Halloween events in London for kids
The legendary ghost hunt at Hampton Court is so scary even the family tours have a minimum age of eight. You’ll creep around courtyards and cloisters trying to catch a glimpse of one of the Court’s many deceased inhabitants, including the mysterious Skeletor, who’s even been spotted on the palace CCTV.
Hampton Court. Hampton Court rail.
Nov 5. £14, £7 child.
The Horniman Museum’s Halloween Fair gives you the chance to get up close and uncomfortably personal with weird insects and other icky critters at its ‘Wild Fangs’ collection. You’ll get to meet cockroaches, scorpions, tarantulas and snakes – if you can handle it. Settle your nerves with a bite from some delicious food stalls, take part in spook-themed crafts, hear ghost stories and watch the Halloween parade.
Horniman Museum. Forest Hill Overground.
Oct 28-29. All ages. Prices vary.
Plague pits, walls dripping with blood and other unspeakable horrors await you at the London Tombs, our city’s bone-chilling and maze-like catacombs. It bills itself as ‘the UK’s scariest attraction’, but don’t worry – there’s a child-friendly tour available that features all the scares without the actual horror of becostumed drama grads springing out to terrorise you.
The London Bridge Experience.
London Bridge. £19.95, £16.50 five-15s.
It makes sense that a funeral bus would absorb some of the souls and spirits of its former passengers, so take care when you step aboard the Ghost Bus tour. Not only will it take you on a route around some of London’s darkest, dingiest corners but there are some added ghouls on board. It’s basically like a night bus to Dalston, only less psychologically scarring.
Charing Cross. £21, £15 child.
London Zoo is pretty scary anyway, with the creepiest of crawlies, vampire bats and wolves who may or may not spend 29 days of the month as humans. This month, though, they’ve amped up the woo! factor with ‘Boo at the Zoo!’. Brave souls can settle in for spooky storytelling and lessons in spell-casting and mummy-wrapping at the fiendish-sounding Ghoul School, or encounter some ghostly gorillas or creepy keepers on a spectral tour of the place.
ZSL London Zoo. Regent's Park.
Oct 21-31. Free with zoo admission of £26.80, £20.50 child, £2.50 under-threes (some activities are extra); ghost tour £2.50 extra. All ages.
How about Halloween fun for adults?
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.