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19th October 2019

13 Quirky Halloween Things to do in London 2019

It may be Halloween for us all year round, but we love any additional excuse we can find to ramp up our penchant for dark tales and twisted immersion – and what better time than the most magical night of the year?

We’ve rounded up 13 (the spookiest number of them all) of the best happenings in London that celebrate All Hallows’ Eve so you can get your spook on in style. We’ve also created a map just for you, so you can find Halloween things to do in London that are also just around the corner from one of our London escape room venues and make a night of it. You’re welcome.

Halloween 2019 Google Map

SOUTH EAST LONDON HALLOWEEN EVENTS

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Top Halloween events in South East London, which is just a short tube ride from our central London escape room venue, The Hope. So, you can enjoy a spooky escape room experience with our Lady Chastity before you head out to dance into the the night.

1. SILENCE

  • When: Various times from Wednesday 23rd October – Sunday 10th November 2019
  • Where: Colab Theatre, 74 Long Lane, SE1 4AU
  • Nearest tube: Borough

Excellent immersive theatre company Colab presents an evening of horror and suspense with their show Silence. With only their wits, a ritual and a mad priest, guests must traverse the darkness, race the clock and escape a vengeful spirit!

Tickets: colabtheatre.co.uk/silence or search at designmynight.com.

2. CARNIVALE – THE DARK AND THE DAMNED

  • When: 9pm-3am Thursday 31st October – Saturday 2nd November 2019
  • Where: Bunker 51, 3 Herringham Road, SE7 8NJ
  • Nearest tube: North Greenwich

Hosted by Ultimate Recreation, Carnivale: The Dark and the Damned invites guests to a hedonistic club night with carnival games, DJs all night and 2 scare mazes! Enter a night of frights, delights and carnival games. What could possibly go wrong?

Tickets: carnivale2019.co.uk or search at designmynight.com.

3. MIDNIGHT APOTHECARY HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR

  • When: 17:00 – 22:00 Saturday 26th Oct 2019
  • Where: Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF
  • Nearest tube: Canada Water

Midnight Apothecary are at it again with their eighth Halloween Spooktacular. Expect a sea of perfectly carved pumpkins, a spider web roof garden, and more toasted marshmallows than you can manage – along with some deluxe hot Rum Toddies to cast their spell over you.

Tickets: Search at designmynight.com

4. OLD SCHOOL YARD HALLOWEEN – GET SPOOKY

  • When: 17:30 – 0:30 Friday 1st-Saturday 2nd November 2019
  • Where: Old School Yard, 111 Long Lane, SE1 4PH
  • Nearest tube: Borough

Ready to rise from the dead? The Old School Yard is full of all kinds of elixirs of life this Halloween with supernatural cocktails, a spider web spectacular and prizes for best (read: creepiest) costume. You’ll get a free cocktail upon entry, and are expected to stay until you can hear the werewolves.

Tickets: Search at designmynight.com

NORTH LONDON QUIRKY HALLOWEEN NIGHTS

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A selection of top halloween events near our North London escape room venue, The Depot. A pub 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. AFTER DARK ALL HALLOWS EVE TALK – ABNEY PARK

  • When: 19:00 – 20:30 Thursday 31st Oct 2019
  • Where: Abney Park, Stoke Newington High Street N16 0LH
  • Nearest tube: Arsenal

Head to the very heart of Abney Park, the marvellously intimate and atmospheric mortuary chapel, this Halloween for a tour circling the Cemetery’s most enigmatic and spellbinding ‘permanent residents’, Halloween’s origins, dark Victoriana and the birthplace of modern horror.

Tickets: Search at designmynight.com

6. DARK TWISTED FANTASY

  • When: 21:00 – 03:00 Thursday 31st Oct 2019
  • Where: DUO, Camden
  • Nearest tube: Camden Town

Step into the dark, twisted fantasy of this terrific club night at Camden’s DUO, where you can sink blood shots and dance the night away to R’n’B, hip-hop, club classics and a range of genres mixed by some of Camden’s finest. Costumes encouraged.

Tickets: Look up tickets on designmynight.com

7. HEELS OF HELL: ULTIMATE HALLOWEEN TOUR

  • When: 19:00 onwards, Thursday 17th October 2019
  • Where: The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road, NW5 1JY
  • Nearest tube: Tufnell Park

Ready to get spooky? The Heels Of Hell tour returns for its FIERCEST year yet this Halloween, featuring some of the world’s biggest and sassiest drag queens.

Make Halloween a night to remember with this stellar show featuring Sharon Needles, Alaska, Adore Delano, Miz Cracker, Latrice Royale, Kennedy Davenport, AkeriaDavenport, Mayhem Miller and Biqtch Puddin.

Tickets: Search on designmynight.com

8. JOURNEY TO THE UNDERWORLD

  • When: 18:00 – 22:00. Until Sunday 10th November 2019
  • Where: Arch, 63 Pedley Street E1
  • Nearest tube: Bethnal Green

All aboard for this immersive dining and theatre experience, where guests can enjoy a three course meal created by BBC MasterChef Finalist 2017 Louisa Ellis. As summer nights draw to a close, and the black velvet skies wash over the capital, Pedley Street Station welcomes you to witness the greatest love story never told where fantasy, fear, danger, lust, hope and love await in the world of the Dark one. 

Tickets: funicularproductions.com

9. SHANE’S HALLOWEEN SCARY MOVIE SPECTACULAR

  • When: 19:30-02:00 Thursday 31st October 2019
  • Where: Shane’s on Canalside, East 26 East Bay Lane E15 2GW
  • Travel: Walking distance or Hackney Wick Mainline

Free popcorn, caustic cocktails and food deals are available all night at Shane’s on Canalside, which is hosting a more laid back solution to your Halloween night out. But don’t fear – there’s still plenty of opportunity to get your freak on, thanks to a showing of 1991 psychological thriller Silence of the Lambs and a generously extended happy hour.

Tickets: Search at designmynight.com

10. GIN HOUSE BURLESQUE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

  • When: 19:30 – 05:00 Friday 25th-Saturday 26th October 2019
  • Where: 257 Kingsland Road E2 8AS
  • Travel: Haggerston mainline

Celebrate this Halloween like it’s the 1920s with drinking, dancing and debauchery. Sin the night away in this cheeky little speakeasy 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 HALLOWEEN THINGS TO DO

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Start your night at our South London escape room venue The Four Thieves where there are two of our escape rooms to choose from, not to mention a retro arcade, RC racetrack, mini golf and table tennis. The perfect Halloween preamble before you drag them on the dance floor to do the Monster Mash at one of these club nights around the corner.

11. THE LONDON HALLOWEEN BALL

  • When: 23:30 – 4:00 Thursday 31st October 2019
  • Where: Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade Brixton Hill, Brixton SW2 1RJ
  • Nearest tube: Brixton

London’s biggest Halloween party is here, and this one ain’t no doozy. DJs and hosts keep the dead singing all night, in a room where no corner is safe from the wicked monsters lurking. Record ensuing messiness in the murder mystery photobooth, or head to the Brixton Ripper station – will you be fortunate with a treat? Or fall foul to a trick?

Tickets: Search at designmynight.com

12. TWISTED TIME TRAVEL HARD BREXIT APOCALYPSE

  • When: 22:00 – 04:00 Friday 1st November 2019
  • Where: The Prince of Wales, 467-469 Brixton Road, SW9 8HH
  • Nearest tube: Brixton

Embark on a journey through the ages in a world of post-Brexit apocalypse at this stupendous club night. Pack your time travelling passport (Brexit can’t affect us in the 1980s – all nationalities welcome!) for a fully immersive dance party throughout the evening with flash mobs, politicians and a mix of nostalgic 80s and 90s tunes – all that’s missing is YOU!

Tickets: Search at designmynight.com

13. HALLOWEEN SPECIAL CLAPHAM BAR CRAWL

  • When: 20:00 onwards. Fri 1st November 2019
  • Where: @ Bar, 165 Clapham High Street, Clapham SW4 7SS
  • Nearest: Clapham Common

With the streets full of zombies, pirates and any number of animals, what better time to get messy than Halloween? Experience the very best that Clapham has to offer with a spooky Halloween pub crawl which will nip into four legendary bars in the SW4 area for free shots at each place and exclusive cheap drink deals. Take photos as you go – there’s a good chance you’ll forget who you are by the end of the night.

Tickets: Search at skiddle.co.uk

BOOK YOUR HALLOWEEN EXPERIENCE AND MAKE A DAY OF IT

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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. You can find out more about our spooktacular escape rooms Lady Chastity’s Reserve and Poppa Plock’s Wonky Workshop or just go ahead and book your Halloween escape room experience now

We’d love to see what you get up to. Share your Halloween experience with us on Instagram @handmade_mysteries #HMMHalloween and we might even give you a cheeky little trick or treat!