, create potions using natural herbs and plants, and more in Hyde Park. Free, book in advance, 27 October

BARNET WALK: Take a ghoulish tour through High Barnet and Monken Hadley, second most haunted village in England. Small prize for everyone in costume, special prize every night for spookiest costume. Meet outside High Barnet tube station. £9/£4, book in advance, 27-31 October

GALLERY SLEEPOVER: Dulwich Picture Gallery hosts a Haunted Gallery Weekend where 7-13 years olds (and their parents) can spend the night at the gallery. £50, book in advance, 29 October

GOOSEBUMPS: Black Gull Books in East Finchley hosts a reading of seven Goosebumps books. Entry is free, but 50% of takings from books sold will go to charity. Free, book in advance, 29 October

HALLOWEEN MARKET: Limehouse Basin's Halloween Market has plenty of family friendly activities including a children's fancy dress competition, a dog fancy dress competition and more. Free entry, just turn up, 29 Octover

CHELSEA SLEEPOVER: Kids (and accompanying parents) are invited to explore Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge after hours with a Halloween sleepover. £40/£20, book in advance, 29 October

HORNIMAN HALLOWEEN FAIR: Horniman Museum in Forest Hill's annual Halloween Fair is a family-friendly event, with art and craft stalls, plenty of food and drink, a spooky trail, face painting, performances and more. Free entry (charge for some events), just turn up, 29-30 October

CAMDEN WEEKENDER: Take the kids along to Camden Market for the Halloween Family Weekender. Events include a Big Fish Little Fish family rave, pizza making, and a haunted house at the Cereal Killer Cafe. Various prices, 29-30 October

THE GOONIES: Head to St Swithuns Hall in Hither Green for a family-friendly screening of The Goonies. Halloween crafts and activities begin at 2pm, and the screening starts at 3pm. £7, book in advance, 30 October

HALLOWEEN DOG SHOW: Join All Dogs Matter on Hampstead Heath for a Halloween dog walk and show. £5 to enter your dog into the walk and show. 30 October

Last Updated 11 November 2016