Next year, Halloween falls on Wednesday October 31 2018 and the city will be bursting with great events to sink your fangs into. Get ready to carve creepy pumpkins, guzzle bat-flavoured sweets and turn your bed sheets into ghosts, Halloween 2018 is gonna be a shocker. And, for those of a gentler disposition, check out our favourite events in October and other things to do in London this autumn, whilst the rest of us run around the city chasing ghosts.
*We'll be updating this page with events for Halloween 2018 as they are announced.*
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When much-loved Devonshire Road pub The Hob closed down earlier this year, it left a bit of a hole in Forest Hill – and not just among those with a thing for cheap lager. Though unremarkable as a pub, its comedy nights were among the best in southeast London, regularly pulling in A-list gagsmiths for intimate warm-up gigs. In an all-too-familiar story, the people behind the comedy nights have been pushed out to The Star in Plumstead, and The Hob has been replaced by The Signal, where humour isn’t the only thing in short supply. Presumably in an attempt to keep the former regulars onside, the beer selection is conservative. There were two local cask ales (Brixton’s Effra Ale and Kinsale bitter from Peckham’s Brick Brewery) when we visited, but few interesting options on keg or in the fridge. Decor feels calculatedly inoffensive, as does the soundtrack of Britpop bangers. Even the bar service was cold and seemed uninterested. Overall, it feels a bit like an over-achieving, middle-class Wetherspoons. Of course, how much you warm to The Signal depends a lot on who you are. Hungover couples will appreciate full brunch and Sunday lunch menus. Parents will appreciate the family friendly vibe and small, covered patio (though perhaps not the huge roaring fire, if their kids have a habit of wandering off). People with oddly specific ethical concerns will appreciate that rotisserie chickens (served in a more formal dining area upstairs) are reared on a walnut-tree farm and roasted o