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Six creepy places in London to take the kids this half-term

Katy Horwood

With half-term here and Halloween around the corner, it’s time for the kids to dust down their broomsticks and get ready to knock on a few doors. It wouldn't hurt to give them the fright of their lives either, so here's a selection of places that will send shivers down even the sturdiest of spines:


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Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery on Swain's Lane is known as one of the world's most haunted places, with sightings including ‘the Highgate vampire’ - a ghoul with glowing red eyes - and the ghost of an insane old woman searching for her children. Yep, that'll scare them.

London Zoo

Not for the faint hearted, London Zoo recently launched its first ever walk-through spider exhibit. Meaning that, what they lack in ghosts, they certainly make up for in creepy crawlies, guaranteed to terrify the kiddies. 


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Grant Museum of Zoology

And if spiders aren’t enough, how about a jar full of 100 pickled moles, an armadillo without its shell or a collection of half heads? These are all on display at the weird yet wonderful Grant Museum of Zoology in Bloomsbury.


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Sutton House

Built in 1535, Sutton House is believed to be haunted by dogs wailing late at night. And during the day, even in silence, dogs are said to become rigid and transfixed by something on the stairs. Dare you take the family pooch?


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 Pollock's Toy Museum

Housed in a creaky Georgian town house, Pollock's Toy Museum will get the goosebumps going - and no matter how old you are, the sound of a wind-up toy monkey clashing symbols is enough to freak anyone out.


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The Langham London

Beware of room 333 - it's thought to be the most haunted room at The Langham, whose permanent guest takes the form of a floating Victorian man. But on the plus side, you can expect more treats than tricks as the hotel happens to do one of the best cream teas in London. How's that for Halloween thrills?

For more ways to entertain the little people this half-term, check out these activities for kids

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