October has arrived which means it’s time for the jumpers to make an appearance, as well as planning our walk to the train station via the crunchiest looking leaves. Oh, and becoming bankrupt for having spent too much money on Pumpkin Spiced Lattes #sorrynotsorry.
It also means it is the month of Halloween! If you’re looking for a way to celebrate this October, here are some of my top picks of things to do in London; whether you are looking to be frightened, thrilled or just drunk.
Deadly Dining Experiences
Any foodies who fancy a frightening feast, Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen are offering a 4 course taster menu for their Halloween dining experience: Nightmare on Bread Street. There is also a themed cocktail menu to fully get you in the spooky spirit. His other restaurants, Heddon Street Kitchen and Street Pizza also offer Halloween themed nights worth checking out.
£50 for 5 courses at Bread Street Kitchen.
If you are over sitting at home watching The Shining on Halloween, why not make a trip to the theatre to see if you can really hold your nerve with live actors.
If you fancy a trip to the West End, go and see The Woman in Black. It seems like it’s not going to be that scary because you’d read the book at school in year 9, and the film wasn’t really that frightening, but when I went to see it in the theatre, I did scream. I blame the mass hysteria of the audience. Or my overactive imagination. Okay, maybe I was just scared.
Ticket prices vary depending on time and date.
If you fancy braving an immersive experience, why not head to spooky Sutton House in Hackney for Tea Break Theatre’s feminist recasting of Frankenstein from 16th October- 3rd November.
£19, £15 concessions.
Goat in Chelsea, have created a Harry Potter themed night, perfect for Slytherins and Hufflepuffs alike. It promises potion classes, wizarding duels and care of magical creatures. Ticket price also includes a welcome potion and canapés. No need to head to platform 9 3/4 for this wizarding world.
£40 per ticket 31st October.
The Natural History Museum have partnered with Luna Cinema for Halloween movie nights. You get to sit underneath Hope the Blue Whale in the iconic Hintze Hall with complimentary popcorn to hide behind, while you watch either Blair Witch Project, Silence of the Lambs, Ghostbusters or The Shining. You also get free entry into the exhibition “Life in the Dark”.
£26.50 per person. Members of the museum receive an additional 10% discount.
Nightmare Night’s Out
If you’re not looking for a full blown “sesh”, but fancy getting merry in a spooky setting, for a limited time only, between 28th- 31st October, Aloctraz Prison Cocktail Bar are holding a special Halloween event, Spirits of Alcotraz.
If you haven’t already heard of this bar, it is an immersive experience with orange jumpsuits and prison cells included. Usually the experience requires you to “smuggle” in your own alcohol, but for this limited time, BYOB is not required as you will receive three cocktails with your ticket price. You will be put front and centre for the creepy action in this immersive evening.
£35.99 a ticket, 3 cocktails included (usual price £33.99 but BYOB).
If you’re looking for a night out in London, where you can dress up, have too many tequilas and lose your devil horns before midnight, Roadhouse has six nights of Halloween running from Friday 26th until 31st October. The nights vary from live music and DJs, to their infamous Rockaoke night (think karaoke but way better and with a real live band) as well as other fun events.
Free entry before 10pm Friday 26th, and £8 afterwards with early bird ticket, £10 without.
Free entry before 8pm Saturday 27th, £5 between 8-10pm, £12 afterwards.
Free entry Sunday 28th, Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th.
Free entry before 8pm Wednesday, £5 afterwards.
Prepare to be Scared
Embark in a two hour moonlit walk to discover some of London’s deadliest history with London Ghost and Infamous Murders Walking Tour. You will visit haunted theatres and learn about notorious murderers, while exploring the alleys and architecture of London. Are you brave enough?
£12 adults, £10 for children and seniors, runs every Saturday.
Something a little less frightening
So you like carving a pumpkin and buying cute Halloween themed homeware, but the thought of going to an event where people jump out at you, terrifies you to your very core. It doesn’t mean you should miss out on celebrating this autumnal holiday, as the charity All Dogs Matter has organised a Halloween dog walk and show for everyone to enjoy.
Think cute pooches dressed up in Halloween costumes coming together at The Spaniards Inn to go on an epic adventure, taking over Hampstead Heath. There are prizes for both the dogs (if they are up for the costume that is) and owners, as well as the opportunity for a dog (cat)walk and a raffle. All proceeds go to the charity. Where can I sign up?
Entrants must arrive before 11am, walk starts a midday.
What spooky plans do you have this October?