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Halloween in London for kids

Scare your little ones silly with our list of things to do with kids around Halloween in London.

By Time Out London Things To Do |
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All Dogs Matter Halloween Dog Walk, Hampstead Heath, London, England
Photograph: Bebop the Boston Terrier © Paul Brown

While Halloween (Thursday October 31 2019 fyi) might not fall during half-term this year, there are plenty of spooky goings on for your little ones this scary season. Whether your kids are after fancy dress, face paints, pumpkins or just loads of treats, there are so many great things to do in London with kids this Halloween.

So, before we hit Bonfire Night weekend and its frightful firework displays, check out these carving contests, frightful bus tours, creepy costume competitions and other freaky, family-friendly events on your radar for Halloween. 

RECOMMENDED: Read the full Halloween in London guide

Halloween events in London for kids

Body Worlds
Photograph: © Gunther von Hagens
Museums

Body Worlds

icon-location-pin London Pavillion, Piccadilly Circus
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Forget fake skeletons and joke-shop blood – kids can see real human bodies in all their grizzly glory at Body Worlds London. Dr von Hagens’s exhibition is wall-to-wall with plastinates (that’ll be preserved corpses). Plus, kids aged eight to 12 can don lab coats and study the dead as part of the Junior Doctor programme, led by a real-life doc.

Spook score: 3/5. The emphasis is on education, not gore, so this is a Halloween treat with a difference.

Wicked, Apollo Victoria
Photograph: © Matt Crockett
Theatre, West End

Wicked

icon-location-pin Apollo Victoria, Victoria
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If you’ve still not seen ‘Wicked’, now’s the time to go. The musical backstory of the Wicked Witch of the West was made for Halloween, and there’s an extra afternoon showing on the Thursday of half-term. Kids will leave the theatre belting out ‘Defying Gravity’.

Spook score: 3/5. It’s a spooky spectacular that won’t give them nightmares.

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