Little known fact: skeletons actually hate Halloween parties.
They have no body to go with.
You, on the other hand, are blessed with a full suit of muscles & organs over which you can slap a suitably hilarious costume and hit the town with, quite possibly, another likeminded person. As for where you should go? Well, the following decadently spooky London events should provide a little inspiration…
Hammer House of Horror Live: The Soulless Ones
Hammer House of Horror absolutely nail it when it comes to movies. And now they’re dipping their toes into the bloody world of immersive theatre, by making you a character in their latest venture, The Soulless Ones….
Details: Throughout October | 130 Hoxton Street, N1 6SH | £50 (£25 for Nudge Members between 9-18 Oct)
A Halloween Séance With Philipp Oberlohr
Ever wanted to see what a genuine, Victorian-style séance was like? And enjoy a few Victorian-style cocktails while you’re at it? Then look no further…
Details: 24th October | 11 Mare St, E8 4RP | £20
Museums at Night
Potentially making yourself a far more attractive zombie target by juicing up your brains, MaN will see educational establishments all over the UK open their doors after dark. London’s events include a visit to the “Library of Screams”, an interactive museum mystery event within the bowels of Tower Bridge, and a Halloween Banquet at the Museum of Brands.
Details: 26th-28th October | Various London Locations
Night of A Thousand Spirits at Courtesan
Head down to the spooky, subterranean lair at Brixton’s recently relaunched dim sum spot, Courtesan, and you’ll be lavished with absinthe-heavy cocktails, dark dumplings and pumpkin buns, and a haunted cabaret replete with suitably fearful party games.
Details: 26th October | Courtesan, 69 – 73 Atlantic Road, SW9 8PU | From £6.66
Love Come Down
The denizens of disco, Love Come Down are back with their popular Halloween hootenanny. Expect classics from the likes of Donna Summer, Chaka Khan and Diana Ross, and prepare to unleash some freakishly good dance moves – and/or horrifyingly unfashionable disco gear.
Details: 27th October, 10.30pm-5am | Styx, 5 Ashley Road, N17 9LJ| £10
Sharks in the Dark
Sharks are already pretty terrifying, but this is Halloween. So the people at the London Aquarium are going to dunk you in a tank with 15 of them. In the dark. With a torch.
Details: 27th-31st October | County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB | £27.50 (book in advance)
The Electric Brixton are turning things up to Eleven this Halloween, with a full orchestral rendition of the Stranger Things soundtrack. Expect an Upside Down theme, ’80s costumes, retro light show, and renditions of Toto, The Clash, Joy Division, New Order, Echo & The Bunnymen, Dolly Parton and, of course, the Stranger Things theme tune.
Details: 27th October | Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade, SW2 1RJ | £15-£20
Theatre of Blood: The Halloween Ball
A Curious Invitation are back with their annual macabre masquerade, where you’ll be able to dance to Serbian ska and Transylvanian trance; sing pagan songs from The Wicker Man; watch spooky cabaret (featuring an actual bed of nails); take part in tarot readings and deadly life drawing; and even attend your own funeral.
Which, ironically, is also what it’ll be if you don’t go.
Details: 27th October | Coronet Theatre, 28 New Kent Road, SE1 6TJ | £20
The Candlelight Club Halloween Spooktacular
The Candleight Club is ordinarily completely candlelit. Hence the name. Only on the Halloween weekend, those candles will be housed in pumpkins, there will be tarot card readings, and you shall be completely freaked out by your host, Champagne Charlie. Costumes encouraged, ’20s theme mandatory.
Details: 28th October | A Secret Location | £20-£130
Ultimate Power: Bat out of Halloween
Karaoke is fun. Karaoke with hundreds of other people simultaneously singing power ballads at the top of their lungs is closer to a religious experience. And this Ultimate Power event is going to have all the MeatLoaf, Bonnie Tyler, and Bon Jovi you can shake a cassette at. Bring your Air instruments and throat sweets.
Details: 28th October | O2 Forum Kentish Town 9-17 Highgate Road, NW5 1JY | £13
The Mansion Halloween Ball
The people at the Oxford English Dictionary are scrambling to re-write the entry for ‘decadent’, because after The Mansion Halloween Ball their current definition will be woefully inadequate. The party will include: two dancefloors, an art room, a VIP area, a pair of lounges, fire shows, a casino table with a professional croupier, a team of make-up artists, a VJ playing vintage horror flicks, and more.
Details: 28th October | A Secret Location | £36-£4,500
Bourne & Hollingsworth’s Dark Circus Party
Unless you’re agorophobic, The Grand Hall in St Pancras isn’t generally thought of as being particularly terrifying. But head down there on the 29th, and you’ll find the Bourne and Hollingsworth peeps have filled with with caged curiosities breathing fire and swallowing swords, starry-eyed at ethereal silk performers, treacherous trapeze acts, and bizarre sideshow oddities. And booze. Shudder.
Details: 28th October | St. Pancras Grand Hall, Judd Street, WC1H 9JE | £35
Midnight Apothecary Halloween Spooktacular
Apothecaries already sounds kind of spooky. Midnight Apothecaries, doubly so. And for this Halloween special, the botanical cocktail gardeners on the roof of the Brunel Museum will be throwing incredibly carved pumpkin lanterns, firepits, complimentary toasted marshmallows, apple bobbing, Halloween-themed cocktails, and “strange blue fire” into the mix.
Details: 28th October | The Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF | £5
Crazy Circus Party at POP Brixton
Providing a strong case to run away to the circus are POP Brixton, whose crazy big top-themed Hallowe’en shindig enlists live sets from gypsy swing bands, a fortune-telling greenhouse, a glitter and tattoo parlour, pink elephants to ride, roaming circus performers, aerial acrobats, and a High Priestess with a megaphone.
Details: 28th October | POP Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ | £5 advance, £10 on door
Taxidermy Masterclass at The Zetter Townhouse
The Zetter Townhouse bar in Clerkenwell is already populated with an eclectic cast of taxidermied animals, including a boxing kangaroo and a cat in a dress. So it’s the natural place to settle down with a cocktail to create your very own preserved animal model, replete with miniature props and Victoriana dress.
Details: 28th October | The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell, 49-50 St John’s Square, EC1V 4JJ | £75
Watch The Thing on The Cutty Sark
Head to the Cutty Sark this Halloween, and you’ll get a screening of the cult John Carpenter film, along with a little background about the ship’s own struggles with death.
Details: 31st October | King William Walk, SE10 9HT | £15 (book in advance)
Halloween at Alcotraz
Keeping schtum about the details, the folks at prison-themed popup bar Alcotraz are putting on a one-spooky-night-only special event this Halloween, saying nothing more that that it will be both “epic and intimate”. With two sittings at 6pm & 9 pm, ironically, the one thing we know it won’t be is a lock-in.
Details: 31st October, 6 & 9pm | 212 Brick Lane, E1 6SA | £35 (includes a prison jumpsuit, and minimum 4 cocktails from your own smuggled liquor)
Jack the Ripper Tours by The Discount Suit Company
This Halloween, the people at the Discount Suit Company aim to ply you with alcohol, then take you down the backstreets of Whitechapel & Spitalfields, with absolutely no ulterior motive at all…
Details: 31st October | Discount Suit Company, 29A Wentworth Street, E1 7TB | £20 (including 2 cocktails)
Psycho Screening on Top of the Shard With Grey Goose
Ordinarily, spending an evening 800ft above the city with a psycho might not sound too appealing.
But this is a special case because – thanks to the folks at Grey Goose – the Extraordinary Travelling Film Show are popping up at the top of the Shard again, with a special Halloween screening of the Hitchcock classic. And since they (clearly) don’t do things by halves, there’ll also be welcome Grey Goose cocktails and popcorn awaiting you.
Details: 31st October | The Shard, Railway Approach, SE1 9SG | £40
Bao X Bubbledogs Halloween Party
Bao & Bubbledogs are tricking out the Bubbledogs HQ on Tuesday the 31st, and treating you to a one-off Halloween fancy dress party, complete with a specially created menu of Halloween-themed hotdogs & sides, plus a variety of DJs.
Details: 31st October | Bubbledogs, 70 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QG | Just turn up
The Museum of Curiosities 3rd Birthday
The Museum of Curiosities is, well, curious. And this Halloween, to mark its third bithday, not only will it be filled with the usual unusual artefacts, but also a throng of pleasure seekers all holding a free gin & tonic.
Details: 31st October | 11 Mare St, E8 4RP | Admission free (but RSVP essential)
Balthazar is a lovely little restaurant, and in an apparent effort to combat this image, this Halloween they’re filling the place with skulls, pumpkins, bat-shaped cookies, s’mores, pecan pies and pumpkin pies, as well as an entire confection-made graveyard. And they’re also serving special cocktails (including the gin-laced Devil’s Claw, and the rum-fueled Apparition) – order one, and the barman will flip a coin. If it lands on ‘treat’ your cocktail is on the house.
Details: 31st October | 4-6 Russell St, WC2B 5HZ
Junkyard Golf Club’s Day of the Dead
Amping up their already clown-filled, gravestone-toting crazy golf course, Junkyard are adding an extra sprinkling of Hallowe’en festivity by peopling it with real clowns, circus performers, fire eaters, magicians and scare actors, who have probably been briefed specifically to jump out at you just as you’ve lined up your shot.
Details: 31st October | Junkyard Golf Club, Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL | From £9.50
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Want to see what un-spooky things there are going on this month? Check out our pop up guide…