Halloween in London for kids

Have a frightfully good time with our guide to Halloween for kids in London

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Fancy dress, face paint, pumpkins and lots of treat – Halloween might be one of the best holidays for kids. This Halloween (Friday October 31 2014), let the little ones join in the fun at some of London's freaky, but family-friendly, events.

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  • Halloween at Discover

    Discover has a packed programme of Halloween events over two days. Your littlest ones can join a Story Builder to help transform Splat from scaredy-cat to scariest cat (12.30pm & 3.30pm Oct 30), or hear The Pirate's Curse, author and illustrator Kristina Stephenson's latest story about Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and his cat Envelope (2.30pm Oct 30), and Janet and Allan Ahlberg's Funnybones (12.30pm & 3.30pm Oct 31). Older children (six and over) can drop in to the Great Goth Girl Bake Off (12-2pm Oct 30), celebrating the release of Chris Riddell's Goth Girl: A Fete Worse Than Death by trying to cook the vilest fairy cake, or be enthralled by tales of vampire spy Fangs, read by their author Tommy Donbavand (2.30pm Oct 31).

    Thu Oct 30 - Fri Oct 31

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  • The London Eye Witch Academy

    Only the most courageous should enrol for this Halloween academy, during with aspiring witches and wizards will learn of magic spells, curious tricks and frightening facts as they journey through the sky in a green London Eye capsule. Wicked visitors aged four-to-nine will travel alongside dangling bats and a library of spells for this storytelling session, and will go home with the perfect pointy hat, an activity pack and some treats for the journey. As with all the best schools capacity is limited, so best to book in advance.

    Sat Oct 25 - Sat Nov 1

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    Spooktacular Family Fun Day

    This afternoon of family-friendly horror is to held in the Queen's House, part of the Royal Museums Greenwich site. The Inigo Jones-designed building has a fabulously Potter-esque spiral staircase and big square hall, with echoey balconies above, which will doubtless be put to good use in a variety of spooky activities including ghoulish mask-making, spine-chilling ghost stories and a Halloween dance. There are prizes for the scariest costumes, too.

    Friday October 31

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    Boo at the Zoo

    Some of the zoo's inhabitants are pretty scary at the best of times, but Halloween is their chance to be extra creepy as visitors are treated to this week of family-friendly activities during half-term. Make snacks for some bats, come face-to-nose with some rats, venture into the darkness of the Owl Emporium and keep an eye out for the reptilian resident in the Grim Curiosity Shoppe.

    Sat Oct 25 - Sun Nov 2

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  • Spooky Trail

    Calling all ghosts and ghouls, witches and werewolves, skeletons and sprites. Lauderdale House is undergoing a spooky makeover for Halloween and inviting families to explore the historic building and its gardens on this magical adventure trail. The event, which can be booked in advance, is aimed at kids aged five to nine. Trails start at 5pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

    Friday October 31

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  • Family Ghost Tours

    There have been all sorts of ghastly goings-on in Hampton Court palace over the last few hundred years, so it's easy to believe that paranormal activity lurks in the building's nooks and crannies. The State Apartment Warders will lead this tour of the palace and its courtyards and cloisters, sharing stories of the many ghostly apparitions that have taken place in the building and some of the spookier bits of its history. Visitors must be aged at least eight, and every adult must be accompanied by a child.

    Sat Nov 1 - Sat Feb 21

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  • Spooktacular Fun in Greenwich Market

    Little monsters will be tricked and treated at this day fo fun in Greenwich Market featuring pumpkin competitions, scary storytelling, doggy fancy dress (3.30pm) and some very frightening stallholders. Free costume workshops for ages four and over will be available (email misslibbyrose@gmail.com to book) and a freaky fashion show (4pm) is the perfect chance to show off your costume and maybe even win a prize. Grown-ups can stick around for the late-night Halloween feast, which will be open until 8pm.

    Friday October 31

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    All Dogs Matter Devilish Dog Walk

    You might well need to trick and/or treat your dog to get them into a Halloween costume, but those whose pups don't mind fancy dress may well be rewarded following this charity walk in aid of All Dogs Matter – there are prizes for the best dressed dogs. And if they're having none of it? There are prizes for owners, too. A raffle and the prize-giving will follow at The Spaniards Inn. Entrants must arrive by 10.30am and all proceeds go to the All Dogs Matter charity.

    Sunday October 26

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  • Steam and Scream - Halloween at the Epping Ongar Railway

    This heritage railway line is providing the chance to go on a real steam-hauled ghost train this Halloween (ghosts not guaranteed). The station and trains will be decked out with creepy decorations and there's a prize for the best fancy dress on each journey. A shuttle bus will take you from Epping tube station to Ongar and back again afterwards, with extra time to spare so that you can enjoy the hawk and owl display, apple-bobbing, pumpkin-carving and magic demonstrations.

    Thu Oct 30 - Fri Oct 31

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  • Family Film Night: Night at the Museum

    If ever there's was a London museum that made you wonder what it would be like if all those animal skeletons and jarred creatures came to life, it's the Grant. So it is a perfect, atmospheric setting for this pre-Haloween screening of Night at the Museum. You must book ahead (after 9 September) at www.familyfilmnight.eventbrite.com. The Grant is also part of a Night at the Museum Mile family trail, celebrating the release of the film's sequel - take part and you could win some superb prizes: www.museum-mile.org.uk.

    Tuesday October 28

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Halloween at Discover

Discover has a packed programme of Halloween events over two days. Your littlest ones can join a Story Builder to help transform Splat from scaredy-cat to scariest cat (12.30pm & 3.30pm Oct 30), or hear The Pirate's Curse, author and illustrator Kristina Stephenson's latest story about Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and his cat Envelope (2.30pm Oct 30), and Janet and Allan Ahlberg's Funnybones (12.30pm & 3.30pm Oct 31). Older children (six and over) can drop in to the Great Goth Girl Bake Off (12-2pm Oct 30), celebrating the release of Chris Riddell's Goth Girl: A Fete Worse Than Death by trying to cook the vilest fairy cake, or be enthralled by tales of vampire spy Fangs, read by their author Tommy Donbavand (2.30pm Oct 31).

Thu Oct 30 - Fri Oct 31

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