The spooktacular time of year is fast approaching and 31st October falls on a Tuesday in 2017. As always, there are loads of Halloween themed events in London this year for both kids and adults. We’ve rounded up our favourites here. Have a memorable Halloween everyone!
1. The Addams Family in Concert with live score
Where: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 (nearest tube South Kensington)
When: Thursday October 26th, 7pm
What could be creepier (and kookier) than seeing the wonderful 1991 comedy The Addams Family on the big screen? Come to a very special world premiere screening at the Royal Albert Hall accompanied by a live orchestra playing Marc Shaiman’s imaginative score, as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film.
The all-star cast features Angelica Huston as Morticia, Raúl Juliá as the devilish Gomez, Christina Ricci as dour daughter Wednesday, and the wonderful Christopher Lloyd as jolly Uncle Fester
Go in your best fancy dress and get those fingers clicking! Find out more here.
2. The Addams Family and Halloween party
Where: Electric Cinema, Portobello Road, W11 (nearest tube Notting Hill Gate)
When: Saturday 28th October, 9.30am
Join the Electric Cinema’s Electric Scream Kids’ Club for a special screening of the Addams Family and Halloween party. Get dressed up and enter the scariest costume competition, get involved in mummy madness games and enjoy the Haunted House orchestra before the film begins.
Book by calling the Box Office on 020 7908 9696
3. Newburgh Quarter of Curiosity pop-up
Where: Newburgh Quarter, Carnaby Street, W1F (nearest Tube Oxford Circus)
When: Tuesday 17th to Tuesday 31st October
This year Carnaby Street is getting its spook on as Newburgh Quarter hosts ‘The Quarter of Curiosity’, a two week celebration of all things creepy.
Attractions include incredible Halloween installations appearing throughout the Newburgh Quarter as well as free workshops and master classes at the Quarter of Curiosity pop-up shop at 2 Newburgh Street. Activities include Halloween Headdress making, potion cocktail making, pumpkin planters and a Halloween makeup masterclass.
4. Boo at the Zoo
Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regents Park NW1 (nearest tube Baker St, Camden Town or Regents Park)
When: 21st to 31st October (every day 11am-3.30pm)
London Zoo’s popular Boo at the Zoo returns for 2017 so get the kids ready for a host of Halloween happenings during half term.
Enjoy a spook-tacular range of Halloween -themed activities, animal demonstrations and hands-on crafts. You can enrol the kids into Ghoul School, where they can dress up as their favourite Halloween character and try their hand at mummy wrapping, before showing off their devilish moves at the Pumpkin Party. Or you can head to the every creepy Bat Cave to make mysterious masks or carve out creepy pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch.
Brave souls can join the Spooky Story tellers, or get to grips with gruesome artefacts in the Grimm Curiosity Shop.
5. Museums at Night Festival
Where: various central London locations
When: 26th -28th October 2017
This October, several London museums and galleries will be throwing open their doors after dark for a three day festival of spooky culture. With late night exhibitions, Halloween themed events, workshops and torch lit tours, this is a wonderful opportunity to visit some of the capital’s most fascinating buildings and see them in a new (darker) light.
Our favourite spooky events include Dickens after Dark, a Halloween special at the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury, Halloween Friday Late at the Handel and Hendrix house in Mayfair and Craven Street Bones at Benjamin Franklin House in Charing Cross.
6. Fortnum & Mason pumpkin carving classes
Where: Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly (nearest tube Piccadilly Circus, Green Park)
When: Wednesday October 25th until Friday October 27th
Come along to Fortnum & Mason’s annual Halloween Pumpkin Carving Classes to take your pumpkin carving to a whole new level! There are sessions for both children and adults, where you’ll be taught how to imaginatively carve pumpkins and create one-of-a-kind lanterns.
There’s also a prize for the best pumpkin at each class.
Tickets are £20 each for children, and £25 each for adults.
7. Night Owls Halloween Sleepover
Where: Museum of London, Docklands
When: 27th October, 6pm
Are you brave enough to spend a night in a museum? If so, this is your chance. Get dressed up in your best Halloween costume and trick or treat your way around the galleries of the Museum of London as you answer questions about London history. Listen to some terrifying tales of times gone by including the story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and the infamous barber of Fleet Street.
Make your own gothic mask before settling in for the night in the museum galleries. In the morning you’ll be treated to breakfast and a screening of Disney’s Halloween classic Hocus Pocus.
Minimum age 7-11.
8. Halloween Party at the Roof Gardens
Where: Kensington Roof Gardens, W8 (nearest tube High Street Kensington)
When: Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October
Strictly one for the adults, celebrate the scariest night of the year in style at the annual Halloween party at Kensington Roof Gardens. This year they’re creaking open their doors on both Friday and Saturday nights. The gardens will be eerily transformed and the BBQs fired up to keep hungry spirits sated throughout the night. Tickets are £20. More info here.
Although not strictly in London, we couldn’t miss out this incredible Halloween treat for Harry Potter freaks:
9. Hogwarts after Dark
Where: Warner Bros Studio Tour, London, Leavesden, WD25
When: Friday 27th October 7.30pm until midnight
This spooky evening will begin with smoking cocktails and canapés before stepping onto the red carpet and into the Great Hall, which will be transformed for Halloween. The enchanted Great Hall ceiling will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins while the long tables will be laden with a Halloween feast.
After taking your seats, you will enjoy a delicious two-course dinner and drinks surrounded by the original props and costumes. All before being greeted with lanterns and invited to follow the spiders into the Forbidden Forest set, where you will enjoy dessert in the company of magical creatures such as Buckbeak the Hippogriff and Aragog the Acromantula.
After dinner, you will be invited to explore the Studio Tour after hours and get the chance to meet members of the Prop Making Department who will be revealing the filmmaking secrets behind the ceiling full of enchanted pumpkins.
The evening continues with the chance to learn wand combat moves from Wand Choreographer, Paul Harris, in preparation for a live duel with Death Eaters.
A must for Harry Potter fans, book soon as this event will no doubt sell out.