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Halloween in London 2019

Highlights of Halloween in London 2019, including...

  • A chance to play detective
  • A cursed cruise through a mysterious Victorian canal tunnel
  • A private party at a secret, spooky location
  • A month of events, talks and performances on London’s dead
  • And more

Crime Scene Live at the Natural History Museum

You’ve been solving case after case from the comfort of your armchair, but do you have what it takes to solve a case in real life? Well, in person at least. This immersive evening of detective work will have you scouring the Natural History Museum for evidence and examining what you find in a lab. A priceless stone has been stolen from the museum and there are two dead bodies. The killer is still on the loose. It’s your job to eliminate suspects and bring the perpetrator to justice. Forensic experts are on hand to assist in the investigation, but you’ll have to piece together your findings. Unlike with most of the events on this list, this isn’t a strictly Halloween related happening. But it’s one of the most atmospheric and involved places to spend your Halloween in London. Well, November 1st, actually. And the (recommended) dress code is trousers and flat shoes. You know, detective stuff. 4th October, 1st November 18.30-22.30 [caption id="attachment_5323" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/caption]

Jägermeister Cursed Canal Cruise

Jägermeister have teamed up with bar chain Ladies & Gents to put on a number of spooky cocktail cruises around Halloween this year. On a boat named The Dark Spirit, you’ll be handed two free cocktails, expertly knocked up by the Ladies & Gents bar staff. Setting off twice an evening from Camden, the cruises take a two hour route along Regent’s Canal, including the creepy 1km Victorian Islington Tunnel. 23rd October - 3rd November 2019. Cruises leave at 18.30 and 20.30.

Halloween Ball at the Mansion

If you’re looking to party this Halloween in London, you may as well go big. And events put on at The Mansion are as big, as dazzling and as decadent as any you’ll find in the capital. Set across three dancefloors, an art room and 2 socialising lounges—all decked out in spooky, quirky decor—the Halloween Ball at the Mansion is an immersive, hedonistic playground. There’s street food on offer, live fire performers, 3 DJs, live music and even a real graveyard in the back. Fancy dress is mandatory. And there’s good reason to take it seriously: winners of the best costume award win flights to NYC. Ticket buyers will be sent the address 48 hours in advance. Saturday 26th October 2019, 21.00 - 4.00 [caption id="attachment_5324" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/caption]

Drink Along with Lost Boys

Lost Boys Pizza live for this time of year, so it’s a great place to spend your Halloween in London. Famed for their black charcoal pizza bases, this bar and restaurant are vampire-themed year round, but there’s no better time to visit than Halloween. This year, they’re putting on screenings of the horror film that gave them their name and style, The Lost Boys. With the whole place covered in Halloween dress-up, it’s an absorbing environment to soak up the atmosphere of the classic 80s vampire movie. The admission price includes a pizza and bottomless beer, wine or Prosecco whilst the film’s playing. From Monday 28th October - Friday 1st November 2019, 19.30 - 21.45 and 22.00 - 00.00

Pumpkin Carvings at Fortnum’s - Adult Session

If you’re looking for a gentler way of spending your Halloween in London, try the Fortnum & Mason pumpkin carving session on Thursday 27th October. The two hour class will have you cutting out great chunks of flesh (from a pumpkin) in a bid to win the Best Pumpkin Prize. Thursday 27th October, 18.30 - 20.00

London Month of the Dead

This October, choose from 42 different events that examine the way London has treated, mythologised and been influenced by its dead. Run to benefit London’s Magnificent Seven cemeteries, the diverse programme of events include taxidermy workshops, walking tours of cemeteries, and live talks on topics such as the apocalypse, post mortem photography, vampires, the folklore of evil and a hell of a lot more. Some after-hours performances in London’s cemeteries are among the most popular events, and include a vampire opera, a magic lantern slide show and ghost story telling. Book ASAP to avoid disappointment. Various events, venues and times throughout October. Check their website for details of individual events

Trapped in Wonderland: Halloween Experience

Spend this Halloween in London, trapped in a fantastical world gone wrong. Alice is locked up in Wonderland and has lost her mind. The happy creatures of the book have gone mad and turned evil. The tea party is a bloody mess. But Evil Alice is throwing a party, and it’s the place to be this Halloween in London. Turn up (in compulsory fancy dress) around 21.00 for the Mad Hatter’s Welcome Cocktail Tea Party...then step into a playground of the macabre. Top DJs spinning house, club and hip-hop classics, a confetti shower, a midnight doughnut giveaway...this is a big, scary party with a big, scary personality. Thursday 31st October, 21.00 - 4.00 [caption id="attachment_5325" align="alignnone" width="1000"][/caption]

Halloween Fright Night Cinema at the Rivoli Ballroom

From 28th October until the 31st, Rivoli Ballroom cinema are putting on a fiendishly good selection of horror and creepy classics. Across four nights in the lead up to Halloween, choose from screenings of Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Shining. One of London’s last remaining ballrooms, Rivoli will be dressed up for the occasion. And there’s always been something creepy about old glamour. The stories, the people, the long nights of the past. Expect themed cocktails and cinema snacks. Every night from 28th October to 31st October 2019. 20.00 - 23.00

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