Hallowe'en, All Hallows' Eve, All Saints' Day - whatever you want to call it - it's just around the corner
Here's our guide to some of our fave events in and around London...
Hallowe’en falls on a Tuesday this year but there’s plenty of things to do before and after All Hallows’ Eve, so don’t let that stop you from celebrating all things ghostly and ghoulish!
If you haven’t already, why not visit one of London’s top attractions on All Hallows’ Eve…take a journey through 1000 years of London’s dark history from the infamous Jack the Ripper to Guy Fawkes. Rehoused on the South Bank, the London Dungeon is bigger and better than ever with full-on 360 degree sets, interactive shows, live actors (including the legend that is Brian Blessed as King Henry VIII no less) and 2 underground rides – the London Dungeon was made for Hallowe’en! Visit the Torturer – a mean son-of-a-bitch in his chamber and learn his evil tricks of the trade, walk the smog filled streets of Whitechapel and stumble across Jack’s latest victim and try the long-drop (no, it’s not a toilet) it involves an executioner and a noose…and new for this year take a ride on The Death Express – all followed by a swift stiffner in the Dungeon Tavern!
Dark Arts at Warner Bros Studio: The Making of Harry Potter
Fans of the Bespectacled-One should head to Warner Bros throughout October for the cinematic secrets behind such marvels as film snot, blood and drool and the Death Eater duels. The Great Hall will be decked out with 100+ floating pumpkins as seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Grab a wand and try to kick the arse of a Death Eater storming the Hogwarts Bridge.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London | Studio Tour Drive | Leavesden | WD25 7LR
Train: London Euston to Watford Junction, Shuttle Bus from Watford Junction to Warner Bros. Studio Tour every 20 mins (return ticket £2.50)
Tickets from £37
Sun Oct 1st-Sun Nov 12th
Thorpe Park Fright Nights
OK – this is a good one, throughout October, Surrey’s Thorpe Park has a load of events to scare the shit out of even the hardest souls.
The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare – put your wits to the test as you and your fellow survivors are at the mercy of evil Negan. Decide your collective fate in this awesome game or try The Walking Dead: Sanctum – just when you thought you’d found sanctuary - you realise things aren’t quite what they seem and you have to battle your way through the compound to safety avoiding the Walkers and the arse-holes trying to re-capture you.
Platform 15 involves a scary trek along a forgotten railway line to retrace the journey of the Sleepers – passengers of the ill-fated Sleeper Express, can you survive or does the line end for you at Platform 15….
Saw Alive Horror Maze – Billy’s Back and he’s coming for you in this live action horror maze!
The Big Top – sounds pretty safe right? WRONG – the Figaro Bros return with their own take on a carnival – ‘crazed’ and ‘debauchery’ are key words with this one.
Containment – escape rooms are big thing now – you and your mates are locked inside four ‘haunt rooms’ and you’ve got to get out – you’ve not tried an escape room like this before…
If CSI is more your bag try catching a killer at The Natural History Museum. You and your fellow Horatio Caine wannabes get to explore the museum after dark and use your best detective skills and forensic science to crack the case from parasites in the body to blood spatters (any Dexter fans?) prepare to get your hands dirty.
A whole month of horror films with a new flick each night from old classics such as the 1958 Dracula starring the Count Dracula – Christopher Lee (Sun 15th @ 8.45pm) and of course, Halloween (Fri 27th @ 2.15pm, Sun 29th @ 1pm & 8.45pm, Mon 30th @ 9pm, Tues 31st @ 9.15pm, Wed 1st @ 8.45pm and Thurs 2nd @ 6pm) to a full night of modern horrors which include Kill List, You’re Next, The Cabin in the Woods, It Follows, The Babadook and Get Out all on Sat 21st Oct @ 9pm.
Prince Charles Cinema | 7, Leicester Place, WC2H 7BY
Tickets from £8.50 (£20 for the all-nighters)
Times vary throughout October
Screening of Psycho at The View from the Shard
Treat yourself to one of the best horror films at one of the most stunning locations in London. Watch Hitchcock’s classic Pyscho from the 72nd floor surrounded by the cityscape of London at night. Grey Goose Espresso Martini and Macaron in hand be prepared to be scared silly by the goings-on at the Bates Motel.
The View from the Shard | 72 Joiner Street | SE1 9QU
Tues 31st October 8pm-11.30pm
Rivoli Pop Up Cinema
The Rivoli Ballroom has teamed up with Crofton Park Pictures for 4 nights of horror classics in the lead up to Hallowee’en – A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Shining, Poltergeist and The Exorcist all screened in the stunning 1950’s opulent space. There will be 2 bars, hot dogs and ice cream for refreshment too!
A Nightmare on Elm Street Tues 24th October 8pm-11pm
Tickets from £12
The Shining Wed 25th October 8pm-11pm
Tickets from £13
Poltergeist Thurs 26th October 8pm-11pm
Tickets from £12
The Exorcist Fri 27th October 8pm-11pm
Tickets from £12
Zombies Ate My Dance Floor – Club de Fromage & Burn Down the Disco
Club de Fromage, London’s top spot for dressing up and getting down, comes in to its own on Sat 28th. This year Fromage will be celebrating the un-dead, those dark eyed, grave shufflers who wander the earth with no purpose, we’re talking zombies. Not just any zombies though, lovely, glittery, disco ball loving, dancing zombies. Before the club even starts you can get in the mood with the Club De Fromage Film Club and spook it up with a screening of the king of all 80s vampire movies The Lost Boys. The pre-bar will then open from 9pm and then in this two room extravaganza, Club de Fromage will be dropping pop scary enough to make you change your undies, such as Monster Mash, Thriller, Ghostbusters etc. While in room 2 Burn Down The Disco will be killing it with terrifyingly good indie and rock n roll such as: Zombie, Sympathy for the Devil and tunes by Travis (only joking, we don’t want to really scare anyone).
O2 Academy Islington | 16 Parkfield St | Islington | N1
Tickets from £12
Film doors 7pm
Hollywood Forever Halloween
Egg London once again bring us their homage to ‘Hollywood Forever’ the last resting place of many of Tinsel Town’s stars – dress to impress as your fave dead Hollywood star and dance the night away to the likes of Christian Smith, Drunken Kong, Matt Sassari, Spen & Karizma ‘til dawn.
Prepare yourself for this special fright night inside the abandoned circus. Dance the night away amongst caged fire breathers and sword swallowers, trapeze acts up high and freakish side shows. Dressing up is a must – think snake charmers, clowns and Ring Masters with a touch of the macabre.
The Grand Hall St Pancras | Judd Street | WC1H 9JE
Tickets from £35
Sat 28th October
Día De Los Muertos Death Day Party
So you've heard of the famous Mexican carnival, well the Queen of Hoxton and Just Juice have joined forces to bring their very own Día De Los Muertos! With DJs Murlo and Slimzee with the usual macabre decor you would expect.