Halloween 2018: Parties, Events And Things To Do In London

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Halloween 2018: Parties, Events And Things To Do In London

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. If it's Halloween food and drink you're after, these are the special menus available in London this year — oh, and here's your need to know about Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

Halloween in London 2018 parties and events

Adult Halloween events and parties in London 2018

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.

SCREAMFEST: Along with the usual Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd and Black Plague nightmares, London Dungeon is adding a few more goodies to its horror repertoire this Halloween. We're promised a new Jack the Ripper show, a seance and more. Included in London Dungeon admission, book ahead, 1-31 October

DRINK, SHOP & DO: The King's Cross cafe/bar/craft party venue has Halloween events for adults going on throughout October including a Thriller dance class, spooky pom pom making and sparkly pumpkin carving. Various dates and prices, check calendar for details.

ROOFTOP PARTY: New rooftop bar Savage Garden hosts a Twisted Circus themed party 12 floors up near the Tower of London. Themed, Instagrammable cocktails are available from the bar, with a live DJ playing disco, hip hop, RnB gems and classic house tunes. From £20 (which includes a Halloween cocktail), book ahead, 26 October

FEST CAMDEN: The Massaoke Band hosts a sing-along set of petrifying pop and haunting hits at FEST Camden, followed by FEST's club night where costumes are very much encouraged. £10 advance/£12 on the door, 26 October

TEEN HORROR FILM MARATHON: Legendary Leicester Square cinema Prince Charles hosts a Teen Horror Pyjama Party. Age 18+. Settle in for 11 hours of horror films dating between 1996 and 2000, including Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Final Destination. £20, book ahead, 26 October

JOHN CARPENTER FILMS: Watch six films directed by John Carpenter in one mammoth screening at Prince Charles Cinema. Escape From New York, The Fog and The Thing are among the frightening flicks on the programme. Age 18+. £20, book ahead, 26 October

LIVE SCORE: Nomad Cinema is pitching up at LSO St Luke's (Old Street) for a screening of 1920 German silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, accompanied by a live musical score. £15, book ahead, 26 October

VICTORIAN SEANCE: Head to the Old Operating Theatre Museum in London Bridge to learn about the history of Victorian seances, including the cultural trends and psychology behind them, and why we're still fascinated with them today. £12, book ahead, 26 October

Take part in a seance at the Old Operating Theatre Museum in London for Halloween 2018
Learn about Victorian séances at The Old Operating Theatre Museum

HALLOWEEN AT SKYLIGHT: The party venue at Tobacco Dock hosts a Halloween party (although it's mainly inside rather than on the rooftop), with special guest DJs, and a costume parade (costumes are optional... but why wouldn't you?). Age 18+. £15-£25, book ahead, 26 and 27 October

DRAWING GROUP: Join London Drawing Group for a Witches, Monsters and Beasties themed day at The National Gallery and learn about the history of monsters in Western painting. £27.84, book ahead, 26/27/28 October

HOUSE OF HORRORS: Bunga Bunga in Battersea transforms into a house of horrors for the weekend, with clouds of dry ice, bubbling cocktails and black pizzas, plus a themed brunch and a UV party. 26-28 October

A BLOODY LONG WEEK: It’s a Bloody Long Week at Maggie’s this Halloween. The 80s-inspired club puts on a mega mashup of all the best 80s horror films. Spooky films and programmes such as American Werewolf in London, Gremlins, Stranger Things will be put on the screens behind the bar, to be enjoyed alongside killer cocktails and spooky 80s songs. Entry £10-£20, 26-31 October

HAUNTED APARTMENT: Barts speakeasy becomes a 'spookeasy' as the venue transforms into a haunted apartment with a live band and some spooky surprises. Wear your own fancy dress, or have a root around the dressing up box when you arrive. Free entry, 26 October-3 November

HALLOWEEN HOUNDS: The regular doggy brunch at M Victoria Street has a Halloween twist this month. As well as a cook-for-your-dog masterclass (because a tin of Chappie doesn't cut it anymore), activities include a doggy pumpkin hunt and a doggy costumer competition. £15-£35, book ahead, 27 October. Sister venue M Threadneedle Street hosts a human Halloween party later that same day, with performers, DJs, Humanimals (humans dressed as animals) and more. £20/£10 (includes cocktail on arrival), book ahead, 27 October

Halloween doggy brunch at M Threadneedle Street: things to do in London Halloween 2018
Halloween doggy brunch at M Victoria Street

BUFFY HALLOWEEN: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the theme of Halloween at The Book Club in Shoreditch. Take part in a themed drawing session with Art Macabre, and then settle down and watch iconic episodes of the show. £5, book ahead, 27 October

ROCKY HORROR: Enter a charmingly warped reality at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen to celebrate cult comedy horror classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Dr. Frank-N- Furter opens his steamy castle doors for special themed cocktails, outrageous DJs playing cult classics like The Time Warp and Sweet Transvestite and house and disco classics. £5-£8, book ahead, 27 October

TOWER OF TERROR: A tower of terror is opening for one night only in Millbank Tower, with room for 500 'victims'. Head to the 28th floor of the tower for views across London, with DJs, themed food and drink, performances and more. From £10, book ahead, 27 October

HIGH BARNET HALLOWEEN WALK: A ghostly tour through High Barnet and Monken Hadley, apparently the second most haunted village in England. Prizes every night for spookiest costumes. Meet at High Barnet tube station. £9/£4, book ahead, 27-31 October

MOONWALKING DEAD: Club de Fromage, London's cheesiest night out, is hosting two Halloween nights this year, one Moonwalking Dead themed and the other a Highway to Hell homage. Both will have plenty of pop and indie disco music, themed cocktails, spooky decorations and costume competitions. £11.80, book ahead 27 October and 3 November

AMERICAN HALLOWEEN PARTY: Let's face it, the Americans do Halloween the best, so if you can't beat them, join them. A group of Texas graduates living in London have put this party together at The Bolton in Earl's Court. Start thinking about your costume now, because half-arseing it just won't cut it here. £10-£15, book ahead, 27 October

THE MANSION HALLOWEEN BALL: Taking place at a secret location in NW, The Mansion's Halloween party is set on the streets of New Orleans, home of all things voodoo. Many of the details are being kept under wraps, but expect three dancefloors, live DJs, fireshows, cage dancers, and hypnotists mingling among the guests. £30-£36, book ahead, 27 October

THRILLER NIGHT: Head to Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes for I Love The 80s Vs I Love The 90s' Thriller Halloween Party and dance the night away to retro and scary tunes. £5-£7, book ahead, 27 October

CANDLELIGHT CLUB: Live music, cabaret and variety shows are just some of the entertainment on offer at The Candlelight Club's Jazz Age themed Halloween Ball, taking place in a secret vintage location. From £30, book ahead, 27 October

SPOOKY SWING DANCE: Tube station themed bar Cahoots hosts a spooky swing dance night. 1940s is the theme of the night, so don your best costume, then take part in 1940s-style dance lessons, before the evening descends into a bit of a knees-up. £20/£10, book ahead, 28 October

I SCREAMED A SCREAM: A host of West End performers, including Carrie Hope Fletcher, Craig Mather and Emma Kingston, put on a special show for Halloween, performing West End and pop songs with a spooky twist. From £26.65, book ahead, 28 October

SEANCE: Viktor Wynd's Museum of Curiosities is an odd place — ideal for holding a seance, some might say. The evening is a reconstruction of a Victorian seance, by "theologist turned illusionist" Philipp Oberlohr. £20, book ahead, 29 October

NEON NAKED LIFE DRAWING: A life drawing class using neon reactive arts materials to draw colourful life models gets a Halloween twist, with a radioactive fluoro zombie theme. Art supplies are provided at this Queen of Hoxton event. £12, book ahead, 29 October

SEANCES AND OTHER SPIRITS: Head to the Viaduct Tavern to take part in a seance in a famously haunted cellar, followed by a G&T to recover your own spirits. £15, book ahead, 29 October-1 November

HALLOWEEN GLEE CLUB: Calling all singers! Warm up those vocal chords and get along to Queen of Hoxton for an acapella sing song of Halloween songs. Free, book ahead, 30 October

NIGHTMARE AT BLAKES: Fancy dress very much encouraged at this spooky evening at Blake's Hotel. Begin with dinner from the a la carte menu — with a few spooky surprises thrown in — before heading downstairs to dance the evening away to Halloween music, with themed cocktails to power you through. Booking required, 31 October

HALLOWEEN BALL: 'Lust and disgust' is the theme of The Last Tuesday Society's Halloween Ball, held at The Scala in King's Cross. With live bands, opera singers, life drawing and a chocolate fountain, among other entertainment, it sounds like an eclectic evening. £25-£35, book ahead, 31 October

Halloween in London 2018 parties and events

MEMBERS' LATE: If you've not yet signed up for British Museum membership, here's the reason you've been waiting for. Its first ever members' late event takes place on Halloween, looking into Halloween's Celtic ancestor, Samhain. Entertainment includes Celtic music, turnip carving, fortune telling, and a biscuit workshop with Tom Gilliford from The Great British Bake Off. £29 (members only), book ahead, 31 October

PAINT THE SCREAM: Pop-up Painting's Halloween event takes a terrifying turn — have a go at recreating Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream, aided by a drink or two and expert guidance, at The Castle in Farringdon. £27.99, book ahead, 31 October

GOATWARTS: If you can excuse the terrible pun, this actually sounds like a pretty good night. Goat in Chelsea is opening the doors of a wizarding school and hosting a Harry Potter-inspired party. Expect potions class, a wizarding duel and learn all about care of magical creatures. £40, book ahead, 31 October

PEDAL POWERED CINEMA: Watch a screening of zombie film 28 Days Later... that you're powering yourself. Twelve static bikes will be set up close to the screen where members of the audience can use pedal power to keep it going (deckchairs also available). £12, book ahead, 31 October

KEATS' BIRTHDAY: Head to Keats' House to take part in activities inspired by Mary Shelley’s 'Frankenstein', at a special late-night opening of the museum on John Keats’s birthday. Listen to readings from the novel (as part of the international ‘Frankenreads’events programme), join a Gothic tour, and have a go at using ink and quill pens to begin your own masterpiece. £15, book ahead, 31 October

MR FOGG'S: There's a trio of terrifying events at Mr Fogg's venues this Halloween. Mr Fogg's House of Botanicals focuses on poisonous plants in your cocktails, while Mr Fogg's Gin Parlour becomes a laboratory for a mad scientist, and the Tavern hosts a ghastly knees-up. All 31 October

BLOODY BUNGA MASKED BALL:Bunga Bunga Covent Garden channels its Venetian roots for The Bloody Bunga Masked Ball. Pass through the haunted meat locker to  a masked ball full of frightful variety acts and a six-course Italian feast, fit for a ghoul. £38 including three-course meal, book ahead, 31 October

SANDERSON HOTEL: Black and yellow is the theme of the Sanderson Hotel's spooktacular soiree. Receive a free Veuve Clicquot cocktail on arrival, then spend the evening dancing to live DJ sets. £20, book ahead, 31 October

SECRET SEANCE CLEOPATRA RESURRECTION: Secret Seance Society is a brand new London event, and its first happening is this Halloween special in Dalston, set in Ancient Egypt and calling the spirit of Queen Cleopatra through music, performance, drag and more. We'll just say this: You'll be required to sign a "death and haunting waiver" to attend... £10-£15, book ahead, 1 November

Things to do with children for Halloween in London 2018

Take a look at our October half term guide for other family-friendly events in London this week.

Kids sleepover at Museum of London Docklands for Halloween 2018
Spend the night at Museum of London Docklands

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!

GRUESOME NATURE LIVE!: Learn some frightful facts about grisly creatures at this interactive musical show at London Zoo, coming to the capital after a successful run at Camp Bestival. Included in zoo admission ticket (booking recommended), 20-28 October

ASCARIUM AT THE AQUARIUM: A Sea Witch is on the loose at the London Aquarium this Halloween, which has rebranded itself the Ascarium for the duration. Kids can get involved in helping the witch find the magical ingredients for her spell as they move around the aquarium. Included in admission, booking recommended, 20-31 October

GHOST TRAIN: Board the usually sedate Epping-Ongar Railway for a spooky day out. The trains will be specially decorated, with entertainment in the form of a magician, silent disco and a ghost hunt — and a bar for adults. £10-£15, book ahead, 26-28 October

HALLOWEEN SLEEPOVER: 7-11 year olds and their families are invited to spend the night in Museum of London Docklands's Night Owls Halloween Sleepover. There are spooky crimes to solve, and stories of terrifying crimes in Victorian London. £60, book ahead, 26 October

HALLOWEEN AT ELEPHANT: Storytelling, creepy crawlies, face painting, pumpkin carving and cookie baking are all part of the fun at Elephant Park in Elephant & Castle. Free, booking required for some events, 26 October

KIDS' PARTY: Burgh House and Hampstead Museum host a party for young Londoners (8 and under), with spooky storytelling and creepy craft activities. There's also a costume competition, so get thinking about your outfit. £10, book ahead, 26 October

Family-friendly rave Big Fish Little Fish's London Halloween party
Big Fish Little Fish's family rave comes to town

HALLOWEEN FAIR: Horniman Museum's excellent Halloween fair sets up shop in the museum gardens again, with food and craft stalls, storytelling performances, a parade, craft workshops, a chance to meet some creepy crawlies, and more — all with excellent views over the London skyline. Free entry (charge for some activities), just turn up, 27-28 October

FACE PAINTING AND STORYTELLING: Take the kids along to Waterstones Piccadilly, where they can get their faces painted for free, and listen to spooky stories such as Room on the Broom and Meg & Mog. Free, book ahead for storytelling, 27 October

FAMILY RAVE: Family party whizzes Big Fish Little Fish bring their unique brand of fun to Hangar in London Fields. Think dance floor with bubbles, balloons and confetti cannons — sounds more fun than a lot of adult parties we've been to. £10/£7, book ahead, 28 October

PUMPKIN CARVING: Here's a freebie for any parents feeling the strain at the end of half term. Ramsey Flowers in Canonbury offers the chance to carve a pumpkin, make compost or do some gardening. Sounds messy, but it's free, and environmentally friendly. Free, book ahead, 28 October

Things to do in London, Halloween 2018. ZSL London Zoo
Things get musical at ZSL London Zoo. Image: ZSL

Last Updated 23 October 2018