Eat and drink your way around town this Halloween with these special menus, spooky items and other foodie specials. Looking for other things to on 31 October? Take a look at our guide to Halloween events in London, and horror film screenings taking place around the capital... then keep the spiritual fun going with Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos events.
Flavourtown Bakery's Halloween cupcakes
When it comes to cake design, Flavourtown Bakery never does things by halves, and the Halloween range is no exception. The cupcakes are sold in collections of six, and designs include Zombie Mermaid, Dead Velvet and, our favourite, Unicorn Meat — and the decorations are pretty realistic.
Halloween at Flavourtown Bakery. From £19.50, available to order online for London delivery, or at the Parson's Green Bakery. Available now.
Halloween cupcakes at Lola's Cupcakes
Iced pumpkins, bat cupcakes, eyeballs and haunted gravestones all feature in the beautifully designed Halloween range from Lola's Cupcakes. Cupcakes are available in store, and larger Halloween cakes are available to order.
Lola's Cupcakes, Camden Market and other venues around London. Cupcakes £3.20 each, available 1-31 October
Mud pie at Rudy's Dirty Vegan Diner, Camden
The Mississippi Mud Pie at this completely vegan restaurant has had a spooky makeover for the Halloween season, which sees it topped with (vegan) yummy worms and a gravestone dedicated to Rudy's.
Rudy's Dirty Vegan Diner. £4, available 1-31 October
Pumpkin 5 Spice ice cream at Chin Chin Labs
Both the Camden and Soho branches of this revolutionary ice cream shop are stocking a new flavour: Pumpkin 5 Spice. It's completely vegan, and can be topped with crunchy worms for an extra cost.
Chin Chin Labs, Camden and Soho. From £4.45 (without topping), available 1-31 October
Pumpkin Spiked Latte at Barts, Chelsea
No, that's not a typo. This Chelsea cocktail bar is serving up its own, boozy twist on the Pumpkin Spiced Latte trend. Think original PSL, with added Tia Maria and pumpkin pie spice-infused Grey Goose vodka.
Pumpkin Spiked Latte at Barts. £13, available from 10 October throughout the autumn season.
Stranger Things menu at All Star Lanes
All Star Lanes bowling alleys add a Stranger Things twist to their menu, including The Stranger Pin burger (beef burger with Monterey Jack cheese, guacamole and Bloody Mary relish, served in a bloody red bun), with Terror Tots (potato tots with Bloody Mary relish).
Themed drinks include The Shadow Shake (topped with cream, white chocolate and a gummy eyeball), the Upside Down cocktail, and The Eleven (Bacardi Oakheart rum, Midori, Aperol and almond syrup.)
Package £30-£35 includes burger, side, shake, cocktail and a game of bowling, available 10 October-4 November
Midnight Apothecary Halloween Spooktacular
Midnight Apothecary is one of our favourite cocktail bars, perched in a gorgeous garden on top of the Brunel Museum. The summer season may be over, but it's got a one-night Halloween special planned. Of course, there's a special cocktail menu, including The Bitter Pumpkin, Mr Hyde Potion and Peary Scary Brandy Punch, along with apple bobbing, toasted marshmallows and plenty of carved pumpkins.
£5, book ahead, 27 October
Once Upon A Nightmare at Konditor & Cook
Gingerbread zombies (self explanatory) and poison jammers (jammy biscuits) are just some of the spooky snacks being added to the Konditor & Cook menu temporarily. If you go all out for Halloween, the larger celebration cakes are being given a Halloween twist, with Bloody Curly Wurly or Poison Apple Curly Wurly cakes available to order.
Available from 15 October
Haunted dips at HipChips, Soho
This restaurant specialising in chips and dips has thrown some new dips into the mix for Halloween. Frankenstein's Vile Bile is a mash-up of peas and feta, while Dracula’s Sweet Blood Infusion features white chocolate dip with a raspberry jam. The RIP (Rest In Pumpkin) is made from sweet pumpkin puree topped with with graveyard soil — AKA brownie crumbs.
Available throughout October
Halloween cocktail at Dirty Bones
Dirty Bones' spooky cocktail for 2018 is the Lil Pump(kin), a riff on the classic Ramos Fizz with a rum base and pumpkin spiced twist, finished with a surprise up top.
Available at all Dirty Bones, 26 October-4 November 2018.
Halloween brunch at Galvin Hop
Frog’s legs, black pudding with pig’s ears, veal brain, pickled tongue and witches' fingers all feature on the menu of this special Halloween brunch. Fancy dress is encouraged, with a £50 voucher up for grabs for the best costume. Bottomless booze is an optional extra.
£20-£25, booking required. Available at Galvin Hop, 27-28 October.
Chocolate eyeball at Bluebird Chelsea
The above addition to Bluebird Chelsea's menu isn't as ghoulish as it looks. The white chocolate dome has been filled with raspberry jelly and coconut mousse, and topped with raspberry coulis and fresh raspberries, for that fresh-out-of-the-head look. Enjoy it in the pumpkin patch that's popped up in the Chelsea restaurant.
Sweeney Todd pies at New Street Warehouse
New Street Grill adds 'Sweeney Todd pies' to the menu for a couple of days — and the most shocking thing about them is the price. The wild boar, venison, partridge and pigeon pies — topped with partridges legs for dramatic effect — will set you back £21 each.
Sweeney Todd pies at New Street Grill. Available 29 October-4 November 2018. Halloween cocktails are served at neighbouring venue Bengal Street Warehouse too.
Black pittas at The Athenian
Greek food gets in on the at with black pittas and spicy red feta dip being served at all branches of The Athenian.
Available 29-31 October
Pleasure vs. Pain at Little Blue Door, Fulham
Fulham's Little Blue Door bar (reincarnation of Notting Hill's now-closed Little Yellow Door) hosts a five course supperclub on the theme of pain. Oxford’s Professor of Food Psychology, Charles Spence, was involved in designing the menu, so it's more scientific than your average gimmicky Halloween night out. Through the five courses, discover where your own fine line between pleasure and pain sits.
£45, book ahead, 31 October-2 November 2018
Halloween at Peggy Porschen
The famously pink bakery in Belgravia has a few 'Pumpkin and Pearls' themed offerings for October, including ghost biscuits, sugar skull cookies, golden apple cupcakes, acorn meringues and spiced pumpkin cupcakes.
From £4.50, just turn up, until 31 October 2018
Skullerfly menu at M Threadneedle Street
M's Executive Chef Mike Reid has created a menu available on request, tying in with the restaurant's current Skullerfly art exhibition.
Dishes on the menu include Bones — Wagyu ox cheek paired with a bone broth and bone marrow potatoes in a bespoke skull bowl — and Chocolate Swarm, a salted chocolate tart representing a swarm of butterflies, served with almond ice cream.
£39.50, limited availability, booking required, 10 October-10 November
Crosstown Doughnuts' Halloween Dough Bites
Crosstown's popular Dough Bites — small pieces of dough filled with jam — will have Halloween designs added to them for one day only.
Crosstown Doughnuts, £2 each, available 31 October only
Bloody sausages and beer at German Kraft
German Kraft beer brewery at Mercato Metorpolitano is serving up a Halloween due: a smoky beer paired with a scarlet red blutwurst (blood sausage) for £10.
Available 5.30pm-close, 31 October only
KakiGORY at Honi Poke
Both branches of Honi Poke are serving up a twist on Kakigore — a Japanese shaved ice dessert. KakiGORY is smothered in strawberry syrup for a rather more gory look than usual. Sounds delish though.
Honi Poke, £4.95, available 31 October only
Halloween pumpkin spice eclair at Maitre Choux
Patisserie wizards Maitre Choux are offering a special eclair for the Halloween season. The pumpkin spice eclair is filled with pumpkin spice and vanilla cream, with a blood orange compote.
Maitre Choux, various locations.
Bloody Scotch egg at Mac & Wild
The venison, haggis and black pudding Scotch egg at Mac & Wild is served for a short time with a 'Haggis blood' filled syringe, for a side of ghoul.
Darth Vader cocktail at London Cocktail Club
Jägermeister has worked with London Cocktail Club to produced the Darth Vader cocktail, consisting of ice cold Jägermeister, apricot liqueur, lime and egg white.
£12, available at Shoreditch and Oxford Circus branches of London Cocktail Club.
Pumpkin bao buns at Mr Bao
This Peckham Bao restaurant has created miniature orange pumpkins, complete with green stalks, out of bao dough. The sweet treat is packed full of roasted pumpkin and raisins.
Mr Bao, Peckham. Available 31 October only.
Spooky cocktail at Bluebird Cafe, White City
Monkey 47, homemade pomegranate reduction and fernet branca all go into this limited edition cocktail, which releases smoke as it's served — make sure you've got Instagram ready.
Bluebird Cafe, White City. £12, available 24-31 October.