The highlights of this month for most Londoner’s are probably the half term week that has quickly snuck up on us, alongside the fact that Halloween has fallen on a Saturday. Schools are breaking up this week and it’s a great time of year to be out exploring the city with your family and making the most of that lovely week off (for the kids anyway). Meanwhile, London is preparing to celebrate the scariest day of the year with a range of themed events for everyone to enjoy, from attractions, to tours and even to special restaurant menus. Here’s how you can get into the spooky spirit.
If you’re looking for activities that your little monsters can get their teeth into, the capital is hosting plenty of events throughout the half-term week and some are just too terrifying to miss! Before you can start decorating your home with colourful trees and tinsel ready for Christmas, you must turn your home into a spooky setting. Let your little ones help you out with some creative ideas at the “Halloween at Fortnum Mason” event in Mayfair which is set to hold crafty workshops next week. Highlights include daunting demonstrations on how to make gruesome slime, bubble bombs and the dry ice effect alongside opportunities for the kids to get stuck in making ghostly lanterns and of course, pumpkin carving. Sculpt your pumpkin set to scare for the annual carving event and your home is ready to terrify!
Some may call us a little bit biased because we’re home to the spectacular Wizard Chambers, but we will definitely not hesitate to recommend this unmissable experience held at the truly phenomenal Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Go behind the scenes of the darker side of the Potter story and explore the sinister aspects in the lead up to Halloween. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London unveiled a new section last year entirely dedicated to the deeply mysterious Dark Arts. Get up close to some never-seen-before props such as the Vanishing Cabinet and some of Professor Lupin’s costumes. Step inside Malfoy Manor, explore the office of Dolores Umbridge and even come face-to-face with a life-like 20ft model of Voldemort’s serpent companion, Nagini. What tops off this perfectly magical day out in celebration of Halloween, the transfer to the Studio Tour leaves from right here in Victoria! An experience not to be missed.
Do you have a steady stomach and able to keep a brave face? Now is the right time to test your nerves with one of the creepiest ghost hunts in the city. London has a dark history, so if you dare to discover about unexplained happenings, strange sightings and tragic tales that will send chilling shivers down your spine. A special Halloween tour at the Museum of London Docklands will be extended until 2AM on the night of the 31st October, plenty of time for you to be totally spooked by the eerie history of the area. To step it up a notch on the scare-scale, the 16th Century house in Syon Park has been rumoured to have ghostly goings-on and on Friday the 30th, the doors are opening for you to shuffle inside and hear about the stories of monarchs, priests and servants who reached an unfortunate sticky end. Have your ghost detector as well as your nerves of steel at the ready, you don’t know what signs of supernatural you’re going to come across!
These are only some of the terrifying activities you can get involved with this Halloween. Throughout the city you’ll find exclusive events for everyone, from scary movie screenings to frightfully fun parties and don’t forget to dress up, if you dare !