If you're looking for something to do for Halloween in London — whether that's a family-friendly Halloween party, or a more grown-up event — you're in the right place.
Adult Halloween events and parties in London: Halloween 2019
HALLOWEEN FILMS: We've rounded up all the scary films being shown in London this Halloween — take a look at the list and get booking.
TALES FROM THE CHAMBER: Aimed at ages 15+, Madame Tussauds' pop-up Tales from the Chamber focuses on four real-life murders. The actor-led experience contains genuine artefacts from those deaths, as featured in the Chamber of Horrors which once stood where the waxwork museum now resides.19 October-3 November
DARK SPIRIT: Jägermeister teams up with local bar mini-chain Ladies & Gents to commandeer a boat named The Dark Spirit, and convey Halloween revellers along the capital's waterways after dark while enjoying Jägermeister cocktails. 23 October-3 November
HALLOWEEN DRAG DINNER: Tel Aviv restaurant Bala Baya presents Drag Me To Hell, an evening filled with deadly dishes, devilish cocktails and drag queen debauchery.It's the restaurant's first Halloween Drag Dinnerm with a seven course Israeli-inspired tasting menu served alongside a special performance from the phantasmagorical drag duo, Crystal Lubrikunt and E.Z. Street. 26 October
POP-UP PAINTING: Creative workshop Pop-Up Painting is a chance to put your own spin on a famous artwork, usually helped along by a drink or two. For Halloween, paint The Scream over Starry Night (29 October), another Halloween version of The Scream (31 October), or create your own Van Gogh-Munch mash-up (31 October).
SCIENCE MUSEUM LATES: The October edition of Science Museum's late night opening has a Halloween theme, looking at the science behind scary animals, ghosts and zombies. Learn about creepy crawlies with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, find out if you can save the world in the immersive Pandemic, or give yourself your very own wound at Blood Bruise and Ooze. 30 October
MURDER ON THE BARTS FLOOR: Speakeasy Barts turns into a ‘spookeasy’ for a murder mystery evening. Be transported back to 1920s Chicago to solve a tragic murder. Meet a series of suspicious suspects, and put your detective skills to the test - analysing everything from the scene and the characters, to their motives and alibis. 30 October
WICKED WITCH STORYTELLING: Head up to Queen of Hoxton's Emerald City rooftop for a wicked witch storytelling session. Award-winning blind storyteller Giles Abbott spins yarns from classic tales such as The Princess & The Swans to menstruating giantesses in Old Norse mythology, inside a rooftop wigwam. 30 October. The same venue also hosts a rooftop (witch) craft market on 2 November
CURSED VOYAGE: The Cursed Voyage of HMS Berners is a dining experience at Berners Tavern, held in collaboration with ocean conservation charity Project 0. Tuck into a three-course meal while being regaled by tales of the tragic trip by magical sea creatures, and other entertainment. Charity ambassadors Georgia May Jagger, Kim Jones, Jess Clarke and Rufus Taylor, plus Nick Grimshaw, Jaime Winstone and Hugo Heathcote are all on the line-up. 31 October
BUNGA'S FRIGHT NIGHT: Bunga Bunga Battersea hosts Bunga’s Fright Night. Don your spookiest attire, mingle with monsters and watch as the retro ‘raveyard’ comes to life. Give 80s horror karaoke your best try, before dancing with the devil until the small hours. 31 October
HALLOWEEN ON ICE: As Halloween coincides with the reopening of London's rooftop ice rink, organisers have lumped the two together for one heck of a party. Head to Tobacco Dock for Halloween on Ice, with costume prizes, ice performances, live DJs, drinks and street food — and excellent skyline views to boot. 31 October
NIGHT OF THE BAT: Meanwhile, at Bunga Bunga Covent Garden, celebrate the Night of the Bat with a four-course Italian meal, and entertainment including live music, variety acts and a flash mob. 31 October
THE UPSIDE DOWN: '80s club Maggie's marks Halloween with a celebration of TV show Stranger Things. Expect plenty of retro touches, themed cocktails, and all the '80s music you can handle. 31 October
BREXIT PARTY: Are we in? Are we out? Who knows? Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience toast the current political armageddon with a Halloween Brexit party that is set to end the world as we know it. A Boris lookalike DJs right through until the early hours. 31 October
MIRANDA PRESENTS: Miranda, the basement club at Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, celebrates its 5th birthday with a Halloween DJ line-up curated by New York nightclub legend Justin Strauss. It's less gimmicky than your usual Halloween party, and there's a secret guest DJ to be announced on the day. 31 October
HALLOWEEN AT KING'S CROSS: Halloween events needn't be expensive — King's Cross hosts a free, open-to-all Halloween party. Giant skeleton puppets, free face painting, dance performances, and LED skeleton drummers are all part of the fun — and there are prizes for the best skeleton costume. 31 October
HALLOWEEN COMEDY: Jitters is a new comedy show packed full of twisted tricks and terrifying treats, blending morbid magic with ghoulish giggles for a Halloween special. 31 October (8pm/10pm/midnight)
HALLOWEEN AT SWINGERS: Crazy golf club Swingers swaps fairways for fearways at Halloween parties across two days. Both the City and West End venues are decorated for the occasion, with partygoers invited to tee off and tackle the course, before tucking into pumpkin spiced punch and other food and drink. Fancy dress encouraged. 31 October- 1 November
KRAKEN SCREAMFEST: Kraken Rum teams up with Hollywood horror mastermind Neil Marshall for an immersive Halloween bar experience. Kraken Screamfest is keeping most details under wraps until the event itself, but expect a 45-minute participatory show, cocktails, and plenty of scares. 31 October-1 November
HALLOWEEN WEEKENDER: Major celebrations kick off at The Prince, Pergola Olympia, Pergola Paddington and Lost In Brixton, with a Halloween Weekender at all four venues. Dress up for an evening of drinks and live DJs, with a special toffee apple sour cocktail available all weekend, and food traders at each venue serving up their dishes with a Halloween twist. Fancy dress is encouraged all weekend and compulsory on Saturday night. 31 October-2 November
GOTHIC OPERA: New performance company Gothic Opera hosts performances in Stoke Newington and Peckham over Halloween. See an atmospheric production of Der Vampyr by Heinrich Marschner, sung in German with English subtitles. 31 October-3 November
TWISTED CIRCUS HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL: Twisted Circus brings its Halloween Festival tour to Clapham Grand for one night only. We're promised a look at the dark side of circus, through death-defying acts, crazy characters and a heart pumping soundtrack. 1 November
HALLOWEEN MASSAOKE: Boxpark Wembley hosts a huge mass sing-along event, celebrating the music of 'Dead Icons'. Join in with renditions of tunes by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston and Kurt Cobain, as well as horror and Halloween-themed tracks. 1 November
HALLOWEEN AT SKYBAR: Tucked away on the 28th floor of Millbank Tower, Skybar hosts a zombie escape themed Halloween party. Begin with antidote shots from doctors in Hazmat Suits to cure you from the outbreak, then enjoy live DJ sets from Artful Dodger Damian Brown. 1 November
FORBIDDEN FOREST: Perception bar, inside Leicester Square's W London Hotel, hosts a Forbidden Forest Halloween party on two consecutive nights. Expect freak encounters, dangerous disturbances... and plenty of champagne, as the event is hosted in collaboration with Veuve Clicquot. 1-2 November
CAFE DE PARIS: Leicester Square cabaret club Cafe de Paris hosts a haunted house party on Friday and Saturday. Expect terrifying performances from circus and dance performers, with DJ sets until 3am. 1-2 November
TROPICANA BEACH CLUB: Covent Garden's Tropicana Beach Club sees darkness fall across the island of Tropicana, with Pirate Ghouls taking over the place. Dance the night away with resident DJs playing RnB, Dance, Club Classics & House Anthems with a deadly tropical twist. 1-2 November
HIGHWAY TO HELL: Club de Fromage is back for a second Halloween outing, and this time it's on a Highway to Hell. Dance the night away to a soundtrack of Halloween tunes, plus rock and pop from the last 50 years, while wearing your most terrifying outfit. 2 November
HALLOWEEN/DAY OF THE DEAD BRUNCH: Halloween meets Day of the Dead at this special brunch event, which takes the guise of a safety spot away from a global disease outbreak. The brunch begins at 1pm, with an afterparty from 4pm. 2 November
Things to do with children in London for Halloween 2019
Take a look at our October half term guide for other family-friendly events in London over Halloween week.
PUMPKIN PICKING: Embrace all things autumnal and take the kids to one of these farms or pumpkin patches near London where they can pick their own. Some have play areas, tractor rides and other fun activities too — and one will even let you carve your pumpkins there, to save you making a mess on the kitchen table at home. Don't forget your wellies!
PUMPKIN QUIZ TRAIL: Take the kids along to Battersea Park Zoo and buy a quiz sheet (£1.50) at the entrance to take part in the pumpkin trail quiz. Use the clues to find the Halloween animals, with prizes available. There's also Boo at the Zoo (26 October), a day of Halloween crafts, face painting and stories. 19-27 October
GRIM KEEPERS: ZSL London Zoo has a variety of Halloween events going on throughout October half term. Take part in creepy crafts including bat mask making, take a selfie at the Zoo's pumpkin patch, or brave a grim keeper tour, and find out what happens when nature gets gruesome. 19-27 October
ASCARIUM: Sealife London aquarium gets a spooky makeover for half term. Step into the Ascarium, where kids can follow a spooky trail, and receive a trick or treat at the end. Among terrifying teeth and creepy tentacles, look out for letters to crack the Halloween code. 19 October-3 November
HALLOWEEN FAIR: Horniman Museum hosts its annual Halloween fair, with storytelling, arts and crafts stalls, spooky food and drink, and excellent views over London to boot. Meet creepy crawlies, follow the Halloween trail, and watch performances of The Pied Piper. 26-27 October