13 Halloween Events in London with a Twisted Twist

Truly it’s Halloween for us all year round so we love an excuse to ramp up our penchant for dark tales and twisted immersion. We’re not just bringing you any old list though, no no no. This year we have not only scoured the wonderful world of the interwebs to discover some top Halloween events in London, we’ve also created a map just for you. So you can find things to do on Halloween around one of our escape room or live gaming venues in London and make a night of it.

Why 13? Because it’s the spookiest number of all silly!

SE London: Near St James of Bermondsey, Operation Mindfall

The HQ of our shiny new game Operation Mindfall is at St James of Bermondsey, a lively boozer with crafty drinks and tasty food to help replenish those team playing muscles or celebrate your victory. Here’s some spooktacular Halloween events nearby so you can get your spy kicks with us and tag on some post Halloween antics.

1. The Copycat Halloween Event

  • When: Various dates from Tuesday 16th October 2018

  • Where: 74 Long Lane SE1 4AU

  • Nearest tube: Borough

The Copycat is brought to you by Splutter Theatre, who promise you ‘a uniquely terrifying immersive experience that puts you right in the middle of all your favourite horror films.’ A murder mystery with escape game esque challenges, which according to one reviewer are a little more basic than your standard escape room but probably just about right for any newbies that are planning to get a little tipsy.

Tickets: colabfactory.co.uk/copycat or search at designmynight.com.

2. Purge Lockdown Immersive Halloween Party

  • When: 8pm-2am Friday & Saturday 26th-27th October 2018

  • Where: Bunker 51 3 Herringham Road SE7 8NJ

  • Nearest tube: North Greenwich

The Purge Lockdown Immersive Halloween Party is the perfect place to show off your new found spy skills from Operation Mindfall. Where, in their own words, ‘you can yield to your most hedonistic desires whilst knowing you are safe from harm’. There will be music from the DJs and live performers who are promised to ignite ‘your innermost impulses’ and ‘unleash your wicked side’. Sounds rather exciting to us.

Tickets: purgelockdownparty.co.uk or search at designmynight.com.

3. Midnight Apothecary Halloween Spooktacular

  • When: 17:30 - 22:00 Saturday 27th Oct 2018  

  • Where: Railway Avenue SE16 4LF

  • Nearest tube: Canada Water

Midnight Apothecary are at it again with their seventh Halloween Spooktacular. Arachnophobes may not be too impressed with the spider webbed roof garden but the bar will have more magic potions and elixirs then you can shake your wand at. Try one of their signature deluxe hot Rum Toddies and feel its spell cast over you, as you dare to descend into Brunel’s spooky underground chamber.

Tickets: Search at designmynight.com

4. Old School Yard Halloween - Get Spooky

  • When: 17:30 - 0:30 Saturday 27th Oct 2018

  • Where: Old School Yard, 111 Long Lane SE1 4PH

  • Nearest tube: Borough

If you’re ready to rise from the dead, the old School Yard will have you shuffling back to life with supernatural cocktails and all the classics of yesteryear. Dress to frighteningly impress for the chance of a zombifying prize and don’t be afraid to arrive early - the bloodstained pizzas here are to die for. Take advantage of the happy hour deals and before you know it, you’ll have to return to your grave to recover.

Tickets: Search at designmynight.com

North London: Near The Depot, Poppa Plock’s Wonky Workshop

The Depot in North London is the exclusive venue for our twisted toyshop inspired escape game Poppa Plock’s Wonky Workshop. Perfect for Halloween, you will be immersed in a world of melted dolls, possessed toys and mind bending challenges. The pub is also renowned for its tasty menu so you can grab a bite, enjoy a creepy game and head off to one of these gems for some more Halloween antics.

5. Uncanny Tales  theatrical show

  • When: 19:00 - 22:00 Wednesday 24th Oct 2018

  • Where: Abney Park, Stoke Newington High Street N16 0LH

  • Nearest tube: Arsenal

For a mixture of sophistication and gothic enchantment, Uncanny Tales will present a theatrical show inspired by the Victorian literary masters. So if you recognise the names James, Lovecraft and Poe, visit Abney Park, known as one of the ‘magnificent seven’ garden cemeteries of London, for Uncanny Tales’ third Halloween anthology performance. The only thing more eerie than the performance is the location.

Tickets: Search at designmynight.com

6.  Nightmare on Inverness Street

  • When: 21:00 - 04:00 Saturday 21st Oct 2018

  • Where: DUO, Camden

  • Nearest tube: Camden Town

For those looking for a fright, a delight and a dance infused night, DUO will transform into London’s festival of horrors for one evening only. Watch out for the jump scaring creatures of the night lurking in the shadows and get a free ‘Blood Shot’ - slightly less painful than it sounds - between 2100 and 2145. All that’s left is to dance the night away to RnB, Hip-Hop, Club Classics and a range of genres mixed by some of Camden’s finest.

Tickets: xclusivetouch.co.uk

7. Twisted Circus Festival

  • When: 21:00 - 03:00 Friday 26th Oct 2018

  • Where: The Forum 9-17 Highgate Road NW5 1JY

  • Nearest tube: Tufnell Park

Ladies and Gentlemen, the circus is coming to London. Featuring a truly immersive experience with mandatory fancy dress, let the Twisted Circus festival bewitch and control your senses. Be enthralled by live circus acts and DJs, be amazed at the carnival esque pageantry and be thrilled by the theatrical surprises waiting around every corner.

Tickets: twistedcircusuk.com

East London: Near People’s Park Tavern, Lady Chastity

The perfect starting point for your Halloween night out in Hackney, People’s Park Tavern is right next to Victoria Park and boasts a pretty impressive pub garden, crazy golf and the one and only Lady Chastity is ready to blast you into her haunted world in her ghostly Victorian lair. Get your kicks, win the wine and enjoy everything the pub has to offer or continue the night with one of these treats within stumbling distance.

8.   Journey to the Underworld

  • When: 18:00 - 22:00.Various dates from Tuesday 16th Oct 2018

  • Where: Arch 63 Pedley Street E1

  • Nearest tube: Bethnal Green

For those who want diner and a show this Halloween, take someone special to the darkest fairytale and greatest love story never told. Enjoy a three course meal created by BBC MasterChef Finalist 2017 Louisa Ellis to compliment a story of danger, fantasy love and lust. This dining experience will blend into the theatrical narrative until all your senses are completely immersed.

Tickets: funicularproductions.com

9. Shanes Rocky Horror Picture Party

  • When: 19:00-02:00 Friday 26th Oct 2018

  • Where: Shane’s on Canalside, East 26 East Bay Lane E15 2GW

  • Travel: Walking distance or Hackney Wick Mainline

Music, entertainment and Rocky Horror themed cocktails await you at Shane’s Rocky Horror Picture Party.  As Frank would say: “ Give yourself over to absolute pleasure. Swim the warm waters of sins of the flesh - erotic nightmares beyond any measure, and sensual daydreams to treasure forever. Can't you just see it? Don't dream it, be it.”

Tickets: Search at designmynight.com

10. Gin House Burlesque Halloween Spooktacular

  • When: 19:30 - 05:00 Friday 26th Oct 2018

  • Where: 257 Kingsland Road E2 8AS

  • Travel: Haggerston mainline

Celebrate this Halloween like it’s the 1920’s with drinking, dancing and debauchery. Sin the night away with an evening of burlesque, jazz, live music and maybe just a smidge of gin. After three years of gin-house parties, there’s no better way to knock them back than at the King’s Head Members Club.

Tickets: Search at designmynight.com

South London: Near The Four Thieves Pub, Lady Chastity

A gamer's paradise The Four Thieves has not one, but two of our escape rooms, a retro arcade, RC racetrack, mini golf and table tennis. Plenty to satisfy your active seeking mates so they can get their gaming kicks before you head off to drag them on the dancefloor and do the Monster Mash at one of these club nights round the corner.

11. Halloween with Mike Skinner and Donae’o

  • When: 23:00 - 6:00 Saturday 27th Oct 2018

  • Where: Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade Brixton Hill, Brixton SW2 1RJ

  • Nearest tube: Brixton

A Halloween night perfect for anyone into all things grime, rap, garage and dancehall, The Streets frontman Mike Skinner and rising UK favourite Big Tobz and Donae’o have got you covered. A raucous party mashup that will keep you buzzing into the wee hours.

Tickets: Search at designmynight.com

12. Supa Dupa Fly Brixton X Halloween ‘Get your Freak on’

  • When: 21:00 - 04:00 Friday 26th Oct 2018

  • Where: The Prince of Wales, 467-469 Brixton Road SW9 8HH

  • Nearest tube: Brixton

What better place to ‘Get your Freak on’ and celebrate your gaming victories than an at a freakfest with a warmup rooftop party? This club night will be bursting with Hiphop and RnB tunes. Better yet, the best outfit gets a free bottle of bubbly! Sounds familiar?

Are you a Freak Of The Week? Like to ‘Get Your Freak On? Maybe you’re a ‘Freak In The Morning, a Freak In The Evening’? Either way, Join us for a Halloween special in your Freakest Hiphop garms! Best outfit gets a bottle, on us!

Tickets: Search at designmynight.com

13. Freaky Friday Halloween in Clapham

  • When: 19:00 - 3:30 Fri 26th Oct 2018

  • Where: SO.UK, 165 Clapham High Street, Clapham SW4 7SS

  • Nearest: Clapham Common

This treat of a night at SO.UK doesn’t just plan to blow your minds with their DJ lineup they also plan to fill your gobs with some free pizza… yes you heard right, FREE PIZZA! Well, only for pre-booked tables before 10pm but still - sounds good to us! SO (see what we did there), if you want to grab a slice and make some shapes this could be the place to head on over to after Lady C is done with you.

Tickets: soukclapham.co.uk

Book your Halloween experience and make a day of it

Halloween visits our haunted souls once a year so why not spoil yourselves with a day packed to the brim with horrific twisted twattery and mischievous antics? All of these events are in walking distance, pub crawling reach or just a couple of stops along on ye ol’ tube.

Share your Halloween experience with us on Instagram @handmade_mysteries #HMMHalloween and we’ll enter you into a prize draw for another cheeky game of your choice for you and 5 mates - now that’s a treat!