Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t miss the fact that it’s Halloween this month. If you do love to celebrate, there are plenty of Halloween events in London including Day of the Dead festivals, glow in the dark taco dinners and afternoon teas with spooky cakes and treats.
So get your best costume on (there are prizes) and head out trick or treating this Halloween to one of these fun events.
Festival Of The Dead
Taking place across the UK the Festival of The Dead sets up residence in London just in time for Halloween on October 21st at the Troxy. You better start practising your best face paints as partygoers are encouraged to dress up at this carnival-esque spectacle that mixes Halloween with circus, acrobatics, theatre and clubbing. Giant skull processions, acrobats, fire-breathers, contortionists and circus performers that wouldn’t look out-of-place at Cirque du Soleil are backed by a soundtrack of live music and DJs.
Tickets start from £14.90 and are available here.
Phobophobia; Night Terrors at London Tombs
Phobophobia is set on the world-famous haunted site of London Tombs and that if that isn’t enough to send you running then you will love this event. This Halloween special will run from 21st to 31st October 6pm-10pm, where you will be taken on a journey of your worst nightmares, encountering the lost children and a collective of souls. With every passing second, becoming progressively evil. Not scared witless yet?
Get your tickets here. Turn up in your PJ’s and get £5 off the entry price!
Halloween Afternoon Tea at Royal Lancaster London
An afternoon tea where everything is black and white? Sounds pretty spooky to me. Built in 1967, the Royal Lancaster London Hotel is going back to the 1960s for Halloween to celebrate its 50th birthday with this classic horror movie inspired afternoon tea. For savoury tricks try the axe-carved beef with horseradish or pitch black pudding scotch egg. For sweets a cursed blackbird macaroon, psycho marbled lollipops and a haunted panna cotta are on the menu, as well as chocolate and coconut scones served with blackberry jam and clotted blood cream. All washed down with tea and glass of Lanson Black Label.
The 1960s Halloween Afternoon Tea is priced at £35 per person and is served from 2pm until 5.30pm on the 17th-31st October at www.royallancaster.com.
Halloweenball at Century
Party the night away at Century members club this Halloween. On the 28th October Century opens its doors to a Halloweenball inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and filled with fun Halloween tricks and treats. The club is over four floors and also has the biggest rooftop in Soho where there will be cabaret with belly dancers, freak shows, drag kings and neo-burlesque performers and dancers. Music includes soprano singers, concert pianists and DJs. Lie in a velvet coffin and listen to your personal funeral playlist in Tomb of the Ushers or learn to set and mount dead butterflies in The Lepidoterarium. Tickets are on sale now starting from £20 and available here.
LOSTACOS and Doodle Bars Day of the Dead Celebration
If you’re a foodie fan then don’t miss these glow in the dark tacos for Halloween! LOSTACOS has teamed up with Doodle bar and Pensador Mezcal for an afternoon of glow in the dark tacos, mezcal cocktails, movies and blues music. After tacos and cocktails enjoy the cult classic movie Juan of the Dead at this Halloween foodie event.
The pop-up takes place on Sunday 22nd and 29th October 2.30pm-5.30pm, tickets are £25 per person and available here.
Dracula At The Theatre
Playing at Sutton House for Halloween as part of the National Trust’s ‘Queered Season’ is Dracula. Based on Bram Stoker’s classic text, and set within the historic rooms of the Tudor Sutton House, this electrifying interpretation, full of twists and turns, shines a light on some of the forgotten identities in the original novel. Performances Tuesday 17th October – Saturday 4th November (not 22nd October, 25th October, 1st November). All performances are at 7:30pm and tickets are £16 available to book here.
Halloween Bus Tour Round London
A fun idea if you’re coming to London this Halloween. Why not pop on the BB Bakery bus which for Halloween has taken a spooky twist. From 28th October – 5th November from 12.30pm, 4 times a day you can join the Halloween bus for a tour around London with some Halloween baked treats. Enjoy a Halloween afternoon tea with complimentary Hayman Gin cocktails. Some treats are not for the squeamish as they come with Jimini’s edible insects for a unique Halloween inspired tea.
The Halloween Tea Bus Tour is priced from £55 per person. Book yours now at london.b-bakery.com.
Haunted History Trail
If you fancy something a little different from the usual parties for Halloween, why not take the Haunted History Trail. Deptford Market Yard are hosting a free haunted history walk which mixes a fact-filled evening tour of Deptford with a few spooky stories along the way, as well as a cocktail prize for the best costume. The walk is on October 28th 5.30pm-7.30pm, to book visit Eventbrite.
Halloween at Ballie Ballerson
Celebrate Halloween at this newly opened ballpit of fun! From 24th October-31st October, Ballie Ballerson will be transforming itself into a Halloween spectacular. Guests can book a 2 hour slot in the blood-red ball pit which is lurking with skulls and other halloween surprises or for those absolute ballers, guests can book the private ball pit for black and orange balls, ghoulish decorations and games. Expect music from DJ Bowler and Halloween inspired cocktails including Death by Agave, Chocolate Graveyard and their special Spiced Pumpkin-tinis. Dress to impress as there will be prizes for the best dressed man, woman and double act each to win a bottle of bubbles and a VIP jacuzzi ball session.
Booking available now at ballieballerson.com, Blood Ball pit tickets are £25 each and entry to the bar area is free.