Looking for a spooktacular way to spend your Halloween? Here’s a few ideas from us…
The Descent, Colab Theatre: for those who like to be involved as much as possible to get their scares, then you might want to pop along to catch this latest immersive experience from Colab Theatre. Based on the story of Orpheus and his descent into the underworld, this is an experience that is set to chill your bones…
Watch Batboy the Musical at the London Palladium: for those who love a musical, then good news! This rock horror musical is back in London in time for Halloween, playing at the London Palladium on the 31st October. The story follows that of Edgar, who is a half boy/half bat creature and soon discovers secrets about his origin. With a cast including Jordan Luke Gage (Bonnie and Clyde, Heathers), Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (Cinderella, In The Heights), Trevor Dion Nicholas (Hamilton, Next To Normal) and Jodie Steele – what is not to love?
Enjoy a family-friendly Halloween adventure at Hampton Court Palace: aimed at families looking for a bit of Halloween fun, Hampton Court Palace will be transformed by magical spells, atmospheric projections and creepy sound effects as you creep around the palace, finished off by spooky stories and then relax with a Halloween-themed treat from the café. You can take part in this between the 21st to the 29th October.
Find out more about the dark arts at the Warner Bros Studio tour: the making of Harry Potter: If you are a fan of the Harry Potter franchise, then embracing the darker side of the wizarding world is a must for this spooky season. From visiting the great hall, decorated especially for the Halloween season to keeping an eye out for the dark mark there is plenty of spooky goings on at the Warner Bros Studio tour.
Find out more about the spooky goings on at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane: theatres are well known for having plenty of creepy things that occur, so why not pay a visit to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to take part in a special Halloween tour (until the 31st October on selected dates). Take in the history of the theatre, while discovering hidden passages, empty corridors and darkened doorway…
Enjoy a Halloween inspired menu including a specially created cocktail at Bamboo Mat: pay a visit to either the restaurant in Leyton or Stratford between the 23rd to the 30th October and for £40 per head diners can enjoy a delicious array of devilish dishes PLUS an exclusive cocktail – ‘Bloody Night’ – but don’t worry, it’s more sweet than scary, made up of vodka, lime, cherry, strawberry and grenadine.Meanwhile, the menu includes wild berry ceviche, seabass, sweet potato, cancha corn and coriander, tiradito yellow tail, with jalapenos and yuzu truffle soy, before succulent Karage crispy chicken with fiery gochujang mayo and for desert? A pumpkin chocolate mousse! For those who turn up in Halloween costume will receive a complimentary Bloody Night with their meal so make sure you put on your creepy best.
Jack the Ripper walking tour: for those interested in history, this walking tour which sees you visiting all the major sights and locations where the infamous serial killer committed his murders, led by an expert guide who will help immerse you in the the story of the UK’s biggest criminal mystery. It also includes a Ripper-Vision feature, which are handheld projectors to provide you with exclusive official police images from the real investigation to enhance the experience further.
Take a trip on a ghost bus tour: find out more about the history of London with a haunted perspective. During the 1 hour and 15 minute experience (dependent of traffic of course), those on board will see famous sites including The Houses of Parliament, London Bridge, Westminister Abbey and Tower Bridge. The experience departs from 8 Northumberland Avenue daily (outside the Grand hotel) so jump on board and prepare to be spooked!
Watch a screening of Hocus Pocus : celebrating 30 years since it was first released, why not head to the cinema and watch this classic Disney film which stars Academy Award®-winning Bette Midler (Beaches, Ruthless People, For The Boys), Primetime Emmy Award-winner Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex And The City, Divorce, The Family Stone), and Kathy Najimy (Sister Act, Rat Race) as three witches who are getting ready to cause havoc in Salem in order to put a spell on the town and recapture their youth!