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13 Unusual Ways to Make This Halloween the Best One Yet
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13 Unusual Ways to Make This Halloween the Best One Yet

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Fashion Editor
Updated: 27 October 2017
The spookiest holiday is just around the corner, but this year, why not take a slightly different approach to your fright-night celebrations? Here are 13 (unlucky for some) innovative events that promise to make Halloween 2017 the best you’ve had yet.
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Add a Touch of Fright to Your Yoga Session

If you’re keen to celebrate, but you also want your fitness fix, then Saturday’s Disco Yoga® session at The Hoxton hotel in Holborn could be exactly what you need. The three-hour event includes a one-hour yoga flow and a devilishly delicious disco-themed three-course brunch, complete with Halloween-themed mocktails. Arrive early for some pre-class glitter and UV paint to help set the scene. Class is set to a spooky playlist to fuel your flow, and don’t forget your Barry M Cosmetics goody bag on the way out. You’ll leave with that post-yoga glow, even under all the face paint.

The Hoxton, 199-206 High Holborn, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 207 661 3000

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Put a Spooky Spin on Your Night Out

The Roof Gardens in Kensington is renowned for throwing an unforgettable party. What’s more, they fully embrace a theme, so fancy dress lovers, this one’s for you. The iconic rooftop garden and indoor club is sure to be bedecked in Halloween-inspired décor and pumping a spooky soundtrack. West London’s most coveted party is not to be missed. Arrive before 9pm for a complimentary cocktail.

The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, London, United Kingdom, +44 0207 937 7994

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The Tube, but Spooky

Eclecticism meets education on the Haunted Tube Express, a historical tour of the underground network, complete with insightful anecdotes and ghost stories to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Expect to stay below the ground for the duration, descending at Bethnal Green and re-emerging into daylight at Covent Garden. The tales associated with some of London’s most famous stations are truly surprising, so join if you dare; there’s a chance your weekly commute will be forever changed.

Bethnal Green Station, Cambridge Heath Road, London, United Kingdom

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Get Inside the Mind of a Psychopath

Explore the inner workings of a psychopathic mind on Monday 30th October with forensics lecturer and psychotherapist Jennifer Rees. She’ll cover topics such as how to spot a psychopath, identifying whether your boss (or more terrifying, you yourself) show psychopathic tendencies and more. An interactive discussion that includes video footage and screening tests, you’ll come away with a better understanding of a topic that you might not have otherwise explored.

O’Neills, 33-37 Wardour Street, Soho, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 207 494 9284

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

If Halloween is all about the sweets for you, then look no further than The Joy Of Chocolate: Halloween Flavours, on Sunday 29th October in East London. Not only will you sample some of the premium blends, but you’ll also learn about the complexities of the ingredient and how best to combine it with other flavours. A chance to put your culinary skills to the test, there’s a section of the session dedicated to creating your own recipes, and you’ll also practice the art of tempering chocolate (Bake Off fans, you know what we’re talking about).

The Joy of Chocolate, 6-8 Bonhill St, London, United Kingdom

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Go on a Halloween Pub Crawl

On the 27th, 28th and 31st of October, the Halloween Pub Crawl is one to tick off the nightlife bucket list. More than 500 people (or zombies, or ghouls) will descend on the streets of Soho to take part in a four-bar pub crawl that promises free pizza, shots and discounted drinks at each destination. If you’re into fancy dress, and you’re in favour of a student-esque night out, this is the event for you.

Greek Street, Soho, London, United Kingdom, +44 7494 693 040

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Watch a Scary Movie

Boutique cinema screenings are always a good idea, but at the end of October, the only really acceptable genre to settle down to watch is horror. Perhaps for this very reason, The Exhibit in Balham is showing the classic black-and-white thriller Psycho [1960] as part of its Frights & Bites event. For £16, you get admission and can choose an option from the cinema dinner menu, as well.

The Exhibit, 12 Balham Station Rd, London, United Kingdom, +44 020 8772 6556

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Party in a Crypt

You’ve heard of immersive theatre, but immersive partying? Now, this is intriguing. This female-only party takes place inside a South London crypt and draws inspiration from the Pomba Gira (that’s the Queen of Darkness to most) with performance group The Pomba Girls, who will lead a truly unique experience. When it comes to dress code, more is most certainly more; it’s time to unleash your inner banshee/vampire/enchantress at the most off-the-wall party in town.

St. Giles Church, Camberwell Church St, Camberwell, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 7475 151567

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Make Your Own Treats

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or you’re new to the art of cake decorating, there’s skills to be learned and fun to be had at this Halloween-themed cake decorating class. It’s a BYO cake situation, but everything you’ll need to make said cake into a spooky treat will be provided, from icing and fondant to tools and decorations. Bring your cake and your ideas, and leave with a delicious and artistic treat and a new string to add to your bow.

Tea & Crafting, 30B Camden Lock Place, London, United Kingdom

Drink Like a Pirate

Make like the pirates in the spooky tales, and climb aboard a boat on Regent’s Canal for an evening of rum tasting with South London Wine School. The session is led by an experienced host and will cover six rums along with a little bit of history on each. And, of course, there will be canapé to complement your tipples. Expect a jolly-old evening spent with like-minded people. Fancy dress is encouraged.

Regent’s Canal, London, United Kingdom

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Party With Vampires

Live music, bespoke cocktails served in a crystal skull and scarily convincing vampire actors making their way around the dance floor—The Lost Boys Immersive Vampire Experience truly embraces Halloween. Inspired by classic 1980s film The Lost Boys [1987], the party starts with The Doors cover band before DJ Drag-nar’s set at 11pm. Entry is free, but there’s a £5 fee, which entitles you to a cocktail upon arrival—a steal for a zone 1 club night. Get outfit planning, and round up the troops if you’re looking for a unique night out.

Juju’s Bar & Stage, 15 Hanbury St, London, United Kingdom, +44 020 7770 6109

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Solve Tricks for Treats

A truly unique take on a historical journey, the Trick or Treat Halloween Treasure Hunt and Cream Tea puts a new and exciting twist on a visit to The British Museum. Start with a set of crypt-ic clues, and once you’ve solved the mysteries, locate the objects within the exhibit. As you might have guessed, you’ll be racing against other teams for a series of token prizes. Once the challenge is over, you’ll come together to enjoy a themed cream tea. After all, it’s set to be hungry work.

The British Museum, Great Russell St, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0)20 7323 8181

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See London’s Spookiest Sights by Night

On the Ghost Walk and Cruise of London, you’ll meet fellow explorers at Green Park before embarking on a walking exploration of the city’s Royal Parks and visiting the most haunted house. The final stop is the Tower of London, to which you’ll arrive by boat whilst enjoying a free bar accompanied by a series of scary facts and ghost stories. Expect to enjoy some of London’s most famous sights, as well as informed commentary on each.

Green Park, London, United Kingdom