Spook yourself out this Halloween in London
If you happen to be around the English capital on October 31st, you’re in for a (trick or) treat. With a number of nightclubs pulling out all the stops for fancy dress spectaculars, museums stepping up their night time activities and even a Harry Potter themed spooktacular, there’s loads to do this Halloween in London – but better get booking fast.
While this is about as touristy as it gets, London Dungeon has remained a stalwart for those looking for something spooky to do in the English capital. Spanning over a thousand years of London’s creepiest facets of history including serial murderer Jack the Ripper and the cannibalistic pie maker Sweeney Todd, the attraction will take you for a wild ride with 19 different shows, terrifying actors ready to jump out at a moment’s notice and one of the spookiest (and campiest) things to do in London.
Museums at Night: Handel and Hendrix
While it’s well worth visiting Handel and Hendrix in the daytime, the former homes of musicians Handel and Jimi Hendrix will be transformed for a Halloween spectacular as part of Museums at Night. It’s not necessarily the creepiest experience on the list and is more of a classy shindig, with live musicians reviving the spirit of the residence, a pop up bar serving cocktails all night long and Halloween-themed arts and crafts.
Museums at Night: London Canal Museum
If you’re travelling with the family, the London Canal Museum’s MaN offering will be right up your alley. Step into the cultural site and be greeted by a witch, who will guide you round as she shares hair raising tales before leading you to Islington Tunnel. From there, you’ll jump onboard a narrowboat and explore the nearly mile long tunnel by water – and all in the dark.
Hogwarts After Dark
Potterheads, break out your wizard robes and wands – we’re heading to Hogwarts. Well, you’ll actually be heading out to Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour where they’ll be pulling out all the stops for a magical all hallows eve. They’ll be recreating Hogwarts on October 31st, with a spooky banquet set in the Great Hall (yes – you actually get to eat in the Great Hall so choose your house tables wisely) amidst tens of floating pumpkins. From there, you’ll have to find your way to dessert through the Forbidden Forest which will be teeming with magical creatures – as well as some sketchy death eaters. Have an Expelliarmus ready, just in case.
Image via Electric Brixton
Netflix fans, this one’s for you. There’s been a trend of orchestral renditions of popular shows, movies and hip hop groups with everything from Jurassic Park to Destiny’s Child’s greatest hits given the classical treatment, and this Halloween it’s Stranger Things‘ turn. Expect a night full of 80s debauchery filled with big hair, rainbow fairy lights and violins whining over iconic riffs from the likes of Toto, The Clash and Dolly Parton – all set in Electric Brixton‘s take on the Upside Down.
Crazy Circus Party at POP Brixton
Take a leaf out of American Horror Story’s book and creep yourself out at the circus. POP Brixton will be turned into an unsettling take on the family-friendly staple, with monsters taking to the floor as high priestesses and contortionists roam the nightclub. If you need to give your dancing feet a break, it’s worth heading to their dreamy greenhouse where you’ll be able to figure out your fortunes.
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As one of the newest kids on the block, Alcotraz has been fun date night fodder since it opened. The prison-themed cocktail bar will be pulling out all the stops this Halloween with an immersive experience, with a number of cocktails, a prison pack and more on offer as part of their package. You’ll play one of the convicted inmates as the Warden throws the abandoned penitentiary’s gates open to the public, though there’s something horribly wrong behind its bars…