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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London's Grime & Punishment Tour

Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way.   Get tickets

Unlock Urban Camden: Street Art Tour

Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets

Hidden London Tour

Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

The Ultimate Harry Potter London Tour

Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets