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October: Halloween events 2013, London

Love it or hate it, Halloween isn’t far away. Whether you will be helping to make costumes for the little ones (or yourself) or if you plan to attend a spooky soiree, one thing’s for sure London certainly caters for those in search of fun this October.

To make sure you know what’s happening near to you, this is our lowdown of the best things to do this Halloween, area by area.Pumpkins by MarchieCTID

Central

The Halloween Witch Academy

Where: EDF Energy London Eye
How much: Adult £25.92, Child £15.66 (if you book online)
When: 26 October – 2 November 2013

The London Eye by night by theboybg London Eye by stuartpilbrow
Beginning not too far from our neighbourhood, the first of our spooky top picks is the Witch Academy, which will be taking place over a series of days, on the EDF Energy London Eye. Families can join the “High Witch” on the Halloween Storytelling Capsule – to help take on “Grimly Grim” and help put a stop to his evil plans. Get the whole family’s imagination running, whilst enjoying this much-loved London landmark. Find out more


North

Boo at the Zoo

Where: ZSL London Zoo
How much: Adults: £23.00, Child £17.00
When:  26 October – 3 November 2013

Boo at the Zoo Flickr.com by Vicburton
One of north London’s highlights for many is ZSL London Zoo – and from the 26th of October until the 3rd of November families can make the most of the fun extra activities taking place here during this time. Children will love the spooky schedule of Halloween-themed activities that will make up “Boo at the Zoo”, including group storytelling and getting close to some of the Zoo’s more mysterious creatures. Find out more


East

Hed Kandi Halloween Party

Where: McQueen, Old Street
How much: £8 per person (adult only)
When:  2 November 2013

DJ on decks by danielle_blue Pumpkin carved at night Flickr.com by ЕленАндреа
So this may not be one for the kids, but it is definitely for the young at heart. For those in search of some glamour, head to McQueen in east London on the 2nd of November for some Ibiza-style glitzy and ghoulish fun.  As well as the funky house and Hed Kandi classics on the decks, there will also be some Halloween-themed tracks thrown in to add to the spooky mix. The official line-up is still yet to be released, but get your tickets now to avoid disappointment. Find out more


South

Spooktacular Family Fun Day

Where: The Queen’s House, Greenwich
How much: £12 per person or £40 per family (2 adults, 2 children). Free for under-3s
When: 31 October 2013

Queen's House Greenwich Flickr.com by stevecadman
For those who love Halloween for the fancy dress opportunities, then this event is the one for you. On the 31st of October, The Queen’s House in Greenwich will be holding a “Spooktacular” fun-packed day for all the family. Take part in ghostly activities and enjoy the scary entertainment on offer throughout the day (11am – 4pm). What’s more is that there will also be prizes awarded for the best costume, so get creative. Find out more

West

Ham House Halloween Ghost Tours

Where: Ham House and Gardens
How much: £22 per person
When: 26, 27, 30 and 31st October

Ham House by Gavin Anderson Ham House Flickr.com by Gavin Anderson
For the brave ones amongst you, visit Ham House this Halloween for an after-dark ghost tour with National Trust guides, as they take you on a journey through the history, stories and mysteries housed inside this 17th Century Stuart mansion. Booking is essential for this activity, and unfortunately it is not suitable for children. It is also advised that you wrap up warm. Find out more

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