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.
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.
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.
4) Museum After Dark at the Natural History Museum
There’s something quite scarily fascinating about walking through the hallowed halls with the company of dozens of creatures from centuries past. Follow the Terror Trail around the exhibits and experience the galleries when they are eerily quiet. Everything from monolithic mammals, to the intricate insects there’s plenty to feast your eyes upon. Visitors are encouraged to come dressed for the occassion, with prizes on offer for the most frightening face covering.
5) See something spooky on the silver screen
Film fanatics rejoice! All across London, there will be multiple open air and pop up cinemas to help you celebrate the most sscary time of year with a horrifying movie or two. The Rivoli Ballroom, one of the last remaining intact 1950’s style ballrooms in London, is opening its doors for a series of ‘fright night’ cinema showings throughout the Halloween season with frightful favourites including Pyscho, Rocky Horror Show and The Shining. For a really chilling experience, head over to the Forbidden Forest Cinema at Copeland Park in Peckham. Venture into the Forest (if you dare!) for night viewings of The Blair Witch Project, Us and Sixth Sense.