What to do in London for Halloween?

What to do in London for Halloween?

Halloween in London is an event not to be missed. The British capital transforms itself for the occasion, with the streets and historic monuments enveloped in mystery and fear. The unique atmosphere that prevails makes Halloween in London an incomparable experience.

In addition to the attractions and events specifically dedicated to this holiday, the city adorns itself with its finest horrifying outfits. The shopping street Bond Street, markets like Covent Garden, and the neighborhoods of Notting Hill and Chelsea are illuminated with a frightening ambiance where residents compete to decorate their front porches in Halloween colors. Shop windows are carefully decorated, while residents and shop owners adorn their facades and porches with pumpkins, spider webs, and other typical Halloween decorations. Within this setting, a plethora of thrilling activities are proposed, to the delight of thrill-seekers and those interested in dark history. Historic sites, museums, and tourist attractions offer special events to give you a thrilling experience.

Guide to the must-do Halloween activities in London

Embark on a journey where the supernatural and amusement exist in harmony. Discover our selection of 20 must-do activities in London for Halloween, from haunted buses to bewitched theme parks, not to mention West End shows and the iconic London cemeteries.

1. The terrifying escape of the London Dungeon

The London Dungeon invites you on a gripping journey through the dark history of London. With immersive reconstructions, talented actors, and breathtaking special effects, dive into the depths of London's past.

London Dungeon

From 31.10 € (or £26.50)

From £26.50 (or 31.10 €)

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Relive significant historical episodes such as the Great Fire of London and the gruesome murders of Jack the Ripper, all with a touch of black humor. The chilling stories and gloomy atmosphere will transport you to another era, leaving you with unforgettable memories.

2. The thrilling adventure of the Ghost Bus Tours

Embark on an original immersion into the Halloween atmosphere in London with the Ghost Bus Tours. On board an authentic 1960s double-decker bus transformed into a traveling theater, explore the darkest and most haunted corners of the city. Discover terrifying anecdotes in front of iconic landmarks such as the Tower of London and the London Bridge, all under the knowledgeable guidance of a guide in period costume.

The Ghost Bus Tours in London

From 29.35 € (or £25)

From £25 (or 29.35 €)

The tour becomes even more frightening thanks to special effects and lighting, guaranteeing a night of both anguish and black humor, where the gloomy legends of the city come back to life before your eyes. The surprising stops during the tour enhance the mysterious and strange atmosphere, leaving you with memorable memories of the macabre stories that have marked the British capital.

3. The enchanting mysteries of the Tower of London

Discover the fascinating mysteries of the Tower of London, an emblematic monument of the city, steeped in history, mystery, and legends. Explore the treasures of the British crown, the stories of famous traitors, and the dark tales of ghosts that haunt the walls of this thousand-year-old tower. Guided by seasoned experts, you will lose yourself in captivating stories that will transport you through the ages.

Tower of London

From 40.30 € (or £34.80)

From £34.80 (or 40.30 €)

During the Halloween period, the visit to the Tower of London takes on a special dimension. Special activities and themed guided tours offer you a unique perspective on the legends and chilling stories that make this place ideal for celebrating the festivity.

The Tower of London at sunset

The Tower of London is part of the attractions included in the Go City Explorer Pass for London. With this pass, you can save up to 50% on the price of your activities!

4. The cursed charm of Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is a living page of English history, and it takes on a particularly intriguing character during Halloween. Stroll through sumptuous rooms and vast gardens, each with its own tales of specters and mysteries.

Hampton Court Palace

From 31 € (or £26.10)

From £26.10 (or 31 €)

During the Halloween season, the palace offers special guided tours revealing the haunted stories and legends that permeate this historic site. Do not miss the opportunity to explore the apartments of Henry VIII and feel the presence of the past in the echoing corridors.

Entrance of The Clink Prison Museum in London

The Clink Prison Museum offers a captivating perspective on England's tumultuous past. Prepare for an immersive experience that plunges you into the dark world of former prisoners. Explore the cells, discover stories of famous prisoners, and delve into the history of medieval punishments.

Clink Prison Museum

From 11.70 € (or £10)

From £10 (or 11.70 €)

Inside the prison, you will discover interactive exhibitions that trace the history of the establishment and its former occupants. Authentic cells, torture instruments, and devices used to punish prisoners are displayed, offering a striking glimpse into captivity throughout the ages.

Knowledgeable guides will share captivating stories about life within this historic prison, shedding light on the inhumane conditions and tales of those who were incarcerated there. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the dark legends and ghost stories associated with this haunting place.

Established in the 12th century, this prison is among the oldest in Europe.

6. The dark magic of the Making of Harry Potter - Studio Tour London

Explore the enchanting magic of Halloween at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden, where the magical world takes on a mysterious and enchanting turn. Immerse yourself in the wizarding world like never before during this special season. The Harry Potter Studio Tour transforms into a magical kingdom imbued with the enigmatic atmosphere of Halloween. Iconic sets, such as Hogwarts and Diagon Alley, cleverly adorn themselves with thematic decorations, immersing you in a subtle blend of magic and mystery.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter

From 104.82 € (or £89)

From £89 (or 104.82 €)

For fans of the Harry Potter universe, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour takes on its special magical touch for Halloween.

The Dark Arts exhibition reveals the secrets behind the dark and bewitching scenes of the saga, immersing you in a world where dark magic reigns supreme. Explore the Forbidden Forest and discover the behind-the-scenes creation of creatures and special effects that bring this magical world to life.

The Dark Arts exhibition at the Harry Potter Studio Tour takes place from September 15th to November 5th, 2023.

7. The horrors of Thorpe Park: Fright Nights 2023

Thorpe Park, a famous theme park in the UK, transforms into a land of terror during the Fright Nights 2023 event. From detailed haunted houses to terror zones and macabre versions of the usual attractions, this experience promises high-octane thrills and adrenaline rushes.

Thorpe Park

From 39.91 € (or £34)

From £34 (or 39.91 €)

For thrill seekers in search of an unforgettable night adventure, this event is a must.

From October 6th to October 31st, 2023.

8. The dark enchantment of the Natural History Museum in London

Natural History Museum in London at sunset

The Natural History Museum takes on a unique form during the Halloween season. The extraordinary event Halloween at the Museum transforms the museum into an immersive and festive nocturnal adventure. Special nighttime exhibitions invite you to explore the mysteries of nature under an eerie light. Discover intriguing specimens, fossils with strange skeletons, creatures from the abyss, all in a dark and mystical atmosphere. Guides in period costumes lead you through candle-lit rooms, sharing fascinating anecdotes about life, death, and resurrection in the natural world.

Natural History Museum of London

From 58.60 € (or £50)

From £50 (or 58.60 €)

On this occasion, animations and creative workshops are also offered to celebrate Halloween while discovering the treasures of the museum.

Expect to pay £39 ($45) per adult, for about 2 hours and 30 minutes of visit. The event takes place on the evening of October 31st, 2023, from 6:45 pm to 10:30 pm. More information on the official website of the Natural History Museum in London.

9. The macabre musicals of the West End

The aura of Halloween also fills the stages of the West End. The theaters don strange decorations, offering special shows for the season. From reimagined classics to new haunted productions, Halloween brings a touch of horror to musicals. The captivating performances, blending theater, dance, and music, promise an unforgettable evening of horror and entertainment.

Shows such as Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, or The Woman in Black are perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit. Let yourself be carried away by the stunning performances, magnificent sets, and enchanting stories that will send shivers down your spine.

Wicked musical at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London

Immerse yourself in the story of the Wicked Witch of Oz in Wicked, where the fantasy world blends with dark and mysterious themes. Witness the intense and chilling performance of The Woman in Black, a play that explores the depths of psychological terror. Or let yourself be captivated by the Gothic romance and enchanting melodies of The Phantom of the Opera, a story of love and tragedy set in the majestic atmosphere of the Paris Opera House.

These iconic musicals add a unique theatrical and musical touch to Halloween celebrations in London, allowing audiences to immerse themselves in worlds where mystery and magic intertwine harmoniously.

10. The thrills of The London Bridge Experience

The London Bridge Experience is a frightening attraction that plunges you into the dark history of the famous London Bridge. Traverse dark passages and haunted chambers where talented actors in period costumes relive the terrifying legends and historical facts. The stories of executions, ghosts, and ancient curses will send shivers down your spine while teaching you about the turbulent past of the monument.

The London Bridge Experience & London Tombs

From 26.20 € (or £22.50)

From £22.50 (or 26.20 €)

This year for Halloween, discover the unique world of Cir-Curse: a show with the sole purpose of terrifying you - sensitive souls abstain!

This show is exclusively for adults (16 years old and above).

11. The Gunpowder Plot: The Immersive Experience

Immerse yourself in English history with The Gunpowder Plot: The Immersive Experience. You will be transported to the heart of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, where a group of Catholics attempted to blow up Parliament.

Go City - London Explorer Pass

From 80.90 € (or £69)

From £69 (or 80.90 €)

Talented actors, historical sets, and special effects immerse you in this tumultuous episode, allowing you to experience the tensions and intrigues of the time.

The Gunpowder Plot immersive experience in London

The Gunpowder Plot is part of the attractions included in the Go City Explorer Pass for London. With this pass, you can save up to 50% on the price of your activities!

12. The enigma of Sherlock: The Official Live Game

Step into the shoes of the famous detective in Sherlock: The Official Live Game. Through clever riddles and captivating scenarios, put your deduction skills to the test.

Sherlock: The Official Live Game

From 17.57 € (or £15)

From £15 (or 17.57 €)

Each room is filled with clues and surprises, guaranteeing an exciting intellectual adventure in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

13. SAW: Escape Experience London

For thrill seekers, SAW: Escape Experience London is a must. Inspired by the famous film franchise, this experience plunges you into a macabre world where every choice can be fatal.

SAW: Escape Experience London

From 44.63 € (or £39)

From £39 (or 44.63 €)

The tension is at its peak as you try to outsmart Jigsaw's diabolical traps...

14. Brigit's Bakery London: Special Halloween Afternoon Tea

During the Halloween period, the 2-story bus excursions of Brigit's Bakery London, renowned for their innovative culinary experiences, take on a magical dimension! Enjoy a sweet and scary moment with the special Halloween Afternoon Tea at Brigit's Bakery London.

Brigit's Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus London Tour

From 63.43 € (or £55)

From £55 (or 63.43 €)

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Themed pastries, sandwiches, and exquisite teas are served in a charming setting, decorated for the occasion. A feast for the eyes and the taste buds!

Expect to pay £45 ($45) per adult and £35 ($35) per child (from 5 years old), for about 1 hour and 30 minutes of travel, from October 21st to October 31st, 2023.

Prices vary based on dates, times, and desired seats on the bus.

Special Halloween Afternoon Tea at Brigit's Bakery London

15. Guided tour on Jack the Ripper

Discover the dark alleys of Whitechapel on a guided tour about Jack the Ripper. Accompanied by an expert guide, you will explore the scenes of the infamous crimes of London's most mysterious serial killer, revealing the facts, theories, and speculations that continue to captivate the world. A historical and chilling dive into Victorian London.

Jack the Ripper Tour

From 17.67 € (or £14.76)

From £14.76 (or 17.67 €)

One of the most captivating mysteries in London's history...

16. The horror of Jack the Ripper Museum

The Jack the Ripper Museum offers a deeper exploration of the saga of Jack the Ripper. Detailed exhibitions, period artifacts, and enlightening narratives allow you to better understand the events that shook London in the late 19th century.

Jack the Ripper Museum

From 14 € (or £12)

From £12 (or 14 €)

Discover the facts, theories, and characters associated with this troubling period in London's history. An unforgettable experience for Halloween, where mystery and history intermingle in a captivating atmosphere.

17. The enchanting cemeteries of London

The cemeteries of London are peaceful and mysterious places, ideal for a contemplative walk during Halloween. Guided tours reveal the history and legends of the eternal residents of these places, offering a unique perspective on the city and its past.

Gravestones in Highgate Cemetery in London

Family and children's activities

Halloween in London is a celebration that children love! Many attractions and museums roll out the orange carpet for families, with special Halloween activities designed for the enjoyment of young and old alike.

18. Shrek's ogre odyssey at Shrek's Adventure!

A journey into the swamp of the most famous green ogre in cinema awaits you at Shrek's Adventure!

Shrek’s Adventure!

From 24.60 € (or £21)

From £21 (or 24.60 €)

Share moments of laughter and thrills with your family, while meeting the iconic characters from the film. Special Halloween animations add a frightening yet fun touch to the adventure.

19. The enchanted quest at the London Zoo

The London Zoo dresses up for Halloween with trick-or-treat hunts, pumpkin carving workshops, and costume parades.

ZSL London Zoo

From 31.69 € (or £27)

From £27 (or 31.69 €)

Children will be delighted to participate in these festive activities, while discovering the zoo's animals in an enchanting autumnal atmosphere.

20. The magical tour of the London Eye

Board the London Eye for a magical experience! In a transparent capsule suspended above London, the youngest ones will be enchanted by wizardry and magic workshops. On the agenda: tales and ghost stories, concocting magic potions, and learning spells and incantations.

London Eye

From 28 € (or £23.56)

From £23.56 (or 28 €)

A playful and spectacular way to celebrate Halloween while enjoying a breathtaking view of the city.

 

London reveals a completely different side of its picturesque charm during the Halloween season. With its rich historical background and the legends that shape its present, the British capital offers fertile ground for the imagination, especially when draped in the dark and mysterious hues of late October. Whether you are in search of authentic thrills in the haunted corners of the city, or simply want to immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere that settles in, London will charm you with its numerous thematic activities. Every corner reveals surprises, every activity offers a chance to explore British folklore in a new and exhilarating way. The dark and enchanting magic of this historic city promises unforgettable memories and delightful thrills. So, prepare your scariest costume and let the spirit of Halloween guide you through the dark wonders of London!