Halloween is one of the most fun times of year for kids and adults alike. This year there are loads of special activities going on in our local area of Notting Hill and Kensington as well as further afield in our sprawling metropolis. Read on for our pick of the spookiest Halloween events in Notting Hill and beyond… (if you dare!)
1. London Zoo – Boo at the Zoo
This is a great event for all the family! Running during half-term week from Saturday 24th October to Sunday 2nd November at London Zoo, learn all about the arachnids at the zoo with the spiders exhibit and – if you are brave enough – take a stroll through the only walk-through spider forest in Europe!
But the creepy fun doesn’t end there. Enjoy arts and crafts in the bat cave, carve pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, listen to spooky stories in the Grimm Curiosity Shop and marvel at the owl demonstrations at the Owl Emporium.
2. Kensington Palace – Eerie Evening Tours
Venture into Kensington Palace for one of their Eerie Evening Tours exploring the grim histories of past kings and queens whilst walking through the shadowy rooms of the palace. Hear about mysterious happenings, terrible illnesses, medical disasters and horrible deaths that have occurred within its historical walls. Learn all about Victorian spiritualism and Queen Victoria’s intense mourning of Prince Albert.
3. Musical Bingo’s Halloween Ball
If you’re looking for something a little different to do this Halloween then make your way to Paradise by way of Kensal Green on the 29th October for Musical Bingo’s Halloween Ball! The game is similar to regular bingo but instead of calling out numbers they play songs. The night is brought to you by a collection of excellent hosts who will be handing out prizes and challenges throughout the game. Costumes are encouraged with prizes being given out for catagories including most innovative, most scary, best make-up, vamptastic and best team effort.
4. Electric Cinema, Portobello Road – Hocus Pocus Halloween Party & All Night at the Electric
Join Electric Cinema for a spook-tastic Halloween! Starting off at 9:30am with the Hocus Pocus Halloween Party, there will be lots of family friendly activities including a scariest costume competition, monster mash dance moves and the haunted house orchestra before a showing of the classic 90’s film Hocus Pocus!
If you are after something a little more bone-chilling then return after dark (if you dare) for All Night at the Electric, a bloody Halloween marathon of classic horror films featuring Psycho, What have you done with Solange?, Blood and Black Lace and finishing with one of my all-time favourites, Friday13th. Starting at 11:45pm you will be greeted with an Espresso Martini before the films start and given a breakfast break half way through (to help steady your nerves).
5. Science Museum – Little Lab of Horrors
Do you have a budding mad scientist in the family? Then take them to visit to the Science Museum between October 24th and November 1st for their hair-raising Halloween science show! Join in with investigating their spookiest objects, do some ghost busting, see luminous liquids and learn some scary science.
Whether you’re young or old, I hope you have a fantastic Halloween weekend!
Kelly Harrison, Marketing Assistant