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Top ten Halloween events in London

Here's our pick of hair-raising Halloween events in London 2016. 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 and around Halloween in London (Monday October 31 2016). Swot up with the 100 best horror films of all time, pop down to one of London's best fancy dress shops and prepare to be scared at one of the ten frighteningly good Halloween events below.

RECOMMENDED: Read the full Halloween in London guide

The best Halloween events in London

'Stranger Things'-Themed Halloween Party

Join Nightcall for a Halloween party with a bang up to date theme. In a secret den decked with Christmas lights, grab a Stranger Sour cocktail and get down to synthpop. If only Barb could have been here to see it. Tickets £5, or free if you sign up online beforehand.

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Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen , Shoreditch Saturday October 29 2016

Museums at Night autumn edition

Just in time for Halloween, Bedwyr Williams throws a Druid pary at Somerset House, Julie Peakman asks how Dr Samuel Johnson's legacy compares with that of his contemporary, courtesan Peg Plunkett; Peter Liversidge uncovers the history of the Royal College of Nursing, and duo Webb-Ellis hosts a dinner party at the Nunnery Gallery in Bow. These installations and events appear as part of the annual arts festival. Check out our autumn 2016 highlights here. 

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Various , London Thursday October 27 2016 - Saturday October 29 2016

Delicious Decay

Get your gross on with sherbet ‘cremains’, skeleton shortbread and the scent of death at this event explaining everything about bodily decay: the what, when, why and how the hell do you expect me to eat this now. On Friday, discover 'body farms' and the cannibalistic rituals for funerals that you never noticed, and on Saturday dig through edible soil to excavate edible parts and smell chemicals used to train 'cadaver dogs'.

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Barts Pathology Museum , Smithfield Friday October 28 2016 - Saturday October 29 2016

Sky High Screams

Party til 3am with live soul at this fancy dress do. Dinner optional; tickets include a complementary cocktail on arrival.

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Sky Garden , Aldgate Saturday October 29 2016

Halloween at Brixton Windmill

Keep the little ones entertained this Halloween with storytelling and spooky activities taking place within the south London windmill. See the Brixton Windmill website for updates.

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Brixton Windmill , Brixton Sunday October 30 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Fear In The Dark

An evening of storytelling in the cemetery, inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe, HP Lovecraft, Sheridan Le Fanu and MR James. Follow a man as he navigates the dark labyrinthine woods, brimming with tales that must be told. Suitable for over 18s only. Some parts of the performance take place in total darkness.

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Abney Park , Stoke Newington Until Monday October 31 2016

Halloween Swingalong: Sunday Assembly London

The Sunday Assembly Jazz Club have teamed up with some swing dance pros for this spooky shindig just before Halloween. Grab appropriate footwear, make for the dance floor and have a go at pulling shapes soundtracked by a live jazz band. Scary/ innovative fancy dress will be rewarded with prizes. 

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Limehouse Town Hall , Limehouse Saturday October 29 2016

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By: Time Out London Things To Do


Rosa L
Rosa L

I'm going to the Jack the Ripper museum. Sounds amazing and it must me fantastic given that everyone is trying to ban it or close it down!!   www.jacktherippermuseum.com


If running and screaming is more your thing, we're doing a super-sized (and super-creepy) version of our Citydash street game. It's a spooky real-world game of speed, stealth and strategy: Run for checkpoints, replan on the fly, and duck for cover as our patrolling guards close in. Details: http://citydash.fire-hazard.net/halloween

Adam H
Adam H

And, if you're looking to do something amazingly magical this Halloween, why not check out The Dreamery's Las Maravillas: The Lost Souls of Mictlan - an immersive horror experience in Hackney created to American haunted house standards.

Check it out at: https://www.picatic.com/lasmaravillas