Halloween in London: what’s on

Halloween in LondonAs London gears up for All Hallows’ Eve, we’ve gotten into the spirit of things and have put together a ghoulishly good guide to what to do in the capital to mark the holiday. Read on (if you dare)…

Ping Pong zombie shelter, 26 October

For one Halloween-themed evening, you’ll be transported to a world where London has been invaded by a terrifying zombie army, forcing you to take shelter — where else — at this pop-up ping pong bar on Kings Road.

It’s not all bad, though: you’ll spend the night playing beer pong, boogying to tunes played by DJs and sipping cocktails. Fancy dress is a must.

Ping pong doesn’t get scarier than this.

Film frights

If settling down to a film is more your cup of tea, make it a horror.

John Carpenter’s The Thing is one of the best loved B-movies from the 80s, and it’s getting a special Halloween screening at the Union Chapel, Islington on 26 October to raise money for the Organ Restoration Project.

Or catch other classics like Scream, Beetlejuice and Saw at St James Church in West Hampstead form 31 Octrober-3 November.

Celebrate with The Royal Horseguards Hotel’s Halloween Tea

Joanne Todd, The Royal Horseguards Hotels’ head pastry chef, has conjured up an afternoon tea which is sure to cast a spell on you.

Her Halloween Tea features Bitter Chocolate Witches, Spiced Pumpkin Jammie Dodgers, Cobweb Cotton-Candy, Chocolate Coffin Cake and her special Spooky Skull Cupcakes to inject some Halloween fun into the traditional mid-afternoon treat.

Go on, take a bite…

Halloween afternoon tea in London

Discover the creepy capital

Being over 2,00 years old, London is steeped in history and there are ghostly tales around every corner.

The Ghost Bus Tour of the city, which gives you a partly fictionalised version of history as it takes you around all the great sights, is a must. Or, if you dare, explore the city on foot with a Jack the Ripper walking tour before stopping by the Old Operating Theatre Museum to get a glimpse into the gruesome operations which took place here in a pre–anaesthesia age.

And The Tower of London, where executions of high profile public figures once took place, takes on an especially eerie feel on All Hallows’ Eve. Ancient folklore has it that every year on 31 October, the world of the living and the afterlife collides and the ghosts of people long dead can be seen for a short time. You may just spot a vision of Guy Fawkes or Anne Boleyn roaming the corridors here…

Best for singles

Looking to meet someone who shares your wicked sense of humour? The Halloween-themed speed dating night at the Bluebird Restaurant on 31 October could be just the ticket.

Or, if you’re into your celebrity culture, dress up as your favourite dead celebrity and head to the Flirt N Dessert Dead Famous singles night at The Book Club in Shoreditch on 29 October.

Best parties

• ALAWEEN Zombie Apocalypse Indoor Festival, 26 October

With eight stages, a cinema, a cocktail bar, installation art, live theatre and costumed party-goers galore, this has got to be one of London’s biggest and best Halloween parties.

• Zombie silent disco, 2 November

Get your face paints out and shuffle along (zombies aren’t the most energetic of creatures) to tunes at this zombie-invaded silent disco at Earl Derby pub in Kilburn.

Best for children

• The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon really pulls the stops out for Halloween. This year, they’re celebrating with special Halloween themed surprises and have decked the dungeon out with thousands of pumpkins. The Pumpkineer (a pumpkin farmer) will also be paying the venue a special visit this month…

• Boo at the Zoo

From Saturday 26 October until Sunday 3 November, brave kids (big and small) are invited to test their nerve by paying a visit to some of the London Zoo’s most terrifying creepy crawlies. Stumble upon curious artefacts in The Curiosity Shop of Horrors, listen to Halloween-themed talks and round the trip off with some Halloween mask decorating.

How are you marking Halloween this year?

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