Wednesday 05 September 2012

Halloween in the capital is never a dull affair, and this year is no exception. So shake off those cobwebs and get ready for the ultimate fright fest as London’s best attractions serve up some spooktacular fun for all the family!

The usual scary suspects

Be sure to visit the self-professed home of Halloween, the London Dungeons, to meet the latest mischievous Halloween character, The Trickster – who will be stalking the attraction from 29 September – 4 November to shock, scare and trick or treat those unsuspecting visitors. There’s also the chance to meet some freaky favourites – from Sweeney Todd to Jack the Ripper – starring in 14 shows that bring to life 1,000 years of London’s dark past.

Late sessions at London’s museums have always been a great way to spend an evening, and this Halloween the V&A has gone all out to terrify and entertain with its Kensington Gore session on 26 October. Visitors can take part in an array of scary workshops, talks and film screenings, along with zombie make-overs, fake blood screen-printing and horror film screenings – and a late bar!

Eerie encounters for the little terrors

Halloween is at its spookiest outdoors, especially at the WWT Wetland Centre, which will be running gruesome activities aplenty, including disgusting experiments, bat walks, camp fires and scary stories. Elsewhere in South London, the historic Eltham Palace and Gardens will play host to creepy crafts workshops, spooky activities and ghost hunting galore!

For something indoors (but just as scary), join in on the Terror Tour at the Natural History Museum, complete with the creepiest, scariest and most terrifying specimens on 31 October, whereby five scientists will bring out their most fearsome favourites.

On 28 October, the newly reopened Cutty Sark and the Queen’s House will be welcoming all little witches and warlocks for the ultimate Halloween event including spooky tales of Cutty Sark’s very own witch, dancing, singing, freaky fancy-dress making and lots more.

A spellbinding stay

For those visitors who have forgotten their broomsticks and can’t get home, why not rest your bones at The Grove, who have teamed up with new attraction for 2012, Warner Bros Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter, to make your Halloween in London a memorable one. The Magical Tour for Muggles package includes overnight accommodation in The Grove’s contemporary West Wing, with breakfast, two tickets to Warner Bros. Studio Tour and a souvenir guidebook. 

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