Halloween 2021: Parties, Events And Things To Do In London

Laura Reynolds
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Halloween 2021: Parties, Events And Things To Do In London
Lost Boys Pizza is the ideal Halloween venue

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 2021

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.

THRILLER NIGHT: Halloween starts early on the M.V Jewel of London, with a Michael Jackson Thriller themed boat party. Dress as the singer or don another Halloween costume, and enjoy a night of performances by Jackson tribute artist David Boakes. 16 October

Get dressed up for Zombie Glitterfest

THE DARKNESS BETWEEN US: Theatre company Uncanny Collective take over Asylum Chapel in Peckham for a horror play based on their podcast, The Darkness Between Us. Expect the unexpected as things take a horrifying twist. 24/31 October

TRAPPED IN WONDERLAND: Think Alice in Wonderland, but really, really dark. That's the vibe at Clapham Grand's Trapped in Wonderland event, an immersive party hosted by the Mad Hatter under the instruction of Evil Alice, complete with blood-covered tea party, haunted acts and performers, and live DJs. 29 October

ZOMBIE GLITTERFEST: Zombies are the overarching theme at this costume-mandatory Halloween party, taking place at a secret central London location. Don your best costume and enjoy an evening of circus performers, confetti cannons, and live DJs playing RnB, hip hop and more.  29-30 October

WUNDERBAR HALLOWEEN: Pergola Paddington puts a Halloween twist on its Oktoberfest celebrations, transforming its Bavarian beer hall into a Transylvanian castle. Spooky it may be, but Lederhosen is still very much encouraged at the rooftop venue — and no doubt the beer will be flowing too. 29-31 October

The Zombie Wedding at Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch

ZOMBIE WEDDING: 'Blood bath ball pits' are promised at Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch's Zombie Wedding weekender. What that roughly translate as is an adults-only, cocktail-fuelled party in a ball pit, with Halloween costumes thrown in for good measure. 29-31 October

PIZZA PARTY: Vampire-themed Camden restaurant Lost Boys Pizza is the ideal location for a Halloween shindig, and they're making the most of it with four Halloween costume balls over Halloween weekend. Dig out your scariest costume for a chance to win a prize, and enjoy an evening of cocktails, shots, and of course, pizza.  29-31 October

GOTHIC OPERA: The UK premiere of La Nonne Sanglante (The Bloody Nun) is performed by Gothic Opera at Hoxton Hall. Since its creation in 1854, the opera has only been performed in France and Germany, telling the story of ghosts, a family feud and mistaken identity. 29 October-3 November

Don your best costume for a Halloween brunch party and all day rave.

HALLOWEEN BRUNCH: House and garage music is the soundtrack to this Halloween brunch party at a secret central London location. A two-course meal, drinks (including an hour of bottomless rum punch) and games are included in the ticket, which provides entry to the all-day rave event. 30 October

SCAVENGER HUNT: The regular BucketRace scavenger hunt around central London has a Halloween twist, with an additional spooky task and potion challenge thrown into the regular mix. Race against other teams to complete and record challenges over a three-hour period, such as finding a dragon in Camden, or arriving at Big Ben as the clock strikes two. 30 October

TWISTED CIRCUS: Always an impressive night out, Twisted Circus takes over Indigo at The O2 for its Halloween festival. Weird and wonderful acts showcase the dark side of circus, with scare actors, oversized props, an adult ballpit and confetti showers thrown into the mix. Costume required for entry. 30 October

DARK AND TWISTED CIRCUS: Not to be outdone by the above, circus-themed The Aeronaut in in Acton throws its own Dark and Twisted Circus party.  Expect acrobats, as well as silks, hula and fire performers, fairground games, a photo booth and live DJs. 30 October

The Old Brewery in Greenwich hosts a Halloween quiz

HALLOWEEN CABARET: Head to The Courtesan, a Dim Sum restaurant and cocktail bar in Brixton, for a Halloween cabaret and burlesque show. Enjoy a Dim Sum dinner as performers including Bettsie Bon Bon and Ruby Deshibille strut their stuff in front of you. 30 October

HALLOWEEN QUIZ: Swot up on your spooky trivia for the Halloween Quiz at The Old Brewery in Greenwich. Gather your brightest friends, don your best costume and compete against other teams in the scary-themed quiz. 31 October

Try Neon Naked Death Drawing in Dalston

NEON NAKED DRAWING: Dalston's The Jago hosts Neon Naked Death Drawing, a Halloween twist on the usual life drawing. Take part in some warm up drawing exercises before putting (neon) paint to paper to recreate the image of the naked, neon-covered models (who, despite the event title, are still very much alive) in front of you. Buy the double ticket to stay for the Halloween party at the venue after the class. 31 October

BATTERSEA POLTERGEIST: Following the success of BBC Radio 4 serialised documentary The Battersea Poltergeist, a live version of the show comes to Clapham Grand. Hear the true story of the Hitchings family, which took place in south London in 1956, and meet the writer of the show, Danny Robins. 31 October

Docks After Dark at Museum of London Docklands

DOCKS AFTER DARK: Museum of London Docklands keeps the Halloween spirit alive well into November, with its Docks After Dark tours. Wander through the museum after closing time, lit by a lantern, and hear terrifying tales of the East End as you visit some of the 200-year old building's most haunted spots. Age 16+. 5-26 November

MONTH OF THE DEAD: If the above isn't enough death for you, check out the London Month of the Dead programme. The events all focus on matters of death and the afterlife, including talks, workshops and tours. Halloween itself sees a talk about sin-eaters, someone employed by a bereaved person's family to take on the sins of the dead. Throughout October

Things to do with children in London for Halloween 2021

Battersea Park Zoo hosts a pumpkin quiz

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: Take the kids to Battersea Park Zoo during October half term, and keep them entertained with the pumpkin quiz. Keep an eye out for pumpkins in the animal enclosures, and put together the clues to win a prize. 23-31 October

MISSION INVERTEBRATE: Royal Parks are using Halloween as a hook to get kids interested in nature. Head to Brompton Cemetery for the Mission: Invertebrate Roadshow, and take part in spooky storytelling, creepy crafts and bug hunting activities — all completely free. 25-29 October

Try your hand at pumpkin carving

BROOMSTICK WORKSHOP: Chelsea Physic Garden offers kids a chance to fashion their own broomstick, using materials found in the garden. Learn about broomsticks from around the world, and finish the afternoon with a broomstick ride around the garden, finding out about some of the plants as you go. 26 October. The garden also hosts Halloween Spooky Tours. 24-31 October

DISNEY VILLAIN BALL: One for teenagers who are too old for trick or treating, but not old enough for adult events, Clapham Grand hosts a Disney Villain Ball. See drag performers take on the role of Disney villains including Ursula, Cruella and Scar... it's Disney, but not as you know it. Age 14+, but under 18s must be accompanied by an adult age 21+. 28 October

PUMPKIN CARVING: Head over to Gunnersbury Park Museum to have a go at pumpkin carving. The events is open to children aged 4+ and their adults, and pumpkins are included in the ticket price, as well as guidance from experts. 29 October

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