London Month Of The Dead Is Back - With A Spine-Chilling Array Of Events

London Month Of The Dead Is Back - With A Spine-Chilling Array Of Events

Warning: article contains an image of a dissection.

An ossuary decorated with skulls
Cat Irving, Human Remains Conservator for Surgeons' Hall, does a talk on the ossuaries of Europe.

Do you feel that chill in the air?

Maybe it's because you're holding off turning on the radiator this autumn, or just maybe it's because London Month of the Dead is back.

Various colourful taxidermied butterflies
Butterfly taxidermy in a cemetery? Sounds like Month of the Dead to me.

The ghoulishly good festival of death and the arts creeps into town for the entirety of October, putting a cerebral spin on things that go bump in the night β€” with fascinating talks on the macabre, torchlit cemetery walks, and screenings of classic horror movies with live piano accompaniment.

Etching of a woman in a round, neoclassical chapel
The atmospheric Victorian Brompton Cemetery Chapel hosts a number of events.

No longer a little-known festival, Month of the Dead events are selling out fast β€” a glimpse at the website suggests around a third have already gone. Still, there's a casket-load of happenings you can still book, including:

Young victorian medical students in jackets and waistcoats dissect a corpse
There's a talk on Joseph Constantine Carpue, an eccentric anatomist who crucified the corpse of a Chelsea pensioner.

That's just the tip of the tombstone β€” there's oodles more going on, but as we say, events are vanishing faster than a shy ghost.

London Month of the Dead takes place across London 1-31 October.

Last Updated 21 September 2022