Experience a scarier side to London with our guide to the spookiest things to do in London for Halloween, on and around 31 October.
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 roundup of gory ideas and horrifying activities.
Halloween events in London
- Join a very mortal talk, tour or workshop, including visits to London's most famous cemeteries, during the London Month of the Dead.
- Hold your nerve as you take tentative steps through the rarely open doors of Charnel House, once a storehouse for bones, on a special guided tour.
- Dance beneath the hull of Cutty Sark during a special Halloween Monster Mash Ceilidh, or solve clues in the wake of a blood-curdling murder during a murder mystery evening.
- Go on a spine-tingling stroll through Greenwich as you hear terrifying tales, before enjoying cocktails and a bite to eat in Davy’s Wine Bar’s 200-year-old cellars.
- Join one of the Museum of London’s workshops in the lead up to Halloween, including the chance to try taxidermy or learn about death and disease through bones with Close to the Bone.
- Sharpen your fangs for a Halloween Bottomless Boozy Spooky Brunch at Ping Pong Soho, full of dim sum, cocktails and blood-coloured shots.
- Prepare for spooky encounters as you venture on a ghost hunt at Jacobean mansion, Charlton House.
- Hunt for a killer with Natural History Museum’s immersive Crime Scene Live experience.
- Feast on black pizzas and watch cult Halloween film, The Lost Boys, at vampire-themed Lost Boys Pizza.
- Get the blood pumping during the 5k or 10k London Halloween Run through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – just watch out for vampires!
- Step into a candlelit Handel & Hendrix in London for Halloween-themed after-hours activities, live music and performances.
- Delve into the scary science behind Halloween at the Science Museum’s Lates event.
- Navigate challenging obstacles, zip lines and more with the after-dark Sundown Series at Go Ape Battersea Park and Go Ape Alexandra Palace.
- For those of a nervous disposition, do something less spooky on 31 October. See pre-1990 and classic cars and bikes at Greenwich Market’s Park it in the Market event, or take your pick from more than 100 cask ales at the Wandsworth Common Beer Festival.
- Party it up with the pirates this Halloween aboard Restaurant & Ship Hispaniola's exclusive immersive dining experience.
- Fill your Instagram feed with autumnal selfies among Covent Garden's pumpkinkly aesthetic selfie-spot – don’t miss the glorious 2000lbs pumpkin!
- Mix the Halloween season with a bit of wintry extravaganza at Skylight Rooftop, where ice skating, live music, street food, games and ice performances meet on a frighteningly exciting night.
Scary Halloween London tours and ghost hunts
- Discover the dark secrets and gory history of London with The Ghost Bus Tours or a Tales of Plague guided walk.
- Retrace the infamous murderer’s footsteps with Jack the Ripper Ghost Walks.
- Hop on a spine-tingling speedboat ride followed by a hot toddy, then journey through blood-boiling tales of ghosts residing around London's streets with Thames Rockets' Thames Thriller.
- Go on an unnerving ghost hunt in London with Haunted Happenings or Fright Nights London.
- Uncover ghostly tales of Epsom's streets on a spooky trail.
Discover more weird and wonderful sights on more London tours.
London Halloween shows
- Book tickets to The Woman in Black: one of the West End’s longest-running plays, this show will have you on the edge of your seat.
- Prepare to be very afraid during the return of the smash-hit Ghost Stories to London's theatreland.
- Catch a West End musical featuring monsters, witches and mysterious characters this Halloween, such as The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.
- Make your heart jump as you watch circus acts' complete insane feats, at the Twisted Circus Halloween Festival in Clapham Grand.
- Join Detective Lawrence and find out what really happened to Liana Sale at the immersive Murder on the Barts Floor... Halloween Special!
See more top shows in London this autumn.
Frightening London attractions
- Get under the skin of humans as you study real, preserved bodies at Body Worlds.
- Delve into the gruesome tales of Jack the Ripper during The London Dungeon's Halloween takeover with a special hide-and-seek show.
- Then creep into Roast for a deadly-yet-delicious afternoon tea featuring finger sandwiches (not actual fingers...), charcoal scones and more.
- 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 in London this Halloween, with Snorkelling with Sharks at SEA LIFE London aquarium and In with the Spiders at ZSL London Zoo.
- Descend into the horrifyingly haunted London Bridge Experience and London Tombs.
- Run for your life through the Covenant spaceship in Madame Tussaud's Alien: Escape experience.
- Go on a mind-derailing journey through fear with Derren Brown’s Ghost Train at Thorpe Park.
- Discover the unnerving history of 19th-century surgery at the Old Operating Theatre Museum.
Halloween kids London ideas for half-term
- Step into the menacing world of the Dark Arts as the Harry Potter sets get a Halloween makeover at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.
- Guess which terrifying tale is a trick and which is a treat when the Coca-Cola London Eye takes you on a Spooky Storytime adventure.
- Get hands-on with creepy craft workshops at Old Royal Naval College.
- Explore the gruesome side of zoo-keeping and make spooky arts and crafts as part of ZSL London Zoo's Halloween half-term activities.
- Keep an eye out (not literally) for Halloween activities at London's family-friendly museums.
- Get the kids’ spooky face-paint on before they boogie it off at a free party, then follow the tale of Casper the friendly ghost and get hands-on with arts and crafts at Peckham Levels.
- Hop on your broomstick and embark on a witchy quest, dabble in arts and crafts and meet scary-but-cute creatures like snakes and spiders at Eltham Palace and Gardens.
- Craft your own monster, mix up some witchy potions and follow a trail in the haunted grounds of 500-year-old Sutton House.
Look out for more Halloween family events during the October school half-term.
Enjoy a night out or Halloween party in London
- Experience a twisted take on a much-loved tale as Trapped in Wonderland plays out at Indigo at The O2.
- Party in a former morgue, as The Vaults opens its doors for the Halloween Raveyard, featuring DJs, bands and curious cabaret.
- Try not to turn into a pumpkin as you party the night away in a 1920s, Gatsby-style speakeasy during The Candlelight Club’s Halloween ball.
- Join other blood-thirsty vampires on the dancefloor of the “Bloodlust Ballroom” at the Century Club’s Halloween Ball.
- Perfect your most fearsome face painting and shake your bones to R&B, reggaeton and other eclectic sounds until the very end as Café de Paris celebrates Day of the Dead.
- For a dead quirky Halloween night out in London, get spruced up with sparkles and join the Halloween Zombie Glitterfest club night.
- Let your hair down at hair-raising Halloween nights in London’s top clubs, including a Ministry of Sound London Halloween Rave, Cargo’s Twisted Carnivale and the London Halloween Ball at Electric Brixton.
- Pick up Halloween costumes in London for your night out at quirky fancy dress shops.
- Dress up more than once this Halloween! Boogie away to ghoulish tunes at Club de Fromage's themed nights: The Zombie Apocalypse or Highway to Hell.
- Delight in deadly-delish Mexican nosh as you dine at Leicester Square Kitchen's Day of the Dead party – then sip on martinis and dance your life away at the after party.
- Spend the night sippin' on freaky cocktails and themed nibbles at The Prince, Pergola Olympia, Pergola Paddington or Lost In Brixton.
Haunted London spots
- Grab a pint in an old haunted London pub, including The Grenadier, The Spaniards Inn and The Viaduct Tavern.
- Hear 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.
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.
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