Being in London for any holiday is always a guaranteed to be a good night, but how do you choose which event is the best for you? Whether you want to be seriously spooked out or just chuck a pair of cat ears on and get hammered, here are the top Halloween events in the big smoke this year…
Where: Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Place
When: 1 – 31 October
Price: Tickets are £12.50
Ok, the pun isn’t great, but the idea sure is. The month-long cinema event is a celebration of everything spooky, horror and creepy – so basically Halloween in a nutshell. You can catch classics like Hocus Pocus, Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Dracula, The Blair Witch Project and more. You can see the full line up here https://princecharlescinema.com/PrinceCharlesCinema.dll/WhatsOn?s=245.
Where: Viktor Wynd’s Museum of Curiosities, Hackney
When: 24 October, 6 – 8pm or 8.30 – 10.30pm
This one is for the true Halloween fanatics. The Last Tuesday Society is hosting an evening with the man dubbed ‘Austria’s Derren Brown’, Phillip Oberlohr. In this immersive performance, Oberlohr will be conducting a séance described as “an interactive illusion of the greatest kind”. Combine the supernatural with some serious cocktails – all Victorian-style.
Newburgh Quarter of Curiosity
Where: Newburgh Quarter, Carnaby
When: 17 – 31 October
Price: Differs according to event – some are free
Make Halloween last for more than the standard two days – make it last for two weeks! Carnaby is hosting an incredible line-up of spooky events, with potion cocktail making (yes, alcoholic!), a ‘pimp your pumpkin’ workshop, a Halloween makeup and prosthetics masterclass and more. Don’t miss the event reaching its peak at Fright Night on Thursday 26 October!
The Unbelievers Ghost Walk
Where: Meet at Farringdon Station, Cowcross Street
When: 27 October, 6.30 – 8pm or 28 October, 7 – 8.30pm
Walking along the streets of Smithfield and Farringdon, you can hear stories of Screaming Anne, carpet-lifting pub ghosts, the secret of Bleeding Heart Yard, the ghost of Scratching Fanny on Cock Lane (sounds fun…), and more. Whether you’re a sceptic or not, this promises to be a fun time.
Low Life presents Dia De Los Muertos
Where: Corsica Studios, Elephant and Castle
When: 28 October, 10pm – 6am
The classic London party is here for a FINAL blowout. With Mexico’s ‘Day of the Dead’ as the theme, you can expect colourful costumes in the traditional Dia De Los Muertos style, spooky skeletons and more. DJs including Daniel Wang, Michael Cook, Bruce Tantum and more will be on the decks all night long so get ready for some major tunes. They aren’t just celebrating Halloween – it’s also Corsica Studios’ 15th birthday party, so expect all the usual fun to be tripled!
London is set to be turned into a spooky playground
Beetlejuice 80’s Inferno Disco
Where: Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, Shoreditch
When: 28 October, 6pm – 3am
Price: £5 adv, £6 otd
Head down to Shoreditch this Halloween for a Spooktacular ‘Ouse Special to celebrate in true 80’s style. The Beetlejuice theme calls for big hair, pinstripe suits, 80s wedding dresses and Winona-style gothic makeup – don’t forget, the cult classic won an Oscar for its costume so it’s time to step it up! Embrace the quirky and crazy and step into Tim Burton’s wacky world full of ghouls and ghosts. The event kicks off at 6 pm with a screening of the movie before the club night descends.
Halloween in the Sky
Where: Sky Garden, Aldgate
When: 27 October, 6pm – 2am
This is the perfect spooky experience if you’re afraid of heights, as this Halloween you can head 35 floors up and loom over London’s streets. The Sky Garden will be transformed into a deadly disco, with DJs, live music, themed food and drinks and makeup artists on standby to get you looking appropriately terrifying – the winner of their best costume competition gets a free bottle of champagne, so it’s worth indulging in this.
Words, Ria Newman @riathewriter
Article originally published on www.campussociety.com, pics – pixabay