With the warm weather but a distant memory and the dark evenings drawing in, it’s evident that the horrors of Halloween are nearly upon us. But what wicked things can we mere mortals get up to when we creep on over to the capital? Be there, beware and read our top 5 spooky days out in London, if you dare…
1) London Dungeon
Fancy a day jam-packed with ghoulish guffawing and edge-of-your-seat excitement? If the answer is yes, look no further than the London Dungeon. Situated less than half a mile from Westminster Bridge, you can expect all the gruesome goings-on that its name suggests, including two riveting rides and many live shows. But be careful – there are all sorts of shady folk from London’s darkest hours. Test your nerve as you hear blood-curdling tales from Whitechapel, brave a descent into the deepest depths of the Dungeon and pit your wits against the plague, in a highly immersive and engaging experience through 1000 years of history. There’s even time to top up with a drink and a gossip at the 1800s Tavern.
> London Dungeon
2) London ghost walks
Nothing can set pulses racing quite like a guided ghost tour around the capital’s cobbled streets. Join your knowledgeable guide and warily wander through shady, shadow-covered alleyways, as a selection of fear-inducing fables and folklore are recounted before your very eyes. Sinister monks, white figures and many other frightful apparitions are said to prowl the streets alongside you, sometimes whispering in the wind to unsuspecting walkers. So keep your wits and a watchful eye, as foreboding darkness fills the sky. These creepy chronicles are not for the faint of heart, so ensure your kids are left safely at home.
> London ghost walks
3) The Tower of London
Having been around since the early 1080s it’s no wonder that the Tower of London holds all manner of scary secrets and surprises, perfect for bringing any day to life. Learn about the disconcerting disappearance of Prince Edward V and his brother Richard in 1483, and how the eerily named Bloody Tower came to be named. If that wasn’t enough to spook you, head for the Lower Wakefield Tower to discover terrifying torture instruments of all shapes and sizes, and then on to Traitors’ Gate which was used to transport prisoners to the Tower via the Thames. The Tower is also home to the crown jewels so pop in to see some truly priceless sights in between the scary stories.
> Tower of London
4) Darwin Centre Spirit Collection at the Natural History Museum
Though there’s nothing paranormal on offer here, there’s just something quite unnerving about walking through 22 million pickled animal specimens, all preserved in the name of science. The Spirit Collection at the Natural History Museum is home to 27 kilometers of shelves, filled with creatures great and small, including a giant squid, some of which were collected by Darwin himself. As educational as it is stomach churning, visitors will experience an inside look at some of the most cutting edge research that takes place at the museum. If this up-close-and-personal showcase isn’t for you, there are plenty of other magnificent exhibits to feast your eyes on.
> Natural History Museum- The Spirit Collection
5) Fearful at the theatre – The Woman in Black
If you think you’ll be safe from fear in the comfort of a theatre this autumn, think again. Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of novel The Woman in Black is guaranteed to have audiences in a frenzy, promising a non-stop scarefest of tantalising tension building and shrill shrieks of anticipation. The Fortune Theatre in London’s West End has been showing the spectacle since 1989 and to top it all off, it even has a showing on Halloween itself – if you’re brave enough. If that sounds a little too frightening, other mystically-named showings such as The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked are also on during this period.
> The Woman in Black