With London's long and menacing history, there is no shortage of ghost tours and haunted houses to visit during Halloween. But, if you're looking for something else or just a night out, the following are some alternative ways to enjoy the holiday. Many of these events take place on an annual basis, but the times and venues given below are for the 2019 schedule.
1. Halloween & Fireworks Boat Party on the Thames
This event is a four-hour evening party cruise. There will be a disco and DJ offering the best of Halloween tunes, heated decks, and large dance floor. Tickets include admittance to a Ministry of Sound after party.
When: Saturday 2nd Nov 8.00pm - Sunday 3rd Nov midnight
Where: Crown Pier, London Cost: £32.50 and Booking fee More Details
2. Halloween 5k & 10k
The pathways of Olympic Park are decorated for the season and zombies act as guides. Participants are encouraged to dress in costume for this short fun run. Race entry includes: themed medal, chip-timed results, free official race photographs, and Halloween treats at the finish.
When: 31 October, 7pm Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 3 Thornton Street, London E20 2ST Cost: £22.00 More Details
3. Dark Arts at Warner Bros Studio: The Making of Harry Potter
Warner Bros Studio offers a behind the scenes walking tour that focuses on the making of Harry Potter and features costumes, animatronics, props, never before seen footage, and official movie sets. Visitors can also experience the creation of Halloween gross-out features from the films like buckets of troll snot, silvery unicorn blood, and drool from the three-headed dog.
New for the 2019 season is an exhibition on the masks of the Death Eaters, followers of the Dark Lord Voldemort. The original Death Eater masks and costumes from the films will be on display.
When: September 27 2019 - Sunday November 10 2019
Where: Warner Bros Studio
Cost: Tickets must be purchased in advance: Adult (16 and above): £45.00; Child (5-15): £37.00 More details
4. October Lecture Series: London Month of the Dead
Installation at Old Operating Theatre
The London Month of the Dead is presenting 42 events over the month of October on wide-ranging Halloween themes. These presentations will be delivered by experts from disciplines such as taxidermy, osteology, archaeology, environmental history, philosophy, paranormal studies, and forensic pathology. The events include private tours of crypts, archives and museums, storytelling, performances, workshops, formal lectures, and walking tours.
When: October 2019
Where: Brompton, Highgate, Kensal Green, Abney Park, Nunhead and West Norwood, St Bride's, London Bone Archive
Cost: Ranging from £12 to £70 More details and Purchase Tickets
5. Festival of the Dead
The Festival of the Dead is a new event for the London club scene. This one-night event has proved to be very popular and witnessed a complete sellout of tickets in 2018. It has been described by the Troxy club as 'a unique combination of carnival, circus and clubbing inspired by the art of the Day of The Dead celebration.'
When: Sat, Oct 19, 2019, 9:00 PM – Sun, Oct 20, 2019, 2:00 AM
Where: Troxy 490 Commercial Road London E1 0HX
Cost: £27.67 – £46.20 More Details and Purchase Tickets
Fortnum & Mason's is offering adult and children's pumpkin carving workshops at their London Piccadilly location. Learn pumpkin carving artistic techniques, create your own jack-o-lantern, and compete for a prize in a Best Pumpkin Contest.
When: Thursday 27th October, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Where: Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER
Cost: £20 plus booking fee More Details
7. Tour of Brompton Cemetery
Brompton Cemetery Chapel; image by Simon Burchell via Wikimedia
Brompton Cemetery is a Grade 1 listed area with over 35,000 stones and memorials. It has been a burial place since the 1840s and is full of notable individuals and thousands of stories. There are many opportunities for guided tours, events and lectures in the newly-restored chapel, or just to explore on your own. The cemetery is a popular tourist destination and even has a cafe in the grounds.
When: Opens 7:00 am daily. During the winter the Cemetery closes at 4:00pm
Where: South Gate off Fulham Rd. North Gate off Old Brompton Rd; directions
Cost: Free; charge for special events or guided tours More Details
8. Avoid Vampires at Garlic & Shots
Garlic & Shots is an interesting candlelit Gothic pub in Soho where every dish is served with garlic: 'no dishes are served without garlic, you can always order more garlic, but never less.' There are 101 shots available at the pub, all containing garlic.
When: See website for opening hours
Where: London Soho, Frith Street 14
Cost: Variable More Details
9. Butterfly Taxidermy in Kensal Green Cemetery
Taxidermist and graphic artist Suzette Field is presenting a practical workshop on the techniques of butterfly taxidermy at the Victorian burial ground of Kensal Green Cemetery. The class is an introduction for beginners (no experience necessary) on the techniques used in setting butterflies. There will be a talk on insect taxidermy and then a practical session of setting butterflies.
When: 5th October 2019 from 11:00 am
Where: The Dissenters' Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery
Cost: £45; includes all materials, set of framed butterflies and additional setting boards, and a gin cocktail More Details
10. Spooky Magic Lantern Show by Frankenstein Phantasmagoria
The Frankenstein Phantasmagoria uses original Victorian magic lanterns to recreate the ghost shows of the nineteenth century. The group was initially commissioned to celebrate the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus and is rooted in the gothic traditions of the Victorian era. The lantern show will be accompanied by the spooky tones of the Kosmische Glass, a descendant of the glass armonica, which was used in séances in the early nineteenth century.
When: 1st November 2019 at 7:00 and 8:30 pm
Where: Brompton Cemetery Chapel; South Gate off Fulham Rd. North Gate off Old Brompton Rd; directions
Cost: £15 More Details