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Things to Do for Halloween 2017 in London

Picture of Ruaidhrí Carroll
London Travel Writer
Updated: 25 October 2017
Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. It’s time to get artistic with the face paint and channel all creativity into a badass costume because the spooky train is rolling into town and bringing with it lots of great ways to celebrate Halloween 2017.
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Newburgh Quarter of Curiosity

Head to Soho to discover the enchanted Newburgh Quarter of Curiosity, just off Carnaby Street. A host of frightfully fun activities and workshops are available, including Pimp your Pumpkin and Halloween Headdress Making. Oh, and there’s potion cocktail concocting for the grown-ups. Newburgh has everything anyone could need to throw a scarily good Halloween party. Tickets can be booked online.

From Tuesday 17th-Tuesday 31st October 2017.

Free.

Newburgh Quarter of Curiosity, 2 Newburgh Street, Soho, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 207 333 8118

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The Addams Family in Concert

Everybody’s favourite creepy family is coming back to the big screen for a special presentation of Barry Sonnenfeld’s classic. The Royal Albert Hall is showing The Addams Family (1991) as part of the Festival of Film, but this is no ordinary screening—the film will be accompanied by a live orchestral performance of Marc Shaiman’s iconic musical score.

Thursday 26th October 2017. Doors open at 6:15pm for a 7pm start. Ends shortly after 9pm.

Tickets from £25.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 207 589 8212

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Exploring the Mind of a Psychopath

Do something different this Halloween at O’Neills on Wardour Street. Forensics lecturer and psychotherapist Jennifer Rees will delve into psychopathy during Exploring the Mind of a Psychopath. Topics include psychopathic children, the neuroscience behind psychopathy, which professions seem to attract psychopaths and even why we need them in society.

Monday 30th October 2017. Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. Ends around 9pm.

Tickets are £20.

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

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The Halloween Raveyard

When London’s graveyards were overflowing in the late 19th century, the vaults of Waterloo were used to store bodies and prepare them for transportation to Surrey (via the morbid London Necropolis Railway), where much more burial space was available. If anything can wake the forgotten dead left behind here, it’s this raucous Halloween Raveyard at The Vaults featuring live performances from Sam And The Womp, The Correspondents and The Severed Limb. Beware that the line-up varies depending on the day.

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2017. From 8pm until 2am.

Tickets from £5-£18.

The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 207 401 9603

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Tea Break Theatre Presents Dracula

Head to Hackney for Tea Break Theatre’s Dracula, an immersive theatrical re-enactment of Bram Stoker’s blood-curdling classic, conducted inside the National Trust’s historic Sutton House. The Grade II-listed tudor-era manor house contributes an eerie vibe to an already scary story. Factor in the showers of insects and sudden blackouts, and this promises to be a terrifyingly terrific experience.

From Tuesday 17th October-Saturday 4th November 2017. Starts at 7:30pm.

Tickets from £14-£16.

Sutton House, 2-4 Homerton High Street, Hackney, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 208 986 2264

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Geffrye Museum Ghost Hunt

By day, the Geffrye Museum is a perfectly safe homage to the history of the home, but this Halloween, Fright Nights London will host a spine-chilling Geffrye Museum Ghost Hunt. Tour the historic building with a psychic, hold a vigil in some of the museum’s most haunted locations and explore the creaky basement, which has been closed to the public for more than 100 years. Enter if you dare.

Saturday 11th November 2017. From 9pm until 3am.

Tickets are £55.

Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Rd, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 207 739 9893

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Halloween in the Sky

Worried about the dead rising? Take some precautionary measures, and head to The Sky Garden near Monument to party the night away 35 storeys above London’s rising dead at Halloween in the Sky. Spooky snacks and devilish drinks will be on offer, while live music from the Soul Jets will kick-start the evening, and resident DJ Joel will play long into the night of the dead.

Friday 27th October 2017 from 6pm.

Tickets from £25.

Sky Garden, 1 Sky Garden Walk, London, United Kingdom, +44 (0) 207 337 2344