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13 Spooktacular Things to Do in London This Halloween

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Film Editor
Updated: 11 October 2017
It might have taken a while, but London is now a serious destination for anyone looking to get into the spirit of Halloween. Previously the spooky holiday was the preserve of Americans, but as our selection of fun- and fright-filled events show, London is scaring the competition in a big way.

The Exorcist, Phoenix Theatre

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Given its reputation as one of the greatest horror films of all time, it’s hard to believe that The Exorcist has never made its way onto the London stage. Perhaps its the special effects from the movie, which even today – more than 45 years since the film was released – manage to disturb audiences like few others can.

The limited run begins from October 20th, and comes with a warning that it contains material that may ‘shock and offend’. We wouldn’t want it any other way…

The Exorcist will run Monday–Thursday at 8pm, on Fridays at 6pm (‘Friday is Fright-Night’ ) and 9pm (‘Fright Night late show’) and on Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm. Tickets available here.

Halloween in the Sky

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Fast becoming an annual tradition, Sky Garden’s Halloween celebration promises an evening of spooky antics in one of London’s trendiest spots. Late night dancing, themed cocktails and a view of the city from 35 storeys in the air make this one stand out from the crowd. There’s also live music from DJ’s and the 9-piece band The Soul Jets.

Tickets are priced from £25 per person, and include a drink to get the party started in suitably spooktacular style. Bed in for a fright night to remember with table tickets available for £30.

The Sky Garden’s Halloween celebration is on Friday 27th October, 6pm–2am.

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Kaspar’s Halloween Dinner Party at The Savoy

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Have you heard the one about the South African diamond magnate and his notorious dinner at The Savoy in 1898?

The story goes that Woolf Joel organised a fancy soiree for fourteen guests, only for one to cancel at the last minute. The dinner continued with the unlucky number of attendees, but one guest announced that the first person to leave the table would die soon after. Joel scoffed and left before anyone else… and was shot dead in Johannesburg a few weeks later.

The Savoy then offered to seat a member of staff at all subsequent dinners if there were only 13 guests, but this move proved unpopular as no one really wanted an outsider eavesdropping on private conversations. And so the legend of Kasper was born.

Kasper, the three-foot-high sculpted cat, has been a fixture at The Savoy since 1926, taking his place at the table and complete with napkin wrapped around his neck.

In honour of the legend, Executive Chef Holger Jackish has created a special menu that will be served on two dates this Halloween season. Priced at £1,313.13 for a table of 13 guests including Kaspar, this will be a unique and luxury way to celebrate Halloween with friends and loved ones.

Saturday 28th and Tuesday 31st October. To book call 020 7420 2111.

Halloween in Bunga Bunga, Covent Garden

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Our favourite Italian hangout in London, Bunga Bunga will be going all out this Halloween. The venue will host a variety show that will capture all the things you love about the Covent Garden hotspot while mixing in a healthy dose of the supernatural season.

Enter through the hidden bat cave and make your way downstairs for a complimentary Black Bacardi Daiquiri and an evening filled with Bunga Bunga’s unrivalled immersive entertainment at their Halloween Variety Show special. Prepare to encounter many of The Don’s mobsters from the present day and those who have passed, as they make their way through the fully immersive and theatrical evening, leaving guests wondering what was real and what was not…

Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October, 7pm.

Prince Charles Cinema All-Nighters

There’s a month-long season of horror at The Prince Charles Cinema, including some bone-chilling all-nighters that will have you on the edge of your seat. Going by the title ‘HorrOctober’ (catchy), the Leicester Square cinema will host cult classics, modern favourites and even pyjama parties to get you in the mood for Halloween.

We have our eye on the rare screening of 80’s gem The Monster Squad, which will also feature a Q&A with two of the cast. Prepare to be scared… and to feel very, very old.

Maggie’s Creep Show

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We’ve not been to Maggie’s yet, but we do know that it’s usually scary enough, given the huge influence of the decade that fashion and good taste forgot. That’s right, Maggie’s is heaven for anyone desperate to get back to the big hair and shoulder pads of the 80’s.

To be fair, retro cool is in vogue at the moment, and this venue certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously – but it does get the details spot on. For Halloween, the West London club is putting on an evening influenced by the tremendously terrifying anthology movie Creep Show.

Understandably, fancy dress isn’t just advised… its mandatory.

Saturday 28th October, 10.30pm–3.30am.

Luna Cinema Halloween Season

Hampton Court
Hampton Court | © Riot Communications

You may well have enjoyed Luna Cinema’s line-up this summer at one of their outdoor screenings, but just because its Autumn and the weather has turned slightly cooler doesn’t mean we’re not able to enjoy some film fun in the fresh air still.

Taking over the stunning grounds of Hampton Court, Luna Cinema will be putting on three nights of movies to cater for every taste.

Tim Burton’s comedic Beetlejuice will kick things off, followed by Oscar-winner Silence of the Lambs and rounding off with the scariest Harry Potter film of the series, The Prisoner of Azkaban.

For tickets and more information, visit the Luna Cinema Halloween Section.

Deptford Market Haunted History Walk

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© Streetand PR

North Londoners find venturing South of the river scary at the best of times, so we wonder how many will head to Deptford for this haunted history walk just before Halloween.

The two-hour guided tour, which is completely free, will delve into the rich history of the area and reveal why noted figures such as Peter The Great, Christopher Marlowe, Samuel Pepys, Victorian poverty-mapper Charles Booth and Tahitian servant Mydidee all visited Deptford.

Walkers will be spoilt for choice with Halloween-inspired street food fare, as well as creepy cocktails and spooky slushies served up by award-winning cocktail bar Little Nan’s.

The best Halloween costume will receive a complimentary Tea Pot of Cocktail at Little Nan’s post walk.

The walking tour will take place on Saturday 28th October, 5.30pm–7.30pm, followed by drinking and dining in Deptford Market Yard, 7.30pm until close. Register here.

Psycho at The Shard

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The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show take their unique set up to one of London’s most iconic buildings for a night of screams, cocktails and ‘killer views’.

This Halloween the team will be screening Psycho, arguably one of the greatest thrillers of all time, at The View from the Shard. If you haven’t been up there yet, this is a great chance to experience one of the most Instagrammable spots in London. If you have been up the tallest building in the city then come and visit it like never before.

Tuesday 31st October, 9pm.

Cahoots: Abandoned Tube Station

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© Cahoots

If you’re looking for a cool venue and something right in the centre of town this Halloween, then head to Cahoots, which will be turned into a spooky abandoned underground station. Just off Carnaby Street on Kingly Court, Cahoots is usually a lively spot that is almost impossible to get into, but for one night only the venue will embrace the dark side.

The conductor (who may, or may not be in good spirits himself) will be dishing out cocktails for the best wartime costumes.

Saturday 28th October 2017, 5pm.

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Haunted Halloween Ball at The Mansion London

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Halloween parties tend to be the best parties of the year, especially if you get into the spirit of it all. The Mansion London will once again host a Halloween Ball from a secret location that will send chills down your spine.

The immersive event boasts some of Europe’s hottest DJs and musicians who will be performing throughout the night. The Mansion London has already delivered some of the most exclusive parties in London throughout 2017 and on Halloween will have entertainment rooms, multiple dance floors, fire shows and revellers in the wildest and wackiest costumes imaginable. Fancy dress is mandatory.

Saturday 28th October 2017, 9pm–3am.

Halloween at Cereal Cafe

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Who doesn’t love cobwebs with their breakfast? Well the infamous Cereal Killer Cafes (in Camden Market and Brick Lane) will be transformed into Haunted Houses so you can enjoy some spooks with your Shreddies or frights with your Frosties!

The soundtrack will be handpicked to reflect the season and there will be four limited-edition Kellogg cereals on offer for those brave enough to try them. There will also be a selection of the best Halloween-themed American cereals to “enjoy”.

Head down to the Camden branch if you also want to experience some classic 90s horror movies as well.

Halloween at The Courtesan: Night of a Thousand Spirits

Eliza DeLite
Eliza DeLite | © V's Anchor Studio

Another trip south of the river is on the cards if you fancy visiting one of London’s trendiest destinations. Night of a Thousand Spirits at The Courtesan in Brixton has stunning interiors which look as if they’ve come straight out of a David Lynch movie. And the food is as intriguing as the decor.

For Halloween there will be a ghostly cabaret featuring burlesque stars Demi Noir and Eliza DeLite as well as a special Dim Sum menu and seasonal cocktails.

26th October 2017. Tickets available here.