Visiting London at Halloween is always a unique experience, with the chance to take advantage of a wide array of different spooky events designed to cater to all ages. It’s the perfect choice for a late fall city break, especially if you love all things Halloween.
Whether you’re travelling as a family or going solo, you’ll surely find your dream Halloween activity in our complete guide to what to do and see during your Halloween stay in 2019…
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities
This festival is small in size, yet filled with an array of genuine curiosities from throughout history, perfect for indulging in some low-level scares around Halloween time.
You’ll find some spooky paintings and old children’s toys, as well as lots of weird and wonderful artefacts from around the world. Alongside the creepy finds, there’s some genuinely beautiful items here – so you’ll have plenty to see on your visit.
We are Halloween FSTVL
Hainault Forest Country Park, Hainault, 26th October 2019
Taking place the weekend before Halloween, the We are Halloween FSTVL is an ambitious event with a ‘Vampires & Zombies’ theme. Fancy dress is encouraged, and there’s also going to be a light show throughout the forest to add extra atmosphere.
With big-name DJs in attendance, this is the ideal high-octane way to get in the Halloween mood while enjoying London hotel deals.
Fortnum & Mason Pumpkin Carving Classes
Fortnum & Mason, 26th – 27th October 2019
This special event will teach you how to carve pumpkins like a pro, making it ideal for brushing up on your skills ahead of Halloween night itself.
Fortnum & Mason is one of London’s most important department stores, serving a discerning clientele which includes the Royal Family. They’re sure to help guide you through the process of creating an artistic and spooky pumpkin of your own, and there’s plenty of delicious treats to enjoy afterwards.
Masonic Temple at Andaz, 31st October 2019
On Halloween night, this Masonic Temple is going to be screening one of cinema’s finest horror movies – Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’. Unlimited popcorn is included in the admission price, and the unique setting provides a decidedly unusual way to experience a brilliant piece of creepy film-making while you stay at luxury boutique hotels in London.
Ultimate Power: Bat Out of Helloween
The Forum, Kentish Town, 1st November – 2nd November 2019
This club night has a Halloween theme, and is encouraging attendees to don their best costumes for a seasonal makeover. In addition to busting out some of the best power ballads and spooky tracks, there’ll be the chance to get involved with a round of karaoke!
Dark Arts at Warner Bros Studio: The Making of Harry Potter
Warner Bros Studio Tour London, Until 10th November 2019
This impressive museum showcases the technical wizardry which helped create the Harry Potter films, and in the lead-up to Halloween, a special event will be bringing an array of spooky special effects to vivid life.
As an integral part of the tour, it’s a great addition to any family trip – or simply a way for Potter fans to relive their childhood this Halloween while staying at luxury boutique hotels in London.
The Woman in Black
Fortune Theatre, Covent Garden, Until 28th March 2020
This adaptation of the 1983 Gothic horror novel has been running for more than 20 years, and continues to terrify and thrill audiences in the West End. If you’re in the mood for something a little off the beaten track this Halloween, then this is the ideal way to enjoy a spooky night out.
The show is strictly for adults, as it’s far too scary for younger visitors!
London Ghost Walks
As a city with a lengthy history, London has plenty of creepy areas which are ready to be discovered by visitors this Halloween. One of the most popular activities at this time of year is to join a ghost walk – and London has lots to choose from!
For this reason, you’re sure to find a walk which suits your needs – taking you on an informative tour through the city’s spookiest spots.
Tower of London
North Bank, London
The Tower of London is a wonderful place for a few spooks, and also suitable for all the family to visit. It’s had many different incarnations throughout the years, having started out as a Norman castle, before becoming an infamous prison and execution spot – and later, even a Royal zoo.
Today, you can take a look through some of the key areas of the Tower of London, including former cells which housed some of the city’s most famous historical prisoners (including Sir Walter Raleigh and Anne Boleyn). It’s a great activity for daytime Halloween adventures.
County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road
One of London’s top tourist attractions, the London Dungeon really comes to life during Halloween! The venue thrives on live performances and interactive experiences, which help to uncover some of the creepier stories from the city’s past.
Its a particularly good place to visit as a family, thanks to the combination of entertainment and education on offer.
London Month of the Dead
Various locations, Throughout October 2019
This unusual event is taking place throughout October, taking a look at London’s relationship with deceased residents. There’s an extensive schedule of activities, talks and more – including everything from workshops to photography projects, and even a few spooky looks at ideas surrounding vampires and folklore.
If you’re in the mood for a more intellectual take on Halloween this year, then this might just be the ticket – and with such a large number of different events to explore, you’re sure to find something taking place during your stay. Some of the activities on offer are during the day, whilst others provide an after-hours take on alternative Halloween festivities.
You can browse the full schedule online at the official London Month of the Dead website.