Experience a scarier side to London with some of the spookiest things to do in London for Halloween, on and around 31 October.
Venture into haunted venues, brave bone-chilling attractions, dare to go on special Halloween tours and find tricks and treats with gripping family events. Plan your Halloween in London with this roundup of gory ideas and horrifying activities.
Frightening London attractions
- Step into the menacing world of the Dark Arts as the Harry Potter film studios are given a Halloween makeover at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. 23 Sep-6 Nov
- Just when you think it couldn’t get any scarier, head to the gruesome The London Dungeon during its haunted house themed Halloween takeover. 15-31 Oct
- Hear tales of torture and imprisonment and explore the Bloody Tower where you’ll come face to face with roaming ghosts of legendary inmates at the Tower of London. 22-31 Oct
- Descend into the horrifyingly haunted London Bridge Experience and London Tombs, taking on the theatrical maze filled with the city’s most notorious characters such as Jack the Ripper and William Wallace.
- Enter the Chamber of Horrors at Madame Tussauds London and learn of the city’s most gruesome and chilling crimes throughout history. From 22 Oct
- Tiptoe your way through the dark corridors and courtyards of Hampton Court Palace’s – watch out for eerie portraits that come to life and the chilling presence the deceased. 22-30 Oct
- Step into one of England’s oldest and most notorious prisons Clink Prison Museum if you dare and see its gruesome torture devices.
- Go on a mind-derailing journey through fear at the scary Fright Nights at Thorpe Park. 1-31 Oct
- Discover the unnerving history of 19th-century surgery at the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret.
- Head to London’s Leadenhall Market at Halloween where visitors can pick up some ghoulish treats from the Monstrous Halloween pop-ups.
- Covent Garden invites you to pick a prize pumpkin from their Halloween Pumpkin Market and to take on the family friendly Halloween Trick or Treat trail.
- Or discover Belgravia at Halloween with a free pumpkin trail, ghost tours, spooky food and much more.
Scary Halloween London tours and ghost hunts
- Discover the dark secrets and gory history of London with The Ghost Bus Tours.
- Retrace the infamous murderer’s footsteps with Jack the Ripper Ghost Walks. Or visit the world’s only Jack the Ripper Museum where you’ll learn about the suspects and victims, discover recreated scenes and find unique artefacts.
- Join a very mortal talk, tour or workshop, including visits to London’s most famous cemeteries, during the London Month of the Dead.
- Head out on a spine-tingling London Bridge Ghost Walking Tour* where you’ll scour the “land of the lawless” visiting graveyards, secret ale houses, bear-baiting pits, and many more haunting locations
- Or embark on a ghoulish Ghost Walking Tour of Royal Maritime Greenwich*, learning all about the curse of Cutty Sark, drunken sailors sent to “Shanghai”, and the lingering spirits of the Royal Family.
- Roam the streets of London on a Haunted Pub Tour for Two*, stopping for a tipple at some of the city’s spookiest public-houses.
Discover more weird and wonderful sights on more London tours.
Halloween experiences in London
- Put your investigative skills to the test as you take on the next big mystery at Sherlock: The Official Live Game.
- Play your part in The Gunpowder Plot in Tower Vaults at Tower of London, joining Guy Fawkes himself (played by Harry Potter’s Tom Felton) as you work to carry out the explosive conspiracy plot.
- Cast your spell upon the tea stand and solve the puzzle to reveal your sweet and savoury delights at a magical Arcane Afternoon Tea at Wands and Wizard Exploratorium*.
- Or head to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane for a spooky Halloween afternoon tea, dining on ghoulish graveyards and enticing eyeballs. 17-31 Oct
- Be transported to Victorian England at Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience where you’ll take on an epic battle against a mighty Martian invasion.
- Get ready to take on the living-dead at Zombie Battle Training Experience*. You’ve been hand-picked for a special military mission, but will you be ready when the deadly attack arrives?
- Uncover the secrets of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street on a London Sweeney Todd Tour*. Wander the streets where the famous barber and his pie-making accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, would carry out their gruesome work.
- Follow your curiosity down the rabbit hole to the Alice in Wonderland VR Escape Room*, working alongside your favourite characters, race against time to defeat the evil Queen of Hearts.
- Take on Crystal Maze LIVE Experience* this Halloween where your fate lies in the hands of a fortune teller. Until 31 Oct
- Head to Sandbox VR in Covent Garden for the Deadwood Valley zombie-themed experience. From 5 Oct
Enjoy a night out or Halloween party in London
- Enjoy a magical musical such as Wicked, or the haunting gothic romance The Phantom of the Opera.
- Or jump out of your seat as you watch scary scenes in The Woman in Black.
- Head to The Horror Show! at Somerset House, an exhibition showcasing the underbelly of Britain’s cultural psyche.
- Party into the early hours high above the city skyline at a Silent Disco Night at The View from The Shard. 29 Oct
- Or head to Halloween at the Sky Garden for an evening of live music and freaky food and drink. 28 Oct
- Dance the night away to ghoulish jazz tunes at Ronnie Scott’s Halloween special Blues for Dracula. 31 Oct
- The Candlelight Club invites you to a secret 1920’s Halloween party in a Prohibition-era speakeasy. 28 Oct, 29 Oct
- Attend the Rivoli Ballroom‘s Halloween horror film feast of cult classics such as The Shining to Hocus Pocus. 26-28 Oct
Let your hair down at hair-raising Halloween nights in London’s top clubs.
Haunted houses and places
- Capture a selfie with one of the resident ghosts at Queen’s House in Greenwich, known for their presence on the elegant Tulip Stairs.
- Explore one of the most haunted places in London at Tudor mansion Sutton House and Breaker’s Yard and you may encounter the White Lady ghost.
- Take on the spooky fun-filled family trail at Chiswick House & Gardens, wandering the illuminated haunted woods and enjoying many delicious, sweet treats…and a trick or two.
- Visit one of London’s beautiful and eerie cemeteries.
- Grab a pint in an old, haunted London pub, including The Ten Bells, The Grenadier, The Spaniards Inn and The Viaduct Tavern.
Don’t just visit for Halloween, there are plenty of events and activities this autumn to add to your bucket list. Check out more events in October and November, or plan for a weekend in London with our top weekend picks.