Halloween is creeping up and you don’t have any plans? Not to worry. We got in touch with our pals at DesignMyNight for a spectacular guide on all the weird and wonderful ways to celebrate in London. From trick or treating on rooftops to movie screenings in historic buildings and a terrifying trip back in time to a high school prom gone wrong, there’s plenty of ways to spend the spookiest time of the year. All you need to do is sort an outfit (and luckily we have that covered here).
You don’t need us to explain what ‘Halloween’ means in Girl World. There’s a Mean Girls-themed dining experience coming to Camden this Halloween and it’s bringing the 2004 flick back to life in a big way. Expect a three-course meal with themed desserts and cocktails. Dress up as a mouse, a zombie bride or as Regina George herself, and make way for an evening full of Insta-opps and 2000’s hits.
Halloween just isn’t Halloween without watching a hair-raising movie, but there’s no resorting to Netflix this year. The only remaining 1950s ballroom in London, the historic building is opening its doors for three separate screenings this October: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Shining and A Nightmare On Elm Street. With popcorn and cocktails at the ready, it’s a brilliant way to recognise the spooky holiday.
If you binge watched The Vampire Diaries or still have a crush on Edward Cullen, we’ve got just the Halloween event for you. The Bicentennial Vampyre Ball is cutting no corners this October as it takes over London’s Century Club, and dressing up is (obviously) mandatory. You’ll find cabaret and fire breathing performances on the venue’s roof gardens, a mausoleum where you can attend your own funeral and a grand bloodlust ballroom, where you’re encouraged to dance till dawn.
American Horror Story fans are gonna go wild for this Halloween event. The Courthouse have teamed up with Coca-Cola Signature Mixtures to bring an American-style camping and cabin experience to Fulham, and it’s going to scare you senseless. Dress up as your favourite horror villains of all time and if you have it in you, join them for an RIP(rosecco) bottomless brunch before things kick off at 7pm.
Ballie Ballerson’s new Soho home has had a sinister makeover for Halloween. Grab a ticket to the adult playground from 31st October to 2nd November and you’ll see yourself swimming in a blood-red pit, with some surprises lurking at the bottom (if you’re brave enough to dive that deep). Boasting face painters, giveaways and Halloween-themed cocktails at the bar, you’d be dead silly to miss out on their spooky shenanigans.
There’s a secret members’ bar hidden away in East London and this Halloween they’re opening the doors to their raucous townhouse so non-members can attend. Promising jaw-dropping magic, bawdy burlesque and contortion, you’ll have plenty to keep you entertained until they close up at 5am. Scattered across The Polar Bear Room and The Dungeon of Boom, this immersive party is not to be missed.
The Little Blue Door is a quirky flatshare-themed bar in London and to celebrate Halloween they’re hosting Prom Gone Wrong. Penned as a High School Senior’s worst nightmare, this unique event will rewind the clock back to 1986, meaning you’ll need to pimp your wardrobe with some ball gowns and varsity jackets. There’s going to be beer pong tournaments, classic films on projectors, and complimentary glow in the dark jungle punch until 8pm.
On the highway to hell? Grab a ticket for Journey to the Underworld and you most certainly will be. This immersive dining experience will take you on a terrifying trip to meet the Dark One, as a twisted fairy tale unravels before your very eyes. Your two hour journey will start at Pedley Street Station, where you’ll be served a four-course meal dreamed up by MasterChef finalist Lousia Ellis as your carriage glides along the tracks.
Your favourite thing about Halloween was trick or treating? Same. Skylight are bringing it back for adults this October with their Halloween On Ice event. Visit the once-abandoned car park on 31st October for free candy, spooky cocktails and themed ice skating performances as they reopen their rooftop ice rink for the colder months. There’s prizes for best dressed too, so you have a solid excuse to perfect your Halloween getup.
Ladies and Gents is a cocktail bar in Camden with a colourful past (it used to be a public loo) and this year they’ve teamed up with Jägermeister to bring a floating bar to London’s ancient canals. A ticket includes two hours on The Dark Spirit and two tasty cocktails, and if you get spooked at any point (you have to travel through an eerie Victorian tunnel), there’s a wood-burning stove inside to keep you warm and out of harm’s way.