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Halloween Horniman Museum
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Sensationally spooky Halloween events for families in London

Pumpkin-carving, ghost tours, fun fairs; what's not to love about Halloween in London? We've put together some of this year's highlights – all of which are accessible during the wonderful world of off-peak

By Rose Johnstone
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Looking for inspiration for family-friendly Halloween events? We've got you covered. Check out our top picks for exciting and affordable events across the capital this month, and make sure you take advantage of Transport for London's off-peak fares when planning your journey. 

With fantastic discounts for kids and adult fares starting at just £1.50 when travelling in Zones 2-6 (for an adult off-peak pay as you go journey not going via Zone 1 on Tube, DLR and most London Overground services), the wonderful world of off-peak is the simplest and most affordable way to have your best Halloween ever. Up to four children under 11 can travel free at any time on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail services in London when accompanied by a fare paying adult. And with a Zip Oyster photocard, children under 16 access great discounts and free travel.

Looking for some more left-field Halloween experiences? Film buffs won't want to miss our guide to famous horror film locations to visit in London.

Remember to check TfL Journey Planner before you travel. 

 

              

Halloween activities in London

Horniman Museum Halloween Fair
Horniman Museum Halloween Fair
Photograph: Sophia Spring

1. Horniman Museum Halloween Fair

Dust off your witches’ hat and rinse off your fangs for this weekend full of frightening fun and games. Little ones can meet creepy crawlies in the Wild Fangs cave and watch a playful puppet rendition of the Brothers Grimm classic ‘Hansel and Gretel’, while big kids can explore a farmers’ market and arts and crafts stalls. Oct 27-28. Free.
Getting there Overground to Forest Hill.
Local bus routes 176, 185, 197, 356, P4.

2. Pumpkin Carve-Off

Fancy yourself as the Rodin of the squash world? Drop by Mudchute Farm and get whittling to see how your carving skills match up to other crafty Londoners. Bring your own pumpkin and tools, or pick one up along with a carving kit on the day, to see if you’ve got what it takes to be crowned King or Queen of the carving bonanza. Don’t worry if your sculpting skills aren’t up to scratch, there’s also a prize for best dressed carver. Sat Oct 27. Free (there are limited places on a first come first served).
Getting there DLR to Mudchute.
Local bus routes D3, D6, 135.

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Ham House and Garden
Ham House and Garden
Photograph: National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

3. Terrible Terror Tours at Ham House

This grand Stuart mansion may not look like a scary place, but according to local legend 16 ghosts live in the haunted house. On this spooky tour of the stately home and its grounds, find out all about the ghost dog that’s said to roam the halls and see what's iffy about the haunted step on the great stairs. Oct 22-26. £15.
Getting there District line to Richmond then 65 or 371 bus. 
Local bus routes 65, 371.

Spooktacular Halloween Day
Spooktacular Halloween Day
Photograph: Supplied

4. Spooktacular Halloween Day

Greenwich’s handsome covered market is turning into a fun-packed fright fest for spooky season. There’ll be face painting and pumpkin carving to get ghoulish Londoners in the Halloween spirit and not one, but two dog parades for canine-starved city dwellers. Watch preened pups strut their stuff in a doggy fashion show and compete for the prize of best dressed pooch and dog most like their owner. It’s going to be terrier-fying. Fri Oct 26. Free.
Getting there DLR to
Cutty Sark.
Local bus routes 129, 177, 180, 188, 199, 286, 386.

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5. The Amazing Halloween Experience at London Canal Museum

The gloomy tunnels along Regents Canal are the perfect setting for a ghoulish Halloween tour. Hop aboard a narrowboat with a witch at the helm to explore the canal’s dark nooks and crannies and explore the waterway’s 200-year-old history. There’s sweets for brave boaters and plenty of spooky surprises along the way. Oct 27-28. £12.
Getting there Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly or Victoria line to Kings Cross St Pancras.
Local bus routes 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 63, 73, 91, 205, 214, 259, 390, 476.

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Get there for less!

TfL’s off-peak fares mean that your Halloween outings won’t hurt your budget. Off-peak fares apply on all Tube, DLR and most London Overground services across London. You can tap into the wonderful world of off-peak every weekday before 6.30am, between 9.30am and 3.59pm, and after 7pm. They also apply all day at weekends and public holidays. Always touch in and out with the same card or device to pay the right fare. 

Travel in Zones 2-6 for £1.50
Fare shown is for an adult off-peak pay as you go journey not going via Zone 1.

Travel into Zone 1 from £2.40
Fare shown is for an adult off-peak pay as you go journey from Zone 2 into Zone 1.

Travel by bus or tram for £1.50
Off-peak does not apply on buses or trams: TfL’s Hopper Fare lets you take unlimited bus or tram journeys anytime, anywhere within one hour of first touching in for just £1.50.

For pint-sized passengers
Under 5s
Children under five travel free at any time on all TfL services! This includes the Tube, DLR, London Overground, buses and trams. Children must be accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket.

5-10 years
Kids aged 5-10 travel free on all buses and trams, when accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, without the need for a Zip Oyster photocard.

They can also travel free on all Tube, DLR and London Overground services when they have a 5-10 Zip Oyster photocard, where pay as you go is accepted.

11-15 years
Children aged 11-15 travel free on all buses and trams with an 11-15 Zip Oyster photocard.

With an 11-15 Zip Oyster photocard they can also travel at half the adult rate on all Tube, DLR and London Overground services.

Get your Zip Oyster photocard today! 
The Zip Oyster photocard is your key to making the most of TfL’s great discounts for families. Getting one is super-easy: all you need to do is visit tfl.gov.uk/zip and apply online (parents or guardians must apply). Then, let your adventures begin!

Did you know? If your child is 16 but was 15 on August 31, they can still apply for an 11-15 Zip Oyster photocard, which is better value.

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