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HOW TO CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN IN LONDON

by Maddy de Winter, 11th October 2019

We are well and truly in the swing of October and that means there's plenty to look forward to before the end of this Century! We've had Oktoberfest, Christmas is right around the corner - but first, HALLOWEEN!

Thursday 31st October is almost upon us, it's time to get creative, start planning your costumes and dig out your box of fancy dress attire! If you haven't seen Christmas in the shops yet you will definitely have seen Halloween merchandise. Take this as a gentle reminder to get planning and deciding how you're going to celebrate. Who doesn't love an excuse to party??? 

Here are some ways to celebrate Halloween in London!

For the hardcore partygoers out there we have found the following events: 

Elrow London - Horroween at The Drumsheds (3rd Nov) 

The elrow collective bring their immersive clubbing experience to Enfield’s huge new 10,000 venue, The Drumsheds. Elrow's biggest 'Horroween' show ever in London claims to bring a world of derelict haunted houses, disturbing dancefloors, and petrifying graveyards to The Drumsheds London for the first time! 👹☠️

They’re promising that this 10-hour daytime party will feature ‘derelict haunted houses, disturbing dancefloors and petrifying graveyards’ soundtracked by electronic music so on-point it’s almost frightening. Buy tickets to the event here!

We Are Halloween FSTVL (26th October) 

Head to Hainault Forest the weekend before Halloween for a scarily ambitious Halloween bash from the ghouls behind festival We Are FSTVL. There’s a ‘Vampires vs. Zombies’ theme, a full-on forest light show, and big-name DJs! Buy tickets here!

Milkshake Halloween Rave - Ministry of Sound, Elephant & Castle (31st Oct)

And for those of you who want to party on ACTUAL Halloween (on a school night😱) then we've got you covered. Ministry of Sound’s huge weekly student night, Milkshake, is steering the Elephant superclub’s Halloween night party this year. Expect to hear the best house, hip hop, disco, garage, rap and grime across four different rooms, and to see some sickening Halloween 'lewks' – according to the promoters, a costume is ‘essential’ for this one. Buy tickets here!

If you're looking for a more authentic experience of Halloween that actually involves pumpkins and some horror then we've got some ideas for you too! 🎃

Pick-your-own - Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon (18th-31st Oct)

For those of you who want to pick and carve your own pumpkin, then this place is for you! Wimbledon Pumpkin Picking Patch opens for business on October 18, with its own onsite Pumpkin Café. Borrow one of the wheelbarrows and take your perfect Pumpkin home.

Fortnum & Mason Pumpkin Carving Classes - Fortnum & Mason, St James’s (26th Oct)

And if you require a little expertise or inspiration with what to carve into your pumpkin then we have the class for you! There are sessions for both children and adults, where you'll be schooled on how to imaginatively carve pumpkins and create one-of-a-kind lanterns. There's also a prize for the best pumpkin at each class. Plus, you'll get to indulge in some wickedly delicious treats after. 

Kingston's Silent Ghost Story Walk - Ancient Market PlaceKingston (30th Oct - 1st Nov)

Take a walk on the spooky side with this ghostly tour of Kingston's Ancient Market, a terrifying cross between a ghost-themed sleuthing challenge and a live-performance Halloween extravaganza. This is not for the faint of heart. This will definitely tick your creepy horror experience box this halloween!

Temple Cinema - Masonic Temple at AndazLiverpool Street (31st Oct)

And for those of you who don't want to commit to dressing up, some intense horror, or a big night out, you can while away the evening at the Theatre but in true Halloween style!

There’s nothing like a hidden Masonic Temple setting to ramp up the atmosphere in what is already shaping up to be a series of suspense-filled screenings. This Halloween, they're showing a bona fide horror classic: Alfred Hitchcock's ‘Psycho’. Tickets are £20 and include unlimited popcorn!