Conkers carpet the hardened ground, dark nights are drawing in, ghoulish candy lines supermarket shelves and the heating has been turned on – it must be the month of October! With the arrival of this enchanting month comes a whole range of spooky themed nights and daytime activities to be experienced in London and I have collated a list of 5 zany and fun things to do in London to celebrate the Halloween holiday.
- The Luna Cinema
Because every Londoner needs to experience an open-air cinema, and what better way to do it than with a horror movie on a dark Halloween night?! The Luna Cinema will be at Hampton Court Palace on the 30th October showing Beetlejuice, 31st October showing Silence of the Lambs and 1st November showing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The Luna Cinema is a great way to spend an evening snuggled up with loved ones, but be sure to wrap up warm and take some pillows and blankets (to hide under when Silence of the Lambs terrifies the life out of you).
2. Museum at Night
Whilst there are a number of after dark museum events over the 26th – 28th October, the one that stands out is Charles Dicken’s Halloween Special. On the 26th October, enter into the Victorian townhouse where the author penned Oliver Twist and have your fortune told by a housemaid, marvel at a magician’s tricks or enjoy a warming tipple at the candlelit bar amidst an immersive, atmospheric environment.
3. Fortnum and Mason Pumpkin Carving
Indulge in a classic Halloween tradition and carve a pumpkin at this adult class in Fortnum and Mason‘s Piccadilly store! If your cute or crazed pumpkin design wows the judges then you could even be in with a chance of winning the prize of Best Pumpkin Carving. A wonderful daytime activity or evening event.
4. Drawn at the Tower: Art Macabre
Art Macabre are collaborating with the Royal Palaces in London to offer some incredible after-hour art classes in some unique locations for Halloween this month. Specifically, on the 11th October, artists of all abilities are invited to the Tower of London to partake in a special evening drawing class.
5. Candlelight Club Halloween Ball
Save the date! This is going to be a party like no other. The Candlelight Club are known for throwing the swankiest, glitziest 1920’s themed nights in their secret party venue and this year they are going all out to throw a Halloween Ball. Lit only by candlelight and flickering pumpkins, with live music and DJs, fine dining and expertly made cocktails – what could be better?!
October sure is a month that brings out the inner child in even the most sensible of us adults and with all of these fantastic events on (and more), London really is a great place to get out and explore over the next few weeks!