I used to say we celebrated November 5th bonfire night more than Halloween in London but I reckon Halloween is the bigger event these days. This list is updated annually so you can bookmark this page to check the spooky happenings in London every year.
Don't forget to check out the delicious Halloween treats at Hotel Chocolat (Buy Direct).
This Halloween, the The London Eye invites families to join the ghoulish fun at the iconic London landmark. From Saturday 26 October to Saturday 2 November the Witch Academy will be taking on new recruits. On the Halloween Storytelling Capsule, kids can join the High Witch to take on the ghastly Grimly Grim and help to foil his despicable plans to steal the Crown Jewels. Every graduate of the Witch Academy will receive a special badge of honor to join the Witch Academy Alumni. (I tried this last year so can tell you more here.
- Try the London Eye Quiz
Always a good choice to scare yourself, the London Dungeon has two rides and excellent actors to introduce the gory side of London's history.
There's also a special late night opening of the London Dungeon on 1 November for adults only. Find out more...
On 26 and 27 October 2013 from around 4.30pm to 9.30pm, go on a spooky boat trip down the 192-year-old Islington Tunnel with Camden Canals and the Narrowboat Association. The boat trip is not available to adults without children or to unsupervised children. There will be special activities for children in the London Canal Museum (story telling and scary decorations) so make sure you allow time for these either before or after your boat trip.
Taking a tour of London's East End and hearing gruesome tales of true murders would certainly suit the 'scare yourself silly' theme for Halloween. Read my review of a Jack the Ripper Walk to find out what happens on these spooky trails.
Double decker sightseeing bus tours are quite normal but have you ever traveled on an all black double decker bus and heard spooky tales of crime and murder as you're taken around London? Probably not I'd guess but that's exactly what's on offer from Ghost Bus Tours.
On-board actors and technical trickery combine to create the scariest tour in town. A creepy conductor provides the commentary for this sinister sightseeing show, revealing haunted palaces, unmarked burial grounds and the skeletons in the capital's cupboard. Read my Ghost Bus Tours review...
Follow the blood-soaked trail of Sweeney Todd around the streets where his legend was born in this gripping audiowalk created by Soundmap in partnership with Warner Bros.
The walk was created to celebrate the release of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street starring Johnny Depp and features music from the film, audio clips and an exclusive interview with the film's director, Tim Burton. The film is now available on DVD.
10. Tower of London
If you are in search of ghosts and ghouls to get you shaking in your boots then a visit to The Tower of London is a must. Many an execution has taken place within these walls from Guy Fawkes to Anne Boleyn whose ghosts are said to dwell within the tower, haunting all those that are brave enough to enter.
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