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Halloween in London for kids

Have a frightfully good time with our guide to Halloween for kids in London 2015

Fancy dress, face paint, pumpkins and lots of treat – Halloween might be one of the best holidays for children. With loads of great events for kids this autumn, make sure Halloween (Saturday October 31 2015) is on your kids hotlist and let the little ones join in the fun at these freaky, but family-friendly, events in London. 

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Halloween in London for kids 2015

Wild Life Drawing Family Day

Life drawing wouldn't ordinarily be suitable for families – there'd more than likely be some giggling – but when you replace the naked humans with real, living animals it suddenly becomes an altogether less blush-inducing activity. This Halloween special will see budding artists (both junior and senior) drawing spiders, snakes and bearded dragons while the creatures' handlers share fascinating facts about them.

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Somerset House , Temple Saturday October 31 2015

Halloween at Pet Pavilion

Why should humans have all the fun on Halloween? Pooches that want a slice of the spooky action can get super cute makeovers thanks to the staff at the Kensington and Chelsea branches of Pet Pavilion who are treating four-legged visitors to makeovers with costumes that include Dracula, Yoda and Batman.

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Various , London Saturday October 31 2015

Dark Arts at Warner Bros Studio: The Making of Harry Potter

Potter buffs who dig the darker side of Rowling's creation should head to Warner Bros. Studios during the run-up to Halloween where the eerier aspects of the film series are being explored. Visitors can test their wand technique by battling a Death Eater in a special experience developed by combat choreographer Paul Harris, then find out how the spell-spewers were carved to perfection with insights from the prop making team.

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Warner Bros Studio: The Making of Harry Potter , Abbots Langley Friday October 16 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015

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. This year, spiders are the star attraction with a super spooky exhibit exploring how they spin such exquisite webs and how they use their venom to snare prey.

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London Zoo , Regent's Park Saturday October 24 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

Put on your scariest costume and try to freak out Eltham Palace's fearless staff at this week of spooky half-term fun. There'll be some terrifying storytelling, craft activities which will creep you out and traditional pumpkin carving. Go ahead and create a monster.

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Eltham Palace , Eltham Monday October 26 2015 - Saturday October 31 2015

Family Ghost Tours at Ham House

Ham House may not sound like a scary place, unless you're vegetarian, but rest assured, there will be frights aplenty on these tours of this gorgeous stately home, which is apparently haunted. This Halloween week, take spooky tour of the Ham House grounds, where you may glimpse the ghost dog and see what's iffy about the haunted step on the great stairs.

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Ham House , Ham Saturday October 24 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015

Day of the Dead Family Workshops

Get creative and learn more about Day of the Dead traditions at these hands-on family workshops. Skeleton making, mask painting, flower creation and paper cut sessions are open to all ages and a sugar skull decoration class runs for children aged eight and over. The event is free but donations are welcomed. Book a space via the event page.

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Chalton Gallery , Somers Town Thursday October 29 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015

Kino Kids: The Corpse Bride

Catch a family-friendly morning screening of 'The Corpse Bride' at a spookily low price this Halloween. Nippers under 16 with accompanying adults can nab tickets for just £1.75, meaning more money can be spent on scary costumes (prizes will be awarded to the best) and sweets for trick or treaters. Book tickets via the Regent Street Cinema website in advance.

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Regent Street Cinema , Marylebone Saturday October 31 2015

Shrek’s Adventure! London Halloween Experience

Pumpkins, creepy crawlies and cobwebs fill the great green ogre's home this Halloween, with visitors to the South Bank experience finding all manner of treats and spooky surprises dotted across their journey. Yucky dips, ghoulish tasks and meet and greets with a difference await, with every child leaving with a gift to take home. Book tickets in advance via the Shrek's Adventure! London website.

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Shrek's Adventure! London , South Bank Saturday October 24 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015
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By: Time Out London Things To Do