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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 2022.

Rosie Hewitson
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Rosie Hewitson
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Alex Sims
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After last year’s somewhat half-hearted celebrations, this year's Halloween – which falls on Sunday, October 31 2022 – 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, 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 2022. 

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The best Halloween events in London

  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • Aldwych

If we learn anything in life (let alone the last couple of years), it’s that real smack-you-in-the-guts horror is a lot closer to home than we might realise. Somerset House’s new show ‘The Horror Show!: A Twisted Tale of Modern Britain’ is testament to this.

This major exhibition explores how horror has informed the last 50 years of creative rebellion, looking beyond horror as a genre, instead seeing how its been a reaction and provocation to the country’s troubling times, featuring 200 artworks and culturally significant objects including work from Pam Hogg, Noel Fielding, Don Letts, Poly Styrene, Derek Jarman, Cornelia Parker, Reece Sheersmith, David Shrigley, Rachel Whiteread, Juno Calypso and Leonora Carrington. 

  • Things to do
  • Bloomsbury

Charles Dickens was one of the greatest London novelists ever, who also campaigned vehemently for children’s rights and social reform, but he was also totally obsessed with spirits, phantoms and the supernatural (see ‘A Christmas Carol’ for starters). This exhibition, ‘To Be Read at Dusk’ explores Dickens’s more macabre interests and how he became a master ghost storyteller publishing over 20 spooky tales. Set in the historic surroundings of the brilliant Charles Dickens Museum, we guarantee your spine will be tingling. 

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  • Things to do
  • Quirky events

Brace yourself for crisp weather, longer nights, leafy streets and, inevitably, plump orange gourds popping up all over London. That’s right, pumpkin season is here. Whether you associate it with Halloween or not, there’s no excuse for not taking advantage of the huge number of pumpkin-picking opportunities at farms near the capital. Here are our favourite places to go for making the most of pumpkin season 2022.

 

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