Ooooooooooh, it’s all happening in London on the spookiest day of the year and we want you to be part of it! The British capital has gone all out this year with Halloween themed events and spectacularly spooky things to do this fine day that range from festivals celebrating this ghoulish holiday all week to one time events for this fright night. So, check out our top 3 things to do and enjoy!
1. Original London Ghost Festival
Our first Friendly suggestion is this frightful festival comprising a mixed bag of ghoulish events for you to take part in over the Halloween period. Phantasmagoria (formally London paranormal) produces a variety of themed events under four guises; Ghost Hunting with London Paranormal, Haunted History Walks, the Original London Ghost Festival, and the Horrorwood Scare Attractions and has got together with many ancient schedule monuments, major tourist attractions, castles, historic houses, and museums to bring you some of the scariest and entertaining events to feature in what will be their third edition of the Original London Ghost Festival taking place from Friday the 22nd of October and peaking with a fearful finish on the Halloween night itself, on the 31st of October. The festival will be kicking off with a tour of the London Dungeons and further events on offer during the week will include séances, haunted tunnel boat rides, ghostly history tours, little monsters spooky lunchtime for the kids (events for kids), ghostly and ghoulish grease paint activities, spooky caves, theatre, a spirits of whisky event, ghost walks, haunted tours of parks and the Westminster Palace, London’s Dead theme Ghost Fest Party, overnight ghost watches, a freaky Friday, themed lunch time talks, productions, and ghostly tales, the list is endless! To book events, as well as for more information and a full list of events etc. check out their website.
2. London Bridge Experience and London Tombs
Experience the terror and feel the fear in the forgotten London tombs… Voted the UK’s best year round scare attraction for two years running (so imagine what its going to be like on Halloween), brave visitors travel back through time to learn about the history of the bridge. The Housed in the vaults and excavated tombs of the London Bridge in the London Bridge Experience and London Tombs uses CGI and special effects, animation and costumed guides to tell the story of the bridge and surrounding area over the centuries. Attractions include recreations of the various bridges, and characters from each period spanning from Roman times onwards.
After the London Bridge Experience visitors can descend into the bowels of the bridge to contemplate the London tombs comprising a series of 14th century plague pits discovered and excavated while the London bridge experience was being built where an abundance of surprises and thrills await you so you won’t be disappointed. Friendly staff are also on hand if it gets a little bit too much and you want to leave however, for the rest of you in the words of the organisers themselves “get ready for the biggest fright of your life as you journey ever deeper into the London tombs….” When it’s all over you can calm your nerves in their fabulous café brood with a stiff drink (a really strong coffee….), purchase gifts from their gift shop to prove you braved the tour, or browse around the London Bridge Museum and contemplate the Peter Jackson London Bridge Collection. To summarise, not only is this a fabulously bone-chilling experience on the scariest night of the year, but it comprises two attractions in one! And, will you be afraid? Oh, yes……..
3. Halloween Skies
For those of you who are looking for a more relaxing experience on this fright night but still something a little bit out of the ordinary, then we recommend Halloween Skies, a Halloween-themed live planetarium show taking place in the Royal Observatory, in the London National Maritime Museum. This 120 seat planetarium comprises the only one open to the public in the UK, and in this fabulous event, suitable for all visitors over the age of 5 (thus perfect for families), the planetarium astronomer will reveal why Halloween takes place on the 31st of October and some myths connected to the night sky, thus making this an unmissable event. Using a combination of cutting-edge technology and sheer dedication the astronomer in the Observatory will attempt to answer some of the most exciting questions in the universe in this stunning show. Thus, this promises to be a really exciting and interesting event so come to the Halloween Skies event and see what the night sky has to offer. Furthermore, for those of you who are interested, situated next to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich Park is the Queen’s house which you can take a sneak peak at while you’re there See! London is practically giving it away this Halloween so make sure you take advantage of all these fabulous events, and have a terrifying Halloween.