From silent discos at the Science Museum, to a night in a cemetery, via film screenings in a chapel, if you’re looking for something creepy in the capital, check out our pick of the best Halloween events in London…
Paradise by way of Kensal Green's Cemetery Outing
It doesn’t get much creepier than spending the evening in a cemetery, and certainly nowhere more so than at one of London’s oldest burial grounds. Come Halloween, Kensal Green cemetery are offering the rare opportunity of a night-time tour, and if you dare, a chance to explore the dark depths of its 19th-century catacomb. Once you’re suitably freaked out, you can head next door to the brilliant Paradise by way of Kensal Green for a Halloween-inspired dinner and a free Halloween cocktail.
Address: 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London, W1; Dates: Wednesday 31st October; theparadise.ticketabc.com
Halloween at the Science Museum
If you’re looking for a night at the museum, then this is certainly it. On the last Wednesday of every month, the Science Museum open their doors for their brilliant late night specials, this month happens to fall on Halloween and it’s been themed the Science of Alcohol. There’ll be Sake tasting, beer brewing and some serious facts on gin. Alcohol aside, we’ll be heading to the Exploring Space room, to party at the silent disco, trying our luck at the pub quiz or plucking up the courage to try the speed dating (although, you’ll need to book for this one). Best of all the night is completely free. We can’t wait.
Address: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD; Dates: Wednesday 31st October; 6:45pm – 10pm; Tickets for speed dating cost £10; sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum
Halloween at the Old Vic Tunnels
If you’ve already checked out Bedlam (the latest art event at the Old Vic Tunnels) and loved it, then make sure you head back for their Day of the Dead party. Wahaca will be taking over the place for a four-day fiesta to celebrate the Mexican tradition in style. There’ll be music from Wilderness Festival headliner Rodrigo y Gabriela, installations by London based Le Gun collective and screenings by the Cabinet of Living Cinema. You can dance til the wee small hours with the Communion DJs and of course, refuel with plenty of helpings from the pop-up Wahaca street kitchen.
Address: The Old Vic Tunnels, Station Approach Road, London, SE1 8SW; Dates: Wednesday 31st October – Saturday 3rd November; oldvictunnels.com
Halloween 'Screamings' at the Round Chapel, Hackney
If you’ve felt a bit lost since the Rooftop Film Club outdoor cinema screenings closed for the winter, don’t worry, its creators are back with a brand new experience. On Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st October, they’ll be holding Halloween horror screenings of Shaun of the Dead, The Lost Boys, Ghostbusters and the brilliant E.T all in the spooky surroundings of the Round Chapel church in Hackney. Oh, and did we mention fancy dress is positively encouraged…
Address: The Round Chapel: Powerscroft Road, London E5 0PU Dates: Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st October; experiencecinema.com
Halloween Masquerade at the Lucky Pig
Fitzrovia’s favourite cocktail bar will be dimming the lights come Wednesday 31st October for its annual Halloween masquerade ball. And, really there’s no better place to be on the spookiest night of the year, as to get to it you’ll descend a dark staircase into the basement, which has interiors filled with rickety old pianos, battered Chesterfield sofas and scratched walls. They’ll be shaking up some damn good cocktails and Doctor Death will be lurking around, giving out shots of ‘blood’. Guests are challenged to come in the most morbid costumes they can muster, and the more elaborate your masquerade mask the better.
Address: 5 Clipstone Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 6BB; Dates: Wednesday 31st October; theluckypig.co.uk
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