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The best Halloween events in London

Frighten yourself silly with our pick of terrifyingly good Halloween events and activities in London 2021.

Rosie Hewitson
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Rosie Hewitson
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After last year’s somewhat muted celebrations, this year Halloween - which falls on Sunday, October 31 2021 - promises to be bigger, badder, spookier and more spine-chilling than ever before.

There’s plenty of fright-filled fun to be had throughout October, whether you want to watch horror films on the big screen, join a lantern-lit ghost tour, learn all about London’s Magnificent Seven graveyards, carve pumpkins, test your knowledge of vampires and witches at a Halloween quiz, or let your synthetic wigs down over themed cocktails at a seasonal pop-up.

So when you’re after something strange in your neighbourhood, who ya gonna call? Time Out London, that’s who! We might not be so great at ghost-busting, but we’ve got everything else covered this ‘scary szn’ with our whopper list of the very best Halloween events in London for 2021. 

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The best Halloween events in London

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  • Film events
  • Leicester Square

The Prince Charles Cinema always goes all-out for Halloween and this year is no different: its HorrOctober actually starts in September and ends on November 1 – that’s a super-sized month of chills. The season features old favourites such as ‘Alien’, ‘Psycho’ and ‘The Omen’ alongside newer cult classics – ‘Donnie Darko’, ‘The Craft’ – and even newer films like Julia Ducournau’s ‘Raw’. The whole thing crescendoes on October 30 with two all-nighters where you can watch either five iconic horror films or five teen horror films back to back from 8.30pm ’til dawn. See the Prince Charles Cinema website for the full programme of screenings. 

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  • Food and drink events
  • Paddington

Pergola Paddington’s Bavarian Beer Hall will be transformed into a Transylvanian castle with eerie lighting, creepy decor, and giant Frankensteins for a beer drinking Halloween extravaganza. It's basically Oktoberfest, but spookier. You can either grab a standard ticket or book a private beer hut to enjoy lashings of Camden Hells lager with up to ten of your favourite ghoulish mates. Prost!

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  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours
  • Golders Green

From October 15 to the end of the month, you'll be able to join a rather special guided tour across Hampstead (aka London's most haunted region, probably), courtesy of Peculiar London. The annual Halloween walk is a memorable evening of fascinating history, immersive theatre and a bunch of pubs sprinkled throughout. As an added sweetener anyone attending the tour (which has a new route, taking in even more of north London's winding, dark back alleys) will get a free shot from the barrels of artisan gin experts Sacred Distillery

Dates are yet to be finalised so do check with the organisers.

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  • Brockley

The beautiful Rivoli Ballroom – one of the last remaining ballrooms in town – is open again for its usual series of Halloween pop-up film screenings. In the days running up to fright night, it’ll be showing movies of the spooky and scary (and camp) variety, including ‘The Crow’, 2020’s ‘The Witches’, ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’, ‘Hocus Pocus’ and ‘The Shining’. Scroll down to the ‘dates and times’ section for full details of the film programme.

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  • Classes and workshops
  • Hoxton

Fancy yourself a bit of a witch or wizard? Learn how to spookify your humble abode with the help of contemporary practitioners of witchcraft at the Museum of the Home’s Halloween festivities. On Thursday 28 October, witching experts will share the private rituals they perform for safety, warmth and protection in their magical homes over a glass of mulled wine. And the museum will be open late on Friday 29 October for an evening of home protection charms workshops, talks on witchcraft and folklore, delicious food and drink and a live musical performance by ‘broken folk’ band the Lunatraktors. Look, we know it’s a bit out there, but since all our heating bills are rocketing this winter maybe a ‘warming spell’ is worth a shot?

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  • Shoreditch

Your favourite ball pit is about to become a blood bath. This Halloween, Ballie Ballerson is hosting a spectacular zombie wedding, with spooky DJs and cocktails to match. There's lots of incentives to really bring it with the outfits, which means you can leave your devil horns at the door. You're in for a free double blood syringe shot if you do go 'all out', and they'll also be giving away £1,000 worth of prizes, including three £250 bar tabs to use on the night for the best dressed. Better get planning those costumes!

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  • Event spaces
  • Waterloo

If you're wanting something really, really extra this Halloween, how about a zombie-glitter-R&B-hip hop-rave? Dance the night away with your fellow spooky party animals, joined by confetti cannons, circus acts, zombie stilts walkers and sparkles galore. There will also be a glorious graffiti tunnel on entrance for you to snap that oh-so-important Halloween selfie before the night descends into darkness. Fancy dress essential. 

 

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  • Walks and tours
  • Greenwich

Join the ghostly nineteenth-century figure of Captain Sir John Franklin on a spooky tour around the Old Royal Naval College grounds, while he regales you with tales about his long-lost expedition through the Arctic. Your mission is to find clues about what happened to the doomed sailors on board the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus, before returning to the Clore Learning Room to receive your prize. There’ll also be a chance to create a piece of art about life in the Arctic, or write about what you think happened to the missing sailors. Sailor costumes very much encouraged. 

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  • Quirky events
  • Bayswater

Fancy a night away from home this Halloween? If you book in at this particular B&B you’re unlikely to have a relaxing stay, because the Kraken Dread & Breakfast is probably the only hotel in the world that promises a terrible night’s sleep to all its guests. The creepy building is home to all manner of restless and malevolent spirits, whom the Kracken Hunters believe hold the key to tracking down the beast on the high seas. Reckon you’re brave enough to survive the night? Pack an overnight bag and grab a ticket to the hotel to enjoy an evening of Kraken cocktails and live music from house band Thankful We Are Dead. If you’re deemed to have what it takes to join the Kraken Hunters’ crack team, you might be invited to spend the night...

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  • Games and hobbies
  • London

No Escape will be running a special Halloween experience across all four of their locations this October, collaborating with UK Haunters to introduce professional Scare Actors into their seven escape rooms in Aldgate East, Holloway, Brixton and Oxford Street. In teams of up to six, you’ll have an hour to escape your terrifying fate by solving the clues found around the haunted toystore, bloodied abattoir freezer, prison cell or whatever other horrifying scene you happen upon. There probably aren’t many scarier ways to spend your Halloween than being locked in a room with a chainsaw-wielding serial killer, a psychotic dentist or a creepy haunted ragdoll, but don’t let that put you off!

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  • Things to do
  • Performances
  • Clapham Junction

Alice in Wonderland is already a bit of a freaky tale. This immersive show makes it even freakier. Hop down the rabbit hole to a haunted world of blood-stained tea parties, deranged bunnies, and other crazy characters. You'll be hosted by the Mad Hatter who will take you through a journey of super-size props, DJ sets, and an evil Alice. It's 4.5 hours of Halloween fun, with so much crammed in you won't know where to look...

 

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  • Film events
  • South Bank

As part of its Japan season (which runs until the end of November), the BFI has programmed a series of classic J-Horror films over the Halloween weekend by some of the pioneering directors of the genre. Prepare to be terrified by the likes of Takashi Miike’s ‘Audition’, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s ‘Pulse’ and, of course, Hideo Nakata’s mighty ‘Ring’. If you really want to bathe yourself in fear, sign up for a bargainous double bill.

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  • Things to do
  • Markets and fairs
  • Covent Garden

If you can't make it to a pumpkin-picking farm but want to feel a bit more festive than a trip to Tesco's fruit and veg, get down to Covent Garden's Halloween Pumpkin Market, hosted in Apple Market. There will be pumpkins, squashes and gourds gallore, as well as a stunning autumnal floral display created by boujee florists, Maison de Fleurs.

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  • Film events
  • Borough

Eat, drink and be terrified this spooky season at bunhouse Bao, which hosting a bunch of frightfully good Halloween film nights at two of its London restaurants, in association with Mubi. From October 18 to November 14, Nightmare on Film Street, will see a takeover of Bao Borough and Bao Noodle Shop’s private KTV entertainment rooms. There’ll be movies and a set menu to scoff during the screening, with aubergine panko bao, curry hot dog Bao and Taiwanese fried chicken popcorn all up for grabs. Films include ‘The Love Witch’, ‘The Babadook’ and cult 1977 Japanese comedy horror ‘House’. 

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  • Things to do
  • Performances
  • London Bridge

There’s scary and then there’s scary. London Dungeon is the latter. This Halloween they are launching a brand-new blood curdling show called ‘The Surgeon’: exploring Victorian era surgery via a blur of butcher knives, spine-chilling screams, and stomach-turning sound effects. It's not for the faint hearted: you’ll be welcomed into the gallery of an old operating theatre to watch the surgeon chop and churn their way through history. And if that's not enough for you, the show is included in standard ticket price – meaning you’ll also come face to face with the infamous Sweeney Todd, Jack the Ripper, Mrs Lovett and the Plague Doctor through the attraction’s 19 shows and rides.

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  • South Bank

Between the Bridges will be given a terrifying transformation for Halloween this year. As well as new pop-up venues like on-site pub The Reaper's Arms and the ever-mysterious Lost Pier, a heap of entertainment will also be on offer, including a live A/V show from DJ Yoda, Halloween Massaoke, and a drag brunch from hell. Just check out their website for more information on individual events and get your fangs at the ready. 

 

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  • Things to do
  • Trafalgar Square

The Night Owl opened up their doors in July 2021 as Finsbury Park's new retro and soul club, and they've been hosting all sorts of parties ever since. For this year's Halloween weekend, they've got a whole graveyard of spooky entertainment planned out – from hedonistic horrors to chilled out pumpkin carving. Head over on Friday 29 for the 'Howloween Hammer Horror Party', or meet celebs from the dead with a bunch of tribute acts tearing things up on Saturday 30. Or, if you fancy taking things a tad easier, head over on Sunday 31 to enjoy free horror films and pumpkin carving. Festive. 

 

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  • Food and drink events
  • Mornington Crescent

Claiming to be the world's only vampire pizza bar, Lost Boys Pizza is hosting a whole weekend of halloweeny stuff. Expect four costume balls held over the course of Octobers spookiest weekend. Tickets cost £40 and includes shots, pizza and three cocktails per person. You can book tables for two, four and six people and the grand prise for best fancy-dressed? Tickets to a movie screening with pizza and prosecco for you and up to 12 friends. It's unclear when the vampires will show up.  

 

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  • Games and hobbies
  • Soho

Galivant around London solving clues and completing a series of point-based Halloween-themed challenges on this raucous Saturday afternoon scavenger hunt. Your team will have three hours to tick off as many tasks on your ‘BucketList’ as possible before you reconvene at the finish line to round up your points and hopefully get your hands on the top prize: tickets to Fright Night at your favourite amusement park.

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  • Greenwich Peninsula

One of the UK's best-loved Halloween parties, the Twisted Circus Halloween Festival, is back, this time at the Indigo O2. And they're arriving with their largest ever cast. Bear witness to eye-popping acts, full-on characters, and a mind-melting soundtrack as the scary boys of the Twisted Circus invade London for another night of thrills and spills (and huge ball pits). The dark side of the big top.

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  • Greenwich

Reckon you know your ‘Halloween’ (1978) from your ‘Halloween’ (2007) and your ‘Halloween’ (2018)? Put your knowledge of spooky pop culture to the test at this fright-filled quiz at The Old Brewery, the ancient (and therefore surely at least a little bit haunted) pub on the grounds of Greenwich’s Royal Naval College. Fancy dress is very much encouraged.

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  • Film events
  • Wandsworth

Backyard Cinema’s two immersive seasonal screening fantasias, the Winter Night Garden and the Snow Kingdom, will be invaded by all kinds of scary characters for a Halloween takeover. ’Hocus Pocus’ will play multiple times, with guest appearances from ’Scream’, ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’, ‘Beetlejuice’, ‘Addams Family Values’, ‘The Lost Boys’ and this year’s ‘Candyman’ reboot.

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  • Quirky events
  • Tottenham

Few things in life are more terror-inducing than supporting Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. But you know what is? A spooky stadium tour. This half-term, the swanky news Spurs stadium will open after dark for a ‘delights and frights’ Halloween experience. Dress in your favourite spooky clothing (like an Arsenal shirt for example) and help the ghostly guide hunt down the four spirits roaming Tottenham Stadium. Explore the entire stadium in order to save the day, become an official ghostbuster and receive a certificate at the end. 

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  • Quirky events
  • Dalston

When most Londoners get decked out in Halloween fancy dress, its usually because they’re heading out to a party, going out trick-or-treating or because they work at The London Dungeon. Not the models at this October 31 life-drawing sesh. They’re donning neon body paint and costumes – think: creepy clown and zombie outfits – for a special sketching class this spooky season. You’ll have a couple of hours to capture their deathly appearances before the venue, bar The Jago, switches from artists studio back to booze central. You can buy tickets to just the sketching class or to both that and the subsequent Halloween knees-up. It goes on until 3am. 

 

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  • Quirky events
  • Southwark

Described as live music’s answer to Punchdrunk, One Night Records offer an enchanting journey through history via six immersive settings tucked away in the arches of London Bridge. And this Halloween, they’re getting a spooky makeover. Wander around six spooky immersive worlds tucked away in the haunted railway tunnels at this three-night series, featuring treasure hunts and giveaways, prizes for the best-dressed couple and a trick or treat lottery. There’ll also be bloodcurdling cocktail specials to enjoy while house band Rockula and The Vamp play a 27 Club legend tribute including your favourite spooky (de)compositions. Are you ready to let the ghoul times roll?

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