See a scarier side to London this Halloween, with our guide to the spookiest things to do in the capital on and around 31 October.
From haunted venues and bone-chilling attractions, to special Halloween tours and gripping family events, plan your Halloween in London with our roundup of gory ideas and horrifying activities.
Halloween events in London
Explore museums and galleries after dark with Museums at Night's Halloween-themed activities, including 19th-century mummy-unwrapping parties, candlelit fortune-telling and investigations into skeleton remains. 26-28 Oct
Join a very mortal talk, tour or workshop, including visits to London's most famous cemeteries, during the London Month of the Dead. 1-29 Oct
Travel back to 17th-century England, a time of witch-hunts, fear and superstition under the rule of King James I, for a haunting Dusk 'til Dawn sleepover at Hampton Court Palace. 28 Oct
Dare to enter one of the Fright Nights live action scare mazes at Thorpe Park, from a carnival risen from the dead, to a terrifying game of Saw Alive and The Walking Dead living nightmare. 29 Sep-31 Oct
Solve a murder mystery with the help of forensic experts with Crime Scene Live at the Natural History Museum. 30 Oct
Surrender to the dark arts as the Tower of London hosts a theatrical Art Macabre evening of life drawing this Halloween. 30 Oct
Discover Carnaby’s spooky side with ghostly installations in the Newburgh Quarter, plus free Halloween workshops, a freaky florist, and a night of tarot reading, DJs and free drinks in pop-up The Quarter of Curiosity Shop. 17-31 Oct
Watch a scary movie in the moonlight with Luna Cinema in the gardens of the haunted Hampton Court Palace. Choose from The Silence of the Lambs, Beetlejuice, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. 30 Oct-1 Nov
Scary London tours and Halloween ghost hunts
Discover the dark secrets and gory history of London with The Ghost Bus Tours or a Tales of Plague guided walk.
Spend a night hunting for spirits with the help of a psychic medium in the Geffrye Museum graveyard, cellar and other restricted access areas. 11 Nov
Join a free evening history walk of Deptford with a spooky twist this Halloween. 28 Oct
Retrace the infamous murderer’s footsteps with Jack the Ripper Ghost Walks and see his story come to life with The Jack the Ripper Tour with Ripper-Vision.
Visit the Tower of London’s spookiest corners after dark on a Tower Twilight Tour. From 5 Nov
Go on an unnerving ghost hunt in London with Haunted Happenings.
London Halloween shows
Watch one of the most famous horror stories unfold live on stage as The Exorcist comes to London's Pheonix Theatre. From 20 Oct
Witness a vampire ritual in the intoxicating immersive theatre production of Hammer House of Horror Live. 3-31 Oct
One of the West End’s longest-running plays, The Woman in Black will have you on the edge of your seat.
Hear sinister tales of peculiar children through storytelling, puppetry and music with The Terrible Infants. 27 Sep-28 Oct
Catch a West End musical featuring monsters, witches and mysterious characters this Halloween, from Young Frankenstein to The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.
Frightening London attractions
Take a ride on the Death Express, the trainline used to carry dead bodies out of London, before exploring the rest of The London Dungeon, where London’s horrible history and terrifying characters come vividly to life. 1 Oct-5 Nov
Run for your life through the Covenant spaceship in Madame Tussaud's new Alien: Escape experience.
Go on a mind-derailing journey through fear with Derren Brown’s Ghost Train at Thorpe Park.
Discover the unnerving history of 19th-century surgery at the Old Operating Theatre.
Get up close to some of the world’s most feared animals in London this Halloween, with In with the Spiders at ZSL London Zoo, and Snorkelling with Sharks at SEA LIFE London aquarium.
Horrible October half-term family fun
Delve into the menacing world of the Dark Arts as the Harry Potter sets get a Halloween makeover at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. 1 Oct-12 Nov
Learn about the most gruesome jobs at court with Horrible Hampton at Hampton Court Palace. 21-29 Oct
Enjoy a night of torchlit tours and scary surprises followed by a sleepover at the Museum of London. 27 Oct
Get dressed in your best Halloween outfit for spooky crafts, costume competitions and pumpkin carving at Eltham Palace. 23-27 Oct
Look out for more Halloween family events, as many London attractions put on special activities for children during the October school half-term.
Halloween parties and nights out in London
Enter the immersive underground world of The Vaults for a Halloween Raveyard featuring zombie dance halls, cabaret acts, and DJs. 27-28 Oct
Learn some spooky moves at Drink, Shop & Do with a Thriller or Time Warp dance class. 30 Oct
Climb to hair-raising heights for the Halloween in the Sky party at Sky Garden, or The Roof Gardens' Spooktacular in the venue's rooftop garden and nightclub. 27 and 27-28 Oct
Mingle with ghosts and witches at one of many Halloween London parties, including The Mansion Halloween Ball with top DJs, live performers and fortune tellers in a secret north-west London venue; and Club de Fromage and Burn Down the Disco's two rooms of haunting indie, rock, pop and spooky entertainment at the O2 Academy Islington. 28 Oct
Sip on a wicked cocktail deep inside the foundations of an ancient church at the Pix Confessional Cocktail Club.
Step into the darkness of secret bar Blind Spot at St Martins Lane for Halloween cocktails, live music, and more tricks and treats. 24-31 Oct
Pick up a spooky costume for your Halloween night out at one of London’s fancy dress shops.
Haunted London spots
Grab a pint in one of London’s many old haunted pubs, including The Grenadier, The Spaniards Inn and The Viaduct Tavern.
Hear the screaming ghost of Catherine Howard in Hampton Court Palace’s Haunted Gallery.
Visit one of London’s beautiful and eerie cemeteries.
Catch a show at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London’s most haunted theatre.