Your guide to spooky and scary film screenings in London around Halloween 2023.
Halloween films at Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square
Leicester Square's independent Prince Charles Cinema hosts its Horroctober season once again. It's (more than) a month of scary films, and as you'd expect from the cinephiles who run the place, it's not just the obvious flicks. Sure, The Exorcist, Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters, The Shining and Halloween are on the bill, but so are lesser-known movies, such as 1987's White of the Eye, and 2009 release, Jennifer's Body.
Horroctober at Prince Charles Cinema, runs September- November 2023.
Witches' Weekend at Rooftop film Club, Peckham and Stratford
Summer staple Rooftop Film Club shuts for the season before Halloween properly kicks in, so it's holding its spooky celebration early with a Witches' Weekend on 1 October.
See Coraline, Practical Magic and The Blair Witch Project at Roof East in Stratford, or The Addams Family and Hocus Pocus in Peckham. The latter also screens a people's choice option, meaning guests will be able to vote for the final film of the season themselves. Choices include The Witches of Eastwick and Bewitched — cast your spell vote here.
Halloween films at Rivoli Ballroom/ Crofton Park Pictures
Before Rivoli Ballroom was a dancing venue, this building was the Crofton Park Picture Palace. It often returns to its cinematic heritage with Crofton Park Pictures, a regular series of film screenings — including a Halloween selection.
Pick from Casper, The Lost Boys, Ghostbusters (1984), The Shining, Hocus Pocus, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The venue has two bars, and popcorn, ice cream and hot dogs are available to nosh on.
Halloween at Crofton Park Pictures, 25-27 October 2023.
Halloween films at Clapham Grand
Clapham Grand loooves Halloween — it's putting on a frightening amount of events in October, including Hocus Pocus parody Witch Perfect, and an OUTHAUS Halloween special. There are also two film screenings: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (28 October), which is sure to have people wailing along, and Hocus Pocus (31 October) — extra special seeing as it's on Halloween itself.
Halloween films at Clapham Grand, 28 and 31 October 2023.
What We Do in the Shadows takeover at Four Quarters Elephant and Castle
Fans of the rib-tickling film/sitcom What We Do in the Shadows are invited to don clocks and fangs, for a themed takeover at bar/games arcade Four Quarters in Elephant and Castle, which — for two nights — transforms into a world of the undead. There are special cocktails, such as the 'Updog', (blood orange gin, cranberry juice, OJ, lemon and grenadine — topped with Watermelon Red Bull) plus games, and — importantly — screenings of the WWDITS.
What We Do in the Shadows takeover at Four Quarters Elephant and Castle, 27-28 October 2023. (No special tickets for this one, but they recommend you book a table, to avoid disappointment).
Hocus Pocus and Twilight at Eventim Apollo
A double bill of spooky film-to-concert shows comes to the Hammersmith Apollo on 29 October. A lunchtime screening of Hocus Pocus with live orchestra is followed by an evening outing for Twilight (this time with a 12-piece band — plus a over a thousand twinkling candles). They're treated as separate events.