Things To Do Today In London: Monday 31 October 2016

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Happy Halloween. Photo: Philip Walker

HALLOWEEN: From a haunted village walk to scary storytelling and a spooky afternoon tea, browse our Halloween guide to choose how to be frightened this Halloween.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS: You'd think we'd be able to get Halloween out of the way before Christmas begins, but the Spirit of Christmas Fair opens today at Olympia London. Over 75o independent boutiques will be selling gifts and decorations. Various prices, book in advance, until 6 November

ICE SKATING: Too soon, you might think, but one of London's seasonal ice skating rinks is already open. Take the opportunity to get in some practise at the Natural History Museum before the others follow suit. From £12.65/£8.80, advance booking recommended, until January 2017

MUSIC MEMORABILIA: Today is the last day to catch music-inspired posters and prints by artist Gerald Scarfe, a man mostly known for his political cartoons, at Barbican Music Library. Free, just turn up, from 9.30am

STRUGGLE FOR COEDUCATION: Princeton University's Nancy W. Malkiel discusses how and why many previously single-sex universities started admitting women during the 1960s in a talk at the Institute of Historical Research in Bloomsbury. Free, book in advance, 6pm

THEATRE TALK: Theatre director Michael Longhurst discusses his new production of Peter Shaffer’s play, Amadeus, with Kate Mosse at the National Theatre. £5/£4, book in advance, 6pm

RADIOMAN: Head to The May Fair Hotel for a screening of Radioman, the tale of a homeless man who overcame addiction to become an unlikely star, acting in over 100 films. There's a vodka reception and the film is followed by a Q&A with director Mary Kerr. £15, book in advance, 6.30pm

THRILLER: It wouldn't be Halloween without a rendition or two of Michael Jackson's Thriller, so head to Drink Shop & Do in King's Cross for a two-hour class where you'll learn the steps. £15, book in advance, 7pm-9pm


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