Halloween 2017: London’s best events

Family frights, classic horror films and spooky suppers are all on offer across the capital this Halloween

Dr Johnson’s House

On October 27 there’s a chance to explore Dr Johnson’s house in the City by night, with black cats to hunt for, punch to drink and plenty to discover about the grisly side of 18th century medicine. Standard admission prices apply and there’s no need to book. Find out more here.

Addams Family concert

On October 26 at the Royal Albert Hall, a screening of The Addams Family complete with live orchestra will be a perfect way of getting the family in the mood for Halloween. The screening starts at 7pm and to book, go here.

The Exorcist, the play

A stage version of the classic horror film (and the novel that inspired it) has just begun an extended run at the Phoenix Theatre in the West End. To book tickets, go here.

Addams Family at the Royal Albert Hall

Handel and Jimi Hendrix

At neighbouring buildings in Brook Street in Mayfair where Handel and Jimi Hendrix lived respectively, there’s a night of ghostly goings on inspired by these two famous residents. The event, on October 27 from 7pm, includes spooky life drawing classes, live music and a pop up bar with Halloween cocktails. Tickets cost £25 and can be booked here.

Osterley Park and House

On offer at Osterley, in Isleworth, is a pumpkin festival, including carving and decorating sessions (until October 29), and after dark tours (October 27 and 28), in which the scary history of this Georgian manor will be explored. All the information you need is here.

London Dungeon

The classic Halloween day out for kids (and big kids). New for this year’s fright fest is the Death Express – a recreation of a London railway that transported dead bodies in the 19th century. Book your place (if you dare) here.

Osterley House

Kensington Roof Gardens

If you want a Halloween-themed night on the tiles then be quick and book up for the Kensington Roof Gardens’ ghoulish party (October 27-28). The second of these club nights is already sold out, but limited tickets are still available for the night before.

Horror films at the Prince Charles Cinema

A month-long season of horror films is currently in full swing at the wonderful Prince Charles Cinema, near Leicester Square, with remaining screenings including Rosemary’s Baby (October 29), Psycho (October 30) and The Exorcist (October 31). There’s also an all-nighter featuring six classic movies, including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street (October 28). For the full programme, go here.

Club nights at The Garage

The Garage in Islington is hosting a couple of Halloween specials. First up on October 27 is The Night is Dark and Full of Terrors, a Game of Thrones-themed party, followed on October 28 by House of Horrors, an indie club night with a DJ set from appropriately named band, The Horrors. Tickets are limited – book here.

London Zoo

Boo at the Zoo is a series of Halloween events at London Zoo, in Regents Park. From 11.30am to 3pm every day until October 31, young visitors can get involved in pumpkin carving, check out the bat cave and attend Ghoul School. Ghost tours are also available to book. Go here for all the details.

Tricks and treats on the menu at Gordon Ramsay restaurants

House on Haunted Hill

Opening on October 31 and running to November 11 at Leicester Square Theatre, House on Haunted Hill is a comedy show that clowns around with the horror movie genre. Book tickets here.

Gordon Ramsay restaurants

At restaurants including Bread Street Kitchen and Heddon Street Kitchen, a series of Halloween-inspired experiences are running until October 31, including pizza-making workshops for children, supernatural dining nights and specially-curated cocktail menus. Discover all the details here.

London Horror Festival

An annual festival of horror theatre featuring literary adaptations of classic ghost stories, cabaret and new writing. All performances take place at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington. For the full programme and to book tickets, go here.


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