Top 10 Halloween events in London

Here's our pick of London's hair-raising Halloween events. Be warned, these aren't for the faint-hearted...

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You might be too old for trick or treating these days but trust us, there's still a lot of fun to be had on Halloween. From zombie chasing to gory seminars set in macabre museums, the year's spookiest celebration isn't just for kids. Prepare to be scared at one of the frighteningly good Halloween events below.

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  • The London Dungeon Late

    Thu Oct 31

    The London Dungeon, County Hall Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB

    This Halloween, journey back in time to London's plague-ridden streets (rotting corpses, rats, vile boils and projectile vomiting all come as standard) and meet some of the city's unsavoury characters as The London Dungeon opens its doors until 10pm for a fright night special. Guy Fawkes will be in attendance, as well as demon barber Sweeney Todd. A cast of blood-splattered actors are joined by 'virtual' guests (such as Brian Blessed as Henry VIII) and, as well as the 18 different shows and 'surprises' – which could see you on the run from 'Jack the Ripper' or getting lost in London's Victorian sewers – there are two rides to raise the adrenaline: a turbulent boat trip down the Thames towards execution, and a dark drop ride plunging three stories in the pitch black. And as if that wasn't enough, for six weeks (Sep 25 - Nov 9), the Dungeon will be putting on a pumpkin-filled Halloween production and offering a 'home brew' and 'trick or treat' lolly (will it be delicious or disgusting?) to every guest.

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    The London Dungeon Late
  • Thorpe Park Fright Nights

    Sat Oct 5 - Sun Nov 3

    Thorpe Park, Staines Road, Chertsey, KT16 8PN

    It’s that time of the year again: Fright Nights returns to Thorpe Park. Your ticket gives you plenty of time to ride the scary rollercoasters in the dark – the winged Swarm, 80mph Stealth, SAW - The Ride, the ten-loop Colossus and Nemesis Inferno – and squeal your way around live-action horror mazes based on ‘You’re Next', ‘The Blair Witch Project’, ‘The Cabin in the Woods' and ‘SAW'. Fright Night attractions open at three and are not recommended for under 13s (or wimps). Prices start from £29.99 booking in advance online during September and £34.99 in October. If you’re too scared to go home, or want to make a weekend of it, you can stay in the new onsite accommodation The Crash Pad from £64pp, including breakfast and two day park ticket.

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    Thorpe Park Fright Nights
  • Phobophobia

    Sat Oct 26 - Sun Nov 3

    London Bridge Experience and London Tombs, 2-4 Tooley St, SE1 2SY

    Translating 'Phobophobia' as the fear of all fears, London Bridge Experience is promising a 'more than the usual horror maze' - in fact, a 'mind-bending... intimidating, shocking and unnerving show'. Certainly their location in the footings of London Bridge is dank and atmospheric enough for something pretty grisly. You have been warned.

    Read more about Phobophobia at the London Bridge Experience

    Get fantastic discounts on tickets to the London Bridge Experience with a Time Out Card

    Phobophobia
  • Hunterian Halloween Late View

    Wedn Oct 30

    Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3PE

    One of London's more macabre museums is opening late for Halloween. In case sitting among pickled tumours and dissected brains isn't spooky enough for you, there are also talks on hangings and the tendency for ancient bodies to 'rise' from the dead. They even suggest you bring your own jar (with lid!) for a ‘pickle a part’ workshop. Brrrr. Just as well there'll be a pay bar so you can get some dutch courage.

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    Hunterian Halloween Late View
  • Asylum: 2.8 Hours Later

    Sat Nov 2

    Secret London location

    Four years after the original outbreak and the government has regained control, but at what cost? Brutal security, corrupt officials, vigilante mobs and scavengers have becoming the reality of this police state. Infection has returned, and the government can no longer contain it. What will you do to survive? Who will you leave behind? Can you make it to Asylum? Starting at a secret location each step will bring you closer to a place of refuge where you will be rewarded with a late night Zombie Disco. If you prefer chasing to being chased you can volunteer to become part of the Zombie mob and will receive a free ticket for your brain-eating efforts.

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    Asylum: 2.8 Hours Later
  • Apsley House Twilight Tours

    Wed Oct 2 - Wed Oct 30

    Apsley House, Hyde Park Corner, W1J 7NT

    Atmospheric, torch-lit tours of the Duke of Wellington's regency home take place at twilight every Wednesday in October, with the chance to see his impressive art collection which includes works by Velazquez and Rubens.

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    Apsley House Twilight Tours
  • Nature's Nightmares

    Thu Oct 31

    Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD

    An after-hours tour of the grand Central Hall (yes, that's home to the Diplodocus skeleton) and adjoining galleries of the Natural History Museum. As if getting up close and personal with some of the museum's grislier animal specimens wasn't enough, you'll meet plenty of scientists too. Jeez. Fortunately there's a bar to restore your spirits post-tour, where the boffins will be on hand to answer your questions.

    Read more about Night Safari: Nature's Nightmares

    Nature's Nightmares
  • Halloween Ghost Walks

    (© Photographicon/ Southwark Mysteries) Mon Oct 28 - Thu Oct 31

    Tabard Piazza, Borough High Street, SE1 1JA

    Weaving together ghost stories and folk tales, poet and playwright John Constable introduces you to haunted pubs, a possessed mirror, a female gladiator and one of the medieval Bishop's prostitues, a Winchester Goose. Each walk revolves around Cross Bones Graveyard, where John will conduct a short ritual during the Halloween walk.

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    Halloween Ghost Walks
  • Surgical Horrors

    Thu Oct 31

    Old Operating Theatre Museum, St Thomas Church, 9a St Thomas St, SE1 9RY

    If you found 'The Human Centipede' morbidly fascinating, then step up for this gore-fest this Halloween. With a selection of clips and excerpts from horror movies and literature, Professor Ian Conrich and Justin D Edwards will examine the role surgery plays in cinema and fiction – including 'Frankenstein', 'The Island of Dr Moreau', 'Re-Animator' and more.

    Read more about Surgical Horrors: The Operated Body in Horror Films and Literature

    Surgical Horrors
  • Macabre Autumn Seminar

    Wed Sep 25 - Wed Dec 11

    Barts Pathology Museum, West Smithfield, City of London, EC1A 7BE

    A fantastic series of talks and events at this little-known and decidedly macabre museum. Learn about Britain’s first female serial killer (Oct 2), the Magnificent Seven cemeteries and Necropolis Railway (Oct 30), the grisly trade in the teeth of corpses (Dec 4), and the transformation of gin from 'Mother's Ruin' to the beverage of choice for hip cocktailers (Dec 11). Each talk includes a wine reception and a rare opportunity to view the museum's specimens.

    Read more about Barts Pathology Museum's Macabre Autumn Seminar Series

    Macabre Autumn Seminar

The London Dungeon Late

Thu Oct 31

The London Dungeon, County Hall Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB

This Halloween, journey back in time to London's plague-ridden streets (rotting corpses, rats, vile boils and projectile vomiting all come as standard) and meet some of the city's unsavoury characters as The London Dungeon opens its doors until 10pm for a fright night special. Guy Fawkes will be in attendance, as well as demon barber Sweeney Todd. A cast of blood-splattered actors are joined by 'virtual' guests (such as Brian Blessed as Henry VIII) and, as well as the 18 different shows and 'surprises' – which could see you on the run from 'Jack the Ripper' or getting lost in London's Victorian sewers – there are two rides to raise the adrenaline: a turbulent boat trip down the Thames towards execution, and a dark drop ride plunging three stories in the pitch black. And as if that wasn't enough, for six weeks (Sep 25 - Nov 9), the Dungeon will be putting on a pumpkin-filled Halloween production and offering a 'home brew' and 'trick or treat' lolly (will it be delicious or disgusting?) to every guest.

Read more about The London Dungeon Late


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