Experience a scarier side to London with our guide to the spookiest things to do in London for Halloween, on and around 31 October.
Although Halloween might look a little different this year due to coronavirus, you can still dig out your costumes, pop on your masks and enjoy contact-free or virtual events this spooky season.
Venture into haunted venues, brave bone-chilling attractions, dare to go on special Halloween tours and find tricks and treats with gripping family events. Plan your Halloween in London with our round-up of gory ideas and horrifying activities.
Frightening London attractions
- Descend into the horrifyingly haunted London Bridge Experience and London Tombs.
- Delve into the gruesome tales during The London Dungeon's Halloween takeover with a special show.
- Hear tales of torture and imprisonment, and explore the Bloody Tower at Tower of London.
- Get up close to some of the world’s most feared animals, sharks, at SEA LIFE London aquarium.
- ZSL London Zoo is waiting for you with frightful fun, including a Halloween trail, a walk through the frightening In with the Spiders or creepy but cute In with the Lemurs.
- Run for your life through the Covenant spaceship in Madame Tussauds' Alien: Escape experience.
- Go on a mind-derailing journey through fear at Fright Nights Fearstival at Thorpe Park.
- Discover the unnerving history of 19th-century surgery at the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret.
- Test your detective skills as you take on the Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search mission at the Horniman Museum. 24 Oct-1 Nov
- Try not to get caught as you figure out how to escape from a Room With a Zombie.
Halloween kids London ideas for half-term
- Keep an eye out (not literally) for Halloween activities at London's family-friendly museums.
- See the kids smile ear to ear at London's child-friendly attractions.
- Devour yummy Halloween treats in your scariest costumes at a Halloween-themed Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour. 22-31 Oct
- Go trick or treating, solve riddles and brace the mischievous hall of mirrors at MAOAM's Trick or Treat pop-up at Westfield London. 17-18 Oct
- Sip on HallowCream at a pumpkin lantern carving session at the new Wands and Wizard Exploratorium in Soho.
- Pick up seasonal bath bombs, vamp-up your Halloween costume with striking face paint or find supplies to make your own mask at these top shopping destinations.
Look out for more Halloween family events during the October school half-term.
Scary Halloween London tours and ghost hunts
- Discover the dark secrets and gory history of London with The Ghost Bus Tours.
- Retrace the infamous murderer’s footsteps physically or virtually with Jack the Ripper Ghost Walks.
- Go on an unnerving ghost hunt in London with Haunted Happenings or Fright Nights London.
- Dare to explore Eltham Palace and Gardens in the dark? Hear spine-tingling stories of sinister happenings as ghostly guides take you through the grounds on a special Halloween tour. 28-31 Oct
- Or join one of the thrilling Walking Ghost Tours at Goodluck Hope, near London City Island. Beware of the zombies! 31 Oct
- Prepare for spooky encounters as you venture on a ghost hunt at Jacobean mansion, Charlton House. 24 Oct
Discover more weird and wonderful sights on more London tours.
Virtual Halloween events
- Tune in to an online tour full of music, monsters and murderous tales hidden in London's streets with Adam Scott-Goulding's Spooky Radio Nite. 29 Oct
- Join an online talk or small group tours to London's most famous cemeteries, during the London Month of the Dead.
- Be part of an online murder mystery by joining Inspector Rutherford in cracking the case from the comfort of your home on Zoom. 28 Oct
- Learn the spooky Secrets of the Stage (31 Oct), dive into fearsome tales at Deep Night, Dark Night (31 Oct-7 Nov) or join a reading of the eerie Macbeth: A Conjuring (5-11 Nov) as part of the virtual Shakespeare and Fear festival.
Halloween shows and movie screenings
- See the devil getting hitched at the immersive, socially distanced show, Dante's In-Furlough, this Halloween at The Vaults. From 15 Oct
- Perch on the edge of your seat at Pop Up Peckham's The Forbidden Forest Cinema, which airs iconic horror films and scary movies this month. 23 Oct-15 Nov
- Watch one of the most horrifying movies of the 1970s at the Halloween Special Film Screening of The Omen (1976) at The Exhibit. 29 Oct
- Prepare to quiver with fear during a horror movie with The Drive In at Troubadour Meridian Water (27 Oct-1 Nov) or Drive in Film Club at Alexandra Palace (25-31 Oct).
- Watch, drink and dine this Halloween with Halloween and Day of the Dead experiences at The Stratford Hotel. 30-31 Oct
- Walk into hell with a pizza slice in hand at horrifyingly good Halloween screenings of The Exorcist, Scream and the Sleepy Hollow at Lost Boys Pizza.
Enjoy a night out or Halloween party in London
Due to coronavirus regulations, some Halloween parties have been cancelled. But you can still celebrate the day by joining a feast or a socially-distanced show at these London spots.
- Enjoy live music as you munch on street food at the Halloween Black Card Brunch with The Menendez Brothers at Boxpark Shoreditch. 25 Oct
- Sweep up exciting prizes and beat your comrades at a Halloween Quiz at The Old Brewery. 29 Oct
- Feel the authentic atmosphere of the Day of The Dead at the spooktacular El Dia Of The Dead Halloween Show at The London Cabaret Club. 30-31 Oct
- Trick or treat your ghouls for a Killer Brunch Social at Flight Club – pizza, drinks and two hours of darts included. 31 Oct
- Throw yourself into prison and walk an evening in a prisoner's shoes at the immersive Alcotraz Cocktail Experience.
- Devour devilishly delicious grub and potions at The Gipsy Moth in Greenwich. TBC
- Rush to the Phoenix Arts Club to see iconic drag queen Séayoncé's hilarious Halloween Extravaganza. 31 Oct-1 Nov
- Grasp a thing or two about spookology while mixing up smoking cocktails during the Lab A Wizardry Potion Making Experience. 31 Oct
- Grab your wand and head to the Georgian House Hotel for a wizard-only afternoon tea and potion mixing experiences.
- Enter a world of pumpkin-themed igloos, spooky games and "bloody good cocktails" at Skylight Rooftop. 31 Oct
- Dust off your costume for a spine-tingling evening of storytelling, strange occurrences and live music at the mysterious Painted Hall. 30-31 Oct
- Feast on mouthwatering fondue and cocktails at an alpine lodge, in celebration of the Day of the Dead at Winterland Alpine Club. 30-31 Oct
- Staying in this year? Treat yourself to a Halloween hamper from Fortnum & Mason to feast on from home instead.
Haunted London spots
- Grab a pint in an old haunted London pub, including The Grenadier, The Spaniards Inn and The Viaduct Tavern.
- Listen out for the screaming ghost of Catherine Howard in Hampton Court Palace’s Haunted Gallery.
- Visit one of London’s beautiful and eerie cemeteries.
- Discover more of London's spookiest attractions.
Pumpkin workshops and magical activities
- Pick up a pumpkin and brush up on your carving technique at the socially distanced Halloween pop-up at City Island. 29-31 Oct
- Pimp your pumpkin at a carving workshop in the uber-cool All Star Lanes Brick Lane. 7, 14, 21 and 28 October
- Fill your Instagram feed with autumnal selfies among Covent Garden's annual pumpkin display.
- Gasp in astonishment at the Magic and Mind Reading at Le Méridien Piccadilly.
- See what's up a magician's sleeve at the spellbinding Magic Hour Show at Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel or enjoy a mind-blowing experience at home.
Don't just visit for Halloween, there are plenty of events and activities this autumn to add to your bucket list. Check out more events in October and November, or plan for a weekend in London with our top weekend picks.
If you're already in London, download the Visit London app for on-the-go Halloween ideas and family fun.
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