Things to do for Halloween 2017 in London

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See a scarier side to London this Halloween, with our guide to the spookiest things to do in the capital on and around 31 October.

From haunted venues and bone-chilling attractions, to special Halloween tours and gripping family events, plan your Halloween in London with our roundup of gory ideas and horrifying activities.

Halloween events in London

  • Explore museums and galleries after dark with Museums at Night's Halloween-themed activities, including 19th-century mummy-unwrapping parties, candlelit fortune-telling and investigations into skeleton remains. 26-28 Oct
  • Join a very mortal talk, tour or workshop, including visits to London's most famous cemeteries, during the London Month of the Dead. 1-29 Oct
  • Travel back to 17th-century England, a time of witch-hunts, fear and superstition under the rule of King James I, for a haunting Dusk 'til Dawn sleepover at Hampton Court Palace. 28 Oct
  • Dare to enter one of the Fright Nights live action scare mazes at Thorpe Park, from a carnival risen from the dead, to a terrifying game of Saw Alive and The Walking Dead living nightmare. 29 Sep-31 Oct
  • Solve a murder mystery with the help of forensic experts with Crime Scene Live at the Natural History Museum. 30 Oct
  • Surrender to the dark arts as the Tower of London hosts a theatrical Art Macabre evening of life drawing this Halloween. 30 Oct
  • Discover Carnaby’s spooky side with ghostly installations in the Newburgh Quarter, plus free Halloween workshops, a freaky florist, and a night of tarot reading, DJs and free drinks in pop-up The Quarter of Curiosity Shop. 17-31 Oct
  • Watch a scary movie in the moonlight with Luna Cinema in the gardens of the haunted Hampton Court Palace. Choose from The Silence of the Lambs, Beetlejuice, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. 30 Oct-1 Nov

Tower Twilight Tours at Tower of London.

Scary London tours and Halloween ghost hunts

London Halloween shows

  • Watch one of the most famous horror stories unfold live on stage as The Exorcist comes to London's Pheonix Theatre. From 20 Oct
  • Witness a vampire ritual in the intoxicating immersive theatre production of Hammer House of Horror Live. 3-31 Oct
  • One of the West End’s longest-running plays, The Woman in Black will have you on the edge of your seat.
  • Hear sinister tales of peculiar children through storytelling, puppetry and music with The Terrible Infants. 27 Sep-28 Oct
  • Catch a West End musical featuring monsters, witches and mysterious characters this Halloween, from Young Frankenstein to The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.

Frightening London attractions

Horrible October half-term family fun

  • Delve into the menacing world of the Dark Arts as the Harry Potter sets get a Halloween makeover at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. 1 Oct-12 Nov
  • Learn about the most gruesome jobs at court with Horrible Hampton at Hampton Court Palace. 21-29 Oct
  • Enjoy a night of torchlit tours and scary surprises followed by a sleepover at the Museum of London. 27 Oct
  • Get dressed in your best Halloween outfit for spooky crafts, costume competitions and pumpkin carving at Eltham Palace. 23-27 Oct
  • Look out for more Halloween family events, as many London attractions put on special activities for children during the October school half-term.

Halloween parties and nights out in London

  • Enter the immersive underground world of The Vaults for a Halloween Raveyard featuring zombie dance halls, cabaret acts, and DJs. 27-28 Oct
  • Learn some spooky moves at Drink, Shop & Do with a Thriller or Time Warp dance class. 30 Oct
  • Climb to hair-raising heights for the Halloween in the Sky party at Sky Garden, or The Roof Gardens' Spooktacular in the venue's rooftop garden and nightclub. 27 and 27-28 Oct
  • Mingle with ghosts and witches at one of many Halloween London parties, including The Mansion Halloween Ball with top DJs, live performers and fortune tellers in a secret north-west London venue; and Club de Fromage and Burn Down the Disco's two rooms of haunting indie, rock, pop and spooky entertainment at the O2 Academy Islington. 28 Oct
  • Spend the evening behind bars with fellow convicts as London's new prison cocktail bar Alcotraz hosts a Halloween special. 31 Oct
  • Sip on a wicked cocktail deep inside the foundations of an ancient church at the Pix Confessional Cocktail Club.
  • Step into the darkness of secret bar Blind Spot at St Martins Lane for Halloween cocktails, live music, and more tricks and treats. 24-31 Oct
  • Pick up a spooky costume for your Halloween night out at one of London’s fancy dress shops.

Halloween-themed afternoon teas in London

  • Enjoy a terribly delicious, black-and-white Cult Horror Movie afternoon tea at the Royal Lancaster London hotel. 17-31 Oct
  • Tuck into a very Wicked treat at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel, which serves up an afternoon tea inspired by the West End musical. 4 Sep-3 Nov
  • Look out for more afternoon teas taking on a Halloween twist in London this October.

Haunted London spots

For more London Halloween ideas and year-round scary activities, take a look at our 13 spooky things to do in London, download the Visit London app, or browse our guide to what's on for more things to do during your visit.

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